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Holiday Inn Edinburgh City - West 3.0

Craigleith, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Pros

  • Clean, modern hotel in excellent condition across from Craigleith Retail Park
  • A five-minute drive or 10-minute bus ride to Princes Street
  • Rooms come with coffeemakers, satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi; some have views of the city skyline and Edinburgh Castle    
  • Cocktail bar and restaurant with breakfast buffet (for a fee) and Scottish and international fare for lunch and dinner
  • Business center and free parking
  • Discount offered at nearby gym
  • Outdoor children's play area
  • Lower rates than for comparable properties in the city center
  • Free basic Wi-Fi (spotty)
  • Kids under 13 eat for free (with an accompanying adult)

Cons

  • Fee for breakfast 
  • Charge for faster Wi-Fi
  • Some rooms are small, with cramped bathrooms
  • No on-site fitness facilities

Bottom Line

Holiday Inn Edinburgh City-West is a modern mid-range hotel in the Craigleith area across a busy road from the Craigleith Retail Park. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, and rooms are functional, clean, and quiet. Free Wi-Fi is offered, but it's often so slow that guests find it necessary to upgrade to faster Wi-Fi, which comes with a  fee. The hotel is southeast of the city center -- it's within a five- to 10-minute drive or a 10- to 25-minute bus ride away from such attractions as Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle. Because of its location, rates are lower than what comparable properties would cost in the city center. 

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Scene

Modern chain hotel with busy restaurant, bar, and conference rooms    

The Holiday Inn Edinburgh City - West evokes the chain hotel vibe, with bustling public spaces. The look is contemporary and uninspiring, except for the funky modern chandelier in the lobby, which breaks the mold. The hotel's meeting rooms and central business-area location draw business travelers as well as tourists (it's on a direct bus line to several major sights). Guests mingle freely while indulging in Scottish and international fare in the restaurant, or sip drinks and watch live sports on the bar's TVs.

Location

In Craigleith next to shopping, a 10-minute bus ride to Princes Street    

The Holiday Inn is in the Craigleith area, across Queensferry Road from Craigleith Retail Park and its many stores, including Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, and Nike Factory Store. The city center attractions to the southeast are a bit of a hike on foot but are easily accessibly by car or bus -- there's a bus stop right in front of the hotel. Travel times are roughly five minutes by car and eight to 10 minutes by bus to Princes Street, 10 minutes by car and 15 to 20 minutes by bus to the Grassmarket and Old Town, and 10 minutes by car and 25 to 30 minutes by bus to Edinburgh Castle. Closer to the hotel are Murrayfield Rugby Stadium at a five-minute drive south, Royal Botanic Garden at a five-minute drive northeast, and the Edinburgh Zoo at a five-minute drive southwest of the hotel. Edinburgh Airport is a 15-minute drive southwest. 

Rooms

Simple, clean modern rooms with coffeemakers and free Wi-Fi    

Arranged on eight floors, the Holiday Inn's 101 all non-smoking rooms convey the clean functionality of the Holiday Inn brand. Sparsely decorated, the rooms feature white cotton bedding with red, blue, or tan bed throws, plus red curtains, light-wood headboards and furniture, and largely bare white walls with a few reproduction prints. Rooms are clean with no smells, and the double-glazed windows keep the noise out. Beds are reasonably comfy, with thick mattresses and cotton sheets. All rooms have desks, safes, individual climate control, coffee/tea makers, free Wi-Fi, and satellite TV (not all TVs are flat-screens, though). The free Wi-Fi can be slow, and many guests end up upgrading to a higher speed for a fee. Rooms do not have mini-fridges or minibars. Some rooms have some combination of sofa beds, bathrobes and slippers, scales, and trouser presses. Some rooms have views of the city skyline and Edinburgh Castle. Twin rooms are small, with snug bathrooms with the toilet wedged in between the bathtub and counter. Aside from that, bathrooms are clean and spacious, with good water pressure and  bath products supplied. 

Features

Cocktail bar, restaurant with breakfast buffet and Scottish cuisine    

The Holiday Inn offers discount vouchers for a health club that's within a five-minute drive -- it has a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a fitness center. The Holiday Inn serves an ample breakfast buffet (for a fee), which includes a range of hot Scottish items like black pudding and grilled tomatoes, and cold continental items such as baguettes, croissants, cereal, and fresh fruit. The restaurant serves a moderately priced international and Scottish a la carte menu for lunch and dinner, with an emphasis on burgers and steaks. Kids under 13 can eat for free with an accompanying adult, and 24-hour room service is available. The cocktail lounge has a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and is the place to catch live sports on its big-screen TVs. The hotel also has a business center, free parking, conference rooms with catering, and an outdoor children's play area and garden. 

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Address

107 Queensferry Road, Midlothian, Edinburgh EH4 3HL, United Kingdom

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