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The Inn Place 3.0

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Pros

  • Wonderful location in the heart of Old Town
  • Walking distance to all major attractions and Waverley train station
  • Array of room types available, from twins to private en-suite dormitories
  • Clean rooms have plasma TVs, electric kettles, and rainfall showers
  • 24-hour bar, and pleasant breakfast room with Old Town views
  • Continental and cooked breakfast available for a fee
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the property

Cons

  • Rooms lack safes, mini-fridges, and air-conditioning
  • Not all rooms have elevator access
  • No parking or full restaurant on-site
  • Breakfast not included in the standard rate

Bottom Line

Popular with young travelers, the 41-room Inn Place is a pleasant mid-range property with an excellent location right in the heart of the Old Town and within easy walking distance of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, and Waverley Station. The hotel offers a wide range of room types, from snug twins to private eight-bed dormitories, all with en-suite bathrooms and great amenities such as free Wi-Fi, rainfall showers, electric kettles, and plasma TVs. Air-conditioning, however, is not available, and some rooms don’t have elevator access. Continental and cooked breakfast are available daily for a fee, and the 24-hour bar offers a good selection of drinks, but there is no full restaurant on-site. For a little bit more money, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City Centre has more on-site amenities.

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Scene

Quiet hotel housed in a historic building with contemporary interiors

Housed in a beautiful 19th-century building, the Inn Place is much more casual than its exterior may suggest. Once home to The Scotsman newspaper offices and printing facilities -- whose masthead is still displayed in big, golden letters on the handsome stone facade -- the building has been fully refurbished to house 29 rooms (plus 12 additional units in the adjacent structure), a small reception with a bar, and a breakfast room. Decor is contemporary and appealing throughout, with dark walls and floors, strategically placed LED lighting, and bold pops of orange here and there.

Though common areas are limited at the Inn Place, the hotel draws young travelers with competitive rates, a wonderful location in the Old Town, and a wide array of private room types suitable for couples, families, and even groups. The hotel was quiet during our visit, but its dorm-like rooms draw bachelor and bachelorette parties, as well as many rugby fans in town to watch the game, which can make for a livelier atmosphere at times. Located just down the street, the Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge is a good alternative in this price range if there is no availability at the Inn Place. Those wanting something with more character may want to compare rates at the Angels Share Hotel, an upscale boutique with a great restaurant and cool, stylish rooms. The Ballantrae Albany Hotel is another decent pick for families seeking big, multi-bed rooms in the city center, though the Inn Place is more centrally located and better maintained overall. 

Location

In the heart of Old Town, walking distance to all major attractions

The Inn Place is located on Cockburn, a steep, cobblestoned street in the heart of the Old Town. The block is lined with cute little cafes, bars, and boutiques, and many more can be found on the surrounding streets, including along the Royal Mile, which is right behind the hotel. While the hilly terrain may be challenging to some, this location is ideal for those wanting to explore the city on foot, as most of the top attractions can be found within a five- to 10-minute walk, including Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill, the Scott Monument, the Scottish National Gallery, and Waverley train station. Airport buses and trams are also just an easy stroll away, as is the National Museum of Scotland and shopping along Princes Street. It takes about 25 minutes to get to the Edinburgh Airport by car. There is no parking at the Inn Place. 

Rooms

Contemporary rooms and private dormitories with great amenities and clean bathrooms

The hotel has a total of 41 rooms ranging from twin or double rooms to private dormitory-style units with bunk beds and en-suite bathrooms. Decor is simple but has a dash of style, with dark-brown accent walls, backlit headboards, polished wooden finishes, and pops of orange. All rooms have windows, including some offering great views of the Old and New Towns. Six and eight-bed dorms are great for groups wanting to stay together, as they can only be rented as a whole and have en-suite bathrooms with rainfall showers. Decor in these units is more basic and plain, with white metal bunk beds, recessed lighting, and bare walls. 

Rooms and dormitories all have the same solid amenities, including free Wi-Fi, plasma TVs with international channels, and electric kettles with free tea and instant coffee. However, mini-fridges, safes, and air-conditioning are not available, and fans require an extra fee. Bathrooms are clean, and feature walk-in rainfall showers (two rooms have shower/tub combos), hairdryers, and toiletries. 

Travelers with mobility issues should note that some rooms do not have elevator access. 

Features

24-hour bar and a pleasant breakfast room with Old Town views

As a small, urban hotel, the Inn Place is light on amenities and common areas. The lobby has a small bar area with a couple of tables and a good selection of drinks available 24/7. Big windows and mood lighting make the space pleasant, but few guests seem to hang out here in the evening. The hotel lacks a full restaurant, but breakfast is available for a fee in a contemporary, spacious room down a few steps from the lobby. Continental breakfast includes breads, pastries, fruit juices, meats, cheeses, and cereal, along with tea or coffee, and there are several options for those wanting a bigger, cooked breakfast, including a full Scottish option of eggs, sausages, haggis, beans, and grilled tomatoes. Eggs Florentine, eggs on toast, pancakes, and porridge are also available. The hotel is also connected via internal stairs to a cozy coffee shop offering tasty sandwiches, hot and cold drinks (including some gins), homemade cakes, pastries, and soups. 

Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.

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Address

20-30 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1NY, United Kingdom

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