An August 2002 trip
to Edinburgh by panda2
Quote: August is a great time to visit during the Edinburgh International Festival jammed pack with activities. This is still strongly a class society.
Kenneth Mackenzie Suite, a 15-minute walk from Princess Street and Waverly Station booked through Hotels.com, was the second-least expensive place and centrally located in town. The housing is more geared for visiting university personnel or students. The least expensive place looked like it may be out of the town. Everything else on Hotels.com was over a $100 a night. The rates include a full Scottish breakfast, two-doors down to your right as you exit the premises, served from 7:30-9:30am. The breakfast may be purchased alone for £5.80. The front entrance is unstaffed 11pm-7am. Your room key allows access to the front-entry door. If checking-in after 11pm, go next-door to obtain your room key. This is a smoke-free residence hall with extra room capacity offered through Hotels.com. Very limited parking is available nearby. We found out that the check-out time is 9:30am, posted outside of each room. There is no elevator. Complimentary instant coffee, tea, and hot chocolate is provided, along with an electric hot water kettle in the room. A small TV with remote is in the room. A phone is in the room for free calls to inter-campus, 5 digit numbers, if you wish to use the phone for something else you are required to buy their pre-paid card for £5. You’re better-off using a pay phone or your mobile phone.
The room itself is quite small but adequate, the bed is firm and has two pillows per person for head support. The shower area is integrated into the bathroom without a stall. Use of the sink water and the shower at the same time will drastically alter the water temperature. There were signs of mildew we noticed where the shower curtain is attached to the ceiling. Liquid shampoo and soap were provided. The shower head was near the top of the ceiling and not adjustable; taking a shower made your whole body wet, including your head, as the angle of the shower is almost straight down. The sink controls are a bit hard to turn on and off. The room heater power must stay on to work, as it charges its power cells during the day and dissipates heat during the night. The power was turned off and wasn’t noticed till the morning when we wanted some heat in the room. The room was cold during the night, but the comforter on the bed made it quite comfortably warm enough to sleep. The following night, the heater should have been charged, but it wasn’t discharging any noticeable heat because a bath towel or anything placed over it will cause it to stop functioning. The fire alarm system is tested every Tuesday, misuse of its fire alarm system will cause you to be removed from its premises without a refund. There was a somewhat unpleasant smell both inside and outside the room when we returned for the night, we guessed that the carpet was treated with something.
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Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 6, 2006
Kenneth Mackenzie Suite
7 Richmond Place
+44 (131) 651 2063,
Hotel | "St. Christopher's Edinburgh"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 20, 2006
St Christopher's Inn
9-13 Market Street
+44 (0) 20 7407 1856
There's a licensed bar. Credit cards are accepted. Lunch is served from noon to 5pm for £4.99, the Happy Hour Buffet is served from 5 to 7pm for £7.99, and the Grand Buffet is served from 7pm to midnight for £9.99.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 13, 2003
10 12 Antigua St.
0131 556 9791
Attraction | "Sainsbury's Central"
The telephone number of this branch is 0131 225 8400 and it's open Mondays through Saturdays from 7am-10pm and on Sundays from 10am-8pm.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 14, 2003
185 Craigleith Road
Edinburgh, Scotland EH4 2EB
+44 131 332 0704
Attraction | "Edinburgh Festival Fringe"
Booking on the phone 10am on: +44 (0)0131 226 0000Tel +44 (0)131 226 0026 firstname.lastname@example.org
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 13, 2003
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
180 High Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1QS
+44 131 226 5257
Attraction | "Edinburgh Military Tattoo"
What I thought would be the highlight of our trip to Edinburgh turned out not to be. It's a good thing this wasn't the only reason to be here. Once you're inside and the show begins, you're not permitted to leave because there are guards stationed at every exit who will stop you from leaving till the end of the performance. Good that I didn't need to use the toilet during the performance. Bring a rain jacket with you, as it did rain when the evening rolled on. Go watch it on television if you really like the Tattoo.
Telephone: +44(0)8707 555 1188 Fax: +44(0)131 225 8627 Email: email@example.com
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 13, 2003
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Esplanade Of Edinburgh Castle
Attraction | "Royal Yacht Britainnia"
There are five decks of the ship available to walk around to view, including the royal apartments, sun lounge, royal bedrooms, drawing room, state dining room, chief petty officer's mess, sick bay and operating theatre, engine room, bridge, laundry facilities, and NAAFI, which is converted to a fudge sweet shop.Winter: Admission times March through October are 10am to 3:30pm (closes at 5pm) daily.Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, the last admission is 2:30pm (closes at 4pm).Summer: Admission times April through September are 9:30am to 4:30pm (closes at 6pm) daily. Allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours for the tour.Admission: adults £8Lothian Bus 11, 22, 34, 35, 36Information: +44 (0)131 555 5566 Mon-Fri
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 12, 2003
Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh, Scotland EH6 6JJ
+44 (131) 555-5566
Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 7pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm
Bars, restaurants, and the cinema are open till midnight.
Take the Lothian Bus nos. 11, 22, 34, 35, or 36.
Lothian Buses provides public transport in Edinburgh for customers with exact change, 80p single, £2.30 day ticket. Separate additional fare for the night bus service after midnight is £2. There's a yearly pass available. Visit their site for other fares and services.
Monday-Friday after 9:30am, all day Saturday-Sunday.
Telephone 0131 555-6363