by Mary Porcher
New Haven, Connecticut
July 26, 2002
The tourist board at the train station made a reservation for us at this hotel at the last minute. The location is excellent, less than a mile from the castle and major attractions. But this hotel is very basic, and the building is old. They have several fire drills each week (they only advertise one, but there was one when we were there on a different night). The rooms are small, so small that I couldn't get a good picture at all! The bathroom felt dirty, with the floor showing age and brown stains. The shower was minute!
On the positive side, a kettle and shortbread are provided in the room. There was just enough space on the floor to set down our suitcase (but then there was the problem of getting around it!). The room was available when we didn't have a place to sleep, and the staff was friendly.
All in all, I recommend making reservations in advance in a nice B&B (like 7 Chester Street). If you need a bed for two at the last minute, then this place will do. For a budget bite to eat, there is a pub across the street that serves two entrees for one, Sunday through Thursday from 6-8pm.
From journal Amazing Edinburgh