Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
August 17, 2003
The lobby certainly leaves a good first impression –- that ‘European hotel’ old favourite of light marble and a few unnecessary pillars. The staff was helpful and made an effort to understand our faltering phrase-book Spanish before politely replying in English.
We had a room on the third floor overlooking the square -– no balcony, but I can’t say we missed it with the February rain. The room was fairly standard; large comfy beds, enough space for a couple of small chairs, a TV with a couple of English speaking channels (and a couple that spoke in ‘an international language’ if you get my drift) and a decent sized, clean bathroom. For a short stay, this was fine -– pictures of the better rooms suggest that a little more needs to be spent to get the best of the Inglaterra.
The hotel has a restaurant on the first floor with picture windows overlooking the square. It isn’t the most impressive view in town -– more of a bus terminus than an emotive vista -– and it didn’t inspire us to dine there. We took advantage of the ‘breakfast in your room’ option for the duration of the stay and took to the tapas bars for our food requirements. This being mainland Europe, smoking is positively encouraged in the bedrooms and assisted by the ludicrously low cost of cigarettes.
The Inglaterra is a fairly anonymous largish hotel saved from the norm by being very well situated.
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