on November 28, 2005
Apparently, not only is the Residence a homey and luxurious city hotel, but it also sells its availability as timeshares. My mother and I are lucky enough to have a friend with four nights of his timeshare left who gamely offered them to us. We had a room with one queen bed, a sitting area (couch, coffee table & TV) at the foot of the bed, and a round dinette tucked in the window alcove. This dinette area was a charming & cozy place to sit and read the paper while watching folks walk by the bay windows. The bathroom had to have been half as large as the living area itself - that is, it was enormous, and had a deep tub perfect for soaking, a towel-warming rack, and plently of shelves to hold the toiletries of two vain women! The decor of the room was cassic, classy and welcoming. We both immediately felt comfortable - and my mom is in her early 60s and not readily at her ease in hotels.The staff was wonderful - they answered every question, mapped out daily itineraries for us, recomended restaurants and then made the reservation, you name it!Even the other guests were lovely, friendly, and curious, knowing when to politely take their leave and when to chat on.There is a sitting area on the ground floor with an honor system whiskey bar. That was enjoyable, to have a sip of scotch and sit by the fire flipping through art books. Our room had its own entrance as well along the side of the building, so if we preferred we could leave from there.This hotel is owned by the same businessman who owns the Bonham Hotel & Restaurant up the block, and thus room service is available from the Bonham Restaurant. My mom and I enjoyed a wonderful breakfast with traditional fish and eggs on our last morning there. Other mornings we just made our own coffee and tea from the supply they provided in the hutch there in our room.Overall, I'd recommend this hotel to anyone concerned more about their comfort than their budget. It was within walking distance from key sites (the museums, Princes Street) in the city, and close enough to the Water of Leith that I had easy jogging every morning we were there.
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