on March 31, 2009
The Adria Hotel commands an excellent position on Royal Terrace which makes it convenient for the Edinburgh Playhouse, the Omni Complex, Easter Road Stadium (home of Hibs) and Calton Hill - my favourite spot in the city with wonderful views over to Leith where the Royal Yacht Britannia is now docked. It's a five minute walk down to Princes Street and both Waverley train station and St. Andrews coach station. There is a wealth of restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes and clubs nearby although Royal Terrace itself is very quiet - a mixture of small hotels and residential property.The receptionist was expecting us and we were warmly welcomed. It was a very cold evening and we were pleased to get into the warmth. The lighting was low making the whole place seem very cosy. The formalities were quickly completed and we were shown our room on the first floor. The hotel is housed in two converted Georgian houses which makes for an impressive interior with a rather grand staircase. The décor in both the public areas and in the rooms was in good condition and appropriate for the style of building, although perhaps a little dated.For sixty pounds we had a double room with en suite bathroom. The bed was small but comfortable and as soon as I saw it I longed to get under the squashy covers but, alas, there was no time -we had a gig to get to. So it was off to inspect the bathroom. To get to the bathroom you had to go through a little room in which there were facilities for making hot drinks and a television set. Oddly, though, there were no chairs: you had either to stand in there and watch TV or try to twist the set right round and watch it perched on the edge of the bed in the other room. The bathroom was spotlessly clean and supplied with fluffy towels and the usual miniscule packets of shampoo and shower gel. My only complaint here was the length of time it took to get the water to run hot.Back in the bedroom the furniture consisted of a dressing table, stool and wardrobe in addition to the bed. The best thing in the room, though, was the window seat: I could have sat there all day and watched Edinburgh's well-heeled returning home with carrier bags of goodies for the evening's dinner parties and looking out over the trees across the road.. However, more pressing matters to attend to….I had to dry my hair, if only I could find somewhere to plug in my hairdryer. There were sockets… it was just that I couldn't get to them. Even if I unplugged to bedside lamp, I would still have had to move the bed away from the wall to get to the socket and it simply wasn't an option - even if I had done this I still wouldn't have been able to stretch the cable to position myself in front of the mirror.Ablutions eventually performed, we set off, stopping off at reception to ask for directions to the venue which were helpfully and enthusiastically given - they even marked it on a map for us.Several hours later we returned, bitterly cold and looking forward to snuggling in bed. The heating had gone off so it was cold at first but we soon warmed up under the bedding which I suspect had been made of fibres originally conceived for Arctic expeditions and fell asleep to dream of a hearty Scottish breakfast in a few hours time.Breakfast was served in the large dining room which put me in mind of "Fawlty Towers" - purely the décor, you understand, there was a lack of neurotic hotel managers! There was just one waitress who coped well with the number of tables she had to look after. There was cereal and fruit available buffet-style on a long table and the waitress took the orders for cooked breakfasts. I did feel that the waitress could have come back more often to offer top-ups of drinks since, like the cooked breakfast that appeared before me, the servings were small. The food was pretty average - I would have perhaps paid a bit more for some nice Scottish sausages and some quality bacon rather than skimpy rashers and anaemic bangers.The hotel has no other facilites to speak of. There is a small lounge which we peeked into, on the ground floor. There is no bar so the lounge is really just used by guests waiting for taxis to arrive or for guests to wait for their companions to come downstairs or catch up with the papers.Non-smokers will be pleased to know that the entire hotel is no smoking - in the rooms and in the public areas.Our send off was as warm as the welcome we received, with the receptionist making sure we knew the quickest route to the station and saying he hoped to see us again. And well he might! The Adria Hotel is convenient and comfortable without the higher price tag one expects down the hill on Princes Street yet it is still well positioned for all of the city's attractions. I recommend you check out the hotel's website for details of room options (single, double, family, with bathroom, without) and prices (too numerous to list here) and consider it as an option if you need somewhere to rest your head in Edinburgh.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxwww.adriahotel.co.ukAdria Hotel11-12 Royal TerraceEdinburghTel - 0131 556 7875NOTE - the hotel has one room on the ground floor which is suitable for disabled guests. There is no lift to the other floors.
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