on May 4, 2013
I was only down for one night but Rick's made a good impression. The guy who checked us in was really helpful and gave good suggestions when we asked him where to go eat. The bar and the restaurant are very nice, in a secluded little hideaway right in the heart of Edinburgh. Location is both a strength and a weakness (but with emphasis on the 'strength'). It's on Frederick Street, which is a perfect location for exploring Edinburgh - it's between George Street and Queen Street, a stone's throw away from the Castle, from the nightlife of Rose Street and the West End, the shopping of Princes Street and the culture of the Mound and the National Portrait Gallery. It's also easy striking distance to both Waverly Train station and the bus station and St Andrews Square. Unfortunately that means that there's no parking at Rick's. If you're just staying overnight that's fine because there's free parking all around from 6:30pm to 8:30am, but make sure you're away before the paid parking kicks in because it's outrageously expensive and there are traffic wardens everywhere. The room itself had a lot of really nice touches - there's an iPod with a docking station, loaded with an eclectic selection of music, there's an iron and board, so you don't have trek around the hotel to get one, there's a hair dryer and a GHD hair straightener, freeview and a good-sized TV ... all in all it was a nicely put together room. We got it last minute at a very good rate (for Edinburgh), so it was pretty solid value for money. My only issue with the hotel are a few little touches that could do with some attention - the shower head could only be one setting because if you tried to move it water came pelting out the side, the light fittings weren't securely fitted to the wall and it was really hard to turn the heat down. The thermostat spun freely in its socket and there was no way to turn the radiator down, so we had to have the windows open all night. That wasn't a big deal, but Edinburgh's pretty noisy till the small hours and if it hadn't been cold outside we'd have roasted. None of that detracted from a pretty comfortable, very convenient stay though. With a little bit of TLC to get these little touches in order, Rick's would be outstanding. As it is, I'd still recommend it. I didn't actually eat here on this occasion but I've had breakfast there before and it was really good. Alternatively, there's a Cafe Rouge 20 yards up the street which does excellent breakfast and one of the best cappuccinos I've had anywhere in Britain. For dinner there are more options than you could possibly need. We rolled in at 10:30pm and still had our choice of places to go - there was an Italian place a short walk away that's open till 2am or TGI Friday's just a couple of streets over which was open till 11pm, to name a couple.
©Travelocity.com LP 2000-2009