I stayed at the three star Point Hotel Edinburgh for two nights in late February 2012. I booked my stay on the Hotels.com site, after finding they offered the cheapest price at the Point Hotel Edinbugh on the Hotelscombined price comparison site. I was able to get an additional 10% off by using a Hotels.com discount voucher. Although I was staying for two nights at the Point Hotel Edinburgh, I’d made two separate one night bookings. The first night I booked a deluxe double room with castle view including breakfast for £31 and the second night (booked two days later) a standard double/twin room for £27. Fortunately, the hotel allocated me a deluxe room for both nights. As I’d booked the room for two guests but ended up staying alone, the hotel very kindly allowed me to have breakfast on both mornings.
Entrance to Point Hotel Edinburgh
The Point Hotel is located just off Lothian Road, close to the Usher Hall and Lyceum Theatre. It takes around 20 minutes to walk from Edinburgh Waverly Rail Station. My room was on the fourth floor and I was impressed with the art on display in the corridor.
Scottish Moutain scene in corridor at Point Hotel Edinburgh
I was wowed by the castle view from my room.
View of Edinburgh Castle from my room
The room was spacious with a large desk with a comfy chair, as well as two other chairs. The towels in the bathroom were lovely, thick and fluffy.
It’s really a pity that the room was let down by poor maintainence and some other issues. The valance on the bed had some sort of brown liquid splash on it. There had been an unsuccessful attempt to cover cracks in the enamel of the sink and the bath with what looked like paint. One of the glasses in the bathroom still had what looked liked toothpaste stains in it. The double bed appeared to comprise of two single matresses and neither the bottom sheet or the duvet were large enough. There was one small tube of body wash and one of shampoo which was just enough for me, although it was a double room. The charge for in-room internet connection was a whopping £20 per 24 hour period. Fortunately I had my T-Mobile mobile internet USB modem which costs £10 a month for 1GB. There was free WiFi in the bar but I couldn’t see me being able to get much work done there.
Double room at Point Hotel Edinburgh
The breakfast was fantastic and put the offerings of many four star hotels to shame. There was an extensive choice on the buffet including a variety of fresh breads, fresh fruit including water melon and sliced almonds to add to your cereal. In addition to the standard items on the hot buffet, you could order other items such as pancakes or porridge.
Breakfast buffet at Point Hotel Edinburgh
All the staff at the Point Hotel Edinburgh are extremely friendly and very focused on customer service.
In summary, the Point Hotel Edinburgh is a bit of mixed bag with some very good and some bad aspects. I thought that the hotel offered fantastic value for money, although you have to bear in mind that I stayed during the week in low season and I’m pretty good at sniffing out the cheapest hotel deals. I loved the pieces of art around the hotel. The castle view rooms do have the wow factor.
Art Deco chandelier in the Brasserie at the Point Hotel Edinburgh
I reckon that the sink and bath in my room needed to be either professionally repaired or replaced. Clean bathroom glasses should placed in rooms ready for new guests. Valances need to be regularly checked for stains. It would be better to offer guests in a double room two single duvets, as the current one duvet couldn’t comfortably cover two people. There really should be two tubes of shampoo and two tubes of body wash in double/twin rooms. I don’t think that a £20 daily charge for internet connection is justifiable.
However, all the negatives could be addressed and rectified with some investment and quality control, allowing the Point Hotel Edinburgh to become a very good all-rounder.
You can see all my Point Hotel Edinburgh photos on Flickr.
My reivew of the Bread Street Brasserie at the Point Hotel.
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