Good - quiet, pleasant location, clean, free on street parking, good value for money.
Bad – breakfast just adequate, single room has noisy waste outlet in shower room. A little far from city centre.
Rating 7 out of 10
The Thistle House is a ten bedroom B&B in the south of Edinburgh, a 25 minute walk from the city centre. Most of the rooms are ensuite. When booking my single room there was only £2 difference in price between the single room with shared bathroom at £28 and the “luxury” single ensuite at £30, so I plumped for the ensuite. The establishment offers free wireless internet. Although secure free parking is available on site, sometimes the number of spaces available for guest parking is limited and as I’d be arriving by car and checking in late I knew that there was free on street parking in that area.
I stayed at the Thistle House for one night in October 2007. I thought it was in a quiet. pleasant upmarket area. The exterior is a substantial Victorian villa, the reception area is very attractive and there a beautiful wrought iron banister up the staircase which is illuminated by a large skylight. My “luxury” single room was on the second floor facing at the back of the building. The room was very quiet, except for the macerator used to shred the bathroom waste which was pretty noisy whenever you used the sink, shower or toilet. The room was a bit too floral for my taste, with pink flowery wallpaper and bedding. However it was very clean, apart from a few stains on the red carpet. There were 2 packs of very tasty biscuits and plenty of tea, coffee and milk.
The breakfast room is pretty basic as is the breakfast. There were a few yoghurts, three types of cereal, apples, fruit juice and a cooked breakfast with toast. Breakfast is available from 8am to 9am.
Overall I would recommend the Thistle House, particularly if you are travelling by car you can park easily if you arrive in the evening, once the commuters have departed. You may want to find a more centrally located B&B if you are using public transport as it is a fair walk into the city centre, although there is a good bus service from the adjacent street. It is a very pleasant, quiet area and my room was comfortable although to call it a a luxury room is a misnomer. Breakfast is pretty mediocre but I would stay there again.
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