- Linda Macdonald, Destination expert
The Cowgate: clubs, bars, cafés, the Grassmarket, the Old Town. Just navigate down the hill from Greyfriar’s Bobby and keep to the left.
Style & character
This is the sort of place that positively demands you let your hair down. Real out-of-the-box thinking combined with a strong sense of style and commitment to fun has resulted in the ultimate urban crash-pad. All polished cement, brash bold graphics and rough-chic, quirky furnishings, this is East London comes to East Scotland.
Service & facilities
The fun starts before you even get in the door - just outside is the Three Sisters pub - big, brash and noisy with a vast beer garden courtyard. Inside, reception is a colourful hive of activity and a place to hang out, with board games, papers, books, information, coffee/tea/beer/ice cream - even t-shirts, and relentlessly cheerful staff on hand. You can hire a bike, join in the twice-weekly running club or try the urban gym on Saturday morning if you’ve ever fancied giving parkour a go. There are discounts on parking.
- Room service
The 37 rooms on four floors in a range which even the hotel says are difficult to categorise. From straightforward doubles, through to quads, six-bedders and even a private dorm (complete with ping pong table and dart board), the look is simple, sometimes slightly silly, but always sharp. Furnishings and facilities are not scrimped on - rooms come with all the necessities, including lots of fun little extras, and quality as good as you will find in any hotel: extremely well-stocked mini-fridges, safes, big LCD TVs, tea-making and coffee-machines, iPod docks, hair straighteners and dryers. Smart bathrooms are tiled in black and white with good drench showers and in-house branded toiletries.
Food & drink
You can have breakfast downstairs or delivered to your room. There’s ‘in-room snacking’ too, available 24-hours.
Value for money
Double rooms from £45 in low season; rising to £300 in high. Breakfast excluded (£10 per person). Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes, but don’t expect them to sleep.