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Grassmarket vs royal mile

We are two seniors in our 60s looking to spend 4 or 5 days in edinburgh.
We are looking at several hotels that are in the Grassmarket area or on the royal mile or about two blocks south of the mile.
We don't mind street noise but would rather not have loud noise after 11.
Also would like the area to be safe to walk around after dark.
Considering this,which area would you suggest or both ok
Thank you.

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we are 60ish and we stayed at the Adria House which is east of the royal mile. the walk is a bit short of a mile but there are numerous sites along the way. i never felt unsafe in Edinburgh walking back and forth to the royal mile or around our B&B. the people that run the B&B are great and the rooms are large and comfortable. One thing is the street up to the B&B is steep but as you will see there are not many places in Scotland that are not "hilly". Give the Adria House a look and see if it appears to be your type of spot. I loved it. We rode the tram from the airport to its last stop, York Place, and then walked about 1/3 of a mile to the B&B, we took a cab back to the airport when we left due to our early morning flight (7:45 AM) Cab was 30 pounds for two of us and the tram was 5 pounds, would have been 7.50 round trip. It does sound as if Adria may be a bit further from the Royal Mile than you want but they are extremely helpful and the breakfast was awesome. http://www.adriahouse.co.uk/

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Thank you but I think that is a little further than these old bones wanted
We had looked at two different ibis and a holiday inn near the mile
And apex and novatel and Grassmarket hotels near Grassmarket

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340 posts

Take a look at Fraser Suites. It's right on the Royal Mile across from St. Giles Cathedral. The rooms are good sized (especially the bathroom), very clean, safe, and they serve a tasty breakfast. One convenient plus is a laundry room for guest use. My husband and I (also in our 60s) have stayed there numerous times, and will be there again later this year.

Mary

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BTW there is pretty good bus service in Edinburgh. You can get a day pass that starts at 9AM--about when you're done with breakfast--and it lasts all day. That can allow you to stay away from the intense tourist areas, but still save your feet. I used to stay at the Inverleith Hotel near the Royal Botanic Gardens. I would take the bus up in the morning. Sometimes I would take it back after touring, and then maybe back up the hill to New Town for dinner, and then walk home down the hill at night to walk off the dinner. :)

Pam

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you can actually use a day ticket on the buses from the first bus in he morning,(about 5.00am) and that last till the last bus about midnight,but there are a variety of options you can see here.
http://lothianbuses.com/plan-a-journey/fares-and-tickets
at the moment a standard day ticket is £3.50 but will be going up to £4 soon, still great value

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Wow, that's great to hear that you can start using it earlier. I could have sworn that I had to wait until after Breakfast. I remember delaying one day. Maybe there was a special tourist rate at one point?

Pam

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Things have changed quite a bit, the bus service in Edinburgh is superb. i actually use a Ridacard that cost £51 for 4 weeks and is amazing value for money,i can even use the trams and night buses with this card, again this card is going up to £54 soon.This time next year i qulify for a free bus pass................ yes i am that old.

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I've stayed twice in the Travelodge Edinburgh Central. It's totally devoid of atmosphere or charm and is well worn, but it's at the end of the Royal Mile (halfway between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace), reasonably priced, has parking on site and is easy to drive to without attempting the narrow winding streets of the old city. Not a glowing recommendation, but I went back, so it's not too bad.

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We're a mid-50's - mid-60's couple and stayed in a wonderful apartment last August right on the Royal Mile near Holyrood Palace, through HomeAway (http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p565608vb ). It has 1 bedroom, 2 baths, living/dining room, plus a (tiny) kitchen with stove, fridge, dishwasher, and clothes washer. It's up one flight of stairs, with a landing partway up the stairs - not too many.

It's at the back of the building, which had no street noise and no noisy neighbors. The bus from/to the airport stops just 2 doors away. We were there during the height of the August Festival season, and felt completely safe, day and night.

There's a convenience store across the street for some food items, but a full Tesco grocery store was just a short walk away. There's also an Oink pulled-pork shop a few doors down - highly recommended by us and Rick Steves! You won't have a maid to make up your bed each day, but having breakfast each morning in your very own (temporary) flat is the way to go!