Has anyone stayed at any of the Ibis hotels in Edinburgh? Which one and any advice as to which has the best location for walking to sites and/or restaurants? Are they equally nice and in similar neighborhoods? (Will be arriving by train and leaving by plane if that helps.) Thanks!
We stayed at a Premier Inn (which I view as similar to Ibis). It was the one at York Place. The price was right, the rooms were very clean and large, and we walked everywhere. We easily walked to it from the train station, but I believe a tram stop was also near by.
Thank you - I will check it out.
We stayed at the Ibis Styles on St Andrew’s Square in September. “Styles” is the “Green” Ibis, which is more upscale than the regular “Red” (of which there are two in the middle of the old Town, reports on T.A. note noise issues at these two, both are mentioned in RS guide, which ignores the Styles). Anyway, we were quite happy with the hotel and location, and as we got upgraded to thesuperior room on the top floor we had a balcony with a drop-dead view to the east. The breakfast was excellent, about the best we have had at several Ibis facilities. We liked it so much that we are staying there again this spring and have requested that same room, even sans upgrade. It is a short and easy walk to the train, and thus also to the airport bus, and other bus lines. There is an excellent restaurant row two blocks away.
THANK YOU, Larry! This is EXACTLY what I was hoping to find out... and what a bonus that we can walk from the train station - perfect! I had heard that Ibis had good breakfasts :) , another plus. Will book the Styles and ask for an upper room with balcony. I assume it was quiet?
At this Ibis, that room is called "The Works". There is a discount at all Ibis (all Accor) hotels with the free loyalty program. Ibis breakfasts are generally similar, we found a much higher quality at the two "Styles" that we stayed at. You will not need more than a quick bite while out touring. As for quiet, we had no issues, the two Red ibis are in the middle of Old Town and it's pretty crazy there. It is 3/8 of a mile or so from the train station (the airport bus is also there, and the airport tram stop is even closer), under 3/4 mile to the castle. This is the quieter side of town, we had no issues. Great choice of restaurants a coulpe blocks down along Rose Street, worth scanning the blocks before making a choice.
Perfect - I didn't know about the loyalty program so even better! Do you think a day and a half is enough time to see most of the town? Could add a 3rd night.
I would give it 2 full days, i.e. 3 nights. There is lots to see and do depending on your tastes, including non-tourist stuff such as a hike up the Crags to Arthur's Seat. We were there for mid Saturday to early Tuesday and it was nowhere near enough, and so going back for another 3 days to start our upcoming Scotland trip. You should find a way to get in to the loyalty program on the Ibis website, honestly we have been in that for enough years that we don't remember how we first signed up.
Okay, thanks! (I thought that might be what you'd say, given that you said you were retuning!)