Just got back from a 4 day/3 night trip to Edinburgh, during which we stayed at the Kings Manor. We've been to Edinburgh many times, but never to this hotel before. Main reason we chose the hotel was price, we like two twin rooms and the cost for this at hotels we've previously stayed in was very high.
We stumbled across the hotel accidentally during an Expedia search, the price on a room-only basis was very reasonable, it had leisure club facilities which the kids enjoy and the option for interconnecting rooms was a bonus. I phoned the hotel up directly to enquire about breakfast and to get more details about the possibility of interconnecting rooms, and whilst I was on the phone asked for a quote directly from the hotel. It was £170 more than Expedia, which seems very odd to me - how can going through a third party which takes a cut be better business for the hotel? As such, I booked through Expedia and requested adjacent/interconnecting rooms if possible.
We arrived around 1pm and were pleased to hear our rooms were ready. They were adjacent but not interconnecting, a minor inconvenience but one I'd hoped the hotel would be able to address as we had made the reservation over a month ago. We were directed to our rooms and offered assistance with our luggage.
Rooms are decent enough, beds were comfortable, TV with Freeview channels, hairdryer, tea/coffee facilities. Bathrooms were very nice, appear to have recently been renovated. Plenty of coathangers which makes a change. We asked for a fridge in one room, and one was more or less immediately brought up (small tabletop beer fridge).
The hotel is 7 or 8 miles outside the city centre and apart from houses there isn't really anything else (pub/srestaurants/shops) nearby. The beach and promenade are around a half mile walk away, sure this is very pleasant on a warm summers day (decent enough on a clear chilly October morning). Bus service (44) to the city centre is very good, stops outside the hotel, every 10 minutes through the day and every half hour in the evening. It can get quite busy on the bus (lots of stopping) but you should be on Princes St in 20-25 minutes. The hotel has free booklets with bus information on, which is useful.
Breakfast was a bit of a disappointment really. When on a room-only basis, it is £10 for adults/£5 for kids if you book on arrival (£12.50 adult/not sure for kids otherwise). So for a family of four for 3 nights it adds up to a lot of money. We were able to haggle, but nonetheless it was still expensive. Service was patchy, we were shown to a table each morning and told someone would take our order for tea/coffee/toast but on 2 out of 3 times no-one did and we had to ask. Decent enough selection of fruit/cereal and cooked breakfast items, however the latter wasn't very warm (particularly on Sunday when I heard others complaining). Also, all fish options (mackerel/kippers/herring) had run out by 9am on Sunday. I think if I had my time again we'd get the bus into the city centre first thing and eat there.
We ate a couple of times in the Bistro at lunchtime, food selection was pretty good and there is a full menu all day at weekends (12-2:30 and 6:30 onwards weekdays, sandwich menu outside these times). Beer and soft drinks were reasonably priced (under £3 for Bud, £1.50 for a can of Irn Bru). Only down side is that Sky Sports is only shown in the bar area, and kids aren't allowed in there. As such, we couldn't watch the Liverpool/Everton game on Sunday.
Very good Leisure Club, the Fountain Spa. Complimentary towels each visit, gym was decent enough and the pool area was excellent (20m long/1.25m deep, small kiddy pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms). My wife was impressed that hotel residents were able to book on the exercise classes (zumba etc) free of charge - problem was she didn't bring her kit!
Overall we enjoyed our stay and would definitely go back if we can get as good a deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional style hotel with family owner / manager. Constantly being upgraded to meet the demands of today's traveller. Bar, restaurant, bistro, free parking extensive leisure club including pool sauna, steam room and spa bath. Family rooms available. Quick, reliable inexpensive public transport to city centre and all city's attractions. Set in quiet suburban setting a few minutes walk to the beach and harbour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Best Western
- Best Western Kings Manor Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland