Updated on February 1, 2018
Hotel Review: Old Town Chambers, Edinburgh Scotland
After a fantastic 5 days in London, including a day out in the country side, it was time to head to our next stop, Edinburgh, Scotland! We took a bus to the Stansted Airport (which is the first time I had flown out of a London airport other than Heathrow) for our short flight on Ryanair up north.
The Stansted airport is really just for low cost carrier like Ryanair, but I was pretty impressed by it. Our flight was pretty uneventful and we landed in Scotland around early afternoon and took a cab to what turned out to be a really unique and awesome hotel, The Old Town Chambers.
Here is the trip so far:
We will go into a few reasons that this was a great hotel, but first and foremost it has a WONDERFUL location.
The entrance to the close (alley) that leads you to the hotel is next to the Angels and Bagpipes restaurant. As you go down this small alley you see a beautiful and modern hotel appear in front of you.
As you can see from the map below, it is right on the Royal Mile and literally across the street from St. Giles Cathedral. The Edinburgh Castle is about 6 blocks away, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a short walk, and there are restaurant and shops everywhere.
Being able to walk places is one of the things I value the most in a hotel and this place nails it!
Even though your are right in the heart of town, there is actually very little noise, even with the windows open, which is due to the fact that it is a short walk down the close and off the main street.
When looking for a hotel in Edinburgh I wanted a great location but since there were 6 of us I also thought it would be fun to stay together. For this reason The Old Town Chambers was perfect because it offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. I booked us into a 3 bedroom apartment for our 2 night stay.
When entering the hotel there is a small, cozy lobby on the left with a front desk. Around the corner there is also a little business center. Heading to the back you will find an elevator and a set of stairs. There is even a small, very nice gym. As I mentioned before, the entire place looks very modern and new and I was really impressed.
We headed to our apartment on the 3rd floor and continued to be impressed.
When we walked in we found what looked like a brand new looking apartment with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom down stairs as well as a large living room, dining area, a little work desk and a full kitchen.
Upstairs was a loft bedroom as well as another large bathroom, large closet and work desk.
As you can see, there was really plenty of room for the 6 of us. Another cool thing about the hotel is that the rooms have 4 digit codes. When you check in you get a code for your room which you can use to get in, so no carrying around keys or loosing them.
What does it cost?
This room was not overly cheap at $500 a night but considering we could divide it between 3 couples it really ended up being pretty affordable. No direct points option with this hotel.
How do you get there?
We all just took cabs from the airport which seemed to be there easiest way to do it. Although when we got close the cab drive was a bit confused because you can’t see the hotel or sign at all from the street. If you search for that Angels and Bagpipes restaurant then it will put you right where you need to be. The Close that the hotel is through is also called Roxburgh.
Where to eat?
I won’t say I had any amazing meals while we were here, but there is a very good Italian restaurant which is almost right next to the hotel called Zizzi, where we ate one night. I wouldn’t say it is a one of a kind place to eat in Edinburgh, but it is super close and had pretty good food. We certainly enjoyed our meal and with it being just steps away it is an easy place to eat.
This is a FANTASTIC place to stay if you are going to Edinburgh, especially if you have a larger group. The service was excellent, the entire place looked brand new and most importantly, you are right in the heart of EVERYTHING with out having any of the noise that usually accompanies that. I would certainly stay here again and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the city.