Double Tree Edinburgh City Centre by Hilton is an A-listed building but equipped with all the modern amenities. The location is right by Edinburgh Castle and only a ten minute walk from the main shopping area of Princes Street. Both Waverly and Haymarket train stations are within walking distance. Edinburgh Airport is about thirty minutes away.
Lobby & Check-In
I arrived at the Double Tree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre hotel at 5:40PM and there were two people working at the front (check-in) desk. One of them was available, and I was attended to immediately. Lucky indeed, because immediately after, six more guests arrived into the lobby. The check-in was quick enough as everything was prepaid – all that was required was a signature, the issuing of the room card, and of course, the Cookie. This was a quick five minute job, if even.
Every Double Tree by Hilton hotel gives each guest their signature Cookie. And a fine cookie it is! Warm, soft, gooey and chocolatey.
The lobby was moderately-sized and reasonably modern. It consisted of the main check-in desks, a number of ‘loungy’ chairs and two public computers for general browsing. What’s odd was that the lobby did not have any washrooms – just the one toilet labelled for the disabled and to get to this, you would have to pass through two doors.
There were two elevators to reach the guest room floors. I walked up the stairs as my room was on the first floor.
My room was relatively standard with the basic amenities (a safe, tea, coffee and kettle). It had one window from ceiling to floor but only two feet in width which did not allow for much natural light. Placed near the window was the desk with four wall plugs.
What was strange was the positioning of the television – normally, the TV would be mounted directly on the opposite end of the bed, however, it was instead, mounted to the right side of bedroom wall. This meant that I could only watch the TV with my head or body turned which was just a bit awkward.
I am fully aware that bed and pillows are all personal preference, but for my liking, the pillows were far too soft. My head just sunk straight down and it felt like there was no proper support. The bed itself was fine – not too soft, not too hard. In the end, I was able to have a solid night’s sleep.
Albeit small, the bathroom was very clean with nice tiling. The bathroom had a shower unit with a handheld shower head, and the pressure of the water was strong. The mirror in the bathroom was a steam-free mirror. Again, there were basic amenities including shampoo, body wash, body lotion and hand soap.
Breakfast was a hot buffet consisted of scrambled egg, bacon, sausages, potato pancakes, mushroom, tomato, baked beans and haggis. In addition, there was a selection of cereal, pastries and fruits. There was a coffee machine dispensing latte, cappuccino and coffee. Various juices and water were available too. As an alternative, there was a ‘cooked to order’ option with pancakes, waffles, porridge, omelettes, poached eggs or fried eggs to choose from.
All in all, Double Tree Edinburgh City Centre is a solid choice – clean and modern with polite and friendly staff. The location is very central with many iconic attractions within walking distance. It would be a hotel that I would come back to – but only at a decent price. (The corporate rate for this hotel was a whopping GBP 183.94 per night on a weekday, a bit too rich for my personal budget.)