When taking a city break, the number one spot on my ‘hotel must-haves’ is always location. Having the perfect base, centrally located to zip back and forth from, when setting off on any city break is imperative. Being comfortable, not only in the conventional sense, is an aspect of traveling that is invaluable. The kind of comfort that encourages you to explore fully and allows you to thoroughly experience the culture, food, and people, simply because you have nothing else to worry about when staying with Mercure. A crisp early morning walk followed by a warm coffee overlooking Princes Street Gardens with panoramic views of Edinburgh Castle before traversing the local museums and shops
Ideally located in the city centre’s popular Princes Street, Mercure Edinburgh City Princes Street Hotel is situated a few minutes’ walk from the Edinburgh Airport Shuttle bus and Edinburgh Waverley railway station. It’s perfectly located to offer guests a range of itineraries featuring Edinburgh’s top places of interest. Start your day in Old Town before exploring Edinburgh Castle. Then, take a stroll down The Royal Mile, stopping for lunch in a café down one of Edinburgh’s famous closes and picking up Scottish made cashmere before finishing with dinner around Grassmarket. All of which is within walking distance from the hotel. In their own words, if you want to experience all that Edinburgh has to offer, and all the action right on your doorstep, you’re in the right place! We were guests to one of their superior rooms on the third floor, comfortably decorated and with fantastic views of Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh Castle and Old Town, it had everything you needed.
After our transfer from the airport in unusually sunny weather, we were checked-in in the lobby, decorated with a hint of modernity and quirky comedic attributes – classical art adorned with pop-culture references. The staff were some of the friendliest and approachable I’ve encountered, the receptionist who checked us in insisted on pinpointing our position on a handy pocket map, and outlining all the places of interest around us, an extra special touch that was much appreciated. Our room was spacious with comfortable fixtures and fittings, kitted out with all the amenities you need for dipping in and out of city-going.
One of the Edinburgh City Princes Street Hotel’s most discerning qualities was its charm, the hotel’s guest areas were bright, airy and most importantly, inviting. The restaurant had excellent service, our waiter was doting and couldn’t do enough for us. The fantastic views of the Castle and wonderful food made the evening a little extra special. They have on offer both The Brasserie and The Lounge. The Brasserie features everything from authentic pizzas to proper British favourites accompanied by a glass of wine or one of their speciality beers. The Lounge menu offers a wide selection of deli and classic sandwiches as well as selected favourites from the main menu, ideal for guests who want a quick bite or a more leisurely lunch.
An aspect influencing enough in and of itself is the view that Mercure Edinburgh City Princes Street Hotel boasts. Few Edinburgh hotels can claim the remarkable views offered by the hotel rooms. All feature a HD TV and free high speed WiFi. The seventh floor superior rooms even have their own private balcony with panoramic views, perfect for enjoying a cup of tea from the room on before heading out in the morning.
Waking up on our second day looking upon the Castle, we headed out for a light breakfast on George Street then embarked on a day of exploring. Knowing we had the perfect base to return to for another nights rest when discovering a city as charming as Edinburgh was the most wonderful part.