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Stay Central Hotel

139 Cowgate near St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh EH1 1JS Scotland
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At STAY central we aim a little bit higher than just providing you with a good night's sleep. We have 37 fresh and refurbished bedrooms perfect for 2 to share or bedrooms for up to 6 guests. We like to look after you and free Wi-Fi is a must for our guests. Each of our lovely bedrooms have large flat screen TV's, iPod docks, rain fall style showers to get lathered up in and lots of little extras you won't expect. Located in the heart of Edinburgh's eclectic Cowgate surrounding the famous lively Three Sisters bar, STAY Central is a short stroll from everywhere.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
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Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
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Air conditioning
Desk
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Flatscreen TV
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Nat G wrote a review Mar 2024
Metro Manila, Philippines17 contributions9 helpful votes
Was not expecting that “brisk hiking” was literally meant in their website as hotel is quite far from train station (take a £6 Uber to go to the hotel instead). Located in the Old Town Area, very near to Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket and Royal Mile. Need a bus ride to the City Center. Our room 302 was very spacious. Front desk (shout out to Yasmin!) was very helpful and accommodating. Due to their sister bar, it is a little noisy at night but manageable.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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elainekjones wrote a review Mar 2024
bath uk19 contributions6 helpful votes
Late night revellers, ok, to get expected in a city centre place but the air con/ generator outside our window was like a jet engine all night!! Bed comfy and clean, good shower, adequate breakfast £15 but THE NOISE!!!! Bring two ear plugs for each ear!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Rhiannon S wrote a review Mar 2024
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We stayed here for two nights from 1st March until 3rd March. The room itself was a good size and the facilities in the room were good. However, the double bed was made up of 2 single beds which were not attached so kept coming apart or sliding away from the wall when you sat up. The area we struggled with the most was the noise. There is a club next door that had its music very loud. This could be heard in the room until 1am, preventing us from sleeping. Then drunk guests were very noisy on their return and tried to get into our room. It was nearly 3 before we managed to get to sleep. For the last reason alone, we would not stay here again.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Room Tip: A great place to stay if you are a party animal and do not like to go to sleep until the early...
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Barry R wrote a review Nov 2023
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With just the right amount of quirkiness without going overboard, Stay Central felt welcoming, clean and relaxing. Within two minutes walk of Grassmarket; lots of restaurants, bars, and nightlife, the hotel rooms are tucked at the back of the building, providing insulation from the busy streets. The bed, pillows and seating were comfy. The room was well equipped with a good selection of teas and coffees, as well as a small SMEG fridge. The Bluetooth room speakers are also a treat for playing music from your devices. Fair price for one night with good facilities in this lovely part of Edinburgh and a healthy vegan breakfast too. It was a good experience.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Goldendee wrote a review Oct 2023
10 contributions5 helpful votes
Only 1 person in the front desk. They don't clean your room unless you tell the front desk to clean. Sink was too small Elevator was slow No aircon but provided 2 fan. What I don't like is the room cleaning 1st day we told front desk we wanted to have our room cleaned they only cleaned the room but did not fix the bed. 2nd day no room cleaning. Price was not worth it with the stay.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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christine m wrote a review Oct 2023
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Fair stay. Rooms small but clean. Can get noisy. Very good location. Service instead, below average. They charged us twice for our stay but won‘t admit it. worse, they do not respond to e-mail. Never experienced this with a serious business. Be careful!!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Lewis P wrote a review Sep 2023
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Rooms and reception area are well decorated although the location of the hotel is on a backstreet. When we stayed over the fire alarm was set off a total of 3 times , obviously worried we made our way to reception to ask if there was a fire, the staff member that was working that night advised us there was a fault in the system and they fixed it with no real fire. Mouldy shower mats. There was no bar only a container of water supplied with plastic cups for the rooms and a hot drink machine. We appreciate things like this do happen however no apologies, no partial refund or friendly customer service when this happened. So that put us off the stay although great for a last minute getaway.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Michael R wrote a review Aug 2023
County Durham, United Kingdom22 contributions1 helpful vote
Our room was nice, comfortable and clean, which is exactly what we were looking for from a reasonably priced stay over close to The Royal Edinburgh Tattoo. In this regard the hotel served its purpose very well. What we did not know however, and think it is vital to know before booking is that this is very much a party hotel. We did not notice this so think that others could easily miss this as well. The hotel is adjoined to the Three Sisters bar which is lively, loud and has a licence until 5AM. Our biggest surprise upon leaving the Tattoo and walking down Cowgate was that the hotel's outer walls were being used as a large projection screen for the Three Sister's outdoor festival (see pic). The provided earplugs were appreciated to get a good night's sleep. This is not however a negative review. The hotel is a party hotel and if that is what you are after they provide in abundance. The rooms are reasonably priced, well featured and stylish. The close proximity to the Three Sisters would be great for any stag/hen do, or night on the town. Just do not book this as a Tattoo stop over for a great night's sleep. You will be disappointed if you do. One strange detail is the labyrinthine stairs and corridor arrangement. We stayed on the fourth floor and so had two separate staircases to traverse, unconnected and down the corridor from each other. Our keycard also did not work for either staircase which was odd, this was however remedied quickly by the lovely staff at reception.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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George W wrote a review Aug 2023
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Trash. It is, indeed, a party hotel—one trying way too hard to appeal to *young* travelers. Worse, some of the “children” (are they really 18?) behind the bar don’t know basic drinks, then give attitude when you try to get them to understand. They seem impervious to basic statements like, “No, it’s not a kind of liquor; it’s a cocktail.” 🙄 Loud music playing from the outside bar until past midnight. —Lastly (though more could be said) the shower has large bottles for the shampoo and shower gel, ones that previous guests have also used. Nasty, nasty, nasty. Young men (especially) do nauseatingly gross things as “jokes” on others. No way.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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GarethKZN wrote a review Jul 2023
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This is a very well located hotel - only a 3min walk from the Royal Mile. Staff are friendly. There is a lively entertainment venue attached to the hotel with pleasant outside seating. The actual room was small, but the bathroom fair sized. Room was clean and well appointed with a very big flatscreen TV.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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C$178 - C$421 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandEdinburghCowgate / Old Town
NUMBER OF ROOMS
37
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Frequently Asked Questions about Stay Central Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Stay Central Hotel?
Nearby attractions include National Museum of Scotland (0.1 km), The Real Mary King's Close (0.2 km), and Edinburgh Old Town (0.07 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Stay Central Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and breakfast buffet.
Which room amenities are available at Stay Central Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Stay Central Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, breakfast, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Stay Central Hotel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Stay Central Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Makars Gourmet Mash Bar, Doctors, and 3 Blind Mice.
Is Stay Central Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Edinburgh.
Are there any historical sites close to Stay Central Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Real Mary King's Close (0.2 km), Palace of Holyroodhouse (1.2 km), and Gladstone's Land (0.3 km).
Is Stay Central Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.