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The Edinburgh Thistle Hotel is located in the prestigious, quiet and residential west end area of Edinburgh New Town.The hotel is central and near to Edinburgh Castle, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and of course the renowned Princes Street with its vast array of stylish shops and stores. Established in 1924, the hotel has retained most of its original period features, having once been a Georgian Town House.
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theatres and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
All reviews continental breakfast no lift manor suite west end top floor friendly hotel small hotel quiet location city centre original features haymarket station princes street bit dated very pleasant stay minute walk full scottish breakfast first floor
Have just spent a couple of days here and was very pleased with the warm and comfortable hotel.Although an older type hotel it was very clean and the staff were lovely and helpful.Great value for money,will use this hotel again.
This is a typical Edinburgh building with high ceilings and lots of character. The hotel is well situated within 15 minutes walk of the centre, Stockbridge etc. The staff are young and extremely friendly and helpful.
Breakfast is pretty basic.
There is no lift in...More
The hotel itself has flair, but is also getting very old, not to say ailing, everything you touch is loose, doorknobs, toilet roll holder, toilet seat. Plaster and wallpaper crumble everywhere. Doors close very badly, stay stuck. Breakfast is ok for 2 days, but far...More
I have stayed here before and have to say I am always met by lovely friendly staff. The rooms are clean and warm. The hotel is not too far from the centre and not too busy to be noisy. There is a bar and a...More
Great location, very outdated and not well kept room decoration and furniture. Staff was rude and unwelcoming. Didn’t accommodate for dairy allergies. Had to pay an extra £20 a night for parking in a terrible, hard to access side street with no lighting at all....More