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Elder York Guest House
Ranked #69 of 395 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 November 2011

Stayed at the Guest House for 2 nghts whilst visiting Edinburgh. The rooms are on the 3ed and 4th floor of the building which means lots of stairs, no lift. The Breakfast room is on the lower floor and my room was on the top floor. There are no public areas where you could sit andf my room was not equiped if you had to work. My room was clean and tidy with a well stocked tea tray a small but quiet adequate TV and an en suite shower room. The window was a skylight type Velux with a sliding blind. The Decor was clean and tidy and the bed Comfortable. There have been comments about the noise in the hotel as its next to the bus station and on a main city centre road. I personally didn't have that problem although others in the party did comment it was noisy.

The highlight of the stay was the breakfast which was excellent with a nice choice of options. The only down point was on the Sunday I was first in the dining room and last to get my breakfast waiting 40 minutes for 2 poached eggs on toast. They seem to serve tables nearest to the kitchen first so my tip is get nexct to the kitchen.

On arrival we were greeted by the owner how was very helpful telling us about the area where there were places to eat and attractions to see. Later arrivals were greeted by the manager who from reports wasn't as helpful, although that could have been because she wasn't a local and awasn't as aware.

Overall verdic despite my ratring of average, the hotel is clean, well positioned for the city centre and my room was comfortable but the stairs and and noise others in my party suffered took the edge off the stay and therefore I can only rate it as I have. Saying that if I wanted a value for money place to stay its not bad for a couple of nights.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a velux the noise seems reduced but be warned if you are over 6ft tall the sl...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

Its location is central so it is easy to walk to most places. Harry and Shirley are very nice and helpful and their breakfast is great.

The only negative point is the noise at night which makes sleeping difficult - so down a few drinks!

Good visit and I am sure we will return at some stage

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

The pros for this place? Great location for walking into the city and reasonably priced. The breakfast was good BUT served far too late at 9am on a Sat. Harry did come in a bit early the first day when we told him we had booked the Hairy Coo Tour and had to be out of the hotel by 8:15 at the latest. A full hot breakfast wasn't available at that hour but we could have the continental and Harry did scrambled eggs on toast for us. The cons however out weigh the pros by far. I have never given a hotel a bad rating before but this one deserves. I booked two rooms for us and another couple travelling with us from Australia. When I made the booking I was told by Harry, the owner, to park in the nearby car park until 5:30 on the Fri. evening then we could move our car to the street where it was free parking over the weekend. When we arrived it was a different story. For a start there is no free parking till after 6:30 AND it was well away from the hotel. We had to pay nealry 40GBP for 2 nights parking. This was unacceptable on top of the hotel rate and I was most upset. The girl who checked us in just shruged and said well.... There is a late night cafe (club?) under the hotel. Both rooms were very noisy with people yelling and carrying on till all hours of the night. My friends room had towels that had brown stains on them and they got the same type towels the next day, AND their room didn't have extra power points. They had one power point for the electric kettle and this had to be used for whatever they needed it for. We at least had a multi power point which held 4 plugs in our room. All in all our room wasn't too bad but our friends room was a disaster and unacceptable as far as I'm concerned.

Room Tip: Stay high up so you can't hear the noise from the club below!
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

Harry seemed stressed when we arrived and stressed when we left. No chit chat or offer of help or advice regarding this beautiful city was offered. Bed was very poor, sloped and our friend in adjoining room felt she was going to fall out of bed all night as well. The thing that did spoil our stay was the noise from the street, major intersection with buses and people noise all night. Plenty better in this city for 120 euro per night!!

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

beds clean and firm, clean tables for breakfast, look hard yes plenty of dust in nooks etc..room 3 phone outside door..kept rining...also opp the dining room, which was not a problem..lots of noise from the traffic..bus station next door buses outside above the windows noise..Great breakfast..room 3 had the toilet seat fitted at an angle not easy to sit on..good shower..plenty of stairs to climb on arrival not a problem for us..dont drive into bus staion will get a big telling off..good job there was a car park opp the hotel made life easy £19.90 for 24 hrs stay..worth a one night stay..

Room Tip: ask if poos not near the buss station..but not sure there is any
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

Stayed at the Elder York for 3 nights during the festival. As mentioned in previous reviews there are quite a few steps to reach the reception but we did not find this a problem. On our arrival we were met by Harry the owner who was very helpful and friendly. Our room overlooked the main road and there was some road noise. The room along with the rest of the hotel was very clean. The breakfast we both found was excellent and served by Sheila with a smile and jolly manner. The Elder York is very well situated for Waverley rail station and all the surrounding visitor attractions. St Andrews square is nearby and it is well worth strolling down the streets opposite the square as there are some very nice shops bars and restaurants. We would not hesitate in recommending this guest house for people who want clean and good value accommodation in a very central location.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

We stayed at the Elder York Guest House with our two teenage sons for one night. We stayed in a four bed room. Both the bedroom and the bathroom were spacious. The double bed was too hard though. There was also a lot of noise from the very busy road outside, starting around 4 am. But absolutely ok for one nights stay. The location is good.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Elder York Guest House

Address: 38 Elder Street, Edinburgh EH1 3DX, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
Hotel Style:
Ranked #69 of 395 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range: $97 - $276 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Elder York Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
No smoking, homely guest house on 3rd and 4th floor of a grade A listed building, very central location, clean and comfortable with a highly recommended breakfast to suite all appetites. Small pets welcome on agreement, very helpful staff. We aim to please. ... more   less 
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