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Stay Edinburgh City Apartments - Royal Mile 4.0

Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Pros

  • Fantastic location right on the Royal Mile and close to everything
  • Historic, 18th-century building
  • Beautiful apartments combine period architecture and modern decor
  • Staff can provide grocery items, and arrange tours and airport pickups
  • Pet-friendly
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Non-smoking property (a con for some)
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • No on-site bar or restaurant
  • Stairs only; no elevator to upper floors
  • No 24-hour front desk
  • First-floor units can get street noise
  • No parking

Bottom Line

This 15-unit upscale hotel is an exceptionally located property right on the cobblestone Royal Mile, lined with shops, pubs, and restaurants. The Old Town apartments are within walking distance of everything; guests won’t need a car to get around the city. Built in a former 18th-century palace, the apartments offer the luxury of a high-end hotel with the convenience and privacy of apartment living. The units are clean, spacious, and comfortable, with modern kitchens and beautiful bathrooms. Guests may also want to consider the nearby Fraser Suites, which offers in-suite kitchenettes and an on-site restaurant/bar, for a moderately higher price.

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A historic gem -- high-end apartments in an exceptional location, up a winding stone staircase

The Stay Edinburgh City Apartments - Royal Mile are a secret gem in the center of everything. The apartments are built in a former 18th-century palace, which appears very grand from the outside. Reaching the reception area, however, feels a bit Harry Potter-like, as it's located in the back and down the stairs of a cheap souvenir shop. Once downstairs, guests may find the basement room off-putting, with its slapdash rack of keys, mismatched desks, and absence of decor. Inside the main property, though, the hotel's grandeur becomes apparent. There are plenty of steep and winding stone stairs to tackle, which guest find either a hassle or part of the enchantment. (Guests should request units on lower floors if stairs are an issue.) There are no common areas in which to gather -- no bar, no restaurant -- but the apartments are architecturally striking and brightly decorated. The Stay Edinburgh is far more than a convenient “aparthotel”; it’s a traveler’s oasis. Guests tend to be families, couples, and groups of friends taking advantage of the full kitchens and excellent location. 

Location

Perfectly located, within walking distance of everything, right on the Royal Mile

The Stay Edinburgh City Apartments - Royal Mile is ideally located for both business travelers and tourists, sitting right on the famed Royal Mile, lined with shops, pubs, and restaurants. Princes Street with its superb shopping is a five-minute walk from the building, as are Princes Street Gardens and the Waverley Train station. Edinburgh Castle is 10 minutes away on foot. Within a 10-minute walk are supermarkets for stocking kitchens and plenty of dining options when guest want to skip cooking. There's no need for a car here -- good thing as there's no on-site parking. The airport is a 25- to 30-minute drive. 

Rooms

Gorgeous apartments with well-supplied kitchens and a luxury feel

Accommodations at the Stay Edinburgh City Apartments - Royal Mile are thoughtfully designed, clean, and beautiful, with open-plan living rooms and luxurious details. One-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments for up to 20 guests are available. Plush black couches and white slipper chairs combine with black-lacquered furniture and bold, contemporary wallpaper for a cozy yet stylish ambiance. Beds are topped with snappy red Scottish tartan blankets. All units have flat-screen TVs and DVD players and free Wi-Fi. The fully equipped kitchens have stoves, full-size refrigerators, microwaves, electric kettles, dishwashers, washer/dryers, cutlery and utensils, dishes, and free coffee and tea. Beautifully tiled bathrooms have Molton Brown toiletries in pump dispensers, hairdryers, heated towel racks, and either shower/tub combos or shower stalls. Some units have gabled ceilings or period touches like stone fireplaces. The building is old, and the windows are original (read: not entirely soundproof), so light sleepers should request units away from the street.

Features

Convenience store, business services, tour booking, and excellent Wi-Fi

The Stay Edinburgh City Apartments - Royal Mile has a convenience store for last-minute or forgotten items, and it's surrounded by shops and restaurants for stocking up. There are additional laundry facilities on-site, for use as needed. Free, fast, and efficient Wi-Fi is available in all apartments. Baby high-chairs and beds can be added upon request. Fax and copying services are offered at reception, for business travelers. Staff can arrange various tours, airport transfers, and Food Welcome Packs stocked with basic groceries (for a fees). 

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Central Reception 217 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PE, United Kingdom

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