Beautiful flat, pool, castle views.

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Lothian Rd, Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 9DD, United Kingdom

Gorgeous, bright top floor flat (lift access) which benefits from panoramic views of Edinburgh Castle from the lounge and the bedroom, perfect for the fireworks displays, or just for everyday awesomeness! Sleeps three adults or 2 adults & 2 children

The Space

This modern and comfortable top floor apartment (lift and stairs access) is part of Lothian House, which is an fascinating 'B' listed Art Deco building slap bang in the centre of Edinburgh.

It benefits from panoramic views of Edinburgh Castle from the lounge and the bedroom, perfect for the fireworks displays at the end of the festival and Hogmanay, or just for everyday awesomeness.

It has one bedroom, with one real bed. It has one (smallish) sofa bed in the living room. It is accessed by a lift or stairs.

So it comfortably sleeps 2-3 adults. It can accommodate two adults and two children, as long as the children are happy to sleep together on the sofabed. The apartment benefits from central heating, towels and linen are provided, there is an iron, ironing board, hairdryer, complimentary laundry detergents, complimentary tea and coffee, and you can be met by a personal greeter who will show you around and answer any queries.

Check in is anytime after 1pm, check out is 11am. Unless agreed otherwise, you need to stick to the check out time so that we can manage our cleaning effectively. If you require an early check in, please ask, this can sometimes be arranged. The early check in fee is £20. The fee is there because it means we usually have to forego a booking for the night before in order to have the place ready for you at the earlier time. Similarly, if you require a late check in or check out (late means checking in anytime after 8pm, or checking out anytime after 11am) we can sometimes accommodate that and there is a fee of £20. This will be discussed and confirmed with you in advance.

What's it like?
It's a special place to be because you are so high up that you can see over the flats opposite, straight onto the castle. It is an uninterrupted view! The sun streams in the window in the morning when it's dry, filling the vast high-ceilinged space, and the apartment feels fresh, light and airy even when the weather is not so good.

There is a spacious and comfortable lounge/kitchen/dining area and a double bedroom. The kitchen has recently been refurbished and is fully equipped. It even includes a blender, a microwave and a George Foreman grill! The lounge has a large 3 seater leather sofa, a second sofa (sofa bed), a generously proportioned flat screen TV with DVD and digibox, a dining table that seats 4, and a selection of books in the bookshelf.

The sofa bed in the lounge is very convenient and can sleep 1 adult or is ideal for 1-2 children staying with their parents. A bathroom with an over bath powerful shower completes the accommodation.

Access to the apartment is via an elevator in the building and secure entry with CCTV. Buses from Princes Street and the train stations stop opposite the apartment.

A communal swimming pool, basic gym and sauna are located on the bottom floor.

The building was built over the Union Canal which facilitated the building of a swimming pool. The pool itself is lovely, the water having a colour change feature which gently changes from blue to green, purple and back. It is a very retro space, with many art deco features, as a result it is not modern or high tech!

The showers in the pool area are basic (although they work fine, and the water is piping hot), but I used to like to jump in the lift and go back to finish off my showering in the comfort of the apartment. The sauna is effective, really great after a swim or just to relax and unwind after a day sightseeing in Edinburgh.

*PLEASE NOTE* that while the use of the pool etc are free, I have no control over this communal space and as such DO NOT MAKE GUARANTEES about its availability on any particular day. The use of the pool/sauna are a free extra, you have not paid for it as part of your nightly rate and therefore, if for any reason you can't use it, I will not be held responsible as I am not authorised to repair anything in that area of the building.

A laundry room with washers and dryers is located on the first floor. These are commercial machines so it's really handy if you're staying a while as they are quick and efficient.

There are great restaurants, cafes and bars that do food in the area, including Illegal Jacks on Lothian Road, Loudons cafe on Fountain bridge and Hula Juice Bar and Cafe/Gallery in The Grassmarket. There are 3 small supermarkets (one in the building itself) for those of you who wish to cater for themselves in this lovely home from home.

Only minutes from Princes Street and from the historic Grassmarket, the location couldn’t be more perfect. It has it all – theatres, pubs, clubs, restaurants, shops, banks, a park, tourist attractions all within walking distance. You won’t be disappointed. Suitable for business or pleasure. For corporate guests it is close to major offices of Scottish Widows, Standard Life, Bank of Scotland to name a few and is also close to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Parking is not included with this apartment, however there is on street metered parking nearby or many city centre car parks nearby. See this handy parking map for options: ((website hidden): Edinburgh Parking Lothian Road and it's the first link - I'm not allowed to post a link on this profile page)

Go and check out the pictures of the view from the lounge!

Thanks for reading.

Guest Access

Modern, well appointed, well equipped flat. Panoramic views of the castle which is really special in the evenings when it is lit up. Use of pool, table tennis table and other leisure facilities.

Interaction with Guests

As much as they require for a pleasant and enjoyable stay. Usually in the city, and available by email/phone.

The Neighborhood

Access to everything and a view to die for!

Getting around

Lots of great bus routes and easy walking access to the Grassmarket, Royal Mile, Princes Street and the parks.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $26 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $130
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • The reservation was canceled 25 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    March 2014
  • The flat is in a perfect location, with huge windows overlooking the castle. It's spacious, clean, quiet and lovely. Would really recommend if you want a short city break.

    February 2014
    Response from Susan:

    Thanks so much Evelina - you're welcome back anytime!

  • Stay was great, very central location, clean flat. Susan even made a bed for our 1.5 year old son.

    February 2014
    Response from Susan:

    Thanks Elizabeth!

  • What a great flat and a great city, will book again.

    February 2014
    Response from Susan:

    Thanks so much Andy!

  • A wonderful apartment in the middle of it all. It was well appointed and very central to everything. It was exhilarating to wake each day and see the castle out the window. The entire family thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas break in Edinburgh, complete with the perfect little tree that Susan left for us.

    December 2013
  • Susan's place is great.
    Really central and very cosy indeed.
    The view of the castle is fantastic and we would definitely return.

    Thanks Susan!

    December 2013
  • Susan's apartment was very spacious and comfortable in a good location with only a few minutes walk into both the old town and new town. It has local amenities such as shops and a cinema right on its doorstep which is really convenient. Susan met us in person and was friendly and gave us some good advice about where to visit. She also arranged a late checkout for us which was very helpful. Our only one recommendation would be if you arrive at the train station with heavy bags maybe get a taxi as the hills are a bit much with big bags!

    December 2013
  • Had a great stay in Edinburgh! We were in town for a show at the Usher Hall, which was literally a two minute walk from the apartment. The surrounding area is full of quirky little cafés, bars, restaurants and shops. Check out Shebeen steakhouse just around the corner!

    The apartment was lovely. Spacious and clean... everything catered for, with a nice view of the castle, or to just watch the world go by.

    November 2013
  • Great central apartment. Perfect for a couples get away. On a busy lively street with bars and restaurants to visit, close walk to old town which was my favourite place.
    Go see the zoo too! ;)

    November 2013
  • Great apartment in an ideal location for exploring the city. Lots of places to eat and drink in very close proximity. No hesitation in recommending the apartment and Susan as a host.

    November 2013
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My name is Susan and I've made Edinburgh my home for the past 12 years. I loved living in this apartment, I now live real close having moved in with my boyfriend 2 years ago. I'm really interested in meeting people from all over he world, and have travelled extensively myself. I have a business in town, a lovely cafe in the heart of the Old Town so I have vast knowledge of the city and am happy to share some hidden gems and insider knowledge! I also love to walk my small Schnauzer puppy in the parks of Edinburgh, make and sew, bake, read and go to gigs. Edinburgh is a wonderful place, I hope you'll have a great time. I think you will!
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