About this listing
Fresh, bright top floor flat (lift access) which benefits from panoramic views of Edinburgh Castle from both the lounge and the bedroom, rare in Edinburgh, perfect for the fireworks displays, or just for everyday awesomeness!
Amazing close and clear castle views as the flat is higher than the apartments opposite, rare in Edinburgh.
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 sofa bed in the living room. It is accessed by a lift or stairs.
It comfortably sleeps up to 3 adults. It can accommodate 2 adults and 2 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 at no extra charge, there is an iron, ironing board, hairdryer, complimentary laundry detergents, complimentary tea, coffee and sugar.
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, this can sometimes be arranged for a fee of £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. (Note the pool is out of service at the moment 05/10/14)
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. Just (website hidden) Edinburgh Parking Lothian Road and it's one of the first links - (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.
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.
Fast response. As much communication as guests require for a pleasant and enjoyable stay. I'm usually in the city, and available by email/phone.
Access to everything and a view to die for!
Lots of great bus routes and easy walking access to the Grassmarket, Royal Mile, Princes Street and the parks.
There are a few house rules that we ask you to follow:
Check in is anytime after 1pm and before 8pm
Check out is 11am
It will often be possible to work around those times but please inform us IN ADVANCE of your reservation confirmation and there will usually be a small fee of £20. See property description.
Please respect the check out time, we will be arriving to clean the flat at that time.
We ask that you are quiet on entry and exit, and keep noise in the flat down after 9pm, to be kind to our neighbours.
Please use the heating sensibly, always turn it down or off when you leave the flat, and OFF at the END of your stay.
Please turn off appliances and make sure all taps are off when you're leaving.
We try to use only the towels that we need to save the environment.
PLEASE drop your bin to the bin store (basement, by the pool area) when you leave at the end of your visit.
We don't do a formal check out, so just leave at your own pace by 11am and push the keys back in through the letterbox.
No smoking in the apartment, no pets or extra guests and preferably take your shoes off.
The place is yours to come and go as you please - enjoy it!
Susan's apartment was perfect for
the festival. The views of the castle and location were awesome and the apartment itself well equipped and extremely comfortable. We wouldn't hesitate to book this again.
The flat is charming, comfortable and it has all amenities needed to make you feel at home. It is very centrally situated and has great views of the Edinburgh Castle.
Susan it's very welcoming, friendly and professional in the same time. She waited for us in front of the building despite the rain. She presented the flat and gave us tips about Edinburgh and the area. It was a real pleasure staying at her apartment. We would definitely go back. One of the best experiences through Airbnb.
Susan's place was perfect for my trip - and a refreshing break from the sterile norm of hotel rooms.
Watched festival fireworks from the living room... A fantastic view of the castle.
Location is awesome - same reasons why I chose my office next to it... I like to work hard and play without delay!
Book early... As I will may be competing for stays on weekdays!
Very pleasant flat in a great location. We stayed here during the weekend of the festival and could not have had a better stay.
Susan was great, and patient with us as first-time airbnb users. She was ready to meet us on time, and showed us around the apartment. The location was great. We walked everywhere (most things were within 20 min walk). The view of the castle was perfect, I just wish we were there during a fireworks display!
The flat was also appropriate for our 5-month old that we brought along. The bedroom was big enough to fit his travel cot (with lots of room left to spare!). There are a lot of traffic noises, as it is a busy street, but this didn't bother us sleeping.
The kitchen was well equipped, and allowed us to prepare a couple meals.
It was a great way to see Edinburgh!
Susan was super easy to communicate with. She provided us with the super clear instructions.
The apartment is as described. You can see the castle from the windows ))
It's very clean and REALLY close to everything.
We have enjoyed our stay!
Thank you, Susan!
Our stay here was great.
The location is really close to a lot of restaurants and bars for when you're done site-seeing at night. It was also nice to sit on the couch and enjoy the castle views while relaxing after a day of walking all over the city.
We also really enjoyed the kitchen and blender to make our own food. Eating out is expensive here and there's 3-4 grocery stores within a block or two, so it's easy to get what you need. Susan made sure we had some essentials to start with (tea, olive oil, salt, pepper) and that made things easy.
Susan met us when we got here and was extremely helpful with guiding us to what we might like to do based on our tastes and answering our questions. Very helpful!
About the Host, Susan
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!