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.
Interaction with Guests
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!
Well equipped flat in a great location on Lothian Road. Lovely view of the castle. We had a great weekend in Edinburgh.
Great central location, clean and comfortable, we had a great weekend.
Thank you Susan
Great location, 5 mins away from the castle. Close to restaurants and pubs. The apartment was as described. Charming and clean place. Susan was really welcoming and fast to answer on any question.
We didn't see the pool and gym as they are under renovation currently.
I definitely recommend Susan's place for a romantic weekend in Edinburgh!
Lovely apartment in a great location. We were met by Susan at Edinburgh station and she was able to answer any questions we had. The apartment itself was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed for the weekend. We slept really well! We'd definitely stay here again next time we're in town.
The apartement was very nice and exactly as described. The castle view was even better! Everything necessary was there. Susan was very helpful with our questions and explained everything well.
The apartement is situated very central, we could reach every destination easily on foot in less than 20 minutes. There are also a lot of restaurants nearby and even the cinema is right there.
My husband and I so enjoyed our visit in this sweet and homey flat in the heart of one of the most exciting areas of Edinburgh. There's no beating the view - the Castle! And tons of great restaurants and shopping were on our doorstep. The new kitchen served us well when my husband cooked for us one night with veggies acquired at the Saturday farmer's market. The shower worked great and the bed was super comfy. Susan was extremely welcoming and attentive - a great host. I'll be happy to stay here again if the opportunity should arise!
That flat was excellent. Wonderful location, cosy, with good internet connection and really nice views of the castle. Susan was very kind to us and we had a lovely week stay in her apartment. Only negative would be a lack of freezer and washing machine for a longer stay.
Hi Andrew, delighted you had a good stay. There is a washing machine (shared laundry room with 3 x washing machine and 3 x dryer) and the information about this is in the email you will have got with your itinerary and is also available on the public page of this apartment. I'm sorry that this has affected your review. Thanks for the feedback about offering a freezer, I've been thinking about that. Best wishes, Susan
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!