Edinburgh's Minto Hotel

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2 star

Rooms: 25

16-18 Minto Street - Edinburgh - Scotland - EH9 9RQ - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | (0 31)6681234
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Minto Hotel...Pull It Down!!!
Submitted by: Mrs Knight in 18/10/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
I have stayed in some really bad places in my time, but the Minto Hotel beats them all hands down.

I should have know that when I booked it and they didn't have a working website for me to go to that something was wrong.

I should have known from the minute we stepped into their small foyer that something was really wrong and would soon get worse, for what greets you when you arrive is a green brushed velvet arm chair with the greasiest headrest I have ever seen. It was black! The welcome mat had also seen better days.

We had to pay for our first night in advance of our arrival(we were supposed to be staying for 2!).

We checked in to be told that that the restaurant was out of bounds to ALL guest that night because they had a wedding party booked in. Ok, these things happen.

We took the lift up to our room in the smallest lift I have ever encountered. As we exited the lift, we were hit by the most sweet pungent smell with a hint of grease which was so bad it made want to throw up.

We entered our room to find that we could barely get in. A foot from our door was the double bed which almost sat on top of the window (which by the way didn't shut properly neither was it double glazed so you got all of the noise from the outside).

We walked into the bathroom...ok we backed into the bathroom to use the toilet because once you got on there you couldn't turn around. This would explain the huge amount of dust under the sink...the cleaners simply couldn't get in there to clean it properly.

Meanwhile the smell was starting to seep under our doorframe, so we put one of the blanket there to block the smell.

To give you an idea of just how small the room was, one of us had to back into the bathroom so that the other could pass by. Now were are to people of average build, not Sumo wrestlers!!

Felling totally ripped off at £70 per night, we went out for the evening for a meal.

When we got back, the wedding reception was in full flow. We decided to try and get some sleep. As we pulled back the old blankets we horrified to fimd that the sheets were full of cigarette burns, as were the blankets.

We called down to reception to ask when this party might end. We were told that that it would end at midnight. At 1:30am it was still going on and we had during this time established that we were right above it. Remember there is no double glazing in this hotel at all. We made numerous calls to the receptionist to complain about the noise but also to ask why a guest not with the wedding party that went on so late would be allocated a room right above it. She had no reasonable reply for us but did apologise.

We told her to prepare our bill as would be leaving in the morning. Bearing in mind that we had travelled up by plane to Edinburgh to attend a wedding of our friends we tried to get some sleep.

The following day, we went up to the Mount Royal Hotel on Princes Street for our last day and night. It cost us just an extra £15 per night more, but it was worth every single penny. This hotel is right in the heart of the main shopping area, and near gives you good access to sightseeing etc.

You need to catch a bus from the Minto just to get to this tourist area.

The staff at the Mount Royal could not have been more kind once we'd told them of our plight at the Minto.

We were able to have a bath and prepare for the wedding and most importantly enjoy what was left of our long weekend break.

Now I do understand that being booked into a room right above a party was unfortunate, but the condition of the hotel is just down to laziness.

I truely hope that if this review does nothing other than to stop you handing over your hard earned cash to these people, then it's been worth taking the time to write.

Ever wonder why the Minto has no website, that's because there's nothing favourable or photogenic to put on it.

My opinion. Bulldoze it to the ground. It truely is an awful place to stay in.
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