Hotel Ibis Edinburgh

, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Hotel Ibis Edinburgh

3 star

Rooms: 99

6 Hunter Square - Edinburgh - Scotland - EH1 1QW - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 131/2407000
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Excellent hotel in an excellent location.
Submitted by: Tony in 06/12/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Brilliant value for central Edinburgh. I have stayed a few times on business and will continue to do so in the future.The staff couldn't be more helpful or courteous. Check in and check outs go swiftly,which, believe me, is very gratifying!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Ibis Edinburgh

Good For The Money

from The_London_Abbey
We stayed three nights in the middle of November. The room was basic, clean but looked a bit tired. It was comfortably heated which was important because it was below minus at night!

The Breakfast was great value at £5, as it included fruit, cereals, coffee, tea, bagels, etc...
We difinitely went away full up!
The lady manning the room was also friendly and approachable.

It did feel safe as they had CCTV in the lobby and they were watching everyone who entered.

As others have said, the location was perfect for the centre of Edinburgh.

A few gripes, we did ask for a twin but they cocked up the booking so we shared a double. When we got into the room it turned out it was actually two singles pushed together. This was obviously bigger than a double however the double bedding was a bit too small.

They did supply towels, tea, coffee etc. but there was no shampoo, not even at the front desk.

All in all, it did the job well and I would probably stay there again.

Ideal Location

from Cathnix
I have just spent 3nights at at Ibis with my 6year old grand-daughter.Ideal location, excellent value for money. Extremely helpful and child friendly staff.I am looking forward to taking my grand-son next Easter.Highly recommended.

Great hotel - great location

from woodyboy
In mid October 2005 stayed at the Ibis Hotel for three nights. The location couldn't be more convenient - just yards off the Royal Mile. If you want a bit of a view and not feel claustrophobic avoid the inner rooms which have no outlook and overlook a vertical shaft. I booked over the internet and when I arrived I found I had been allocated one of these but asked if I could change. One of the very pleasant reception staff (there are about 3 on duty at the same time) gave me the choice of two other rooms and invited me to go and have a look at them both. I chose one in the front which she said might be noisy but I found it ok and I had an outlook. The rooms at the back have no view and overlook a tall building but are quieter. The hotel was very busy. The rooms themselves are excellent value, pleasant and clean, bed comfortable. The staff are pleasant and helpful. The lock on my case jammed and within minutes a very nice maintenance man came to my room and fixed it. Buffet breakfast is extra, not a lot of choice, kitchen staff slow in replenishing empty containers. Having said that, it is perfectly edible, eat/drink as much as you like, however I didn't think it worth the extra. There are so many cafes, etc within yards of the hotel serving food/drink etc. so you don't need to have the hotel breakfast. For an evening meal go to The Advocate pub next door, good food, excellent value and friendly staff. Edinburgh is fantastic. Will definitely stay at the Ibis again.

Brill location!

from geordiek
Brill location - we stayed there during festival - prime spot for leaning out window and seeing some of the artistes - and the hotel we could not fault; good clean rooms, polite staff and all you could need for a quality basic hotel

Great location, definately a budget hotel

from mla6603
I decided to book this hotel based on the reviews on this site because I wanted a centrally located hotel. We got the room for 75pounds and were not expecting much, so we weren't disappointed.

You can't beat the location! After getting off the airport bus at the Waverley Bridge, the hotel is just a short walk up Cockburn street, no need for a taxi. Of course, the room was miniscule, but relatively clean. Wake up calls are non-existent as are alarm clocks. But the staff was friendly and once again, if you're looking to be in the center of Edinburgh and are on a budget, I highly recommend this hotel.

We also stayed at the Travelodge, a catty-corner block south east. The rate was slightly better, average 70/night for a larger room than the Ibis. But after the slow, confused staff, moldy-smelling rooms, and florescent lighting, I wanted to be back at the Ibis.

Worst 3 nights of my trip

from A TripAdvisor Member
Ibis is centrally located: its only positive feature! Because we requested non-smoking room, we were on an inside airshaft rising above a patio. Groundfloor room had broken window lock, so they moved us up 2 storeys. No A/C and hot for June, so had to have window open overnight -- and a ventilation fan ran loudly outside. We barely slept for 3 nights. Staff took a phone message but did not activate the light on phone in our room -- instead, scrawled our surname on a whiteboard not visible from the front door (you only saw it if you were at the front desk) so we only received message the next day, too late.

The price was cheap, but next time I'd pay more and go elsewhere.

Right off the Royal Mile

from marennorge
We stayed at this hotel June 13-15, 2005. The location is everything that previous posts have said -- a very short walk from the Royal Mile. Rooms are adequate if a little tired and could use some updating but the price is right. Breakfast is extra but consists of an all-you-can eat buffet of juice, cereals, cheese, ham, yogurt, fruit and various kinds of bread. There are a couple of very nice restaurants adjacent to the hotel, although there are plenty of sidewalk cafes around the corner on the Royal Mile.

The only drawback is that Hunter Square itself is a gathering spot for the local youths for drinking and smoking. The local police walk through regularly and keep an eye on them as do the bouncers at the pub across the street.

Clean, very small but sooo convenient!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Cost for a cab from airport to hotel approx. 15 pounds. The hotel is right in the middle of the Royal mile. You couldn't ask for better placement if you ordered it yourself. The hotel is well run and staff is helpful. Room is VERY small and almost has no storage. You can hang maybe 6 pieces of clothing on hangers (at most) + there are a few smallish cubby bins where one could put a few items. We lived out or our suitcases. Food on the premises is good but pricey. You can have a decent breakfast at the Chocolat Soup next door or the Starbuck's Café on the corner. Garfunkel's (approx. 100 feet around the corner) serves very good food at very reasonable prices. The new town is a 5 minute walk (at most) from hotel. Generally we were very pleased with the hotel but ecstatic about its location. We would stay there again!

No-frills budget hotel in perfect location

from adls
Last time I was in Edinburgh, I was driving and had my wife with me - so we stayed at the Apex City which had free parking and was really quite a good, chic, modern hotel (see my review). This time, I was in Edinburgh for just 3 days for a meeting at the University - and I wasn't driving and my wife didn't come along. I therefore decided to stay in a cheaper hotel with a central location that wouldn't make me regret not driving. The Ibis seemed ideal in terms of price and location. Regarding the price, you really couldn't argue with the GBP65 a night for a city centre hotel. Probably because of the low rack price to start with, I couldn't find any better 'deals' on any of the usual Internet cheap hotel sites and ended up booking via the Ibis official site - but I wouldn't argue with that price anyway. Regarding the location, the Ibis simply couldn't be better situated: smack at the crossroads of the famous Royal Mile and North/South Bridge (the main access between the Old and New Towns). For a tourist, the location is perfect and right at the heart of Edinburgh's tourist district within easy strolling distance of all the major sights, as well as Waverly station. For me, it was literally just 2-3 short blocks from the meeting. There were plenty of fine eateries and shops just downstairs.

When I got there, I found my expectations regarding price/value and location were indeed fulfilled. The location, in particular, was superb. Walking to the Castle, Prince Street, and almost anywhere a casual tourist would want to go was a cinch. I was content with the value I got - but I must emphasize that you do pay for what you get - so don't expect 4-star quality.

Service was so-so. Check-in was slow: the 2 receptionists seemed not to want to put their phones down ever. For the rest of my stay, the staff were essentially invisible - and I got the distinct impression that I was staying at a truly self-service hotel.

The room was neat, reasonably clean and spartan. Nothing fancy. A hard desk chair, a small TV (no Sky or CNN), simple coffee/tea set, one picture on the wall - and that's basically it. But at least it was fairly roomy and the bed was not uncomfortable. The smallish toilet had a shower only (no bath), no facial tissue, no hair-dryer - bit of mildew but nothing overtly unclean. There was no air-conditioning - and opening the window at night leaves you at the mercy of the noise from drunken yobs on the street below (where there are a few pubs and open-till-late chippies).

I was a little disappointed that I couldn't connect to the Internet in my room. There looked like an old-style modem port next to the phone socket, but that didn't work and the staff didn't make an effort to help when I asked. There were 2 PC's in the lobby where you could log-in to the Internet for a price - but the lobby was smoky and the tables covered with cigarette ash which made checking e-mails unpleasant.

I tried breakfast the first day there. It was only GBP 4.95, but all you get is a cold continental-style breakfast with mediocre coffee from a machine. After that, I went to the nearby restaurants instead for my subsequent breakfasts.

So all-in-all, this was a decent but not spectacular stay. As I said, you get what you pay for. At this price, you get a great location and a fair deal in terms of the hotel - though perhaps not an outright bargain.

t beat the location!

from cchow30
We stayed for one evening in March 2005. The room was mediocre; shower not very clean, burn marks on blankets, smokey smell.
However, the plus side was LOCATION & price. Right off Royal Mile, quick walk to High Street and to Edinburgh Castle. Could not want a more convenient location for visitors who love to explore by walking. Pub across and another next to hotel made it a noisy evening as our room faced the street, but considering our limited time in the city, it was a good choice for our first introduction to this beautiful city. And for 50GBP per night, we weren't expecting the Ritz Carlton!

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  • Address: 6 Hunter Square - Edinburgh - Scotland - EH1 1QW - United Kingdom
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