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Holiday inn Express Edinburgh-Waterfront, Leith

Britannia Way, Ocean Drive Leith EH6 6JJ - Map
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Holiday inn Express Edinburgh-Waterfront Overview

Welcome to the Holiday inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront ® offering complimentary breakfast, air conditioning, great value rates, free parking (see Parking Information below) & a superb location for exploring this charming and fascinating city.The Express by Holiday Inn Edinburgh Waterfront is located next to Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh's newest leisure and shopping destination, the Scottish Executive, the Royal Yacht Britannia & close to all major business areas. The old port area of Edinburgh-Leith has many atmospheric bars, bistros and boutiques & is only 1.5 miles fromm the city centre.The Express By Holiday Inn Edinburgh Waterfront has good parking (see Parking Information below) & a frequent public bus service from the front door making it an ideal location for visiting all of Edinburgh's famous attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile, Princes Street & national museums & galleries. Features of the Holiday inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront include free parking (see Parking Information below), licensed bar, air conditioning and high speed wi-fi internet access in public areas & guestrooms, meeting space, excellent transport links & a warm welcome for our guestsAnnouncementsWe're now fully air conditioned! Our public areas are being refurbished in 2009. Check back soon for the latest information. We look forward to unveiling our contemporary new look!

Holiday inn Express Edinburgh-Waterfront Overview

Welcome to the Holiday inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront ® offering complimentary breakfast, air conditioning, great value rates, free parking (see Parking Information below) & a superb location for exploring this charming and fascinating city.The Express by Holiday Inn Edinburgh Waterfront is located next to Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh's newest leisure and shopping destination, the Scottish Executive, the Royal Yacht Britannia & close to all major business areas. The old port area of Edinburgh-Leith has many atmospheric bars, bistros and boutiques & is only 1.5 miles fromm the city centre.The Express By Holiday Inn Edinburgh Waterfront has good parking (see Parking Information below) & a frequent public bus service from the front door making it an ideal location for visiting all of Edinburgh's famous attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile, Princes Street & national museums & galleries. Features of the Holiday inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront include free parking (see Parking Information below), licensed bar, air conditioning and high speed wi-fi internet access in public areas & guestrooms, meeting space, excellent transport links & a warm welcome for our guestsAnnouncementsWe're now fully air conditioned! Our public areas are being refurbished in 2009. Check back soon for the latest information. We look forward to unveiling our contemporary new look!

Our customers think this is great for...

76%

Good for shopping

52%

Great service

47%

No frills


Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Bar/lounge
  • Business services
  • Check-in time starts 2:00 PM
  • Check-out by 11:00 AM
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Elevator/lift
  • Fax machine
  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking on site
  • Golf course on site
  • Internet access - wireless
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Number of buildings/towers 1
  • Number of floors 5
  • One meeting/conference room
  • Pets accepted
  • Photocopy machines
  • Restaurant(s) in hotel
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Total number of rooms 145
  • Wireless (high-speed) Internet access - surcharge

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Clock radio
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Desk
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room safe
  • Internet access - wireless
  • Private bathroom
  • Satellite television service
  • Sofa bed
  • Television

Customer Reviews

8/10 Great Based on 29 Customer Reviews

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8/10 Great

14 December 2015

Good hotel

Good hotel and easy enough to get to on the bus. Staff were friendly and helpful.

The best thing about my stay was...

Helpful staff
6/10 Good

16 November 2015

Hotel

Great hotel very easy to get to

The best thing about my stay was...

Bus stop outside the hotel
8/10 Great

23 April 2014

short stay

stayed for two nights in feb perfect for what we wanted

The best thing about my stay was...

location
8/10 Great

22 February 2014

short stay

stayed here in feb 14 found the room a bit cold as there was only air-con in the rooms. I went to reception and was instantly given an electric rad- happy days -breakfast was basic but sufficient (could do with a bit of bacon on the menu!) All in all would recommend.

The best thing about my stay was...

the staff.
10/10 Amazing

03 September 2013

Brilliant experience

We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful, could not do enough to help us with directions or finding a place to eat. Room was very clean again staff lovely. Great location for visiting Edinburgh and family we were given help to hire a car.

The best thing about my stay was...

Friendly people great location
8/10 Great

22 November 2011

our prefered hotel when staying in Edinburgh

This hotel is in a convenient location for North Edinburgh with good transport links to the city centre. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are of a good standard which is what you would expect from Holiday Inn Express. At busy times car parking can be tight although there is parking nearby the hotel. This is our prefered hotel during our frequent visits to Edinburgh.

The best thing about my stay was...

Good value for money for Edinburgh
8/10 Great

17 November 2011

Marathon stay over

Nice clean rooms good choice of breakfast

The best thing about my stay was...

Shops n restaurants close by
10/10 Amazing

26 August 2011

excellent

Visiting the Edinburgh Festival and the tattoo my friend and I booked this hotel as it was considerably cheaper than staying in the town centre. The Holiday Inn is situated opposite an excellent new shopping mall and the Royal Yacht Britannia - a must visit. The 22 bus runs every 5 minutes from outside the hotel to Princes Street, single journey £1.30, all day ticket £3.20. Buses run 24/7. The hotel staff could not have been more helpful and pleasant. The whole place is spotless. Rooms are modern, functional and look newly decorated. I was surprised the room had an old style tv as opposed to flat screen. Tea and coffee facilities are in each room as is a hairdryer. Bedding spotless, beds very comfortable, pillows hard. Excellent en suite shower room, towels old and tatty. Buffet breakfast included in room rate, adequate but not amazing. Free parking at hotel. A very good stay. I would certainly recommend this hotel and will use it again if I am in Edinburgh.

The best thing about my stay was...

Pleasant staff and transport links
8/10 Great

20 July 2011

Great room, breakfast adequate

We were allocated one of the disability-friendly rooms, although we hadn't requested one. The room was much bigger than the one we had stayed in on a previous visit to the same hotel, and basically in a better condition too. Breakfast was ok, but the arrangement of the buffet does not make it easy to negotiate your way round carrying a tray.

The best thing about my stay was...

Size and location of the room
6/10 Good

02 March 2011

good 3 star hotel in good location

have stayed at this hotel many times. location great. freindly staff. its a well run hotel

The best thing about my stay was...

the location
4/10 Average

04 January 2011

not as expected

sound insulation between room and lift very poor, heating totally inadequate for size of room, electrical cables exposed at skirting level windows ill fitting very noisey especially when delivery lorries arrived at 6.00am

The best thing about my stay was...

price
8/10 Great

22 November 2010

Great Location

THE HOTEL STAFF WERE VERY HELPFUL ON ARRIVAL, THE ROOM WAS CLEAN, TOWEL QUALITY COULD BE IMPROVED. BREAKFAST VERY GOOD WITH PIPING HOT COFFEE. LOCATION VERY HANDY FOR SHOPPING AND THERE IS A BUS STOP OUTSIDE THE HOTEL. WE HAVE STAYED IN THIS HOTEL ON MANY OCCASIONS . AND WILL DO AGAIN.

The best thing about my stay was...

Location
8/10 Great

21 November 2010

Good choice if you don't need to be directly in the city centre

We stayed here for 5 days and were very pleased both with the hotel itself and the standard of service. We arrived early but the receptionist managed to find us a room so as we could check in right away. The room was spotlessly clean and spacious for a hotel in this price class. Breakfast was served from 7:30 to 10:30 on weekdays and 11:30 at the weekend. There were no problems with queues at the buffet even though the hotel was fully booked. The quality of the food was fine for this standard of hotel. As for the location, buses run every 10 minutes or so into the centre. They take about 15 minutes under normal circumstances but sometimes over half an hour in the rush hour. That said, the location of the hotel itself was very quiet and we slept perfectly every night on the very comfortable beds. All-in-all a hotel with very friendly and helpful staff which is an excellent choice for anyone who doesn't want to be bang in the centre of town.

8/10 Great

26 October 2010

Good value and excellent location

The hotel was very nice, clean and tidy. We were attending a wedding and only really slept in the hotel so did not really experience the full service. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the nice breakfast and the location. There were quite a number of free parking spaces and the bus stop was only 10 metres from the front door and £1.20 up to Princes Street.

The best thing about my stay was...

Free parking and convenience of bus
10/10 Amazing

26 October 2010

Comfort......!

Parking no problem - if none left on grounds, then free on adjacent ground. Room spacious - the bedd is 2x3'3" singles joined together (not slipping apart like many hotels) and possible the most comfortable bed we have slept in. Choice of pillows (soft or firm) good air conditioning, lovely clean showere room/toilet with privacy door. Minor hiccup - hair drier didn't appear tp work. No problem as my wife had her own. On checkout reception said there were 3 (yes 3) switches to activate it! Apparently there was a 3rd one on the skirting board we missed! Apart from the excellent continental breakfasr always offered they have added Scrambled eggs and bacon to this inclusive breakfast. Excellent value at the price paid to Alpharooms

The best thing about my stay was...

Comfort
6/10 Good

23 August 2010

was in edinburgh for bubiness

we have stayed at the holiday inn before ideal location for our needs.we normally book though a different company but decided to give alfa rooms a go.we found alpha rooms organisation to be good. our only dissapointment was we asked for a room on the 3rd or 4th floor with views of the port instead we got a room on the ground floor looking onto a wall. the hotel said they didnt get this request which was disapointing.

8/10 Great

02 August 2010

Great hotel for short stay. Good value for money

Very nice hotel for short stay. Really nice room with comfortable bed and nice decor. Great location for shopping at Ocean Terminal across the road. We only stayed one night for a hen night in Edinburgh. 4 quite mature ladies. £10 for a taxi to centre which was great for us. Breakfast was basic but adequate. Few nice extras vending machine, ice machine and microwave in lobby which was good if we had been staying any longer.

10/10 Amazing

21 June 2010

Excellent Location

This is our third time at this hotel. Location excellent , Bus stop outside the hotel door which takes you into the centre of Edinburgh. Rooms very clean Breakfast very good with a great choice. Will certainly be back.

8/10 Great

10 May 2010

Theatre Short Break

Great budget hotel, ideal if going to the Playhouse Theatre (5mins on bus). Rooms very clean and beds comfortable, continental breakfast with the added extra of scrambled egg and sausages. Didnt find free parking a hassle at all. Hotel right beside the Ocean Terminal (Royal Yacht Britania) plenty of free parking there if you arrive late in the day. Ideally located for bus to city center, day ticket for Edinburgh £3.00, bus runs all night. Very pleasant surprise. Would definately stay here again.

10/10 Amazing

05 April 2010

Overnight

Friendly, helpful staff. Good location, with excellent Indian restaurant right next door. Small shopping mall across road where access to visit Royal Yatch Britannia is on second floor. Rooms very clean, well equipped and big enough. Breakfast was self service, everything working properly, choice of hot plate - sausages and scrambled eggs, or cereals, toast etc. Would recommend this hotel and would be happy to stop there again.


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The Holiday inn Express Edinburgh-Waterfront was previously known as Express By Holiday Inn EDINBURGH-WATERFRONT.

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