“ Address: 228 Willowbrae Road / Edinburgh / Scotland EH8 7NG / Tel: 0871 527 8370 „
On a recent trip to Edinburgh to attend a concert, we stayed at the Premier Inn, Edinburgh East. Located on Willowbrae Road on the outskirts of Edinburgh city centre, I chose this hotel based upon the price as it was available for only £39 per night if you booked a month before your stay. This is part of an offer Premier Inn have been promoting for a while now and one which I have been able to take advantage of previously, as well as booking this hotel and also another later in the summer. Having stayed in Premier Inns a number of times previously, I do think that £39 represents great value for money.
There were a couple of other factors in my decision to book this hotel other than the price and these were the fact there is a car park and also it wasn't too far from where we needed to be. There are other hotels including Premier Inns in the city centre, but many of these have limited or no car parking spaces and as we were travelling by car, we did not want to be looking or paying for car parking. Therefore this Premier Inn seemed ideal for our needs and the fact there is an adjoining Beefeater pub/restaurant was an added bonus.
~~ Location ~~
Situated on Willowbrae Road, the Premier Inn was very easy to find from leaving the A1 and following the directions provided by the Premier Inn website onto Milton Road, then Willowbrae Road. The hotel is situated on the main road but set back a little with a beer garden to the front for the Lady Nairne Beefeater restaurant.
The hotel is also on a very good bus route. Holyrood Palace and Dynamic Earth are within walking distance and Meadowbank Sports Centre is not far away. It did look as if we would be able to walk into Edinburgh centre when looking at the map, but when the time came we took a taxi as we running a little later than planned. The taxi fare into the city centre cost us £8.00, but this was being taken direct to the venue. It would have been cheaper if we had been dropped off at other parts of the city. We did seem to spend a long time travelling around the congested streets of Edinburgh in the taxi.
~~ Checking In ~~
We arrived earlier than the check-in time of 2pm, but this was fine as we were planning on having lunch and a drink in the adjoining Beefeater restaurant. The weather was warm and sunny so we enjoyed a couple of drinks outside in the sunshine after having a lovely lunch. I have not eaten in a Beefeater restaurant for some time, but was very impressed with the quality and price of the food on offer.
At around 1.40pm I went to see if it was possible to check-in and was greeted by a friendly receptionist who went to check if our room was ready. It was, so after she quickly went through the details of our booking, we were given a key and directions to our room which was on the first floor.
~~ Our room ~~
Our room was a little smaller than some of the Premier Inns we have stayed at, but it was more than adequate for our needs. The large window let in a lot of light and it was bright, clean and modern, overlooking trees at the side of the hotel. The trademark 'purple' theme blended well with the crisp white bed linen and a colourful canvas print hung above the bed. Speaking of which, the double bed was quite high which seems the norm in Premier Inns now, but it was extremely comfortable and two comfy pillows for each of us were provided.
Also in the room was a TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, work space, hanging space and a couple of chairs. The room was spotlessly clean so we had no complaints.
The same applied to the bathroom. Spotlessly clean with a bath and overhead shower which was fairly powerful. There was plenty of hot water, shower gel and soap were provided as well as large fluffy white bath towels.
Wi-fi is available in all rooms at extra cost if needed.
~~ Our Stay ~~
I have no complaints about Edinburgh East Premier Inn. We spent a very comfortable night with the only disturbance being a man banging loudly on the door of one of the rooms nearby at 6.50 am the next morning, trying to rouse his teenage children who seemed to be reluctant to get up. He was banging and shouting and I heard someone else from another room open their door and remind him that people were sleeping and not everyone wanted to be woken at that time. This did the trick and peace and quiet resumed once more.
The staff were very friendly and helpful both in the hotel and the adjoining restaurant. When we left the hotel to go to the concert, we asked the staff on reception for a phone number for a taxi. They kindly offered to call us one and we went to the front door to wait after being told it was on its way. A few minutes went by and the staff member came and told us the taxi was a minute away, as they had called again to check after seeing us still waiting. I thought this was a very nice gesture.
When we returned later that night, we were asked if we'd had a good night by both the staff in the bar area and also the reception.
Check out was at 12 noon the next day. We had skipped breakfast as felt tired and weren't hungry, but breakfast was available in the Beefeater restaurant. You can book and pay for it in advance with your stay or simply turn up on the morning. There is a good choice available but I opted for a very nice latte instead, which was lovely and creamy.
As we left we were thanked for staying and asked if everything had been ok. I replied that it had been lovely and we would return again.
I highly recommend this hotel when visiting Edinburgh if you don't mind being on the outskirts. It was ideal for us and the fact that the Lady Nairne restaurant served lovely meals in cosy surroundings was an added bonus. I am sure we will return in the future. Normal room rates seem to be around £68 per night, but if you book a month in advance it is possible to secure a room for only £39 which is a bargain. For more details visit www.premierinn.com
228 Willowbrae Road, Edinburgh,
Scotland EH8 7NG
Telephone: 0871 527 8370