Holyrood Aparthotel, Edinburgh
THE LOCATION: The Holyrood Aparthotel is located in Edinburgh city centre, to the east of Waverley station and close to the Royal Mile and Scottish Parliament Building. The aparthotel is less than a minute away from several dining options and a supermarket should guests wish to use the rooms' own catering facilities. It is also a short walk from several conference centres in the city. The Holyrood Aparthotel is part of the Edinburgh Collection, a fourstrong group of hotels in city.
THE ROOM: I was given a luxury double suite which was a good size, had a large bed and relaxed seating arrangements. The kitchen was well equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine, tumbledrier, cooker and fridge for all the comforts of home when away. The bathroom was similarly familiar, however I found that the hallway connecting the bedroom and bathroom had no natural light, making it a little dismal and hard to navigate a path to the room. Facilities included in-room safe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and flatscreen TV and DVD player.
THE BUSINESS: Multiple plug sockets dotted around the apartment, including two on either side of the bed, made for a flexible workspace. There were two desks complete with lamps for those wanting to burn the midnight oil and a large window in the living area makes for a light, airy and casual meeting place. Rooms also come with access to high-speed wifi and guests can make the most of complimentary car parking.
THE FACILITIES: With both a washing machine and drier available in the room long-stay guests won't need to frequent the local launderette. Use of an on-site fitness room is included in room rates and there's a 24-hour reception desk and daily housekeeping.
THE VERDICT: With a convenient location in the city and great design, the Holyrood Aparthotel makes an excellent base for any business trip to Edinburgh. With its well-equipped kitchen and nice living area, it is particularly suitable for longer stays in the city.
THE DETAILS: Holyrood Aparthotel, 1 Nether Bakehouse, Holyrood, Edinburgh, EH8 8PE. Rates start at £71 for a studio apartment. Tel 0131 524 3200; or see www.holyroodaparthotel.com.
Reviewed by Cameron Roberts (2015)