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Edinburgh has been on my bucket list for a really long time, and given the fact it’s only a one-hour flight away, I’m shocked that I’ve not been sooner!
Thanks to the team at Point A Hotels, I had the opportunity to review their Edinburgh hotel for a night. So to make it a fun birthday weekend away, I added another two nights onto my stay and headed up to the north just after Christmas.
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With nine locations (so far) across the UK, Point A Hotels are definitely making their mark in some of our biggest and best cities! Their vibe is heartfelt hospitality, which is what we received from start to finish on our recent visit.
Point A Hotel in Edinburgh Haymarket is (at the time of writing this post) their newest addition. It opened in summer 2019 and still very much has that fresh feel to it.
Previously I have booked hotels miles and miles from the centre of a city just to save a few pounds. A good example of this being when we went to Rome, and spent two hours every day just commuting from our hotel room, in searing heat. Never again!
Point A Hotel is situated in Haymarket, which is right on the doorstep of Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town and so much more. It’s also only a ten-minute walk from the train station, and the Airlink bus stop which gets you to and from the airport in just 25-minutes.
The best bit about having a hotel so close by to all the fun stuff? When you’re tired, or cold, you can pop back for a coffee and a rest. Yes I’m twenty-five going on eighty-five.
There are cosy double/twin rooms with or without windows, comfy double/twin rooms with or without windows, and accessible rooms.
We decided to spend a little more on a comfy double with a window, which was absolutely worth it. Our room was still fairly small but had plenty of space to move around, and a view right up the street towards the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh city. I saw inside a cosy room one day and it looked considerably smaller.
The comfy room itself was very modern with its signature mood lighting, offered a very clean and stylish bathroom and a wonderfully comfy double bed.
We did have an issue with bedding when we arrived, but this was quickly resolved by the reception team and followed up with a free breakfast and lovely note under the door the next morning.
Overall I was really happy with the room. The only things that would make it better is more storage, as there was just one cabinet only big enough to fit my clothes. Lastly, a more powerful shower. It had been described as a power-shower online, though it was lovely and hot.
We hadn’t actually booked breakfast, but they kindly gifted us breakfast on one morning as part of my review, and then we had a second breakfast given to us to apologise for the bedding issue.
We had been told “The Brekkie” (as they call it) was a fairly basic continental, but it was definitely undersold! There were countless kinds of pastries, cereals, yoghurt and granola jars, fruit jars, juices and a range of coffees made by the team.
For £9 per person, I thought this was great, but I suppose as I’m not a meat-eater I didn’t miss the greasy fry-up, which I’m sure other guests would prefer.
The breakfast room was also lovely. It is full of gorgeous, comfy arm chairs and booth seating (and at the time, a beautiful festive display of Christmas trees and lights!).
Every day we saw people working there on their laptops, so it was clearly a cosy spot to spend a few hours.
There was so much to like about Edinburgh’s Point A Hotel. The staff were fantastic, the rooms were delightful, the WIFI was always great, the breakfast was delicious and the location was spot on.
I also loved how they give you a card to get discounts at nearby restaurants, bars and more. We used this a couple of times, with a favourite restaurant being El Cartel, a Mexican about 20-minutes walk away.
Our room at the time of booking was £138 per night, which I thought was very reasonable given it was between Christmas and New Year. Many were checking in for Hogmanay as we left – an event I wish we could have stuck around for!
Thank you to the Point A Hotels team for letting Darryl and I experience their Edinburgh Haymarket hotel. I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone who’s taking a trip to the Edinburgh in 2020!
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