Premier Inn – Edinburgh Leith Waterfront

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Apr, 2013

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Adult family

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Personal / family celebration

They say 'shy bairns get nowt' so I thought it was worth asking for a room with a view when I booked – and we were not disappointed. I wonder how many photos we took of 'our' lighthouse and little harbour? This Premier Inn is in Leith, not far from the Ocean Terminal shopping centre, where the Royal Yacht Brittania is based, so not in the centre of Edinburgh, but with a good, frequent bus service. There is also plenty of free parking. We stayed here for four nights when My Other Half (MOH) and I were showing his sister, from South Africa, around Edinburgh, and it was the perfect base for our stay. Friendly staff, comfortable, spacious rooms and spotless ensuite bathrooms with baths and power showers were great, but the real treat was the view from our windows. The lighthouse, little harbour and the view of the Forth, with the two bridges in the distance, drew us to the windows at all times of the day. We had sunshine, rain – and rainbows! There is a Brewers Fayre restaurant next door which serves breakfast and we ate there on three of the mornings (indulging ourselves at Mimi's Bakehouse on our final day). However, we also spotted that there is a big Asda within walking distance and there are other cafes and a Loch Fyne restaurant close by, so there's plenty of choice. Although the hotel was busy because it was the Easter holidays, our rooms were very quiet. As you would expect, there is a television in each room. Wifi is available with the first 30 minutes free, but unless you have to go online my recommendation is that you switch off the laptop and go for a walk round the harbour – and make sure you ask for a room with view.


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