Advantages Fantastic service, location, and breakfast!
Disadvantages That we weren't staying longer!
|Value for Money|
BF first suggested Chester due to the zoo, but then we agreed on Edinburgh...although there’s no moose there (only moose in the UK are in Whipsnade and Inverness which are a bit of a trek), there are koalas which are pretty much the next best thing for me.I thought that we should chance it and end up in some dodgy B&B with a mad woman called Morag holding us hostage and force-feeding us haggis. BF felt otherwise, and wanted to treat me like the princess that I am, and I’m willing to concede that this was a good decision on his behalf.
BF booked online, choosing somewhere that looked nice, and conveniently located within easy walking distance of the city centre. It got better though, there was an error with the booking (technical thing with online system causing a double booking as listing was not removed) and as a result we were offered an ‘apartment’ for the same price as a superior double room. Hopefully a sign of many such lucky occurrences to befall us in the future.
Kew House is located in the Murrayfield area of Edinburgh, a 15 minute walk from the centre of Edinburgh, and is used by those travelling on business or for pleasure. Within the hotel there is a residents lounge, high speed wi-fi and a private secure car park.
Check in was from 2pm, but I think we arrived at about 1pm. Ian was very welcoming, and moved his car so that we could park on the drive of the ‘apartment’. We checked in, and Ian showed us our pad. It was actually a whole house rather than an apartment...we could have lived there quite happily!
There was a little garden around the back (or around the front depending on which way you look at things), where we sat and drank our complimentary red wine and Ferrero Rocher chocolates, a very nice touch. Although near to the centre of Edinburgh, it was actually quite a nice peaceful setting, with birds and trees and all that sort of thing!We didn’t spend much time in our little house, as we wanted to get out into town and hit the pubs. It was a shame in some ways since it was so nice, but you can’t do everything.
The little touches (in addition to the complimentary wine and chocolate) were also appreciated – shortbread biscuits in the kitchen with the tea/coffee making facilities...the soap, shower gel etc (which seems to be becoming more of a novelty these days). BF also made use of the iron.The bed was comfy (which is the main thing), the shower worked well (BF says it’s a good make – and BF seems to know about showers)...and really, what else do you need to know?
While I was tempted by the little chocolate muffins, I restrained myself as we were full...sometimes when you’re away the emphasis is on quantity rather than quality. At Kew House you can have both.
This apartment includes, daily maid service, continental breakfast each day, private parking, all towels, bedding, soaps and shampoo, multichannel televisions in lounge and bedroom, DVD player, hair dryer and ironing facilities, and free hi-speed wi-fi. The fully equipped kitchen includes cooker/oven, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator / freezer, washing machine /tumble dryer, toaster, and kettle.
Weekly rates are also available, so it is worth asking about them!
phone - 0131 313 0700
fax - 0131 313 0747
email - info @ kewhouse.com
Website - www.kewhouse.com
We got the best of both really, as although in the apartment we got the complimentary chocolates and wine (rather than sherry), and the full Scottish Breakfast (rather than continental) which we'd only have got with the guest house rooms.To my regular readers on Ciao and dooyoo, I am aware here that this review is not one of my longest epics. Real-life really has taken over, and for the first time ever I am really loving living, and of course having a fab time with BF. But I will try and review the important things as and when they arise (although perhaps more concisely than I have done previously), and Kew House is definitely worthy of a review.
Highly recommended – 5 stars!
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