I absolutely love Edinburgh and was lucky enough to head back for the early May Bank Holiday this year to show Luke what I love about the city. Haymarket Hub Hotel is located right outside of Edinburgh Haymarket station and for me the location of Haymarket wasn’t somewhere I’d considered much before but it ended up being the perfect pick for so many reasons.
Firstly the hotel is located right outside of the station so if you’re getting the train into the city like we did you can be right at your location without having to walk or take a taxi. There’s also a tram stop right outside which can take you through to various locations on Princes Street and close to the Royal Mile, and it’s just £4 for a day pass to use as much as you like. Finally it’s actually closer to places such as The Zoo than anywhere by the Royal Mile so it cuts out some of the time to visit there.
We arrived at the hotel around midday just expecting to drop our bags as it was hours before check in but we were told that in 15 minutes once it had been cleaned we could get in which was music to our ears. No one likes checking in late in the day after going out and exploring. The hotel itself has a 24 hour reception which means you can grab snacks and drinks anytime you come back from your day with adequate seating if you want to have a sit down before leaving for the day.
You can choose to pay for a breakfast box from the hotel or opt for breakfast included which provides you with a voucher to use for the breakfast buffet at the ajoining pub restaurant. We had the later and the breakfast was pretty great with the all the different hot foods you’d expect alongside a variety of breads and muffins, just what you need before a day out in the city.
We had a standard double room and although the room was compact every bit of space was utilised to provide you with exactly what you need. Being a smart modern hotel there was no shortage of power outlets which is something that older hotels really miss out on, and the one’s either side of the bed had USB ports as well as sockets. Each room comes with full Sky TV so you can relax in bed before you fall asleep and watch a show or two, there’s free Wifi so you can connect up your devices during your stay and the air conditioning was a godsend as there seemed to be a heatwave over the May bank holiday weekend.
One thing which I loved about the room was the use of a handy smartphone which allowed you to make free local and international calls, connect to the internet to use maps and buy tickets and you could even take the phone out with you on your travels.
One thing worth noting that as the hotel is environmentally conscious unless you request it your room will only be cleaned every third night (or when you leave). For us this wasn’t an issue as we usually try and keep our towels each day but it did remind me that I probably should have made the bed before we went out. The hotel is incredibly safe as you need keycard access to get into any of the corridors leading to the lifts and rooms so it’s very safe for travellers.
Have you ever been to Edinburgh? Where did you stay?