When you are looking for a home from home with the added benefit of some of the amenities provided on a hotel stay, a serviced apartment ticks all the boxes. On my recent visit to Edinburgh I was invited to stay at the Princes Street Suites, award winning serviced apartments in the centre of the city. When I recommend accommodation on my blog it is because I think it offers something special or unique, and for me these apartments provided the best views of the city out of all the places I have stayed at in Edinburgh previously and are reason enough to book.
Although I was lucky enough to stay in the Penthouse which has the most amazing vistas, you don't have to book the top floor to enjoy the 360 degree perfect panoramas of Edinburgh as all guests have access to the roof terrace which provides stunning views from Arthur's Seat to the Castle and Calton Hill in the other direction.
The impressive Greek Revival style building originally designed as a post office by Archibald Eliot, one of Edinburgh’s leading architects in the early 19th century, now houses 37 apartments ranging from Studios for 1 or 2 people, to one, two and three bedroom apartments, as well as the 1,500 sq ft Penthouse Suite. There is accommodation to suit everyone and priced to suit most budgets and certainly competitively priced for Edinburgh!
Although they vary in size, each apartment has an open plan living room/dining area, fully fitted kitchen with utensils, TV , DVD player (DVDs are available to borrow from reception) and if you book direct, free Wi-Fi is also included.
I really enjoy the freedom of being able to cook my own dinner (which also saves money!) and flop down in front of the TV after a busy day exploring. Not having to stick to a rigid breakfast time and being able to lounge around in my pyjamas is a luxury I can't really get away with when I have to go to a hotel dining room in the morning and the 11 am checkout means you can lounge around for a good part of the day!
Being a serviced apartment means that you also get some of the benefits of a hotel stay, such as a reception desk/concierge and cleaning service. Breakfasts are available to order in advance if you really don't want to leave your cosy hideaway although they are quite expensive.
The apartments are pet friendly and there is also an onsite spa with a wide range of treatments available if you need a little pampering.
I stayed in the Penthouse apartment which is very spacious and perfect for groups with 3 bedrooms, including one en-suite and a separate bathroom with walk in shower. There is also a balcony with seating and a table and chair in the hallway ideal as a workstation and a laundry cupboard with washer/drier.
The hardest decision I had was which bedroom to sleep in although in the end the en-suite with stunning views over Waverley station and the Old Town was the winner! My favourite feature of this room was being able to open the glass door which really makes you feel as if you are part of the city while lying in the comfort of your bed and the safety grill makes sure you don't get closer to the streets below than you might like!
I must admit there was some wear and tear in the apartment such as cracked kitchen floor tiles and some very minor damage in other rooms obviously caused by previous, less thoughtful guests, but nothing that would affect your stay and overall the decor and standards of the apartment were clean, comfortable and to a good level.
As I mentioned though, the real star of this accommodation is the roof terrace with seating area which means you can just sit back and enjoy the impressive views.
A short walk from Waverley Railway Station and just off the shopping mecca of Princes Street itself, the apartments are very centrally located. They are also literally next door to the Old Calton Burial Ground which has some interesting old headstones and memorials. If you can't get enough of the Edinburgh skyline and monuments (like me!) then I highly recommend you cross the road for the short walk up Calton Hill, a popular spot due to the panoramic views and the famous unfinished Athenian acropolis.
There are plenty attractions, shops, restaurants and bars nearby and if you don't fancy cooking be sure to check out the book in reception with tips from previous guests on good places to eat.
Overall I found the apartments a great base for independent travellers to the city but for me the views here make it a special place to stay. If the daytime views aren't tempting enough, here is the magical view of the city I enjoyed from my bed at night!
Look out for my blogs on things to do in Edinburgh and to book a stay at the Princes Street Suites or to find out more you can visit the website for the apartments here.
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