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/ 1 Parliament Sq (apt 15), Royal Mile, 300 metres from Edinburgh Castle

1 Parliament Sq (apt 15), Royal Mile, 300 metres from Edinburgh Castle

Registration: EH-70541-P

Sleeps four in two bedrooms, one of which can be set up as a twin. Please specify when booking.

1 (apt 15) Parliament Square has an enviable corner position, with astounding views of the Royal Mile & the City Chambers (local Government Offices) on one side and the magnificent St Giles Cathedral on the other. This magnificent 2 bedroom, third floor (top, see photos) apartment commands a prestigious position in the very heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town and only 300 m to Edinburgh Castle's entrance.

The apartment is only a few minutes walk from many other major Edinburgh attractions such as the Royal Scottish Museum and the National Gallery of Scotland located on the Mound at junction with the famous Princess Street. There is also a copious amount of bars, restaurants, cafés and shops in the immediate area. This holiday apartment is furnished and decorated to a high standard and is a very comfortable base for your visit to Edinburgh and Scotland. Guests who have a laptop can also enjoy a free broadband connection either through the supplied cable or by wifi.


This superb corner room provides marvellous views of the Royal Mile and St Giles Cathedral. The room consists of a comfortable corner sofa , a dining table suitable for four people and some smaller items of furniture and lighting features. A beautiful Victorian fireplace with a gas coal effect fire provides additional heat to the gas central heating and creates a wonderful ambience in the room.
A widescreen lcd tv is provided for your enjoyment.


This is a lovely large double bedroom with a window overlooking the Royal Mile and the Edinburgh City Chambers . A super king size bed that can be split into twins if desired ( please indicate when making your booking if you want this room to made up as twin beds) with two bedside tables, a large built in wardrobe and chest of drawers provide ample storage space for your possessions. It has wonderful working shutters to shut out the world to aid a good night's sleep.


The second bedroom has lovely vies of St Giles Cathedral and the Royal Mile. It has a king size double bed with headboard and beside tables. There is a wardrobe to provide storage for your possessions. There is also working shutters in this room.


The kitchen has a window with the same views as bedroom 1. It is equipped with a fridge/freezer, electric cooker, microwave oven, washer/dryer and cutlery & crockery for up to four people.

This is a large room with a walk in shower. A shaver point is also in the bathroom.

Additional information

* All gas & electricity costs are included in the rental.
* Linen and towels are provided.
* A modest amount of complimentary tea and coffee for arrival.
* Ironing facilities and a hair dryer are provided.
* Street parking is available but is expensive, various longer term parking solutions can be given.
* The airport bus drop off point and main railway station are approximately 200 m away.


* No smoking is allowed within the apartment.
* No pets.
* This third floor flat will be unsuitable for some people with disabilities as there are only stairs.
* No lift is available.
* Strictly no parties - Guests must be quiet between 21:00 and 08:00 to respect neighbouring properties.

Access Arrangements

A "meet and greet" service is operated , whereby you will be met at a property at a pre-arranged time to give access. Full instructions of this procedure can be found in the secure guest area after a booking has been completed. It is very important that an approximate arrival time is provided before arrival for this process. Entry is from 14:00 onwards but if nobody has booked to depart on your day of arrival it will probably be very suitable for us to give you entry as early as possible. Departure is by 10am (a guaranteed late departure up to 20:00 can be obtained for 50% of that daily rate. Please contact us if you want to utilise this facility and a price will be calculated).

Please note that arrivals after 19:00 will incur a range of late arrival fee.

**LATE ARRIVAL: fees, 19:00 - 22:30 - 15 pounds, 22:31 - 00:00 - 30 pounds and 00:01 - 02:00 - 50 pounds. The latest access can be given is 02:00, otherwise it is given at 08:00 the next day. ESC accept no liability for any costs involved in alternative accommodation for this 6 hour period.

A deposit of 25% is payable on booking and the outstanding balance of the rental price must be received 2 months prior to your arrival date. For bookings made less than eight weeks before your arrival date the whole rental price falls payable at the time of booking. Please note that a separate 200 pounds refundable key/security deposit must be provided prior to arrival. This is rescinded 2 days after departure.

EPC rating D

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" All in all, this place was magic and we have nothing but great memories and we will be back!
- Lisa
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Enter these digital latitude & longitude into any mapping app to be taken to the door of the building the apt is in :- 55.949614 -3.189970

There are three options to get from Edinburgh airport to the city centre, all take approx 30-35 minutes. The main rail station Waverley is approx 250 metres from the apt. Please note any prices are for guidance only and liable to change, please always check directly.

1. Edinburgh trams, approx every 8-10 mins (Sunday 12-15 mins), right outside terminal, the nearest drop off point for the property is the Prince St stop which is approx 500 metres away. Cost 9.50 pounds for adults and 5.00 pounds for children for a RETURN journey.

2. Airport express bus, every 15 minutes right outside terminal building, drop off point on South St David Street approx 550 metres from the property. Costs 8.00 pounds per person for a RETURN journey.

3. Taxi, follow the signs to the taxi area outside terminal building and will cost 25 - 35 pounds for a one way journey. However a taxi will drop you off right outside the property you have booked


Street parking is enforced 7 days a week 08:00 - 18:30 Mon - Sat, 12:30 - 18:30 Sunday, it is very expensive and inflexible as you can only stay in one spot for a few hours.

There are many city centre car parks to choose from, you can use these for a short time or full days which cost approx 20 - 35 pounds or more. This a very good site to consider options, please enter the property postcode EH1 1RF

Alternatively if you do not plan your use your car much, (Edinburgh is a relatively small city centre and is much better explored on foot), You can also consider the park & ride options Edinburgh has

Please note these sites have different operators and some have restrictions on the duration a vehicle can be left, please check each specific site description for accurate details & information.

Facilities and amenities

Property facilities
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Cooking hob
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Bath towels provided
  • Bedding provided
  • Cot/ Travel cot
  • Hair dryer
  • High chair
  • Iron / Ironing board
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dining area
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • TV
  • Internet access
  • Free Wifi
  • Personal meet & greet available
  • Central heating
  • Pets not allowed
Nearby amenities and recreation
  • Gym
  • Health spa
  • Shops
  • Supermarket
  • Express supermarket
  • Bar / Pub
  • Restaurants
  • Café
  • Nightclub
  • Galleries
  • Museum
  • Theatre


Overall rating

5.0 stars

Based on 4 review(s)

  • Location 5.0 stars
  • Cleanliness 4.0 stars
  • Price/Value 5.0 stars

My mom, grandma and I stayed in this apartment March 22-28. We had been wanting to visit Scotland together for years, the opportunity finally came, and we had a fantastic time.
This apartment was perfect for us. Right on the Royal Mile-- St. Giles is just across from this place-- so we didn't have to worry about driving anywhere or finding transportation. We just walked and took buses everywhere we wanted to go. The location is great. If you open the windows during the day, you can hear street performers playing just below- Awesome!
We didn't have any problems with noise at night. All of the windows in the place have wooden shutters and heavy drapes, and the area around the building was very quiet at night (after the ghost tours stopped). It's possible that noise might be more of a problem during peak tourist season or festivals, but that's probably true of anywhere that you'd stay on the Mile - and possibly less of a concern here because there are no clubs or late restaurants (that I noticed) immediately around the place...
Other than that, the only caution that I might give would be about the stairs. There are a lot of them. Totally worth the climb for the spectacular views that this apartment has, but definitely could be a problem if you have bad knees...=)

At this point, I should mention that the gentleman who let us into the apartment, Mr. Stewart, very kindly insisted on carrying my grandma's suitcase all the way up those stairs for us. We appreciated that very much.

**I have stayed at three different apartments with Edinburgh Self Catering-- over all very happy with the company. I'm planning to write reviews for Parliament Sq. 2 and Niddry St. 3, too!

Property manager response (13 May 2011)

Thank you for spending the time to write such a comprehensive review for Parliament Sq 1. It is always good to know that the accommodation contributed to a great experience in Edinburgh. Thank you also for allowing Dave Stewart to carry the luggage, he can certainly do with the excercise. Regards, Glenn Ford


  • Location 5.0 stars
  • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
  • Price/Value 5.0 stars

My wife and I traveled to Edinburgh for our 20th anniversary and splurged a bit on this flat. We couldn't have been any happier with our choice of accommodations or with how our reservation was handled in general. Just a great flat in a great location for anyone who can handle the stairs.

  • Location 5.0 stars
  • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
  • Price/Value 5.0 stars

I stayed at this property for Halloween 2008 with 3 friends. I have to say that this apartment is part of what made our stay in Edinburgh so enjoyable and memorable.

There are absolutely majestic views of St Giles Catherdral out of 2 the windows and the apartment is huge; a real home from home. The beds are all very comfortable with shutters to close out the nightlife on the streets below. The kitchen is fitted out with everything you could need and the living room provided ample space for 4 girls in PJs to lay around watching DVDs. The bathroom was large and always had hot water and had enough room for 4 girls things!

As with lots of self catering accommodation in Edinburgh - if you want the amazing views and to stay in gorgeous old listed properties - expect a haul up several flights of stairs - there are no lifts. But the climb to the top is more than worth it.

The guy who met us to let us in was helpful, informative and very polite and punctual.

The cost for 4 people to stay here was approx half the cost for two hotel rooms which is what we were looking at originally. Very reasonable prices and great savings made.

All in all, this place was magic and we have nothing but great memories and we will be back!

Thank you

  • Location 5.0 stars
  • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
  • Price/Value 5.0 stars

This review is long overdue. We travelled through Scotland and Ireland last year and our stay at Parliament Square was definitely the highlight of our trip!! We stayed at several self-catering apartments and 5 star hotels and this place was, by far, the best!! The location is unbelievable. The apartment is impecable - clean, spacious and very well-appointed. The transaction with Edinburgh Self-Catering was seamless. It is up a fews stairs, but it's well worth the climb. I would HIGHLY recommend this property to anyone!!

Property manager response (09 Feb 2009)

Hello Kristin, So glad you as a guest share my sentiments about the Parliament Square property. Its lovely to know it really helped make a great holiday. Please feel free to tell the world on the many travel websites.

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