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/ 1 Parliament Sq (apt 3), Royal Mile, 300 metres from Edinburgh Castle

1 Parliament Sq (apt 3), Royal Mile, 300 metres from Edinburgh Castle

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

1 (apt 3) Parliament Square is located at the rear of a very prestigious building on Parliament Square, opposite the the Edinburgh City Chambers (local Government Offices) on the famous Royal Mile and the rear of the magnificent St Giles Cathedral. This luxurious 2 bedroom, second floor 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 vast room provides incredible views of a southernly aspect of the city and a beautiful view of Holyrood Park. The room consists of a comfortable leather sofa , anoak dining table suitable for four people and some smaller items of furniture and lighting features. There is a gas coal effect fire which provides additional heat to the gas central heating and creates a wonderful ambience in the room.
A large widescreen lcd tv with approximately 30 digital channels and a DVD home cinema system.


This is a lovely double bedroom with a window overlooking the historic Fishmarket Close . A 5ft (1.52 metres) wide size bed 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 also has a view of the historic Fishmarket Close. It has a 5ft size zip'n'link bed that can be split into twin beds ( please indicate when making your booking if you want this setup) with headboards 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 the bedrooms. It is equipped with a fridge/freezer, electric cooker, microwave oven, washer/dryer, dishwasher and cutlery & crockery for up to four people.


This is a large room with a bath with mixer taps and a separate large 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 250 m away.


* No smoking is allowed within the apartment.
* No pets.
* This second floor flat will be unsuitable for some people with disabilities as there are only stairs.
* No lift is available.

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.

Access arrangements

There is a "meet and greet" service , whereby you will be met at a property at a pre-arranged time to give access. Full instructions of this procedure are sent out in the formal confirmation and can be found in the secure guest area. 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.

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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.

1. Edinburgh trams, approx every 8-10 mins (Sunday 12-15 mins), right outside terminal, the nearest drop off point for the apt is the Princes St stop which is approx 500 metres away. Cost 8.50 pounds for adults and 4.50 pounds for children for a RETURN journey.

2. Airport express bus, every 15 minutes right outside terminal building, drop off point on Waverley Bridge approx 250 metres from apt. Costs 7.50 pounds per person for a RETURN journey.

3. Taxi, many can be found right outside the terminal building and will cost 15 - 20 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 16 - 25 pounds or more or enter the postcode of the property you have booked into this website

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 here :-

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
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Linen provided
  • Bath towels provided
  • Bedding provided
  • Cot/ Travel cot
  • Hair dryer
  • High chair
  • Iron / Ironing board
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washer/ Dryer
  • Dining area
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • TV
  • Personal meet & greet available
  • Central heating
  • Pets not allowed
Nearby amenities and recreation
  • Gym
  • Leisure centre
  • Shops
  • Supermarket
  • Bar / Pub
  • Restaurants
  • Café
  • Nightclub
  • Galleries
  • Museum
  • Theatre
  • Internet café


07 Aug 2019

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What an amazing apartment, wonderful facilities, excellent location
check in and out was smooth, refund of security deposit was prompt


wonderful apartment, great location, everything you could want on the Royal Mile

03 Jun 2019

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They are friendly and the flat is lovely. But for the second time there was no one there to meet us on arrival, even though exact arrival times are known. Having to phone us and then wait for 10 minutes in the rain is not very welcoming. Also one of the lights in the flat did not work, (light bulb gone - should be checked or spare ones in the flat) and it would be a nice touch to have at least one dishwasher tab in the flat.


The flat is beautiful, large and comfortable. It was well heated which was much appreciated.

Our response

Service rating : Thank you for leaving a review and indicating there were many positive aspects to your stay at apt 3 Parliament Square. We can only apologise for the slight delay you encountered for access, it was certainly not intentional. Unfortunately on occasions several bookings can arrive at a similar time, or one is slightly late and has a knock on effect to subsequent arrivals or the guest just engages staff longer than anticipated during the meet and greet process. Fortunately there is a covered area outside the property to shelter from rain. It was pity that the guest did not contact the guest relations team whilst they were there to give us an opportunity to rectify any issues that were not quite right rather than waiting until they departed. These particular issues were very minor and could have been attended to very quickly. That is one of the roles of the guest relations team to attend to any issues.
Product : Thank you for the positive remarks

27 Apr 2019

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They were prompt meeting me at the door. Got to the apartment and it was great. Lots of room and lots of sunlight. And it location if perfect for Old Town Edinburgh, near the castle, near J.K. Rowlings inspirations and writing places, other wonderful places.


Great price for well equipped apartment in perfect location.

10 Apr 2019

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Great everythng was very good convenient.. And easy to manage

20 Feb 2019

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The apartment was beautiful as usual. We have stayed there 3 times now and it doesn't' disappoint. Very professional meet & greet.


Beautiful apartment in a beautiful old building. Everything we needed was in the apartment including tea coffee milk for when we arrived. We are already organising our next trip. Thanks for everything, can't wait to come back.

19 Feb 2019

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Super. ,Schoon ,makkelijk bereikbaar

15 Jan 2019

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We originally booked to stay at Apt 3, 1 Parliament Square. Upon arrival we deemed the apartment spacious with pleasant decor (if a little worn around the edges) however due to horrendous, unbearable noise levels (due to an alley immediately beside the apartment acting as an echo chamber, reverberating the noise of the drunken patrons until 5.30am, from the 3 pubs/ bars either end and in the centre of the alley - which they do not warn you about in the property details), after 1 night of literally no sleep at all, we opted to move to an alternate accommodation. As ECS only had two options available we were placed in the Edmonstone 'Suite' which we were told was the better of the two....I dread to think what the state of the other option was as this place was the worst place I have ever had the misfortune of staying in and it completely ruined what was supposed to be a wonderful family xmas break in Edinburgh.
I'm not sure where to start as there was so many horrors so I will simply list them;
* Thick black mould on the kitchen wall, causing a major health hazard (if you look closely their own photos you can see where they have tried to hide the black mould at the bottom of the wall by strategically placing the table).
* Built up dirt and stains all around the kitchen unit bases, dried spillages in the kitchen cupboards, built up dirt and grime in the dishwasher, drip marks all over the kitchen drawer frontages - it literally looked like it had never been wiped down with a dishcloth!
* Poorly equipped kitchen - very limited cutlery (only 3 teaspoons) but they did leave us a few bits of white plastic cutlery to top it up (yes seriously!), washing up liquid but no dishcloth or sponge.
* Broken grouting around the toilet base tiles, exceptionally unhygienic and the thought of other peoples built up urine turned my stomach!
* Built up grime, dirt and hair in the corners of both the bathroom and en-suite - I cleaned one corner with a baby wipe up and the grime I got up was so disgusting, I took before and after photos.
* Built up grime on the doorway carpet bars.
* Someone else's dirty socks under the sofa!
* A lump of dried up food under the other sofa (which had been there so long it was virtually welded to the floor). Totally disgusting.
* Ominous white stains on the navy sofa, meant we used only the grey sofa (which was very uncomfortable and needed the pillows from the bedrooms)
* Layers of dust on the skirting boards and the radiators
* Continuous smell of cigarette smoke coming into the apartment where people stood in the communal doorway smoking. This also meant we never got to use the front door and had to come and go via the lounge patio doors as there were always groups stood smoking in our way.
* Very little natural light in the apartment. The photos of the lounge are deceiving as due to having the smokers stood in the communal doorway which is next door to the lounge patio doors, they literally stand smoking and looking in at you the whole time so we had to keep the curtains shut. The window the other side wasn't much better as again you had smokers sat in a very grotty, courtyard smoking - I took a photo of the view as I felt like we were in Beirut it was was that bad! Both sides had cigarette buts litered all over the floor - clearly no one clears them up or empties the cigarette disposal bins as these were over-flowing throughout our stay.
* Large stains on the carpet in the master bedroom.
* Someones dirty socks under one of the beds in the second bedroom.
* The furniture inside the apartment is old, tatty, of very poor quality and in desperate need of updating (take a look at the old big-backed tv in the master bedroom pic, it gives a good indication of how old and tatty everything is).
Aside from the terrible standards inside the flat, it is situated in a grotty poorly maintained block of flats at the back of a restaurant. When you arrive it gives you a good idea of what to expect as the whole area is dirty, with green stains down the walls, windows covered with old newspapers or filthy curtains and cigarette buts strewn all over the floor, with groups of people always stood outside and in the communal doorway smoking. The fact we never got to use our front door was a joke!
I took photos to evidence all of the above and sent them to the owner to raise my concerns and let him know his cleaners were not doing their job. I was absolutely shocked to receive an abusive email back basically calling me a liar because they have a score of 8.9 on their reviews for cleanliness! I did respond advising that he had clearly chosen to ignore the photos I had sent him as they speak for themselves (I've shown them to friends & family who were shocked) and in regards to previous reviews, either those people had exceptionally low expectations or the cleaners have slacked off for the last six months and cleanliness standards have dropped dramatically. I advised him that as a business owner he should ensure these issues are dealt with (and better cleaners employed) to ensure future holidaymakers do not have the horrific experience we did, but he chose to ignore my further communication so I've had no option than to warn people myself.
My young son has asthma and the black mould and high levels of dirt and dust really aggravated his condition when we were in the flat so we stayed out as much as possible and ended up cutting our break short (leaving immediately after Xmas) as we couldn't bear to stay in this disgusting, dark, dingy and unhygienic place any longer. We wasted a lot of money on a flat which ruined our xmas, so whilst I would recommend Edinburgh as an amazing place to visit, I would strongly advise you book with an alternate accommodation provider - there are many to choose from, offering better standards of accommodation for a lot less money.


Apartment pleasantly decorated and spacious but the over-whelming horrendous noise levels until half 5 in the morning, due to its proximity to 3 bars/pubs either end and in the centre of an alley which runs alongside the apartment and acts like an echo chamber, until half five in the morning meant no sleep at all. Recommend if you plan on not getting much sleep but if you are a family with young children steer clear.

Our response

Service rating : We are very disappointed to hear that your experience and our properties did not meet your expectations. We accept that we are not infallible and sometimes things can be missed in the preparation of our properties - This is why we have a team member meet and greet visitors so that you can bring to their attention any fault you may find when you first arrive. We also provide the number of our Guest Relations team, should anything be found unsatisfactory during your stay. In the first instance, your concerns were heard and we were able to move you to an alternative property nearby, to best meet your needs. We are disappointed to hear that the second property did not meet expectations either. However, without notice of this, we were unable to rectify the issues you faced. As it were, a cleaning company could have attended this property, in a timely manner, to resolve your complaints and ensure your stay was made a comfortable one. We, again, would like to apologise for any short-comings you faced during your stay with us and would urge you to get in touch with us directly should you deem any matter to still be unresolved. (edited by Feefo at the request of the merchant, 14-Feb-2019)
Product : see above

21 Nov 2018

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A great spacious apartment on the Royal Mile with full kitchen and huge family room. Perfect location. And a good value.


Great place to stay and see Edinburgh.

31 Oct 2018

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The service was excellent and we had a wonderful time. The perfect apartment in the ideal location.


Perfect apartment in the ideal location

07 Sep 2018

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Unfortunately the accommodation was very noisy throughout the night, every night, even when we compensated that it was the festival for first part of the week. None of us got a full night's sleep, any night. The previous year we stayed in another flat in the block during the festival that overlooked the Royal Mile and it wasn't this noisy. The issue was the height and narrowness of the side alleyway/lane funneled the noise straight up into the flats above and there were many groups of people moving about in the early hours. We also had all the smells of cooking food from the cafe/restaurants below. We would not stay or rent this accommodation ever again.
We would consider returning to the other flat we stayed in the previous year as it was more comfortable and did not have the same noise problems.


Please see comments above.

Our response

Service rating : In response to this feedback, new double glazed windows have been fitted in the bedrooms in January 2019 to address and mitigate any city centre noise pollution issues,.
Product : new double glazed windows have since been fitted in January 2019 to address and mitigate any city centre noise pollution issues.

26 Aug 2018

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Thank you so much for being so flexible about meeting us off the night train. We were really grateful.


Thank you very much for meeting us off the night train. It was much appreciated.

Overall rating

5.0 stars

Based on 2 review(s)


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

This is a beautiful apartment in a historic building right on the Royal Mile, The location could not be better and yet it's very quiet. It is walking distance to all the sights of Edinburgh as well as to Waverly train station. The apartment is modern, spacious, immaculate, well-equipped, light, with lots of windows and with spectacular lighting. There is no lift yet the stairs are easy and wouldn't be a problem for most people. We have rented apartments all over Europe and this one is the best. Both Glenn and Dave were very helpful and professional and we would definitely rent from Edinburgh Self-Catering again. This apartment would be ideal for 2 couples traveling together.

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

My husband and I, and another couple, stayed in this apartment 18-22 September 2010 and really enjoyed it. =)

I've stayed at both the Parliament Sq. 1 and the Parliament Sq. 2 apartments, and though Parliament Sq. 1 has better views, I think Parliament Sq. 2 wins the contest for favorites with its amazing bathroom, its open floor plan, and its clean/contemporary feeling.

We enjoyed shopping the local markets for food to prepare in the apartment kitchen. The kitchen was great. Very spacious and well outfitted for cooking.

The location is, of course, fantastic! Very easy walk to Edinburgh Castle and right across the square from St. Giles. When we left Edinburgh, we just walked to the train station to catch our train - no problem.

Despite the fantastic location right on the Royal Mile, we didn't experience any problems with street noise. There are some ghost tours that run through the alley alongside the building in the evening, so you do get a little talking/laughing pedestrian noise there. But those tours didn't seem to run very late, and the apartment was altogether surprisingly quiet. If you're a light sleeper, you'll be happy to know that both Parliament Sq. 1 and Parliament Sq. 2 have wooden shutters and heavy drapes in the bedrooms to help cancel any noise.

I'd recommend this place for couples, families, a group of friends, mature travelers (as long as everyone in the group can handle the stairs - there's no elevator), or anyone looking for a spacious, relaxing, home-away-from home, sightseeing holiday apartment.

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