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

Location

Directions

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.

Parking

Street parking is enforced Mon Sat 08:00 - 18:30, it is 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 pounds or more or enter the postcode of the property you have booked into this website http://www.parkopedia.co.uk/

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), leave your car in a well lit residential street outside the restricted city centre, the whole operation should take approx 30 minutes. Alternatively, the return journey in a taxi from an unrestricted area (approx 2.5 km) would be less than one days parking charges. Information on the best areas for this can be provided.

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Facilities and amenities

Property facilities
  • Dishwasher
  • Tumble dryer
  • Fridge/ Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Linen provided
  • Bath towels provided
  • Bedding provided
  • Cot/ Travel cot
  • Hair dryer
  • High chair
  • Iron / Ironing board
  • Washing machine
  • DVD player
  • TV
  • Internet access
  • Wifi
  • Personal meet & greet available
  • Pets not allowed
Nearby amenities and recreation
  • Gym
  • Leisure centre
  • Shops
  • Bar / Pub
  • Restaurants
  • Café
  • Galleries
  • Internet café
  • Museum
  • Nightclub
  • Theatre
  • Supermarket
  • Parking

Reviews

Independently rated: 66.7%The percentage of all customers leaving a review on Feefo.com who rated the product either 'good' or 'excellent' based on 6 user reviews of 1 Parliament Sq (apt 3), Royal Mile, 300 metres from Edinburgh Castle
15 Jan 2019

Review via Feefo.com

Service

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.

Product

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 but certainly not surprised to see this extremely negative review as we were threatened with this very action if did not adhere to a demand to provide a refund. We strongly refute their version of events.. The original property that these people booked is right in the city centre, with such city centre locations it should not be a surprise that there are restaurants and bars in the vicinity and therefore there has be to some anticipation that city centre noise pollution may be encountered on occasions. However despite this, their concerns were listened to and without question they were promptly offered a move, at no cost to themselves, to an alternative property and staff attended to assist them. We therefore ask any reader of this to consider, having just displayed how proactive and prompt we were to addressing their first concern. If the alternative property was in the condition as described in the exhaustive and endless list of issues, surely the first thing anybody would do would be to contact the operators immediately again and advise that the property was not in an acceptable condition, at no time were we contacted, which therefore did not provide us with an opportunity to attend to see these issues and address them by sending in a cleaning team. We are instead to believe they endured this appalling situation for another four days and then returned home, then waited nearly another two weeks before making a complaint. Their experience also contradicts the vast majority of other guests reviews across several review platforms. We accept that we are not infallible and things can be missed when properties are prepared, however we do expect to be given an opportunity to rectify issues if it is brought to our attention and it is standard practice that all guests are also advised when a team member meets them to provide access and show them around the property that if there is anything untoward or not to their satisfaction to contact the guest relations team on the number provided, exactly as this guest did previously at the other property when they had noise pollution concerns. It is a very regretful outcome and one we did not wish for but we cannot and will be not be coerced into providing unwarranted compensation simply because we have been threatened by a negative review.
Product : see above

21 Nov 2018

Review via Feefo.com

Service

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

Product

Great place to stay and see Edinburgh.

31 Oct 2018

Review via Feefo.com

Service

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

Product

Perfect apartment in the ideal location

07 Sep 2018

Review via Feefo.com

Service

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.

Product

Please see comments above.

26 Aug 2018

Review via Feefo.com

Service

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

Product

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

14 Nov 2017

Review via Feefo.com

Service

We rented this apartment for a week in November. The apartment is in a wonderful location so close to everything you would want to do. The apartment itself is in a very nice building, it's a great size and furnished very nicely. It's light and bright and a very comfortable space. You do hear some street noise but, that just adds to the charm of lovely Edinburgh. The only thing I will say is that the mattresses need to be replaced. They were comfortable for sure but, sagged on the sides of the bed. Other than that that apartment was awesome. Like I said the location is the best. I definitely would recommend and will stay here in the future.

Product

Edinburgh Self Catering was very easy to work with. Everything went very smoothly.

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