Myself, partner, sister-in-law and brother-in-law shared the family room here at the beginning of April 2012. It was a nice B&B, the owners couldn't have been more pleasant, always saying good morning, offering advice, maps and calling taxis when needed.
The B&B is about a 5 minute walk to Princes street and a 15 minute walk to the Royal Mile. Not too bad, but do remember that Edinburgh is built on some very steep hills, so although it's a short walk it can take quite a bit of effort if you're not fit.
As mentioned the B&B and owners were lovely, however, it doesn't cater for those with physical disabilities as it is located on the second and third floors (between 5-7 flights of stairs) above a hair salon. Shortly before arriving I had fallen over and hurt my hip, so I was using crutches to get around. It was quite difficult to get up to the room each day after sight seeing and very tiring.
The room itself was quite nice. Very large room with a large bathroom. Had one King Sized bed and two single beds, 1 large wardrobe and 3 bedside tables, also a fireplace (not for use), a desk/chair and a hospitality tray. The bathroom had a shower, sink and toilet. Plenty of room for the four of us to move around without getting under each others feet.
They have a lounge where you can sit at night if you don't want to stay in your room. There's a couple of couches, lots of books and a four person table. They provide cards and board games if you want to while away a few hours. They also provide DVDs that you can take back to your room, which is nice.
The breakfast is actually served in a restaurant (Ricks) two doors down from the B&B, so you did have to leave the premises each morning to eat breakfast. This wasn't such a big deal, just not what we're used to. The breakfast was nice, but some of the options were on the small side. You could have tea, coffee or juice and then there was a choice of 6 different breakfasts. I always got the mixed grill, which was substantial and would get you through until lunch time, as was the vegetarian mixed grill that my sister-in-law got each morning. My partner, however, got the waffles as this was one of the only things on the menu she liked. When it arrived it was one waffle with syrup (you could get two rashers of bacon or some berries on top but she is vegetarian and doesn't like berries). I enjoyed the breakfast but as you are only allowed one choice from the menu they should think about providing more than one waffle if that is your choice.
The location of the B&B is great for restaurants, café's and there is a little general store on the corner. Lots of choice for eating dinner, etc.
Overall it was a pleasant B&B, very nice owners and we had no major concerns. If you book here I'm sure you'll have a nice stay. We would probably go somewhere else in future but that is solely down to personal choice, there was really nothing inherently bad about No 53 Frederick Street.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- No. 53 Frederick Street, bed and breakfast in Edinburgh is perfectly situated in the very heart of the city centre, providing a magnificent yet unique spacious central home to explore Edinburgh, separated from Edinburgh Castle only by the Gardens! The Edinburgh B&B accommodation is an original Georgian townhouse situated on the second and third floors, that dates from circa 1820, and many of the original features have been carefully retained. This is an elegant and extremely spacious guest house, typified in a welcoming open hall with feature bow wall and staircase to upper floor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 53 Frederick Street Hotel Edinburgh
- 53 Frederick Street Edinburgh, Scotland