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53 Frederick Street
Ranked #22 of 392 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
North East England
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55 reviews
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“Nice B&B”
Reviewed 12 April 2012

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.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

Just come back from this lovely hotel, staff very helpful.. rooms were clean & tidy, situated well for bars.. very friendly and not badly priced, will definitely recommend 53 frederick street to anyone wanting to spend a few days in edinburgh! x

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

If you require a city centre location with excellent bars, restaurants and amenities then look no further. Tessa and her brother have a fantastic B&B with big clean rooms and en-suite bathrooms. No more than 50 yards away on Thistle street are great restaurants, Dusit, a thai restaurant and The Bon Vivant bar/restaurant- recommended by Tessa for a cheeky glass of champagne!! Overall excellent value for money with great service and great rooms. Thank you!!

Room Tip: If you like a big room request the family room, room6!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

* The location was great.
* You do have to walk up some steps to get into the B&B but they weren't a problem for us.
* Staff are friendly and helpful.
* We booked a double room with en-suite but when we arrived we were given a family room with 2 single beds extra. The room was nice and large, however it was very cold due to the large sash single pane window, the open fireplace and the door to the en-suite being unable to be closed shut. We had to use the spare quilts from the single beds. After the 2nd night of our stay, the staff must have noticed this and they placed a 2nd double quilt on our bed, instead of us having to use 2 single quilts. The double bed was actually two single beds together which is not at all comfortable as a double bed.
* The shower was a puzzle. It was either only scorching hot or freezing cold. We lowered the pressure and managed to find a temperature somewhere in between but was still far from comfortable.
* The location can be quite noisy at night as there are a few pubs in the area.
* The breakfast is served in the restaurant below. There were a few options for breakfast and the couple that I tried were quite nice.

Room Tip: I wouldn't recommend room no. 1 for the reasons I discuss above.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

Great location, so easy to walk to from the station ~10mins and to get to all the major sites.
Tessa was really friendly and welcoming and helpful with advice for the city and things to do.
Breakfast at ricks was great, really sets you up for a day walking around.
I agree with the other reviews about the stairs but didn't find this a problem at all... I think they would be hard to avoid if staying in most old buildings in edinburgh and in the city as well.
Bed was comfortable and bedroom was spacious with everything you would need for a crash pad for a weekend exploring the city. Hardly any street noise considering its central location.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: 53 Frederick Street
Address: 53 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1LH, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 392 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price range (per night): $138 - $247
Hotel Class:3 star — 53 Frederick Street 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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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