Motel One – Edinburgh

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Motel One Edinburgh- Royal has only been open for about 2 years now.

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Although the Motel One chain is considered a budget-design chain, their accommodations are nothing short of splendid!

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Motel One Edinburgh-Royal is located in the heart of the city, just a short walk from Waverly Station (which was very beneficial for us, seeing as we arrived to and departed from York via train). We originally had a rental car booked for our time in Edinburgh and ended up canceling the reservation after realizing how walkable the city is.

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Scotch Whiskey Experience & Camera Obscura & World of Illusions were two attractions we visited during our time in Edinburgh and they were located just around the corner from Motel One.

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Edinburgh Castle was less than a 10 minute walk from the hotel’s front door. Other nearby local attractions include: the National Gallery of Scotland, The Scottish Parliament, the National and Royal Museum of Scotland, and the Royal Mile, to name a few.


The outside of the building was preserved to maintain its historic charm, while the interior is decorated in modern Scottish fashion!

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The hub of the hotel, the One Lounge, is a lobby, bar and cafeteria all rolled into one!

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All rooms are pretty much set up in the same manner with a comfortable double bed, flat screen TV, air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom.

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We were in a “room with a view” and I have to be honest, I wasn’t too impressed with “the view”.

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Now, I know the hotel cannot help where a tree was planted and has since grown to cover up the Sir Walter Scott Monument located directly behind the tree (and pictured below), but it was still a little bit of a disappointing “view”, which is actually an extra cost when booking that particular type of room.


We could see Waverly Station, however, if we looked out and to the right.

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Our room was also located right above a street and very close to the train tracks, however the windows were very well insulated, so with the windows closed, our room was rather peaceful!

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Breakfast is served each morning in the One Lounge and is not included in the room rate, although it can be added for just 7,50 (British Pounds).

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A variety of meats, cheeses, fruit, yogurt, breads and pastries are available.

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All in all, we had a  pleasant stay at Motel One Edinburgh- Royal. The location could not have been more perfect and we felt relaxed and well-rested as we explored the beautiful and historic city of Edinburgh.

We’d like to thank Motel One Edinburgh- Royal for their partnership, as they provided us with a discounted stay so we could share our experiences with you.

As always, our write-ups are an accurate reflection of the experiences we had.  

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