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Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor {GBR} (no longer Honors)

Old Oct 2, 00, 2:06 pm
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Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor {GBR} (no longer Honors)

Can anyone tell me about this hotel? I'll be staying there on an award stay next week. Should I expect the best or the worst?

(and how cold is it in Scotland this time of year?)


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Old Sep 16, 02, 5:37 pm
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Hilton Grosvenor Edinburgh hotel Trip Reports and Reviews

Just thought I would pass along recent experience staying at the Grosvenor Edinburgh Hilton -- given my own trouble finding any info on the hotel prior to our trip.

This is not a business hotel by any means, but as a vacation (or "holiday") destination, my wife and I found Edinburgh to be a very nice short stay to compliment a longer visit to London. Wonderful history and nice people!

All the recommendations I found before our trip suggested to stay at the Caledonian Hilton (a so-called "five star" property). However, I just found it difficult to part with twice the HHonors points when I looked at potentially staying at the Grosvenor.

However, I could find very little info on the hotel, even from the Hilton Diamond Desk (I called many times asking for anyone with insight on the area -- without any luck). We decided to brave it, and I am so glad we did.

The Grosvenor ended up being a fine hotel, and was only a few blocks from the Caledonian anyway!

Granted, we stayed in the Club section, accross the street from the main hotel. But, the people were friendly and the place was clean. It is a very old hotel in general (built in the 1850s I think), so you have squeaky wood floors and a old, European feel to the room. But the bed was very comfy, the shower/tub spurted out nice hot water (great to take off the chill of the Edinburgh nights).

The staff was courteous and helpful. My wife and I easily walked down to the main shopping and tourist area, right by the Calidonian Hilton, and we stopped in there twice to relax. From the lobby and such it looks similar in age and atmosphere (only larger in scale) -- so we were very satisfied with our choice of Grosvenor despite the slighly longer walks.

The elevator had only room for two people at a time, but there were only three floors anyway, and it is not a busy place.

The "air conditioning" was via an open window, but the temperatures were mostly cool anyway. The bath didn't allow any space for placing toiletries, which would likely be my only complaint.

Otherwise, it was a pleasure. Rustic feel to the hotel overall, but I would recommend it heartily unless you really need to see the castle from your hotel (at the Calidonian), and want to spend the extra pounds or points.

As a tourist, you are going to walk in Edinburgh anyway! What's a few more blocks?
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Old Nov 4, 02, 9:56 am
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Thanks for this. we are currently debating these two hotels, or the Sheraton. If there is availability, we will probably jump on this one.
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Old Nov 4, 02, 1:06 pm
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Hi,

And the Grosvenor is just across the road from a railway station ( Haymarket) whereas the Caledonian is about halfway between Haymarket and Waverley (the main station) at the western end of Princes Street.

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Old Nov 4, 02, 1:25 pm
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dear thesilb,

Not sure about your HHonors status, but if you choose the Grosvenor Edinburgh Hilton be sure to play it up if you've got it. They showered us (as a diamond) with a bunch of extra goodies (e.g., champagne, cookies, fudge, etc., etc.).

No matter where you stay, Edinburgh is a delightful city with a lot of charm. Just remember to take warm clothes and good shoes.


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Old Nov 4, 02, 3:56 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by elbidercni:
No matter where you stay, Edinburgh is a delightful city with a lot of charm. Just remember to take warm clothes and good shoes. </font>
It's not cold here all year round! The temperature does occasionally get above freezing.

Glad you enjoyed your stay in my home city. Far too many visitors to the UK "do" London and then head off somewhere else. They don't know what they are missing by not taking a 1 hour flight or a 4 hour train journey.
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Old Nov 4, 02, 4:37 pm
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Stayed there 2 weeks ago. Enjoyed it too. Friendly staff. Excellent hilton.com "leasure" rates available of 64 GBP with B&B. Only difficulty was they were not aware of the "Spouse stays free" feature of Gold members. Almost had to pay 20 GPB extra per night, and that excluded the additional breakfast... On the club side, lower floors rooms seems better (ie fully renovated).

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Old Nov 4, 02, 6:23 pm
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I stayed there in late September. The single room was miniscule and I was not satisfied with the accomodation. I too was in the Club section across the street from the main building. I was not gold at the time and that probably made a difference.

The service however was very good and the hotel is centrally located for touristy endeavours.

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Old Nov 5, 02, 1:27 am
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We stayed at the Grosvenor Edinburgh Hilton last summer and liked it very much. The proximity to the Haymarket train station was convenient for us. Just after we arrived I took a taxi to the Registrar's Office to "save time" because I didn't know where anything was. It cost 5 pounds for the taxi. My husband and daughter took a bus for a few pence and we all walked back together.

The family room was spacious and tastefully decorated. Breakfast was served downstairs in the Club. Several discussions were required to have the charge for the breakfast removed. The Diamond benefits print out seemed to help. Overall we were very happy with our stay here and at the Dunblane Hilton nearby.
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Old Nov 5, 02, 2:10 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Gaza:
Far too many visitors to the UK "do" London and then head off somewhere else. They don't know what they are missing by not taking a 1 hour flight or a 4 hour train journey.</font>
We almost did exactly that, but our visit to Edinburgh was one of the highlights of our UK trip this past summer. (Thanks to you and others.)

We noted the excellent location of the Caledonian at the time - glad to hear there is another option nearby, as we definitely plan to stay in Edinburgh longer than one day the next time.


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Old Nov 5, 02, 9:05 pm
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We stayed at the Grosvenor in August. Generally, I was disappointed w/ the hotel. We booked 3 nights on an award stay. When we arrived, we were given a small room on the first floor under the stairs. When we asked for different accomodations, we were told that we might be able to switch rooms for our second and third nights. After spending the first night (in and out of sleep due to footsteps on the stairs) in the tiny room, we were moved across the street to the Club section of the hotel. The room here was palatial (sp?), compared to the first- very nice. An issue came about when we checked out. We were charged for breakfast for 3 mornings, after having been told at check-in that breakfast would be comp'd (on my noting that I'm a Diamond HHonors member). The guy who checked us out spoke to his accounting department, then told me that he would remove the first breakfast, but because we were "upgraded" the second and third nights, that we would need to pay for the second and third breafasts. I told him that I wasn't informed: 1) that the room change was an upgrade, and 2) that the switch in room would replace the free breakfast. He replied that he couldn't do any thing about it. Parenthetically, when I got back to the States, I called the Diamond desk, let them know, and they committed to send me a check to reimburse for the situation. I'm still waiting for the check (3 months later). I inquired last week- it's "in the mail", or soon-to-be.

My advice- get a commitment up front as to what's included (or not) in your stay.

Otherwise, our stay in Edinburgh was great- went on a fantastic tour to Loch Ness/ the Highlands.
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Old Nov 5, 02, 10:39 pm
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Thanks for the report on the other Hilton in Edinburough. I stayed last summer at the Caledonian on an standard award. While it was a nice property generally, we were given a very poor room right over the pool, the chlorine smell was a constant irritant. It is also too "expensive" as a premium category property.
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Old Nov 5, 02, 11:47 pm
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Interestingly, for the two nights we need in June, a Sunday-Monday, the Caledonian is 108GBP per night, whereas the Grosevenor is 140GBP. The Caledonian also is not available (even to Diamond members) for points; the Grosvenor is available at 40K for the two nights. For 280 GBP plus GST, this is a real value for 40K points in my opinion, so we'll probably do this.

Thanks for all the input on the properties. With front row tickets for Mark Knopfler we could probably sleep in a closet and be happy! We're looking forward to exploring Edinburgh for the first time.
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Old Dec 21, 02, 1:50 pm
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Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor hotel Trip Reports and Reviews

Hi,

Just returned from a 1 night stay there ( Division's christmas dinner at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre).
This hotel is just across the road from the Haymarket station ( Note: This is NOT the Caledonian at Princes Street ( 10min walk)
Arrived at 5:15pm. Check in was quick.
My booking was for a double room ( 59 GBP per night)
I was given room 315 (top floor). This is apparently a family (triple) room with three single beds so I suppose it was a kind of HHonors Gold upgrade ( no otheer amenties given).
No bath in the bathroom just a shower and the toilet was almost right against the wall so you have to sit on it at a bit of an angle.
TV has 6 channels ( Terrestrial 1-5 and Sky news).
A keyboard was provided for internet access. Did not use it or find out how much it was.
In the morning I got the requested wakeup call and the newspaper.
Breakfast was included in the rate and was ok ( the bacon and sausage tasted a bit funny ( then again it was maybe because I had too much to drink the night before!!
I requested a late check out ( C/O time is 11am) and the front desk originally offered 12 noon but agreed to 12:30 pm with no problem.
The snack bar in the reception area by the lifts is quite reasonably priced ( cafe latte and a danish for 3.20)
Room was comfortable and quiet enough and overlooked the roof ( facing east). The room on the first floor would have a good view of the a/c units on the roof!!).
Water pressure in the shower was a little bit on the low side but the tempreature was fine.
They had several parties going on on Friday evening so the areas by the lift and reception were crowded making it slightly difficult to exit but no problems.
The sitting areas by the lift I found in the evening and morning had the smokey smell as several people were smoking but did not find it too annoying although I do think the main public areas should be more smoke free.
The bill was correct when I checked out ( 2 mins) and the newspaper was apparently free.

Overall for the price paid it was reasonable but I was slightly dissapointed that there was no obvious recognition of Gold status ( I think other comments have suggested that they have been upgraded to the club section and there were club rooms available on the internet shortly before arriving at the hotel) but given the price and the location ( less than five min walk at 1am after several hours drinking is always a good bet! ) a reasonable hotel
This completes my HH stays for 2002. Number of stays : 22. Nights 38 ( all leisure)
Next: Somewhere in Washington DC or its environs for Jan 1-4 2003.

Regards

TBS

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Old Dec 24, 02, 4:09 am
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Is that a good rate? Anyway, not a bad rate; I certainly paid more for a stay at the Caledonian a year ago.
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