We stayed at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Bruntsfield Hotel for two nights during the end of October. This was the final of four stays with Best Western hotels, as part of their Get Up and Go initiative, and this time we travelled as a thirty something couple without our child.
Travelling from the midlands we chose the rather relaxing means of a direct train to Edinburgh’s main Waverley station. Our journey there was particularly pleasant, on time and comfortable. Our journey back was not so much fun with a series of cancellations, delays and disinterest from Virgin trains customer service, but it wouldn’t stop us recommending train travel to Edinburgh.
The Bruntsfield hotel is situated on the outskirts of the city, so good if you’d like a decent stroll, but equally convenient to get around from by bus or taxi. In fact the very helpful staff at the hotel pointed out the bus numbers we’d need before we even asked about them.
Staff and the people of Edinburgh in general were very helpful. Everyone we came across seemed very enthused about the city, and telling us about their favourite parts and recommendations. They all came across very sincere, rather than just selling Edinburgh’s virtues out of personal interest, that of being employed largely by its tourism trade.
We dined in the hotel’s restaurant, and while we’ve always found the food at Best Western hotels to be of a high standard, I think this is the best that we have sampled so far. The restaurant manager, and our waiter, were great, again keen to share their favourite parts of the city with us, and other parties dinning with them.
Our room was very comfortable and clean. We love the personality of Best Western hotels, the split levels, the winding corridors to your room rather than the plain, drab and methodical lay out of some hotels.
There were lots we had planned, many of which we’d actually found on the Best Western website for this excellent hotel.
We didn’t really have time to make use of the cosy lounge and open fires of the hotel, as we were off discovering things around Edinburgh. Though, we hope to be back there one day, and perhaps will afford ourselves some time to put our feet up then!
Ian Newbold – http://singleparentdad.blogspot.co.uk/