14/08/2018 Wyfl, Washington, DC
This hotel is a little bit of a gem off the beaten path and doesn’t really advertise itself too much. It used to be the site of the Royal College of Surgeons and is in fact next to the medical school... more
This hotel is a little bit of a gem off the beaten path and doesn’t really advertise itself too much. It used to be the site of the Royal College of Surgeons and is in fact next to the medical school. All profits go to the medical school. So the mission is a noble one. LOCATION: superb, particularly if you’re attending the festival. It is one block from the EIF festival theater and one block away from the raucously joyous going one at the greens of Edinburgh university for the Fringe. Both EIF and Fringe are so large and widely dispersed in the city it’s impossible to be at the center of everything but at this hotel you’re only a 15 minute walk to most venues (with the exception of those north of the bridge). Furthermore, if you’re traveling out or Edinburgh it’s only a 15 min walk to Waverley station (or you could take any number of buses that go there every 10 min stopping around the corner from the hotel), a 25 min walk to the airport tram at St Andrews Square (or, again a short bus ride), and the 37 to Penicuik which will take you to Rosslyn Chapel stops just around the corner. ROOMS: it’s just been redone so they’re quite modern and posh, a little tight but typical for small European hotels - actually quite a deal for what they charge. The showers and bathrooms are really lovely. They offer soft and firm mattresses. No aircondition but you don’t need it in Edinburgh - just crack the window if you’re warm - heating of course. BREAKFAST AND RESTAURANT. The buffet is large and plentiful. The hotel is quite literal - everything on the menu is always there and exactly described. The quality is good - nothing extraordinary but a great filling place to start your day, especially if you plan to skip lunch. The dining area offers drinks in the afternoon and dinner starting at 5 PM. Again, the hotel is a bit literal (its name is its address) and this carries onto the dining as the restaurant is just called “Drinks and Dining.” It’s a shame it’s not catchier as the food is really quite good. It’s not an extensive menu but all really well done and well prepared. The Scots are really keen about their desserts (or puddings) and this place is no exception - in particular the soufflés and the tarts. SERVICE: The staff are very sweet, friendly, well intentioned, and eager. There were some bobbles as I think we were one of the first bookings after the renovation and thus on a bit of a “shakedown” cruise - but they always did their best to get things sorted expeditiously. The staff are all lovely people but may lack a bit of the “polish” you might see at some other places in terms of the “language of customer service” - which is actually kind of refreshing. PERKS: we were offered £10 coupons for use at the restaurant and various nearby bars and cafes - one for every night of stay. Do use them at the restaurant - we had a really lovely dinner there. less
Jordan I, Front Office Manager at Ten Hill Place, BW Premier Collection, responded to this review
Thank you for such an in depth review of your time with us. We are certainly glad to see that so many different aspects of your stay were up to the standards expected. We are very proud of our newly extended hotel and that we can share this with so many more guests.
I do hope that on our next visit to Edinburgh you will remember our hotel.
Jordan & The Team