$54 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Dec 22, 2014 Check-out: Dec 25, 2014

Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

2 stars
10-18 Windsor Street, Edinburgh, EH7 5JR
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.0
out of 5
23 reviews
Great Location on the Fringe

The Cairn is located a short walk from Waverly Station on the fringe of the New Town. Great... See full review

  • Urban Spaceman
  • May 6, 2013
Great place to stay

the hotel was great it was staffed by caring people...Very helpful...Its is within walking distance... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Apr 14, 2011
City center hotel close to top tourist attractions

Cairn Hotel is a 52-room establishment in Edinburgh's theater district. The hotel is easily accessible by rail with the Edinburgh Waverley station only a 10-minute walk away. The new meeting room Rendezvous can accommodate up to 15. The hotel is non-smoking throughout.

Highlights
  • Free Wi-Fi in the lobby
  • Close to Edinburgh's historic old town and Castle
  • On-site restaurant
Rooms

Cairn Hotel has 52 bedrooms -- 34 double or twin, nine single, and nine family. All rooms come with en suite bathroom and complimentary toiletries. Free coffee- and tea-making equipment and a direct dial phone are available in bedrooms. Hairdryers, ironing boards, and cribs are available free upon request. Connecting rooms and rooms for guests with mobility difficulties are available.

Features

Continental breakfast is served daily for an additional fee.

 

The traditional Indian menu at Classics restaurant, which is located next to the hotel, also offers standard European food.

 

The hotel offers a range of alternative relaxation therapies, such as reflexology, Reiki, yoga, meditation, hypnotherapy, and handwriting analysis.

Transportation
  • Edinburgh Airport (8.6 mi/13.84 km)
  • Edinburgh Rail Station nearby
  • Transfer bus from airport to city center
Nearby attractions
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Scottish Parliament (0.8 mi/1.28 km)
  • St. Giles Cathedral (0.9 mi/1.44 km)
  • Princes Street Gardens (0.9 mi/1.44 km)
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard (1.1 mi/1.77 km)
  • Edinburgh Castle (1.2 mi/1.93 km)
  • Edinburgh Zoo (3.8 mi/6.11km)
Business
  • Rendezvous meeting room can accommodate up to 15
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre (1.7 mi/2.73 km)

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Cairn Hotel Edinburgh Rooms

Standard Double/Twin
Room offers 1 double bed or 1 twin with private bathroom hairdryer, iron/ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities and telephone.
Standard Single
Room offer 1 twin bed with private bathroom hairdryer, iron/ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities and telephone.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Internet
WiFi

Nearby points of interest

  • Calton Hill: 0.2 mi
  • Edinburgh Playhouse: 0.3 mi
  • Pilrig: 0.5 mi
  • People's Story: 0.5 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.5 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.5 mi
  • Holyroodhouse Palace: 0.5 mi
  • Abbeyhill: 0.5 mi
  • Scottish Parliament: 0.5 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.5 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.5 mi
  • Holyrood: 0.5 mi
  • Easter Road: 0.5 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.6 mi
  • Underground City: 0.6 mi
  • Calton Hill: 0.2 mi
  • Edinburgh Playhouse: 0.3 mi
  • Pilrig: 0.5 mi
  • People's Story: 0.5 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.5 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.5 mi
  • Holyroodhouse Palace: 0.5 mi
  • Abbeyhill: 0.5 mi
  • Scottish Parliament: 0.5 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.5 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.5 mi
  • Holyrood: 0.5 mi
  • Easter Road: 0.5 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.6 mi
  • Underground City: 0.6 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 0.7 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.7 mi
  • Canonmills: 0.7 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.7 mi
  • Powderhall: 0.7 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.7 mi
  • Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland: 0.7 mi
  • Leith Waterworld: 0.7 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.7 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.7 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.7 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.8 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.8 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.8 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.8 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.8 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.9 mi
  • Meadowbank: 0.9 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0.9 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.9 mi
  • Trinity House: 1 mi
  • Warriston: 1 mi
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: 1.1 mi
  • Stockbridge: 1.1 mi
  • Georgian House: 1.1 mi
  • Lauriston: 1.1 mi
  • Restalrig: 1.1 mi
  • The Grange: 1.2 mi
  • Jock's Lodge: 1.3 mi
  • Meadow park: 1.3 mi

Dining

Restaurant
Continental breakfast is offered to guests each morning at a cost of 5 pounds per person. There is a comfortable and spacious lounge with modern furnishings. It is an ideal place for customers to relax and enjoy a drink from the bar.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1300
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (23)

Ratings and reviews for Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Overall score

2.9 / 5
5.01.0
7 out of 23
Amenities:
2.6
Room cleanliness:
2.7
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
2.4
Location:
4.3
Value:
3.1

57% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Trueblonde
Business
Chicago, IL
Jul 7, 2012

Look further

The best thing aboiut this hotel is the location - it's an easy walk from the train station & to both Old Town & New Town. However, the room was tiny & both the only chair in the room & the mattress had definitely seen better days. We also happened to be on the street side so it was very noisy on the weekend. The decor was tired as well. Breakfast was an additional 6GBP for Continental, 8GBP for Hot Meal. We went up the road & there were 4 places where you could get a Full English with coffee or tea for 4.95GBP so I'd recommend doing that.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

2 unmissable restaurants - Mother India & Petit Paris. Excellent meals at both, reasonably priced, & friendly service. Would def go back!

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Poland Ohio traveler
Business
Poland Ohio USA
Apr 28, 2012

Good location off of the bus route

A little noisy in the room at the bottom of the stairway. Staff were helpful to book rooms on first floor due to mobility issues and no elevator. Unprepared for no washcloths but we also didn't have them in Holland either so maybe that is typical "across the pond" ? Rooms were small but functional and they were stocked with preparations for hot drinks and shortbread cookies every day which was a nice suprise.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
lalaluna
Business
Belfast
Apr 21, 2011

Don't expect a good night's sleep

I only chose this hotel as I was looking something cheap in the city centre - and it was only cheap through a third party. I wouldn't pay full price for this hotel. Positives: Friendly night porter, can stay out as late as you want, comfortable matress, power shower. Staff leave you alone. Room is decent enough size. Negatives: Might as well not have curtains up as they let in so much light in the morning. A lot of noise in the morning from cleaners/people moving around. Very uncomfortable pillows. Bathroom is newly refurbished however stinks of mould after you use the shower. Carpet was filthy and ancient. Hotel does not have it's own restaurant, rather there is an Indian restaurant using the basement. Does not have a cocktail bar as advertised in reception. Walls are so thin that if your neighbour is watching TV you will be tortured.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
hanyvo
Business
holland
Mar 6, 2011

nearby center

a very small room,old and not so clean.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

royal mile is very plesant.take a trip to the Highlands,beautyfull!!

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Review of Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Dalquena
Business
London
Jun 11, 2010

Good for the price

Great location about ten minutes walk from Edinburgh Waverley station. About 20 Minutes walk to the city centre. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The room was small but that's what I expected for the money. A 2 night stay for 2 of us cost £110 so you can't ask for much! The room was reasonably clean although the carpet had seen better days and one on the chairs in our room had a burnt iron imprint on it...not sure how they managed that!! The shower was only a dribble but the water was hot (we were worried about this having read some of the reviews on here). We chose to not have breakfast at The Cairn as it was £10 per person.. so for two mornings it would have cost us £40... you can get much cheaper just down the road for a fiver. All in all a good budget hotel where the staff were very friendly.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Omaha, NE
Oct 26, 2009

Unbeatable location for the price

Hotel was fine. Staff was pleasant and helpful. Price was good. Location was good, close to the city centre and restaurants and bars. Rooms are a bit small when compared to North American standards. Everything was fine until the last day when we found a mouse in the room. They immediately moved us to another room for our last day. I would probably stay there again, both for the location and the price.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New York
Oct 8, 2009

Decent Value

We stayed twice at the Cairn; at the beginning and end of our 3 week vacation. The first room (on the second floor) was a good value for the money so we booked for the end of our trip. The second room (on the ground floor) was much more cramped (we had to plug in the tea kettle in an outlet on the floor at the foot of our bed) and not as clean.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Basement on Broughton St. had excellently prepared meals. It was a good value. The clientele is mostly young but the waitstaff was very accomodating to us oldsters.

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