Edinburgh First

3 stars
18 Holyrood Park Road, University grounds, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
13 reviews
The 10 minute walk into town helps burn off the MASSIVE breakfast

We really enjoyed our stay at Pollock Halls (Edinburgh First). The staff were unbelievably friendly... See full review

  • April Mc
  • Aug 15, 2014
great

Peaxeful very relaxing. Come and go as you please. See full review

  • jonny vegas
  • Jun 24, 2014
Pollock Halls offers 2* accommodation in Edinburgh to suit every budget and purpose, whether you're coming to the city on holiday, for business or as part of a group visit.

Pollock Halls is seasonal campus accommodation located at the foot of Holyrood Park, and offers safe & affordable bed and breakfast accommodation over the University's summer vacation, with over 2000 rooms available.
There is a vast range of room-types, including single standard (with shared bathroom facilities), single en-suite and twin en-suite rooms. Shared pantry facilities in each building include toaster, microwave, fridge, ironing board and iron and fridge; hairdryers are available at the main reception centre. Shared laundry facilities are also available in some buildings.

Full Scottish breakfast is included in the price, and is served in the John McIntyre Centre in the heart of the private campus grounds. Light meals can also be taken in the bar, and there is an on-site shop and ATM available for use by all guests.

Complimentary cabled internet access is available in all bedrooms and wireless internet access is available in some public areas. Limited parking is available on-site, and guests will benefit from the 24-hour reception.

Pollock Halls is just 1.5 miles from the city-centre and Waverley train station, as well as many of Edinburgh's popular tourist attractions. It is also just 5 minutes' walk to Holyrood Park, and Arthur's Seat, an ideal location for walking, with beautiful views over Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh First Rooms

Single standard
Single standard room offers one single bed, and the room has shared bathroom facilities. This equates to a shower/toilet for every 4 bedrooms. Each bedroom has a wash hand-basin and mirror. Full Scottish Breakfast is included in JMCC Restaurant.
Single en-suite
Single en-suite room offers one single bed. It is located in Holland House on Pollock Halls estate. The room has its own shower room and toilet. Full Scottish breakfast is included in JMCC Restaurant.
Twin en-suite
Twin en-suite room offers two twin beds. The room has its own shower room and toilet. Full Scottish breakfast is included in JMCC Restaurant.

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Services
Conference facilities
Internet
Free internet

Nearby points of interest

  • Newington: 0.3 mi
  • Arthur's Seat: 0.4 mi
  • Sciennes: 0.4 mi
  • Mayfield: 0.6 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 0.6 mi
  • Prestonfield: 0.7 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.8 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.8 mi
  • People's Story: 0.8 mi
  • Scottish Parliament: 0.8 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.8 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.8 mi
  • Marchmont: 0.8 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.8 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.8 mi
  • Newington: 0.3 mi
  • Arthur's Seat: 0.4 mi
  • Sciennes: 0.4 mi
  • Mayfield: 0.6 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 0.6 mi
  • Prestonfield: 0.7 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.8 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.8 mi
  • People's Story: 0.8 mi
  • Scottish Parliament: 0.8 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.8 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.8 mi
  • Marchmont: 0.8 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.8 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.8 mi
  • Underground City: 0.8 mi
  • Holyroodhouse Palace: 0.8 mi
  • Holyrood: 0.8 mi
  • Meadow park: 0.9 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.9 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.9 mi
  • Duddingston: 1 mi
  • Lauriston: 1 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 1 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 1 mi
  • Grassmarket: 1 mi
  • Cameron Toll: 1 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 1.1 mi
  • Calton Hill: 1.1 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 1.1 mi
  • Princes Mall: 1.1 mi
  • Blackford: 1.1 mi
  • Abbeyhill: 1.1 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 1.1 mi
  • Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland: 1.2 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 1.2 mi
  • Princes Street: 1.2 mi
  • Meadowbank: 1.2 mi
  • Scott Monument: 1.3 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 1.3 mi
  • Jock's Lodge: 1.3 mi
  • Craigmillar: 1.3 mi
  • Bruntsfield: 1.4 mi
  • Lochrin: 1.4 mi
  • Fountainbridge: 1.4 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1000

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. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (13)

Ratings and reviews for Edinburgh First

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
6 out of 13
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
3.7
Hotel staff:
4.7
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3.7
Value:
3.8

67% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Big Cattt
Business
Dayton, ohio
Aug 21, 2014

College dorm

If you do not mind staying in a college dorm this is awesome. GREAT complimentary breakfast. Bed is not very comfortable but what the heck, it is a college dorm. Great location.

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

You can take bus 30 or 33 to or from downtown for 1.50. The bus from the airport to downtown is 4.00. No tips so this is a cheap and fun way to get there

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
JuanValencia
Business
Bogota, Colombia
Jul 8, 2014

Missed shower privacy, but overall a great stay!

A bit far from the city center but nothing too bad. Great staff! Very helpful. It's the perfect hotel if you're a young single 20 something.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Portobello Beach.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mother of seven
Business
Nelson New Zealand
Aug 22, 2013

Excellent value.

I booked only a few days in advance during the Fringe Festival. Bring a walker it suited me perfectly for location, being an easy walk to the train station and centre of city with buses also bring frequent and close by. The breakfast was included in tariff and was fantastic value with a huge range of choices from continental to cooked. Th room while basic had everything I needed, was clean, bed comfortable and bathroom facilities clean and close to room providing excellent value for money.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
A Visiting Cyclist
Business
Aberdeen
Aug 6, 2013

Decent, but for the price I would expect more

Friendly staff and nicely-furnished bedrooms. Only fault I can think of is that some things weren't properly cleaned in the rooms - the mug, teaspoon, and kettle. There were also discolorations on the duvet cover, though with that said the bed was comfortable enough.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Taeh
Business
London
Aug 4, 2013

Room needs to be cleaned

Especially bathroom. Showerbooth and curtain should be cleaned. Location is great if you want to enjoy peaceful farm.

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

Business

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Review of Edinburgh First

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
stigma15
Business
Booneville, MS
Jul 11, 2011

Basic But Clean & Functional

This was a good accommodation. It is not for those requiring luxury or amenities, but the price is fair for a clean basic room. I had a shared bathroom/shower, but it was always vacant when I visited. Breakfast in the morning was better than expected and basically all-you-can-eat. Also, the staff was the most polite and accommodating I have ever dealt with. I don't want to oversell it; it isn't a great room, but it is good value-for-money. The walls are thin, though.

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

Business

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