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Residence Inn by Marriott Edinburgh

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed at the Residence Inn for 3 nights. Our first studio had mold on the bathroom ceiling so we asked to be relocated, the staff was very reactive and gave us a nice and large studio instead. The breakfast doesn't offer many choices but enough for everyone's taste. The location is perfect to go and explore the city by walk without any noise at night. And if you're looking to cook in the studio, there's a sainburry's local just next door!

First, there is no air condition in the hotel! Our room was on the 6th floor and it was unbearably hot in our room. The temp outside was only 65 degrees F. The hotel did give us a portable fan,but it only circulated the hot air, and the window only partially opened! Next the bed was very uncomfortable, and not what you would expect from a Marriott property. Finally, our bathroom had mold in the shower and on the ceiling and was very dark. I would not recommend this hotel. I was very dissatisfied.

We are a couple in our mid 60s and have vacationed in Europe (from USA) more than 50 times. We consider ourselves well-traveled. This property was a disappointment from what we have come to expect from Marriott. A few deficiencies can be overlooked or forgiven but many deficiencies indicate a trend. This property is NOT AIR CONDITIONED and while it may generally not be needed, when AC _is_ needed, as it was during our visit in June 2018, it can be quite uncomfortable. Fans are provided but they just move the hot air around. Lighting in our room was poor with the little halogen bulbs in the ceiling. 2 were failed. Only one little bulb over the sink cast strong dark shadows on the face for makeup or shaving. The sink was "in the room", not by itself, and thus one had to use it in the dark during the night to avoid disturbing the other occupant. There was considerable mold along the bottom of the show caulk/grout. The shower drain had no P trap in it to hold water to block the noise of other showers above/below and thus we had to "share" other peoples' showers when they had them. The toilet seat, while fully functional, was on crooked. The Pergo style floor was heavily scratched in places apparently from moving furniture around. Mattress was terrible but expected in the UK. They can get good mattresses from abroad but don't. The doors were heavily sprung and when inconsiderate guests would allow theirs to slam, the walls actually moved (by the headboard). Very disturbing. Wifi was weak both in the room and in public areas. Breakfast was fine. Service was fine with well dressed, polite and professional staff. Location was blah. Price was right up there during our stay in early June 2018. 10-15 minute walk to the Royal Mile. We did not have a vehicle with us and thus cannot address parking issues. We did not use any exercise equipment or pool(do they even have one?). If I'd known then what I know now, I'd have gone elsewhere instead of booking at the Residence Inn. I wish not to be harsh but only to be honest with my fellow travelers who rely on TripAdvisor as we do.

Great Location, lovely clean room, very nice breakfast, friendly, helpful staff. Stayed two nights in May. Found the location very convenient to walking around town with lots of restaurants and shops. Check-in and check-out were easy. The room and breakfast area were clean, very important to me.

From start to finish I was really impressed by the friendliness and helpfulness of all the staff we encountered. The room was not as spacious as we expected however. Parking is not at all easy while getting baggage in or out of the car; there is no space available and I was warned I risked getting a ticket for stopping to drop off bags and wife before taking car to underground car park nearby. All in all I can not recommend this compared to other Marriott properties In Edinburgh.

We really liked our visit at the Residence Inn, Edinburgh. We are Marriott Timeshare Owners with Platinum Lifetime Status. We were upgraded to a suite with a king bed and it was the best and largest room we have ever received from Marriott! Matter of fact, this is the second time we have been upgraded in our entire loyalty to Marriott. They were happy to give it to us and commented how much they appreciate us for supporting the Marriott Brand and we are very deserving of the upgrade. The room had an entire living room with a 40” flat screen TV with HDMI hook up and a desk for working on your computer. Of course, we had a kitchenette, but it was more like a full kitchen--plenty of room. The bedroom was also spacious with another 30” Flat screen TV. Another pleasant surprise was a vanity in the bedroom. It served as a second desk for both of us to have a desk. It was like having a one bed apartment in the country! When we made these reservation we wanted to be close to walking to Edinburgh Castle and other sightseeing attractions in Edinburgh. It worked out perfectly. You can walk to everything expect the Royal Botanical Gardens and Britannia Ship. We took the Hop on and Hop off bus to get to these locations.

This hotel is very well placed. It is about 20 minutes walking from the citycenter and its mains streets and attractions. It is in a quite area with little to no night noise. It is rather hard to find though, our GPS was struggling because it said it is in a traffic controlled area. In the end we got there. There is ample parking at the next building, which is great considering that it is located in a citycenter. Breakfast was just average. The room confortable and with multi-country sockets!!! Nice touch.

Stayed for two nights - first time I’ve stayed and overall very happy - few minor niggles (no milk in the room, not changed the towels on day 2 and didn’t get free water on second night ..... but minor issues). Breakfast range was good but more like a continental as hot choice was bacon, sausages (not great quality) and powdered scrambled egg (yuk). Room was great, spacious, great kitchen with fridge, microwave and dishwasher. Good size bathroom but only a shower but not an issue for us. Set adjacent to the University, and close to coffee shops, couple of restaurants, and a Sainsbury’s local for supplies. Five minute walk to royal mile and visited two great restaurants both within a 5 minute walk - Divino Enteceo and Michael Neave - both superb and I have reviewed them separately. If you don’t mind the walk, nice alternative to the hotels closer to the Royal Mile. Would stay again if the price was right.

Quiet and central place in town. Easy walk to all major sights. Good rooms, great bed, nice staff. I am happy to come back. Slept well with an open window. Interesting with a new place stuck in between old and new buildings.

My wife and I stayed in this property a couple of nights to get over jet lag before we met our teen aged granddaughter and started being serious tourists. We found the accommodations to be more than adequate. Our small, one bedroom apartment was well equipped and the bed was quite comfortable. The hotel staff was friendly and very helpful. The location is convenient to the wonderful National Museum, the Royal Milr, and a number of restaurants. The wine bar, Veeno, and a Starbucks were just a very short walk away. Breakfast was average.

36 Simpson Loan Edinburgh Scotland

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to University of Edinburgh and Greyfriars Kirk
  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in Old Town, Residence Inn by Marriott Edinburgh is within a 5-minute walk of popular attractions such as University of Edinburgh and The Meadows. This 4-star hotel has 107 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, a 24-hour fitness center, and free in-room WiFi. Centrally located in Edinburgh, the hotel is also a short walk from National Museum of Scotland and Festival Theatre.


Start your day off right with a free full breakfast, served each morning from 6:30 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's café, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. You can sip a beverage at the coffee shop/café.


The 107 rooms feature kitchenettes with refrigerators, microwaves, and dishwashers. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 32-inch plasma TVs with satellite channels and pay movies. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and pillow menus, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. IPod docks, sofa beds, and coffee makers are other standard amenities.

Property features

At Residence Inn by Marriott Edinburgh, guests have access to a 24-hour fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. Self parking is available for GBP 12.80 per night. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a business center, coffee/tea in a common area, and a computer station.

Room options

Suite, 1 Bedroom

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Studio, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Family Studio, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1183 reviews