Edinburgh has a wonderful range of superb boutique hotels to choose from and Ten Hill Place Hotel is definitely one of them. At www.Hotels.tv we hand-pick hotels for you, and I would strongly recommend you take the opportunity to experience this hidden gem before too many other people find out about it.
Hill Place is a small street just south of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile (a ten minute walk, with a further ten minutes to Waverley Train Station). As you would imagine, Ten Hill Place Hotel sits as number ten on Hill Place, next to the Surgeon’s Hall Museum – a fascinating museum to visit, by the way. In fact, the hotel is so closely connected with the Surgeon’s Hall Museum, and the Royal College of Surgeons, that income generated by the hotel is used to provide surgical skills, education and training to poorer parts of the world. A unique feature for a boutique hotel, I would say.
There is a hotel carpark but spaces are limited so call ahead. If there are no spaces available then guests get a discount at a nearby multi-storey car park –
ask reception for details.
On entering the hotel it is warm and bright. The reception area is clean and smart with plenty of room to wait in for your taxi, or tour bus. I was greeted warmly by the reception staff. I had called earlier to arrange an early check-in and staff were accommodating and
able to arrange this. Check in is from 3pm and check out is at 11am. Check in for me was fast and efficient. Ten Hill Hotel has 78 air-conditioned rooms, and you can choose from an Executive Room, Superior or Skyline Junior Suite – the views from the Skyline suites are impressive. I was booked into the Executive Room, the most affordable option. The hotel is in an old building, although difficult to tell as it has been beautifully refurbished, but room sizes and layouts do vary slightly. There are two lifts to all floors.
Rooms are modern and large, beds are king-size and comfortable. Linen was white, clean and inviting. The pillows and duvets are allergy free. Room designs are bold, linear but dark and warming – no bright floral designs here. There’s plenty of space in the room to sit and relax before or after heading out. Furnishings and equipment in the rooms are of a high standard. To connect to the Internet you will need a laptop, as the broadband is cable, not WiFi – a little annoying for smartphone users. Fittings such as lamps, TV, and tables are of a high standard. Disabled access rooms are available in the hotel.
All rooms are ensuite with a spacious bathroom, big sinks and powerful shower. The great selection of toiletries are locally produced. The bathrooms ‘feature’ glass frosted doors which can be a little disconcerting for some and liberating for others when being ‘fully used’.
The tea, coffee and shortbread in the room was all Fairtrade. There was a working iron and ironing board but no fridge. Rooms have direct dial phones, a safe and hairdryer. You will sleep well at Ten Hill Place Hotel as the surrounding streets are normally quiet and far enough away from the main streets. 24hour room service is available.
Ten Hill Place Hotel cares about the environment too, and has a Gold Award for Green Tourism. They are very proud of this and rightly so.
Breakfast at Ten Hill Place Hotel is an additional charge but the buffet breakfast was worth it. The breakfast choice was extensive and still well stocked later in the breakfast time. A lovely selection of haggis and veggie sausages were on offer. The restaurant’s décor is
bright and functional. The restaurant was child-friendly as was the rest of the hotel – plenty of room for travel cots in the bedrooms. Lunches and evening meals are also available in the restaurant and are rather good. Oh, and did I mention that Ten Hill Place Hotel has a well stocked bar too?
Ten Hill Place Hotel is an ideal base for the Festival season as it’s near the action, particularly The Pleasance, but far enough away to escape for some oxygen. Ten Hill Place Hotel is also a superb venue for a meeting or conference with the facilities of the historic Surgeons’ Hall integrated into the hotel
This is a boutique hotel that everyone can rest comfortably in knowing that they are doing something to improve medical care abroad, even if it is just sleeping soundly.