The views are spectacular! Overlooking a townhouse built in 1622, your room is in the penthouse of a Grade-A listed building completed in 1727 (elevator included). Situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town UNESCO world heritage site. Just a 5 minute stroll to Airport trams/buses, Central Station and Scotland’s most visited attractions. We are well acquainted with our favourite restaurants cafes and tour companies. Whatever your interests, just ask - we will have the information you need.
We are offering you a queen-size bedroom and private ensuite bathroom in the two-storey Penthouse of a residential building completed in 1727. Located on the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town UNESCO World Heritage Site, your room is just a five-minute stroll from Edinburgh Castle.
Wallace Mercer purchased all ten floors of this protected Grade-A listed national monument in the late 1970s. He went on to redevelop the building with a view to letting this two-storey Penthouse as an office-suite, and selling the 21 executive flats on other floors of the building.
Around this time, Paull & Williamsons LLP were on the look-out for prime office-space in Edinburgh. They were a commercial firm of Solicitors headquartered in Aberdeen and they worked closely with North Sea oil. When this Penthouse office-suite became available, Paull & Williamsons LLP jumped at the opportunity of renting offices in a Grade-A listed building in the middle of Old Town, between the Royal Mile and Princes Street Gardens. Paull & Williamsons LLP moved out of the Penthouse office-suite a few years ago. They merged with Burness LLP in 2012 and the new company is known as Burness Paul LLP.
We purchased the penthouse in 2015 and converted it into the Bed & Breakfast you see today. It is in two parts, the guest wing and the main penthouse.
The guest wing has two guest bedrooms. One is your queen-size ensuite bedroom and the other is a queen-size bedroom with (separate) private bathroom. In other words, none of the bathroom or toilet facilities are shared.
Mattresses in both rooms are 30cm deep and pocket-sprung … they are incredibly comfortable. The 100% cotton bedding has a luxurious thread count of 500. Both rooms have tourist information and tea/coffee making facilities.
The dining area, kitchen and our private living area are in the main penthouse.
Our B&B is incredibly well-located. It is just a 5-minute walk from
- Edinburgh Central (Waverley) train station
- Edinburgh Airport trams from Princes Street, not Princes Street West End!
- Edinburgh Airport (Airlink100) express buses from Waverley Bridge.
After a long day sightseeing, imagine yourself resting on the tartan armchair. Or catching up with emails. Then there are the six hangers, coffee, a choice of six teas and few surprises too. There's one window and two timber shutters - great for keeping the light and sound out. You will have a radiator with thermostat, gas central heating and a heated towel rail in the bathroom. The room is 12 square meters (130 square feet). You will have a key to lock your bedroom door (only 7% of airbnb properties in Edinburgh provide a room key). You will have keys too, to the apartment and both entrances to the building - one of these entrances opens onto the Royal Mile and the other towards Princes Street.
The room has good views of St Giles Cathedral, Arthurs Seat and Mary Stairs Close. It is directly above the Writers' Museum on Lady Stair's Close and next to Makars Court, where Scotland's most famous writers are remembered.
Most bathrooms in Edinburgh airbnbs are shared with other guests. But not here! Your private bathroom is 4 square metres (43 square feet). It comes complete with a walk-in shower. And it’s ensuite too. You will have two 100% cotton towels each and two face towels. And then there is the heated towel rail to keep them warm and dry. We provide liquid soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner so you can save some extra-room in your luggage. Just 5% of Edinburgh's airbnbs provide a hairdryer - and we do too !
This is the only airbnb in the oldest part of Edinburgh, offering a complimentary continental breakfast. There is a choice of four cereals, three fruit, yogurts, tea and coffee. If you have food allergies, then please do let us know a few days before you arrive - this is so that we can have suitable alternative breakfast food available for you. You are welcome to use the fridge and crockery too. However, cooking in the oven or on the hob is not available to guests.
"The preparation and welcome that Patrick gave us was amazing. Nothing to difficult and staying at his home was easier than we could have ever imagined. First use of Airbnb and what an intro!"
Ian (Colorado, USA), January 2017
When booking or making an enquiry, please include the following information :
- how you will arrive in Edinburgh : plane, train or car
- your preferred check-in time
You have your own bedroom and private ensuite bathroom as well as shared access to our dining room. You will have use of a fridge, microwave and making light "snacks" but not for cooking meals on the hob or in the oven. In other words, no real cooking without prior permission.
Interaction with guests
We are experienced Airbnb Superhosts, and have had 100's of guests before you. We'll happily point you towards the usual attractions or the hidden hotspots, whatever your preference. Guest interaction covers the full range, from sharing breakfast or coffee, to rarely seeing each other. It all depends on preferences and schedules.
Other things to note
If this is your first booking on Airbnb, then click on the link to receive £30 off your stay in this room www.airbnb.co.uk/c/pkeady1
Our approach is friendly and flexible. We love having visitors stay although we do have other commitments too : work, hobbies, friends and so on.
Luggage (06:00 to 12 midday)
You are welcome to leave your luggage here from 06:00 on your check-in day. We are the only Airbnb offering this service in this part of Old Town.
Check-in (12 midday to 21:00)
Your check-in time needs to be agreed prior to your booking being accepted. If you book first, and then tell us that you are scheduled to arrive in Edinburgh after 21:00, we will charge a £50 late check-in fee. Flights and trains to Edinburgh can be delayed. Please do let me know if your journey is this happens. I may be waiting to go out and it will help me to know if your delay is going to be closer to five minutes or five hours.
Accommodation in Edinburgh is relatively expensive. Three-star hotels within a 0.5km radius of our airbnb on Lawnmarket, typically charge over £200 a night (high season) and £100 a night for B&B (low season). We aim to charge 50% less. Our pricing is higher on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The cleaning fee covers preparation of the room prior to your check-in. Your total price will be of three parts : fees paid by you directly to airbnb (6-15%), the 85-94% paid by you to us and fees paid by me to airbnb (3-4%)
We like to think of our airbnb as an oasis in the hubbub of very centre of Scotland's Capital City. Your room is on the 9th floor of a Grade-A listed building completed at the end of the reign of King George I (1727). It’s 290 years old and as a Grade-A listed building it has it's downsides - all windows are single-glazed and they offer some sound insulation only. If you are looking for double or triple glazing, then this airbnb is not for you. With neighbours directly below, right and left, you might hear footsteps, people talking on the street, tour guides and any manner of city and/or noise from neighbours. The area is generally peaceful, and we like our quests to stay reasonably quiet between 22:00 and 08:00 ie phones on-silent, no phone/(SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) conversations in your room and speaking quietly to each other.
Car-parking costs £30 a day
If you are thinking of arriving by car, then this airbnb is not for you. Free parking is not available here in the City Centre. Local car-parks charge £30 a day. For guests arriving in Edinburgh by hire-car, it's best to return your car at Edinburgh Airport and take the tram to our airbnb. For your onward journey and checking-out, you then have the option to hire another car from the Airport.
The key crunch-times for people with mobility issues, are when they arrive (and depart) with your luggage. There are two entrances to our building. The main entrance is the most convenient for arriving by tram/bus from the Airport or train from all of the main Cities in Great Britain. However, there are 20 steps from street-level to the elevator. There are three additional steps from the elevator to the apartment. The other entrance to the building, is on the 4th floor. It is the perfect exit for seeing all there is to see in Edinburgh. There are no steps at ground level via this 4th floor entrance, except for the 3 steps on the 9th floor. The downside of arriving via this entrance is there are 5 steps from the road level (Lawnmarket on the Royal Mile) to the pavement/footpath.
This room is not suitable for children under 18 years
Questions / Feedback
Do ask questions about your room and the apartment, so that you can get the best from your stay. Do provide constructive feedback as soon as possible and in person, this will help us improve the experience for you.
This is the preferred communication option before check-in
Please do let me know if your flight or train is likely to be delayed, I may be waiting to go elsewhere and it will help me to know if you are going to be a few minutes late … or a few hours
The person booking the room must be present at check-in. Luggage can be stored between 06:00 and 18:00 on check-in day. Check-in can be from 12:00 to 21:00. If after your booking is accepted, you then ask to check in after 21:00, this will incur a late-check-in fee of £50
In the event we have new Guests arriving on your check-out day, I will ask you to vacate your room by 10:00. Late check-out will incur an additional fee of £100
Do act in a courteous manner towards your hosts and other guests : no parties, no guests and no smoking in the building
22:00 to 08:00
During these hours, please be aware that people in the next room to you are most likely asleep or wanting to sleep. 22:00 to 08:00 are simply times for you to whisper to each other and keep audio and video-calls to a minimum
Cooking on the hob or in the oven is not available to guests. There is plenty of room for you to store food in our kitchen. No eating or storing of perishable food in your bedroom
The building is not suitable for guests who have mobility issues
Average temperatures in Edinburgh peak at 19*C in July and hover around 1*C from December to March. Gas central heating runs at 25*C during Winter and cold spells, from 06:00 to 10:00 and from 16:00 to 22:00. Keeping your doors, windows and shutters shut – and wearing more than a t-shirt indoors will help keep you warm
These are for drying hair and skin only. You will have three bathroom towels and two face towels. These are not for removing cosmetics, mascara or cleaning soil/dirt from your clothes/footwear.
Do ask us for our recommendations on where to eat, what to see and do in Edinburgh
Welcome to Edinburgh! We're looking forward to helping you enjoy your time with us, right here in the centre of Scotland's Capital.
From Dec 28, 2017 - Jan 04, 2018 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
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Originally from Ireland - the UK has been very good to me … I guess I have been good to the UK too !
My partner and I work in healthcare. He’s a doctor and I’m a freelance consultant.
He knows almost everything there is to know about eating out in Edinburgh. I love to keep up to date on what's happening here in Scotland’s Capital.
We are huge fans of Edinburgh, and are more than happy to hook you up with great insider information so that you can have the best trip possible.
As the penthouse is our home too, we will be on hand to offer advice and recommendations on how you can make the very best of your stay in Edinburgh.
We decided to list two rooms on AirBnB because of the great experiences that we have had staying in other AirBnB listings in the UK and beyond.
For us, the joy of AirBnB isn't in finding awesome affordable places to stay, it is in making new friends. This is our way of giving back.