Stay at the Salisbury Hotel

How Good Is This Small, Family-friendly Hotel in Edinburgh?

Why Stay at the Salisbury Hotel,
4-star Stylish Boutique hotel in Southside/Newington in Edinburgh

  • Small but comfortable, family-owned boutique hotel in converted Georgian townhouses.
  • High level of service from staff and owners who are efficient and friendly.
  • Child-friendly hotel with good value family rooms and safe outdoor space.
  • Green hotel awarded with the silver Green Tourism award.
  • Location: Quiet hotel located just south of Edinburgh City Centre, close to Edinburgh University and the Old Town with its many attractions.
  • Rates: Average room price per night: £65-£140 ($102-$220) but special deals can save you up to 50%.

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Are you considering a stay at the Salisbury Hotel in Edinburgh? This contemporary family-owned hotel is stylishly converted from two Georgian townhouses and enjoys the privacy of its own walled garden. Nothing is too much trouble for its dedicated staff and what is more, it serves a very good breakfast. But is the Salisbury Hotel a better choice than other 4-star hotels close to the City Centre? And is it good value for money?

I've read hundreds of reviews from guests who have stayed at the Salisbury over the years and the following is a clear and unbiased summary of what these guests really thought of their stay at this hotel.

What's special about the Salisbury Hotel?

  • Friendly and relaxed atmosphere, the staff and owners go out of their way to ensure that guests enjoy their stay.
  • The Salisbury Hotel has been awarded the Visit Scotland Silver Green Tourism award for its efforts in environmental responsibility.
  • The hotel is very child friendly with family rooms available and a safe, high walled garden with climbing frame for kids to play in.
  • Location: The Salisbury Hotel is located a 20-minute walk from the centre of Edinburgh in the Southside area, close to Arthur's Seat and Holyrood Park.

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What do guests really think?

The vast majority of the reviews were extremely positive, with very few negative comments. Most guests loved their stay at the Salisbury Hotel and would recommend it to others.

  • The reviewers were full of praise for the staff and felt that nothing was too much trouble for them. The staff are efficient and take the time to talk to the guests and anticipate their requirements.
  • Many guests said that the Salisbury Hotel had exceeded their expectations and that it represented excellent value for money.
  • Most of the guests who reported problems with their stay felt that they were minor issues which did not detract from their overall enjoyment.
  • Many reviewers loved the quality of the breakfasts, freshly cooked with quality ingredients and which include traditional Scottish dishes such as haggis.

The Salisbury Hotel in Southside

Scottish Tourist Board Rated 4 Star Hotel

43-45 Salisbury Road,
Newington,
Edinburgh,
Postcode: EH16 5AA
Tel: +44 (0) 131 243 3456
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How far is the Salisbury Hotel from the bus and train stations?
1.2 miles (2 km) approx

The Salisbury is located in the Southside/Newington area, just south of Edinburgh City Centre and near Edinburgh University.

Visit Scotland star rating: 4 star Hotel
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My Recommendation

The vast majority of guests absolutely loved their stay at the Salisbury Hotel and wholeheartedly recommended it as a good value accommodation in Edinburgh. It also seems perfect for families travelling with children.

The Salisbury may not be located right in the centre of Edinburgh, but if you are willing to take a short walk to the city centre attractions or take the bus, then it seems to be an excellent value for money hotel and a real home from home in stylish surroundings.

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In Depth Review of the Salisbury Hotel in Edinburgh

Small, contemporary boutique hotel. Quiet Newington location near City Centre and University.
Average room price per night: £65-£140 ($102-$220)

What is the Salisbury Hotel like?

The Salisbury Hotel opened in 2007 as a contemporary boutique hotel. It is renovated from a pair of semi-detached Georgian townhouses and the Salisbury retains many of its period features such as fireplaces and working shutters. One of its strengths is the high level of service that it offers and the way in which guests are made to feel welcome and at home.

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Building and room design

  • There are 18 rooms of different sizes, each stylishly decorated in rich colours and retaining many of the period features such as high Georgian ceilings. The rooms are clean, modern and comfortable and many guests felt that they were also luxurious although some found them a little small.
  • A couple of the rooms feature four-poster beds for a romantic stay, and some have direct access to the garden.
  • There are also some family rooms with sofa beds and fridges. High chairs and cots are also available.
  • The main complaints were that some of the rooms have a noisy water system in the bathroom while others are prone to flooding the floor when taking a shower.
  • Most reviewers agreed that the hotel is spotlessly clean and comfortable.
  • There is no lift at the Salisbury Hotel, which may make it difficult for less mobile guests.

Staff and level of service

  • This aspect of the hotel seems to be outstanding and guests were extremely complimentary about the level of service, which they described as friendly and efficient.
  • The staff make the effort to talk to the guests and help them to plan their trip, giving them information and assistance specifically tailored to them.
  • Many people also commented that the owners themselves went out of their way to make the guests welcome, giving the hotel a real personal touch.
  • Even those who reported problems with their stay were pleased with the way that issues were handled and resolved.
  • The reception desk closes during the night, although a number is available to ring if required. Some guests, however, would have preferred a 24h service.

Food and drink

  • Although with most hotels the breakfast reviews are usually very mixed, almost all guests agreed that the Salisbury Hotel served an excellent breakfast and that it represented good value for money.
  • The continental breakfast is included, but for a small additional charge guests can choose to have a full Scottish breakfast including haggis and salmon (cooked to order), which most guests recommended paying extra for.
  • Some guests would have preferred breakfast to start earlier than 08:00 am, although the hotel does provide breakfast packs upon request.
  • The bistro style restaurant Gabbro was closed for several months, but the reviews prior to this suggested that it offered good quality, locally sourced ingredients and represented value for money.

Location and parking

  • The Salisbury Hotel is a 20-minute walk from the centre of Edinburgh. There are frequent buses which pass close to the hotel and the bus journey takes about 5 minutes.
  • This suited most reviewers who felt that the hotel was well located, although a few would have preferred to be closer to the centre.
  • It is a 20-minute walk from Waverley Train Station, although some guests recommended taking a taxi.
  • It is also close the Arthur's Seat, and it's convenient for those visiting the university.
  • There is free car parking available, although some guests said that it was too small and that cars were often blocked in.

Nice touches

  • The guest rooms offer excellent amenities such as an iPod docking station and free WiFi.
  • The way the staff anticipate the requirements of the guests by talking to them individually.
  • There are packed breakfasts available for those who cannot make breakfast.

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