Stay at the St Giles Apartment
How Good Are These 4-Star Self-Catering Apartments in Edinburgh?
Are you tempted to rent a luxury city centre apartment in Edinburgh? St Giles Apartments could be a tempting choice. They are centrally located and spacious, with contemporary design, chic furniture and wooden floors throughout. But are St Giles Apartments a better choice than other 4-star apartments and hotels close to the city centre? And will they live up to your expectations?
I've read hundreds of reviews from guests who have stayed at the St Giles over the years and the following is a clear and unbiased summary of what these guests really thought of their stay at this city centre apartment.
What's special about the St Giles Apartment?
- Available in one to three bedroom apartments, St Giles offer luxurious and spacious city accommodation decorated to a high standard in a modern style.
- They are fully equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay such as dishwasher and washing machine.
- They offer luxurious L'Occitane toiletries and high quality bedding for what many describe as a comfortable night's sleep.
- Location: St Giles Apartments are spread throughout the Old Town and near the Royal Mile and are convenient for the shops, restaurants and attractions of Edinburgh's medieval heart.
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What do guests really think?
- The vast majority of guests agreed that the apartments are spacious, modern and very comfortable.
- Most guests were extremely happy with their stay and said that it represented excellent value for money.
- There were many reviewers however, who complained that the apartments are not properly maintained or cleaned, with many examples of broken or dirty items.
- A few guests said that as several apartments at different addresses come under the St Giles portfolio, there was some confusion over which apartment they were booking or thought they had booked another apartment in a different location.
The reviews of the apartments were on the whole very good although the repeated complaints about cleanliness and maintenance are of concern. However, the majority of the reviewers would recommend the St Giles Apartments, so as long as you make your choice carefully, the apartments in the St Giles portfolio could an excellent choice for a short break in Edinburgh.
It is extremely confusing from the reviews which apartments are being discussed by guests. Some independent hotel booking websites are equally unclear on individual apartments. I would therefore advise you to check carefully beforehand to ensure that you are booking the apartment and location of your choice, and one with the facilities and amenities that you are looking for.
In Depth Review of St Giles Apartment in Edinburgh
Contemporary city apartments, sleeps couples and up to 6 people. Located on the Royal Mile and around the City Centre.
Average room price per night: £85-£198 ($134-$311)
What are the St Giles Apartments like?
St Giles Apartments are luxurious apartments in the city centre. To clarify, the apartments are not all located near St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile as the name suggests. They are spread throughout the Old Town in various locations and include Fishmarket Apartments, Holyrood Apartments and Advocates Close Apartments as well as others.
They all however come under the umbrella of St Giles Apartments or Apartments Edinburgh and the reviewers do not always mention which apartment they have stayed in. Some comments may therefore relate to any of the locations although where a guest has mentioned a specific apartment location, this is mentioned. Even a couple of reviewers seemed confused on this issue as they had expected to be in a slightly different location.
Building and room design
- The apartments are decorated in a contemporary style with wooden floors and modern furniture, and many reviewers said they were well maintained and equipped, spacious and clean.
- There are various-sized apartments available from one bedroom apartments for two people through to three bedroom apartments for up to six people.
- The apartments are designed for a comfortable stay with a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine, although they do not seem to have a microwave which a few guests mentioned.
- Some amenities may not be available in all apartments so it is worth checking as some reviewers were under the impression that certain appliances or facilities would be available.
- Some apartments have views over St Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square or the Royal Mile.
- A small number of guests, however, said that their apartments were in need of updating, with some reviewers giving the Fishmarket Apartments as example.
- Many guests reported maintenance problems and the Fishmarket and Holyrood Apartments were mentioned more than once as not being properly maintained or cleaned.
- There were a few complaints of things not working properly such as lights, dishwashers and other examples in several of the apartments.
- Some reviewers reported quite serious issues over the apartments not being cleaned, with food and clothing being left by previous occupants, dirty floors and dusty skirting boards.
- A few guests mentioned that there was discarded litter and food in the lifts and stairwells and that they were quite smelly.
- A few reviewers reported problems with the hot water and heating not working properly. Some also said that there was not enough hot water for everyone to shower. It is not known exactly which apartments this applies to, although the Museum Apartments, St Giles Apartments and Holyrood Apartments were mentioned in some reviews.
- Some reviewers found their apartments noisy at night due to the central location, although for most this did not detract from the enjoyment of their stay; others said that their apartments were very quiet.
- Many guests commented positively on the quality of the towels and bed linen, although a small percentage said that they were old and needed replacing.
- They also loved the L'Occitane toiletries supplied in the apartments.
Staff and level of service
- The majority of reviewers thought that the check-in staff were very helpful and friendly and that the check-in process was quick and easy.
- A small percentage of guests were not happy with the lack of out of hours support.
- Keys for all apartments are collected from a clothing store in the High Street (within opening hours) although check in can be arranged later by arrangement.
- Some apartments have lifts while others do not, so this should be checked before booking if it is an important criterion, as many people reported problems climbing the stairs.
- Some apartments are Wi-Fi enabled but others are not and some reviewers were not happy with this.
Location and parking
- The actual St Giles apartments are located on the Royal Mile, a few minutes walk from Princes Street and Waverley Station.
- The Quartermile apartments are (literally) a 0.25 miles from the Royal Mile, close to a bakery, supermarket and coffee shop. Nearby secure underground parking is available although it is not known whether this is chargeable.
- The Holyrood Apartments are located a few minutes from the Royal Mile and have one free parking space per apartment.
- The Old Town Apartments which include the Fishmarket, Advocate and Dovecot Apartments are situated in the Old Town.
- The Nicholson Apartments and the City Apartments are also situated in the Old Town.
- Apart from where stated above, it does not seem that parking is available in any other of the apartments, according to the information in the reviews and official website.
- A few guests mentioned that the walk into the centre was via a very steep hill.