- 1 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 4
Description from the manager
6 St Giles Street is B-listed (a building of importance to national heritage) in the Conservation area of the Royal Mile. This 1 bedroom, third floor apartment commands a prestigious position on the corner of St Giles Street and The Royal Mile. It provides astounding views of the adjacent St Giles Cathedral and up the Lawnmarket (top end of the Royal Mile) to Edinburgh Castle 250 metres away. see map
The apartment is only a few minutes walk from many other major Edinburgh attractions such as the Royal Scottish Museum and the National Gallery of Scotland. There is also a copious amount of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops in the immedia...te area. This holiday apartment is furnished and decorated to a high standard and is a very comfortable base for your visit to Edinburgh and Scotland. Guests who have a laptop can also enjoy a free broadband connection either through the supplied cable or by wifi.
This is a wonderful south facing corner room with four large windows providing marvellous views of the Royal Mile and the square outside St Giles Cathedral. The room consists of two sofas (one of which converts to a comfortable double bed, when there is only two staying at the apartment please state if you require use of this ?), a dining table suitable for four people and some smaller items of furniture and lighting features. A beautiful Victorian fireplace with a gas coal effect fire provides additional heat to the electric central heating and creates a wonderful ambience in the room.
A widescreen tv with approximately 30 digital channels and a DVD home cinema system with a selection of dvds and cds are provided for your enjoyment.Read more
St Giles, on Royal Mile, 200 metres to Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh, Edinburgh & Lothians, Scotland
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Last updated on July 25, 2014
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This site cannot accurately display the duration based discount scheme operated. The longer you stay at our apartments the more you save! 3 nights 15%, 4 nights 20%, 5 nights 25%, 6 nights 30% & 7 nights or more 35% , minimum stay 2 nights prices from 180 pounds + depending on season and length of stay. Minimum booking period during Edinburgh festival is 3 nights but will drop down again once larger bookings have been archived. Minimum booking over new year period is 4 nights.
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- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Stove or Oven
- DVD Player
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - ask
What Past Guests Are Saying
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90 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
Kansas City, Kansas
Wonderful Location and beautiful view
Dave met us on time and had lots of good information for us about Edinburgh. The place was perfect and I even got used to the stairs. Thanks for making our stay in Edinburgh so much better. Would love to come back again.
Great location, lovely apartment
I stayed for a weekend just after Christmas 2013. Communication to book, arrange payment/deposit etc was easy with the manager (who I want to say was Glen but I can't remember...age doesn't come alone) and I think it was he who met me on the day in question and gave me a tour of the heating and facilities; very personable chap.
The apartment is exactly as it looks on the photos, some angles are flattering in terms of size, the apartment rooms are not large but they were more than ample and decorated as you see. Modern, clean and exactly what I needed.
To be honest, I was in the apartment to sleep and was gone most of the day so it was only a base for me. I didn't cook, watch TV or anything like that.
Bathroom was nice, although the sink was draining slowly which I pointed out to Glen when I happened to see him as I departed that property. He thanked me and said he'd sort it which I'm very sure he has.
Bed was comfy, property was quiet, warm and cosy.
For older travellers or persons who would struggle, it is up I think 3 full flights of stairs. With luggage for example, that would be a good workout for sure. Just something to consider.
Would definitely recommend this property and based on my dealings with Glen and the company, I would undoubtedly use them again when I go back to Edinburgh.
Very professional but also friendly.
This place was nothing short of amazing. Perfect location, great facilities, friendly and helpful property managers and right in the heart of it all. There was not one thing I would change about this flat (except maybe add an escalator). We had an amazing time and would stay here again in a heartbeat. Many thanks to Edinburgh Self Catering for making our holiday adventure that much more memorable! Read more
Response from Edinburgh Self Catering - 01/07/2014
I am really pleased St Giles contributed to a successful trip to Edinburgh. Unfortunately a retrospective fitting of an escalator in very unlikely in this historic building, such a pity. Regards, Glenn
Great location for a city break
I stayed here for a week and it's ideal for a single person or a couple for a city break, I might very well book it again. Note that it's up on a high 2nd floor with no lift, so it's not suitable for anyone who has problems walking stairs, but it's got a nice and bright dual aspect livingroom with a view over St Giles Church and Parliament Square. Smack bang on the Royal Mile means it's very central, five minutes walk from Waverley train station, with loads of cafes, restaurants and pubs all around. Double glacing and the 2nd floor location means it's reasonable quiet for a city centre flat, and the block itself is very quiet, but be prepared for some noise if you think you want to sleep with the window open. Well equipped kitchen and washer/dryer means you can eat in and do your laundry as well. And the wireless Internet connection is fast as well!
Top of the World
We recently stayed in this flat for 4 nights and loved it. Dave met us and showed us around the flat, then left us to our own devices. The location is outstanding, as are the views! The bed was comfortable. The flat was, perhaps, a little more worn than I had imagined, but it was clean and had what we needed. As others have mentioned, it's on the "3rd" floor (that's the 4th floor in the USa) and there are only stairs to get there, so it's not for the faint of heart... but well worth the climb for the view! Thanks for making our stay so special.
Jodee and Jim
Prince George, BC
The St. Giles apartment was exactly what was advertised. It made our stay in Edinburgh perfect. The apartment had everything that was advertised. We would highly recommend this apartment. Dave was efficient and friendly. The apartment location is great. We were thrilled with the apartment.
perfect apartment in old town
Terrific location: a few steps from the Royal Mile but remarkably quiet. The apartment was very comfortable for 2 adults and 1 child (11). Wonderful views from the windows.
Reno, Nevada USA
Location, Location, Location
This is my second time staying here. I choose this place because of its location, on the Mile. Short walk to the Castle, short walk to Waverly station. Close to Tesco, Sainsbury, Boots, banks, etc. Apartment is a nice size, living room is large. Dave was very helpful. Would definitely recommend. Caution, you will have to walk up several flights of stairs. This was not a problem for me. Next time I am in Edinburgh, I will stay here again.
St. Paul, Minnesota
Best location ever!
I am sooo pleased we booked this apartment. Its literally right in the middle of where you want to be in Edinburgh. It was well equipped, larger than the photos suggested and just overall perfect. There are three flights of stairs to the room. So if you are old, infirm or otherwise unable to carry your suitcase up three flights of steps you might want to look elsewhere. But I found the steps quite manageable, but I am in my 30s and fit.
You have to have a little bit of adventure about you to know how to meet up with the landlord (we just called him on our cellphone). This isn't a hotel with a lobby and doting servants. If that's what you want (apart from missing out on great travel accommodations) you'll not want to do a self catered apartment.
I hope we'll stay here again someday, it was that amazing.
Great flat in a great location!
Very nice apartment central on the royal mile. We were a group of four- if we weren't such a close group f friends, it might have seemed small, but we really enjoyed the space! Our contact was very warm and welcoming, and very helpful answering all our questions.
It was everyone's first trip to Edinburgh, and we would all stay in this flat again next time!
Great location and view
Pro: Great location and great view on St. Giles Kirk and on the Royal Mile. Very close to everything, you can reach every turistic attraction in Edinburgh in a walk distance.
Large bathroom with bathtub, large quite well equipped kitchen and confortable living room (dining table a little bit small for 3 people).
Large bedroom with very confortable bed.
Heating system is working properly all around the house.
Excellent free Wi-fi.
Cons: If you are not easy with stairs, the apartment is located at the third floor without lift.
Sofa bed not very confortable.
Warm water in the shower in not enough for two people having a shower one immediately after the other.
Check-out is early in the morning and there is no possibility to leave the luggage in the house till the hour of departure.
Fabulous style, comfort & top location
It's not often that you find a place so central which feels like home and you have your own piper playing just outside! We loved the place, though you do have to brace yourself for the 70 stairs to get to the flat - breath in deeply before attempting the climb. Love the flat, loved the open fireplace, the sitting room which with its duel aspect was alway light airy. We were well looked after and when I sent a message to say that the soap was actual water, we had a visit almost immediately with replacement. I would have liked to find shower gel as well as soap and a few more kitchen items, like scissors, but overall great place. Location is brilliant 2 minutes from Edinburgh castle ( expensive but worth it, though my recommendation is go for the guided tour - free, versus the audio guide which is extra), national museum of Scotland ( its free and the Scottish section is so worth a visit), 5 minutes walk from Waverely station (its quite some hill) and 10 minutes from Holyrood (beautiful) and Scottish parliament ( worth going to sit in and watch, you need a ticket and session tend to be afternoon building is superb)! If you get the time Stirling is only a short train ride away and worth a visit. Would definitely recommend it and would go back!
Harrisburg, PA, USA
Cozy, Comfortable & Co Convenient
My wife and I stayed two weeks in Scotland, using this flat as a "home base". It was a stellar location, providing easy access to anything Old Town and New Town. Edinburgh Waverly Train Station less than 5 minutes (10 minutes returning to the flat as its all up hill!). It was adequately equipped for the two of us and had all the conveniences necessary.
This was the hub of a truly incredible experience, and as special as it was, the flat made it all the more memorable. We would recommend this flat to anyone who is able bodied (after all its a 3-floor walk up, be glad to haul the luggage only once up the steps). I would also recommend hiring a driver from the train station or airport if you have significant luggage. It was a smart decision on our part.
Thanks Glenn for making this easy and very enjoyable.
Too many stairs
This apartment has an excellent location. Each day we could look out onto the Royal Mile and St. Giles Church square opposite. However, the apartment itself is average in its furnishings and fittings and lighting is poor; the kitchen is well equipped. But the entrance from the street is drab and poorly maintained. And oh! the stairs -- 70 steps up to the apartment do not facilitate in-and-out days. Overall, a premium price for a great location but an average apartment.
New Edinburgh Fan
Outstanding location and flat
Of all the flats we rented during our recent vacation, this one tops our list. Dave met us at the flat and provided a warm welcome and tips for local attractions, shopping and dining. The flat was better than described. Well maintained and very clean. The location could not have been better.
A couple of things to note...self-catering flats typically do not provide toilet paper or hand and dish soap. Stop by the local Tesco and grad some. It is a short walk. This flat is on the 3rd floor (ground+3), so you need to be comfortable with stairs.
Great place to stay. We definitely plan on returning to Edinburgh and this flat.
Thanks for the memories.
The apartment was much bigger than we thought. Very spacious and lovely decor. Fantastic location. Close to everything.
This is the only way to stay! The location and views are unbeatable. So convenient and makes kicking around the city easy. The flat itself was very nice and they were flexible on meeting us to check in. Will absolutely stay here when we come back!
What a view
Location is great. Stairs got easier as the stay went on. Dave was very nice and the apartment had everything we needed. Would stay there again.
We enjoyed our stay here, the apartment was warm and comfortable,and as described. This location is right in the middle of the Royal Mile and looks out on St Giles Cathedral so has great atmosphere. Be aware that it is up a couple of flights of steps and the stairwell itself is a bit grotty, but don't be put off as the apartment is spacious and comfortable.
Best location in Edinburgh
Great service. Checkin handled very efficiently. 2nd stay at this property. Comfortable and well equipped. Cannot beat location as it's convenient for everywhere in Edinburgh.
In need of some updating especially kitchen and bathroom but still a great property. Flat on 3rd floor so access by the stairs could be a problem for some otherwise helps to keep you fit!
Completely amazing - want to move there!
I booked this apartment for my daughter and two of her friends that were doing some traveling before they took a class in London. I knew that they would be staying in hostels for most of the trip so I wanted them to have at least one place to really relax and more importantly for them - free wifi!!!
When they arrived they were in heaven. All of their status on Facebook were - I am blessed - such a beautiful place. My daughter showed me the view from her window of a church that was incredible. They thoroughly enjoyed cooking their own meals and lounging around the place. My daughter wanted to know if she could move to Edinburgh. Dave was great - accommodated the girls when they didn't arrive until very late in the evening. The location was perfect and for three young women, safety was important and this was a very safe and lovely place.
Thank you for sharing this apartment with the girls - it is truly a memory they will have forever!!! Highly recommend it for anyone going to Edinburgh.
A second enjoyable stay in St Giles apartment
Our second stay in St Giles was every bit as enjoyable as the first. A great apartment in a great location. It is clean and tidy and has all the amenities for a weekend stay. We cooked our own meals and found all the kitchen equipment we needed. All in all excellent and we have rebooked for next December.
Isle of Skye
A magical apartment in a magical city
Great place - our second year and we were not disappointed. Perfect location, generous space and simple furnishings. The new bed was a little too firm and the pillows very hard. But everything else good.
Everything was perfect, the place is in a good location, we could see the castle and the Catedral from the window. It was clean and perfect organized. We had a great reception with an explanation about all the gadgets and what we could find around the place. We could do everything by foot, was great.
We really enjoyed our time in the appartment! It was nice, clean and confortable. The location is the best (in the middle of the Royal Mile) you can walk around the city and everything is close! The people who manage the appartment are very kind and they will help you with your trip!!
If you have problems with the stairs, it won't be a good idea to choose this appartment. But I have to say that my father (63 years old) was so happy with it!!
Seal Rock, Oregon
Perfect Location for Royal Mile Stay
Wonderful experience from reservation to departure. Friendly, helpful and informative! The apt. was just as described with everything to make you feel at home. This a perfect location to explore "Old" and "New" Edinburgh!
Couldn't have been more central!
Three of us girls stayed in this gorgeously natural lit apt above Parliament Square in the middle of town. Best location to get every where inEdinburgh. Right in the middle of the action of the Fringe, yet high above. We loved it!
Excellent location - Department in excellent conditions.
Sonoma, CA, USA
Best Location in Edinburgh
This apartment is on the Royal Mile across from St. Giles. It is within walking distance of everything including new town. Dave gave us a great introduction to the unit (he was there when I had scheduled via e-mail even though I did not telephone as requested).
We spent a week there and never ran out of things to do. We loved the amber Rose pub (new town) for food & drinks at reasonable prices. Having an internet connection was also helpful.
Great time on the mile!
We loved the apartment on St. Giles. It was right in the middle of everything, the bed was comfortable and there was good eating nearby. However, with being right there on the Mile comes a lot of noisy people getting out of bars at 3 in the morning and bagpipes. It was still quite a lovely stay. Plus, the weather was amazing while we were there. We will definitely be heading to Edinburgh in the future.
lisa and greg
Los Angeles, Ca
very nice flat and service
The St. Giles flat was a great choice for Edinburgh. We were greeted by Dave, who has a wonderful "Scottish" personality", and who gave us lots of city tips. Place was very clean, wooden floors mopped and nice, crisp linens were on the bed. Plenty of hot water and a comfortable shower and tub. The view cannot be beat! Medium-sized, not giant, suitcases are a better choice when navigating the stairs that go up to the flat. We would definately return and also suggest this apt as a nice option to a b and b or hotel.
Don and Pam
Seattle, WA, USA
Wonderful location and very comfortable.
We particularly appreciated the location, which was quite convenient to Old Town and New Town. Don't bring too much luggage, since there is a long climb to the apartment. It was very spacious and comfortable, and we were glad to have the washer/dryer. The kitchen could have used some better equipment (corkscrew, large stock pot).
It was clean and had wonderful views of St. Gile's Cathedral. We would stay there again.
Wonderful apartment, top location
It was a great location for a short break. The location is fantastic, in front of the cathedral, and we got to see the armed forces day parade from the living room window!
The apartment was really clean, and very nicely decorated, charming. Dave, who checked us in, was very helpful and accomodating.
The only (minor) drawback is that, due to its central location, it was a bit noisy, but not too bad.
St Giles Street Royal Mile Edinburgh
Excellent stay in Edinburgh
We travelled to edinburgh for a birthday celebration and had a wonderful time. The apartment is in an excellent location very central and clean. We really enjoyed our visit cant wait to visit again.
6 St Giles Street is Great
My husband and I stayed at 6 St. Giles Street. Great location. Lovely view of St. Giles church-don't worry, you don't hear the bells. Perfect space for 2 people. Centrally located to everything. We really enjoyed our stay. Thanks!
Great location, basic accommodation
Location is fantastic, pretty much the geographical center of everything, and incredible views up and down the Royal Mile if you want to watch the crowds. Sleeping accommodation is basic but comfortable. There's street noise of course, but not too bad from this high up. Kitchen is less than basic, and barely equipped at all for any kind of cooking. Stairs are a serious climb, fun if you are fit (and sober), not for you otherwise.
T. Paul Pfeiffer
Delmar, Maryland, USA
Truely magnificent 'nest' above the Royal Mile
I stayed in the flat in mid-March on research. The flat was spacious, very comnfortable - and had just the right amount of 'Old World' charm to feel like a true sactuary. Being bhigh off the street eliminated most noise - and the pepr below in the evening was very welcome - i opened the windows to enjoy it the more. The bed was very comfortable and the bath also quite nice. some might find the long climb a bit too much - but once up there...And we could all use a little more aerobic exercise, don't you think?
I loved it; hope to return for a longer stay; and would encourage anyone interested in the Old Town of 'Aul Reekie' to stay in the St. Giles!
The apartment is really well located, near to interest places. I can see the castle from the window. It surpassed my best expectations.
Revisit city and friends
Brilliant location even with the steps! Bedroom and sofa bed very comfortable. Kitchen was adequate if you want to eat out all the time but slightly lacking if cooking for 4 as it was difficult to find appropriate cookware to do so.
Cleanliness was again adequate, definately due a deep clean on hard to reach areas. Towel supply was very good and heating was easy to control as was shower. View from windows was great, right up /down the royal mile. Information provided in folder in apartment was beneficial but could have covered more.
We arrived very early in the city and were delighted that we got access to appartment early as no one was checking out so definately worth checking with contact if this can be arranged should you book this appartment.
We would definately go back to this appartment
Just what we were after
Great apartment in a fantastic location. The living room was beautiful and good for people watching. There are a lot of stairs so bear this in mind if you will have lots of luggage/small children. Cafe St Giles is great for breakfast too.
A Great apartment in a Great Location
I was working for the weekend in Edinburgh but we wanted accommodation in the heart of the Old Town to enable us to enjoy the city centre in the evenings. St Giles was just right for us. The location is perfect overlooking St Giles Cathedral and the apartment was very much to our taste from the wonderful flight of stone stairs up to the front door to the internal appointments, all very comfortable, very clean and very well equipped.
We plan to return next year.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Incredible Location and Vaue
This apartment could not be in a more central location to enjoy all that Edinburgh has to offer tourists. Right on the Royal Mile with views of the Castle ... what else could a person ask for!?! From the time we made first contact to the check out, everything was handled effectively, efficiently and professionally. Even climbing the 3 flights of stairs to access to apartment only added to the charm of the buidling. Would not hestiate to stay here again or recommend the property. :-)
I felt really lucky to have found this apartment so close to everything we wanted to visit. We are a family of two parents and two teenagers, there was enough room for everyone. I'm told the pullout couch was very comfortable. We had a bit of difficulty locating the address, as we forgot to look way up for the street number. But Dave was very kind in waiting for us and guiding us home. Parking is a bit of a challenge, there are car parks not too far but they are a bit pricy given the location. But I would definitely recommend it, and would be happy staying here again. Good exercise too!!
Adequate accomodation in good location
The location of this 3rd floor flat was unbeatable. It was opposite St Giles Cathedral Square on The Royal Mile. There are 71 steps up 3 flights of stairs to the flat and this would be a major challenge to unfit or elderly people. The accomodation itself was adequate. The kitchen area was a bit basic and could have been better equipped.
Santa Barbara, CA
Great time, great location, great view
We loved St Giles St apartment.
Positives: Location, view, bedroom very comfortable, good exercise walking up the steps, washing machine, tips on small grocery stores in area. Location, location, location, views, views views.
Slight negatives: We had a heck of a time driving to the apartment. Locals had no idea had to get there as so many of the roads are closed. We did not have gps in our rental car (nor did we need/want one...until we drove around Edinburgh). It made check in stressful (didn't want to be late...) The noise from the street at night (partiers , etc) was a bit loud in the living room, and our kids were sleeping on a pullout couch. However, we would stay again and would use the service in the future.
Mike & Sue
A recommendation for 6 St Giles Street
Staying in Edinburgh for a week we could not have found a better location. Across from St. Giles Cath. and just a short walk from Waverly Station. Being on the 3rd floor (4th if you count the ground floor) the views up and down the Royal Mile were fabulous. The hike up the steps may be a bit much for some. We're both in our mid-fifties in moderate shape and handled them just fine. The accomadations were comfortable and in good condition. The newer leather sofas were very comfortable. The kitchen was more then adequate for the little cooking we did. If we return to Edinburgh we will definately try to stay here again'
There was nothing more magical than to stay in this amazing historical flat overlooking the Royal Mile and the St. Giles Cathedral! We had close access to everything and the piper every night was the cherry on top of it all. I would recommend this flat to anyone coming to Edinburgh - but would warn them about the 3 flights of stairs (we didn't mind, but someone with health problems may...) Thanks for the lovely stay! Dave was a wonderful host!
Perfect location and great views
St Giles was in a perfect location for seeing all of the main sites in Edinburgh as everything was a short walk away in all directions and so much going on right outside your door. I even saved a lot of money because I was able to stop in for meals throughout the day without it being inconvenient and for those who want to eat out there are so many places to choose from close by.
The apartment itself was beautifully decorated and comfortable with amazing views of the Royal Mile and St Giles Cathedral. I also loved the fireplace after coming in from the cold weather. The only reason I gave 4 stars for comfort is because the stairs up to the apartment can be a bit daunting after walking around the city all day for multiple days but not enough to deter me from wanting to stay here again.
Dave Stewart was also very professional, easy to get in touch with and always on time for check in & out.
Fantastic location, lovely apartment
3 girls staying for a birthday weekend in Edinburgh - had an absolutely
fantastic time! Apartment is in a brilliant location, close to all the tourist sites.
Apartment was clean and comfy, we felt right at home!! Thanks for a lovely
A great flat in a wonderful position
The St Giles Street flat is lovely. The furnishings are great, the views are nice and most importatnly it is in a great position. We loved just popping out and visiting something and then being able to go home and relax before our next trip. With a less central location you have to go in and stay in which can be tiring. HAving said that there are a lot of stairs to climb - six flights I think. I thought it was very good value.
So comfortable, convenient, and everything we needed
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 5 days and wish we were still there. The flat is small but lovely and plenty for two people. We didn't get cold at all either because between the gas fire and numerous heaters, the apartment was always cosy.
The location is really ideal too. If your first time in Edinburgh like it was for us it was brilliant to wake up and look out on the street and feel so immersed in the city. At the same time, the flat has double-glazed windows so it was never noisy outside.
I'll be recommending this flat to my parents when they come to Edinburgh in a couple of months!
Well worth the climb
Great flat for two, maybe three people. Stairs can be a bad thing if don't get around well, but for the young at heart and mobile this is a very warm and cozy, private nest for an extended visit.
Street watching from above is almost as fun as getting out in it. Close views of St. Giles, the Hub, and the High St. are rivaled by the long-range view toward Pentland Hills to the south.
Property is well cared for and clean. Kitchen is stocked sufficiently for all except gourmet chefs I would imagine. Furniture is comfortable as is, and I understand new couches will arrive in March 2010. Building is a solid historic structure--never heard the neighbors around or above us (except sometimes the main door 3 floors down) and didn't feel like we were keeping them awake either. Everything you need to find or want to visit is within a short (but not always easy) walk. We never even had to use the bus system, which I understand is quite handy.
Glenn (owner) was extremely easy to work with and very forgiving of all my inane questions before arrival, and Dave Stewart, who will most likely be the one to meet you at the property, was very informative and helpful about how to get settled, where to find everything we would need, and how to contact him should we find ourselves at a loss. Just make sure to be waiting at the correct property entrance or risk a ribbing.
As much as there is to get out and do in this city, there were days that all we wanted to do was to stay here in the flat and watch the action on the street. It was that comfortable and familiar. We would stay here again in a heartbeat, but at the same time want to experience some of this owner's other properties because I'm sure they are just as welcoming.
Bottom line: as long as you know what you're getting into with the steps, you could not find a better flat than this one.
Cute Apartment in an EXCELLENT Location!
My boyfriend and I spent a week in the St. Giles apartment. What a find! The location really could not be beaten. We were able to walk to all of the major sites, the grocery store, and lots of different restaurants. And the apartment had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. We would highly recommend it to anyone vacationing in Edinburgh.
Dave met us at 8pm when it was snowing and -8 degrees! He couldn't do enough for us! It was just wonderful. The apartment was warm, fire going and sparkling clean!.....there were even spare nappies if we needed for our 16 month old!!
You can't get a better location, literally ON the royal mile and the apartment is spacious and lovely!
The stairs are a climb, but it's worth it!!
Thanks Dave, we'll be back asap!!
Great Location on Royal Mile
We travel to Edinburgh often and this was definitely the best located flat we have rented. We were surprised by how spacious the flat was. We enjoyed the location on the Royal Mile and proximity to Waverly Station. The views are superb from this flat.
A wonderful long weekend break, excellent accomodation
Ireland, Newbridge, Kildare
Great location, great apartment
I would recommened to anyone who is taken a break in edinburgh. It's in a great location very close to the train station, airport bus drop off point, all the sites and more. The nitgh life is good you wouldn't have to leave the royal mile which is where the apartment is situated saves on taxis. There is plenty of bars and loads of places to eat. The apartment itself is lovely and big. The bed is so comfortable you wouldn't want to get out of it. I really enjoyed my stay and will be back next year.
Sharon and Douglas
Plover, Wisconsin U.S.A
A special experience in a wonderful city.
From beginning to end, renting the St. Giles on the Royal MIle was a wonderful
experience. Glen was very helpful in arranging the visit and Dave was helpful
also as our contact person when we arrived and very accommodating when we
had an early departure. The home was perfect for my husband and me as we
like to do some of our own cooking. The location and view from the apartment
were perfect and added to our great memories of a wonderful visit in
Edinburgh. In fact, everything was as it was described in the information that
we received. The steps leading up to the apartment were many, but we
enjoyed the good exercise. We traveled thousands of miles to visit Edinburgh
and it was so gratifying to see the apartment as it was pictured and described.
Thank you to all for an unforgettable visit to Edinburgh.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Staying right on the Royal Mile in this self-catering flat was one of our best decisions of the trip. The location just can't be beat. You're literally a minute walk up to Edinburgh Castle and right in the heart of everything else. The flat itself was lovely - small, but more than adequate for two people. The views from the living room were beautiful and we loved coming "home" after walking all day. Waking up to fresh coffe (complimentary) and standing in the windows as the sun rose looking out on the Royal Mile was just perfect. If there had to be a negative, it would be all the stairs... but you can't have great views and such a brilliant location without having to use the stairs?! (Granted, we were also carrying 60lb. rucksacks on our backs up the three flights, so we weren't excited about them.) Both gentlemen who helped us "check in / out" were lovely to deal with and gave good restaurant recommendations. We're totally pleased with our experience at this location and with FlipKey and look forward to using their services again.
In the center of the center
This apartment has it all. It's centrally located and you can watch the festivities from the livingroom windows without having to mingle with the throngs, if you don't want to.
The bedroom is cozy, and the kitchen functional, also with a great view.
The four flights of stairs kept me fit.
Don't expect peace and quiet, but it's a great location not only inspite of the noise but because of it.
New York City
Great location and warm atmosphere
Warm, helpful and efficient service. Great location, walked everywhere, lovely light and city views from 3rd floor, not noisy even with Fringe events outside. Clean, basic slightly worn unpretentious furnishings and decor created a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Crisp white sheets and plentiful towels.
Common stairwell peeling paint and grimy, no elevator, good for the thighs though! Area at head of bed(old fireplace)dirty, used for storing paint cans, and 3rd door of cupboard revealed filthy heater.
San Diego, CA
After 4 days in busy London, we took the train to Edinburgy and walked about 4 blocks to our Awesome St. Giles apartment! We have 2 teenagers, and the 4 of us couldn't have been happier with our stay. This is in the heart of the Royal Mile and I would definitely plan to stay there again. 70 steps up...but it's worth it. Great view, fun to watch the hustling vendors below, but, quiet when you close the windows. Really far exceeded our expectations!
Indianapolis, IN USA
A Perfect Location To Enjoy Old Edinburgh
This apartment was ideally located right in the heart of Edinburgh on High Street. We enjoyed the stay. The amenities were fine and the bed comfortable. The bathroom shower was okay after we figured out how it worked with the electric heater. The best part was the living room view from the 3rd floor overlooking old St. Giles Cathedral and the Royal Mile. We would not recommend it for persons with walking problems or handicaps since the only way to reach the unit is to climb 3 flights of stairs (a total of 66 steps).
What a Location!
Loved the apartment. Felt really homely and had everything we needed for our 4 night stay. When we weren't out and about enjoying all that Edinburgh has to offer, we loved sitting by the huge windows to enjoy the views of the very busy Royal Mile...we like to people watch!! The location is perfect and we definitely intend booking the property again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends and family. As mentioned in some other reviews, the stairs accessing the flat wouldn't be suitable for all, but hey, you wouldn't get the terrific views if you weren't that high up!!
John and Pat on the Go
Newport Beach, California
Great Except for Stairs
This apartment has everything you need except an elevator - great location, well appointed, and comfortable. Only surprise was to find we were in a third floor walkup. If you can handle the stairs, you couldn't do better.
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
View view view, location location location!
We (two adults) had a fabulous three nights at 6 St. Giles. The living
room windows are huge, filling the main room with light, and we
were blown away by the view of St. Giles Cathedral right outside.
Look up the street the other way and there's Edinburgh Castle.
You can't get much more central than this. The location was perfect
for exploring the Royal Mile as well as Princes Street and the
It was nice to have a kitchen and, although it took a little figuring
out, the washing machine did a good load of laundry for us. The
shower was nice and hot, the bed comfortable. We didn't have any
noise issues. Not that we watched a lot of television, but cable
reception was a little spotty at times.
The only way to get such a view is to climb quite a few stairs, so if
you are not easily mobile, you might want to find something closer
to the ground.
A very nice place
A very nice flat in the heart of the old town, near everything, with large windows overlooking the Royal mile, St. giles' cathedral and the castle.
The appartment is bright and lovely and only a short walk to Princes street
This apartment was a lovely surprise. It is so well located, historical, private and clean. We would have loved to have stayed longer just to soak up the ambiance of the area. How lovely to have the faint sound of bagpipes during various times of the day from the street corner. With St. Giles just across the street, it made our visit to such a wonderful and historical city of Edinburgh even more meaningful. If you like to experience something other than the hotel routine, give this a try. The fellow who helped us with our luggage and during the stay could not have been more gracious! If we are fortunate enough to revisit, we will stay here again. Lovely memories.
A cosy home at the heart of Scots history
Travelling up on the train we were apprehensive about relying on hooking up with a stranger on the street to get our keys. No need to worry, all went well and we very soon took charge of our little apartment. I could hardly tear myself away from the view of St Giles and the Castle approach, imagining all the famous events that had happened there. We ate all our meals overlooking that view and had a wonderful time feeling part of the city in a way we haven't had in an hotel or a modern apartment block.
You need to be prepared for the physical challenge of climbing the stairs to the third floor. They proved a fine warm-up for the steep slopes around the Royal Mile and the walk to Arthur's Seat.
We have since recommended the apartment and the firm to other friends and family - they were all very happy.
A home away from home
We had such a wonderful time there. It is located so perfectly in the center of the Royal Mile. The corner Lounge room offers a wonderful view of the Royal Mile as well as of St. Giles cathedral. It is very comfortably and well equipped,we felt really at home. The only negative thing to say were the very steep stairs to the third floor but that was said in the description. If we once come back to Edinburgh we would always stay at that wonderful place again!
home from home
myself, my mum and my sister stayed here while on a weekend away doing our christmas shopping. it was in a great location.it was very comfortable and had all we wanted.the only complaint i had was that it was at the top of a steep hill and on the 3rd floor with no lift.it was ok for us younger ones but not great for older persons. would stay again.
This apartment was perfect. You cannot beat the location (right on the Royal Mile!) and the apartment itself was beautiful - light, airy, clean and perfectly appointed.
The climb up the stairs is not for the faint of heart, but it affords a great view of Edinburgh!
Cafes and pubs all within the block made it super-convenient for a quick bite, a long lunch, or a night out with a pint or two!
Emma & Richard
Excellent flat for 2 people in really central location
We have stayed in a number of different self-catering apartments in Edinburgh and this is definitely the best one we have stayed in and was very good value compared to others in similar location we had looked at before booking. We had a thoroughly enjoyable 5 night stay.The apartment is really well located for the railway station, restaurants, pubs, tourist attractions, which are all walkable. Our favoutite place to eat was a wine bar on Cockburn St. The lovely big windows in the large lounge let in lots of light and sun and you can watch the world go by if you don't fancy going out. Although the non-stop piper on the nearby corner can get a bit much if you have the windows open! Walking up and down the 3 flight of stairs can be viewed as good exercise - who needs a lift, eh?!! The bedroom is a good size and the double bed is very comfortable. However, don't think the apartment would really be suitable for 4 people as using the sofa bed would limit your use of the lounge unless you were all happy to go to bed at the same time. The position of the bathroom position, with borrowed light from the kitchen is a bit odd, but the bathroom itself with over-bath shower is fine.
We were greeted by a friendly and helpful person. All in all a really good apartment for couples. We would highly recommend it and would certainly book it again.
This flat is very well presented throughout. It has fantastic, huge, southfacing windows on 2 walls of the sitting room, looking out onto The Royal Mile, although you are 3 storeys up, so if you sit down you get blue sky and roof tops. The High Kirk is directly opposite and nicely lit at night. Being 70 steps up from the street didn't bother me, and the height meant less noise from the street, although I could still hear the bagpiper clearly as he played from 5-7pm every night just below.
The location is perfect - mostly pedestrianised so little traffic noise. 5 minutes walk from the castle and Princes Street, and 15 minutes from Holyrood Palace and thence into what feels like countryside with the Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat.
The flat is well-maintained and I couldn't hear the neighbours. There is a washing machine that also tumble-dries your clothes. All the rooms are well-proportioned with high ceilings and period features.
If you don't mind bag pipes and lots of steps this is definitely the place for you. Just bring a rucksack to get your shopping home from the supermarket!
The apartment was in a perfect location. There are lots of stairs and no elevator, but we knew that from the description of the rental. Dave Stewart was very friendly and helpful.
Excellent Location, Minor Irritations
Overall, we had a wonderful stay at the apartment on St Giles. Couldn't have asked for a better location - we walked to everything we wanted to see (castle, Holyrood Park, shopping). We didn't actually spend much time in the apartment itself, but its location proved great for a quick bathroom break or to drop off purchases before continuing on to see more sites. The cons to the apartment were:
1) Arranging for key pick-up. I tried to make arrangements with our contact a week in advance, but was told that I needed to call him on the day of check-in, approximately one-hour before our arrival - he would not be able to arrange a meeting time before this. We were arriving in Edinburgh by rental car and called, as instructed, 1 hour before our estimated arrival. We were told that we would either need to arrive at the apartment in no more than an hour or would have to wait until much later in the afternoon to receive the key. Being as we needed to return our rental car and would not have any where else to store our luggage, this caused our final hour of driving into Edinburgh to be quite rushed and stressed. In the end, we arrived in time, but it would have been nice to know what time we needed to arrive a little earlier - it would have been no problem for us to plan an earlier departure for Edinburgh had we known.
2) We were left one roll of toilet paper meant to last 3 people for 3 days - it would have been nice to have a back-up roll.
3) Convertible sofa-bed in the living room was horribly uncomfortable. You should think twice if you are planning to use this.
4) The weekend night-life made for very noisy nights. We're heavy sleepers, so this didn't bother us much, but do consider that this apartment's extremely desirable location means you'll hear all of the bar patrons late into the night. Read more
Response from Edinburgh Self Catering - 05/31/2009
Entry to apartments is from 14:00 onwards simply to allow preparation time between previous guests departing at 10 am. If a guest requests early access, as was the case in this situation, Dave Stewart the person responsible for "meet and greets" will not actually know if this is a possible scenario until that actual day but will always endeavour to make it happen. In this situation guests are asked to still follow the instruction in the formal confirmation to telephone 1 hour prior to actual arrival (as there can be travel disruptions this prevents guests and Dave Stewart having to wait around unnecessarily at apartments) and then he will be in an excellent position to say if early entry can be obtained. When this guest telephoned he informed them early entry was possible but if they could not make it within the next hour they would have to wait until he had done another "meet and greet" elsewhere. As it turned they did make it and get earlier access to the apartment than the standard 14:00. Perhaps there was some confusion over the situation with early access ? I totally agree that sofa beds are no substitute for a real bed and I would always suggest to potential guests to consider two bedroom apartments before a 1 bedroom + sofa bed, if extra sleeping arrangements are required. St Giles is a very central city apartment and is equipped with secondary glazing in the lounge and bedroom to reduce noise pollution to nearly zero, perhaps one of the secondary glazing units had been inadvertently left open during the night ? Anyway glad to read these were minor irritations and overall the guest had a wonderful stay and I hope to see them back one day.
great place to stay
great location, clean, well-appointed, and friendly, helpful landlord. we'd definitely stay here again.
The apartment could not have been better located for anything and
everything we wanted to do in Edinburgh - walking, eating,
sightseeing - all could start as soon as we walked out the door. The
apartment was spacious (there were two of us), comfortable, bright,
and well-equipped. We loved it!
Newcastle upon Tyne
Great weekend at St. Giles
After previously staying in hotels in Edinburgh we decided to stay in a holiday rental for our Spring break - great idea!!
The St. Giles apartment was filled with character and centerally located for all the great sights the city has to offer.
Glen our host was very attentive to our needs and it was really good that we had someone to contact if we had any problems.
All in all probably the best stay we've had in Edinburgh and would recommend to anyone who is looking to stay in a comfortable and spacious apartment - one word of warning - you need to be reasonably fit, as no lift to the second floor.
Paulene from the Isle of Man
isle of man
great place,shame about the stairs
This is a truly beautiful flat and the amenities are second to none. The view of the Royal Mile is great and St Giles Cathedral is opposite-whats not to love. However!!!If you have any type of mobility problem better give it a miss. If I remember there are about 80 stone steps up to the apartment and after a day sightseeing half way up I lost the will to live and like Kermit, half way up the stair was the stair where I sit!!!!I had to do the stairs in a relay fashion. That said, if you are fit and healthy go for it, it is gorgeous, and so very central, and surprisingly quiet.
Box Hill, Victoria, Australia
One of the Best Weeks of our Lives
We stayed at 6 St Giles St for one week during the festival. The location was fantastic, oppositie St Giles Cathedral, right on the Royal Mile, with the castle just up the road. In fact, we could see and hear the Tattoo performers when they marched down to The Hub at the end of the show. The apartment was within walking distance to everything; festival shows, the Tattoo, heaps of restaurants and the major tourist attractions. We could sit in the lounge room and watch the buskers opposite in the square in from of St Giles. The apartment itself was very comfortable, clean and roomy; the kitchen had everything we wanted and the washingmachine/dryer was very convenient. 6 St Giles Street is location, location, location.
Box Hill, Victoria, Australia
One of the best weeks of our life
We absolutely loved our week at the apartment at 6 St Giles Street. It was during the festival, and 6 St Giles Street was right in the middle of it all. We walked to all the festival shows, the Tattoo, the restaurants and most of the tourist attractions. We watched buskers in the Royal Mile from the lounge room window, as well as the Tattoo performers as they marched down to the hub after the show. The apartment was very comfortable and spacious; the kitchen was well kitted out; having a washing machine/dryer was very convenient. and walking up the stairs to the third floor apartment kept us fit. 6 St Giles Street is location, location, location.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Not elegant, but functional and convenient
Elegant accomodations this is not. If you have trouble on stairs this is not the place for you. It is an old building, and the floors creaked. BUT- this flat was neat, clean, functional, and above all, in an outstanding location. Right in the middle of the Royal Mile, and across the street from the Cathedral. The Princes Street Gardens and Waverley Station are within walking distance (again more stairs, depending on which direction you take) The people that we dealt with, both on-line and in person, were friendly and cooperative. We will definitely stay there on our next trip to Edinburgh. As the Scots say "Haste ye back."
Awesome Edinburgh location
Great location on Edinburgh's Royal Mile central to everything. Nicely appointed apartment with every amenity one needs. The owner has several high end apartments spread across Edinburgh, all of them well furnished and beautifully maintained. I have stayed at some of his other apartments and have no hesitation in recommending them. This particular apartment at St.Giles street is a three story walk up so its not suitable for those who have mobility impairment. The views from the living room are to die for. You simply are NOT going to find better value for money in Edinburgh.
Victoria, BC Canada
St Giles - 71 Steps to THE View
A quaint flat with all the basics. On the top floor of a building without a lift, so plan to get into shape.
This is a nicely appointed and clean unit, and the view of the Royal mile is excellent. All the tourist attractions are within walking distance. With the bus and train station a few blocks away, there is really no reason to hire a car (parking is a challenge anyways).
Cathy & Don
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
One of our BEST Vacations EVER!
My husband and I rented the St. Giles for two weeks at the end of
August 2008. It was everything (and more) that it was advertised to
be. The location was absolutely perfect - directly across from St. Giles
Cathedral and within walking distance of almost any of the most
famous of Edinburgh's attractions. Being right on the Royal Mile was
fantastic. It kept us in the heart of the city - with all the excitement -
while still feeling like we were in a safe and comfortable place. Within
one day, our apartment became our home away from home. It allowed
us the freedom to come and go as we pleased - to dine out or in. The
accommodations and furnishings were spotless and provided us with
all the amenities that we have at home - even free internet access. We
can't wait to return!
Greensboro, NC, USA
This apartment was in the most perfect place to visit so many sites, walk to wonderful restaurants and bus stations. The apartment itself was more than efficient for our needs. Large bed,wonderful shower, sufficient kitchen. The view from the living room windows were super, so much fun to look out the windows at all times of the day and night to see what was going on, to hear the sounds from up and down the street, to see the castle one way and the chapel the other. Walking is very much recommended to really get to feel like you're part of the city and the people. It's been two years and I still see it all so vividly and have the greatest memories. There were only two tiny drawbacks: the apartment is on the third floor (no elevator), and the sofa needed to be replaced because it had no support in the cushions, but the beauty of the historic building, the cleanliness of the apartment, the view from the apartment, and the location all made it worth the exercise provided by the three flights of stairs. And the contact person and owner were absolutely wonderful to work with through the entire process, answering dozens of questions, understanding when our luggage didn't arrive at the airport and we had no idea what to do so we called them. I wish all our international trips were this wonderful and perfect. We hope to go back sometime, and this is where I'll want to stay. Highly recommended.
Fantasic! A thoroughly enjoyable w/end in a wet and windy Edinburgh.
Found the accommodation, met by Dave who led us up a number of steps to our flat. Views out over the Royal Mile, with home comforts thrown in!
We had a brilliant time, busy days then back to the comfort of the flat before out again. Great little
coffee shop at the foot of the stairs serving lovely breakfasts.
Can't recommend Edinburgh highly enough for a w/end break and ditto for our accommodation.
We have rented many vacation apartments in Europe, and this was one of the best. It was well equipped, and very comfortable. The location is in the middle of everything you want to see, and it is fun to people watch from the view in the apartment.
The stairs is the one downside. While they didn't ruin our stay, and gave us some good exercise, they did surprise us a little. The Apartment was advertised as a 3th floor apartment. Since we are familar with Europe, we knew this was an American 4th floor, and there would be 3 flights of stairs. Not all people know this however. Also, since the ceilings are high, each flight was more like 1and 1/2 flights.
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Perfect Edinburgh Flat!!!
Great flat, extremely central to all of Old Town Edinburgh. Felt like locals!! The apartment amenities were wonderful, very clean. Would surely stay there again and reccommend to anyone!