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Description from the manager
2 double bedrooms ensuite, this beautiful apartment is a perfect peaceful place to stay amidst the hustle and bustle of the Edinburgh city. Located in the middle of Edinburgh along a cobbled lane, with some of the most fashionable and fantastic shops and restaurants as its neighbours. Climb the worn stone staircase to access this second floor apartment and a very pleasant surprise awaits you. Step inside and step back in time to an elegant luxury which is a haven of comfort.
With Harvey Nichols and Jenners round the corner, Caf Saint Honore and Fishers in the City on your doorstep you can't go wrong. A plethora of Edinburgh attractions,...Read more
The Thistle apt, 250 metres to Princes Street
Edinburgh, Edinburgh & Lothians, Scotland
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: December 11, 2012 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
The Keigher Family
Superb Easter weekend in Edinburgh.
Fantastic city centre apartment. Lovely, cosy, clean and warm. A great place to relax after a day spent site seeing. Superb location, just a short stroll to Princes Street. Brilliant local pub just below! Enjoyed the open top bus tour, the castle, botanical gardens and the royal mile and lots of good pubs and places to eat. Would recommend.
We (family of four, two teens) stayed at the Thistle Suite during our visit to Edinburgh and found it very comfortable. It's just a few blocks away from Waverly Station trains and buses which makes it a very convenient location. It's a bit of a walk to the castle and the Royal Mile but is still a good location. Off the beaten path so mostly very quiet except for some street construction but we barely noticed it.
The bed in the "master" is small... a tight fit for two adult people accustomed to a king size bed and the apartment is up two flights of stairs... not a big deal but things you might want to know. Otherwise very comfortable with everything you will need.
We ate at Fisher's in the City which is good seafood - felt a bit out of place not realizing that it was fancier than we were expecting. There is a Thai restaurant that we really enjoyed... Dusit or Durit I think it was called. The Italian place on the corner - Rusticana? - was fine (although after a day of beautiful art at the gallery the "decor" was assaultive). Most days we'd been out sightseeing and didn't really think about dinner till we were done with the day, tired and hungry. This was a mistake on our part. One surprise is that most restaurants in Edinburgh seem to require advanced reservations. Had trouble finding a place to eat in the evening during the busy hours. Our phones don't work overseas and there's no phone in the apartment so I don't know how we were supposed to make reservations. I guess we could have done it online but that honestly didn't occur to me till just this minute... Another surprise was that we were turned away from dining at The Queens arms because our daughter is 14... The reservations and the 'not licensed for children' is just different than we're accustomed to at home.
But overall the apartment itself is comfortable and well located.
Charming, great location
Great furnishings, great location, great holiday flat! We particularly appreciated the independence of the access via the key code (as we were very unsure of our arrival time, and worried it would be quite late).
Really comfortable apartment in great central location
Booking service was very easy, apartment was beautifully furnished and very comfortable. Great central location and wouldn't hesitate to book again. Next time I go though I will remember to take a 2 pin adapter plug - there is no shaving socket in either bathroom so my electric toothbrush didn't work.
We felt at home in Edinburgh the moment we walked in the door !
There were no surprises here ! The flat was exactly as described and portrayed in the photographs. We traveled to Edinburgh with our adult son and daughter-in-law. The flat was the perfect size, we were very comfortable, the decor was beautiful.
The location was central for everything we wanted to do ! Close to restaurants, shops and grocery store. Near all the historical sites in Edinburgh.
We would highly recommend The Thistle apt !
Thanks for making our stay in Edinburgh a delight !
wonderful place to stay
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Thistle apt. Lovely setting, excellent directions for access and a clean, well appointed apartment. We would definitely come again. It would be nice to have a book of directions on how to work appliances/fireplace etc. particularly for those of us from the 'other side of the pond'!
Fantastic flat in a beautiful city!
Our expectations were already high before arriving, given the attractive photos, but we still managed to be impressed with the exquisite taste and warmness of the place. But it's not only beautiful and cosy, it is functional and fully furnished as well, catering for the visitor's every needs, either for short or longer stays. The only negative point was the width of the single beds, which are rather narrow for adults to sleep in.
Besides the amenities described in the website, there is a functional gas fireplace in the living room, a DVD player (with a selection of discs) and a few books, so visitors to Edinburgh can enjoy a quiet night in after a tiring day.
I had already used this service for a lovely little flat near the castle, and was looking forward to staying in that part of town again. The Thistle apartment is in the 'new town' (which is still pretty old, mind), but is still extremely central and handy for visiting all the main sites, and even though the neighbourhood is very quiet, you still have all kinds of shops, restaurants and pubs nearby.
I really could't recommend it more.
Perfect for a two-couple holiday!
We needed a two-bed and bath apartment for my husband and I, and another couple, for our off-season holiday. The Thistle apt. was perfect. Location was great -- very quiet New Town street, but close enough to walk everywhere, even in cold February. The decor was luxe and cozy, fireplace was lovely. Kitchen had everything we needed to make nice hot breakfasts before heading out for the day. Great restaurants close by. Cafe Saint Honore, right around the corner, is a must for a special meal.
The apartment is a 5-7 minute walk from the airport shuttle bus. Instructions to access the apartment were very clear.
We would love to stay here again sometime!
good location, but too dark to read.
a bit grubby.
Perfect for seeing New Town. Great street, pub next door, 5-6 excellent places to eat within a block, wonderful wine/cheese store 3 doors down. A hike uphill to Old Town, but not too diificult.
Need to have directions on how to use appliances for Yanks. A bit nosiy on New Year's to be expected. Parking information would have been great also. Beds only adequate, could be better.
Elegance and Comfort
Our short break in Edinburgh was memorable and this has contributed to the choice of Thistle Street apartment.
The taste of furniture next to the comfort of the rooms made ??our stay very pleasant. Downside: the luggage! Not knowing if we could leave at 10 am with the apartment, we got them dragged through the city until the scheduled departure at the airport in the afternoon. It would be appropriate that this detail is defined in the preliminary agreements.
Wouldn't stay anywhere else!
It pains me to say this but "we wouldn't stay anywhere else!". My reluctance to tell you how wonderful Thistle Suite is, is pure selfishness. I want to keep it to myself!
Excellent location and value
Of the 5 places we stayed on during our trip to Scotland, this was the best value and location.
London, United Kingdom
What a location
What you see is what you get the picture is the apartment although dark that fits it's medieval theme there is a fab pub next door and don't be afraid to venture no further than 50 meters along the road to find fabulous restaurants.
It's ideally suited for the main attractions
Don't be put off by the steps to the apartment
Would defiantly visit again
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Wonderful to come home to!
This apartment is spacious and very nicely decorated. I am sure it would be a great place to stay during the winter as it has a "warm" atmosphere and with the fire lit and a nice sherry in hand, pure relaxation.
As americans we were fooled by the description that this unit was on the second floor - to us that means one floor lower than in fact this was. As the stair was steep and not very inviting we were intially sure we were in for a stay in the lowliest servants'quarters of some British sitcom!
The contrast on opening the front door was delightful! (Perhaps that is the intent?)
If there is internet service available it should be clearly described and visible on entry - I still don't know.
A small and friendly sandwich shop "Lime" and the "Mussel Inn" - both on Thistle Lane are superb. We highly recommend them both.
Evanston, Illinois USA
We really enjoyed our stay at the Thistle apartment. It is as beautiful as it looks in the pictures, but also incredibly un-stuffy, comfortable and tasteful. The location was ideal - a quaint, quiet street surrounded by wonderful restaurants and shops, and an easy walk to just about everything Edinburgh has to offer. Only glitch was that w/d was broken during our entire 5-day stay, which was an inconvenience.
Location, location and some home comforts
This apartment is in a fantastic location and represents a true flavour of living in Edinburgh. Bathrooms a bit pokey but a small detail in an otherwise very comfortable space.
perfect place, pretty, comfortable, excellent location down town: i recommand it absolutely the place!
Wonderful apartment in a great location
Was well impressed with the apartment and the location and am already making plans to return later this year!
Party of four
Excellent location and very well fitted out
Four of us stayed and we were very impressed with the amenities and how well equipped the apartment was.There are two points I would like to make that are a little negative- the place had a lot of globes missing or light fittings broken which made it very dark.We bought some to replace them but the fittings were faulty and so the place remained dark.Also,while there were clear instructions on entering the apartment, there were no instructions on what to do with keys on vacating
John J Kells
Franklin, Tennessee, USA
Friendly pubs and restaurants on Thistle Street and nearby. Easy walking distance to Princes Street and Waverly Station. Apartment was comfortable, clean and attractive.
Diane, Joe, Sandras & Alan
Beautiful, well equipped apartment in a great location. Easy access arrangements. Definitely more soul and character than the average letting apartment. Pub next door cosy and welcoming. Lots of bars/restaurants in easy walking distance - who could ask for more. Only downside, carpets could do with a clean.
Will stay again
Stayed here for 7 nights in May with our adult son & his girlfriend. The apartment was a delight. The central location was perfect, nothing was too far away. Thistle St bar downstairs made a perfect local too. Would most certainly stay again. Manager Glenn could not have been more patient or helpful wih pre arrival questions.
Great appartment in a great place
Cute appartment right in the middle of New Town ... Princess Street shops, Rose Street restaurants nearby, only a 20 minutes walk to Old Town - what more should you need?
We enjoyed the stay a lot...on top of us being lucky that the flights were not cancelled due to the iceland vulcano making troubles, we faced a real nice renovated appartment, just big enough to host a group of four --- surely we will come again.
The only things we could have thought of is an umbrella - and an electrical adaptor :o)
Charming and comfortable apartment in the heart of New Town.
Charming apartment within a short walking distance to shops and restaurants
in New Town. Comfortable sitting area and kitchen with everything one would
need including a washer/dryer unit. Two large bedrooms with ample closet
space. Two bathrooms makes this apartment perfect for a family. Very clean
and well appointed apartment home away from home.
Very comfortable flat with real flame gas fire
The service was excellent. I liked being able to
access the keys on arrival in the combination locked
box by the door. The flat was very attractively
presented, the large sofa and armchairs comfortable
and we loved having the gas fire on and the shutters
closed on a cold January evening. We slept well in
this apartment, which is very quiet in spite of its
central position. Only problem was getting hot water
for a shower in the evening. There was plenty of hot
water again in the morning so presumably the hot
water had been used up.
winter city break in Edinburgh
This little gem of a flat on its secluded cobbled street was a perfect retreat to spend my birthday weekend. We entered the beautiful georgian hallway and instantly fell in love with this apartment.It was so much nicer than a hotel because we could just relax and enjoy.We were spoilt for choice in terms of bistos, bars,and Deli's situated a stones throw away. It was the perfect spot for visiting some of the most exclusive designer shops, bars and resturants, 'Tiger lily's' on George street is a must!....only downside was that there was no music or ipod docking system. Would thouroghly recommend as place to spend your precious pennies on!
Very central compact flat.
This flat was perfectly positioned for our stay in Edinburgh . It has a very small kitchen but with all the lovely restaurants nearby there was no real need to cook. My only negative comment was that I found the flat very dark due to the decor but in general we were very happy with our stay and would use it again.
Dave & Pauline.
Lutterworth, Leicestershire. UK
Edinburgh short break to see Tatoo & Edinburgh Festerval.
A Perfect Location & Great accommodation.
After a very easy booking process on-line we were given good directions to the apartment, keys were in a coded lock box so you arrive at any time and just let yourself in without needing to find a property manager.
The apartment was clean & fully equipped with everything you expect to find at home all you need to take with you is clothes and spending money.
We traveled by train from Rugby, arriving at Waverly station we then walked to the apartment, an easy walk in just 10 minutes. For those with children or several suitcases there are lots of taxis actually at the station.
The location is perfect with no need for a car if you intend to visit the Edinburgh area. The Castle, places of interest, places to eat & shops are all within a few minutes walk.
We also traveled outside Edinburgh on sightseeing trips using the buses that run from outside Waverly station, lots of choice.
Due to the location we would Not recommend this property suitable for anybody with walking difficulties. There are 2 flights of stone stairs which although they are small flights may prove difficult for some elderly people.
We would Highly recommend this apartment and location.
Dave & Pauline.
Good location but not very tidy
First of all there were not two travel cots in the apartment when we arrived. We had requested this when we made the booking. The apartment was also very dirty upon the arrival. All these issues didn't make a very good first impression. After a day we received the second travel cot from the owner after calling him twice. There were only one high chair and we never received a second one despite that we had recquested this from the owner. The location of the apartment made the the stay in Edinburgh nice and we felt really close to the main attractions. I have to say that the apartments greatest asset is the location. We were really dissapointed that the cleaning was so poorly and this is what we like the least about the apartment.
Response from Edinburgh Self Catering - 08/10/2009
I was very saddened to read your review describing problems with your stay at the Thistle St property. It unfortunately highlights the lack of control I have on standards at apartments that I only provide an enquiry and booking service for, like Thistle St. However I expect clients who operate in this manner to full fill their part of the arrangement by ensuring that their properties are presented to guests in a proper manner.
In the defence of the owners, as they live in St Andrew's I do know they entrust the preparation of their property to a third party and I do suspect that they have become the victim of a complacent preparation service. I will be passing on your comments and hopefully they address this issue. I am very fortunate that I employ a maintenance manager who inspects the properties that I own and the others that I fully manage before guests arrive to ensure that the property has been prepared to the required standard. This has resulted in very favourable reviews for properties like Parliament Sq, Ladystairs and Bank Street on my site.
Better situated, impossible
This was a great rental. Well located, easily accessed and beautifuly decorated
and cared for. Great eateries and nightife close on hand and wonderful walks,
sights and retail therapy all close. Conveniently located too for all other
transport around Scotland. We were unfortunate to get there when the rubbish
collectors were on strike, there were gasworks, and the people before us had
left one of the loos slightly out of order and a lot of the lamps also. But none
of that marred the visit. It is a bit soul-less, though convenient, the flipkey
arrangement and the flat needs more general instructions (for the smoke
detector, rubbish arrangements, leaving etcetera) - in other words, it would be
nice to know someone though not necessary. However, other people less
familiar with Britain and Edinburgh might miss a lot of great things round
about just for lack of information. So we liked best the flat, the personal
taste(books, films) of the inhabitants, the location, and least, the impersona
nature of the transaction, though we have to admit it was efficient.
The Thistle Street Apt., EDI
The Thistle Street is the best place to stay in EDI
If you go to EDI, be sure to stay in or near by Thistle Street. That's where the best restaurants and bars are located. And the Thistle street apt. is best in town!!!!
Leeds West Yorkshire
Jan's big 40
What luxury fantastic lication great for shopping everything you need on the door step
Royal mile just a short walk away. Hoping to stay again I just love Edinburgh