As a family of five we often find it hard to find suitable and affordable accommodation when we visit a city. Many hotels seem to think that all families have only one or two children. When you have three kids or more, hotel accommodation can become a real challenge and very expensive.
This is why we like self-catering accommodation. It gives us the flexibility we need. It also means that :
- We can cook our own meals which saves us money
- We have more room to relax in as we’re not all cramped into one room
- It’s much cheaper than paying for two interconnecting hotel rooms
We had heard of Staycity Aparthotels as they recently opened a new location in Dublin so when they asked us to visit and review their Edinburgh location, we were delighted to work with them. I love that their goal is to offer the level of service of a boutique hotel and the space and comfort of a home from home. That sounds good to me.
Staycity Aparthotels Edinburgh
Staycity Aparthotels opened in WestEnd, Edinburgh in 2011. They have a large number of modern self-catering accommodation options available, from one bedroom apartments (sleeping 3-4 people) to two bedroom apartments (sleeping 5 – 6 people).
We flew direct to Edinburgh with EasyJet from Belfast airport. When we arrived at Edinburgh airport, we got the 100 airlink bus right outside arrivals which heads straight into Edinburgh city centre. It’s worthwhile buying a return ticket as it’s a lot cheaper than buying two single tickets. We got off at Haymarket and strolled the 12 minutes to our Staycity Aparthotels accommodation.
We were staying in a two-bedroom apartment which had one double bedroom, one twin bedroom and a comfortable twin sofa bed in the living room. There were two bathrooms which is always very handy so there’s no queueing for the toilet!
There’s also everything you could need for a stay away from home, bedding, towels, car parking and free Wi-Fi (which keeps everyone happy). I love the the fact that the kitchen was fully equipped with microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer and a washer/dryer which meant that you could easily cook meals, clean the dishes and even wash the food splashed clothes afterwards! You don’t get all of that in a hotel room.
There’s a 24 hour reception which is handy for those last minute things you might need like access to a locker, the forgotten WiFi code or extra towels. The lockers I mentioned there are available to anyone staying at Staycity Aparthotels and are really handy in case you arrive early and your accommodation isn’t ready yet or in case you need to check out from your apartment and your flight or train isn’t until later that day.
Staycity Aparthotels may be great for groups but don’t think that there’ll be lots of parties keeping you awake at night. There’s actually a quiet policy enforced in the building from 10pm to 7am which meant that we were pretty much guaranteed a good night’s sleep.
The downside of self-catering is that you don’t always have the luxuries of home to hand. Well Staycity Aparthotels try to make your stay as comfortable as possible as quickly as possible.
There’s a welcome pack when you arrive which includes a tea towel, toilet paper, fairy liquid, dishwasher tablet and a cleaning cloth. There was even teabags, coffee and milk in the fridge which meant that we could have a cup of tea as soon as we arrived which was welcomed after our early start that morning.
Talking of supplies, it’s only a three minute walk to a Tesco Express where we could stock up on all the essential bits and pieces that we would need for the coming days.
Edinburgh’s Staycity Aparthotels aren’t located right in the centre of the city, it’s about 20 minutes walk to Princess Street which is no problem at all for families with older kids however it would be worthwhile bringing a pushchair if you have a toddler or two in tow.
There’s so much for families to do in Edinburgh. We were fortunate enough to be there for New Year and naturally it is more expensive to stay in Edinburgh when it’s Hogmanay but it’s well worth it.
All in all, we really enjoyed our Staycity Aparthotels stay and would definitely look to book with them again when we’re visiting Edinburgh or any of their other city locations. The accommodation is just perfect for families or groups of friends.
Have you ever stayed with Staycity Aparthotels?
Disclaimer : We paid for our own accommodation in Edinburgh however we did receive a discount from Staycity Aparthotels in exchange for this honest review.