£66.66 Avg/night
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Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

2 stars
10-18 Windsor Street, Edinburgh, EH7 5JR
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.1
out of 5
32 reviews
Great Location on the Fringe

The Cairn is located a short walk from Waverly Station on the fringe of the New Town. Great... See full review

  • Urban Spaceman
  • 6 May 2013
Great place to stay

the hotel was great it was staffed by caring people...Very helpful...Its is within walking distance... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • 14 Apr 2011
City center hotel close to top tourist attractions

Cairn Hotel is a 52-room establishment in Edinburgh's theater district. The hotel is easily accessible by rail with the Edinburgh Waverley station only a 10-minute walk away. The new meeting room Rendezvous can accommodate up to 15. The hotel is non-smoking throughout.

Highlights
  • Free Wi-Fi in the lobby
  • Close to Edinburgh's historic old town and Castle
  • On-site restaurant
Rooms

Cairn Hotel has 52 bedrooms -- 34 double or twin, nine single, and nine family. All rooms come with en suite bathroom and complimentary toiletries. Free coffee- and tea-making equipment and a direct dial phone are available in bedrooms. Hairdryers, ironing boards, and cribs are available free upon request. Connecting rooms and rooms for guests with mobility difficulties are available.

Features

Continental breakfast is served daily for an additional fee.

 

The traditional Indian menu at Classics restaurant, which is located next to the hotel, also offers standard European food.

 

The hotel offers a range of alternative relaxation therapies, such as reflexology, Reiki, yoga, meditation, hypnotherapy, and handwriting analysis.

Transportation
  • Edinburgh Airport (8.6 mi/13.84 km)
  • Edinburgh Rail Station nearby
  • Transfer bus from airport to city center
Nearby attractions
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Scottish Parliament (0.8 mi/1.28 km)
  • St. Giles Cathedral (0.9 mi/1.44 km)
  • Princes Street Gardens (0.9 mi/1.44 km)
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard (1.1 mi/1.77 km)
  • Edinburgh Castle (1.2 mi/1.93 km)
  • Edinburgh Zoo (3.8 mi/6.11km)
Business
  • Rendezvous meeting room can accommodate up to 15
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre (1.7 mi/2.73 km)

Cairn Hotel Edinburgh Rooms

Standard Double/Twin
Room offers 1 double bed or 1 twin with private bathroom hairdryer, iron/ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities and telephone.
Standard Single
Room offer 1 twin bed with private bathroom hairdryer, iron/ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities and telephone.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Internet
WiFi

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Hotel Map

55.9582 -3.1823
Area served
Edinburgh
Nearby airports
Edinburgh International
Area description
10 minutes walk from Waverley Railway Station which has mainline Intercity links to London and rest of Scotland.

Nearby points of interest

  • Calton Hill: 0.2 mi
  • Edinburgh Playhouse: 0.3 mi
  • Pilrig: 0.5 mi
  • People's Story: 0.5 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.5 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.5 mi
  • Holyroodhouse Palace: 0.5 mi
  • Abbeyhill: 0.5 mi
  • Scottish Parliament: 0.5 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.5 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.5 mi
  • Holyrood: 0.5 mi
  • Easter Road: 0.5 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.6 mi
  • Underground City: 0.6 mi
  • Calton Hill: 0.2 mi
  • Edinburgh Playhouse: 0.3 mi
  • Pilrig: 0.5 mi
  • People's Story: 0.5 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.5 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.5 mi
  • Holyroodhouse Palace: 0.5 mi
  • Abbeyhill: 0.5 mi
  • Scottish Parliament: 0.5 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.5 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.5 mi
  • Holyrood: 0.5 mi
  • Easter Road: 0.5 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.6 mi
  • Underground City: 0.6 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 0.7 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.7 mi
  • Canonmills: 0.7 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.7 mi
  • Powderhall: 0.7 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.7 mi
  • Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland: 0.7 mi
  • Leith Waterworld: 0.7 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.7 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.7 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.7 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.8 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.8 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.8 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.8 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.8 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.9 mi
  • Meadowbank: 0.9 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0.9 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.9 mi
  • Trinity House: 1 mi
  • Warriston: 1 mi
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: 1.1 mi
  • Stockbridge: 1.1 mi
  • Georgian House: 1.1 mi
  • Lauriston: 1.1 mi
  • Restalrig: 1.1 mi
  • The Grange: 1.2 mi
  • Jock's Lodge: 1.3 mi
  • Meadow park: 1.3 mi

Dining

Restaurant
Continental breakfast is offered to guests each morning at a cost of 5 pounds per person. There is a comfortable and spacious lounge with modern furnishings. It is an ideal place for customers to relax and enjoy a drink from the bar.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1300
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Extra charges may apply for children. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the quoted rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (32)

Ratings and reviews for Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Overall score

3.1 / 5
5.01.0
32 out of 32
Amenities:
2.9
Room cleanliness:
3.3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.3
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.8

78% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Estella Puella
Maine
30 Jun 2013

Pretty good

Comfortable, convenient location. Some renovation underway while we were there was not too disruptive.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Review of Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Urban Spaceman
Portland, Oregon
6 May 2013

Great Location on the Fringe

The Cairn is located a short walk from Waverly Station on the fringe of the New Town. Great location and close to many amenities. The hotel itself is divided into a main and annex across the street; my room was in the annex on the ground floor. The room, at the back away from the street overlooking an overgrown garden, was clean, pleasant and blissfully quiet, so quiet the birds chirping outside were a welcome change from the hard sounds of the city.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Don't miss the opportunity to share a local pint or a peaty whisky in one of Edinburgh's older pubs.

Review of Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Ock eye
England
4 Dec 2012

Ok for cheap and cheerful stay

Twin room adequate and clean. Very dated but close for all theatres would stay there again as not far from John Lewis under 5 min walk

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
4
Review of Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Southernmost Steampunk
Key West, Florida
24 Sep 2012

Solo Sojourn

I arrived early, so they had to stow my luggage for a few hours while I went to find something to do. When I arrived back, checking in went well enough, but there is no elevator. I had to carry my bags up to the next level and then manoeuvre through a few fire doors. A bit of a hassle, but nothing major. The room itself was quite narrow and I had a hard time finding space for myself and luggage.The en suite bathroom was tiny, though compared with the room, it wasn't surprising. Everything looked a bit worn, but wasn't filthy thankfully. The tv was new, and there was a big window with a view of the street. However, because of the window the room also got quite warm. The window was open when I arrived, but i decided to close it since it was a bit chilly. The next day when I decided to try to open it, I found it to be quite difficult. The location was great, but besides that I found the experience to be underwhelming. Also, the front desk sold postcards, but no international postcard stamps. Thankfully there was a post office just a block away. On leaving, I did notice the room next me was slightly bigger and also a single, so your experience may vary.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
2
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Just a block away is a very nice Italian restaurant. I went there for lunch while waiting for my room. The storefront and interior weren't spectacular, but the food was good. Probably one of the best pizzas I had on my trip(and I had quite a few).

Review of Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
JREWORLD
Los Angeles, California
12 Sep 2012

Motel 6 of Edinburgh

Not recommended for more than a one or two night stay. Linens and towels where not changed, nor was the room cleaned. Room was in the basement with poor ventilation. Smelled musty and there was mold all over the shower area. Location is a 15 minute walk to Waverly Station. Plenty of eateries around. I did not eat at the hote restaurant given the condition of my room.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
2
Value:
1
Review of Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Trueblonde
Chicago, IL
7 Jul 2012

Look further

The best thing aboiut this hotel is the location - it's an easy walk from the train station & to both Old Town & New Town. However, the room was tiny & both the only chair in the room & the mattress had definitely seen better days. We also happened to be on the street side so it was very noisy on the weekend. The decor was tired as well. Breakfast was an additional 6GBP for Continental, 8GBP for Hot Meal. We went up the road & there were 4 places where you could get a Full English with coffee or tea for 4.95GBP so I'd recommend doing that.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
2
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

2 unmissable restaurants - Mother India & Petit Paris. Excellent meals at both, reasonably priced, & friendly service. Would def go back!

Review of Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Poland Ohio traveler
Poland Ohio USA
28 Apr 2012

Good location off of the bus route

A little noisy in the room at the bottom of the stairway. Staff were helpful to book rooms on first floor due to mobility issues and no elevator. Unprepared for no washcloths but we also didn't have them in Holland either so maybe that is typical "across the pond" ? Rooms were small but functional and they were stocked with preparations for hot drinks and shortbread cookies every day which was a nice suprise.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Spamcho
Europe, World
9 Apr 2012

Not as expected

Everything was very good but these two things: 1. There was something like a hole in the window, so it was pretty cold in the room, so that I had to turn the heating system, which was not enough and I managed somehow to full that hole with the curtain. 2. There was no toilet brush... nothing more to say, this is something essential if you want to keep your toilet clean. However I would recommend staying in this hotel, it is a nice place with minor mistakes, which can be easily fixed :)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

John Lewis center, there is a place where almost everything can be found for one pound.

Review of Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
lalaluna
Belfast
21 Apr 2011

Don't expect a good night's sleep

I only chose this hotel as I was looking something cheap in the city centre - and it was only cheap through a third party. I wouldn't pay full price for this hotel. Positives: Friendly night porter, can stay out as late as you want, comfortable matress, power shower. Staff leave you alone. Room is decent enough size. Negatives: Might as well not have curtains up as they let in so much light in the morning. A lot of noise in the morning from cleaners/people moving around. Very uncomfortable pillows. Bathroom is newly refurbished however stinks of mould after you use the shower. Carpet was filthy and ancient. Hotel does not have it's own restaurant, rather there is an Indian restaurant using the basement. Does not have a cocktail bar as advertised in reception. Walls are so thin that if your neighbour is watching TV you will be tortured.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Texas
14 Apr 2011

Great place to stay

the hotel was great it was staffed by caring people...Very helpful...Its is within walking distance of all major attractions...my bed was so comfortable..all around great time....

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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