The Courtyard by Marriott is situated near the Playhouse and within walking distance to all the main attractions in Edinburgh. The hotel combines heritage, contemporary style with innovative design across three historical Georgian townhouses. Making it the perfect place to stay while in Scotlands capital city.
I stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott Edinburg as part of their grand opening night. I spent an amazing 24 hours in Edinburgh, not only to attend the opening but to do all the tops things the city had to offer. We drank whisky at the Devils Advocate and did an Edinburgh tour with a local Scotsman in a kilt.
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
The courtyard by the Marriott extends through three historical Georgian townhouses with an additional newer building at the rear. Which is connected by a stunning glass walkway. At the front of the hotel is a lovely modern outdoor terrace, complete with heaters and a blanket to keep you warm during those cold nights.
The hotel has a total of 240 rooms all beautifully decorated with some offering views of the city and Carlton hill (which I had). You can really appreciate the attention to detail in the rooms and the personal touches like all the different ‘Do not disturb signs on the doors.
After our interesting and somewhat scary flight through storm Doris, I arrived safely in Edinburgh. From the moment we walked through the hotel door, the staff and Douglas (the manager) were warm, friendly and happy to help. I got my key and rushed off to my room quickly to freshen up and drop off my bag before lunch.
There was a little sign on the desk that read ‘Look in the fridge’, so I did. Waiting for me was a bottle of prosecco and cold champagne glass with sweet schnapps. I thought to myself what a nice personal touch for my arrival.
History of the Courtyard by Marriott townhouse.
I was informed by the manager on duty that the hotel decor like the lighthouse light fittings and the images in the bedrooms of technical drawings and maps were based on a famous Scottish engineer Robert Stevenson.
The grandfather of ‘Treasure Island’ author Robert Louis Stevenson. He had once lived in one of the Georgian townhouses that had been joined together to create the hotel. I love history so this little piece of information was right up my alley.
The Lantern Room
Situated inside the hotel is The Lantern Room, a Bar, and Restaurant which offers fresh local produce and I hear some amazing cocktails. This is an ideal place for after work drinks or after a long day exploring and you don’t want to leave your hotel.
There were other amenities like a Business area, gym and meeting rooms to use, as well as a convenience store area, in case you had the munchies or you just want a snack without stepping out of the hotel. However, as I was only there for a night, I did not have time to use any of these other services.
About the Room
My bedroom and bathroom were modern and had been designed to maximise space. It had good quality amenities, such as coffee/tea services, iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, and a mini-refrigerator. The flat screen TV was quite big and had a selection of in-room entertainment, everything you need for your home away from home.
The King sized bed was really comfortable too and I could have easily stayed in it all day, looking out at the views from my window of Calton Hill.
The room also had Free-Wifi that worked really well, a working desk and lots of power outlets. This is always a bonus especially when you are travelling.
Spending the day exploring Edinburgh
One of the best things about Edinburgh is that it is a walkable city and you can pretty much get to most attractions on foot. If you don’t feel like walking then that is not a problem as it is super easy to use public transport like the tram. There are a lot of amazing things to do in the city like taking a tour, heading to Edinburgh Castle, or heading down into the vaults.
We went on a fun city tour with a local Scotsman in his traditional kilt where we learnt about the history and culture of Edinburgh.
How about some of these activities in and around Edinburgh Scotland
Where we ate: Devils Advocate
If you are looking for somewhere trendy to a meal or even just a drink, then head to Devils Advocate. It is a cool bar and kitchen, located in an alleyway in the historical Old town of Edinburgh. It has a large range of Whiskey from around the world to choose from. They also have a wide selection of wines, beers and cocktails too. We headed here for lunch to get to know each other better and to do what we do the best talk about TRAVEL.
Devils Advocate cocktails are mostly whisky based and reasonably priced. They did, however, have one cocktail that was a whopping £400 per glass. I needed to take a double look at the drink menu when I saw it. The food was fresh, presented well and was full of flavour. I had the Beetroot & lime cured salmon ballotine, horseradish, cucumber and crème fraiche tartar as a starter. Then for the main, I had a juicy steak that was cooked perfectly.
Where the Courtyard is located
Located 5 minutes’ walk from Princes Street and in the heart of Edinburgh’s shopping and entertainment area. The Courtyard by Marriott is in a prime position for business or pleasure. If you didn’t want to walk too far there are also lots of restaurants and pubs around the hotel too.
Getting to Edinburgh
Getting to Edinburgh is easily accessible by car, plane, train or even by bus. We flew a direct flight from City Airport to Edinburgh which takes around 50mins. Then it is only a short 15 minute cab ride from the airport to the Courtyard by Marriott.
Tips for spending the day in Edinburgh
- Head up Carlton hill to not only get panoramic views across Edinburgh but to also see the collection of historic monuments, that form some of the most important landmarks of the city.
- Pop into the Theatre Royal Bar for a drink if you have time, as it is right next door to the hotel
- If you are going to Edinburgh to attend a show at the Historic Edinburgh Playhouse, the Courtyard by Marriott is a great place to stay as it is within 2-minute walking distance.
- Use the mobile check-in service before you arrive, so everything is ready when you get there.
The view from Carlton hill, Edinburgh
Would I recommend Courtyard by Marriott
There are 3 main things I look for in a hotel especially when I go away for a weekend. Strong FREE WIFI that I can get in my room, centrally located (or near transport) and a comfortable bed and warm shower for after my long days walking around exploring. Courtyard by Marriott hotel definitely ticks all these boxes and more.
I know the Courtyard by Marriott is a new hotel and I know I was there as a guest but it really is a perfect fit for anyone travelling to Edinburgh and wanting something centrally.
Additional Information about Courtyard by Marriott
- Price Range: Medium/High
- Wifi: Yes and it is strong in the rooms
- Breakfast: At an additional cost, you can have a hot buffet breakfast
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