This is one of a number of Ibis hotels in Edinburgh, situated at the top of the very popular High Street and Royal Mile area. The hotel has recently had a makeover and gives the impression of high tech functionality with a retro feel -think 1960s Formica. Reception is an open plan desk and the receptionists check in with their laptops or in my case, smart phone. The rooms can be viewed on the website. Mine was clean, functional and modern, although the bright reds gave an impression of a child's bedroom. The room is plenty big enough for one but hanging space is limited if you are sharing. WiFi is free. The major let down is the bathroom. It is extremely small. The loo faced into a wall which was so close that a tall person would undoubtedly hit their knees against it. The loo roll holder was loose.
The interior while very clean had grout falling out of the tiling and a large crack in the mirror over the sink. There is a decent shower but water pressure on the first floor was so-so. I recommend you bring your own toiletries. There is a tube of soap attached to the wall at the sink and in the shower which is hand wash, shower gel and shampoo all in one and doesn't smell great. Ample towels, but nowhere really to hang them when wet.
The bed was comfortable and although at the front of the hotel the room was quiet. Managed a good sleep. TV is set in the wall and is around 26".
The breakfast experience takes place in what I would call a cafeteria in a very retro-modern style (new 1960s). Breakfast is a hot or cold buffet. I chose the hot breakfast. Scrambled eggs , bacon and beans. There were sausages also. The bacon was truly awful. It had been cooked and had a high water content and was covered in these white bits which are a hallmark of this type of bacon. Left stewing in a covered dish it had a dull grey appearance, but if you take a chance tasted quite good. Tea/Coffee is from a machine. There appeared to be a good selection of cold buffet choices.
Unsurprisingly, the hotel had an eclectic mix of guests, somewhere between tourists, business types and upmarket backpackers.
This hotel is functional and designed for those who want somewhere to put their head down and grab a bite of breakfast before escaping to Edinburgh's delights. As such it serves its purpose well, save for the bathroom (I stayed in at least). Fast check in and check out if you pre-pay and don't add extras is also an advantage.