My overnight at the Hilton Edinburgh Airport didn’t go to plan. So much so I’ve taken the stock image from the Hilton website (sorry! I’ll take my own later this week).
We’ve been using the hotel a lot this year for meetings and workshops. A short walk from the airport makes it so convenient for me (and I’m sure it’s a great location for everyone else too- ahem). The team at the business centre have always been great at accommodating my random meetings and kept a straight face when I phoned to ask if I had left my mouse behind…
Having some meetings in London meant I needed to fly from London City and incur an overnight. And as coincidence would have it, someone who I was trying to set up a meeting with was also in Edinburgh so, whilst not ideal I arranged a meeting for half past eight in the evening, which should have worked comfortably.
It didn’t. My flight was delayed. And then on landing no-one was available to let us off the plane. I arrived at the hotel, checked in and started my meeting at nine. Meaning I didn’t see my room until half ten.
It may well have been my mood, but I wasn’t overly impressed by my room. It was spacious enough, and had some great toiletries (flying back to Cardiff meant I could only use them!), but with the single brand- Hilton- it just didn’t wow.As you’ll know by now, it’s the shower which is of utmost importance. And whilst this one looked a bit ‘whatever’, fortunately it was a good shower. So that won me round a bit. But it was the bed that was a complete let down. It just wasn’t comfortable. Having left the house at 6am for London, I expected to sink into it and fall asleep, I didn’t. I needed to continue my evening meeting at 8am, and both individually suggested their stay had been a bit lacklustre. Difficulties in sleeping and a lack of comfort being their main complaint. And I’m sort of ok with that. It’s an airport hotel. But the thing is, it is a Hilton. And other budget hotels are available, and in my experience, are as comfortable.
From talking to the team at the business centre, because of the massive refurbishment going on there, the hotel is having an overhaul. And the website tells me the hotel will be rebranded as a Doubletree by Hilton by the end of the year, which seems ok, as I think Doubletree is the ‘budget’ Hilton brand.
But yes, on this occasion I did feel a little conned.
Here’s a quick look around the room for your verdict: