Loved our stay at Rutland Square! Quiet, cozy, apartment in the heart of everything. Below the Edinburgh Castle, this apartment was only a short, short walk from restaurants, shops, tourist attractions and the Haymarket train station; however, was exceptionally quiet, comfortable and had all the amenities of home. Would definitely stay again.
Just got back from the most awesome vacation we have ever had! The Scott Apartment could not have been any better! It was cozy, comfortable and just breathtaking. It was truly a home away from home. Close to all the main attractions with easy access to public transportation. Katie was a delight and most helpful for making our 25th wedding anniversary a truly unforgettable occasion.We did not want to leave! Would recommend this flat and Greatbase Edinburgh without hesitation. Thank you so much!!!!!!!! Scotland Rocks!!!! Already making plans for another visit!
Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience in our guestbook. We agree that The Scott Apartment is an excellent place to stay; it has always been popular with our guests and its recent and extensive redecoration has given it a new lease of life. We’re glad we could help make your 25th wedding anniversary as special as it should be and we look forward to having you come and stay with us again in future.
This was our second stay at this superb apartment. The owners have provided the perfect place to provide every comfort and facility that you require for a comfortable and effortless stay. Location is brilliant for visiting all the city’s attractions, restaurants, shops and pubs. Railway station is only 10 mins walk away and there is an abundance of public transport nearby. I would highly recommend this apartment for a very enjoyable and relaxing break. Thank you for a great stay.
Geoff and Anne
Dear Geoff and Anne,
We’re very glad you enjoyed your stay at the Royal Mile Storytelling Apartment and appreciated its comfort and practicality; it is as you say an ideal retreat for couples and trios coming to Edinburgh. Thank you for your feedback and you’re both very welcome to stay with us again should you return to the city.
We had a very pleasant stay at the Royal Mile 1.
It was perfect for us and our two-year-old son. Katie kindly put a highchair in the apartment for us, which was very useful.
The beds are comfortable (that is important when you stay a whole week !) and the kitchen is well equipped.
The location of the apartment is ideal, as it is in the heart of the Old Town but not on a busy and noisy street.
Happy New Year 2017!
Happy New Year to you too 🙂
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Thanks John! Glad to know it’s been of use to you. Kind regards, Calum
We loved the flat and the goodies that you left for us! The flat is in a great neighborhood close to everything. It was nice having a washer as we had been on the road for awhile. Loved the sites and restaurants. My adult kids loved Edinburgh and enjoyed the night life there. I defiantly would recommend the flat and would stay again given the opportunity.
My husband and I stayed for a week here, enjoying the festival fringe. Excellent location, everywhere is walkable. Lively buzzy area. Comfy bed and well equipped kitchen. Happy to stay again.
Thanks Katie and Jack
Stayed at this flat with my family for the week while attending a conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The flat is beautifully outfitted, spacious, and modern. Katie provided everything we needed and is a wonderful host. The location is perfect for attending the conference, near good restaurants, and it is a very convenient location for exploring the rest of the city. We look forward to staying here again the next time we are in town.
Wonderful apartment! Great location. Ideal for a family of four or two couples. Plenty of room to spread out and have your own space. Katie was lovely and accommodating. I hope to return!
This place was the cleanest and nicest place i have ever stayed in on holiday . Katie advised me this place would be suitable and she was right . The location and everything about it was perfect .
Absolutely fantastic bolt hole, lovingly kitted out. The owner has thought of everything. The open plan kitchen and living space was a tranquil haven after some busy days.
We live locally and had extended family to stay for a weekend of celebrations, and Green cottage provided two extra rooms, a retreat for the grandparents, and some much needed toddler entertaining space while I did some last minute preparations round the corner. We are so lucky to have this on our doorstep.
To people coming from further afield I would highly recommend a stay here. Although not ‘central’ it is very easy to get into town by bus, taxi, or even foot and the botanical are just on your doorstep.
Fantastic apartment in great location, two minutes from the tram and five from Princes Street! The apartment was in pristine condition and felt very much like home, it was very well equipped and I must say it’s the only bed I have found comfortable in all my trips to Edinburgh! I was met at the apartment by Katie, she was a lovely, friendly lady and very approachable. I would certainly stay here again.
I was able to find good advice from your blog posts.
We’re glad to hear it! What specifically did we help you with?
Lovely apartment. Very comfortable and peaceful, fully equipped and finished to a very high standard. Great location with easy access on foot to Princes Street/Waverley and even easier access to the multitude of cafes, bars, restaurants and local shops on Broughton Street (be sure to visit the butchers and the fishmongers).
We were lucky enough to stay here for a friend’s anniversary weekend in mid November. Our party comprised 3 couples and a teenager. Right from the impressive entrance to the amazingly high ceiling heights we knew were in for a treat. This house is just fantastic and the team at Greatbase couldn’t do enough for us. My other half is allergic to feathers and it was no trouble for them to go and purchase new pillows and duvet and even remade the bed while we were out. The house is decorated in a homely style with the owners original artworks adorning the walls, the kitchen was a focal point and is beautifully equipped, the bedrooms are beautiful and we slept like a log in the comfy beds. Location wise it is very close to town with maybe a 5 minute walk to john Lewis, the Italian deli nearby was a great find too. All in all this is a fabulous home ina great location for exploring the city and we felt throughly spoiled to have stayed there. We will definitely be back!
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We have had a brilliant stay at Jamacia Mews. Great location – near to tourist sites but in a quiet street for a perfect sleep. Sainsbury’s so close, which is handy for fresh croissants at breakfast. If greatbase had accommodation at other cities, I’d definitely be booking.
Review from Upfront reviews.Claude from Québec, Canada 15th – 31st May 2014
We spent two lovely weeks on Cambridge Street. After nights in the comfortable beds, we went walking the streets of both Old and NewTown Edinburgh, took tours with Rabbie’s, went by train to Glasgow. For lunch, we sampled lots of cafés and pubs but came back “home” most every evening to take advantage of the nice kitchen. Beeing the cook of the house, I was pleased to have the Saturday Farmer’s Market at hand, that is 200 feet away, just below thw Castle, and grocery stores close by.
We are lovers of classical music ; we were lucky to attend two superb concert at Usher Hall, the very nice venue one minute away to the right of our doorstep.
Excellent situation for easy access to everything, comfortable and well equiped, this appartment was a jewel for us.
Thank you very much Katie for your excellent service! We enjoyed our stay at the Charlotte Square apartment. The apartment was clean and well equiped. Trains, buses and grocery store were all very handy.
We just stayed at the Royal Mile 1 flat and really liked it. It was clean and cute and comfortable. It was an excellent location. We were right at the Royal Mile, had a lovely walk to Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park, and an easy walk to Waverly Station when it was time to go. It is nicely decorated, and has all the conveniences of dish ware, refrigerator, microwave, etc. Plus a nice tv and even some good DVD’s. There were also maps and informational books. We had a lovely stay here and would stay again if we come back!
We stayed at Heriot Row last weekend. It was fabulous!!!! We had a lot of doubts about staying at Old or New Town, but finally we decided to stay in New Town and it was a great decision. The house its splendid, the bed is big and comfortable, the views beautiful, and in the amazing private garden you can find the Stevenson’s Treasure Island. He lived next door!!!!! Another great advantage of this house is the location, walking distance from everything that you want to see in Edinburgh: Stockbridge, Old Town, Scottish National Galery of Modern Art, Water of Leith… We will probably go back and certainly we will stay there again. Thanks so much Katie.
Upfront Reviews – Barbara stayed 25th November 2013
As with other Greatbase properties we have stayed in, Jamaica Mews was spotlessly clean, well equipped and tastefully furnished. It is located in the Stockbridge area and there are many independent cafes, bars and restaurants dotted around within 10 to 15 minute walking time. If you can only manage a 2 minute walk there are still enough great establishments to whet your appetite, morning, noon and night. 2 local mini supermarkets are also within a 2 minute walk. Once you are ensconced inside the property it is so quiet you could be miles from anywhere. If we had a minor gripe, it would be that we are both fairly tall and found the settees a bit too low. On the positive side the bed was extremely comfortable. On two of the nights we stayed the weather was bitterly bitterly cold, we found hot water bottles in the bathroom and made good use of them, it was like being young again. Who needs electric blankets? Thoroughly enjoyable and recommended.
Jean – stayed 17th November 2013 – from Upfront Reviews
This is a lovely place
I thoroughly recommend this flat – beautiful view of the castle, very central, comfortable and clean. Also great to arrive somewhere with fresh flowers, a bowl of apples, and milk in the fridge for the first cup of tea!
Review from the Guardian Newspaper September 2013
From Upfront reviews – Reggie stayed November 2013
A fantastic high spec apartment in a great location. beautiful. Lots of great restaurants and bars near by. comfortable beds and immaculate interiors, all self catering should be like this!
Ref: Upfront reviews Krista & Paul, stayed 3rd Nov 2013
A beautiful apartment!
This is the nicest apartment we’ve ever stayed in. It was spacious, well-designed, well-equipped and absolutely stunning. The bathrooms were gorgeous and the beds were super comfortable. We’d definitely recommend this flat to anyone planning a holiday in Edinburgh.
Robert – stayed 1st October 2013 – from Upfront Reviews
Green cottage was a great choice for our weekend in Edinburgh. The standard of everything in the cottage is very high – central heating, hot water, kitchen, bathroom, beds, linen, decor – all quality, new fixtures. When you arrive there is whiskey, milk, shortbread, tea, coffee and other bits and pieces so you don”t have to rush out for essentials.
The location is a very pretty suburb with a great little shop on the corner which is full of treats. The 23 bus takes you straight to town in about 15 mins. While we were in Edinburgh three different people told us that the 23 is their favourite bus route. I can”t say I”d ever considered having a favourite bus route before but after staying in Green Cottage for five days I think the 23 will be mine too. And if you don”t like the idea of the bus then it”s less than Â£10 in a taxi. We walked it a couple of times too. It”s quite a long walk but there”s lots of nice pubs en route if you start feeling a bit faint.
Overall it”s a great place to stay. Don”t let the fact it”s out of town put you off, this is much nicer than a city centre hotel. And you never know, after a stay here you might also have a favourite bus route, which has got to be bonus.
Also Greatbase were great to deal with.
Paul – stayed 20th October 2013 – from Upfront Reviews
Autumn in Edinburgh
Good location, v. comfortable apartment, well-equipped and fitted out. The oranges and shortbreads were a nice touch. Thanks for the welcome Katie.
William – stayed 28th October 2013. From Upfront Reviews.
Excellent Base for Edinburgh
This apartment is ideally placed for Edinburgh city centre. It is fantastic value for money & I will definitely visit again and be happy to recommend.
Lucy – stayed 22nd October 2013, from Upfront Reviews.
With our two yr old we needed a good living space so the warm, light and charming kitchen and sitting room was perfect. We look forward to booking in again on our next visit.
Mark – stayed 28th October 2013, from Upfront Reviews.
A perfect place to stay
A beautiful apartment, very well designed. Stayed for the week end with our 3 grown up daughters. We had a family wedding to go to and didn”t want to stay in a hotel. This was the perfect compromise. The kitchen was well equiped so we could have a simple lunch. Its quiet and very peaceful and yet walking distance from city centre. We drove up and car parking is free outside the crescent at week ends. A perfect place to stay.
Stayed for a long weekend in July in Cockburn Street – our second stay here and I was so happy to be returning. The location is perfect and the apartment is a wee haven in the city. All you could ask for in the apartment and everything you could want within walking distance!
Just returned from a great stay in Hart Street. A lovely, comfortable flat in a great location. I would return like a shot!
This place is the best. I can’t say enough about this flat or Greatbase. Katie, you are wonderful to work with. If everyone did business like you guys do, the world would be a better place.
We used this as a base for the second league of a UK trip that started in London. When we arrived in Edinburgh it was my wife’s 40th birthday and I asked the Greatbase to have a few things in the flat to surprise my wife and they obliged. I will recommend this flat and the Greatbase to everyone I know.
Just came back home after a week at the Scott Apartment which turned out to be even better than our expectations! The apartment is centrally located but it is quiet. Very clean and cozy with big airy rooms and a nice well equipped kitchen leading to the small outdoor seating area which we were lucky to be able to use since the weather was fantastic in the last few days. There are parking places just in front of the apartment and if you need a taxi, it will be at your front door as soon as you put your phone down! I can only highly recommend this lovely apartment and will definitely return.
My husband, myself and my 8 year old son, stayed at the apartment over the Easter weekend. We couldn’t fault it for anything. It was only a few minutes walk from all the main shopping areas and there were loads of nice bars and restaurants within walking distance.
Would recommend and we’d be happy to stay again.
I love the look! Spacious and beautiful!
My partner and I stayed at Jamaica Mews for 12 days over the 2012/2013 Christmas & Hogmanay period – and this apartment was PERFECT for our stay. Amazingly comfortable, beautifully furnished and a great location meant we didn’t want to ever leave! We look forward to visiting Edinburgh again, and would love to have Jamaica Mews or another Greatbase apartment as our base again too.
Great apartment in the perfect location. Our group of 5 went to Edinburgh for the 6 Nations fixture between Scotland and Ireland. Gloucester Mews slept us all in ample comfort and was the ideal accommodation for the weekend. The flexibility of having our own kitchen and facilities was really handy and the Greatbase staff were very accommodating regarding our check in & check out times and made our stay both easy and enjoyable. Would definitely book with them again.
We loved our stay at the Scott Apartment. Upon arrival we were greeted by Katie, who gave us a tour and explained the key aspects of the apartment.
Everything was clean, tidy and quiet. The decoration is contemporary and very cozy.
The kitchen is very well-equipped, the bathrooms are clean and even one of them has a TV on the bathtub. The rooms are spacious and the living room is comfortable.
There’s a collection of board games, DVDs, magazines to choose from.
The apartment is centrally located and everything is at a short walk away.
Choosing the Scott Apartment was a great choice. I would, without any doubts, recommend it!
Congratulations to the Greatbase Edinburgh, they know how to really make you feel at home, and if you need anything they are there to help.
Many thanks for your review and kind comments; I’m glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us.
As a note to guests from September 2017 onwards, the TV above the bath has been removed.
Greatbase Apartments Ltd
The Blackie House in the old town is a splendid, comfortable and best located apartment. The ideal way to visit Edinburgh with family or friends. It is well equipped, spacious, clean and have one of the nicest views of the Mound. Museums, restaurants and shops are just a stone throw from it. Katie, who looks after the Blackie House, is extremely nice and helpful. I strong recommend it for those who are looking to have a good time in this wonderful country. For first time travelers in Edinburgh I also recommend a very entertaining book of a scottish writer named “44 Scotland Street” by Alexandre McCall Smith. Ricardo Guerra (Brazil) Feb 2013
The apartment was wonderful for a small family Christmas. My history-orientated and energtic sister and my folks who just wanted to relax, were all happy with the location of the apartment and the space. It was easy to get groceries, go to all the city sites, buses, and the pubs. Great location. Owners were very easy to work with, even when we were late (twice!!). And they gave helpful advice for groceries and tours (which we used!). A lovely stay- we would all come again!
A lovely place for a relaxing break. Perfect location and very welcoming.
Just to say it was really lovely and we were very happy with absolutely everything, would definitely book again.
Melanie. – January 2013
We are a family of 2 adults and 3 teenage kids staying from ireland and we found the apartment perfect for us. It’s well located so that we felt safe in letting the younger ones walk back there and watch telly at one stage when we went for a pint. It’s comfortable with books, maps etc ready and waiting on the coffee table. It was also handy having some tea and coffee there when we got in.
I can recommend.
My husband and I stayed here in mid-November for a week visit. Our son, a student at U. of Edinburgh lives nearby. Clean, comfortable, well equipped. We entertained our son and friends, and apartment easily accommodated 7 for a sit-down dinner. We had a car for a few days, used a parking garage (fee) near the apartment, then found street parking on the weekend. While right on the Royal Mile, a very quiet apartment, no street noise.
Beautiful, cosy apartment. 4 of us stayed here over Christmas and we were delighted with everything about the apartment. It’s location is excellent- within easy walking distance of everything. Spacious and comfortable. We highly recommend it
Fabulous apartment in an ideal location. Steps away from everything (pubs, restaurants, shopping, night life, historic sites, parks, transportation), but still very quiet. It was a family favorite. Katie and her team are first-rate and extremely accommodating. Would return in a heart-beat!
Had a great stay at Jamaica Mews, super location and very comfortable. So nice to have some supplies provided on the ‘replace what you’ve used up’ basis, together with lots of useful guidance (the nearby cafe, Leo’s Beanery, was a treat). Really felt at home and part of the real Edinburgh. Greatbase were a pleasure to deal with.
The apartment was fantastic. It was very comfortable and we feeled to be right in the centre of Edinburgh as we could easily reach everything we wanted to see. We were welcomed very friendly and informed for our first steps into Edinburgh. The best feature of this apartment is the fantastic view to Arthur’s Seat out of the windows of the seating room, we were absolutely impressed. When we come to Edinburgh again, we certainly would like to stay here again.
Gloucester Mews is in a great location, easy to walk to restaurants and shops but on a quiet private small street. We fit four people in (1 couple, 2 college aged children) comfortably although I wish the family bathroom had a shower instead of a shower attachment in the tub. The apartment is spacious and we had room to spread out. Wifi was strong. It was nice that new carpeting had recently been installed in the bedrooms.
I cannot say enough about the great service Katie provided. She was responsive to questions and needs, and went out of her way to help us. She let us check in early, gave us information about where to go in Edinburgh, and even came over right away in the evening when I could not get the boiler to work!
Lovely apartment in a good area. Would stay here again.
nice stay in that lovely and quiet apartment , we feel like at home , warm welcoming by Jack and Katie , wants to turn back in edinburh such a beautiful citie with beautiful scottish people , thank Greatbase ! i am sure we’ll reserve with you on the future !
It was great to have a more comfortable, less expensive alternative to a hotel for a week long visit. Very nice to have a well equipped kitchen. Despite being so close to many historic sites, it was very quiet and private.
Holyrood was reserved for two couples but due to injury the other couple had to return to Memphis from Paris. We considered down sizing for less space but after seeing the lovely apartment it was evident that Holyrood could not be equaled. The style, location, price and courtesy we received were what we have come to expect in Scotland. We agree with all that James and Bill commented on before us. WE SHALL RETURN. George & Marcelle
Dear George and Marcelle
Thank you for your lovely comments. It was a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to welcoming you and your friends when you return.
Best wishes Katie
I’ve stayed at the Royal Mile 2 twice and love it. Wouldn’t consider any other location unless I need a large space. Katie is wonderful and will take excellent care of you.
The apartment is comfortable, warm and spacious as well as being well equipped and central. Katie was welcoming and kind enough to enable us to check in to the apartment when we arrived a little early.
We enjoyed being able to walk everywhere and there’s always a nice pub or restaurant to pop into when the weather gets too bracing.
We were pleasantly surprised by the modern well equipped St Mary’s Street apartment. It is very quiet and comfortable and walking distance from all the attractions. The most comfortable queen sized bed I have ever encountered at a tourist venue! We loved coming home from a long day to put up our feet, have a glass of wine while my teenage son watched TV, before we went out for dinner or even prepared our own dinner in the lovely kitchen. Heaters in every room made the apartment cosy and warm. Will definitely be back!
Super clean, comfortable and well furnished. Great views and very convenient to all the sights. Katie is fantastic…spends the time you need to get you oriented. Wish we could have stayed longer. This will not dissappoint – ***** stars !!!!!
Stayed Sept 2011
Holyrood was a wonderful place for two couples from the US. It is close enough for walking to the main tourist locations, but far enough away to be very quiet and private. The apartment was bright and cheery. The sixth floor location made for wonderful views. The living room, dining area and kitchen were all generous in size and custom made for two couples.
I and my three sons found the apartment to me quite comfortable
The location was great. The apartment was very affortable and met all our needs. It is certainly be a place I would want to stay at when I return to Edinburgh
The apartment was quite lovely and spacious for our family. The location is ideal for seeing the sights in Old Town We were well cared for and would certainly stay here or in any Greatbase apartment again!
Northumberland Street is well situated for the able bodied person, however we took elderly relatives who could not manage to climb the hill into town. The local buses did pass by the corner of the street and run frequently so this did not stop them going out. We had a good welcome from Katie and the amentities within the flat were excellent. There was a problem with the central heating that was fixed with 8 hours of reporting it. Edinburgh is a great city with very friendly people. Best eating place was the Conan Doyle public house within 5-10 minutes walk from the flat.
A wonderful apartment, beautifully furnished and equipped and so close to all amenities (bus stop, pubs, etc.) Thanks to Katie who was so helpful and welcoming. Will recommend to friends.
Gloucester Mews was lovely – great location, great flat. Well equipped and comfortable. We are keen to visit again!
Great location, loved being so close to town and to the restaurants of Stockbridge. Would recommend “The Stockbridge Restaurant”! Also Kays Bar down the road does a lovely pint of ale. Cheers Greatbase!!!
Spot on for Location and the red sofas are great!!!
Location was great and it was easy to get to all attractions. The apartment was clean and well furnished. Greatbase were very helpful.
This is a lovely apartment in a fantastic location with views of the castle, just off the Grassmarket (hopping area of restaurants and pubs), but quiet! It is a great base for meetings at the Edinburgh International Conference Center, which is less than 1 kilometer away (in fact, it’s closer than most of the conference hotels). Katie is a wonderful host who provided maps, guides, fruit, and lovely shortbread. The WiFi worked like a dream (better than mine at home by far). A perfect base for this wonderful city.
Thank you so much for helping us get a place to stay during the ash cloud. We could not have ask for anything else except maybe another night in Edinburgh. Wonderful views and the lift was a god send!!! Thanks again Katie
A truely Greatbase! Thank you!
Loved being so close to everything and the music and laughter from Melvilles.
Wonderful flat in the Old town, with a number of antique pieces and beautiful cornicing. Would recommend Monteith’s whisky cocktails on the High St. Thanks to the Greatbase team and loved my cup of tea when I arrived!!
Beautiful, Comfortable and Clean. Fab location.
Will recommend – Thank you!!! x
Great location and so much history on the door step!
Edinburgh is incredible – Love the town and the lovely flat!!!
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