FAQs

Access
Guests are provided with a key for their room and also for the front door. Access to the guest house and your room is available at all times.

 

Air Conditioning
There is no air conditioning in the guest house. Windows in the guest bedrooms can be opened for fresh air.

 

Breakfast
There is an extensive breakfast menu which includes many vegetarian options as well as the traditional Scottish fare. Breakfast is normally served between 8am and 9am, or between 8am and 9.30am.

 

Car Parking
Free, onsite car parking for up to 10 cars

 

Check in and out
Check-in is from 13.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs, or up to 22.00 hrs by prior arrangement with the guest house. If you want to arrive earlier than 13.00 hrs, your room may not be ready, but you are welcome to drop your bags, register and pick up your room key any time after 07.00 hrs. We will put your bags in your room when it is ready for you.

 

Check-out is at 10.00 hrs
Late check-out may be available on request, although a charge may apply.

 

Children and Families
Children of 5 years old and above are welcome. We have one triple family room with one double and one single bed and one larger family room with one double and two single beds. Pricing is dependent on the number of people that will occupy the room.

 

Communications – Internet and Telephones
There is free Wi-Fi internet access available to guests. A payphone is located in the reception area with free calls to a local taxi firm.

 

Disabled Access
The guest house has a very small step at the front door. Thereafter there is level access to the ground floor, including the breakfast room/lounge area. There are five ground floor bedrooms available for guests.

 

Getting to Glenalmond House
Please click here for detailed directions on how to get to Glenalmond House by air, road, rail or bus.

 

Getting to Edinburgh City Centre and Tourist Attractions
It is just a mile to the Royal Mile from Glenalmond House. You can walk there, or take one of the great value local buses, which run every few minutes from the guest house to the centre of Edinburgh and various tourist attractions around the city.

 

Heating
The guest rooms are heated by room radiators which can be thermostatically controlled by guests, to ensure a comfortable ambient temperature.

 

Laundry
There are no laundry facilities for guest use onsite. However, there is a local launderette where you can take laundry to do yourself, or leave there for a service wash. The launderette is open 7 days a week.

 

Local Sports Facilities
We are close to the Royal Commonwealth swimming pool where you can use the gym, take exercise classes and swim in the Olympic size pool. Unfortunately, this is currently closed for refurbishment - it will be reopened in the summer of 2011. There are other facilities available a short drive away.

 

Local Dining and Shopping
There are a wide variety of restaurants and pubs within a 10 minute walk of the guest house. We can provide you with information and recommendations while you are here. There are local shops and a good shopping centre nearby – Cameron Toll.

 

Local Attractions
We are close to Holyrood Park where you can walk up Arthur’s Seat for spectacular views of Edinburgh and surrounding areas. Holyrood Palace, at the foot of the Royal Mile, is also located in the park.

 

Medical and Dental
There are local doctor and dental practices in the immediate area. We are also only a short distance from the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for emergency medical treatment at the Accident and Emergency department.

 

Payment Methods
Glenalmond House is able to accept cash in GBP, as well as all major credit and debit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Switch, Maestro, Solo and American Express. To keep our prices competitive, we do charge for the use of overseas debit cards and credit cards for bill payment as follows:

 

For credit cards and overseas debit cards, the charge is 2% added to your bill.

There is no extra charge for UK debit or cash.

Sorry, we no longer accept personal cheques for bill payment.

 

Pets
No pets are allowed in the guest house

 

Room Servicing
Rooms are serviced daily throughout your stay

 

Service Charge
No service charges are added to bills. Gratuities are at the customers’ discretion

 

Smoking
No smoking is permitted anywhere inside the guest house. Smokers can smoke outside the guest house where there is an ashtray.

 

Special diets
Vegetarian options are available at all times on the breakfast menu, but for other dietary requirements, please let us know is advance of your stay, so that we are able to prepare for your visit.

 

Special occasions
We are happy to assist with arranging any of the following, to make your stay extra special - champagne, chocolates, flowers etc.

 

Tour Booking
When you are here, we can advise and help with the booking of day tours around Edinburgh and Scotland.

 

Tourist Information
On arrival you will be provided with a map of the city and a list of the local bus numbers and where to catch them to any location in the city. We stock a variety of tourist information leaflets and brochures for local attractions. We also have a small library which has guide books you can borrow during your stay.

 

University
We are within walking distance of the University of Edinburgh Kings Buildings and Pollock Halls of student residence. The main Edinburgh University campus is about one mile away toward the city centre – easily accessible by foot or local bus.

 

Valuables
 There is a small safe provided in every room where you can secure your valuables when you are out.