With the Forth Bridge providing a beautiful backdrop, Dakota Hotel was our base during our weekend spent enjoying the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. For £150 for a one night stay, this was one of the better options in the Edinburgh area at 4 star level.
The hotel is within easy reach of major motorways and roads surrounding the city leading towards the Forth Bridge. Any hotel with free parking is a godsend in Edinburgh and thankfully Dakota have ample space during your stay.
Situated on a retail park, there are no shortage of places to eat and drink. Tesco directly opposite is open until midnight through the week and 10pm on Sundays. Frankie and Benny’s and Burger King provide eating options with the hotel having its very own Bar and Grill.
We checked in late to the hotel after an early arrival. With the festival being on, we wouldn’t be back at the hotel until later in the evening. Once we did venture inside the hotel, the scene that greeted us was a smart and chic space.
The bar area is beautiful and rivals some of its 5 star counterparts. The staff are friendly and informative with regards to onward travel into Edinburgh. We took a train from nearby Dalmeny station which was £4.80 return per person to Waverley station in the city centre. Buses are also available right outside Tesco reaching the city in 40 minutes for just £5 return each.
Our room was a lovely size with one of the softest most comfortable beds we’ve ever had. A nights sleep in this is a real luxury and much appreciated after a day at the Fringe. Tea and coffee making facilities are also in the room as well as USB points in the wall, very handy and something that we haven’t yet seen in other hotels.
Sky TV is also provided in the room with a complete list of channels. The bathroom came with a shower but no bath, full toiletries were also provided. The sleek look of the room really gives off a stylish vibe. Staying here is a thoroughly relaxing experience.
It was a shame that we only had one night at Dakota. Legend has it that the breakfast here is a good investment. We had slept in after an early start the previous morning and a late finish at the Fringe, so we sadly missed out. Saying that, why would you want to leave the world’s comfiest bed?
If you are up in Edinburgh for the Fringe then Dakota is a great place to stay. With good links between South Queensferry and the city centre by bus and rail, Dakota provides an oasis of calm away from the crowds.
Nearest Train Station: Dalmeny