About Us


The Albyn

We offer homely bedrooms and a welcoming team in a Victorian house formerly the St Oswalds Church Manse. Albyn Townhouse is a relaxing retreat a short distance from Edinburgh’s Old Town. The Albyn is run by myself, Lydie. Busy mother of three, in house designer, painter of Edinburgh buildings & hot air balloons, creative mind and homework police, kids peace maker…..and hills roller. I have many stories to tell about Edinburgh & the History of the Albyn! The highlight of my days is to meet you & to share all this with you! I am helped by my wonderful team & also sometimes assisted by Charlotte, Louis & Elliott (the three house kids!) and Betty our Beautiful Cocker Spaniel…

We look forward to welcoming you to our home.

Albyn Gang

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Our Rooms

The Albyn offers rooms during the week and rooms & optional decadent breakfast in bed at the week-end. Since creating the Albyn in July 2007, the house was refurbished many times over and gets redecorated every year, each time trying to bring back some of the original features. A lot of care is taken to make the Albyn as beautiful and striking & as comfortable as possible. I love this house, it is my perfect playground and you will find my original paintings & decoration designs in the rooms. Staying at the Albyn means a good night’s sleep.

The Edinburgh Albyn Townhouse has 8 non-smoking & fully en-suite rooms, comfortable, clean, centrally heated & delivered over two upper floors. Free WiFi, flat screen Freeview & radio Tv’s, tea facilities and coffee pod machines & hairdryer. Ironing facilities are available on request. We have one baby cot available on request, suitable for Superior rooms only (not for King rooms). Our accommodation is as follows; 1 Family en-suite room (2 adults & 2 children) located on the first floor, with one king size bed (150 x 200) and two low level single sofa beds (90 x 195), this family room can also accommodate 2 people, in which case it becomes a suite with a large sitting area. This accommodation has its own gorgeous bathroom with a rain shower, toilet and basin. 1 Superior Double king or twin en-suite room, located on the first floor, with a super king size bed (180 x 200) or two single beds (90 x 200), this is a more spacious room with a sofa area. Each accommodation has its own bathroom with a rain shower, toilet and basin. 3 Double king en-suite rooms, two are located on the second floor and one is on the first floor, with one king size bed (150 x 200), this room is a standard size with a small sitting area. Each accommodation has its own bathroom with a rain shower, toilet and basin. 3 Superior Double king, one located on the first floor and two located on the second floor, with a king size bed (150 x 200), these rooms are more spacious and have a sofa area. Each accommodation has its own bathroom with a rain shower, toilet and basin.

Although children are welcome, you must reserve a bed for them, no children in a parent’s bed. We regret that we will turn away any customers bringing additional people and exceeding the maximum room occupancy. A double is for two people, we have no extra beds available at the Albyn.

Please bear in mind that the Albyn Townhouse was built in the 19th century, therefore there is no elevator!! Our rooms are over two upper floors so please think before you book if you cannot do stairs!!

As much as we adore our furry friends, sorry no pets allowed at the Albyn, thank you.


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Double King

Standard King room, with a king size bed (1.5 wide x 2m tall), sitting area and en-suite shower room with toilet (2x2m), flat screen TV with digital television, free wifi and tea and coffee facilities.


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Superior Twin or Double

King size bed and en-suite shower room with toilet, the room can be set up as a twin and has flat screen TV with digital television, free wifi, sitting area and tea and coffee facilities. Please specify bed preference on booking.


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Superior Double King

Superior King room, with a king size bed (1.5m wide x 2m tall) & en-suite shower room & toilet (2x2m), flat screen TV with digital television, free wifi, sofa area and tea and coffee facilities.



Breakfast

The Albyn is a room only guest house during the week, you may order a take away breakfast basket on booking or the day prior (before 4pm) @ £6.00 per person. At the week-ends Albyn becomes your pamper place! Come and be spoiled and have breakfast in bed!! We will serve you our AWARD WINNING breakfast in your room….how decadent is that?! To be ordered on booking or pre arrival so that we can accommodate all your needs! @ £12.00 per person. (Please note that if you have booked a room B&B prior to Covid, you will be served breakfast in your room during the week or be provided with a voucher for one of our amazing cafes in Bruntsfield. Do not worry we will find a way!!)




What We Offer



High Quality Coffee Machines

High Quality Coffee Machines in every room. Pods replaced everyday.


Private Parking

Limited private parking @ £10.00 per night. Check In/Out 10.30am


WiFi

Free Internet Access (Wireless) in all rooms.


Comfy Beds

A range of Memory Foam and Spring Mattresses for a great nights sleep




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Useful Info


How to find us

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Things To Do And See

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Awards


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Taste Our Best Award

Awarded the Visit Scotland Taste Our Best Award for Quality and Produce.

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Telegraph Travel Review

Read the review the Albyn Townhouse received on the Telegraph’s Travel website – The best bed and breakfasts in Edinburgh.

Visit Scotland 4 Star Gold

Awarded Visit Scotland 4 Star Gold for excellence in quality and service.

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USA Today 10 Best

Read the review received from USA Today 10 Best Travel website – No. 8 in the Top Ten best bed and breakfasts in Edinburgh.

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Trip Advisor Hall Of Fame

Entered into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame – Five times winner of The Certificate of Excellence 5 Stars.

Hotels Combined

Hotels Combined Top Hotel 2018

“We are thrilled to be working with the best hotels in the United Kingdom and Albyn Townhouse Edinburgh is certainly among them” said Alberto Castellucchio, market manager of HotelsCombined United Kingdom

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The Culture Trip

Read the review recently received from Culture Trip The 10 Best Cultural Hotels in Edinburgh – ‘The details make the difference.’

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Booking.com 30 Best B&Bs

Voted No. 1 out 162 Edinburgh B&B’s and Guest houses by Booking.com guests. Based on 52,867 B&B and Inn reviews on Booking.com

Certificate of Excellence 2017

Certificate of Excellence

Winner of the Certificate of Excellence 2017 – 7 times winner of The Certificate of Excellence 5 Stars.

Mail Online

Mail Online

Read the review the Albyn Townhouse received on the Daily Mail Travel website – Our pick of Edinburgh’s best B&Bs.

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Booking.com Exceptional

Real guests. Real stays. Real opinions. Voted Exceptional by Booking.com customers 9.5 out of 10!!

Trip Experts Choice Award

Trip Experts Choice

The Award recognises the best hotels around the world based on reviews by journalists and professional travel writers.



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Edinburgh


Not To Miss While In Edinburgh

Welcome to our insight of things to do in Edinburgh from its magnificent architecture from the grace and the calm of the Georgian New Town, to the beauty of its medieval Old Town, full of history, underground city full of secrets and Ghost
stories, do not miss The real Mary King’s Close, which will take you to the remains of the Edinburgh’s underground city, go to The Real Mary Kings Close for more info, or check the Mercat Tours who too offer a wild variety of history walks and underground tours with Mercat Tours, as well as the Auld Reekie which offers a variety of tours too and a free whisky at the end!! on Auld Reekie Tours. For the kids and the big kids, the Edinburgh Dungeons are great The Dungeons for online tickets; Come and enjoy a day and night of discoveries. Not only you can enjoy a great variety of food and drinks in Edinburgh, but the city also offers many visitors attractions,
from which we are around 15 minutes, Do not miss; the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, where the main attractions of the summer (August), Edinburgh Tattoo and The International Festival take place. the Scotch whisky centre, where the art of Scotch whisky unfolds at the Scotch Whisky Experience, close to it the Camera Obscura will give you a spectacular 360° rooftop panoramas, check them out Camera Obscura. Holyrood Palace, Dynamic Earth, The Royal Scottish Museum, The Royal Yacht Britannia or places like Princes Street, Rose Street, The Dean Village and the Grassmarket are some of the numerous other curiosities of our city, to know more about these, please contact Edinburgh Tourist Office.


The Hudson’s family 30 favourite things to do in Edinburgh.

  • Stay with us at the Albyn.
  • Do a walking tour of the Medieval city.
  • Visit the Mary King’s close.
  • Walk the Royal Mile and find the hidden courtyards and gardens through the old closes.
  • Roll a hill in the Meadows Park.
  • Walk along the water of Leith from Dean village to Stockbridge and go to the Stockbridge Market (sun 9am to 5pm).
  • Go and meet Greyfriars Bobby and walk around the Kirkyard.
  • Visit South Queensferry, my favourite village, walk around and have fresh fish & chips and cakes at the Rail Bridge Cafe at the foot of the Red Forth Rail Bridge; Take the bus x55 from Queensferry street, 30 min.
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle and see the Crown Jewels.
  • Take a city Tour Bus around Edinburgh.
  • Have lunch in Victoria Street.
  • Have an afternoon tea at the Howard in the New Town (Great King street.) or the Signet Library (Parliament Square,
    must be booked online prior to your visit).
  • Visit Rosslyn Chapel, take bus 37 from Princes street.
  • Get some cheese from Mellis in Victoria Street.
  • Join a underground walking tour near the St Giles Cathedral.
  • Walk up Carlton Hill, via Waterloo Place, and enjoy the view!
  • Taste lots of Whiskies at the Bow Bar in Victoria street.
  • Listen to folk music and experience the real Edinburgh people at the Sandy Bells on Forest road.
  • Have a pulled pork sandwich at Oink in Victoria street….Yummmmmmm.
  • Get some fresh Fudge from the Fudge House down in the Canongate.
  • Take a Black cab (for the sake of it!).
  • Walk around the New Town and soak up the beauty of the Architecture.
  • Go to the National Museum of Scotland in Chamber street.
  • Go to the Botanic Gardens, bus 23.
  • Have a game of Golf on Bruntsfield link and get your Clubs and your pint at the Golf Tavern circa 1456!!
  • Go and listen to live music in the Grassmarket, Thursdays to Saturdays.
  • Walk along Portobello Beach (bus 15) and have an ice cream at the Beach House.
  • Plan a 3 hour walk up to Arthur Seat, make it to The Sheeps Heid in Duddingston Village for lunch.
  • Browse around the charity shops down in Morningside and if you want more (!!) in Stockbridge.

Download your copy of things to do HERE!!


Book A Tour

Book an Edinburgh tour, or city ghost tour from our Guest House and after taking one of the many historical or ghost tours on offer in Edinburgh, why not explore a little bit out of town to the wilds of the Highlands, we can recommend a few companies who we work with on a regular basis, check out what they can offer and book online direct. Do not miss Edinburgh’s ghost bus tour The Ghost Bus Tours or take a tour around the city Edinburgh Tours. For the tours in the Highlands; Grayline Tours they will pick you up at the guest house, Timberbrush Tours; heart of Scotland Tours; Rabbies. All these tours have been tried and tested by our customers and ourselves!!!

Voila, now you have a better idea!




Serious Stuff


Terms & Conditions

Payments
Payments for your rooms are due minimum 7 days prior to arrival in full. All extras (car park, breakfasts…) can be settled at house by cash only. Full payment is due 31 days prior to your stay for New Year and special events (ie Festival/ sports events) and is non refundable.

Bank Transfer (preferred)
To be made maximum 7 days prior to arrival using the details below;
Account Name; Lydie Julien
Bank account; 01936538
Sort Code; 80-20-00
The Albyn will not be responsible for any bank transfer fees, the amount transferred must be equal to the full booking fee thank you.

Card payments
To be made 7 days prior to arrival on our system only, non refundable, Please note that there is no card payment accepted on site, we no longer have a card machine!! Card payments can only be processed with the card used to guarantee your reservation, the card is processed via Stripe 7 days prior to arrival & with no less than £100.00 exchange rates are set by your bank, we are not liable for any dispute over currency rates) we will authorise or charge your card prior to arrival for the full amount of your stay if you have not settled by arrival day. The issue of card details to confirm a booking constitutes a legal contract between the Albyn and the booker. To prevent incurring any cancellation loss, we recommend that all our customers take out appropriate travel insurance. By reserving with us you agree to these terms & conditions. Any data gathered during the course of any booking may be held on computer. Please refer to our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

If you have reserved through a booking agent
Your reservation is an advance booking, as per T&C’s, the full fee of your reservation is paid on booking in the currency of the booker (payment is taken using Stripe), exchange rates are set by your bank, we are not liable for any dispute over currency rates. Your payment is non-refundable, changeable or transferable. Please contact your agent on-line should you have any questions. The issue of card details to confirm a booking constitutes a legal contract between the Albyn and the booker. These terms and conditions apply without exception. Please note that all extras incurred during your stay, must be paid by cash, no card payments on extras.

Cancellation policy
Changes and cancellations to your bookings to be advised 15 days prior to arrival or the full stay is due (31 days for New Year and special events). No-shows to be charged in full. Full non-refundable prepayment is due for groups of 2 rooms, Sporting event & Festivals. Damages (even discovered after departure) to beds, mattresses, furniture, en-suite facilities, linen and carpet will be charged to the customer at market value. Smoking (this includes E-cigarettes) in the house and grounds is prohibited; we charge a £250.00 penalty fee per offence, even if found when you have left. To prevent incurring any cancellation loss, we recommend that all our customers take out appropriate travel insurance. By reserving with us you agree to these terms & conditions. Any data gathered during the course of any booking may be held on computer. Please refer to our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

We ask that you check your confirmation on receipt and advise us of any errors immediately. We cannot be held responsible for any errors made during the booking process.


Policies

Check in Important notice!
Be aware of our B&B reception times;

  • Monday to Friday 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday Self check-in only

Out of theses hours? please get in touch to request a self check-in code to let yourself in. If you have not been in touch, you will automatically receive this by SMS, do make sure that your mobile is up to date with the right country code.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions we are non longer able to accept left luggage. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Check out is by 10.30 am

Parking
Add £10.00 per night, car check in 10.30am, check out 10.30am. no booking, no parking! Payable by cash only on arrival. unused parking will still be charged as we hold it for you, there is very limited availability, we will explain alternatives if we are fully booked. Don’t want to book parking with us, please check the following link: Need Directions. Please let us know or visit directions above. Or you can book direct with our parking partner NCP

Minimum stays apply at Weekends, Rugby Internationals, Edinburgh festivals and special events. Please note that we are unable to accept group bookings of more that 2 rooms (Max: 4 Persons). We do not accept hen and/or stag parties.

Sorry pet lovers we don’t accept your furry friend!! Doesn’t mean we don’t love them..ask Betty!!


Rates

We offer the best price for 4 Star Gold accommodation, hospitality
and service in Edinburgh

DOUBLE KING ROOM
£75.00 week-rate room only to £119.00 week-ends/rack-rate room only.

SUPERIOR DOUBLE OR TWIN ROOM
£89.00 week-rate room only to £129.00 week-ends/ rack-rate room only.

SUPERIOR DOUBLE KING ROOM
£89.00 week-rate room only to £129.00 week-ends/ rack-rate room only.

FAMILY ROOM
£89.00 week (2people) rate room only to £129.00 week-ends (2 people)/ rack-rate room only. Family en-suite room. Sleeps 2, 3 or 4 people, add £20 per extra person)

Although children are welcome, you must reserve a bed for them, no children in a parent’s bed. We regret that we will turn away any customers bringing additional people and exceeding the maximum room occupancy. A double is for 2 people, there are no extra beds available at the Albyn.

Breakfast
Additional £6.00 per person for basket take away breakfast (available all week)
Additional £12.00 per person for a Full Scottish Award winning (see our menu) Breakfast-In-Bed (Saturdays & Sundays only)


How To Book

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