Premier Inn The Gyle Edinburgh Park Review

We recently had a trip to Edinburgh Zoo and stayed overnight in a Premier Inn at The Gyle Edinburgh Park. It was only an 8 minute train ride out of Edinburgh Waverley and it was extremely easy to get to as the hotel was across the road from the train station.

On entering the Premier Inn after a long day at the zoo (along with an early train from York to Edinburgh) we were certainly ready for a refresh and some food. We were welcomed by a friendly girl at reception and she talked us through the self check in as we had pre paid. She was very engaging with Sydney and he loved talking to her about the Zoo and the Pandas!!preminnpic

We headed to our room and found it to be light, clean and spacious set out with one double and one single and Sydney dived straight on to his bed, he was very excited that he was on his holidays ( even if it was just for one night).

On inspecting the bathroom we found it was spotlessly clean it had bath with shower over it , nice big mirror and enough room for us all to fit in!prembed

Once sorted we headed down to the restaurant and were once again greeted in a warm manner and shown to some seats. The menu had a nice mix of options to choose from; fresh pizzas, burgers, curry etc. The children’s menu was also fine, you could mix and match and opt for a meal deal which included drink and dessert!

premthymeSydney was over the moon to be given colouring pencils and paper to draw on and he especially loved the girl that served us. She was called Alina and was so lovely and patient with Sydney. He kept asking her to sit down and draw fish and despite the fact that she was busy she took time out to draw (as requested) mummy,daddy and baby fish!prembath

We didn’t have to wait to long for the food to arrive I opted for Chicken Makhani , Graham had pizza and Sydney as predicted had sausages! All of the meals were tasty and fresh and not too bad value for money.

Overall our experience in the Thyme restaurant was a good one. The staff were pleasant and we felt at ease.  Sydney had a great time, he is so sociable and he enjoyed talking to everyone telling them about pandas and the “James Bond Skyfall train” (Special train running on the east coast main line)

All happy and full we headed back to our room, Sydney was so excited, he fully inspected every drawer, bounced on the beds , looked at information and enjoyed a bubble bath. We settled him for the night, he loved his bed as it was much bigger and higher than his Thomas bed and after a busy day he soon dropped off to sleep and was flat out all night till about 7ish the next morning.

premsydWe also slept really well. The bed was comfortable and spacious and with my ever growing bump I didn’t feel restricted or uncomfortable.

We had pre booked breakfast online so after a morning cuppa and a nice hot shower we headed back to the restaurant for breakfast. To Sydney’s delight Alina greeted him, he was so happy to see her!

Everything at breakfast was self service which was great for us. There was a good range of cereals, pastries, fruit, yoghurt and hot breakfast items to choose from. There was also a tea and coffee machine which produced lovely lattes. There was nothing to fault at breakfast, the staff worked hard in replenishing breakfast items and once again we felt relaxed. Sydney enjoyed Yoghurt, cereal , toast and a sausage for breakfast along with some apple juice. Mummy and daddy opted for a cooked breakfast and both found it to be all fresh and tasty, no shriveled bacon and burnt sausage in sight!! Breakfast was £8.25 per person and Sydney ate for free.

Overall we had a great stay at The Gyle. The room, the staff and the food were of a good standard and to say we only paid £29 for the room we will definitely be returning. It was such a great find, perfect for families and worth being a little out of the city centre. Thank you Premier Inn for a great stay!sydpanda



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