If you're seeking a homely, central, self-contained family-friendly base, at a reasonable price point, with space to live, then the Knight Residence in Edinburgh is worth considering.
Self-Catering Family Apartments in Edinburgh with The Knight Residence – If you wish to explore the Scottish capital, but keep yourself to yourself, then self-catering is the way to go. It also saves a fortune. We spent 4 nights at Mansley’s Knight Residence and this is the lowdown. Press Trip/Sponsored Post/Affiliate Links
As we were arriving after 7pm we received a specific Late-Arrival email, which provided codes to access reception and collect our key from the safe, as well as a fob to open the secure parking. It was all pretty straightforward, just collect your keys first to get your hands on the parking fob. Sanitiser is available in reception too.
The Knight Residence has 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments, each with their own living room and fully furnished kitchen. Prices start with the studio apartments, then the City Apartments, and we were in the next level up, a Comfort 2-bed Apartment. The Comfort apartments are more spacious, and include an ensuite shower room off the master bedroom.
The rooms were clean and I feel ‘Comfort’ describes them well, they are smart and homely rather than boutique/chic, so take a look at our pics to get a sense of the vibe. Overall I liked the space to be a family – space to cook, space to put the kids to bed in their own bedroom, space for myself and Mr Husband to chill in the living room. In terms of Covid-19, such space meant we didn’t have to eat breakfast in a hotel dining room or find a restaurant each night, so it suits those who are perhaps more cautious.
To check the latest prices at the Knight Residence, take a look at what’s available here, or browse direct here. [By nipping home for lunch every day, and dining in most evenings, we admittedly stuck to budget.]
Located minutes from the Grassmarket, the Knight Residence is admittedly a fantastic base for exploring Edinburgh- the castle is 0.4 miles, the National Museum of Scotland is 0.6, as is Princes Street. It’s spot on too for a Girls/Lads weekend, due to its proximity to good restaurants and fantastic bars.
On day 1 we visited the Royal Botanic Garden and Love Gorgie Farm, on day 2 we headed to Edinburgh Zoo and Calton Hill, on day 3 we sailed to Inchcolm island aboard the Maid of the Forth and explored Dean Village, and on day 4 we took the Hop on Hop Off Bus to spot any of the sights we’d missed! Having our own car in the city really helped, and parking at the apartments was easy.
The Knight Residence has been registered with Visit Scotland’s ‘Good to Go’ and the AA’s Covid-19 assurance schemes. Read all the practises here, but highlights include:-
Wearing masks in communal areas (reception, corridors, stairwells, and lifts).
Temperature taken at check in.
Check in to a ‘sealed after cleaning’ apartment. (Apartments are kept vacant for at least 24h hours before a guest checks in and after a guest checks out.)
Free sanitiser in every apartment.
These apartments are geared towards family living. Pros included a washer/drier, dishwasher, secure parking (£7 a day), free wifi, a bath to chuck the kids in, toiletries (including conditioner), tea and coffee (including Earl Grey), a kitchen kit (washing-up liquid, a teatowel, cloth and sponge etc.) children’s plastic crockery and cutlery, and a cafetiere. The staff were also helpful and welcoming, and happy to print out last minute tickets or boarding passes etc.
Being picky, I’d perhaps freshen up some of the more lived-in decor, but overall we were comfortable and chilled.
If you’re seeking a self-contained family-friendly base, at a reasonable price point, with space to live, then the Knight Residence is worth putting on the list. It also works for multi-generational travel, girls/lads weekends, or a homely base for a childfree city break.