We recently stayed at the Ravenous Beastie with our young adult daughter, in the "triple" room that is located on the top floor, facing the Firth. I realized later that there had been confusion regarding the number of people in the room due to my booking through a 3rd party, but when we arrived, we were graciously greeted, and I would never even have known there had been an issue, as the room was all set up for us, and no questions were asked. My daughter did find the "extra" bed uncomfortable, with a bar down the middle, but my husband was perfectly happy to switch with her, and he had no problem sleeping in that spot.
The room was on the front of the house, offering a breathtakingly beautiful view of the Forth Rail Bridge. The only issue was that the room was a bit warm for us, and we had popped open the window for some cool air, and the street was rather noisy at night. Surprisingly, there were a LOT of people out and about. We remedied that problem by closing the front window, and opening the side, which faces another building, and limits the amount of noise coming into the room.
The bathroom was spacious, with a corner stand in shower that offered plenty of hot water. The only issue was that one had to turn it on outside the bathroom prior to using it. ( Not to heat the water, but to actually get it to work.) Not a big deal, just quirky.
There was a large vanity with a hair dryer in our room, as well as a hospitality tray that included tea and coffee, but no biscuits or snacks of any kind. There was a small refrigerator and microwave in the armoire, which is a brilliant idea, as there is a grocery store within easy walking distance if one chose to pick something quick up to warm in the microwave, or keep cool in the fridge.
The wi-fi was a bit spotty at the time, but the proprietor had noticed the issue and had it remedied by the time we returned after our first day's outing.
The towels were very large and fluffy, and were changed out during our stay to fresh after the second night. The one thing lacking in that regards was washcloths. We Americans certainly do appreciate inclusion of washcloths, and I am finding that more establishments are offering them, but this one did not.
Breakfast was in the cafe with several options. I chose the Croissant with ham and cheeses, and the plate was quite substantial for my needs. My husband had a cooked breakfast and was happy with his choice.
We had to leave early on our last day, and the proprietor was kind enough to get up early and set out some food for us to have prior to leaving.
Parking can be a bit of a challenge, as it is street parking only, and one must hunt down a spot on the street, but it is free after 6:30 pm until 9:00 am. The train terminal is very close and offers free parking so we drove there and parked in the lot while we ventured into Edinburgh for the day.
There are several restaurants within easy walking distance of the B&B, most offering a lovely view of the bridge.
All in all, the stay was comfortable, with the only issue being the "night life" noise (and motorcycles zooming down the street), and that was only with the window popped open.
And let me note, despite being in the heart of a busy village, at no time did I feel unsafe. Once checked in, the side entrance, located in a well lit close, is used for entering and leaving the building, and it uses a separate key from the room key.
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