weekend in edinburgh for pregnant couple …


My very pregnant niece…

Hi  “Aunty Margaret” – oh I so hate that when she is 32 ! Can you help us with a weekends break in Edinburgh. Came the cheery enquiry across the mobile cyberspace.“He” wants us to spend a weekend relaxing before the baby is born. We had fancied some sun but I am too far gone to fly – nobody will take us.
So you chose Edinburgh in April as the most logical second choice – mmmm says I. Do you know just how cold Edinburgh gets. Indeed I can honestly say I have never spent a weekend in Edinburgh when it has been warm even in August – Princes St acts like a wind funnel 365 days of the year!

Nevertheless warming to the task I posed the question, which weekend do you want to go, what is the budget, what are key requirements – you know the sort of thing. Well we need car parking, ideally near the centre, good deal – that’s about it!

Now at this point I think about my niece’s husband – always demanding, always wants the best and guaranteed to complain, but a Yorkshireman through and through and who has got to get good value for money. He is the sort who gets a deal and then asks for a further 50% off the best price. Tricky thinks I …
I considered the options, where I could pull strings through contacts at the hotels to get deals at weekends – room upgrades and VIP treatment. I also thought “indoor pool, beauty and leisure would be good, considering my nieces’ ever growing frame and the need to chillax in between seeing the sites – Edinburgh castle . The Zoo, The Royal Mile etc.

My suggestions ranged from The Bruntsfield Hotel – a little known gem but Best Western Hotel of the year (several years running) in its quiet leafy location on Bruntsfield terrace with parking yet close to the centre to the rather grander 5* Scotsman on North Bridge – sure to appeal to both and really not a bad price at this time of the year (especially at weekends) at £100 a night – a true test of how much of a treat “he” really wanted to give.

Well The Scotsman was tempting, The Bruntsfield ruled out because of distance from the centre and the Radisson SAS on the Royal Mile ruled out too– just because!!. In the end advice came to nought and it was all about the “best weekends deal” available which came down to the Apex International – a good hotel too, just sometimes a little noisy due to its location in the Grassmarket – but noisy nights are something they are going to have to get used to very soon – so why not sooner than later…..

Have you got some interesting experiences of travelling whilst heavily pregnant or tips on the top 10 must have’s when choosing an ideal place to stay in this condition ? Then blog back I’d love to hear your thoughts…

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