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New Year Arrivals Imminent

December 29th, 2009 · Uncategorized

New Year is upon us

Today we have our first arrival of new year customers here Edinburgh Festival Apartments….   coming to enjoy the famous Edinburgh Hogmaney street party.

Edinburgh will be very busy this year if our other peoples apartments are as full as ours as we are fully booked this year and have nothing left on the website to sell for this wonderfull festive season, Edinburgh will become a cultural phenomenom even more so than normal.

We have the winter wonderland and all the other fun things ready to go and we cant weait to see the end of the year go out in the same style it always does.. big street party with bigger bands and even bigger fireworks, im sure all the people coming this year will not be dissapointed with the line up that includes:
Eighties chart-toppers Madness are headlining the main Concert in the Gardens, while the Enemy and Frightened Rabbit are among the main attractions at the street party on Princes Street.

Some 20,000 people will be taking part in the traditional curtain-raiser to the celebrations, on Tuesday, 29 December, when a torchlight procession from Parliament Square to Calton Hill is held.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to crowd on to the Royal Mile on 30 December and 1 January to take in new events, including street theatre outside St Giles’ Cathedral, live music at Holyrood Palace and the parade of an eight-metre-tall puppet from the Canongate to the Tron Kirk.

The creative director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations, Pete Irvine, said all ticket sales were running “on target”, with the Night Afore club night with Calvin Harris and a one-off night-time event which will see sound and art installations created at Edinburgh Castle already sold out.

Mr Irvine said: “We are really pleased with how things are going at the moment. Ticket sales are looking very good across all our events, with a couple of sell-outs, and we expected both the Concert in the Gardens and the open-air ceilidh to sell out in the next couple of days. There may be some walk-up tickets for the street party available on Hogmanay, but it may sell out before then based on current sales.”

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Calling All Landlords

December 29th, 2009 · Uncategorized

Hello to all you landlords of Edinburgh Festival Apartments…

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy new year and remind you of the great importance of updating you availability on our calendars.

There are a few reasons why this is so important:

firstly because if you have the right price in the calendar you are going to get lots more bookings and it will help you maximize income though the site and that’s is why we are all doing what we are doing.

Also updating properly means that you will not get double bookings and will not have to lose 15% of the price they have paid, as you know if availability is not updated and a booking comes though it is up to yourself to pay this amount back to the customer if we can not find anything else within the price range.

In some cases this is not a hard thing to do but in festival time of rugby weekend or bank holidays it is a huge problem and it is a lot of hassle not just for you but for us and also the customer him self.

This has happened a lot over the last few years and that is why here at Edinburgh Festival apartments we made the new terms and conditions early last year and sent them out to all of you.

I would like to think that this has been a good year for most parties involved and i hope we keep doing this as well next year and for years to come after that.

If there is any thing at all that you don’t understand please do not hesitate to call Mathew in the office as he can help you with problems and if he cant he can escalate it to the people at super control and try to find a solution to any problems.

This will go out to all of our customers past and present both to remind you that we are looking to improve the service to the people we have on board at the moment and to try to bring back some of the old customers as we are very grateful for there past business.

If you have seen any irregularities with your properties in the past or if you have any problems now please send me a quick email and we will do all we can at the start of the year to iron out any problems.

Thank you for your time and your trust.

The Management

Edinburgh Festival Apartments

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christmas is coming and the busses from fife are still running

December 22nd, 2009 · Uncategorized

as you all know it is nearly Xmas and the snow has arrived, snow is fun and brings joy to everyone. i work for Edinburgh festival apartments and at this time of year we are quiet and there is not a great deal to do but wait until all our new year clients arrive, no one wants to spend money because they have spent it all on Xmas presents and the phone only rings with sales men that are in the same situation as me…. bored.

that’s said there has been one thing that has been keeping me in hope of a day or 2 off: THE SNOW.

Every morning i wake up and run to the window to see if it has snowed enough for the stagecoach buses not to go over the forth road bridge so i can go back to bed and not have to come into work… so far no such luck. What does it take now a days for the buses to stop running and will that happen over the next few days? Probably not but one still lives in hope of a white Xmas and a long festive holiday.

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Good Clients – keep on coming to Edinburgh Apartments…

December 15th, 2009 · Uncategorized

I would like to take this opportunity to write about all different groups of people we have had coming to our Edinburgh apartments over the last year and how pleased we are with them all…

It seems on face value that there is an assumption that the individuals who make up a stag or hen party are a totally separate breed of human being – not average day to day joes living an ordinary life, It would seem to me that the assumption is that there are about 10,000 stags and hen folk who spend each weekend repeatedly circling the uks towns and cities, urban terrorists of the heavy drinking, singing  kind who are not employed or unemployed not factory workers or doctors, not police men and women certainly not doctors or nurses and there is not an office worker or council official among them – they do not live in houses flats or cottages , they do not walk the dog in the morning or read a newspaper, nor do they go out for meals take a week away in Spain or go down the pub for a quiet drink. They do not eat at meal times or frequent the local park. They do not jog or use the gym  and they never, never pick up a popular novel or enjoy the odd soap opera on the telly. No, no, no these people can only be at any one time one of two things, permanently and forever , never to change ,  a stag, or a hen. All they do is stag and hen , they stag and hen party – constantly every weekend never taking a Friday or Saturday off. They do use the train the plane and the minibus, they only eat from takeaways and they are constantly drunk.Oh and sing, they do sing god bless em.

The same people, or non people -are interchangeable between groups, some young, some old, yes even old – they have been doing this their whole life don’t you know. A nameless crowd of 0  – 60 in one double vodka posse of waifs and strays low life non citizens. Or are they….

When I was young a respectable existence was deemed to be go to school, work hard, get a job, get married and start a family, obey the law and do the right thing.

Get married hmm. now then, Not a lot of people do that these days do they – a lot do not – in fact a lot do not get married even before bringing  up children. Certainly not the family values of the old fashioned crowd. Now forgive me if i am wrong but a stag party or a hen party usually , but don’t quote me on this, is a pre wedding celebration. So a hen or a stag is wishing someone well who is about to induldge in one of the most traditional and respected rituals offered by our society – a hen or a stag would never do such a thing – they shout heckle and abuse, they are constantly drunk. What would they know about family values, romance or respectablity – what the **** would they know about doing the right thing, making an honest woman of her, feathering the nest and all those poncey wedding vows and such.

It would seem they know a lot more than most – they are celebrating commitment and  love , they are saying a big hearty yes to honouring and obeying, Wishing you friend well as they prepare for the biggest day of their life can never be a bad thing, can it.

Now I must come clean, I run accommodation which from time to time accommodates stag and hen groups, there, I said it. It is my business, my families business and I do business with these people day in day out – weekend after weekend – surprisingly I might add I am very happy with the customers I get – not many business owners I would expect can make such a boast.

You see I get to meet different people from every walk of life from up and down the Uk and Ireland who have one thing in common – when I meet them they are HAPPY.  They are away from home, with their friends and have cause for celebration – the impending marriage of a brother friend work collegue son or daughter. Yes folks they are in Edinburgh and they are happy. Smiling, chatting and Happy. And I get to meet them – all of them, together. Every weekend different people – never the same face twice , as yet, the divorce rate is not that high. So it appears it is not the same people travelling as professional stag and hen groups on one long recurring party. There are Johns, Bobs, Andreas and Phils, the odd Martin, Frank, Mathew and Mark , often there is a Paula, a Joanne, a Fred and a Joe – occasionally but not often there is a Wilfred. quite literally the list goes on.

All different people from families like ours, yours and theirs – workers, athletes, joiners and secretaries, public servants, chefs, cyclists and actors very often Policemen and women  come…and stay. Some can even feel intimidated by Edinburghs busy city vibe, many come from small villages some from much bigger cities and all of them , all of them, come to Edinburgh to have a good time.

I do however get to meet a lot of other people in my line of work – Local Policemen and women Fire Officers, Licensing officials ( yeah I dont know why either) Journalists cab drivers publicans and event organisers. Some I choose to meet, some I have to meet and some are invited to meet me by others. Some are keen to support my business some are there to advise me and keep me on the straight and narrow and some just want me stopped.Wanted : normal guy trying to pay his mortagage – for the love of god stop him before someone enjoys themselves.

Let me tell you this – I am spouting off at this moment because at the weekend I had one bad do with a group – one group , one group this year, one group out of and I counted them 600 groups – one group of 20 people out of 10000 people – those are the statistics. They did a bit of damage- which they have paid for – a few broken beds a broken bar stool and a fractured step aerobics machine – yeah what was that doing in the apartment anyway god only knows. But we were covered by the bond the group had paid so everything is now fixed – as good as new , in fact no , just new, bonus. We reported this on our blog and immediatley attracted the attention of the local press – what happened? was it bad? can we take photos?

I was not keen to air the dirty washing and declined the offer of appearing in snaps next to a broken bar stool with a concerned look on my face. I am however offering here and now to open my doors to anyone wishing to appraise the standard of my accommodation as it would be in move in condition – to absorb the lively ambience appreciate the fine furnishings and superb decorative order, the huge range of electrical appliances and spacious living areas, the comfortable bedrooms and fully fitted kitchens.

Yes these Death traps are no spit an sawdust affair – plasma screens adorn the walls, designer leather sofas occupy the living rooms beautiful pressed white laundry inhabits the bedrooms – ensuite showers tiled from top to toe. All i might add with full safety inspections and warrants in hand – we even have smoke detectors would you believe. So why all this talk of dreaded Party Flats – because some people – I believe they range in number between 2 and 3, 4 at a push have the spirited industry to complain at ever turn – at the drop of a hat, literally.

What they dont seem to understand that as a business we deal in numbers – calenders, prices statistics, percentages – When we have 20 apartments in different locations throughout the city we have a grip on the numbers, they do not – they do not understand that of the 20 apartments we only get complaints on a very vigourous and regular basis about 1. Those two people, the ones who stay in on a friday and saturday night to make sure no one enjoys themselves EITHER just dont get this. Either all hens and stags are bad or only the ones who move into the apartments close to them.

Now, some are inclined to believe that there is a problem – and hen and stags should be discouraged from coming to Edinburgh. In an effort to acheive this end it has been recommended that party flats be banned or short term holiday apartments be made part of the HMO Multiple occupation laws. This to me would not pose a problem – you see we run an agency which advertises holiday apartments in Edinburgh – we as a company would specifically benefit from this outcome – you see we offer all types of apartment accommodation,from one bed, 2 bed, 3 bed, four, the studio on the corner and the guys next door -

I believe if the larger apartments were to have the numbers of occupants restricted these large groups who want to come to edinburgh will want still to come to edinburgh, and always will come to edinburgh will be simply split up over all of the smaller apartments which we act as agents for. Again statistically this adds up – 20 people in one flat will then have to take 5 flats which accommodate 4 people each.  So get used to it guys, it appears these two people not only want to share their alleged “woes” with me, the government, the police and my guests but with the general population of edinburgh city centre – what will happen when the guys staying next door to everyone at the weekend are stags and hens – think on. Unless it becomes a prerequisite for these permanent hens and stags to carry documents identifiying them as Name Bob Age 29 Marital status – Getting Married Next Month, Occupation Career Stag, how the hell can we stop them coming to edinburgh spending their money, taking taxis, eating at restaurants boosting the economy and staying in my flats. I do not know, I like these people – they are the happy ones.

There is a big stigma against hen and stag parties in Edinburgh and a lot of talk of how they are bad for Edinburgh because of noise pollution etc.

We have been in this business for a long time now and we have never had a really bad bunch of hens or stags.

99% of the time the apartments have been cleaned to a great standard and people do have the common sense and the respect to treat your flats with care. We have never had any trouble in our own flats and we make sure we take the right steps so the neighbours don’t get any hassle either, (warnings on first email contact,  posters all over the apartment about noise pollution and respecting the neighbours and a disclosure letter that they sign)

That said on behalf of Edinburgh festival apartments we would like thank all you great customers out there that have made this year a great one.

Happy new year

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apartments in edinburgh now have bars

December 15th, 2009 · Uncategorized

New for 2010 we now have a few apartments in Edinburgh that have a bar, here at Edinburgh festival apartments we want to make sure you have the best time possible on your hen or stag night. for this reason in our bigger Edinburgh apartments we have installed bars, one in the townhouse on the west end one at the hen and stag party central and one at the hen and stag party apartment… the bar in the townhouse has four posts holding up the bar roof – it has a piece of marble on the back section which is perfect for cutting limes or lemons for that perfect gin and tonic , there is also a mirror on the back panel so those sitting at the bar can check themselves while waiting for a drink, of course we do not supply the alcohol but feel free to order yours in from tescos or there are a number of off licences in the area and a lovely bunch of Indian gentlemen just across the road at cost-cutter who will supply you with alcohol and cigarettes until your hearts content.

The one at the Edinburgh festival apartments hen and stag party central is the same as the one at the townhouse but without the roof but this one does have a tv installed in the back of it to give you the sports bar effect.

Again Edinburgh festival apartments is the only company that can offer this luxury

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new tvs in all of our edinburgh apartments

December 15th, 2009 · Uncategorized

As it is coming to the end of the year at Edinburgh Festival Apartments we have taken the time to update our apartments and give them a new 20Th century twist… We have installed all new plasma TVs in all the rooms of every single apartment, we have 7 large apartments and have installed around 20 new TVs. the reason for doing this is to make sure that when you book an apartments in Edinburgh you see that at Edinburgh Festival Apartments we have all the best facilities and that you wont be without your beloved TV in bed experience. All the TVs are between 19 and 52 inches and all have free sat built in so not only do you get the TV but you also have a good selection of music at your finger tips when you come to one of our apartments in Edinburgh for you hen or stag party. A lot of the TVs also have built in DVD players so you can watch your favorite movies if you are having a night in and you can also bring your play station or xbox for sing star or guitar hero.. whatever floats your boat.

Thank you again for reading

Kind Regards from the team.

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hogmannay is coming at edinburgh apartments

December 15th, 2009 · Uncategorized

Its is coming to the end of the year and in Edinburgh that is a very exciting period ans it its the world famous hogmanay street party, as a result of the credit crunch apartments in Edinburgh have risen in price and people are just not willing to pay as much, here at Edinburgh festival apartments we have lowered our prices and sold every single apartment we have in Edinburgh and smashed any competitors out there. Its is a great achievement and one we are very proud of that we can still be the best at what we do and carry on bringing smiles to the faces of all our customers.

This said we would like to send out an invite for people looking for apartments for the hogmanay next yer to use us and the people that use us next year to recommend us to all there friends.

Also if you have an apartment in edinburgh why not think of Edinburgh Festival apartments as your new money making machine as for 3 nights at hogmany you can easily get enogh money to buy the presents for xmas and the turkey.

Thank to all you people out there that have put your trust in us and have been doing so for the last 5 years.

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year…….

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Time to book edinburgh new year apartments

September 14th, 2009 · Uncategorized

Summer is all but over and christmas will soon be upon us and with it the new year clebrations. Of course the edinburgh apartments are very popular over new year and pre booking is essential. Edinburgh Hogmannay attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe and all require accommodation in edinburgh. An edinburgh apartment is the perfect environment to celebrate new year with friends and family around. The majority of our apartments are in close proximity to the edinburgh castle which is the focal point of the edinburgh street party celebrations at new year in edinburgh. To find edinburgh new year accommodation in this area is advisable to enjoy the edinburgh hogmannay to the full. The fire works on the stroke of midnight are a sight to behold and remember. As is the fabulous street party which blocks off the whole of Princes street. So book early people the edinburgh new year accommodation and apartment rentals will be going like hotcakes so book early.

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edinburgh city centre apartments are the favourites

August 25th, 2009 · Uncategorized

The festival is almost over – the edinburgh apartments have seen a large amount of traffic – many nationalities came and went – hens and stags occupied our large apartments in edinburgh on the occasional weekend.
The number of bookings processed this year was incredibly high with many apartments enjoying full occupancy and every weekend being occupied across the board without exception. The more popular of the edinburgh apartments were those in the centre of the city. Our city centre apartments in edinburgh are situated just off the royal mile. These edinburgh apartments are only a stones throw from the castle yet enjoy the modern features of an apartment block completed only 5 years ago. The apartments on the royal mile all have lift access, full kitchens, spacious living areas and feature plasma tvs. The apartments have luxury bathrooms and are beautifully furnished. There is a wealth of wonderful bars restaurants and clubs close by. The royal mile itself offers traditional scottish gifts – scottish cuisine and typical edinburgh drinking houses. There are a number of tourist attractions on the royal mile itself with the whiskey exhibition – deacon brodies tavern and the St giles Cathedral all in close proximity. The new scottish parliament is at the foot of the royal mile and is well worth a visit and while you are there take a walk over the road to the Palace of Holyrood. The queens official address when staying in Edinburgh. Such a wealth of entertainment and attractions so close to these edinburgh royal mile apartments make them the perfect focal point of an edinburgh self catering apartment stay. Sleeping between 2 and 6 people in comfort they are perfect apartments in edinburgh for family holidays business trips stag and hen party accommodation or even romantic weekend breaks. Book these city centre edinburgh apartments at www.festivalapartments.com and enjoy your stay in the Scottish Capital.

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Apartments in Edinburgh perfect launch pad for Edinburgh Festival Experience

August 19th, 2009 · Uncategorized

Dont mind the rain – nobody else does. What a fantastic month in the city of Edinburgh – the Edinburgh International Festival is in full swing – the streets are awash with coloured banners – show touts recommending their friends relentlessly shower the passersby with handout fliers. The atmosphere is electirc – spontanoeus street corner shows combined with open top buses with performers offering samples of their shows from the top deck keep the momentum going. The crowds flow steadily from venue to venue occasionally deflected off their flight path by persuasive show touts or distracting street performances. The Grassmarket has become a more usable space since its redevelopement earlier in the year – the street performing unicyclists, fire eaters and jugglers alike have found the pedestrianised area down there quite accommodating. The news on the apartment front is the knock on effect the traditionally busy period has had on our service staff – it appears that all of the edinburgh holiday apartment renters are spending less and less time inside the edinburgh apartments.Good news for the cleaners as changing the beds is all they have to do somtimes – change the bin and a spot of hoovering. This speaks volumes for the quality of the attractions and shows as early morning up and out is the order of the day – the 5am licensing in the nightclubs also goes a long way to discourage sleeping so the festival really does offer a 24 hour experience and certainly durring the month of august edinburgh does a good impression of a city that never sleeps. The Scottish climate was never an attraction for holiday makers but at least this in itself avoids disappointment as it is generally accepted that if it rains – is cold and windy then it is not a surprise – in fact it is expected. So go on you festival revelers – enjoy the creature comforts of our Edinburgh Holiday apartments – at least for a full half hour a day as you laugh joke and swagger drunk or not from fabulous show to fabulous show – Edinburgh is the best place to party and the Edinburgh Festival is the biggest arts festival in the world so enjoy the worlds biggest party and the rain.

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