I inquire about laundry at Hotel Columba and the smiling front desk clerk provides me with a form. Slacks cost £8 each, shirts are £6 and socks and underwear are £1. We have a weeks worth of laundry! The front desk clerk also mentions that there is a self-serve laundry a couple of blocks away if I want to sit and do the laundry myself. Neither the cost of the hotel service or sitting In a self-serve laundry for a couple of hours is very appealing. In addition tomorrow is a Bank Holiday (who knows what will be open) and we have booked a tour from 8:30am to 6:30pm.
On Sunday evening we take an exploratory walk to find the self-serve laundry. It is closed and the sign says the hours are 8 - 6. I notice that some of the signage says laundry service. I decide to break our laundry into a bag of "must haves" which is enough to get us to the Edinburgh apartment with a washer and a second bag of everything else. I prepare the hotel laundry slip for the "must haves." The cost will be £38 . If I add in the second bag it would be a total of £52 ($80 USD).
Monday morning at exactly 8 am we arrive at the self-serve laundry with the two bags. I am happy it is a) open and b) there is a woman attendant. I inquire if she performs a wash and fold service and smile broadly when she says yes and it will be ready before 6 pm. We hand her the two bags and explain that we will be a back Tuesday morning to pick it up. The woman talks a bit about the cost of laundry in the hotels and laughs that people are better off buying new socks than having them laundered by hotels.
Tuesday morning right after 8 am we are at the self- serve laundry. The woman greets us and hands us two bags of freshly cleaned and folded clothes. Total cost is £14.40 ($22.16 USD). What an incredible savings over the hotel rate, and I didn't have to sit in a laundromat for hours!