- Fountainpark, 124 Dundee Street,
- Edinburgh, Scotland
- EH11 1AF
- 01312 284446
15 March 2013
I was on a short visit to Scotland and had booked to take the sleeper train from Edinburgh. It had been a few years since I'd visited the city, so I was looking forward to catching up. With a few hours to kill, I decided to see a film and get something to eat before meeting friends at an Old Town bar. I was directed to the OMNI centre, a new build leisure centre not far from Waverley.
On the plus side, it was convenient; food and movie in one central location. And architecturally, the design was interesting, although it didn't so much incorporate the old building beside it as look to be in the process of swallowing it.
On the minus side, it was Anytown UK. The charm of Edinburgh is its idiosyncrasy; look around and there's nowhere else you could be but the Scottish capital. The OMNI was completely anonymous, with the charm of an airport.
Fair enough, the cinema was comfortable and clean. The restaurant - the Filling Station, apparently a chain of bar/restaurants - was reasonably priced, the pizza tasty, and the service nice. But I couldn't wait to get out of the place and head to a warm, real place. (We ended up at the Malt Shovel!)
5 February 2013
Parked in here today for the first time in years. Stayed for 2.5 hours and was charged £8.00!!! That to me is extortionate even for Edinburgh. Between the high parking prices and roadworks at every turn its no wonder people do their shopping out of town these days.
Didn't discover till I talked to a friend that I could have parked down on London Road for £1 an hour - a bit better but from now on I will shop at Ocean Terminal or Fort Kinnarid where parking is free.
12 June 2011
I like the omni centre and their intresting sculptures of animals. Their cinema isnt all that great and their resturants arent quite great either. Their pizza hut resturant is nice and quite to have a meal in with friends and family but watch out for their ice cream as i had been sick really badly from eating one small bowl and it wasnt the pizza that did it because i only had 2 slices to eat. The best resturant is frankie and bennies due to their tasty meals and delicious deserts specially the waffles and ice cream my favourite. The rest of the resturants are to be honest crap and not worth the money. The inside of the building is dark and need brightening up.
7 May 2011
Great cinema. Lots of good places to eat. Shame about the parking prices.
30 April 2010
Behold! Come ye and worship the almighty dollar at this mighty temple of consumerism.
Eat, drink, vegetate and be merry.
28 March 2010
I don’t really get the OMNI centre. It’s an impressive building and it’s great to have a cinema so central, however I don’t see the appeal of the chain bars and restaurants that are also inside. With an abundance of great pubs and eateries in Edinburgh, going out to the Omni centre for food or drinks feels like a wasted opportunity.
24 April 2009
Sorry but for me the Omni Centre is just full of horrible bars and tacky chain restaurants. It looks impressive from the outside but once inside it all goes down hill.
18 January 2009
The omni centre is a huge complex with lots to entertain the building itself is very modern and trendy with its huge glass front and a beautiful metal sculpture of an adult and young giraffe. The omni itself boast lots of resturants for all price ranges Weatherspoons, la tusca, Slug and lettuce, Frankie and Bennies, pizza hut and a chinese and Japenese buffet.
It hosts a virgin gym and spa, upstairs a Vue cinema and a jongulers comedy club nearby their is the St James shopping center and The playhouse which always has fantastic shows available. The Omni is a 10 to 15 min away from the train station and 10 mins from the bus station it also has a multi storey car park which can be pricey if you are staying all day. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
7 January 2009
The Omni complex is akin to outercity retail parks but completely encased in glass.
Housing a cinema, a few chain pubs & restaurants and a nightclub with a mixed reputation, the location lacks character, I would reccommend any of the surrounding waterholes over those of Omni.
30 November 2008
Good variety of activities. Loads of restaurants, pubs, bars and a cinema on the second floor! Would definitely spice up a boring day.
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