Last week I had my first stay in an easyHotel. These are part of the easyJet family.

I’ve never flown on easyJet. But easyHotel was consistent with what I’ve heard about the airline’s no frills approach.

This was a one-night stay in Edinburgh with my girlfriend. An online accommodation search brought up easyHotel as the cheapest option, apart from hostels.

Would my girlfriend regard staying in a dormitory with a group of gap year students as a nice romantic break?

Possibly not: she can be a bit picky.

An easyHotel room on Princes Street in the heart of the city centre was on offer for just £39.

Brilliant. But when it came to book there was another option: a room with a window for £44. I thought the window tax had been abolished?

For a moment I wondered whether to tell my girlfriend about the window option or just go ahead and book the cave.

Reluctantly, I mentioned the window. She started talking about airy-fairy concepts like daylight. So I booked a room with a window: last of the big spenders.

A couple of days later we checked in and walked into the room, sideways.

It was a little on the snug side. Swinging a mouse, never mind a cat, would have been challenging.

But, as promised, there was a window. My girlfriend clambered over the bed to reach it. She looked out, and immediately began pulling the blind down.

I couldn’t believe it. “What are you doing?” I asked. “I’ve paid a fiver for that view!”

Admittedly the back lane and the office block full of workers wasn’t quite the Pyramids of Giza. But I was determined to get my money’s worth.

The room did not have the traditional tray of teabags, coffee and biscuits. To be fair, I’m not sure there was enough space for them.

There was a TV on the wall. But to watch it you had to hire a remote control from reception.

The bathroom was particularly compact. Toilet, sink and shower were in very close proximity.

With flexible hamstrings you could save time by using all three at the same time.

Soundproofing in the bathroom was an issue. Sadly I realised this too late to hire the TV remote and turn it to full volume on a rock music channel.

But there is much to recommend easyHotel. The room was clean, quiet and comfortable. I’d stay there again. And, unlike its sister airline, there was no limit on the number of bags we could bring in.