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The Royal Scots Club
Ranked #16 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 May 2010

Visiting Edinburgh at short notice on one of the busiest weekends of the year (lucky us!), came across what seemed like the last two hotel rooms available anywhere, at the Royal Scots Club. Located in a quiet residential street near a park, has cosy facilities, charming rooms, clean bathrooms. Nice cooked breakfast in a sunlit room.

Some other reviews comment on the walk up the hill, but it’s under 10mins up to George Street [bars/restaurants] and a few minutes downhill to Princes street for some shopping - remember, Edinburgh is hilly!

As the club was originally founded in 1919 as a tribute to those who fell in The Great War, spend some time checking out the wonderful photographs, memorabilia, and memorials throughout the building. This was a plus.

And, we enjoyed the piper greeting on our arrival. <sorry, that was for the wedding downstairs, but timing is everything….>.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2010

We arrived at the hotel on New Years day late in the evening. It is in New Town but within easy reach of the center and all the sights. It's at a safe distance from the hustle and bustle so that peace and quiet are guaranteed. They had a full house so we were given room 15 which must be the smallest and most shabby room of the hotel. It was so disappointing that my heart dropped as soon as I entered the room. When I asked for a change, the receptionist told us that we could move to a better one not until the next day. We spend our first night in room 15 and next morning we were moved to room 6. Significant improvement! No 6 is on the second floor and overlooks the street and the park. It was spacious and it had a very comfortable huge bed. On the other hand, closet space was tiny, the overall air of the room felt stuffy and outdated due to the somewhat dirty carpet and the not so well preserved old furniture. I know that it's old and original but I could see the signs of neglect. The bathroom was a good size but it too showed signs of neglect (see pictures). The day of our departure a crew of workers moved in the hotel to start renovation works so I expect it will be improved.
Breakfast was prepared within minutes of order but it didn't have much variety. We only had breakfast in the hotel and never had problems with the dress code. All members of staff were excellent to the point of being obliging. Check-in and check-out were swift and with no problems.
Last but not least, I want to point out that Booking.com offers this hotel at a very high price. I reserved a room using the hotel's own site at a fraction of the price. Paid 88 GBP/night breakfast included.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2010

Just got back from 2 nights at the Royal Scots Club, this is a very good place to stay, staff were very welcoming and helpful, room was one of the best l have stopped in for a long time. very light and airy, overlooking the roof tops of Edninburgh towards the Firth of Forth, breakfast was very good, with a choice of dishes, which were served hot, a nice dinning room, would recomend this if you are prepared to dress in an acceptable way, no shorts or jeans etc, there is no lift, but plans are being made to install one. Handy for the Royal mile and Princess street about a 10min walk.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 December 2009

Booked the hotel for visit to the Tattoo, We were a little worried about the formality reading some of the other reviews but found the "rules" totally relaxed. Our room was at the back of the hotel and very quiet, not an overlarge room but with the comfortable surrounding you only used it to sleep so not a problem, bathroom and toiletries supplied very good. Front desk staff very helpful checking flights and tours on the internet.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2009

We stayed 4 nights at this very quiet and peaceful club (also open to the public) in late November. Excellent full Scottish breakfasts and we had a very comfortable room on 2nd floor (no lift!!) with lovely views of the Firth of Forth. Bedside lighting was rather dim but otherwise would recommend. Ironing boards in all rooms very useful. 10-15 minute walk to Princes Street and all shops. Free wireless internet.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 October 2009

hello, i only stayed here one night but i can give the following details of my opinion of this accomodation, its in a street that runs parallel to princes street, from princes street to this hotel it takes 6 or 7 minutes to walk , there are lovely gardens between this hotel and prices street so its peaceful and quiet and pretty the gardens have benches and large trees.On the way from princes street to this hotel you pass over george street and queen street where there are lots of nice restaurants .In the hotel itself, the rooms are old fashioned but clean and comfortable ,the price is very good compared to many other central hotels,breakfast is included in the price and its a real treat in a dining room that has old solid wood features wedgewood crockery a really good choice of foods and good service excellent standard i would say.I had scrambled eggs with oak smoked scotish salmon filter coffe freshly squeezed orange juice toast and butter and a breakfast roll ,FAB, my wife had sausage bacon black pudding grilled tomato and mushrooms and baked beans,you order this from a menu that has four or five other choices including loch fyne kippers, you can self serve cereal dried fruit, prunes , fresh fruit.With the old fashioned decor comes old fashioned rules ..you must wear a shirt and tie and jacket for dinner in the evening and no jeans allowed in the dining room not even at breakfast time there,s a sign up on the door saying what the dress restrictions are , i really dislike this invasion of my choice but i conformed and im glad i did because the dining room for breakfast is something you dont want to miss if you stay here.Its a hotel come club so there are club members who dress up in blue blazers with military insignia etc and the decor and artwork on display is all military too but hey its nice and worth a look just to see a bit of the history of the royal scots brigade.Its not a place for young people .Peace and quiet and manners are the order of the day in a friendly relaxed way.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2009

I booked a room at The Royal Scots Club through laterooms.com and thought it was a reasonable rate for a room in a convenient location of the city until we saw the room, and we were caught totally off guard.. It was the "Mews Cottage" which is inconveniently located a long block and half around the back of the hotel with an outside door double locked . On check- in the receptionist tried to convince us that it was very nice roomy and private...sure. All the windows and the front door faced a construction dumpster which a worker had still been loading on our first afternoon's stay. Even with closed windows it was very noisy. The front desk was helpful enough with other things but would not give us another room in the hotel even though we would have paid extra for another room within the hotel . They certainly would not have been able to re-rent this Mews Cottage so easily. You cannot access the hotel through the back door unless someone walks down 3 flightsof steep stairs and opens it, and the staff seems very limited since no one was ever available. The alley which we had to walk around was not well lighted and so dark in the evening that we carried a flashlight. Taxi drivers had to stop at the front of the hotel to get exact directions to drive around to the back to access the Mews Cottage. The 2 bedroom apartment may work nicely for a family since it was neat and clean but was definitely not an enjoyable stay for my husband and me.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#60 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range: £57 - £195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Royal Scots Club 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in one of Edinburgh's finest Georgian streets this is a rare combination, the charm of a country house hotel with a cosy club atmosphere. Founded in 1919 as a tribute to those who fell in The Great War The Royal Scots Club is proud of its heritage. Courtesy, personal service and warm hospitality are at the very heart of the Club. ... more   less 
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