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The Royal Scots Club
Ranked #16 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 November 2010

The Royal Scots Club is, I think, very over rated. I requested a brochure and price list twice but they were not sent. Bedrooms in front are noisy due to constant traffic day and night. Whilst I was there the fire alarm went off 3 times. It must have been faulty. One time it went off at 3 am. The "manager" on duty did not know how to turn it off. He did not carry out an evacuation fire drill. He did not seem to have a list of guests, so good job it was a false alarm and not a real fire!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 October 2010

Really enjoyed this hotel - it's a great location, you can walk to all of the main sights in Edinburgh (get ready for some hills!). Our room was on the top floor so there are a LOT of stairs - but it's a big old staircase in a historic hotel/house, so it didn't bother me, it fit with the character of the place.

Our room was small but very clean and well decorated. Nice marble bathroom with a big bathtub great for soaking after all that hill-walking!

Very friendly staff. Keep in mind you're in a private members club, so some nights there are lots of members in the bar/lounge drinking ... and the dining room requests that men wear jackets (though they don't seem to enforce this over breakfast, thankfully!).

Breakfast was OK if you like smoked salmon or an English fry-up. Not many options other than that.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to a friend and would stay there again while in Edinburgh.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2010

We stayed here for two nights as part of a week long golf trip that my husband and I took with another couple. It is a small hotel, but the food is good and the staff was amazing. The rooms are decent sized, but the two we had were strangely shaped. Our bathroom was tiny, but our friends had a decent sized galley shaped bathroom with more room. All of the amenities are there (i.e. blow dryer, iron, safe, cable) and the breakfast was included, which was nice.

By far, the standout was the staff who was very helpful. they helped us with maps and information on the area, and kept us all on time with the golf courses and meeting for dinner later. They stayed up late and kep the bar open for us and one of them even enjoyed a late night pizza with us. The club is beautiful with antique furniture with deep wood tones.

We would easily stay here again if we head back to Edinburgh.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 September 2010

Situated just a few minutes' walk from bustling Princes Street, the Royal Scots Club enjoys a more peaceful location, overlooking Queen Street Gardens. There is some traffic noise as the windows aren't double-glazed, but not enough to spoil a good night's sleep. The hotel has two entrances, one for club members and the other for non-members, and certain areas within the hotel are designated for members' use only. It certainly retains a strong feeling of being a private club, but guests are made to feel very welcome and jeans ARE permitted at breakfast in the Members' Dining Room, though there is a strict policy regarding dress code for lunch and dinner. I noticed a few 'emergency' jackets hanging outside the dining room ... presumably in case some poor soul has forgotten to bring one!

We stayed in room 6, overlooking the gardens at the front of the hotel. Heavy curtains and brocade bedspreads added to the feeling of being in a country house rather than a town-centre hotel, and a small dressing room/corridor linking the bedroom to the bathroom was quaint and quirky. No wardrobes here ... just two heavily-curtained recesses and an antique chest of drawers! Both beds and pillows were very comfortable, though one of the sheets had a tiny hole, however this didn't bother me as they were spotless. In addition to the usual hospitality tray there was still and sparkling bottled water, which we appreciated. TV, clock radio, telephone (all a little outdated!)hairdryer, trouser-press, iron and ironing board were also provided.

The bathroom was very clean, with Molton Brown toiletries and other sundries such as cotton buds, make-up pads, a sewing kit, shower cap and shoe cloth. Towels were big and reasonably fluffy. My only gripe was that the bath was very slow to drain, and towards the end of a shower you were left standing ankle-deep in water.

Breakfast is served in the dining room from 7.30 - 9.30, and from 8.00 - 10.00 on Sunday. The dining room is impressive, with ornately carved wooden doors and panels, chandeliers and a cabinet full of polished silver trophies and plaques. Sadly, breakfast did not merit being served in such plush surroundings. A tired bowl of fresh fruit salad, another of tinned grapefruit segments and a very small plate of thinly sliced cheese that was curling around the edges didn't do much to whet my appetite. Also on offer were small baskets of rolls, croissants and packets of cereal, with optional oppings such as dried apricots, seeds, etc. Hot options included porridge, kippers, smoked salmon & scrambled egg, and a traditional Scottish breakfast of bacon, egg, mushroom, tomato, sausage and black pudding. I chose the latter, but sadly the black pudding was chewy and tasteless, the sausages overcooked, the bacon exceptionally salty and the egg frazzled underneath. On the plus side, I did enjoy a pot of Earl Grey tea and some warm toast and jam!

We would certainly stay here again, as we loved the location and ambience, but there is definitely room for improvement with regard to breakfast options (and presentation). I'd have appreciated some muffins or pastries, a selection of cold meats and cheeses, and the use of higher quality ingredients in the cooked breakfast. Overall, however, a very enjoyable and comfortable stay.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 September 2010

A decent hotel with very good service. The rooms are on 2nd floor and there is no lift. Though, this was not an issue for me, some travellers might find this very inconvenient.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 August 2010

We really liked the Royal Scot, quiet, excellent location, away from the noise of the downtown area but close enough to walk to everything you needed. The history of the building and the decor is very impressive, the hotel staff were friendly and very helpful with everything, it was a perfect haven to come back to after a day of sightseeing and crowds. I would not recommend it for someone with children. Breakfast was good. On the downside, there is no elevator! The staff was excellent about bringing the bags up and down but if you have any medical conditions be sure to ask for a room NOT on the top floor. The room was nice the bathroom was great and there was ample space for two people. The only thing I didnt like was the bed linens could use an updating the bedspread was worn out and the linens were clean but a little threadbear.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2010

My partner and l went to edinburgh on one of the busiest w'ends - Edinburgh mini marathon and may day weekend!!!! We met up with our relatives & arrived at the Hotel greeted by a piper, fantastic entrance, even though it was for the wedding party!
The hotel is very cosy, clean and has its history kept alive in the rooms and lounges. It is an old place with so much character, the beds were comfy the bathroom clean and even had molton brown toilettries!!! After a scarry night doing the ghosts and ghauls tour it was fine to go back and have a relaxing bath.
The breakfast menu was very goood, plenty to choose from, and the staff very polite and professional.
Would def. stay again.
Could do with a lick of paint in the bedrooms:-)

  • Stayed: May 2010, 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: £58 - £192 (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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