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The Royal Scots Club
Ranked #16 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 January 2011

We booked the Royal Scots Club to stay for my wife's birthday, it was our 2nd visit the last being 4 years ago. We booked the 4 poster room, initially for 2 nights but we got a 3rd night for £12 (total) inc breakfast so felt it was very good value for such a calibre of room which worked out at £112 per night for 3 nights. The room was spacious and well kept with good views towards Queen Street gardens. Only minus point was I felt it could have done with another radiator, the room was not cold but not roasting either. Unlike a previous reviewer we didn't hear any undue external noise and we also were at the front of the building. We ate in the restaurant on the Saturday evening and the meal was lovely, 3 courses inc bottle of wine - £54 very good value. Sarah, the waitress, was very attentive.
The bar is just off the lounge and as the hotel was quiet you have to ask the receptionist to have bar staff attend. Emma the barmaid was really nice and pleasant, she also organised an ice bucket for the birthday champagne and further went to the trouble to get strawberries for the glasses, very nice example of staff going the extra mile.

The hotel has a military background and is full of photographs of former Royal Scots of all ranks, my own personal interest is my Gt Grandfather served in the Royal Scots in WW1 and was KIA at The Somme. We met a Finnish army Captain and his wife who were dining at the next table and spent a very enjoyable evening with them after dinner in the lounge.

The RSC is also excellently located for visiting the attractions of central Edinburgh, all you need is within walking distance.

Another example of good customer relations is after we left I realised I had left some documents in the room next to the safe I phoned Aurore, the Receptionist to see if they were still there and she phoned back to say they had been found and would send them to me, which she did. Aurore is a lovely French lass who also took the time to chat with my wife which she undertook her reception duties.

There is no private parking and you have to park in street, it is currently £2 per hour Monday to saturday on Abercromby Place but if you head 100 yards to the right turn left down to next street it is £1.20 per hour Monday to Friday, beware the blue meanies hunt in packs here!

We hope to return to stay at RSC again.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2011

The hotel is fairly small, lots of rules in the room book but didn't effect us. Staff happy to help and breakfast ok. Location is very good.

Room 6 (2nd floor) has a door to adjoining room - this caused us a problem on the first night (noisy neighbours) so moved to a different room the following night in the basement. This was good but there was some kind of party above us in the function room at 2am. Would have thought staff would have been on top of this.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2010

We had a four day break here mid November in a very comfortable ensuite room for a very reasonable £ 73.50 per night including full scottish breakfast, lovely old fashioned lounge with a good bar very reasonable prices for a hotel. Good position on a very quiet road, about a ten minute walk to Princes Street, very nice and efficient staff, only drawback room was on the second floor with no lift.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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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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Additional Information about The Royal Scots Club

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: £53 - £219 (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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