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“Secret Hotel Stay. Ended up in room on 6th floor.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Ranked #63 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
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5 hotel reviews
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“Secret Hotel Stay. Ended up in room on 6th floor.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

Hotel found as result of last minute.com secret hotel booking. Amazing find especially for the room we received on the 6th floor over looking Arthur seat with small balcony able to stand on.

This hotel is further out than apex's and radisson granted, although it is 10 mins walk away. We walked frequently and from hotel to princes street at jenners was 15-20 mins walk, via close turn right on leaving hotel and 2nd on right past bbc scotland building take out on to royal mile and then Jeffery street takes to Waverley bridge where can go down to Waverley station in around 15 mins walk. Edinburgh castle 15-20 mins walk up the royal mile.

Hotel spotless, had chocolate mint on pillow 2nd evening. Concierge very helpful, checked us in online for flights we had.

Hotel had lots of facilities we did not use due to length and purpose of stay. It includes spa, swimming pool and library .

Did not have breakfast or eat in hotel so unable to comment on food and drink.

Room Tip: We were given room 624 which not only overlooked local landmark of Arthur's seat. It had floor t...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2012

Fantastic staff so helpful and obliging from the minute we arrived .
Excellent restaurant and beautiful dinner / top class service at all times no matter what we wanted at the hotel
Downside was expensive parking but handy to get to all places by bus . The number 36 stops right outside and takes you right to Princes street . Bus ticket £ 3.50 all day and can use on any bus - fantastic bus service in the city
Would certainly stay there again and would recommend

Room Tip: we werre on 4th floor absolutely no noise at all which was fab
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2012 via mobile

I booked this hotel for one night for my girlfriends birthday. We arrived before the scheduled check in time and were shown straight to our room. The room was cosy and stylish with more than enough room for 2 untidy people. The free additional gym, steam room, sauna and swimming pool are a sweet touch. The breakfast was second to none, 5 minute casual walk from the train station, the only downside of the entire experience was a slightly wonky lampshade!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2012

Situated close to Holyrood House this hotel was ideally situated and not too far from the town centre and railway station. Breakfast was very good - one of the few hotels to give you crispy bacon when you ask for it. Room excellent - only downside was parking wasn't included in rate and was very expensive.
Would definitely use again if visiting Edinburgh.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2012

Arriving on an emergency visit. I booked this via last minute.com. On arrival the service was excellent, with a marvellous concierge named Tony, what a super star. The room was very spacious and well presented. The hotel is old, and a little tired in areas but still comfortable. Getting to the hospital vis the centre of the city is a nightmare!! They are tram building and it has ruined the access to the city. Day two decided to have the breakfast, costly at £15.50 pp but there was a fab array of choice, and the service was excellent. Expensive, but worth it. We used the pool facility, although it was crowded with a baby swimming group. Temperature was lovely and changing rooms a little cramped but usable. Staff cheerful and helpful. Where it fell apart was the evening meal. Menu more suited to a steakhouse and bar. Very disappointing. The service was poor, food cold, not a good experience. Hard to believe it was the same place that we had had breakfast in. However, I have to say that when I voiced my disappointment to the manager, she quickly put things right which was a pleasant surprise, will I go back? Yes, because they actually cared that things should be to a standard of their four stars. Points of interest, it is a two minute walk to the Scottish Parliament House, and same for the discovery centre.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2012

I have stayed here before but this time I was less impressed. My husband was pleased that we were on the 6th floor as it has access to the library room which is a comfortable addition. The check in was slow but the service was very good otherwise. The room was clean but could have been more comfortable. The pillows were poor, the armchairs need to be retired in other words a wee bit TLC needs to be given here.
I know that nowadays TVs are put on the wall on a bracket but does it have to be without an eye for design and off the level.

This is a premier location and a high standard hotel but this visit didn't match my expectations so come on Macdonald Holyrood this is Scotlands capital and visitors come from all over the world so we need to impress.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PaulineGlasgow
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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179 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

Stayed here for a short break. Hotel in excellent location. Very close to all tourist attractions and royal mile. Also handy for princess street. Very close to train station and also handy if travelling by bus. Staff extremely helpful and courteous. We had a twim room which was at the back of the hotel. Very quiet room and very spacious. Bathroom was of good size. Cannot comment on food in the hotel as we ate out. Would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Property: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Address: 81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Castle / Royal Mile / High St
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Green Hotel in Edinburgh
#36 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#42 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#50 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#56 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Holyrood Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 156
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of Edinburgh's old town, adjacent to the Scottish Parliament, Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is one of the city's leading hotels which has recently completed a £2.5million investment. Whatever your reason for staying, visiting on business or visiting the fascinating city of Edinburgh, you'll find our bedrooms are some of the most comfortable in town, our Vital Health Club is ideal to unwind in and our brand new Roccas restaurant is stylish and sophisticated, serving the best quality Scottish home comforts with an Italian twist. A meal, afternoon tea or champagne at the bar is certainly not to be missed. ... more   less 
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