I really wanted to love this hotel but have mixed feelings
From our arrival there were a number of frustrations which when you are tired you don’t need.
We stayed on two occasions, a week apart. The location is excellent – the hotel is adjacent to the Waverley train station and there is an excellent lift system from the station up to street level. The hotel can be entered from this ‘rear’ entrance (ground floor) with lift access to Reception (4th floor). This is not as obvious as it sounds if you don't know, but easy once you have worked it out!
The 4th floor Reception entrance opens onto one of the main roads heading either to the Royal Mile or New Town, so is ideally located for wandering on either side of town and is central for all the restaurants, pubs, etc.
The staff were very welcoming and helpful and obviously proud of their hotel. When we lost hot water in the bathroom it was very quickly fixed.
The first time we stayed in a deluxe room on the 2nd floor. This was a very large room with absolutely everything you need. The second time we stayed in an Editor room on the 9th floor. This room had a very large bathroom, a small mezzanine floor with two armchairs, and a small turret room which is up a step and has windows all round which give you a wonderful view. Until 9.00 pm when you realise there is no curtain or door to block the light! So with sunrise at about 5.00am we were up early! Heavens knows what it would be like with a full moon. I am sure if we had raised the issue, the management would have found a solution but we were too tired to bother.
There is free WiFi access accessed by passwords renewable for each 24 hr period.
There are limited signs to help you find your way round the hotel. The doors have 'fire door' signs on them but no directional signage and as this is actually two adjoining buildings it is quite a rabbit warren. This is a building that was not purpose designed as a hotel and it shows.
The restaurant included a bar area and the meals were good. The staff are a bit too formal, they could relax a little.
Overall it is good value if booked on a special deal, but probably not at full price, but it does rate well because of free WiFi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a desirable location on North Bridge, The 4 star Scotsman Hotel is nestled between the hustle and bustle of the New Town and the historical Old Town, the hotel is perfectly located to explore Edinburgh. Just off the famous Royal Mile, Waverley Train Station and Princess Street are within 2 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Tourist attractions, entertainment venues, restaurants, bars and shopping are all conveniently near-by, making The Scotsman Hotel the ideal base to explore the our great city. Many of the original features and layout remain intact from the former national newspaper of Scotland printing house, bringing historical character to this luxury boutique hotel. The Marble staircase, now the centre of the hotel, retains its imposing stained glass window and glows magnificently by candle light each evening. Within the heart of the historic and iconic building is our comfortable bar and lounge area which serves a wide variety of drinks to suit all tastes, a luxurious afternoon tea and a great range of bar snacks. A high quality Scottish breakfast with superb service is served daily in our dedicated breakfast restaurant. With discounted parking at local secure car park, complimentary Wi-Fi and all the little extras you would expect from a 4 star boutique hotel, we look forward to welcoming you soon to The Scotsman Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Scotsman Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland
- Scotsman Hotel Edinburgh