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The Scotsman Hotel
Ranked #93 of 147 Hotels in Edinburgh
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“Nice stay”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

Overall was very pleased with my stay.

Positive:

Great concierge staff. Consistently helpful, friendly, knowledgeable. I ask alot of questions, and they never made me feel that I was imposing or being annoying.
Large towels in bathroom--so many hotels--even nice ones--have skimpy towels. These were excellent.
Large gym on the premises, with classes too (though I didn't take any). It's quite a maze finding it, but worth it.
Complimentary bottle of water nightly
Location can't be beat

Negative:

No makeup mirror. This is a pet peeve of mine. I don't understand how top hotels ignore this; it's a necessity for women, and probably some men too.
Lighting in room was poor. At night, half the room was barely lit, as there is no overhead lighting. Lamps were fine for targeted lighting, but overall room was inadequate. Contrast with bathroom lighting which was excellent.
Shower. Great shower, but....the shower head is above, and the controls are at the back, so you have to get hit with water when you first turn it on. This may not be the case in all rooms, but it was in mine. Quite annoying.

Would I stay here again? 50/50. If I could get a good deal at another top hotel, I'd take it. If not, I'd probably return.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

Really enjoyed our stay at The Scotsman. Lovely old building in a great location, situated in Edinburgh's Old Town, just roubd the corner from the Royal Mile. Stayed in an Executive Room which was very spacious with a huge bed, nice decor, and lovely bathroom. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. Will definitely stay there again.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

My wife and I, tired and weary having travelled nearly six hours by rail, stumbled across the road from Waverley station and into the comfort of the Scotsman Hotel, previously the HQ of the Scotsman newspaper. Reception staff and concierges were polite, knowledgeable and friendly, and we were led through the maze like building to our room, looking straight out over Waverley station to the Balmoral Hotel.

Our room (202) was sizable, with a large bed, which was extremely cosy and comfortable. The minibar was well stocked, reasonably priced and had a good selection of drinks and nibbles to choose from. The surround sound system controlling the sound from the TV was frightfully sensitive, and one notch on the + volume button sent the noise skywards, so took some getting used to! Bathroom was a good size, with a nice hot shower and a huge mirror, a part of which was heated to prevent it from steaming up. Although in the centre of town and directly above a nightclub, the room was surprisingly quiet and relaxing, albeit a little on the hot side.

The breakfast was excellent, with plenty to choose from - continental, cooked and many other items that could be freshly cooked for you. We ate in the restaurant on one night, and chose from the pre-theatre menu, which had a narrow, but very fine selection of food to choose from.

We both had a relaxing massage after we arrived, which helped us get over our long journey. I used the steam room, tropicarium and sauna numerous times, and ventured into the arctic shower after using the sauna - character building would be one way to describe that experience! My only criticism of the sauna was that there was no egg timer to keep track of time spent in there.

After three nights, our stay came to an end, and after a hearty breakfast and having to part with a not insubstantial amount of money, we sadly said goodbye and stumbled back across the road to the station for our long trip back home.

Recommended for couples, not so much for families

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2013

My wife and stayed here one night. The converted newspaper office was wonderful. We enjoyed the classic Edwardian interiors. The staff was excellent and very helpful. Our room was a little quirky in its layout, but very comfortable. The hotel is across the street from the train station, but the hotel is quiet. We had both breakfast and lunch in the restaurant. The food and service was excellent. The hotel is centrally located and close to everything you would want to see. We would stay here again and have recommended it to our friends.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Carlisle, England
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

We are a family of 4 - kids aged 7 and 9. We were staying over half term, for 4 nights,from 28th October - 1 November. There were positives and negatives, but overall the hotel fell short of expectations. However, with a few tweaks ( all mainly staff related) it has immense potential.
Positives for a family stay:
Room - publisher suite - large spacious room ideal for family of 4. Kids had large pull out beds. Plenty of large soft towels ( possibly the most generous supply we've ever had), good entertainment system ( we brought DVDs for evening movies), comfy beds and excellent shower. Even with 2 extra beds, room had sofa, armchair and dining table for 4. Robes and towels. Umbrella for wet nights. Unpretentious and unfussy ( and not much for children to break!). Evening turndown service with fresh water.
Location - excellent - couldn't be surpassed - right in centre of town - 5 minutes to buses and tours on Princess Street, 15 minutes walk with kids to the Castle, about 20 minutes to Dynamic Earth.
Concierge: Fabulous recommendations for food - Whiski / Angels with Bagpipes and advice on transport.
Reception staff: efficient and friendly. I noticed some errors with our billing which were rectified immediately. We asked for a check out at 12pm which was no problem.
Breakfast ( see negatives also ): Kids loved the cooked breakfast selection and the pancakes and waffles. The scrambled eggs were always moist - not easy on a buffet breakfast.
Management acknowledged the fire alarm going off in a pleasant and helpful manner.

Negatives for a family stay:
Staff: the restaurant staff generally treated diners like an irritation. At breakfast, there was often no one there to meet you, so you stood, and stood, and stood. When eventually you were acknowledged you generally got pointed to a table, not taken to a table.The managers were particularly unfriendly - especially the older gentleman with the moustache who never broke into a smile, and the blonde lady who treated some diners with such disrespect I would have walked out. For example, a family of 5 ( German I think) with mum, dad and 3 teenagers arrived down for breakfast. They asked for a table for 5. She told them they couldn't have it. They asked to have 2 tables pushed together. To which she replied " Other customers might want those tables". All of this within 2 feet of our table. Shocking customer service.
Smell: there is a bad smell in the lift and lower floors - definitely sewage. Would it alone stop me from coming back - no - but surely after all the mentions on tripadvisor someone should be looking into this.
Swimming times: When choosing an hotel for a family say we always look for somewhere with a pool for a swim before or after our activities. What we were unaware of was that kids swimming hours are 9-11.30am and 3-5pm. This makes it impossible to have a swim before breakfast or after a day out. Even chain hotels have more child friendly hours than this. I do appreciate that kids shouldn't be allowed until 10 pm but an earlier start ( how many kids sleep until 9?) and a slightly later afternoon time would certainly make it more attractive to families.
Housekeeping: Room not cleaned by 3.00pm - we'd been out since 8.45am ( without using the pool!!). When I phoned to check when it would be done I was told rather abruptly that they worked until 4.30pm. Customer service? When we checked in there was a tray in our corridor which was there for 24 hours. The following the day all the glasses from our room sat in the corridor for 24 hours.
Restaurants : Average. We had much nicer meals at the concierge's recommendation. The evening menu never changed once during our 5 day stay - no specials. LImited wine menu with the Sauvignon Blanc sold out and no-one available to recommend an alternative.
Bar - As above, had run out of basic drinks, including Baileys. Reason - a big party at the weekend (??!)

In summary, the hotel didn't ruin or enhance our trip. it was average. Such a waste.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

We dined in the Brasserie one damp evening in October. The welcome was warm and the service attentive without being intrusive. There are a range of menus but we chose the pretheatre menu which was excellent value for money. Although not so extensive as the dinner menu there was still a good choice for a 'veggie' and a 'carnivore'.
The food was well cooked and delicious.
The surroundings are elegant and most impressive.
We have eaten there before and look forward to doing so again soon.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dorking, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Lovely building -great location

Went with my 2 daughters -they had avery nice room and enjoyed their stay

I however had a different experience,my room was not as nice but I was not too worried about that as is was still fine.But I left the hotel feeing exhausted for two very basic reasons

My bed was short and slotted below a wall mounted padded headboard, which meant my feet dangled 6 inches over the bed and I am only 6 foot 0.

Even worse was that he curtains did not interlock so there were gaps where they met.There was also a gap from the floor and at the curtain rail. All this resulted in them not blocking out the light -so each morning I was awaken by the dawn light whether I wanted to or not - no need to book a wake up call here!

A basic requirement of a hotel is to provide a good nights sleep - and a 4/5 star hotel like this should unquestionably have a functioning blackout curtain or blind

Disappointing , will only return if he hotel can guarantee me a room that would provide a good nights sleep

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Scotsman Hotel
Address: 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YT, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#45 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#48 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#49 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Scotsman Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 69
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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