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The Scotsman Hotel

20 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1TR Scotland
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#46 of 163 hotels in Edinburgh
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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.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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24-hour security
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Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Jack W wrote a review 18 Jun
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I booked to stay at the Scotsman for a birthday weekend for my partner, having seen great photos online of the spa and pool area. We arrived and it’s clear the hotel has gone through a refurbishment since I last visited, however very disappointing to still see the pool photos advertised online only to arrive here and be told the pool hasn’t been here for the last 6-years. This has surely got to be false advertising. After a five hour drive to get here and my wallet £483 lighter, the only word I can use to describe this hotel is… disappointing! Staff are very pleasant and this is no reflection on them, however for the price I just cannot see how these prices are justified.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Alex G wrote a review 17 Jun
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I stayed here for a night early May. Given that lockdown restrictions were easing we were eager to go for a night away and this hotel seemed like the perfect location. We arrived around 30 minutes before check in and were told the room wasn’t ready so to leave our bags in the lobby and we would receive a phone when the room was ready ... we went to the loo on the ground floor then walked back up to the lobby around 10 minutes later and our bags are just sat there not moved and anyone could have taken them. Upon questioning it, they said our room might be ready soon so they were leaving the bags there till they knew (seemed like they’d forgotten). Never received call that room was ready. I had booked a package that offered a room upgrade subject to availability, Prosecco, a late checkout and discount on food. Room upgrade wasn’t acknowledged at all nor was late checkout; I was told we had to check out at 11. I didn’t get offered my discount on room service and they messed up the order (this was obviously a kitchen error as the man on the phone read back the correct order to me) the additional time waiting for my correct evening meal meant we missed enjoying a drink out because of the curfew. At checkout they told us and some other guests to sit down and wait as the front desk was busy and we would be seen to shortly. However, more guests came after us and were dealt with sooner. An in room checkout on the tv or online checkout would have been much easier - this checkout method seemed outdated. The rooms are nice as are the bathrooms albeit room had a bedside lamp with bulb that didn’t work and shower door needed fixing as it seemed to have dropped slightly on hinges and could pose a safety risk as it is glass and was extremely hard to open and close. Looking back I’m not sure if it was worth 225 pounds, I probably should have spent slightly more and stayed at the Waldorf or Balmoral as they seem more luxurious and have amenities such as pool and spa to enjoy.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Mobile819987 wrote a review 17 Jun
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Stayed Wednesday to Wednesday, both business (meeting) and holiday break, after months in some kind ofC19 "house arrest" and increased work duties for us both, we stayed a break, anyway enough of our story, The stay was again very good, with a great breakfast and very good service, attentive but not rushed even when the staff were busy. Thanks,( hope you enjoyed your Wednesday off) Also thank to Christopher on reception ( the IT Whiz) for sorting the booking to Holyrood, we had a great visit. The wine and choices on arrival were appreciated, and the room service meals were good too, only downside was that the cafe/resturant attached was not open yet, but will be soon, we had a few good meals there pre C19 but the Hotel was coping well with the restrictions , plenty of hand disinfection stations. The location could not be better for the city, we could easily visit city centre attractions and return to our room for coffee before visiting the next, be warned, many attractions require prebooking but as stated, the reception staff can help with many of those. Thanks for a great stay.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Durris Traveller wrote a review 14 Jun
Aberdeen, United Kingdom115 contributions65 helpful votes
The room was lovely and the decor was very nice. I'm trying to be as kind as I can due to the tough time the hospitality industry has (and is) having, but the hotel let itself down with the food and room orders. Our room order was forgotten, and we had to phone to get it resent. Only half the order arrived and they did not realise it. No drinks were sent and when we asked where they were, we were told it was now too late to get drinks. The meal eventually arrived at 11pm and it was burnt and inedible. The cooked breakfast had been sat under a heat lamp for so long that the haggis was fused to the plate, the bacon was like leather, and the sausage had turned to crumb. Surprisingly, the food was cold. The parking and access was almost impossible. Parking cost me £50 and was a trek away from the hotel. This stay cost a small fortune, so we'll not stay here again.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Tom wrote a review 13 Jun
Glasgow, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
What a fantastic hotel. Ideal location for a break in Edinburgh, walking distance to the Grassmarket and Princess street. The breakfast was amazing and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. I highly recommend this hotel can’t wait to go back
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$174 - US$385 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Scotsman Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Scotsman Hotel?
Nearby attractions include National Museum of Scotland (0.4 km), Edinburgh Old Town (0.3 km), and Royal Mile (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Scotsman Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, breakfast buffet, and room service.
Which room amenities are available at The Scotsman Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at The Scotsman Hotel?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Scotsman Hotel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Scotsman Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Makars Gourmet Mash Bar, The Piper's Rest Public House, and Smoov Gelato Coffee.
Is The Scotsman Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Edinburgh.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Scotsman Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Scotsman Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Palace of Holyroodhouse (1.0 km), The Real Mary King's Close (0.2 km), and Gilmerton Cove (6.1 km).
Is The Scotsman Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.