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The Howard

#22 of 147 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
34 Great King Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QH, Scotland
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A friend and I went for Afternoon Tea at The Howard and cannot recommend it highly enough. We had a fabulous afternoon we had, the staff were wonderful and the food terrific. Well worth a visit, I am sure the breakfast, lunch and dinner and overnight stays are all brat, but the afternoon tea was brilliant.

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Dreux, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Booked in extremis courtesy of laterooms.com, and more than a little intimidated by the photo of a butler on the hotel site, I had the pleasure to pass two wonderful days at this very discreet, very beautiful hotel. Excellent dining with an offer of £25 for one evening meal. Lovely staff, with a special mention for the young Spanish lady... More 

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

A wonderful and charming review of The Howard and I am most grateful for the very kind words of this guest. I am thrilled that they had such a great time in Edinburgh and look forward to seeing them again soon. Leon Kiteley General Manager More 

Basingstoke
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What a lovely room and understated beautiful 5 star hotel which certainly has great service and style. Stayed for 1 night during the last week of the Edinburgh Festival and felt like a Prince as the room was spacious, clean and very relaxing. My partner was blown away by the room, bed, service and the bathroom so if you want... More 

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Another fantastic review for The Howard - many thanks! Leon Kiteley General Manager More 

Troon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had a wonderful afternoon tea today. Very peaceful and comfortable setting. Staff very friendly and the sandwiches, scones and cakes were to die for. Will certainly return here with friends.

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

I am glad you really enjoyed your Afternoon Tea at The Howard and I hope you will consider joining our "Afternoon Tea Club" - please contact us for details. Leon Kiteley General Manager More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is lovely to escape the buzz of Edinburgh and walk down to The Howard where peace and quiet is the order of the day. Afternoon tea is beautifully presented with a delightful variety of delicate sandwiches , warm scones and little sweet treats. Nice range of teas to suit all tastes. It was so nice to be able to... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my girlfriend stayed in this fabulous hotel for 3 nights. We are really pleased that we chose this hotel, as both the staff and the hotel it self is excellent. We had some issues with the bathroom as there was no hot water due to problems with maintenance on the pipes, but since we were upgraded to a... More 

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Coppell, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This property is very expensive and people considering staying here should understand what they are getting for their money. I have never written a bad review and feel bad for the employees for doing so, but I would have liked to have read what I'm about to write before I paid what we paid to stay here. Had we paid... More 

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

I am sorry to read that this guest has left us with anything but the most positive of impressions - the Howard is a very unique property with a discrete and informal approach to excellent customer service, but our five star status is hard won and well deserved. I appreciate that every hotel is different and what appeals to one... More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An elegant hotel, with very attentive staff and excellent breakfast in a quiet area within easy walking distance of the centre of Edinburgh. The problem is the lack of hot water in some rooms. This has been commented on by previous guests, and in May was dismissed because ‘every room has functioning hot water’; but it is not present in... More 

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

My thanks to this guest for their positive comments regarding our staff, the hotel in general, and our breakfast in particular, and I am sorry that their overall experience was marred slightly by the water issues experienced. We did suffer from a build up of air within our water pipes that required extensive plumbing works which were competed as soon... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a wonderful experience once in a while to treat yourself or friends to an indulgent high tea in Scotland. At the Howard you have excellence of service and every item on the three tier cakestands is delectable and loving chosen and presented. It's a delightful way to while away an hour or two to refresh body and spirit, ready... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked the Howard from Australia some months back, as a treat for my husband. We had been staying with family for 2 weeks and this was our little holiday away . I could go into loads of detail about how lovely the hotel ( I don't even like to call it a hotel it's more like a residence) but... More 

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Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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