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The Howard

#22 of 146 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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Moffat, United Kingdom
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a planned visit the next time we came to Edinburgh. My second time to stay but a first for my other half. The service is fantastic and the afternoon tea was a lovely one. Fresh sandwiches and the scones were still warm. Butler service in a gorgeous dining room, we felt truly spoiled. This is one of the... More 

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CUMBRIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful gem of a hotel. Nice room, nice lounge, fantastic food and the friendliest team I have ever encountered. I travel a lot and I'm lucky enough to stay in really nice hotels so I'm used to receiving a professional service. However, the Howard is operating at a completely different level; without exception the staff were highly competent and... More 

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EdinburghCollection, Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Dear Guest A big thank you for your great review, we agree! The Howard hotel prides itself on not only providing our guests with the best luxury but also great service with a personal touch which we hope all our guests appreciate. Thanks again for your kind words and we hope you return. Andrew Smith Head Butler/Deputy General Manager More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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72 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After spending the summer in France, Switzerland and Italy, we spent the last leg of our journey (one week) at The Howard. It was purely blissful. It was truly like we were coming home. Our room was located downstairs and it was so cozy. There were heavy plush drapes to keep out the cold, a large King size bed with... More 

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EdinburghCollection, Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

dear guest Thank you for your kind review and we are so pleased to hear that not only did you enjoy your stay here at the Howard but you decided to share it. We hope that you do return to Edinburgh and The Howard. Andrew Smith Head Butler/Deputy General Manager More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We usually favor modern/contemporary hotels........yet, after visiting The Howard, I'm now rethinking my entire travel strategy! When visiting The Howard, and after preregistering online, we were welcomed without the usual pat down for cards, IDs, passports, etc. A lovely staff member behind a single desk welcomed us, room ready, and we proceeded through the drawing room to our very lovely,... More 

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EdinburghCollection, Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words and review of The Howard. We are pleased to hear that you loved our new relaxing Drawing Room bar, this room was recently completely refurbished as part of our major refurbishment plan. I am especially grateful regarding the comments regarding our commitment to warmth, understated elegance and most importantly a humanness in guest services and... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a unique experience. From the room to the common areas of the hotel, up to the breakfast, everything was amazing. I was in Edinburgh for a conference and with my wife we thought to experience something different from the standard. This was definitely worth it!

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EdinburghCollection, Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

A great review for The Howard Hotel, thanks again for your kind words. Its great to see that we are not only meeting the expectations of our guests, but exceeding them. WOW Andrew Smith Head Butler/Deputy General Manager More 

Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

My wife and I had a lovely 2-night stay in The Cockburn, which The Howard classifies as a junior suite, a weak description for such roomy and sumptuously decorated accommodations. Our king bed with canopied headboard was fit for the Granthams. The large bathroom was truly stunning, with a capacious claw-foot tub, separate shower stall, and two free-standing sinks to... More 

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EdinburghCollection, Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Thank you for such a detailed and honest review. The plumbing issue has now been fixed, we hope that on your next stay you will give us 5 stars!. For those who are sensitive to street noise, I do agree that our backward facing rooms, especially our suites are fantastic. Andrew Smith Head Butler/Deputy GM More 

Bellingen, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

A lovely greeting on check in, quick and efficient without being over official. Happy to help with any request from having your pants pressed to providing detailed directions to your first visiting point. The charm of this older establishment is felt immediately upon arrival and stays with you for entire visit.

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EdinburghCollection, Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Another great review, thank you for your kind words. Andrew Smith Head Butler/Deputy GM More 

Lincoln, UK
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42 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Being pampered is not something I usually expect on a business trip. The Howard excels! On arrival, your car is valet parked, a butler takes you to your room and will even unpack and make you a cup of tea or coffee. My room was well equipped and the bed was immaculately clean and comfortable. if I had one niggle,... More 

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EdinburghCollection, Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Another great review!! We agree, The Howard Hotel is timeless. Our wonderful team of butlers do a great job and manage to provide a dedicated, timeless and attentive service without being overbearing or intimidating. Andrew Smith Head Butler/Deputy GM More 

London
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

A warm welcome greets you at the Howard. The staff are very helpful and friendly. It's a traditional hotel with an old world charm that has been lost in so many modern hotels. The public rooms are comfortable and quiet as are the bedrooms - which are also very spacious with good quality furnishings. A hearty morning breakfast in the... More 

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EdinburghCollection, Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Another great review for The Howard, we thank you for your positive comments. Andrew Smith Head Butler/Deputy GM More 

Fife, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This was our second stay at The Howard and it continues to live up to great expectations. Coffee in the Lounge on arrival was a relaxing setting although not so the next day when a small group of people seemed to be having a business meeting all day in part of the Lounge. We were so glad The Howard staff... More 

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EdinburghCollection, Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and positive review of The Howard Hotel. Andrew Smith Head Butler/Deputy GM 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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