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The Old Waverley Hotel

43 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2BY, Scotland
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Ranked #108 of 146 Hotels in Edinburgh
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I like this hotel as it is ideally located on Princes Street and it is a nice old building but it is maybe a little tired. I have stayed a couple of times and the staff are always nice and friendly but the rooms clearly vary. The room this time was quite small and the bed was a bit rubbish... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hotel is in the best possible location to explore the city, but beyond that there's not much to recommend it. The staff was nice, bed was good, shower was very good, rooms were clean but overall the hotel felt a bit dated and tatty. We were lucky that the massive and apparently long term construction outside our window (back... More 

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I booked this hotel via one of the discount web sites and was a bit nervous due to some of the reviews. We had gone for a small double room but was pleasantly surprised at the size and quality. We've certainly stayed in much smaller places. There was plenty of room to move around with a table and chairs in... More 

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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were happy to find a hotel located so close to Waverley Rail Station, an easy walk with luggage. But when we got to the hotel we found that the reception desk is actually one floor about street level. Difficult doors to navigate with luggage, followed by a staircase. To be fair, there was a bell to ring to summon... More 

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here 15th - 17th April 2015. We weren't expecting much from the reviews but we were pleasantly surprised. The staff were lovely and helpful. Our room was on the third floor, not the biggest but we didn't need anything else. We were gobsmacked by the size of the bed, it was massive!!! There was air conditioning, a tv,... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at this hotel just after the Easter break for a few nights away before we had to go back to work and it was lovely. The room was very clean with plenty of space (It there had been a fridge would have been perfect). With Sainsburys, M &S, Gregs, Weatherspoons as well as plenty of fast food places... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband booked this hotel for a 3 night wedding anniversary stay and he selected it because ot it's proximity to Waverley Station as we were travelling by tain and I am recovering from a recent operation am not too mobile. After he had booked it, I c hecked it out on Trip Advisor and was horrified by all the... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Location of the hotel is ideal and all the major sights/shows are within easy walking distance. If you wish to go to the Ocean Terminal, there are bus stops outside. I had a minor issue with the room allocated to me, but when I discussed this with the duty manager, he offered two other rooms and I was asked to... More 

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TECBen, Public Relations Manager at The Old Waverley Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of The Old Waverley hotel, as your title suggests the hotel offers an enviable location on Princes Street with views of Edinburgh Castle and the gardens opposite. I am pleased we were able to offer you an alternative bedroom to suit your requirements and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My room was spacious and comfortable. But the BEST thing about it was the view--of both the Edinburgh Castle and Scott Memorial. I could easily walk to most places I wanted to visit. I enjoyed the breakfasts, and room service options were varied and appreciated.

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TECBen, Public Relations Manager at The Old Waverley Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of The Old Waverley - I have to agree our location is excellent and allows our guests easy access to all the major shops and attractions with only a short walk. Glad to hear you enjoyed our hearty Scottish breakfast buffets too! We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Edinburgh. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived from London with a baby and a little tired early on Easter morning and was promptly given a room and not asked to wait until check in later in the day so appreciate the thoughtfulness for starters. Next, got a corner room facing the monument and castle so could not have asked for a better view. The only... More 

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TECBen, Public Relations Manager at The Old Waverley Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at The Old Waverley, great to hear that you got to experience one of our corner bedrooms with a castle view - a real highlight of The Old Waverley! We hope to welcoming you all back on your next visit to Edinburgh! More 

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.

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