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The Carlton Hotel

19 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1SD, Scotland
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Thirsk, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The hotel is in a good location at the end of the Royal Mile and close to Waverley station, and the public areas are nice and sleek, however the rooms themselves are poor. I struggled to sleep as there was no AC and the windows (which were filthy, which is a shame because I had a nice view across the... More 

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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The location of this hotel does not make up for its condition. Although the public areas are adequate, the rooms are beyond tired and in some cases dirty along with being extremely worn. Stayed with 7 other couples who all felt the same way.

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Leven, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed a lovely champagne afternoon tea at The Carlton last weekend . Excellent service and tasty food nicely presented . We were given the choice of the restaurant or the lounge to take tea so we opted for the comfy lounge . I had a lovely pot of Earl Grey while hubby chose coffee . A selection of fresh sandwiches... More 

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South Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If a central location is all you require then this hotel will fit the bill. The previous "very varied" reviews on this hotel should have provided a warning about what to expect. You will not have a good nights rest if you have a street facing room, certainly on the lower floors e.g. on the Royal Mile. They lack secondary... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We found this spa package on lastminute.com it was for 2 nights stay with breakfast and a 3 course dinner on both days and 2x full body massage and 1hr facial massage for £190 each (bargain). We arrived at this amazing old Victorian hotel and had a lovely welcome, could fault the apart from the lady did not ask if... More 

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Perrysburg, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Carlton for two nights as part of a broader trip to Scotland. We found it very comfortable and clean. Although the building appears old, the inside is fairly bland modern. The breakfast was very good. The best part about this place is its location - right between the old town and the new town. Both are... More 

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great location cebtrally located ease of old town and new town walking tours. Also coffee shops nearby. Within feet of the mile walk to the castle. Hotel breakfast was excellent and dinner resturant was nice. Overall great deal of the money.

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Cheshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our first trip to Edinburgh. As we were travelling by train we chose The Carlton as we wanted to be central for walking. We had a lovely weekend. We arrived at Waverley station and could see the hotel but it is on the next street higher. After asking for directions we arrived at the hotel after climbing 60 odd steps... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked a spa day inc afternoon tea with a friend through a Living Social deal. when a called to book I informed the staff that my friend was dairy and Gluten intolerant and i was informed that this could be accommodated. The spa staff were friendly and the facilities were nice if not dated. The staff in the restaurant were... More 

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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