The Howard is very welcoming and the character of the place is evident as one settles in the lounge with tea or coffee as the formalities of checking in are sorted. Our room, the same as on previous visits, was at the front and although there is some traffic noise (cobbled street!) it was very comfortable and spacious. Dinner in the Atholl room was excellent with service to match. Plenty of choice at breakfast. We dined out on our second night but the hotel was happy to make arrangements and book taxis. The attitude of the staff was excellent throughout our stay, helpful, pleasant but not intrusive. We're already looking forward to our next visit.