We went to Edinburgh for a long weekend on Friday 19th March. Having read some poor reviews we were a bit concerned, but balanced them with the good ones and decided to stick with it. We were not disappointed.
As you exit Waverley railway station on to Princes Street, the hotel is just across the road. The entrance, like all the entrances of the hotels on the north side of Princes Street, is between shop fronts. To reception and met with a smile, warm welcome and a nice relaxed attitude.
We booked a double room and got number 92 which was actually a large family room with the double and a single, table and 2 easy chairs plus the usual furniture. Some reviewers had complained of dirty rooms but we found no evidence of that at all; on the contrary it was almost spotless. The bed was just a bit too hard for my taste.
We agree the interior is a bit jaded and tired but far preferable to a modern concrete box with no soul.
The bar is very pleasant and you can take in the view from the castle along the Royal Mile overloking Princes Street while eating an evening meal, bar snack or just a drink. Excellent food at good reasonable prices - pork medallions in a white wine sauce with roast and boiled potatoes, plus vegetables just £8.95.
The tour buses are within 100 metres and if you buy your tickets for them from the kiosk, also get your castle entrance tickets (same price) as the queues up there are bad.
We sampled Rose Street's bars but not impressed. The staff obviously think tourists are a bit of a pain and in one, we were asked to move from one area to another so they could clean up for the night - it was just 9.45pm and the place was still filling up with customers. Wetherspoons owned Assembly Rooms on George Street had a good atmosphere and the building is amazing.
Just in case anyone thinks I am some totally enraptured tourist, I should say I was brought up in Edinburgh and left when I was 18. I have been back many times and it still has the magic. Don't let the few negative reviewers put you off: this is a tired hotel that is run very well, very clean and welcoming, efficient pleasant staff and very good reasonably priced food in an excellent location.
Having had some 40 holidays in the last 10 years we feel qualified to comment. One thing is certain, we will return and stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Victorian Hotel situated adjacent to Waverley Station, on Edinburgh's main street, Princes Street. 2012 is going to be an exciting year for the Royal British Hotel. A long awaited and overdue refurbishment is on course for this year. We have acquired a building adjacent to the hotel, which will be accommodating our new restaurant as well as an additional 6 bedrooms, with fantastic views of the Old Town, Princes Street and the Castle. Some of our room have already been refurbished and the remaining rooms will undergo a full refurbishment in phases. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal British Edinburgh
- Hotel Royal British
- Royal British Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland