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Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU Scotland
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#97 of 156 hotels in Edinburgh
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Situated in the heart of Edinburgh's old town, adjacent to the Scottish Parliament, Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is one of the city's leading hotels which has recently completed a £2.5million investment. Whatever your reason for staying, visiting on business or visiting the fascinating city of Edinburgh, you'll find our bedrooms are some of the most comfortable in town, our Vital Health Club is ideal to unwind in and our brand new Surf & Turf restaurant is stylish and sophisticated. A meal, afternoon tea or champagne at the bar is certainly not to be missed.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Highchairs available
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Personal trainer
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Steam room
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, Spanish and 1 more
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MartynForshaw wrote a review Nov 2020
Southampton, United Kingdom109 contributions65 helpful votes
This hotel is ideally situated for all the attractions, we were able to walk to almost everywhere we needed to go. The hotel itself is a fairly inconspicuous sort of building but the staff were excellent and the food also but there was no draught beer offering (due to covid) and the bottled beer was barely chilled. However this is 2020 and nothing is like it should be.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Siann Reid, General Manager at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Martyn, Thank you for your kind feedback, I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay and the location of the hotel. We always aim to exceed our guests expectations so I am really glad you found the food & service to be excellent! Thank you for understanding that we have a slightly limited bar offering due to Covid, however I will ensure our beer is adequately chilled going forward. I hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards
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user121017 wrote a review Oct 2020
Inverness, United Kingdom70 contributions12 helpful votes
Have to travel to the city for work a few times a year and come here every time. Staff are excellent, very professional, and very helpful. Wish I could remember names but everyone who was working between 22nd and 24th September has my sincere thanks. It’s a strange time for hotel staff as well as customers with all the restrictions but was always left confident that staff had everything in hand. You can always rely on having a good quality room, comfortable bed, and excellent breakfast. Will keep coming here.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
Response from Siann Reid, General Manager at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for continuing to stay with us Macdonald Holyrood Hotel! We very much appreciate your kind comments regarding the level of service offered by the team. We have offered additional training on our Covid Safe & Sound policy so that our team are well informed and our guests are reassured. We look forward to welcoming you back next time. Kind regards
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GrandTourino wrote a review Sep 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom7 contributions3 helpful votes
We went for treatments and they were nice but it felt like the staff were headless chickens. No one was in charge, hardly anyone was wearing a mask (customers & staff). We were left to wander about unsure where to go. I appreciate things are tricky just now but come on. Macdonalds social media claims it’s all very safe and organised. It’s anything but. Wouldn’t recommend until they get their acts together.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Response from Siann Reid, General Manager at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for choosing your spa day with Macdonald Holyrood Hotel & Spa. I'm glad you enjoyed your treatments, although I'm sorry to hear the staff were not at hand to offer more guidance. We take our Covid 19 Safe & Sound policy very seriously, with many measures in place to keep both our staff and our guests safe. This includes mandatory wearing of masks for all staff in public areas, which is monitored continuously by management. Please accept my apologies if you did not find that to be the case. I hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards
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mopiat wrote a review Sep 2020
Berlin, Germany14 contributions10 helpful votes
The receptionist was very unfriendly, she did not allow my pregnant wife to use the hotels bathrooms. The reason were COVID problems, she said we have to go somewhere elss, but she could not help us to find an available alternative.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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18RonB wrote a review Sep 2020
Walsoken, United Kingdom119 contributions63 helpful votes
Used to stay here regularly but not been back for 25 years. Was interesting to see how the hotel has changed in that time. Considering the Coronavirus situation we were pleasantly surprised. The welcome was excellent and helpful. The rooms clean tidy and roomy. Breakfast was a treat and the waiting staff excellent. In fact all of the staff we encountered were very helpful. The location is very good. A stiff climb uphill to the main shopping area but works the other way as quiet and clean nearby. The Scottish parliament is close by and so always a healthy number of police officers nearby which does give a safe feeling. The dinner menu was a little sparse but considering the situation everyone finds itself in should be expected. Well done Macdonald Holyrood
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Date of stay: August 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from Fiona Milligan, General Manager at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Responded Sep 3, 2020
Dear 18RonB, Thank you for your 5* review. The team and I are delighted to receive this and hear that you had a great stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, Fiona Milligan General Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Macdonald Holyrood Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Palace of Holyroodhouse (0.2 miles), The Chocolatarium (0.3 miles), and Can You Escape? Edinburgh (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Macdonald Holyrood Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Smoov Gelato Coffee, Em's Kitchen, and Wedgwood The Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Is Macdonald Holyrood Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Edinburgh.
Are any cleaning services offered at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Macdonald Holyrood Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Polish.