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The Royal Scots Club
Ranked #18 of 149 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cheshire, England
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

This hotel is well located and fairly priced for a major city centre location. The public rooms are comfortable and the staff are particularly helpful. The bedrooms - or at least the one I used - was starting to look a bit dated, with slightly tired looking furniture. However, the bed was very comfortable indeed, and the bathroom was well equipped.
Parking, as in most of the centre of Edinburgh, is a bit of a problem, so ask for advice or take the train.
One issue - whilst checking the location of the fire exits (necessary as the hotel can be a bit of a maze) it was almost impossible to find a direct route back to the bedroom!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Horley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Super location, both quiet & close to city centre. Great levels of service from the staff. Excellent traditional breakfast, didn't mind that we were a bit late - very refreshing attitude :-). Historic & interesting building, much better than a modern hotel. Would stay again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

A peculiar shaped building with rooms arranged eccentrically around the building. Very friendly staff and warm welcome. Slightly dated bar area and internet not available in some of the rooms which make the warm old school atmosphere seem a bit 70s! Perfect location, a little way out of the hubbub, but close enough to reach with a short uphill walk.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Location was good, very quiet! We paid 21 pounds for a Taxi from the airport to the hotel!
But you can also take the bus from the airport to downtown for about 3.50 pounds if you do not have much luggage! The hotel has beautiful furniture, paintings and has a warm feeling and
a victorian styl. The staff is very friendly and helpful, our room was very comfortable and the beds were great, the bathroom well equipped and big. This hotel has an elevator, which is great, as most of the hotels in Edinburgh do not have one! The breakfast was really good!

I found the location to be a little far from where I wanted to be: Royal Mile, Princess Street,
and the Castle. If you have a car is Ok, but if you have to walk to places may be a little far
unless you want to take the bus.

Room Tip: Quiet location, nice neighborhood!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

We booked a last minute weekend over the Bank Holiday to Edinburgh and the Royal Scots Club was one of the few available hotels due to the Festival in Edinburgh. We were a bit concerned as some of the reviews weren't very good. However it worked perfectly! The room was comfortable and clean, we had a nice view from our bedroom window, breakfast was ample and all the staff were willing to help! 2 comments - 1. the shower in our room was weird - I had to get my husband to switch it on everytime - the handle is really hard. 2. distance from the main tourist sights in the old town - its a bit of a walk and not for the older people who may find it a bit challenging. Apart from that no complaints at all!

Room Tip: Take a room on the 2nd floor - there is a room they use for parties in the basement and it can get q...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pisa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2012

We read the reviews and were a little concerned about staying here! However, it was a great place to stay for our week at the Fringe! The place was spotless and comfortable, staff were friendly and helpful - day and night. nothing was too much trouble - I got chewing gum on my trousers at one of the fringe venues and the receptionist arranged for them to be cleaned and returned the same day - great service. Our room was lovely and perfectly clean, as were the public areas. The sofas in the lounge are comfy enough to doze off on! It was unusual to have a mobile phone ban in public rooms but it was nice and quiet! Probably not the place for single people looking for a fun night out - the bar was quiet and cosy and again, staff were really helpful. We would definitely stay there again! Thanks everyone for a great stay.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Came here with family before a wedding in Edinburgh. The hotel placed our group all over the hotel after requesting to be grouped together. I was put in a room that took about 5 minutes to get to, in the basement. It was literally like wondering through a rabbits warren just to find it, and it was all on its own, so I wasn't comfortable staying there. (Also extremely dark and dated!)

Breakfast was fine, nothing exciting. Like the other reviews said, you could get just as nice (nicer even) elsewhere a lot cheaper! Stayed for dinner one night as well, which was okay. Dress smart though!

Saying this, I complained and the receptionist was very nice and offered to show me another room that hadn't been occupied yet, one floor up, a bit smaller, but nicer furnished. Still very dark though. I'd recommend you ask for a room that actually gets some light when you book!

Location wise it is excellent, 5 minutes (10 if you don't like hills) into Princess Street. No parking during the week, but luckily we were there on a weekend and found a side street nearby to park on. Be warned, Edinburgh traffic wardens are on the ball when it comes to giving out tickets.

Overall, decent hotel, but if you're looking for somewhere modern this definitely isn't the place to go!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Royal Scots Club

Property: The Royal Scots Club
Address: 30 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#60 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Royal Scots Club 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in one of Edinburgh's finest Georgian streets this is a rare combination, the charm of a country house hotel with a cosy club atmosphere. Founded in 1919 as a tribute to those who fell in The Great War The Royal Scots Club is proud of its heritage. Courtesy, personal service and warm hospitality are at the very heart of the Club. ... more   less 
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