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The Old Waverley Hotel
Ranked #104 of 149 Hotels in Edinburgh
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“Great location, average hotel”
Reviewed February 21, 2010

We stayed at the Old Waverley for one night in a junior double room. We checked in an hour earlier and luckily our room was ready. We were aware that the room would be small (it was a junior room) but it wasn't that bad. The sheets were clean and the bathroom was big and modern. The bed was not very big but ok for a night or two. Breakfast is good but there aren't many food options. However breakfast is served in a very nice room that overlooks Princes street's gardens. The location is excellent, ideal for a short city break, literally in the heart of the city. We paid 55 pounds for one night incl. breakfast, and I think it was a good value for money, I don't think I would pay more for this room. I would recommend this hotel but I would advise you not to expect much, the hotel is not posh, contrary to the pictures you see on the website.

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Reviewed February 19, 2010

what a lovely hotel, read the reviews about an "over-powering smell of soap throughout the hotel" , was in fact a shop at the entrance called lush and it smelt lovely ,no prob whatsoever. The staff were very polite and friendly, the room was very comfortable.Central location very handy for the railway stations and buses. Breakfast was very nice plenty of it . Would definitely stop there again .

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2010

Enjoyed our stay very much. Freindly staff & a very nice room, comfortable bed and a very plush ensuite what more could you ask for. Breakfast was great full English/Scottish help your-self well cooked & piping hot! (only draw back with help your-self with me is I tend to eat too much). We liked it so much that we intend to come again in May with my relatives from Australia & can't wait!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 4, 2010

When we arrived at the hotel we were pleasantly surprised as we booked it online: it is on the corner of Princes street and close to everything that's nice and whatever you need. The member of staff that welcomed us was a bit 'inbetween'. Not unfriendly, but not the warmest welcome we've had (we travel through the UK and stay over in hotels or B&B's about once every 2 months on average and eat out a lot). Everything looked very nice and posh and for the money we thought we'd found a bargain!! But unfortunately not. Our room had a view on a brick wall, fire escape stairs and other strangely blocked off windows. Although we wanted non-smoking, the room smelled terribly of smoke. Being a smoker myself, you'd think I wouldn't mind, but it was awful and the smell went into our clothes as well. It really was quite sickly when you first entered the room.
The bed had a 'lovely' stain in the white sheets, the room was tiny with not a lot of space to move.. all in all I think the only nice thing was the shower. We stayed for one night and I would have complained if we would've stayed any longer.
The evening we arrived we went out for dinner and came back for a glass of wine (6 pounds each!) and I was asked to pay by credit card. Neither of us have one and they seemed to enjoy making an issue out of that. The breakfast the next day was.. odd. English/Scottish breakfast, just without the beans, most the bacon wasn't cooked, there was no sauce provided and I wouldn't recommend the coffee either. The place is clearly run by Polish/Russian people, I'm a foreigner myself (Dutch), but I do feel that either the Scots could've done a way better job at it or the owners/manager/kitchen staff/all members of staff could've done a better job at their research in how a Scottish/English breakfast should consist of.

If you're only after a roof above your head and a shower and don't care about any form of quality standards, this is the place. But personally I feel that when you pay about £60, you should get more for your money.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
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Oldwaverley, General Mansger at The Old Waverley Hotel, responded to this review, February 14, 2010
Whilst we at the Old Waverley are naturally disappointed at this review, we are still grateful for this guest taking the time to share his experiences. However, if any guest should ever have a negative experience at the hotel, no matter how rare this is, it is important they share it with us there and then as we will be able to fix things immediately. If this guest was unhappy with his room we would have been more than happy to quickly arrange an alternative. Smoking is not permitted in the Old Waverley Hotel and is in fact illegal, and all are rooms are no smoking, and therefore cannot smell of smoke. With regard to the comment on the nationality of staff, the Revenue Manager, the Head Chef, the Housekeeper and I are all Scottish, and we are supported by staff from all over Europe, as you would find in all the best International Hotels. We welcome the diversity of our staff and have found that because of this, we can offer the very best in Scottish Hospitality as detailed in all the other reviews on this page.
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Derbyshire
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Reviewed January 25, 2010

My husband acompanied me on a work trip to Edinburgh and so we thought we'd make a night of it!
he entrance is somewhat understated given that the hotel starts ont he 1st floor above the shops, but it is in an excellent location - un beatable!

Our room was small but well equipt, with flat screen tv and newly done bathroom- great power type shower just a shame about the shower curtain, a glass screen would've been alot more efficient and finished it off much better.

We didn't use the bar having read that it was a bit pricey an instead went out and about in Edinburgh.

Given that it is right in the centre of everything we didn;t hear an noise etc and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Oldwaverley, General Manager at The Old Waverley Hotel, responded to this review, February 14, 2010
Many thanks for a positive review, we will certainly look into the practicalities of installing glass shower screens
Leon Kiteley
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Reviewed January 24, 2010

We paid 100 for two nights with a breakfast. Room was clean and refurbished, stuff friendly, lokation great.

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Scotland
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Reviewed January 24, 2010

Hotel is located just across the road from Waverley Station, and we had a brilliant view of the Castle and Princes St Gardens. Our room 614 was very spacious, clean and the bathroom has obviously recently been updated.

The reception staff were polite and friendly and very welcoming. The bar was also resonably priced for the centre of Edinburgh. The breakfast was excellent and although buffet style the chef was out talking to the customers and was prepared to make other breakfast items that were not on the buffet. The waiting staff were very responsive and curteous. Overall a very enjoyable stay and very good value for money. We will be back in the future.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Old Waverley Hotel
Address: 43 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2BY, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Princes Street and Gardens
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #104 of 149 Hotels in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Waverley Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 85
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Modernized hotel in building dating from 1848; overlooking Princes Gardens and the Scott Monument; with views of Edinburgh Castle. ... more   less 
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