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Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Ranked #55 of 147 Hotels in Edinburgh
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 20, 2006

Good hotel in a quiet location within a short walk (about 5 minutes) from the royal mile. Stayed there for a weekend break with my family (children 9 and 12 years). The children enjoyed the swimming pool. Great breakfast although dining room was busy at times. Just across the road from Dynamic earth which everyone enjoyed. Also try the deep sea world at queensbury (about 30 minute drive away). Family rooms were fine although ask for a corner suite facing Dynamic earth centre. The only criticism is having to pay an extra £15 fee per night for parking.

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Reviewed April 10, 2006

Stayed for 3 nights midweek, as 2nd leg of a 3 city journey in early April 2006. This is a great 4 star hotel, just a block south of the Royal Mile, and really close to Holyrood Palace, Dynamic Earth, and Arthur's seat. It's modern and new, but the decor is elegant & traditional. The concierge service is excellent; they greet you when you arrive, and attend to your requests as best they can. I got a great deal from Otel that was tax and breakfast inclusive, about $130/night midweek, double occupancy (breakfast otherwise costs 14.95 pounds per person). The double room and bathroom is spacious (though it might not seem so when you first walk in the room) and very clean, and the bed and bedding warm and comfortable.

It's the perks that I wasn't expecting that made staying here so pleasant: breakfast includes continental buffet AND ordering from a list of both english and scotish breakfast items, complimentary overnight shoe shine service, tea making self-service in the room, complimentary bottles of still and carbonated spring water each day, towel warming rack in the bathroom (don't touch it directly or you'll burn yourself), heated bathroom mirror, daily paper, speaker in the bathroom so you can hear what's playing on the TV. There is a gorgeous pool in the hotel, and I really wished I brought my bathing suit, because it looked quite enticing.

The only thing I was disappointed with was the TV viewing selection. I was expecting a multitude of offerings from the satellite TV and only got a handful of news and sports channels, and just a bit of radio. But maybe Scotish TV is just that unexciting.

That isn't going to dissuade me from staying here again. I totally recommend it. My travel partner who stayed at the 5-star Caledonian Hilton on her last visit to Edinburgh was thoroughly happy with this hotel, and said that other than the warmed bathroom floors and more oppulent restaurant and lobby at the Caledonian, the MacDonald Holyrood was just as good.

PS. Here's a breakfast tip: when ordering "Wheat" toast, it's probably better to say "Brown" toast, as the words "Wheat" and "White" can get confused (I think they might sound similar in the Scotish broque).

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed April 9, 2006

We arrived prior to check-in time and they let us check-in right away because they had a room ready, which was great.

Staff all very friendly and welcoming.

Room nice, but nothing special given the high standard room rates. We got a good deal for staying here, but wouldnt pay the standard rates. £15 for 24hrs parking at the hotel also seems very steep.

Good choice on the dinner menu and food excellent. Breakfast too was very good - cooked, cereals, fruit, pastries etc.

Best thing about the hotel is its location. It is situated next to the Scottish Parliament building and Holyrood Palace. Nice area to walk around. It is at the bottom of the Royal Mile, around a 15min walk to Princes Street. Plenty of bars and restaurants nearby on the Royal Mile. Superb location for a short break.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed April 3, 2006

Stayed here for a 3 night midweek break and found the rooms and surroundings clean and well kept. Breakfast was lovely, fresh fruit, good quality cooked breakfast/kippers/fruit juice. We had the leisure facilities in the afternoon virtually to ourselves and the hotel is situated in good position at bottom end of royal mile and right next to Pizza Express!
Breakfast service good on 2 mornings and then on 3rd, busier morning, all quite chaotic, having to ask for everything, as clearly understaffed. Beds were remade in evening on first day, then nothing on next 2 nights. I mentioned this to staff on leaving and they said it should have been done adn will mention to housekeeping! We got a good deal on Otel(--)!!

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed March 23, 2006

The Holyrood Hotel was perfectly located (5-10 min walk to the royal mile) it had quiet surroundings but still near to the city.
The hotel itself was lovely, very classy, clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. The concierge pointed us in the right direction for dinner and got it spot on for us everytime! We went into the city (Princes Street and surrounding area) in the evening and this is about a 20 min walk or a short taxi ride from the hotel.
The leisure facilities were great, i had a treatment (back massage) which was really relaxing and great value!

I would definatley stay at the Holyrood again - the little touches from the staff (having your curtains drawn ready for bed) made the stay most enjoyable!

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed March 20, 2006

I stayed here on Friday 17th March and was very, very well looked after. They really took the time to talk to us to find out what we wanted to do and then organised it all, it made all the difference. Thanks for taking care of us.

Highly recommended!

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Property: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Address: 81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Castle / Royal Mile / High St
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Green Hotel in Edinburgh
#32 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#42 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#50 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#56 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Holyrood Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 156
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 Roccas restaurant is stylish and sophisticated, serving the best quality Scottish home comforts with an Italian twist. A meal, afternoon tea or champagne at the bar is certainly not to be missed. ... more   less 
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