My wife and I have just returned from a two night stay in the Scotsman and were more than happy with our £100/night deluxe room. Whether it is worth the £250 rack rate or the £400 quoted for the weekends when the Scottish rugby team are playing remains to be seen.
In terms of location it is hard to find a better placed hotel in Edinburgh, such is the Scotsman's proximity to both the Royal Mile and Princes Street (a couple of minutes walk to either destination). We also found the staff to be friendly and helpful, we had emailed ahead and were granted our request for an early check in (at 11.30), and during the course of the weekend nothing seemed to be of any trouble to them.
Having spent four years in Edinburgh during university I was aware that the Airport bus is excellent value (£5 return) and is certainly a good option for Scotsman guests as the final stop is Waverly Station (a few minutes walk from the Scotsman's lower entrance) Considering that a taxi usually costs £15-20 each way only those who have a reason to need a taxi should consider it a preferable option.
Our room was spacious and had a few nice touches like surround sound for the plasma screen tv and privacy hatch for room service. We had a lovely hot chocolate in the hotel brasserie after a morning of ice skating in Princes Street Gardens and also enjoyed a delicious lunch there on the Sunday afternoon before we left.
why only four out of five? The lifts are a disaster - especially if you are bound for the otherwise excellent spa facilities. You have to change lifts, wander narrow corriders that don't seem to lead anywhere, before finally crossing a bridge and taking another lift down to the basement. they frequently took forever to arrive and were out of order at other times. The other problem is less of the Scotsman's making in that it has the misfortune of being in the shadow (literally) of it's larger and grander rival The Balmoral. Having now stayed in both hotels It was obvious to me that although the Scotsman has been designed with sereral modern touches in an effort to offer an alternative to the grand dames of the Balmoral and The Caledonian it will always be measured against it's more traditional rivals. In that competition it doesn't quite measure up.....yet
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a desirable location on North Bridge, The 4 star Scotsman Hotel is nestled between the hustle and bustle of the New Town and the historical Old Town, the hotel is perfectly located to explore Edinburgh. Just off the famous Royal Mile, Waverley Train Station and Princess Street are within 2 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Tourist attractions, entertainment venues, restaurants, bars and shopping are all conveniently near-by, making The Scotsman Hotel the ideal base to explore the our great city. Many of the original features and layout remain intact from the former national newspaper of Scotland printing house, bringing historical character to this luxury boutique hotel. The Marble staircase, now the centre of the hotel, retains its imposing stained glass window and glows magnificently by candle light each evening. Within the heart of the historic and iconic building is our comfortable bar and lounge area which serves a wide variety of drinks to suit all tastes, a luxurious afternoon tea and a great range of bar snacks. A high quality Scottish breakfast with superb service is served daily in our dedicated breakfast restaurant. With discounted parking at local secure car park, complimentary Wi-Fi and all the little extras you would expect from a 4 star boutique hotel, we look forward to welcoming you soon to The Scotsman Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Scotsman Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland
- Scotsman Hotel Edinburgh