I've stayed at the Hilton Grosvenor several times over the last two years and it has expanded to include the "Townhouse" rooms across the street from the main hotel. The new rooms are clean and well turned out, but on the smaller side i.e. mainly single rooms with a single/double bed - not a problem if you are in/out on business and work in the rooms (always had enough sockets for my laptop and various gadgets), and although they all have internet, they do not support wifi - This is only supported in the main hotel block.
Rooms in the main hotel are clean, but are in need of a sprucing up - small things like creaky floorboards ruin an otherwise pleasant stay. Never had an issue with the showers (like some other reviewers have reported) and I have always found them to have good water pressure and easy to control the temperature. My last stay was in the main hotel block (room 333 - large room with huge bathroom with skylight), and previous stays have been a mix of Townhouse (singles) and main block (doubles) rooms.
I have especially enjoyed some of the larger rooms on the third (top) floor, some of which boast a nice view, but you really need decent weather to benefit from this. The main areas of the hotel are well presented and modern - especially the bar, reception and the restaurant areas. Breakfasts are the usual Hilton fare, albeit with some local specialities, e.g. haggis sausage. A friendly chef is available to cook your eggs to order too.
Service is key to my choosing a hotel again, and the service here is impeccable. All the staff are friendly and helpful. Location is also well placed - close enough to the town centre (5-10 mins walk) with a train station (Haymarket) across the street. I've preferred staying here rather than the hotels close to Princes St as the traffic there is disrupted due to the new tram works, so it is easier to get in/out without the traffic disruptions.
I feel this hotel is a work in progress, and the expansion and investment in the Townhouse section is looking to capture more of the corporate market. Unfortunately, without a corresponding investment in the main hotel block, this will just be a layover stop rather than a destination itself. Pricing is very competitive compared to other hotels near the town centre. I would not recommend this hotel as a romantic getaway for couples, much preferring the local boutique hotels for character (even though they are considerably more expensive).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A historic 1860s listed building, the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor hotel is housed over two buildings, a main building and a townhouse building. Situated in the stylish West End of the city, our hotel is just 200 meters from Haymarket train station and offers easy access to Edinburgh's iconic attractions, from Edinburgh Castle to Princes Street and the Royal Mile and is the perfect location to explore Scotland’s capital city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Hilton
- Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Scotland