The hotel is in a good location about 10-15 minutes' walk from Princes Street, on the west side of the city centre. Keep in mind that at time of writing there was still work on the tram lines, which means that the buses can't get too close to the hotel, and you have to walk through/across the road works to get to the hotel. On the plus side, this means no noisy traffic on the main road (perpendicular to the road the hotel is on).
The hotel itself is a bit dated and reminds me more of a B&B than a hotel. There are about 20 rooms. The carpets on the stairs look a bit tired and the wallpaper looks like it is from the 1970s. However, the room we had was quite spacious and had three beds (I think they call this a 'suite'?). It had a flat-screen TV and coffee/tea-making facilities. The bathroom, though also in need of some updating (cracked lino on the floor), was a good size with a good, powerful and heat-adjustable shower over the bath. Just a shame the bath was a bit narrow and it could have done with a shower screen instead of a shower curtain.
Common areas: there was a bar opposite reception but we didn't use it, so can't comment on that.
Breakfast: The website I booked through had originally charged me extra for a cooked breakfast; then I saw that other websites offered the same rate with cooked breakfast included. I wrote to the hotel and the money I had paid up front was returned without problems. I was told by the reception staff by email that cooked breakfast was included in the price, but when we went down for breakfast the first morning it was continental breakfast only. Not a problem for us, but not what we had expected. The food on offer was: white or brown toast (which they will make fresh for you), jam and marmalade, butter, Nutella, slices of ham and cheese, apple or orange 'juice', and yogurts. There is a kettle with boiling water so you can make your own (instant) coffee and tea.
When I questioned the breakfast issue the next day, I was told they don't offer cooked breakfast anymore (and haven't done for some months) so I should not have been told that they would offer it included in the price. However, the alternative I was offered was to have a cooked breakfast at a nearby café at their expense. I thought that was a good solution (though we didn't use it).
All in all the hotel was fine for a few days and not a bad price for the location (we paid about 100GBP per person, at peak time of the Tattoo/Fringe Festival, having booked 8 months in advance), but if you're looking for business-chic, with sleek lines and tiled reception floors, then maybe this is not the hotel for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Edinburgh Ritz Hotel was originally built as a town house in the 1860s right on the edge of Edinburgh's historic New Town right in the heart of the city. After a spell housing the Scottish Coal Board the building was converted into a boutique Hotel 50 years ago.Every effort has been made to retain the original features, including the beautiful cornices, rose crowns and staircases, whilst simultaneously providing guests with all necessary mod-cons. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ritz Edinburgh Hotel Edinburgh
- Ritz Hotel Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Ritz
- Ritz Edinburgh Scotland