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Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Royal Mile

3,231 reviews
+44 131 524 8400

Top Amenities

Free Wifi
Free Breakfast
Pets Allowed
Bar or Lounge

Budget Hotel in the Center of Edinburgh

Budget Friendly and Family Friendly

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Royal Mile is just off the Royal Mile, but you don't need a royal's budget to stay there. Rooms include breakfast for up to two adults and two children. Free WiFi is available in all rooms.

Visitors can walk or take buses to most tourist attractions. The train station is within walking distance, so getting to the hotel doesn’t require a taxi for those who can manage their luggage. Guests receive a discount when parking their vehicles at a nearby car park.

Walk to Edinburgh's Main Tourist Attractions

It only takes a few minutes to reach the Royal Mile and Princes Street. The Hop On Hop Off sightseeing bus is easily caught on the Royal Mile. The Royal Mile leads to Holyrood Park, where visitors can take tours of the palace and take in beautiful views of Edinburgh.

Ten minutes of walking takes visitors to Edinburgh Castle, where the crown jewels and other trappings of royalty are displayed.

Visitors can also walk to the train station for one hour train rides to Glasgow or St. Andrews.

Comfortable Modern Rooms

The hotel's rooms have plenty of space, and can be shared comfortably. Bedside lights don't disturb others in the room, and toilets and showers are separated by doors. Rooms have twin or queen size beds. Unpacking can be challenging, due to the lack of closets and limited storage space. The hotel provides extra pillows to help guests sleep well.

Business travelers can get work done at the desk in the room. The business center also offers additional facilities, such as printing and copying. An internet café, a short walk from the hotel, is another comfortable location for taking care of business tasks. The convention center is a mile from the hotel.

Dine Out

The hotel serves an included breakfast. Continental choices and hot foods, such as sausages and eggs are available. The hotel also has a small snack menu available 24 hours a day at the bar, although room service is not available. Enjoy a drink or ice cream in the bar at the end of the day.

For most meals, visitors enjoy pubs and restaurants in the local area. Both the Cowgate and Grassmarket neighborhoods are nearby with choices of food, shopping, and nightlife.

The Bottom Line

Among Edinburgh Royal Mile hotels, Holiday Inn Express is an affordable and comfortable choice.

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300 Cowgate
Edinburgh, EH1 1NA
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User Highlights
"Excellent check in/out" "Staff were very accommodating"
98% found the staff to be very friendly.
92% said the reception staff was great.
"Clean table" "Bathroom spotless"
90% said rooms were clean.
99% thought it was clean.
"Excellent position" "Superb location"
97% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
Not enough parking facilities, according to 57%.
"Overcooked scrambled egg" "Burnt croissants"
94% were happy with the price of the breakfast.
"Broken heating system" "Stained sheets"
Beds were acceptable for 63%.
72% said rooms were small.
"Great Wi-Fi" "Good Internet"
100% thought it was a great value.
"Cramped buffet" "Horrible sausages"
87% said the pork dishes didn't taste good.
80% found the side dishes unedible.
Bar and Beverages
"Very small bar area" "Bar facilities minimal"
Alcoholic drinks were awful, according to 92%.

Good to know...

Wonderful sightseeing
Friendly service
Parking is rare
Rooms could be larger
Expert Reviews
Time Out
Sitting along the Cowgate, this establishment is very close to the Royal Mile, although not actually on it. The bedrooms lack character, as you might expect of a big chain. But on the...
Hotel Information
Bar or Lounge
Business Center
Free Breakfast
Free Wifi
No Smoking
Pets Allowed
From 3:00pm*must be 18 or older to check-in
Until 11:00am
# of Rooms
  • Pet Fee: GBP 20 per pet (varies based on length of stay)
  • Late Check-out Fee: GBP 30.00
Handicap Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible