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The Scotsman Hotel

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8.4
Excellent
2,029 reviews
+44 131 556 5565

Top Amenities

Free Wifi
Pool
Restaurant
Bar or Lounge

A Five-Star Boutique Hotel with Ghosts

A Historic Landmark Disguised as a Hotel

If you are traveling to Edinburgh and seek an authentic slice of the city, stay at the The Scotsman Hotel. The name is not misleading here. This property was built upon the former structure housing The Scotsman, a regional newspaper, which moved to nearby Holyrood. In its place, The Scotsman Hotel has been created. It is a five-star boutique hotel that has already been given membership in Historic Hotels Worldwide.

With only 56 rooms, The Scotsman Hotel provides luxury and privacy in a location convenient to most of the city, North Bridge. It is only one block away from Princes Street and the Royal Mile.

Feel Like a Royal

The Royal Mile comprises the body of Old Town, the heart of the town whose roots date back to medieval times. It includes the body of the city’s history, all compacted into a single mile. While visiting Edinburgh, it is the one place you must visit.

A Hotel Teeming with Ghosts

Edinburgh’s residents enjoy cultivating the city’s reputation as being one of the most haunted places in the world. The Scotsman Hotel is one of their favorite ghost stories. According to the locals, multiple spirits including a deceased forger and a haunted printer inhabit the property. If you want an element of excitement on your trip, do some ghost hunting at the hotel.

If you don’t believe in ghosts, the Scotsman Hotel restaurant will at least make you believe in local flavors. The North Bridge Brasserie provides elegant cuisine. Don’t miss afternoon tea, which is so popular that reservations are recommended. If you want a truly unforgettable meal, splurge for Taste of Scotland, a specially prepared five-course meal. All of the ingredients are locally sourced to ensure authenticity.

If you need to work out after all that food, the Scotsman Spa and Health Club is one of the most respected in the country. Do some cardio at the gym then reward yourself with a facial or massage performed by an award-winning specialist.

No Two Rooms Are Alike

A rarity for the hotel industry, this statement is true. In order to protect the integrity of the building, every room is different. Still, all of them include free Wi-Fi, evening turndown service, coffee and tea maker, safe, mini-bar, HDTV with satellite, and a copy of Edinburgh Monopoly.

The Bottom Line

The Scotsman Hotel is one of the most expensive locations in Edinburgh, but it is worth the money.

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20 North Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1TR
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User Highlights
8.4
Excellent
Location
"Location is superb" "Superb location"
98% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
100% thought it was easy to get to the train station.
Service
"Staff were fantastic" "Room service excellent"
88% found the staff to be very friendly.
56% indicated the reception staff was not good.
Breakfast
"Wonderful scrambled eggs" "Breakfast was fantastic"
Breakfast prices were ok, according to 52%.
Room
"Difficult to open cupboard" "Damp carpet"
Beds were acceptable for 64%.
For only 59%, the bathroom was ok.
Vibe
"Stunning decor" "Lovely old building"
80% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
74% criticized the unstylish hotel.
Wellness Area
"Steam room out of action" "Lack of spa facilities"
For only 57%, the fitness area was satisfactory.
71% loved the sauna.
Bar and Beverages
"Fabulous cocktails" "Helpful bar staff"
Pool
"Fabulous indoor swimming pool" "Swimming pool fantastic"
Value for money
"Reasonable 4 star standard" "Free whisky"
Breakfast prices were ok, according to 52%.
100% thought it was a great value.
Cleanliness
"Scruffy carpet" "Dingy lounge"
Only 52% said rooms were clean enough.
54% thought it was rather dirty.
WiFi
"Wireless not working" "No internet access"
89% said the wifi quality was bad.
100% thought it was a great value.

Good to know...

Train station is close
Friendly service
Reception should be more attentive
Rooms need regular maintenance
Expert Reviews
Lonely Planet
The former offices of the Scotsman newspaper – opened in 1904 and hailed as ‘the most magnificent newspaper building in the world’ – are now home to this luxury hotel. Rooms on the...
The Telegraph
This five star hotel is a bastion of solid confidence and quiet style in a commanding position offering great views over the city. You can swim in the stainless steel pool, have a spa...
Afar Magazine
Whisky connoisseurs can sample more than 40 single-malt scotches as their vintage carriages slice through the Scottish Highlands. The veranda of the Edwardian-style observation car offers...
Hotel Information
Features
Air-conditioned
Bar or Lounge
Business Center
Concierge
Free Wifi
No Smoking
Pool
Restaurant
Spa or Sauna
Details
Check-In
From 2:00pm*must be 18 or older to check-in
Check-Out
Until 11:00am
# of Rooms
69
Fees
Add-ons
  • Late Check-out Fee: GBP 30
  • Breakfast Fee: GBP 16.95 per person (approximately)
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