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The Scotsman Hotel

2,084 reviews
+44 131 556 5565

Top Amenities

Free Wifi
Fitness Center

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
Overall Guest Score
"Location is superb" "Superb location"
100% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
100% thought it was easy to get to the train station.
"Service from every staff member was impeccable" "Staff and hotel were fantastic"
92% found the staff to be very friendly.
51% indicated the reception staff was not good.
"Superb health centre" "Enormous workout facility"
top-notch fitness area, thought 80%.
82% loved the sauna.
"Breakfast was superb" "Almost no fresh fruit at breakfast"
Breakfast prices were ok, according to 55%.
"Fabulous indoor swimming pool" "Lovely Jacuzzi"
"Toilet didn't work properly" "Carpet needed cleaning"
Beds were acceptable for 54%.
87% thought the view was good.
"Staff couldn't do enough and worth every penny" "Reasonable 4 star standard"
Breakfast prices were ok, according to 55%.
58% thought it was adequately priced.
"Cocktails delicious" "Free whisky"
Delicious alcoholic drinks, according to 91%.
Lovely bar service, according to 86%.
"Lovely old building" "Luxurious towels"
72% criticized the unstylish hotel.
75% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
"Fabulous venue" "Gorgeous "office" space"
54% thought the building was acceptable.
92% complained about the elevator.
"Carpet needed cleaning" "Smelly lift"
56% said rooms were dirty.
55% thought it was rather dirty.
"No internet access" "Intermittent Internet"
86% said the wifi quality was bad.
58% thought it was adequately priced.

Good to know...

Friendly service
Hotel could use some updating
Reception should be more attentive
Great view
Expert Reviews
This grandiose 19th-century pile has a distinctive feel to it... the Cowshed Spa has five treatment rooms as well as a relaxation room.
A magnificent turn-of-the-20th-century building, with a marble staircase and a fascinating history... now houses this modern, luxurious hotel.
For peace and quiet, ask for an upper-story room with a view.
Travel + Leisure
Rising dramatically over North Bridge, the turreted sandstone façade of the Scotsman Hotel was originally built in 1905 to house the baronial offices of the Scotsman newspaper.
Hotel Information
Bar or Lounge
Business Center
Fitness Center
Free Wifi
No Smoking
Spa or Sauna
From 2:00pm*must be 18 or older to check-in
Until 11:00am
# of Rooms
  • Late Check-out Fee: GBP 30
  • Breakfast Fee: GBP 16.95 per person (approximately)