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    Nearest transport:
  • Edinburgh Train Station (0.1 Km / 2 min walk)
    Area recommended for:
  • shopping
  • culture
  • sightseeing
    Distance to airport:
  • Edinburgh Airport (11.1 Km)
    Customer comments:
  • "Friendly staff", "Great breakfast", "Great location"
    Top nearby attractions:
  • Edinburgh Dungeon (0.1 Km / 2 min walk)
  • National Gallery of Scotland (0.5 Km / 6 min walk)
  • Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre (0.5 Km / 6 min walk)
  • Outlook Tower & Camera Obscura (0.5 Km / 6 min walk)

Note: Distances are measured as a straight line.

The Scotsman Hotel

20 North Bridge, Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom EH1 1TR

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Features of The Scotsman Hotel

Hotel Facilities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • airport transfer
  • babysitting
  • bar
  • business center
  • coffee shop
  • concierge
  • elevator
  • executive floor
  • express check-in/check-out
  • facilities for disabled guests
  • laundry service
  • luggage storage
  • meeting facilities
  • restaurant
  • room service
  • safety deposit boxes
  • smoking area

Sports and Recreation

  • fitness center
  • hot tub
  • indoor pool
  • sauna
  • spa
  • steamroom


  • free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

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Hotel Description
Housed within the magnificent Scotsman Newspaper building, The Scotsman Hotel provides 69 rooms and has...see more Housed within the magnificent Scotsman Newspaper building, The Scotsman Hotel provides 69 rooms and has been voted as one of the best hotels in the world. The property is situated on Edinburgh's historical North Bridge and is easily accessible from Princess Street, Royal Mile, and Waverley Railway Station. Once the home to the Scotsman Newspaper, the restored building has replaced the printing press room with a modern gym and the reception room with a bar and brasserie. Included in its many awards, The Scotsman Hotel was voted one of the top hotels in the world by both Cond Nast Traveler and Departures Magazine in 2002. The luxury 5-star hotel is for the discerning traveler seeking the best in service and accommodation.
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Hans L. Couples
Switzerland, October 19, 2015
short visit in Edinburgh

location, reception, bar,
Excellent location, very nice and helpful people at the reception desk (all from Hungary). However, one of the windows in our room could not be closed completely. This window had been defect for a long time and nobody started the repair. Quite obviously, the investments to keep the hotel running at high level are minimal.
Hugh M. Families with older children
United States of America, September 6, 2015
Avoid this

The Scotsman Hotel
What a dump. This place was great in 2003 when it opened. Now it's been run into the ground by its new owner, a sheik. Paper napkins in the restaurant. Breakfast was literally not edible. My highschool cafeteria had a better setup. The pool looks like you could catch VD.
keith P. Couples
United Kingdom, August 27, 2015
Dark and tired.Needs investment and up-dating.

I do not like negative comments,so will only say,somewhat tired interior,with pool dark,and depressing.Did not eat,so gave average,possibly unfair,but no alternative. There are better,romantic hotels with character,,and ones with better pools. I think lower 4* not 5,until refreshed.I think last time gave glowing report,as had one of best rooms ever,sadly once you notice faults,you end up negative.Make sure you get good room if you go.Convenient location.
michael W. Couples
United States of America, August 7, 2015
Scotsman hotel

Large room. Excellent restaurant. Welcoming staff
The location of the hotel was excellent., within walking district of everything. Our particular room was I believe situated over the kitchen and quite noisy early morning. The room was large and clean and we had a great view over the city. All in all I would consider this a four star hotel. The staff were friendly and the restaurant excellent. Definitely recommend this hotel and would stay here again.
John C. Couples
United Kingdom, August 7, 2015

Location and staff
Our stay was disappointing we arrived expecting a five star experience which it most certainly wasn't . The hotel is in need of a refurb, rooms are very tired, carpets, furniture beds are all well worn. The spa is quite a distance through dark and dreary corridors almost like a a concrete car park. Breakfast was only average food served from hot plates not cooked freshly like most five star hotels. Robes in the rooms were also rough and scratchy, no slippers and no complimentary water. Would not recommend and will not be going back.
Philip Y. Families with older children
Australia, July 16, 2015

Customer service was amazing!!! Location was perfect for both sides of the river. Sense of history was wonderful
The concierge went beyond the call of duty to ensure we had the best possible experience of Edinborough.
Atthachai Y. Groups
Thailand, November 5, 2015
Good hotel. Closed to the main train station

close to train station. Walking distance to the old town and good room
very good. Good service and very nice staff.
Anne R. Groups
Ireland, March 23, 2015
Edinburgh in March

Staff, location, hotel itself.
Paul K. Couples
Philippines, December 31, 2014
lovely few hours

staff. location. and staff once more
Stephen L. Couples
Australia, December 25, 2014
Great historic hotel

Amazing conversion from the old offices, fantastic location between old and new towns, great spa and pool
We loved this hotel. Best we have stayed in in edinburgh. A winner on all fronts.

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