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The Scotsman Hotel

20 North Bridge, Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom EH1 1TR (Show on map)

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"Large room. Excellent restaurant. Welcoming staff..."

  • Michael, United States
  • August 3, 2015
  • Area: Edinburgh Old Town
  • Rooms : 69
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Room Types
Classic Room (Double, King or Queen)
Classic Room (Double, King or Queen)
Classic Room (Double, King or Queen) - Bed & Breakfast
Classic Room (Double, King or Queen) - Dinner, B&B
Executive Room - Bed and Breakfast
Executive Room - Dinner, B&B
Executive Room
Executive Room
Junior Suite (King or Queen)
Junior Suite (King or Queen)
Junior Suite (King or Queen) - Bed and Breakfast
Junior Suite (King or Queen) - Dinner, B&B


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Features of The Scotsman Hotel

24-hour front desk

24-hour room service

airport transfer



business center

coffee shop



executive floor

express check-in/check-out

facilities for disabled guests

laundry service

luggage storage

meeting facilities


room service

safety deposit boxes

smoking area

Sports and Recreation

fitness center

hot tub

indoor pool





free Wi-Fi in all rooms

Wi-Fi in public areas


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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. Housed within the magnificent Scotsman Newspaper building, The Scotsman Hotel provides 69 rooms and has ... see more
Children and extra beds:
Infant 0-2 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 3-12 year(s)
Must use an extra bed

Guests over 12 years old are considered as adults.

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.

When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Airport Transfer Fee
65 GBP

Breakfast Charge (when not included in room rate)
17 GBP

Check-In From
02:00 PM

Check-Out Until
11:00 AM

Distance from City Center
0.2 km

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Keith P. Couples United Kingdom, August 23, 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.
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Michael W. Couples United States of America, August 3, 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.
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John C. Couples United Kingdom, August 2, 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.
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Philip Y. Families with older children Australia, July 14, 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.
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Anne R. Groups Ireland, March 21, 2015
Edinburgh in March

Staff, location, hotel itself.
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Paul A. Couples Philippines, December 27, 2014
lovely few hours

staff. location. and staff once more
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Stephen L. Couples Australia, December 23, 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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Hak M. Families with young children Singapore, October 20, 2014

Very nice. But slightly overrated. But no hotel car park. We had to park at the public car park nearby.
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Kim S. Solo travelers United Kingdom, August 3, 2014

Rooms, location, character
Some food and beverage staff are less than satisfactory needing some training in guest focus. Check in and concierge staff were without exception outstanding on day shifts. The night staff are a little too casual for the style and standard of accomodation, unshaven, no jackets, ties loosened off. Not a professional first impression for anyone arriving after hours. Breakfast was sufficient and the setting is comfortable. A wonderful touch is the small decanter of whiskey in the room, quite apt for the hotel given location and heritage.
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Nicholas P. Families with older children United Kingdom, July 5, 2014
Extremely pleasant

Superb room with great outlook, excellent breakfast, very pleasant and efficient staff
Excellent. stayed a few times before, here this time for son's graduation, but now unlikely to return as he has finished in Edinburgh.
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Customers like this hotel for:
Nearest transport:
  • Edinburgh Train Station (0.1 Km / 2 min walk)
Area recommended for:
  • culture
  • shopping
  • sightseeing
Distance to airport:
  • Edinburgh Airport (11.1 Km)
Customer comments:
  • "Friendly staff" , "Great breakfast" , "Great location"
Top attractions in the area:
  • 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)
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