Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
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8.6
Excellent
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(94 reviews)See what guests said
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8.2
Excellent
Location rating score
Excellent location - 270 meters from city center
Parking
Available
  • Whitehorse Close50 m
  • Neanie Scott50 m
  • Robert Fergusson Statue50 m
  • Carson Clark Gallery50 m
  • Scottish Poetry Library70 m
  • Studio 24120 m
  • Dunbar's Close Garden120 m
  • Edinburgh World Heritage130 m
  • Scottish Parliament Building130 m
  • Tun130 m
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

    81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH8 8AU - See map
    "Lovely rooms excellent position and first rate staff make this one of, if not the best hotel in Edinburgh."
    Martyn - January 14, 2018
    Exceptional cleanliness
    9.0 rating for cleanliness
    Exceptional service
    9.0 rating for service
    • 790 meters to public transportation

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Currency exchange

    • Sauna

    • Steamroom

    Property ranking|Compared to 4,231 Edinburgh properties
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    Service score
    9.0/10
    Cleanliness score
    9.0/10
    Room comfort score
    8.5/10
    Value for money score
    8.3/10
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Edinburgh properties
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Edinburgh properties
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Edinburgh properties
    Better than
    98
    %
    of Edinburgh properties
    Value for money8.3
    Distance to city center0.5 Miles
    Location rating8.2
    Nearest airportEdinburgh Airport (EDI)
    Distance to airport11.6 km

    Rooms available at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

    8.5
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Executive Suite
    Executive Suite
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    • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 double bed
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    Classic Double
    Classic Double
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    • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
    • Street view
    • 1 double bed
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    Feature Suite
    Feature Suite
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    • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 king bed
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    Classic King
    Classic King
    ...
    • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
    • Street view
    • 1 king bed
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    Classic Twin
    Classic Twin
    ...
    • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
    • Street view
    • 2 single beds
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    Feature Double
    Feature Double
    ...
    • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
    • Street view
    • 1 king bed
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    Feature King
    Feature King
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    • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
    • Street view
    • 1 king bed
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    Classic Family Room
    Classic Family Room
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    • Non-smoking
    • Shower
    • 2 single beds and 1 king be...
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    Standard
    Standard
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    • Separate shower/bathtub
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    Accessible - 1 Double Bed
    Accessible - 1 Double Bed
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    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed
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    What people love about Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

    • 9.6
      Exceptional
      Staff 

      "Staff very polite and helpful"

      Victoria

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      February 9, 2018

    • 8.8
      Excellent
      Staff 

      "Staff were friendly and helpful and went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable."

      Eleanor

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      January 7, 2019

    • 8.8
      Excellent
      Location

      "Restaurants are close by."

      Cindy

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      August 20, 2016

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    8.8
    Excellent

    "Easy to see all attractions."

    Cindy

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    August 20, 2016

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    What they offer

    8.0
    Very good
    Staff 

    "Staff lovely and friendly ."

    Mary

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    January 28, 2017

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    Parking is available at the Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa and is charged at £20 per night for a parking space. This includes our full valet parking service. Payment for parking can be made at the hotel directly on arrival or departure.

    Reviews of Macdonald Holyrood Hotel from real guests

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    8.6
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    10
    Cleanliness9.0
    Facilities8.9
    Location8.2
    Room comfort and quality8.5
    Service9.0
    Value for money8.3
    Rating
    9+ Exceptional (21)
    8-9 Excellent (17)
    7-8 Very Good (10)
    6-7 Good (4)
    <6 Below Expectation (7)
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Robyn from Australia
    Couple
    Classic Double
    Stayed 1 night in March 2019

    Exceptional”

    Nothing but praise for the reception and staff at Macdonald Holyrood, they let us store our luggage 3 days prior to staying there while we did a 3 day tour of the Isle of Skye. 5 stars

    Reviewed March 20, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Eleanor from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Classic Double
    Stayed 4 nights in December 2018

    Amazing stay”

    Lovely stay for our honeymoon over new year. Staff were friendly and helpful and went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable.

    Reviewed January 07, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    Andrew. from United Kingdom
    Couple
    room
    Stayed 1 night in January 2019

    Very good”

    Meals were atrocious and grossly overpriced

    Reviewed January 03, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Pauline from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Classic Double
    Stayed 1 night in December 2018

    Was at Christmas party at dynamic Earth, so the hotel was perfect for us staying at. ”

    Really lovely hotel, staff very friendly. Room great and nice spa facilities

    Reviewed December 17, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    David from United Kingdom
    Couple
    room
    Stayed 3 nights in December 2018

    Excellent hotel ”

    Used Agoda for the 1st time. Will definitely be using again good price and excellent communication. A very good 4 star hotel

    Reviewed December 11, 2018
    6.0
    Janice from United Kingdom
    Couple
    room
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

    Nice hotel, but staff damaged clothing and were unhelpful in findin a resolution”

    Breakfast was a shambles with missed orders and empty serving bowls.

    Reviewed December 08, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Sara from Ireland
    Couple
    room
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2018

    Excellent hotel with friends helpful staff ”

    Pool was cold and you need 1 extra person to clear tables in breakfast room, that would clear the long cue for breakfast at the weekend .Also only for your Christmas tree in the lobby Edinburgh has no Christmas atmosphere what so ever ,No lights on royal mile and only for food market on princess street there are no lights anywhere. Edinburgh is supposed to be noted for Christmas lights, you need to come to Galway ,killarney or any city or town in Ireland to experience Christmas. Very disappointed .city council you need to get your act together.

    Reviewed December 04, 2018
    4.8
    Aulikki from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    room
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

    Room and Room Service a huge disappointment”

    Shabby room, smelled like an old ashtray, quite horrible to be honest. Placed an order through room service, had to ring them 3 times to get my order, though they waived the charges which was a nice gesture and I then forgave them until the next day when returned to hotel in the evening, had a beer in the hotel bistro and ordered a sandwich; 15 minutes after placing the order waiter came over to inform me I'll get my sandwich in few minutes; 20 minutes after that I left the bistro, came up to my room and called for the room servce asking if they could bring my sandwich up there, then rang them again 10 minutes later to ask if they ever started preparing my sandwich and then 15 minutes later, which is now 1hr and 5 minutes from the time I initially ordered my sandwich, I rang the reception to ask if they can help me to get my sandwich, but at the very same moment my sandwich was brought to me... Needless to say my next stay in Edinburgh won't be in this hotel.

    Reviewed December 03, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    william from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Classic Twin
    Stayed 1 night in September 2018

    great location”

    tour bus hop off/on across the road - excellent breakfast. No hot water though in the morning - cold water shower from some breakdown but very comfy beds too. would use again.

    Reviewed September 07, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Stephen from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Classic Double
    Stayed 1 night in June 2018

    Exceptional”

    Lovely stay at this lovely hotel , pricey for one night Edingburgh busy that weekend ,but we were upgraded , The hotel was clean ,bed was very comfortable ,the staff were very friendly and helpful ,Breakfast was excellent , not to far from Princes Street quite a nice walk about 10 to 15 mins , Looking forward to our next stay here . Thank you to all concerned

    Reviewed June 16, 2018
    5.6
    Christopher from United Kingdom
    Business traveler
    Classic Double
    Stayed 1 night in May 2018

    Disgraceful for the money !!”

    There had been a water leak from the room above, which had left a big stain on the ceiling, not what you expect when you pay a premium rate. The walls were covered in scuff marks too. Very disappointing !! and would suggest booking elsewhere.

    Reviewed May 14, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    David from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Classic Twin
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2018

    An excellent stay, lovely room and great facilities. ”

    The location is perfect if you want to get away form the business of Old Town, the only small suggestion, is that walking into town is uphill, but there is a bus stop outside the hotel, and the walk itself is a 10 minute jaunt. A great stay, would go back again.

    Reviewed February 26, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Paul from United Kingdom
    Business traveler
    Classic Twin
    Stayed 1 night in February 2018

    World class concierge and perfect location”

    It wasn’t the cheapest hotel but facilities were very good. The staff however were absolutely first class - from an attentive concierge to a ‘mothering’ waitress. Definitely made the stay much more enjoyable, thank you.

    Reviewed February 10, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Victoria from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Classic Twin
    Stayed 1 night in February 2018

    Excellent service ”

    Staff very polite and helpful

    Reviewed February 09, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Martyn from United Kingdom
    Family with teens
    Classic Twin
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

    Consistently good”

    Superb. Lovely rooms excellent position and first rate staff make this one of, if not the best hotel in Edinburgh.

    Reviewed January 14, 2018
    8.4
    Excellent
    Karen from Malaysia
    Couple
    Classic King
    Stayed 3 nights in May 2017

    Comfort & cleaniness ”

    Welcoming comfortable & luxury bed after a day of touring. Room is spacious & clean. Only downside was the shower with inconsistent temperature, it switches between cold, Luke warm to extreme hot water and the cycle just repeats itself again and again despite not adjusting the water heater at all.

    Reviewed May 25, 2017
    8.0
    Excellent
    Mary from Ireland
    Business traveler
    Classic Twin
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

    Room was cold , had to use heater all the time and use the duvet from the single bed also . ”

    Room was cold however plenty of hot water and towels . Staff lovely and friendly .

    Reviewed January 28, 2017
    8.0
    Excellent
    Yuen from Hong Kong
    Couple
    Classic Double
    Stayed 1 night in December 2016

    Excellent breakfast ”

    A bit far from the railway station and no 3 legs plug in the room... Impressive breakfast which shouldn't miss!

    Reviewed January 08, 2017
    8.8
    Excellent
    Cindy from Canada
    Family with teens
    Classic King
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2016

    Excellent location. ”

    Easy to see all attractions. Restaurants are close by.

    Reviewed August 20, 2016
    8.8
    Excellent
    Allan from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Classic King
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2016

    The bed was really comfy but the room was in need of a bit of redecoration.”

    The bed was really comfy but the room was just too hot. We had to keep the window open so the noise from the adjacent construction site did wake us up quite early. We would have used the air conditioning but that was just too noisy. The room needs a bit of redecoration as the carpet was ripped & the sink was cracked. The room was a good size as was the bed. The staff were very nice except for the nighttime barman who was a bit grumpy. I would stay again, if the price was right.

    Reviewed August 15, 2016
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