This is a lovely hotel in a fantastic location for exploring the city. I was a little concerned it is directly opposite the railway station but we did not hear any trains throughout our stay. All staff were friendly and attentive. It's a shame we had to park elsewhere and pay, although we were grateful for the discount! We had a lovely standard room and bathroom, loved the shower, it was a shame our view was of a roof and walls, I presume the views are saved for those who pay more for their room! Bottle of water appreciated at turn down! Overall a nice hotel.
"Excellent Afternoon Tea"
I visited The Scotsman with my Mum and Aunt to celebrate Mother's Day. We opted for the Afternoon Tea and it was a very good choice. We were provided with an excellent choice of teas / coffees which were topped up regularly throughout. The savoury treats were delicious and plentiful. The cakes / scones were very good indeed, albeit the macaroons perhaps not the best I'd ever tasted. The staff were extremely attentive for the duration of our stay, offering more tea / coffee than we could manage. None of the three of us were able to finish the offerings put down to us. All in all, a very nice experience and at £19.95 per head, not overly expensive either.
"No Restaurant anymore' A joke."
Looks like the hotel has been sold but the restaurant did not follow and is not catering for the hotel anymore. This is a bit of a weird situation for such a hotel of not having catering facilities. Otherwise my room was great, with amazing view on the Balmoral (which is a much better hotel by the way) but my colleague room had apparently not been refurbished in a few decades. Also the floor plan of the building is complicated (nothing they can do about it) and despite this the signs to show you the ways are absent (good luck to find the reception if you don't remember that street level is the level 4.... a sign on the lifts would be a good idea no') or to find the breakfast area which is level 3 but you need to go through the toilets area then the bar then a natrow corridor to only there see a sign "breakfast area" basically 5 meters away from the breakfast area... a bit late isn't it. Also, owner, please do something for the poor receptionists who are simply freezing in the lobby because the entry door is half broken (and clients are also cold when waiting in the lobby). Conclusion: a fairly ran down hotel in a transition nobody knows how long it will last.
"A trip back in time excellent historic Hotel"
Forty minute journey from the airport the Scotsman enjoys the benefit of a city centre location, close to all areas. The hotel has excellent amenities, swimming pool spa Sauna etc etc. Comfortable beds good food great service, highly recommended.
"A Unique Building"
The Scotsman Newspaper was published, until recently, in a prestigious building in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. The newspaper is now published from more modest offices at Orchard Brae House, 30 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh. The original 19th century Scotsman building has been converted into a fashionable, 5* boutique hotel. The hotel offers parking off site and limo or car hire for travel around the city. The hotel also offers bicycle hire to tour the city. Edinburgh has many hills, so I would advise against this! My husband and I visited The Scotsman Hotel, this month when we met her and a group of friends for a special occasion. It was lovely to visit such a marvellous venue. The entrance and grand marble staircase led us to the bar. Where the group gathered to chat and relax in tasteful surroundings with comfortable chairs. A wide selections of beer, wines and spirits is available. There are many different styles of room available over the 10 floors of the hotel. As it is an old building the shaes of the rooms are not always regular. This can make the rooms quite restrictive or, on other occasions bright and spacious. The hotel offers wide choices for breakfast, consistent with providing for an international clientele. The Scotsman Hotel is licenced for weddings to take place there. It also offers several meeting and conference rooms for the business traveller, but there is little offered for the younger holiday maker or children. The Scotsman Hotel is a beautiful building with unique features. It is situated in the centre of Edinburgh near the Waverley Station, St Giles Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle. However, there are not the fitness facilities or other ancillary services that I enjoy at a hotel. I would not choose this hotel again, altough I know its situation and old world charm will suit many visitors to the city well. Valerie Penny
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM