$96 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Oct 5, 2014 Check-out: Oct 6, 2014

Edinburgh City Hotel

3 stars
79 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9HZ
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
62 reviews
Hogmanay break

Fantastic few days in Edinburgh. Hotel is I'm a great location - very central and within walkin... See full review

  • First timer at Hogmanay
  • Jan 5, 2014
Recommended

The location is great since everything is in walking distance. The building is an old hospital, but... See full review

  • yes1sure
  • Nov 18, 2013
Boutique hotel in a quiet yet convenient part of Edinburgh’s city center
Located in the heart of Edinburgh this delightful hotel is steeped in character and history. It was built in 1879 as the Memorial Hospital dedicated to Sir James Young Simpson. This splendid building has been transformed into a modern, 3-star hotel. Travelers planning a leisure break should note that the historic Old Town of Edinburgh is only a few minutes walk from the hotel.
Highlights
  • City center location provides easy access to Edinburgh’s business and tourist districts
  • Free on-site car parking with early arrival
  • Further discounted parking located two minutes drive from the hotel
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
Rooms
The hotel has 52 rooms, all of which are double or twin. All rooms come with en suite bathroom amenities, an iron, ironing board, and a hairdryer. All rooms have color free-view television, radio, and tea and coffee making facilities. Modem/data port connections are available in bedrooms. Guests can also order room service. The Best Western Edinburgh is non-smoking.
Features
The hotel has an on-site restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. Guests can choose from a menu of traditional British meals such as fish and chips or steak and kidney pie. There is free Wi-Fi access available both in bedrooms and throughout the hotel. The entire hotel is a non-smoking building.
Transportation
  • Edinburgh Rail Station (5 minutes by taxi)
  • Edinburgh Airport (7 mi/11.3 km)
  • Transfer bus from airport to city center
Nearby attractions
  • National Museum of Scotland (0.4 mi/0.64 km)
  • Edinburgh Old Town (0.6 mi/0.96 km)
  • The Royal Mile (0.8 mi/1.28 km)
  • Edinburgh Castle (0.9 mi/1.44 km)
  • Queen Street Gardens (1.1 mi/1.7 km)
Business
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre (0.5 mi/0.8 km)

Hotel Map

55.9445 -3.2013
Area served
Edinburgh
Nearby airports
International Airport: Edinburgh - 7 miles
Area description
From the south follow M6 to A702. From Edinburgh Airport follow A8 to Princess Street turn onto A702 at Lothian Road, drive straight through five sets of traffic lights and take the third left turning into Lauriston Place.

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Edinburgh City Hotel Rooms

Double/Twin Room
Guestrooms are modern and comfortable with double or 2 single beds, foam pillows and duvet cover, ensuite bathroom, welcome tea tray, FREE WiFi, digital TV, telephone, hairdryer and laptop safe

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Elevators
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Internet
WiFi

Nearby points of interest

  • Lauriston: 0.2 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0.3 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.3 mi
  • Lochrin: 0.3 mi
  • Fountainbridge: 0.3 mi
  • Meadow park: 0.3 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.4 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.4 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.4 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.5 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.5 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.5 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.5 mi
  • Lauriston: 0.2 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0.3 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.3 mi
  • Lochrin: 0.3 mi
  • Fountainbridge: 0.3 mi
  • Meadow park: 0.3 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.4 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.4 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.4 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.5 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.5 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.5 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.5 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.5 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • Marchmont: 0.5 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.6 mi
  • Bruntsfield: 0.6 mi
  • Georgian House: 0.6 mi
  • Haymarket: 0.6 mi
  • Merchiston: 0.6 mi
  • Underground City: 0.6 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.7 mi
  • Trinity House: 0.7 mi
  • Dalry: 0.7 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.7 mi
  • Greenhill: 0.8 mi
  • Dean Village: 0.8 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.8 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.8 mi
  • Sciennes: 0.8 mi
  • Burghmuirhead: 0.8 mi
  • Church Hill: 0.9 mi
  • People's Story: 0.9 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 1 mi
  • The Canongate: 1 mi
  • Newington: 1 mi
  • West Coates: 1 mi
  • Stockbridge: 1 mi
  • Ardmillan: 1.1 mi
  • Calton Hill: 1.1 mi
  • Dean Gallery: 1.1 mi
  • Polwarth: 1.1 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (62)

Ratings and reviews for Edinburgh City Hotel

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
62 out of 62
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.5
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.2
Value:
4.3

97% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
davidoflondon
London
Aug 27, 2014

Not as upmarket as they think they are

The hotel is in a cheap nasty part of Edinburgh and has delusions of being much more upmarket than it is. The room was described as having a double bed, but the room was too small for a double bed so they just squeezed in a 4 foot bed (double is 4 foot six) which made it cramped. The restaurant was clean enough but had very limited menu. For example the hotel special was a beef burger. For desert I chose the "Selection of Scottish Cheese" which turned out to be Red Leicester, Cheddar and Brie, none of which can remotely be described as "Scottish". Overall I'd say the hotel is mediocre at best and I was glad we only stayed one night.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
1
Value:
1
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MaPete
Fort Worth TX
Aug 1, 2014

Great Location, Amazing Staff!

Our room was comfortable and clean. Our flight left too early for the complimentary breakfast, but every member of staff we encountered was friendly, informative and extremely helpful. That, plus the charming hotel and central location would be enough to bring me back. My one and only complaint (and it's a minor one) is that there was no mini fridge in the room. I understand why, because the rooms are equipped with a conservation feature that turns everything off when you leave the room, so it would compromise those efforts. The staff was great about getting us an ice bucket for our water bottles, so it's all good.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

In Edinburgh it's all about the footwear. The hilly terrain (great views!) means a good walking workout. Wear your most comfortable shoes. Hills and stairs abound. But if you're prepared, it is well worth the hike.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Flyfar
Dublin. Ireland
Jun 8, 2014

Good for short stay

Nice hotel in a good location for Edinburgh castle and old town. About 10 mins walk to the castle. Recommend the full breakfast which is good value when ordered through e bookers. Staff proved very helpful. All in all good value.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Bought a 48 hr ticket for the sight seeing tour bus and found the tour guides very informitive and entertaining great way to see the city.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
WorlddTraveler
IL
Jun 2, 2014

Ok hotel

First room we were given was large, but had stained carpets. I asked for a new room to be given, but the new room was much smaller than the first, and we decided to keep the original room. Besides the stained carpet, room was ample, bathroom was modern, and the room provided a modern television and coffee making capabilities. We had breakfast at the hotel, which was 8GBP, which we thought was kind of pricey, but average overall in quality. It had both a cold section, and a hot section of items that were made to order. The location of the hotel is excellent, as it is within walking distance of the Edinburgh castle and a number of attractions. The staff is helpful and polite as well. There is a parking area that is small, first come first serve which we did not use, but others seem to have. Overall, I think it's an ok option. It's an old maternity ward, which has been converted into a hotel. While the staff is very nice, the hotel itself could certainly use some updates.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
yellow67
wiltshire
Apr 7, 2014

great location

Shame the duvet didnot fit the bed. Room was lovely

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Twizzie
Suffolk
Feb 11, 2014

Great Location

Enjoyed a weekend break. Food fabulous and staff excellent.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
4
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Review of Edinburgh City Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Zipi64
Mexico City, Mexico
Jan 6, 2014

Great and comfortable place

Very nice hotel in historic bulding. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Breakfast is very good. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Location is good if you like walking a lot and up and downhill. It is very close to the Royal Mile and the Castle, but returning after a long busy day can be better done in a taxi.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
4
Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

The Olive Branch is a great dining option, but it's neither very cheap nor close. However it is worth trying.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
First timer at Hogmanay
Northern Ireland
Jan 5, 2014

Hogmanay break

Fantastic few days in Edinburgh. Hotel is I'm a great location - very central and within walkin distance to princes street. Hotel staff are very friendly and helpful. Would def recommend it & me & my boyfriend will be returning. Edinburgh is an amazing city :-)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Everyone should experience the Hogmanay celebrations at least once - fireworks display are out of this world. Edinburgh dungeons is also a must see!

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Review of Edinburgh City Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
weeman 6
edinburgh
Nov 26, 2013

city hotel

nice clean and comfortable hotel , 15 mins walk to town

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
4
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Review of Edinburgh City Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
yes1sure
Wappingers Falls, NY
Nov 18, 2013

Recommended

The location is great since everything is in walking distance. The building is an old hospital, but modernized. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was excellent, something for every taste. Easy to get to from the airport by Bus #35. We had a really quiet room. We were allowed to park our rental car for free. They were flexible with early check-in and late check-out.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Brauhaus is a bar right at the next corner with large variety of international beers.

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