$154 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jul 25, 2014 Check-out: Jul 26, 2014

Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

3 stars
PICARDY PLACE, EDINBURGH, EH1 3JT
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
21 reviews
Good Stay!

My friend and I only had a few hours to spend sight seeing in the city, so we booked a room at the... See full review

  • MEO1
  • May 26, 2014
Ideal location for city sights

Had a very enjoyable stay at this hotel. Excellent position for visiting sights in city centre.... See full review

  • Pompey fan
  • Jan 14, 2014
All the modern comforts in a striking historic building

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre is in a striking historic building in the Georgian New Town. The location is convenient for exploring the heart of the Scottish capital. Guests can shop on nearby Princes Street or watch big-name stars at the Edinburgh Playhouse, just across the road. The hotel provides a complimentary buffet breakfast and a stylish and comfortable lounge bar. Free wired and wireless Internet. Children under 18 stay free with parents.

Highlights
  • On-site lounge bar
  • Omni Centre across the street
  • Free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access
  • Children stay free
Rooms

The striking Georgian façade of the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre is the historical face of a contemporary hotel. The 161 rooms have private bathrooms with bathtub and hairdryer, complimentary tea- and coffee-making equipment, cable/satellite television, pay-per-view movies, high-speed Internet, and fax connections. Rooms have work desks with desk-level electrical sockets. Buffet breakfast is complimentary. Some rooms have views of the historic city center or scenic Firth of Forth. Executive rooms and suites offer more space to relax.

Features

The Holiday Express Edinburgh City Centre has free breakfast and a lounge bar with an impressive choice of fine Scotch whiskies. The Omni Centre, with a cinema complex and a wide selection of restaurants and bars, is across the street. Princes Street shops and the business district are a short walk from the hotel. New Town's elegant streets and fine architecture are equally close. Edinburgh Castle and all the venues for the world-famous festival are within a short taxi ride.

 

Business guests can take advantage of the unstaffed business center and two well-equipped meeting rooms (maximum capacity 30).

Transportation
  • Waverley rail station (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • Edinburgh Airport (9.7 mi/15.5 km)
Nearby attractions
  • Edinburgh Playhouse (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
  • Edinburgh Zoo (0.6 mi/1.0 km)
  • The Royal Mile (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Princes Street (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • Festival Theatre (0.9 mi/1.4 km)
  • Edinburgh Castle (1.8 mi/2.9 km)
Business
  • Two meeting rooms
  • Maximum capacity 30
  • Business center (unstaffed)
  • EICC (2.4 mi/3.8 km)

Amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • High-speed internet
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Ice machine
Activities
Tennis
Dining
Free breakfast
Bar/Lounge
Services
Business center
Maid service
In-Room Safe
Car rental desk
FAX
Overhead projector
White board
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
Satellite TV
DVD player
Cribs available

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Hotel Map

55.9568 -3.1873
Nearby airports
Glasgow Airport, (GLW), 55.00, MI, E; Edinburgh Airport, (EDI), 7.00, MI, E;
Area description
Downtown, downtown

Nearby points of interest

  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.3 mi
  • Calton Hill: 0.3 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.3 mi
  • Edinburgh Playhouse: 0.4 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.4 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.5 mi
  • People's Story: 0.5 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.5 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • Underground City: 0.5 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.5 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.5 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.5 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.5 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.6 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.3 mi
  • Calton Hill: 0.3 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.3 mi
  • Edinburgh Playhouse: 0.4 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.4 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.5 mi
  • People's Story: 0.5 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.5 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • Underground City: 0.5 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.5 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.5 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.5 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.5 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.6 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Canonmills: 0.6 mi
  • Holyroodhouse Palace: 0.6 mi
  • Scottish Parliament: 0.6 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.6 mi
  • Pilrig: 0.6 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.6 mi
  • Holyrood: 0.6 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.6 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 0.7 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.7 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Abbeyhill: 0.7 mi
  • Powderhall: 0.7 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0.7 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.7 mi
  • Easter Road: 0.8 mi
  • Trinity House: 0.8 mi
  • Georgian House: 0.9 mi
  • Stockbridge: 0.9 mi
  • Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland: 0.9 mi
  • Lauriston: 0.9 mi
  • Warriston: 0.9 mi
  • Leith Waterworld: 0.9 mi
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: 1 mi
  • The Grange: 1.1 mi
  • Meadowbank: 1.1 mi
  • Meadow park: 1.1 mi
  • Dean Village: 1.2 mi
  • Fountainbridge: 1.2 mi

Dining

Lounge Bar
Our bar is a warm and friendly bar with booths aswell as chairs, you will find a wide selection of drinks aswell as whiskys, please ask our staff and they are happy to advise the strength and tastes of whiskys of your choice.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
02:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

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 (21)

Ratings and reviews for Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
21 out of 21
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.5
Value:
4.1

90% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MEO1
Fort Wayne, Indiana
May 26, 2014

Good Stay!

My friend and I only had a few hours to spend sight seeing in the city, so we booked a room at the Holiday Inn Express in the City Centre since it was close to the main streets (Princes Street and the Royal Mile). The staff was very welcoming and understanding! After traveling for two days with no showers or beds, they said they would make the room available to us as soon as possible, which they did. The room itself was small (think quaint dorm), but there was no reason for anything bigger since there is much to do just a few blocks away from the hotel. Additionally, the bus station was right down the street, about a five minute walk, which was perfect for our bus in the morning. Also, this hotel had a free, continental breakfast, which was both tasty and filling. Overall, I would definitely stay in this hotel again!

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

Go to the Edinburgh Castle...the views are amazing!

Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Pompey fan
Bolton le Sands. Lancashire
Jan 14, 2014

Ideal location for city sights

Had a very enjoyable stay at this hotel. Excellent position for visiting sights in city centre. Handy for Waverley rail station and Princes Street shops. Room very quiet on side of hotel. Would definitely stay again.

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

Try the Conan Doyle pub - good food and atmosphere

Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
calgirl2013
San Francisco, CA
Feb 20, 2013

Good deal

Central location, clean rooms, and the free breakfast made this hotel worhwhile

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
MPMD
Baltimore, MD
Dec 6, 2012

Good location, but very noisy

The location on Leith Walk is great, as it puts you in easy walking range of the train station, museums, the Royal Mile, and even the castle. My room, however, was exceptionally noisy, as any vehicular traffic noise resonates in the windows. This noise is out of proportion to what would be expected for that road. Additionally, the room was drafty, and overall not conducive to a good sleep. The Internet connection is abysmal. Like it or not, a good Internet connection is now frequently expected in hotels (especially ones costing this much). The verdict: Good location, but otherwise mediocre.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Turquoise Thistle restaurant is a couple blocks away, and has excellent food. (It's located in the Indigo Hotel.)

Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
mklouis
Park City, Utah
Sep 26, 2012

great location for a single traveler

very centrally located, a bit of construction going on in front, which made for a difficult delivery. Seem to book many tour groups through this hotel, which they handle very well. A plentiful breakfast served daily and nice bar for beverages. Staff was very kind and helpful when needed. I was a single traveler and would definitely return to this hotel in the future. Price was right and location couldn't have been better!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
2 ex Veterans
Washington state
Jul 14, 2012

Buyer Beware ! !

The Holiday Inn marque didnt hold up so well this time. The majoriity of the desk staff needed more training on Customer Service. Basically unconcerned. We found only 1 ice maker on the ground floor. It had what I would call 18 oz cups for your ice. We were seniors and my friend with a knee handicap,and stayed on the 4th floor. Room was small and no closets or dresser drawers. We were there for 6 days.What was there appeared to be a an open Media Center against the wall with nothing but offset shelves!!! (better not be taking your woman !) ...that was absurd. It was an attic room...basically a closet, with one window that appeared non-opening until we had to go down and ask them to open it. We certainly wont stay there again, nor recommend and will review any Holiday Inn very carefully, if at all.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
JessicaW
Taipei Taiwan
Mar 20, 2012

Great Location and breakfast

Lovely hotel Next time for sure will stay again in this hotel

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Miss Fiona
South Yorkshire, UK
Feb 21, 2012

Fabulous city break

Fab city to visit, hotel in great central location, staff friendly, rooms clean and spacious, Breakfasts really good & more than substantial with no rush. Would recommend and certainly visit again

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
tennis chung
Seoul, Korea
Sep 18, 2011

Good for Edinburgh Festival ....

nicely renovated from big old building, very comfortable to stay. Inconvenience, if any, would be a little bit distant from the castle and the royal miles...but still can get there on foot in 10 min ... rather quiet at night which could be advavntage over those hotels near busy street

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

The Edinburgh Festival is very famous... Needless to say, book well ahead if you wants save money and stay in decent place ...It takes about 15-20 min to get to royal mile from the hotel, but you can also enjoy many things watching on the way

Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
tennis chung
Seoul, Korea
Sep 18, 2011

Good for Edinburgh Festival ....

nicely renovated from big old building, very comfortable to stay. Inconvenience, if any, would be a little bit distant from the castle and the royal miles...but still can get there on foot in 10 min ... rather quiet at night which could be advavntage over those hotels near busy street

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

The Edinburgh Festival is very famous... Needless to say, book well ahead if you wants save money and stay in decent place ...It takes about 15-20 min to get to royal mile from the hotel, but you can also enjoy many things watching on the way

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