$110 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 31, 2014 Check-out: Sep 1, 2014

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

4 stars
81 Holyrood Road Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 0
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.4
out of 5
48 reviews
Very good stay

Staff was absolutely perfect. Room was very nice, expensive, but quite good. See full review

  • MDSA
  • Jun 16, 2013
Highly Recommended

Extremely helpful, pleasant & efficient staff. Excellent amenities See full review

  • Tony1
  • May 23, 2013
Convenience of the city center with the restfulness of a quiet location

The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is located in Edinburgh's historic Old Town. The hotel is close to key attractions like the Scottish Parliament, Dynamic Earth, and Holyrood Park, making it an ideal base for exploring the city. The Macdonald Holyrood boasts a self-contained conference floor and a private Club Floor with an exclusive lounge. The hotel offers the Steak & Grill Restaurant, extensive leisure facilities, and luxurious accommodations.

Highlights
  • Vital Health and Wellbeing Club
  • Spa and beauty treatments
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
Rooms

The 156 bedrooms are furnished to high standards and feature triple-glazed windows. All have marble en-suite bathrooms, large comfortable beds, armchairs, and satellite televisions. Classic Club Rooms provide access to the exclusive Library lounge and peaceful accommodation in the middle of the city. Children are not permitted on the Club Floor. Accessible rooms are also available on request.

Features

The Club Floor provides an exclusive environment ideal for lone business travellers or visiting dignitaries. Guests on the Club Floor have access to the refined private Library. All of the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel's leisure facilities are available to guests free of charge, including the 14-meter pool and Vital Health and Wellbeing Club.

 

The Steak & Grill restaurant serves fine Scottish cuisine, sourced from the surrounding area, with menus offering an ever-growing range of organic food and drink.

 

Edinburgh's leisure attractions are a short walk away. These include Princes Street Gardens and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the foot of the Royal Mile, the National Galleries and the Festival Theatre. The hotel is also convenient for the business and financial services district.

Transportation
  • Edinburgh Waverly Rail Station (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Edinburgh Airport (8 mi/12.8 km), approximately 20 minutes by car
Nearby attractions
  • Edinburgh Castle (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • National Museum of Scotland (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Festival Theatre (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Royal Mile (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Holyrood Palace & Scottish Parliament (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
Business
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Five conference and event suites
  • Seating for up to 200 delegates
  • High-speed Internet access

Hotel Map

55.9505 -3.1779
Area served
Edinburgh.
Nearby airports
Edinburgh International Airport.
Area description
Located next to Holyrood Palace at the foot of the Royal Mile , the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel little under 10 minutes walk away from the world renowned Edinburgh Castle and a 15 minute to the shopping district of Princes Street.

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Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Rooms

CLASSIC - ROOM
Classic Double Room offers 1 queen or King Size bed. Classic Double Rooms are decorated to a high standard and feature:, a large comfortable double bed ,luxury en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV, large desk, internet connection ,complimentary mineral water, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, shoe shine service and .air conditioning.
CLASSIC - ROOM
Classic Twin Room offers two twin beds. Classic Twin Rooms are decorated to a high standard and feature:, two comfortable single bed ,luxury en-suite bathrooms,satellite TV,large desk, internet connection, complimentary mineral water, , tea and coffee making facilities, safe, shoe shine service and air conditioning.
CLASSIC - ROOM
Classic Club Floor Double offers a 1 queen size bed.Classic club floor rooms are on the private access 6th floor. All 6th floor residents have access to the club floor executive lounge where there is a daily champagne and canapé reception and honesty bar. All club floor rooms are decorated to high standard and have all the amenities offered in our classic rooms as well as luxury bathrobes, slippers and turndown service.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Pool
General
Concierge
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • The Canongate: 0.1 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 0.1 mi
  • People's Story: 0.1 mi
  • Scottish Parliament: 0.2 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.2 mi
  • Holyroodhouse Palace: 0.2 mi
  • Holyrood: 0.3 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.3 mi
  • Calton Hill: 0.4 mi
  • Underground City: 0.4 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.4 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.5 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.5 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.1 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 0.1 mi
  • People's Story: 0.1 mi
  • Scottish Parliament: 0.2 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.2 mi
  • Holyroodhouse Palace: 0.2 mi
  • Holyrood: 0.3 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.3 mi
  • Calton Hill: 0.4 mi
  • Underground City: 0.4 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.4 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.5 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.5 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.6 mi
  • Abbeyhill: 0.6 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.6 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.6 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.7 mi
  • Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland: 0.7 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.7 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.7 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.7 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0.7 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.8 mi
  • Sciennes: 0.8 mi
  • Newington: 0.8 mi
  • Lauriston: 0.9 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.9 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.9 mi
  • Meadowbank: 0.9 mi
  • Edinburgh Playhouse: 0.9 mi
  • Easter Road: 0.9 mi
  • Meadow park: 0.9 mi
  • Arthur's Seat: 1 mi
  • Pilrig: 1 mi
  • Marchmont: 1 mi
  • Jock's Lodge: 1.1 mi
  • Leith Waterworld: 1.1 mi
  • Trinity House: 1.1 mi
  • Canonmills: 1.1 mi
  • Georgian House: 1.2 mi
  • Restalrig: 1.2 mi
  • Mayfield: 1.3 mi

Dining

Opus 504
Refined and stylish, Opus 504 at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel represents a new standard in hotel dining. Take a seat by the window and watch the city go by while you dine on award-winning British cuisine in the restaurant's peaceful atmosphere. Select a fine vintage from the extensive wine list and enjoy a candlelit meal.
Piano Bar
With its open layout, dark wood paneling and traditional décor, the Piano Lounge offers a refined yet relaxed atmosphere for you to unwind in. Prepare for a meeting with a snack from the extensive lounge bar menu, or spend an evening in the bar's friendly atmosphere.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1200

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 (48)

Ratings and reviews for Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Overall score

4.4 / 5
5.01.0
48 out of 48
Amenities:
4.2
Room cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.5
Room comfort:
4.6
Location:
4.3
Value:
4.3

96% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mrs Bismo
Egham, Surrey
Jul 30, 2014

Convenient for center and enough for a city break

Check in and check out went very smoothly, room was clean and comfortable. The mini fridge is a blessing as the weather was hot when we were there. Staff couldn't be more helpful and even though there was some minor disruption due to extra security during the Commonwealth Games, the security and police teams were both amazing and helpful explaining what was happening. Well done Edinburgh another perfect trip completed.

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

Whiski bar in Royal Mile is handy and friendly place to grab a bite to eat or to sit just have a drink.

Review of Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
sf23
Philadelphia PA
Aug 26, 2013

MacDonald Hollyrood

This was a great place to finish off a two week cruise of the Baltic and North Sea. The location is not in the center of town, but close enough - across from the Hollyrood Palace and Park, as well as walking trails. This proved to be a very good thing as the Fringe Festival made any location closer to the town center much less desirable (if you like to sleep through the night). The property is well managed, elegant without being stuffy, and the service was excellent.

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
MDSA
Morganton, NC
Jun 16, 2013

Very good stay

Staff was absolutely perfect. Room was very nice, expensive, but quite good.

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

Good location for Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile.

Review of Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Tony1
Wicklow Ireland
May 23, 2013

Highly Recommended

Extremely helpful, pleasant & efficient staff. Excellent amenities

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Paul M
Preston
Apr 10, 2013

Ideal location for short getaway

Very good value for money. Handy location, large and clean room, breakfast fine.

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Bumble
UK
Feb 12, 2013

Relaxing stay

Very nice hotel. Spacious rooms. Excellent leisure facilities.

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
shuglet
stirlingshire
Feb 4, 2013

relaxing time in Edinburgh

The hotel could not be faulted for comfort,cleanliness, location & amenities. The staff were very warm, genuine, friendly & helpful throughtout. We were a party of 4 out for a weekend at the theatre & a bit of sight seeing and shopping. Great time had by all, the hotel room was great value, however the drinks in the bar were rather pricey, due to this we visited the local pubs for a drink, had the hotels drinks been in line with the area prices we would gladly have stayed at the hotel. This is the only area I would say the hotel could review and reflect on reducing prices for wine & spririts in accordance with the other bars in the area. Overall I would definately go back to this hotel. fantastic.

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Sanityclause
West coast of Scotland
Nov 19, 2012

Scotland vs. South Africa

Booked hotel at last minute to go through for the rugby game and to catch up with some old friends. Hotel is in a great location, room was spacious, very clean and warm (given the outside weather was very cold), staff were attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. It was literally a five minute walk onto the Royal Mile with lots of great restaurants and cafe bars around. We also walked Arthur's seat first thing on the Sunday morning before breakfast - views are stunning. Would highly recommend it.

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

Try Jimmy Chungs at Waverley station for all you can eat buffet, it's not the quantity which suprised me, it was the quality of the food.

Review of Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Pharaoh Dog
San Francisco
Aug 29, 2012

No Air conditioning for Days

If this is really a four star hotel, I'm shocked. Upon asking for the air conditioning to be fixed, I was told it wasn't working for most of the rooms. My last day I spoke with the GM on duty. She didn't seem too concerned about the lack of air conditioning.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
2
Value:
1
Review of Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
fringefan
Glasgow, Scotland
Aug 8, 2012

Edinburgh Fringe Trip

The staff were efficient and welcoming. The room was a good size and looked on to the Scottish Parliament building (it was a rear room). It was comfortable and clean. There was a large stain on the carpet where obviously someone had spilled something some time ago, but otherwise everything was pristine. The location was excellent, off the beaten track a bit, therefore quiet; but within a short walk of the Royal Mile (up a side lane), the Scottish Parliament and transport to other facilities and venues. We had booked for 2 nights to attend some Fringe theatre events and it was an ideal base, particularly for the early starts. We did not opt for the breakfast package, as, in line with other hotels, it seemed a bit pricey to us. There are plenty of small cafes or pubs nearby in Edinburgh where they do cheaper breakfasts. I would certainly consider booking this hotel again as I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and I found it really good value, especially considering that we visited at the start of the Festival.

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

Clarinda's cafe on the Royal Mile, five minutes walk from the hotel, up the side lane (warning - Edinburgh is hilly, lots of stairs!) They do a great breakfast and all their cakes, etc are home-made.

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