Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh

3 stars
43 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2BY
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
24 reviews
Great location

Extremely good value for money, clean and friendly staff. Beautiful location. A window seat in the... See full review

  • Rosslynn
  • Jun 10, 2014
Great central location

Friendly staff, nice big rooms. Great central location to Popular points of interest all of which... See full review

  • Pumpkin Pete
  • Mar 29, 2014
Hospitable classic-style hotel with contemporary features in Edinburgh

The Old Waverley Hotel is on Edinburgh's famous Princes Street, in the heart of the fashionable West End and New Town with excellent views over Princes Street Gardens to Edinburgh Castle. This site has housed a hotel since the first half of the 19th century and is much a part of Edinburgh's history as Princes Street itself. All rooms offer contemporary features while retaining traditional levels of comfort and style, as expected of such a famous Scottish Hotel.

Highlights
  • Overlooks Princes Street and Gardens
  • Restaurant plus bar with attractive Edinburgh views
  • Free Wi-Fi access in lounge
Rooms

Old Waverley Hotel has 85 rooms, with many featuring stunning views over Princes Street Gardens and toward Edinburgh Castle. The hotel has a history dating back to the early 19th century, bur all bedrooms are furnished to contemporary standards to suit business and leisure travelers. Single, double, twin, premium, and family rooms all include private bathroom with complimentary toiletries, hospitality tray, interactive television, Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access (fee applies), tea and coffee-making facilities. 24-hour room service, and same-day laundry and valet service.

Features

Cranston's Restaurant inside the hotel has been fully refurbished and offers a refined and relaxed atmosphere along with striking views of the city. Diners can select a two- or three-course lunchtime special or three-course dinner or select from the menus, featuring Scottish fare and local produce. Abbotsford Room Bar and Lounge is open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The bright, airy room offers stunning panoramic views over Prices Street, the Gardens, and Edinburgh Castle and is a fine meeting place for drinks, light snacks, more substantial bar meals, or a traditional Scottish afternoon tea.

Transportation
  • Waverley Rail Station (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
  • Edinburgh Airport (7.6 mi/12.2 km)
Nearby attractions
  • Princes Street Gardens (just outside)
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard (0.8 mi/1.28 km)
  • Usher Hall (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
  • Edinburgh Castle (1.4 mi/2.2 km)
  • Dynamic Earth (1.5 mi/2.4 km)
  • Edinburgh Zoo (4 mi/6.4 km)
Business
  • Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access (fee applies)
  • Charlotte square business district (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre (1.3 mi/2.1 km)

Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh Rooms

Standard Twin Room
Room with 2 twin beds equipped with Freeview TV, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Internet access,Radio and Telephone.
Standard Single Room
Room with 1 twin bed equipped with Freeview TV, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Internet access,Radio and Telephone.
Standard Double Room
Room with 1 Double beds equipped with Freeview TV, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Internet access,Radio and Telephone.
Junior Double Room
This Junior double bedroom comes complete with an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning, contemporary features whilst retaining traditional levels of comfort and style. (this bedroom has a restricted view).

Amenities

  • WiFi
General
Concierge
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Internet
WiFi

Hotel Map

55.9529 -3.1933
Area served
Edinburgh.
Nearby airports
Edinburgh International Airport.
Area description
Situated in Edinburgh's New Town area, the Old Waverley Hotel is on Edinburgh's famous Princes Street with its many excellent shops, by the financial district and of course all the top sights of Edinburgh, making it the ideal location for Edinburgh city breaks and for business travelers. The Old Waverley Hotel, located on Edinburgh's famous Princes Street, ensures everything is right on your doorstep. Many of the rooms offer stunning views of Edinburgh Castle. The Old Waverley Hotel is almost opposite the Princes Street exit of Edinburgh's Waverley Station, is close by Edinburgh's Bus Station and easily accessible from Edinburgh's Airport.

Nearby points of interest

  • Princes Mall: 0.1 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.2 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.2 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.2 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.2 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.3 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.3 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.3 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.3 mi
  • Underground City: 0.3 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.4 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.4 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.4 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.1 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.2 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.2 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.2 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.2 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.3 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.3 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.3 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.3 mi
  • Underground City: 0.3 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.4 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.4 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.4 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0.4 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.4 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.4 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Trinity House: 0.5 mi
  • People's Story: 0.5 mi
  • Calton Hill: 0.5 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.5 mi
  • Lauriston: 0.6 mi
  • Georgian House: 0.6 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 0.7 mi
  • Canonmills: 0.7 mi
  • Edinburgh Playhouse: 0.7 mi
  • Scottish Parliament: 0.7 mi
  • Holyroodhouse Palace: 0.8 mi
  • Stockbridge: 0.8 mi
  • Meadow park: 0.8 mi
  • Holyrood: 0.8 mi
  • Fountainbridge: 0.9 mi
  • Lochrin: 0.9 mi
  • Dean Village: 0.9 mi
  • The Grange: 0.9 mi
  • Powderhall: 1 mi
  • Abbeyhill: 1 mi
  • Pilrig: 1 mi
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: 1 mi
  • Haymarket: 1 mi
  • Marchmont: 1 mi
  • Sciennes: 1.1 mi
  • Warriston: 1.1 mi

Dining

Cranston's Restaurant
A beautiful Edinburgh city centre restaurant: Cranston's Restaurant at The Old Waverley Hotel. Hotel restaurant has been fully refurbished for 2008 and offers a refined and relaxed atmosphere as well as enjoying the best views in the city. Features of the restaurant: A la Carte Menu, Beautifully presented, Local produce and Scottish fayre, Central Edinburgh Location.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
2300

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 (24)

Ratings and reviews for Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
24 out of 24
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.9
Value:
3.8

96% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Tinker
Business
Rugby
Sep 9, 2010

Avoid at all costs if you need quiet

This was the worst night I have ever spent in any hotel in the world over the last 50 years of travelling. Beware. We were given a room at the back where the noise of fans, possibly from ventilation or air conditioning equipment, was loud, continuous and variable. The hotel was full so there was no possibility of a room change. I spent an hour on Princess Street between 2.30am and 3.30am where it was a lot quieter.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Try other hotels on Princess Street instead.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Sylv
Business
Pennsylvania, USA
Jul 29, 2012

Well located but some rooms are not great

perfect location in front of the train station. We had a small room facing the back street. the elevator was defective. so we had to climb the 5 floors with our luggage. It was quite noisy and the window was very small so it was dark we could not let the air circulate to cool the room and we did not sleep very well. At check out they had charged me the room price despite it was prepaid. It was a honest mistake I suppose but I am happy I checked. Breakfast is convenient but expensive for what it is.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
call again
Business
ireland
Dec 18, 2013

weekend break

this hotel is in a perfect location, the staff are friendly the hotel is clean, food is ok but the hotel is in need of a serious makeover, i know the owner has a couple of other hotels which he concentrates on and runs this one on a very tight budget, its main assets are the ideal location, the good staff and it is well run, i would stay here again based on location but it needs a proper bar and lobby. Ideal for a weekend getaway.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Nice italian restaurant very close to the hotel

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Review of Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Splashjake
Business
Winchester UK
Dec 27, 2013

Hotel Stay

Good location, an old hotel with modern upgrade in the room we stayed in. Only one lift, so it's often busy. Room we had on the top floor was not particularly large, but clean, comfortable and quiet.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

In Edinburgh, there are many good restaurants nearby for meals. Breakfast in the Scottish Cafe is especially nice.

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Review of Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
grahamandmary
Business
Bromsgrove UK
Jan 26, 2014

Good Position

This hotel is centrally located and 2 minutes from both the rilway station and the airport bus link terminal. Princes Street is a main shopping street but there are a multitude of restaurants and pubs in Rose Street and George Street which are the next two roads behind Princes Street. The hotel is older and a bit tired. Our room, a standard one, was a bit small but the bed comfortable and the bathroom was modernised. If our room was small, I dread to think how tiny their 'junior rooms' are and I would avoid these. We did not sample the hotel food.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Wildfire Restaurant in Rose Street is excellent for an evening meal as is that Amaroza for evening and breakfast on the corner of George Street.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
A Glaswegian in Edinburgh
Business
St Andrews
Apr 7, 2014

Good value and central

Room was small but was very clean and had everything we needed. Bathroom was lovely and very modern. A very old building but the rooms have been modernised. Would have preferred the option of a continental breakfast.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Iris Restaurant in Thistle Street was wonderful

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Review of Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Snadra
Business
Billericay, Essex
Jul 8, 2014

Good Weekend

We were in lovely Edinburgh for the weekend attending a wedding so this hotel was perfect for us. Didn't have breakfast in the hotel so can't comment, but found a local eatery which was lovely. Hotel bit dated but that didn't worry me. We had an internal room which means no window to the outside, would definitely have preferred this if staying longer. Hotel in good position near all the sites. Staff very good room perfectly clean and comfortable. Found the tram best way to travel from the airport to the hotel - actually stopped off outside the hotel so couldn't get any closer! And at a cost of £5 very reasonable! Lovely hotel for a short break like ours.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Open bus top tour of Edinburgh - catch the bus outside Waverley Station.

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Review of Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mrs McGuff
Business
Kansas City, Missouri
Sep 11, 2012

Good Location, OK amenities for the price

The amenities were comfortable but not exquisite for the price. Breakfast was similar, not especially wonderful. Tight quarters were a bit difficult with large bags. Location was within walking distance of all the popular attractions in Edinburgh. Staff was very helpful & courteous.

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

Business

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Review of Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
JorgeM
Business
Denver, CO, USA
Oct 29, 2012

Good location

10 min walking from the city centre. Good price. I recommend.

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

Business

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Review of Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
petalface
Business
Carlow Ireland
Jul 14, 2013

Short city break

Good old fashioned hotel, very well located about 100m from Waverley bus stn. Very good shower,good quality towels and sheets. Tea/coffee facilities in the room. NO safe! Room decent size. Lovely view of Scott Monument from the window. In spite of having paid for breakfast as part of the package management insisted that the booking was for room only on each day. When the confirmation was shown breakfast was provided but they insisted that the agent had not informed them of the included breakfast. Made for an embarassing stand off every morning. Should NOT happen. Interent charged at £10 for three days. Fairly good signal but had to log in each time. Awkward!! A €100 security deposit (?) was charged on arrival. They claimed tht this is standard practice in all UK hotels and that the money would be repaid to the account within 5-10 working days and that this was standard practice. I have never heard of this before would call it sharp practice!! In spite of these issues this hotel is ideal for a short city break, mainly because of location and price. During the break we used the hop on hop off buses Grand 48+ ticketnwhich included a boat trip around the Firth of Forth, a tur of Edinburgh Castle, Dynamic Earth exhibition, museums and a day trip to the highlands.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Castle, museums, national portrait gallery, highlands tour , The Meadows for lying out in the sun!, (weather permitting)

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