$89 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: May 28, 2015 Check-out: May 29, 2015

Royal British Hotel

3 stars
View map of 20 Princess Street, --, Edinburgh, EH2 2AN

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.4
out of 5
76 reviews
LIA

very nice location, love the service and the room. the hotel itself is very beautiful too See full review

  • LISA
  • Apr 29, 2015
June 2014

Stayed for couple nights. More than perfect location. Nuff said :-) See full review

  • Sergiy L.
  • Mar 12, 2015
Historic hotel close to rail station and Edinburgh attractions

Royal British Hotel, on world famous Princes Street, meets the needs of both business and leisure visitors. The hotel, located less than 400 yards from Waverley Station, offers convenient access to many of the city's most famous attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, the Galleries, the Festival Hall, and the Old and New Towns. Guests choose from 72 bedrooms on five floors, as well as five executive rooms and six suites. Glendale Restaurant and Bar, situated on the first floor, affords views of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street.

Highlights
  • Close to business and tourist districts
  • Choice of formal or informal dining
  • Free Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Executive rooms and suites available
Rooms

Royal British Hotel offers 72 bedrooms on five floors, including 61 standard rooms (17 single, 28 twin, six double, one quad, and nine triple rooms). Five executive rooms, six suites, and several smoking rooms are also available. Amenities include 24-hour room service, same-day laundry service, and free wireless Internet access. Most rooms offer excellent views over downtown Edinburgh.

Features

Princes Street Coffee House offers premium coffee and a wide selection of Paninis, sandwiches, pastries, and ice cream in contemporary surroundings on the ground floor. The stylish Glendale Restaurant and Bar, situated on the first floor, serves breakfast (from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.), lunch, and dinner. Heidi's Pantry offers snacks, high teas, bar lunches, and suppers at any time of day. Business travelers make use of four conference rooms and a variety of syndicate rooms.

Transportation
  • Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
  • Edinburgh Airport (8.1 mi/13 km)
Nearby attractions
  • Royal Mile (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • Old Town (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
  • Edinburgh Castle (0.6 mi/1 km)
  • National Museum of Scotland (0.6 mi/1 km)
  • Scottish Parliament (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Usher Hall (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • Arthur's Seat (1.7 mi/2.7 km)
  • Edinburgh Zoo (3.2 mi/5.1 km)
Business
  • Four conference rooms accommodate 350 people
  • Wireless Internet access in public areas
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre (1.0 mi/1.6 km)
  • Business and financial district (0.8 mi/1.4 km)

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Royal British Hotel Rooms

Twin Room
Twin Room offers 2 single beds along with Bathroom amenities, Color TV, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Internet access, Iron / Ironing board on request, Laundry service, Room service, Telephone, Tea and coffee making facilities.
Single Room
Single Room offers 1 single bed along with Bathroom amenities, Color TV, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Internet access, Iron / Ironing board on request, Laundry service, Room service, Telephone, Tea and coffee making facilities.
Double Room
Double Room Offers 1 double bed along with Bathroom amenities, Color TV, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Internet access, Iron / Ironing board on request, Laundry service, Room service, Telephone, Tea and coffee making facilities.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Elevators
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Room service
Services
Laundry service
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Service dogs allowed
Brailled elevators

Nearby points of interest

  • Princes Mall: 0 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.2 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.3 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.3 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.3 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.3 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.3 mi
  • Underground City: 0.3 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.3 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.3 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.4 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.4 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.4 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.2 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.3 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.3 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.3 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.3 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.3 mi
  • Underground City: 0.3 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.3 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.3 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.4 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.4 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.4 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.4 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.4 mi
  • People's Story: 0.4 mi
  • Calton Hill: 0.4 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0.4 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.4 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.5 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 0.6 mi
  • Trinity House: 0.6 mi
  • Lauriston: 0.6 mi
  • Scottish Parliament: 0.7 mi
  • Holyroodhouse Palace: 0.7 mi
  • Edinburgh Playhouse: 0.7 mi
  • Georgian House: 0.7 mi
  • Canonmills: 0.7 mi
  • Holyrood: 0.7 mi
  • Meadow park: 0.8 mi
  • Stockbridge: 0.8 mi
  • Abbeyhill: 0.9 mi
  • Pilrig: 0.9 mi
  • Powderhall: 0.9 mi
  • Fountainbridge: 1 mi
  • Lochrin: 1 mi
  • Easter Road: 1 mi
  • The Grange: 1 mi
  • Dean Village: 1 mi
  • Marchmont: 1 mi
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: 1.1 mi
  • Sciennes: 1.1 mi
  • Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland: 1.1 mi

Dining

On-Site Dining
Situated on the first floor the Twenty Princes Street Restaurant and Juniper Bar offer stunning views of the Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street. Juniper is the perfect rendezvous for pre dinner drinks serving a wide range of beverages to suit all testes. The bright airy atmosphere of Twenty Princes Street is stylish and is open for breakfast (Continental or Full Scottish Breakfast served from 7.30 until 10.00am), Lunch and Dinner. **PLEASE NOTE: The hotel restaurant will be closed from 23rd February until 31st March 2015. Between this time, Continental Breakfast will only be available at a price of 5.00 per person.**

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
3:00 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.

Ratings and reviews for Royal British Hotel

Overall score

3.4 / 5
5.01.0
76 out of 76
Amenities:
3.2
Cleanliness:
3.7
Hotel staff:
4.1
Comfort:
3.4
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.7

79% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Pablo Spirit
Hoffman Estates ,Illinois
Apr 11, 2012

Vacation

Nice friendly staff particularly Ewa.Room was very clean.Location is perfect.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Bianca
Business
Sutton
May 12, 2015

Great location

The location was great, so to was the staff. The Entrance to the hotel, reception and bar was lovely. Very clean and modern, however the rooms were not like this. The rooms were clean however they were very tired and old fashioned.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
LISA
Business
St Davids
Apr 29, 2015

LIA

very nice location, love the service and the room. the hotel itself is very beautiful too

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
RJ
Business
Havre de Grace
Apr 16, 2015

Short Holiday

This was a budget hotel, which I get... and at the end of the day you always get what you pay for. The location was excellent and the limited interaction that I had with the staff was great. They were friendly and very helpful, but the amenities of the hotel itself are lacking. It is going through renovations, so hopefully they get rid of the issues... it is musty. The windows are particularly functional (the one in my room at least). Hot water was an irregular, and the general cleanliness seemed to be an issue.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Royal British Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Sergiy L.
Business
Kiev
Mar 12, 2015

June 2014

Stayed for couple nights. More than perfect location. Nuff said :-)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Gruss46399
Business
Auchengray
Dec 27, 2014

Perfect City Centre Location

Not only does the Royal British Hotel have the perfect city centre location it also has very friendly, helpful staff and spotlessly clean well appointed rooms. And all at a very reasonable price. In addition it also has Juniper bar with stunning views across the city centre and a very well stocked bar. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
tasha1
Business
leven, fife
Dec 13, 2014

overnight stay

We had a beautiful meal at the hotel, the room was basic but good enough for sleeping in. Great location for shopping and sightseeing. The staff were very friendly.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Markku
Business
Minneapolis Minnesota
Oct 2, 2014

Great location

Great friendly staff, conveniently located within walking distance of major attractions and straight across from Central rail station.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Auntie Mame
Business
Washington, DC
Sep 23, 2014

Shabby, and not in a chic way

I chose this hotel because it's across the street from Waverly train station. That is pretty much the only thing it has going for it. (Well, also that they provide shampoo AND conditioner, which practically no one does these days.) The hotel hallways smelled weird. The bedspreads looked like they were about 40 years old. The room was very shabby (but clean, as far as I could tell). The tub was very out-of-date, and the sink had spots in it. Weirdly, there is what seems to be a rather trendy and expensive bar/restaurant in this hotel. It makes no sense. The hotel was relatively inexpensive, but I would not stay here again under any circumstances. We were only there one night, and we spent the absolute bare minimum amount of time in the room. I couldn't wait to check out the next day.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Pen the gardner
Business
Silver Spring, Maryland
Sep 19, 2014

Great location right across from Waverly station

The best thing about this hotel was its location; close to transportation, tourist sites, shopping and the old city. The room was small and noisy at night being right on Princess Street. The entire hotel could use some sprucing up, but it appeared that the restaurant, Twenty, had been recently refurbished and was very nice. The staff was very friendly and helpful and we would stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Make a reservation if you want to be assured seating.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Upset traveller
Business
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sep 15, 2014

A hotel that cannot be recommended for anybody

One of the most unacceptable stays ever. We booked this hotel for convenience of location and expected basic comforts like clean room, good clean bathroom, 3 star not 5 star of course. First they get the booking messed up with with our request for one double room, one twin and given two twin rooms. Second, the bathroom in one room was minus a shower as the shower tap was removed for repairs and water coming out of the shower tap going all over. Though the manager was initially very helpful, he became extremely rude. First he said he didnt know that the bathroom was under repair and then said he cannot be responsible and suggested we go without a shower during our stay. When we requested that we were given another room and he suggested we use his personal room to shower. This was insulting and not acceptable as we were two girls and an attached bathrrom is what we paid for. Finally they offered a bathroom in a room which is not sold with kitchen fumes....we had to walk a few rooms to use the bathroom...... It was unbeleivable. We requested for another hotel. This manager became very rude after we refused to continue staying by using another room to shower. Next day while we were on tour, our bags were packed haphazardly (shoes and clothese put together) by housekeeping and we were asked to leave the hotel ungraciously in the middle of the night. When we wanted to discuss the matter, even the counter staff was exttemely rude and said they will throw us out. Of course the new hotel was far better and we had just about a 4-5 hours stay before we left for the airport. This hotel should be removed from the booking list as its sold on the pretence of having all the facilities but needs refurbishment really bad. Rooms are dirty and with bare minimum facilities. lights dont work, some of the pillows minus covers etc...... For regular travellers like us who experience 5 star to 3 star accomodation around the globe, this hotel would be ranked as the worst stay ever....... But baring this experience, we had a lovely two days in Scotland

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

hotel located in an excellent place with 2 minutes to the station, bus stand, city tour busses etc. lots of places to eat. hotel is below standard of course.

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