$65 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Mar 2, 2015 Check-out: Mar 5, 2015

Royal British Hotel

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

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.4
out of 5
70 reviews
Perfect City Centre Location

Not only does the Royal British Hotel have the perfect city centre location it also has very... See full review

  • Gruss46399
  • Dec 27, 2014
Great location

Great friendly staff, conveniently located within walking distance of major attractions and... See full review

  • Markku
  • Oct 2, 2014
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.

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Guest Reviews (70)

Ratings and reviews for Royal British Hotel

Overall score

3.4 / 5
5.01.0
70 out of 70
Amenities:
3.2
Cleanliness:
3.7
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3.4
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.8

81% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Fuying
Business
UK
Mar 13, 2012

family getaway

It was a bit noisy at night, but overall it is good

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
mariaom
Business
co kerry ireland
Mar 10, 2012

fantastic getaway

It was very late when we arrived due to a 4 hour flight delay .The night porter was just so helpful to us . nothing was a bother to the staff__ from giving us directions calling a taxi making phonecalls to tour companies. room very comfortable. bathroom spotless. we would stay again.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Amy779
Business
Madison, WI
Jan 17, 2012

Perfect location, ordinary hotel

I think we stayed in a recently renovated room, it was comfortable, but nothing special. The location was perfect for wandering the city!

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Cyberpimp
Business
Seattle, WA, USA
Oct 5, 2011

Great location

perfect location, right in the center of the city. Street noise was bothersome if the window was open, but otherwise no complaints. Very good value for the location.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
MEMPHIS TN
Jun 27, 2011

Royal British Hotel Edinburgh

Good value. Great location. Staff polite and helpful.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Bethesda, MD
Jun 25, 2011

Best to visit Edinburgh

A perfect location for an overall view of the city, and to visit it by foot. Room is very comfortable and well appointed. Breakfast is splendid. Two drawbacks: (1) no garage for those coming by car -- and the parking is quite a distance by foot, and (2) the restaurant closes at 9:30 pm -- as do practically all restaurants in Edinburgh -- which is very early especially in a city where it gets dark around 11:30 pm in the summer.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Giuliano's is an Italian restaurant -- about 20 minutes walk from the hotel -- which is one of the few top remain opened late.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Chramb
Business
Nederland, Texas
May 29, 2011

Good and Bad

I booked this hotel for 13 days, its location appeared excellent online, it turned out it was a great location, although noisy. The hotel is across from Waverly station, which has 24/7 bus and taxi traffic. This would not bother me, however, I slept with the window open due to no air con in the hotel. It was noisy at times. The room was VERY small, however it was clean and room service came each day. The staff was friendly and helpfull. I am not sure if I would stay here again.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Paris
May 9, 2011

Good location

Good place to stay if you're out and about in Edinburgh the whole time. Not for someone who wants to stay in the hotel other than for sleeping. Place is old and a bit beat up.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Oregon
Jul 16, 2010

Edinburgh Hotel

Very friendly staff. Large rooms. Very well kept old building. There is scaffolding up on the front of the building while they update it but there was no inconvenience or noise from this work. The location was great. Across the street from the train station. 10 minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, 5 minutes from the Royal Mile and 15 minutes from everywhere in Old Town.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Day tours throughout the country on Greyline Tours. Well worth the day and very inexpensive.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Umbrella with broccoli
Business
Moscow, Russia
Jun 20, 2010

Very central

This is a superb place to live if you know what "want sleep - will sleep" means. There was a bus stop just outside my room (though I lived on the kind of second floor), so now I know the schedule)) This place is good for shoppers and tourists, as Princess street's full of shops, and many attractions are just in few minutes walk. I knew nothing about the town when I booked the hotel, but after all I think I was very lucky choosing this one.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

The very next door is a roundhour Waterstone's

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