The Scotsman Hotel

5 stars
20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.3
out of 5
56 reviews
Perfect Location

The hotel is in a perfect location to explore. The train station is across the road for a quick... See full review

  • John2AZ
  • Dec 1, 2014
Great Location!

Wonderful and courteous staff! Hotel was in great spot for walking to local attractions. Only... See full review

  • GeorgiaGal
  • May 25, 2014
City center hotel housed in the Scotsman Newspaper’s former offices

The Scotsman Newspaper's baronial offices now house one of the most stylish hotels in the city. The hotel is just a minute's stroll from both Princes Street and the Royal Mile. The Scotsman blends the efficiency of the 21st century with careful design, attention to the comfort of guests, and the best in Scottish hospitality. Novel features throughout the building create a unique experience.

Highlights
  • Historic and cultural setting
  • Central location
  • Fitness and leisure facilities
  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi
Rooms

The hotel carefully preserved original features of the newspaper printing house. Each bedroom at The Scotsman is individually designed, with great attention to detail, offering the highest level of comfort. Twin, double, suite, and family rooms are available, as well as a penthouse. Egyptian cotton bedspreads, safes, privacy hatches, satellite television, DVD players, and voicemail are standard in all rooms. Guests receive a complimentary Edinburgh Monopoly board and have access to 24-hour room service.

Features

North Bridge Brasserie & Bar fuses grand Victorian architecture, dramatic interiors, and contemporary styling. The building, more than a century old, housed The Scotsman newspaper. The restaurant was cleverly converted from the newspaper's old reception hall, where traders and merchants would buy copies of the newspaper or place their advertising. The brasserie serves modern Scottish dishes celebrating the best of Scotland and offers a carefully planned wine and whisky list. Lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea are served daily. Private dining facilities are also available.


Guests have complimentary access to the hotel's spa, which features seven treatment rooms, sauna, steam room, swimming pool, and fitness classes, such as yoga and Pilates.

Transportation
  • Edinburgh Airport (8.3 mi/13.35 km)
  • Edinburgh Rail Station nearby
  • Transfer bus from Airport to city center
Nearby attractions
  • St. Giles Cathedral (0.2 mi/0.32 km)
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard (0.4 mi/0.64 km)
  • Princes Street Gardens (0.6 mi/0.96 km)
  • Edinburgh Castle (0.6 mi/0.96 km)
  • Scottish Parliament (0.6 mi/0.96 km)
  • Edinburgh Zoo (3.8 mi/6.11 km)
Business
  • Eight individually styled meeting rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Portable CD player and flip chart with pad and pens provided free
  • Other equipment available for hire (48 hours notice required)
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre (1.1 mi/1.7 km)

The Scotsman Hotel Rooms

Classic Room
With an average size of 34m2 and offering a choice of Double, Queen, King or Twin size beds. Our Classic rooms are ideal for a couple's retreat, a break away with friends or for that extended stay for an individual traveller. The Classic room allows for a comfortable and relaxed stay while in the capital city of Scotland.
Executive Room
With an average size of 40m2 and offering King and Twin size beds. Our Executive rooms are ideal for all occasions. Converted from the original offices of the Newspaper Editors, their unique and individual features set these rooms apart from any bedroom in the city of Edinburgh. Some of these rooms boast spectacular panoramic views of Scotland's Capital from Princes Street to the Firth of Forth; you will not want to leave.
Junior Suite
With an average size of 52m2 and offering King, Queen and Twin size beds. Our Junior Suites are perfect for those family breaks, romantic occasions or for that important business client. Originally the offices of the Newspaper's Publishers and Directors, they offer you that extra space and comfort to use for relaxing and unwinding with your family, friends or business acquaintances.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Pool
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi

Hotel Map

55.9504 -3.1877
Area served
Edinburgh.
Nearby airports
Edinburgh Airport.
Area description
The Scotsman Hotel is located on North Bridge, right in the centre of Edinburgh. North Bridge runs from Princes Street to the Royal Mile, two of Edinburgh's most famous and historic streets. All main tourist attractions, shopping areas and business districts are easily accessible from North Bridge. The main Edinburgh Waverley train station is situated under North Bridge and is only two minutes from the hotel.

Nearby points of interest

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

Dining

North Bridge Brasserie
Mix of Classic and modern-style brasserie with an informal atmosphere. The architecture alone is stunning with mouth-watering contemporary dishes to match. Open Sun-Thurs- 11am-11pm, Fri and Sat- 11am-1am.Lunch Prices - Starters from GBP 5.50-Mains from GBP 9.Dinner Prices - Starters from GBP 5.50-Mains from GBP 9.Informal attire, reservations recommended on Fridays and Saturdays.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1100

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 (56)

Ratings and reviews for The Scotsman Hotel

Overall score

4.3 / 5
5.01.0
56 out of 56
Amenities:
4.4
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.6
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.9
Value:
4.1

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Traveling RNStudent
Business
Texas
Jul 16, 2012

Beautiful hotel and Amazing city

The hotel had great service. The staff was willing to do anything to help including recommendations on resturants, pubs, and tours. The room is very nice and had a great view.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Carrie L
Business
Los Angeles
May 30, 2012

Nice hotel in great location

The hotel was situated between Old Town and New Town, which is within walking distance to everything. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The lift is slower, so you must have a little patience. The room was clean but updated with newer amenities. The bathroom had the nicest features. Overall a good stay.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
SoosieQ
Business
Cleveland, Ohio
May 23, 2012

Good choice for sighseeing

We spent four nights at The Scotsman. The common areas are lovely owing to the historic nature of the building and the location is great --just steps to the main train station and well-located to major sights. Other pros: Comfortable bed; nice bath; room safe and amenities; friendly, efficient staff; free wifi; restaurant is pretty good. Our room (904) was quirky -- bi-level with the sleeping area up a 4-5 steps from the bath. Small dormer window. Complaints: No bedside table on one side of the bed; room was dark despite lots of lighting (low wattage); Ironing board and robe took up most of hanging space in closet.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Easter holidayer
Business
London, UK
Apr 12, 2012

Perfect for a city break

I have never had such a warm welcome, especially at a UK hotel. From the doorman's handshake to the receptionist's recommendations, everything was perfect. We had booked a study room but were upgraded to a junior duluxe with a little turret nook that was beautifully fitted out. The only disappointment was the bed size - a small double which was cozy for two, although some of their rooms have larger beds. We'd booked the hotel in part because the rooms came with a full Sky Sports package (my other half is a golf nut and it was Master's weekend): however, this wasn't working. In the end it was OK because we could get the BBC coverage, but had this not been available it would have put a dampener on the night. We had room service dinner which was perfectly adequate (the privacy hatch in each room is a nice touch) - an item was missing but brought within a couple of minutes of us pointing this out. All in all, a thoroughly pleasant hotel and very good value for money.

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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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Foreigner 2
Business
Cumbria, UK
Mar 11, 2012

Not quite 5star

A lovely large window allowed us to look at lots of air conditioning units with not even a curtain ( apart from the very heavy dark one) to camouflage them . Still don't know where the smell of meat stew one night and fresh bread the other came from, but the receptionist assured me that our room will be specially cleaned!? Insufficient lights didn't allow you to read apart at the desk, but that light bulb was broken and it took three attempts to get a replacement. Staff were very pleasant without exception. Breakfast offered a good choice, so it could have been great. It wasn't.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The grainstore has character with lovely food.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Sutherland
Business
Baltimore, MD, USA
Oct 26, 2011

Best spot in Edinburgh

The staff was great, the room was awsome, and the location could not be better.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Sometimes the merchants take dollars and thats a better exchange rate, especially for large purchases. Check with the merchant first.

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Review of The Scotsman Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
pkct
Business
Connecticut, USA
Oct 11, 2011

Great Stay in Central Edinburgh

The staff are incredibly friendly and attentive and really make the hotel. The location is central to all the main attractions - limiting the need for taxis. The only negatives were that the bed was small, the room was hot and internet access was a separate charge. Expect old world charm.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

The Royal Mile from the Palace to the Castle combine two great attractions with a nice walk through several centuries of history.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
KFAM
Business
Chicago, IL
Aug 31, 2011

Luxurious!

Amazing room, excellent location, unbeatable city views and gracious staff!! Recommend requesting a room with a clawfoot bathtub in the cupola overlooking the North Bridge. Wouldn't stay anywhere else in the future!

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Mary King's Close gives an eerie look into old Edinburgh and a tour of a forgotten underground close.

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Review of The Scotsman Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Sixcents
Business
Greensburg, Pa.
Jun 10, 2011

Awesome Hotel!

This hotel is of the highest quality. The bathroom shower was heavenly. The hotel provided robes and slippers, has a pool and spa and each room has a fully stocked bar. After we checked out they allowed us to store our luggage at the hotel while we went site seeing. They are conveniently located across the street from the train station. The only thing that was messed up was that they offered a complimentary bottle of water and a newspaper to only one of the couples in our group. The rest of us didn't get the same offer. The criticism is not a complaint but a statement to the staff for the sake of consistency. It was the best hotel we had during our 10 day trip.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

This hotel is close to Edinburgh Castle and Princes Mall. If you want a perfect location to visit Edinburgh's Royal Mile, this is it!

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Review of The Scotsman Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Indiana, USA
Mar 11, 2011

Extremely Satisfied

Perfect Location. Excellent Service.

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

Business

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