$100 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Mar 2, 2015 Check-out: Mar 5, 2015

The Scotsman Hotel

5 stars
View map of 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.3
out of 5
60 reviews
Great trip

Great stay. To be honest, for the money paid, I would either go cheaper and have something a bit... See full review

  • john y.
  • Feb 23, 2015
Excellent accommodations

The service was wonderful and everyone was personable& pleasant in attending to any requests. See full review

  • Kathleen R.
  • Feb 9, 2015
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)

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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

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:
2:00 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 (60)

Ratings and reviews for The Scotsman Hotel

Overall score

4.3 / 5
5.01.0
60 out of 60
Amenities:
4.4
Cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.6
Comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.9
Value:
4.1

80% would recommend to a friend.

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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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
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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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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
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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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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Scots girl
Business
San Diego, CA
Dec 19, 2010

Good location - bad housekeeping

The Brasserie restaurant at The Scotsman offers some of the best food in Edinburgh. However, the cleanliness of our room in the hotel was the exact opposite - a great disappointment. Hair in the shower, the last occupants menu card filled out, and a dead fly on the bed. The response we got from the staff when we asked that our room be cleaned again was non-chalant, just an "oh sorry yeah we'll have someone go in there again". A big let down for an otherwise nice hotel.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
extremeboard
Business
newcastle upon tyne
Oct 27, 2010

Top Quality!

This hotel was excellent. We arrived late friday night. As soon as we walked through the door a young gentleman introduced himself, welcomed us to the hotel and placed are bags at the front desk. The receptionist also welcomed us, being very friendly but professional and advised us we had been upgraded for free to a deluxe room (paid for study room). considering these rooms are £300 per night normally, [...] a fantastic deal!The gentleman took us to our room, told us briefly how everything worked, put our bags down and backed off before the uncomfortable experience of "do i tip".Its not that i'm tight, i'm just english and don't feel the need to tip for something that i could have done myself! The room was magnificent. views across to carlton hill from 8th floor. Decor tasteful mixing modern with new, bathroom kitted out with everyting you need. All of the hotel staff were polite and always happy looking. The psa services were free even on checkout until 8pm that night. The whole experience and the fact u can enter the hotel from waverly station was excellent. there was even an umbrella in our room to borrow

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

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Orlando, FL
Aug 21, 2010

Great service, great location

The staff was able to get us an upgrade when we inquired about a room with a better view. The fitness center has almost as much equipment as a full gym and the hot tub is hard to beat.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

The Standing Order on George Street is excellent for cheap eats and beer. Aurther's Seat is a must, but wear good walking/running shoes.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Bonnie Scot
Business
Ohio
Aug 9, 2010

Location, location,location!!

Stayed at the Scotsman every trip to Edinburgh. Great places to shop and dine within a few blocks. Location is the best. Staff is discreet.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Walk to John Lewis, Harvey Nichols, Cath Kidson and LK Bennett. Great location.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Seattle, WA
Jul 12, 2010

Great Weekend Getaway

Very pricy, but a terrific location. Staff was very helpful and the room was quite good. Bed was comfortable. Room did not have AC, but a table fan was provided that solved the problem.

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

Business

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Review of The Scotsman Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
JM
Business
London
Jun 9, 2010

Great City Break

The Scotsman is rightly a member of the Leading Hotels of the World club.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Go to the restaurant that goes by the name of "21212"! It's excellent value for money but the food is just sublime.

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