$199 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 31, 2014 Check-out: Sep 1, 2014

The Scotsman Hotel

5 stars
20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.3
out of 5
54 reviews
Great Location!

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

  • GeorgiaGal
  • May 25, 2014
Romantic city break

The Scotsman Hotel is a fantastic five star hotel. The staff from receptionist, maids and other... See full review

  • Stevie Bal
  • Feb 28, 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)

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.

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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:
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 (54)

Ratings and reviews for The Scotsman Hotel

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
8 out of 54
Amenities:
4.1
Room cleanliness:
4.4
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4.9
Value:
3.8

75% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Scotsman Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Alalinda
Edinburgh
Apr 30, 2014

Great weekend away

Was amazing. Lovely hotel only one little niggle but the hotel were great in sorting the problem out. Staff very friendly especially Ross the concierge. Would definitely go back.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Take plenty of energy and sensible shoes

Review of The Scotsman Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
London
Apr 23, 2014

You can have more better choices

1. Do not trust the room pictures showed on website, what I really got is a small, awkward room with a limited view. I opened the curtains, what i saw is two bus tops on the bridge and the front door of hotel, you can image how noisy and how embarrassed when you open the curtains in the morning seeing the crowd close to you (they can see you very well). 2. I booked 3 nights and I asked for a room with a good city view before I checked in, the 1st day, and the 2nd day. They promised every time"no problem at all" hypocritically but they never did 3. The internet/ WIFI was so terrible. I had a online interview last day. Because of the low speed of internet making the online interview impossible, I had to book a room in ibis South Bridge for the 30 minutes interview. 4. The heater was making noisy sound when you turned it up. If you want the quite then suffer the cold. Five star? The worst I've ever lived in. I prefer to live in that ibis budget hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
1
Review of The Scotsman Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Miz M
Sonoma, CA
Aug 31, 2013

Scotsman Hotel is great!

Lovely hotel with very friendly, helpful staff. PERFECT location for visiting Edinburgh, especially the Fringe Festival. Good restaurant in the hotel, too.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

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Review of The Scotsman Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Mel and Jannie
Peterborough, On
Jun 24, 2013

2 Old Girls Travelling

We are a couple of friends taking one thing off the bucket list. The hotel was lovely and clean and the view was great. It was close to everything and only a short cab drive from the airport. Cant say enough about the staff - they were amazing!! The boys treated us like we were Royalty. Wish I could give higher then a 5 star rating!!They even helped us book our next adventure and helped us to the bus stop. What a welcoming and wonderful experience for our first time to Edinburgh!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of The Scotsman Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Roberta62
Ventura, California
Sep 21, 2012

OMG! More than we ever expected!

This hotel was fantastic! Words can not describe how great this hotel was from the staff to location to amenities. Whatever you needed you had. We were so sad to leave this place. It had a great location, great view and the best staff of any hotel in the world! Would definitely love to go back some day!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of The Scotsman Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Highlander22
Baltimore, MD
Sep 6, 2012

Disappointing

The rooms were dark, old and worn. Musty smell. Mattress was sagging in visible "U" shape. Carpet and furniture were worn and dingy. No hot water before dinner. Housekeeping did not replace all amenities. Floor tiles in lobby were broken and wobbled when walked on. On positive side, Location was good, across from train station. Interesting tea service shelf that pulled up to desk level. Bottle of fresh water left outside room at night. Staff was very accommodating.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of The Scotsman Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Traveling RNStudent
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
Review of The Scotsman Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
detroit
May 6, 2010

fantastic beautiful hotel

great location ,near weaverly station.Beautiful hotel. Very clean and nice.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Mai thai restaurant is great.Very delicious and nice staff. Just short walk from hotel in High street.

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