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Novotel Edinburgh Centre

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed for 3 nights on our first family trip to Edinburgh and was not disappointed. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the city centre and is located near the stop for the hop on hop off sight seeing bus (£54 for 48hrs Family ticket). The Hotel has a boutique hotel feel to it, the public areas are small but very comfortable. The bar and restaurant serve a menu that is far better than many large Novotels. The breakfast is extensive and as good as we have sampled anywhere. Only point of annoyance was no linen napkin for cutting bread! Not everyone washes their hands management!! We stayed in one of the two suites on the sixth floor, which had balconies and great views over the city. If it wasn’t for the fact that hypothermia would set in after just two minutes we would have enjoyed sitting out for coffee or locking my errant children outside for a couple of days. The suite is very tasteful although a little too much style over substance for a family guy with two kids. The bed is comfy and the pull out sofa beds are a much needed improvement on Novotel’s previous torture sofa beds. There are two espresso machines and two safes?! Why FGS? Two large TVs with hdmi sockets and a Bose sound system which is really good with kids. The sink is one of those minimalistic square things you would change after a couple of months trying to keep it clean at home. The shower is good although there’s mirrored glass everywhere, so if you don’t look like Angelina and Brad, Avert your eyes. Worst thing is, the back of the toilet door is one great big mirror. Thanks Novotel, you did wonders for my ego. Since when did anyone want to see themselves in no 1 or no 2 mode; gave me nightmares. Didn’t get chance to use the swimming pool as it was down for maintenance but it looked great. The staff were very attentive and friendly, a credit to the hotel. One of the best Novotels we have stayed at.

Stayed at Novotel, Lauriston Place for 4 nights with three other couples to celebrate my retirement and birthday.Had a superior room on the second floor which was beautifully furnished with a large and very comfortable bed, a sofa and a wonderful shower. The room which was spotlessly clean and very quiet also had a coffee maker, safe, iron/ ironing board, hairdryer. The breakfast at the hotel is excellent with a superb choice and variety. Location is very good with the hotel being in close walking distance to the Grassmarket, The Royal Mile and the National Museum of Scotland. The most notable thing in my opinion about the hotel is the staff. They are wonderful -extremely helpful,polite and professional a real credit to themselves and the establishment. They made my stay very special....

Great hotel. As always with Novotel, there are games for the kids in the lobby, which my boys absolutely loved, one magic table and a big chess board. It was comfortable and close the town. Staff really friendly and breakfast good. Only negative was that we took our costumes and the pool was closed!

We have stayed here 3 times in the last year and would not stay anywhere else in Edinburgh. It is 5 minutes from the Grassmarket and 2 minutes from the Meadow. Our children love it as my wife and I do. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the breakfasts are fabulous.

The good points - this hotel has great staff! From check in to the waiting staff all were excellent, friendly & helpful. The food is reasonably priced and tasty, the breakfast is plentiful and something to suit everyone. Parking is limited but priced at £20 per exit (£16 for members) so great value for Edinburgh city centre. Our room was comfortable with plenty tea/coffee. There's a small fridge which was handy. The disappointing bits which is why it got a 4 not a 5. The air conditioning has no numbers on it so you don't know if you're turning it up or down - not sure if they're just worn off? (See photo) The pool - it looked lovely but it's still shut 4 weeks after my husband was told on his last stay that it would be open in a couple of weeks! There was no communication from the hotel prior to our stay or on arrival that it was closed. We were only told after asking the opening times of the pool. There were lots of families staying for the half term break i'm sure the pool was a contributing factor in them booking this hotel. I appreciate the pool being closed is outwith the hotels control but I think they could have sent us an email to inform us prior to arrival. This would not stop us staying here again as the positives outweigh the negatives.

We stayed 3 nights at this Novotel and it was excellent. The rooms are nice and modern. The location is very convenient. The breakfast was a bit crowded but good. The bar is very nice with very friendly staff

We have been in Edinburgh for the first time in a birthday break. We were very glad to have chosen this hotel. We have booked an executive room which worth the money. Room were spacious, clean with lovely castle views. Breakfast at the hotel was full of choices of cooked and continental food. The only down point of the breakfast was that there is too many people working and before you finish to eat, your plate is removed. You cannot stop without one of them come and ask if the plate can be removed. I was drinking my coffee and a lady removed my plate without ask me.

Parking is expensive and awkward to access as you need to alert the front desk before you can get in. Rooms are good and the restaurant and bar is great. Fun and quirky. Pool is a lot smaller than it looks. Nespresso machines in the room were well received and the bed was super comfy.

Upon arrival we were given an upgrade to an executive room with a castle view. After 3 trips back to reception to get keys which worked, we were greeted by a comfortable but dated room. The staff were friendly enough, but there was a few niggles: room service trays from overnight left in the corridor until past 10am, the leisure facilities being shut (even though it was advertised they would be available following refurbishment a few days before we arrived), loud banging from 9am every morning, which we weren’t warned about prior to check in. The banging was apparently to change the locks which rarely worked though. The plus: a comfortable bed, a quiet room and a location 10mins walk from Grassmarket, and a lovely breakfast. Honestly, the hotel was budget standard at a more premium price. Without wanting to sound ungrateful, I would have been gutted if I’d paid for the upgrade as the price difference definitely isn’t worth it. Hopefully the upcoming refurb will rectify some issues, but the price would have to be right to consider not booking the premier inn next door instead next time I visit Glasgow. Tip: if you become an Accor Club member for free online, you get 10% off when booking direct, and this also reduces the cost of the car park from £20 to £16.

We booked this hotel on the understanding that the pool and leisure facilities would be open. When we arrived we were informed that the pool was not available and we could not use it.We paid a lot more for this hotel and could have stayed at a cheaper hotel ie Premier Inn next door without a pool. When we complained about this no one seemed to take much interest and the only recompense was to have a free drink. The Manager never seem to be available to make a comment. Wont be staying here again as the housekeeping was a shambles as well ( breakfast trays left in corridors all day, rooms not made up etc )

80 Lauriston Place Edinburgh Scotland

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Edinburgh International Conference Centre and Greyfriars Kirk
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Indoor pool

Located in Tollcross, Novotel Edinburgh Centre is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Edinburgh International Conference Centre and Greyfriars Kirk. This 4-star hotel welcomes guests with 180 rooms and conveniences like an indoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. Centrally located in Edinburgh, the hotel is also a short walk from University of Edinburgh and St. Giles' Cathedral.


Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or have a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


The 180 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including sofa beds, coffee makers, and safes. 32-inch TVs come with digital channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Phones, ironing boards, and desks are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests staying at Novotel Edinburgh Centre enjoy an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna. Self parking is available for GBP 20 per stay. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, 5 meeting rooms, and a conference center.

Room options

Superior Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Superior Room, 2 Twin Beds

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Executive Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Executive Room, View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

74% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2781 reviews