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Old Waverley Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Great location for walking to sights. If you arrive by rental car, there is no convenient loading and unloading area and no parking. Room was a bit warm, but pleasant. Not a luxury hotel, but no complaints.

It was easy to find; staff were very helpful; good full breakfast buffet in morning and pleasant dining areas looking out on to Princess Street from above.

I ate my meals there, slept very comfortably; loved that it was so historic.

The hotel is within 2 min walking distance from Waverley train station, 5-10 min from the old city, it's on the main shopping street with many eating places nearby. Also many attractions are within the walking distance, as well as starting points of major tour companies are within 5-10 min walking distance. The room was quite large relatively to London hotels, so I was very pleasantly surprised. The room was clean.

The room was tiny, but had everything we needed. Staff members were very polite.

The hotel accommodations were centrally located but the descriptions doesn't indicate that the reception is 1 flight up with no elevator. So you must carry your luggage up a long flight of stairs.

Smaller inside than it looks from outside. Good to be at center of of the city.

The hotel was in a great location. Plenty of shopping nearby. The train station and bus shuttle to the airport are right across the street. The Royal Mile is nearby, easy to walk to. The staff was helpful when we needed them. The room was clean. I would stay there again.

10 min walking from the city centre. Good price. I recommend.

The amenities were comfortable but not exquisite for the price. Breakfast was similar, not especially wonderful. Tight quarters were a bit difficult with large bags. Location was within walking distance of all the popular attractions in Edinburgh. Staff was very helpful & courteous.

perfect location in front of the train station. We had a small room facing the back street. the elevator was defective. so we had to climb the 5 floors with our luggage. It was quite noisy and the window was very small so it was dark we could not let the air circulate to cool the room and we did not sleep very well. At check out they had charged me the room price despite it was prepaid. It was a honest mistake I suppose but I am happy I checked. Breakfast is convenient but expensive for what it is.

We were so happy at this hotel and in fact tried to get 3 more nights there and couldn't because it was full. Our rooms were comfortable, the food was better than 2 other place in the city that we tried, and the location was perfect. I would recommend this hotel to anyone, anytime!

I stayed here w/ a party of four Feb 15-19 2012; two of us in one room, two of us in another, on separate floors. We were more than pleased with our stay. All hotel staff we encountered (Restaurant/Pub, Housekeeping and front desk/Reception) delivered a superb guest experience. Customer service was certainly service with a smile'. A note to Old Waverley Management: I offer the highest compliments to your staff. They were nothing short of outstanding, expressing a willingness to go the extra mile each and every time. This wasn't just the case w/ our party, but w/ other guests I observed them interacting with while there. I wish they all worked for me at my company! This hotel is very affordable for a property so centrally located. The location couldn't be better for exploring Edinburgh & being so close to transportation via rail, bus lines and transit links to the airporrt. .Nearby shops and eateries abound. Rooms were spacious enough & very clean. There were some minor issues w/ rooms being slightly hot, bur we discovered if we kept the bathroom door closed after showering, the heat toned down immediately & became a non-issue. Using this method, we didn't even have to resort to opening a window. We didn't have discomfort w/ street noise from outside- again very minor trafic and construction sounds, nothing that resulted in any type of interference. Normal sounds of a city center- nothing more. The hotel restaurant was in a higher price category, yet we decided to splurge and dine in for dinner one night. Final consensus was the caliber of preparation and fresh quality of the cuisine was welll worth it. After such a positive experience with this hotel, I'd definitely return for a future stay, and would confidently recommend the Old Waverley to others. A big thanks, Old Waverley for an enjoyable, memorable visit!

it was raining when we landed in edinburgh and we took the 25 minute bus ride to the waverly street bridge. the hotel was only about a 2 minute walk from there, probably the closest hotel to the bus stop. my only complaint about the hotel is that when we got there we were told that check in time was 3 p.m. and not 2 p.m. as stated on their webpage. the small elevator does not go to the ground floor. it starts on the second floor, (floor zero) and only holds 4 people. we booked the junior double and i knew it would be small however i was very impressed with the size of the bathroom. it was about a third of the size of the entire room. the bathtub was raised and could be a problem for someone with mobility problems. i wasn't expecting a tv but there was a small tv on the wall. we did not have much drawer space and one of the drawers had the hair dryer in it, plugged into the wall. i found this a little odd. the road in fromt of the hotel is totally tore up for construction as is the sidewalk across the street so all the pedestrian traffic is right outside the hotel's door but that didn't cause any problems for us at all. i would NOT rent a car if i was staying at this hotel because access is very difficult and parking is several blocks away. the hotel bar is open 24-7 which worked for me. it does not accept cash after a certain hour so it does not draw outsiders and is very quiet. all drinks are billed you your room. this was my first trip to edinburgh and i didn't realize at the time that it was festival season. i do plan to go back during a slower time of the year and will probably stay at the old waverly again.

The hotel does not have an elevator on the ground level. It was a difficult climb for my father to the second floor reception. There is a small elevator from the 2nd floor reception to the upper floors. The breakfast room overlooks the castle and Princess street, with many windows and serves a huge breakfast buffet. Very pleasant.

43 Princes Street Edinburgh Scotland

Located in New Town, Old Waverley Hotel is adjacent to Scott Monument and within a 5-minute walk of other popular sights like Princes Street Gardens. This 85-room, 3-star hotel has a restaurant and a bar/lounge, along with free in-room WiFi. It's in central Edinburgh and also a short walk from Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Edinburgh Castle.


Dining

Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy 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 available for a fee.


The 85 rooms are air-conditioned and have safes. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels and pay movies, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi.

Rooms


Old Waverley Hotel features free WiFi in public areas and a TV in a common area. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage.

Property features

Room options

Standard Single Room, 1 Twin Bed

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Standard Triple Room, 3 Twin Beds

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Standard Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Twin Room, 2 Twin Beds

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Old Waverley Hotel

Everyone (4) Business (1) Couples (3) Family (4) Friends (1) Other (1)
4

nice hotel centrally located near buses and trains

Everyone

It was easy to find; staff were very helpful; good full breakfast buffet in morning and pleasant dining areas looking out on to Princess Street from above.

By , from Vancouver BC on Apr 23, 2017

4

very comfortable and central; very helpful staff

Everyone

I ate my meals there, slept very comfortably; loved that it was so historic.

By , from Vancouver BC on Apr 18, 2017

4

nice hotel in the city center

Everyone

The hotel is within 2 min walking distance from Waverley train station, 5-10 min from the old city, it's on the main shopping street with many eating places nearby. Also many attractions are within the walking distance, as well as starting points of major tour companies are within 5-10 min walking distance. The room was quite large relatively to London hotels, so I was very pleasantly surprised. The room was clean.

By , from Israel on Jan 15, 2017

4

perfect location

Everyone

The room was tiny, but had everything we needed. Staff members were very polite.

By , from Iowa on Jul 1, 2016

3

centrally located but

BusinessTravelers

The hotel accommodations were centrally located but the descriptions doesn't indicate that the reception is 1 flight up with no elevator. So you must carry your luggage up a long flight of stairs.

By on Feb 3, 2015

3

old waverley hotel

Families

Smaller inside than it looks from outside. Good to be at center of of the city.

By on Jul 10, 2014

4

great visit to edinburgh

GetawayWithFriends

The hotel was in a great location. Plenty of shopping nearby. The train station and bus shuttle to the airport are right across the street. The Royal Mile is nearby, easy to walk to. The staff was helpful when we needed them. The room was clean. I would stay there again.

By on Jun 30, 2014

4

good location

Singles

10 min walking from the city centre. Good price. I recommend.

By on Oct 29, 2012

4

good location, ok amenities for the price

Couples

The amenities were comfortable but not exquisite for the price. Breakfast was similar, not especially wonderful. Tight quarters were a bit difficult with large bags. Location was within walking distance of all the popular attractions in Edinburgh. Staff was very helpful & courteous.

By on Sep 11, 2012

2

well located but some rooms are not great

Couples

perfect location in front of the train station. We had a small room facing the back street. the elevator was defective. so we had to climb the 5 floors with our luggage. It was quite noisy and the window was very small so it was dark we could not let the air circulate to cool the room and we did not sleep very well. At check out they had charged me the room price despite it was prepaid. It was a honest mistake I suppose but I am happy I checked. Breakfast is convenient but expensive for what it is.

By on Jul 29, 2012