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Royal Ettrick Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Not sure this review has value as the hotel closes at the end of October 2017. While my room was adequate, some light bulbs didn’t work, nor did some soap dispensers in the bathroom and the hot tap revolved as tou turned it on. The bed was hard. On the plus side, the room was spacious and warm. The bar and reception area were welcoming. I only had cereal, toast and coffee for breakfast which was adequate served in a dining room, more suited to a greenhouse. The hotel is in a middle class suburb but charged close to central Edinburgh prices. I’m sure you can easily find a better choice of hotel

Good rooms, clean, well maintained. Mattress ok. Baby cot was ready in the room by the time we checked in (extra charge for it when booked the room but no ectra charge was added to the bill). on-site car park. Coffee/tea facilities. About 10-15 minutes driving from the city centre.

We had a beautiful room - probably the biggest hotel room I have ever stayed in. Two huge bay windows, luxurious beds, TV and hairdryer all good. The bathroom also looked amazing. Cooked breakfast was also better than adequate. The reception staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. A few details brought the score down. There was no heating in the bathroom which might make it uncomfortable in the winter, especially as we had to run the hot tap for several minutes to get warm water through. The handle fell off the toilet flush. A smell hung around the entrance hall which was probably damp. In general, there was a bit of a tired feel to it. All that said, I was sad to see that the hotel would be closing down on 31st October. The building is stunning but must be extremely costly to maintain. Glad to have been a guest.

Stayed here for a mid week night, arrived early as I'd been on a tour of Murrayfield (very close by, great location for rugby!). Found staff to be welcoming and friendly, asked just to leave the car but was told the room was ready early so I was able to check in fully. Like most old buildings there were maybe some bits of tlc needed but nothing that caused me concern. Bar area looked quite pleasant. Hotel was in a lovely, leafy area of Edinburgh, walked to the National Museum (about 45 mins) and it was a very nice walk indeed. Arrived back late but again, easy enough walk and very quiet as mostly residential. Sleep was comfortable enough and on check out I again found the staff friendly. They had no concern with my leaving the car after check out to collect later. Very sad to see they are closing, it's a great location and would have happily stayed again.

We've stayed here 3 times before this visit and it was OK then. But what happened - short staffed, and those they have are rude and show no interest in their guests. I would have further slated this hotel, but I see that the entire contents of this hotel including the kitchen equipment is to soon be sold by Wilson's Auctions - so what's the point.

Main areas in hotel are nice & welcoming. Our room (number 17) wasn’t up to much. In fact it was really tired and in dyer need of a make over. There were no windows apart from two skylights that had blinds over them that didn’t open. Went down for breakfast in the morning and it was at least 5 mins before we were seen to and that was only because I asked to be seated. (Staff had walked passed us numerous times) then once I had asked it was another 5 minutes before our table was ready. Once breakfast finally arrived it was really nice. Location wise it was great. Right on bus route into town & also free parking on site.

My partner arranged a night away as a birthday surprise for me. I can't comment on value for money as I don't know the cost, but I know he wasn't happy with the overall stay. Breakfast was included, which was fine, but not really much choice for vegetarians on the cooked breakfast menu - i received half a grilled tomato, hashbrowns, beans, scrambled egg and toast. Fine, but could be better. The room itself was fine - spacious and clean-sh (bit on the dusty side) bed was very uncomfortable, did not sleep well on the hard mattress and the wardrobe door was broken. Staff were polite, bit of a wait at reception to check in as there was no one at the front desk - we waited around 10mins for someone to check us in. There is a note on the door stating this hotel will be closing its business as of 31st October.

Just recently stayed here and was a lovely hotel just on outskirts of Edinburgh centre. The room was lovely and the breakfast was superb. We had to walk down a corridor stacked with bags of laundry, just a small point bit would be better stored away from guests. There is free parking which is great and the staff were really helpful including holding onto some clothing o had forgotten. Will definitely stay here again and recommend.

My experience here was amazing! We stayed in the James Suite and I can honestly say it was one of the most incredible rooms I have ever stayed in. The staff were amazing and helpful from check in to check out - they even printed some documents for us. Location was good and the bar and restaurant was great! Simply amazing, hope we will be able to come back one day as it looks like owners may be changing.

Having read very mixed reviews on here and, I had concerns about staying here. However, we're so glad we did that we'll definitely return. It was great. value particularly as it was the height of festival season. It may not be in the centre but it's just a hop, skip and a jump into the city. It's actually in a lovely wee leafy part of Morningside with a number of buses or a gentle, flat stroll into the city centre. A warm and helpful welcome when we arrived got us off to a good start. Sure there's signs of a wee bit of wear and tear in places but it's a small hotel in what looks to be a listed building. The room was spacious; the bed super comfy and immaculately clean. The bathroom looked like it had been refurbed not so long ago and came with lovely smellies for the shower and bath. Breakfast in the bistro was good (although husband would have liked beans and mushrooms with the cooked breakfast). Lunch was excellent. Good portion sizes and delicious. We didn't manage to find time to try dinner but the signs are good for that too.

13 Ettrick Road Edinburgh Scotland

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Edinburgh International Conference Centre and King's Theatre
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Merchiston, Royal Ettrick Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as Edinburgh International Conference Centre and King's Theatre. This 21-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Also close to this Edinburgh hotel are Murrayfield Stadium and University of Edinburgh.


Enjoy a bite to eat at The Conservatory Bistro, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.


All of Royal Ettrick Hotel's 21 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, ironing boards, and desks. Guests can expect to find flat-screen TVs and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

Royal Ettrick Hotel features free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. Free parking is available if you drive. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

69% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 339 reviews