Royal Ettrick Hotel4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Beautiful spacious room, spotlessly clean. We had a delicious breakfast with plenty to eat. We walked from our hotel to Edinburgh Castle, around a 20 minute walk. Can't fault our stay in Royal Ettrick, we will be back !
Firstly, this place failed in that - apart from the ubiquitous and unappetising school dinner 'macaroni and cheese' on the bar menu - there are no vegetarian choices on the main menu. If you enquire, you will be grunted at and then told the 'chef' MIGHT be able to do you a risotto (no description of type) or veggie burger. Secondly, as these options are not on the menu, you will order one, and then you will discover to your disgust that you have just paid £14 for what is clearly a frozen veggie burger with a few chips, a boring bun, and a tiny amount of coleslaw. The price of the pot luck risotto is unknown. Thirdly, omnivores will also be disappointed with a) the poor choice of mains, b) the high price of these mains, and c) the presentation and flavour of said mains. Burnt scampi with anaemic fries and minimal side salad anyone? No thanks. Oh, and your sauces are in those very tasteful plastic sachets - a la motorway service station. And finally, if it's a nice sunny day and you decide to sit outside... there's no table service: it's a case of order and pay at the bar. And then watch the waiting staff wander round with your dinner asking everyone if it's theirs. Despite your number on a stick being plainly in view. Needless to say, we won't be back.
Excellent small hotel on western outskirts of Edinburgh. Parking on site, close to bus routes and just 20 mins from Waverley Station. Very good breakfast, set us up for the day. Second time staying here, would certainly have no problem coming back again. Exec bedroom has plenty of room, nice double couch, very tall ceilings and spacious bathroom.
Got to the hotel only to realise that I'd booked the wrong night. Despite expecting to be turned away, the Duty Manager at the time was extremely helpful in finding us a room. The room itself was absolutely lovely and I would recommend to anyone!
Ideally priced rooms if you just want an overnight stop with busses and or taxis that will get you into Edinburgh city centre no bother , well mannered food and bar are also available on site private parking also available, worth checking it out
Rather difficult to find at night as 3 bus drivers didn't know where it was. Never mind, a warm and friendly reception. Fine old building certainly and more might be made of its history? Bedroom was very small and not good for a claustrophobe. The toilet was a masserator type and went on masserating when I was in the shower - wee bit annoying. Couldn't get the bathroom window to stay open and risked losing a digit or worse in the process. Bed okay and room fairly clean. Overheated. Breakfast a disgrace. Despite two emails and a phone call plus reminder on check-in: no gluten free cereal. It doesn't take much to go to a supermarket and 1 in 100 people in UK are Coeliac btw. Did manage to get some fairly awful g/f bread. The fruit bowl had rotting fruit in it and there was little to inspire you. Just a few pots of yoghurt? Poached eggs were well done. I over-heard a lady complaining about her porridge. Table wasn't clean when I arrived and waiters need more 'bounce'. Needs a good rethink this guest house. Come on this is Scotland's capital city...
On arrival checked in told room just up the stairs four flights later at that top the room looked nice but on a closer look skylight windows that were covered in some sort of plastic curtain type thing Windows would not open so no fresh air the bathroom door handle kept sticking and had a screw loose and if you had wet or hand lotion you could not open the door thankfully was sharing the room so was able to escape there was a good size tare in the wall paper the room in general could do with a lick off paint a bit tired .Breakfast was ok but don't ask for porriage as this hotel in Edinburgh has no idea how make it it was like soup was sent back to the kitchen where after about 10mins was asked if there was anything else I would like as there was a problem with the porriage as this hotel is supposed to be four star not impressed avoid there are plenty more hotels in Edinburgh and around the same price try one of them first as this one not worth the money and not four star the restaurant menu has very poor choice and not that good avoid eat else where would only give hotel 5 out of 10 only.
Just the job for a long weekend in Edinburgh, comfy hotel not that far from the city centre, so met our needs perfectly, would certainly recommend, easy to get about town and short walks to main areas shops etc.
Two of us took 3 kids and popped in for a drink after being at a birthday party in town late October. I have very good memories of the Ettrick for being a child friendly place, with a lovely lady owner who used to make a great fuss particularly at Xmas. Also we would have end of term lunches there with the kids. On entering the kids went to go out the side door where smokers are allowed to exit and I instantly called them back in. A member of staff who I havent seen before came up and stated that we couldnt go out there - fair enough, but he was very confrontational. But then when the kids were sitting at a table chatting and quietly playing he came over and said, 'they can't do that, this is a restaurant you know!!' and again it was rather aggressively to which I stated that it used to be very much a child friendly setting and he was unpleasant. My friend had already had to return the lemonades the kids had as they tasted diluted and then she spotted lipstick on her wine glass,and when she went up to the bar to complain he accused her of wearing lipstick and scrutinised her, stating that if "she couldn't afford wine she shouldnt have bought any".(She had no lipstick on, what a cheek!!!) He was completely rude and obnoxious at this stage, and rather than the lovely team feeling at the Ettrick you used to experience, this seemed very much his show. The place was half empty without any atmosphere at all. And unfortunately this is has put alot of families off booking for Xmas just there as well as going back up there in Summer as we have previous. I dont know if this is the unwelcoming guy that they have spoken of in previous reviews, but they need to sort him out as they are losing customers fast.
went to this hotel for one night with my wife .the room was stuffy no windows and a disabled toilet.b/fast was average.strange thing is key for front door of hotel was the same key as your room door.so will that mean same key for other rooms and when a shower was used the thuding noise was very loud
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 hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. 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.
Royal Ettrick Hotel features free WiFi in public areas and a garden. Free parking is available if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage.
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69% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 308 reviews