The Carlton Hotel's biggest selling point is its location -- right in the heart of Edinburgh within walking distance of pretty much everything. This also means, however, that noise can be a big problem in some of the rooms, though these are spacious and have flat-screen TVs and coffee/tea facilities. Although in need of a refresh, spa facilities are impressive and the lounge bar is a pleasant place to unwind. Generally, despite some renovations in the lobby, much of the upper-middle-range property remains dated with some areas feeling unkempt. Reasonable rates do seem to reflect this, though for a lot more polish for a little more cash, check out The Scotsman across the street.