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The Scotsman Hotel 4.0

Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland

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  • Stunning historic building just off the Royal Mile
  • Individually designed rooms with Egyptian cotton linens and flat-screen TVs
  • Some rooms have original oak paneling and great views of the Old Town
  • Spa with pool, 7 treatment rooms, café, and juice bar; guests get free access to facilities
  • Large fitness center with personal trainers, fitness classes and a yoga studio
  • Turndown service with mineral water
  • Outstanding North Bridge Brasserie serving a solid breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi, and free use of the business center


  • Showing some wear and tear
  • Inconsistent room quality

Bottom Line

The Scotsman is an upscale historic boutique located right off the Royal Mile, in the heart of the Old Town. The building is a former printing house, and many of the original features are preserved, including an Italian marble staircase, ornate ceilings, and oak paneling. Luxurious amenities include a relaxing spa complete with an indoor pool, a large fitness center with classes and personal trainers, and a wonderful brasserie. But the individually decorated rooms have inconsistent quality and decor -- while some have beautiful wood paneling, ornamental fireplaces, and great city views, others have blander furnishings and lack wow factor. However, they all have luxurious amenities, such as Egyptian cotton linens, Highland Aromatic toiletries, and flat-screen TVs.

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Off the Royal Mile in the Old Town, within walking distance to most major attractions

The Scotsman has an ideal location for the leisure traveler. It is right off the Royal Mile, where many of the top tourist attractions can be found, and within walking distance to shopping on Princes Street. It is also next door to Edinburgh’s main train station, and several bus lines run along Bridge, where the hotel is located.

Old Town is the birthplace of Edinburgh. Its main street is known as the Royal Mile, which goes by four different names depending on the segment you are in. This gorgeous street is lined with gorgeous historic architecture and plenty of shops. It can feel a little touristy at times, but it’s where travelers will find most of the things to do and see in town. Princes Street, which is the southern border of New Town and home to some of the best boutiques, is also within walking distance. This picturesque area is also home to bars and restaurants, and one of the highlights is the renowned Grassmarket, a vibrant, historic market square offering entertainment, shops, restaurants and pubs.

  • 20-minute drive to Edinburgh Airport
  • 2-minute walk to the Royal Mile
  • 3-minute walk to St. Giles Cathedral
  • 5-minute walk to shopping on Princes Street
  • 8-minute walk to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • 8-minute walk to the Grassmarket
  • 9-minute walk to the National Gallery of Scotland
  • 10-minute walk to the Edinburgh Castle
  • 13-minute walk to the National Monument, the Nelson Museum, and the City Observatory
  • 26-minute bus ride to the Royal Botanic Garden

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20 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1TR, United Kingdom


440 (131) 556-5565

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Editor's Room
  • Publisher and Director Suites
  • The Baron Suite
  • The Penthouse
  • The Study

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