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The Scotsman Hotel

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Penthouse | Terrace/patio
Penthouse | Living area | 55-inch Smart TV with digital channels, TV
Deluxe Double or Twin Room, City View | Premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, desk
Penthouse | Living area | 55-inch Smart TV with digital channels, TV

Overview of The Scotsman Hotel

The Scotsman Hotel

4.0 star property
4-star hotel with restaurant, near Edinburgh Castle
9.0 out of 10 Superb
9.0/10 Superb

1,000 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Laundry facilities
20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1TR
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available
  • 24-hour room service
  • 4 meeting rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Reception fireplace
  • Front desk safe
  • Laundry service
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Conference space
For families
  • Cable/satellite TV service
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Blackout curtains
  • Lift
  • Minibar

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Old Town Edinburgh
  • Royal Mile - 3 min walk
  • Princes Street - 3 min walk
  • University of Edinburgh - 8 min walk
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 9 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 10 min walk
  • National Museum of Scotland - 1 min drive
  • Grassmarket - 2 min drive
  • St. Giles' Cathedral - 2 min drive
  • Princes Street Gardens - 2 min drive
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse - 3 min drive

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 28 min drive
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) - 1 min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 3 min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 28 min walk
  • St Andrew Square Tram Stop - 7 min walk
  • Princes Street Tram Stop - 10 min walk
  • Haymarket Tram Station - 29 min walk


  • Albanach - 2 min walk
  • Southern Cross Cafe - 1 min walk
  • Byron North Bridge - 2 min walk
  • Pret a Manger - 1 min walk
  • Bubba Q - 2 min walk

About this property

The Scotsman Hotel

You'll be in a fantastic location at The Scotsman Hotel, only a five-minute walk from Royal Mile and Princes Street. Guests looking for a bite to eat can visit Grand Cafe, which serves lunch and dinner. This upmarket hotel is also within a 15-minute walk of Edinburgh Castle and University of Edinburgh. Fellow travellers love the comfortable beds and helpful staff. The property is only a short walk to public transportation: St Andrew Square Tram Stop is 7 minutes and Princes Street Tram Stop is 10 minutes.


English, Italian, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
The property is disinfected using an electrostatic spray
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available.

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Masks are required at the property
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast
Reservations are required for the use of certain on-site facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 79 rooms
  • Arranged over 10 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until anytime
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Off-site parking nearby (GBP 18 per night; discounts available)

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast each morning (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Private dining
  • 24-hour room service

What to do

  • Bike rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby

Working away

  • 4 meeting rooms
  • Co-working spaces
  • Conference space (646 square feet)


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1899
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Fireplace in reception
  • Double-glazed windows


  • Lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible business centre
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Step-free path to entrance

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 55-inch Smart TV
  • Digital TV channels

Home comfort

  • Climate-controlled air conditioning and heating
  • Minibar
  • Dressing gowns and slippers
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Blackout curtains
  • Premium bedding

Freshen up

  • Designer toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • LED light bulbs

Special features


Grand Cafe – This restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Reservations are required.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately GBP 18.95 for adults and GBP 7.95 for children
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)


  • Parking is available nearby and costs GBP 18 per night (656 ft away; open 24 hours)

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some on-site facilities.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast.


Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a smoke detector and window guards on site.
This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ+ friendly).
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
This property accepts credit cards and debit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

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Frequently asked questions

Does The Scotsman Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Scotsman Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Scotsman Hotel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Scotsman Hotel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at The Scotsman Hotel?
No, unfortunately, but there's discounted parking nearby.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Scotsman Hotel?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - anytime. There's a charge for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at The Scotsman Hotel and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities such as cycling and practise your swing at the nearby golf course.
Are there restaurants at or near The Scotsman Hotel?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant, Grand Cafe.
What's the area around The Scotsman Hotel like?
The Scotsman Hotel is in Old Town Edinburgh, a short 7-minute walk from St Andrew Square Tram Stop and 10 minutes' walk from Edinburgh Castle. Travellers love the hotel's prime location.







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10/10 Exceptional

Loved this hotel.
Melanie, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Staff are great. Very attentive. Only bad experience was the North Bridge construction that made it difficult accessing the hotel. Buzzer on Market Street access is broken. Overall, wonderful hotel.
Lynda, 2-night trip with friends
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6/10 Good

Riccardo, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Wonderful hotel
I cannot say enough wonderful things about my 2nd visit to the Scotsman Hotel. This time my wife was booked for 3 nights with her elderly mother. The room was spacious, very quiet and the view onto Princes Street was breathtaking. Breakfast was first rate - a fantastic selection of breads, fruit salads, cold meats, cheeses, cereal and of course the full cooked breakfast! Can I say it is the little things that make this hotel stand out - all staff are exceptionally friendly. No visit would be complete without a meal in the Grand Cafe. What a room - steeped in history. A big shout out to both Stephen and Charlie, our front of house concierge service. They were always there to advise on travel, things to do and generally look after us both. I cannot express how lovely it waas to come back in from the cold and sit at the open fire, have a cuppa or hot chocolate and chat to these gentlemen. Thank you again - cant wait to "haste" back for another adventure. Maybe the penthouse next time!!
3-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Pros: Beautiful property in a central location. Clean rooms and pleasant staff. Con: Breakfast room too small for the number if guests therefore, guests were queuing in thd corridor waiting for tables and staff were shouting across the room to one another. Also I was charged for something after leaving the hotel and had no idea what it was. I contacted the hotel to find out what it was and I am still waiting for a reply. Not acceptable.
Sarah, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Robert, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Euan, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

I would NOT recommend anyone to stay at this property. The management is poor; no one at reception picks up the phone in the morning and unapologetically misses my room service breakfast by an hour and I end up picking it up from the restaurant. Depending on the room, there is only 1 small elevator for access. It has 9 floors. So taking the elevator to your room is easily and almost always over 4 minutes. They also do not provide complimentary late checkout…instead they charge 15 pounds an hour. Not sure if it’s a Scotland thing, I’ve never experienced that before.
Chun Hui, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Mr gary, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Kenny, 3-night trip
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