Edinburgh City Hotel

3 stars
View map of 79 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9HZ

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
70 reviews
Fantastic stay, especially if you don't plan on using Wi-Fi

The hotel is perfectly placed to enjoy a large amount of what Edinburgh has to offer, including the... See full review

  • Mackenzie M.
  • 17 Jul 2015
Scottland Halloween trip

Hotel was comfortable and close to everything! We walked to all museums and nearby restaurants. The... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • 16 May 2015
Located in the heart of Edinburgh this delightful hotel is steeped in character and history. It was built in 1879 as the Memorial Hospital dedicated to Sir James Young Simpson. This splendid building has been transformed into a modern, 3-star hotel. Travelers planning a leisure break should note that the historic Old Town of Edinburgh is only a few minutes walk from the hotel.
Rooms
The hotel has 52 rooms, all of which are double or twin. All rooms come with en suite bathroom amenities, an iron, ironing board, and a hairdryer. All rooms have color free-view television, radio, and tea and coffee making facilities. Modem/data port connections are available in bedrooms. Guests can also order room service. The Best Western Edinburgh is non-smoking.
Property features
The hotel has an on-site restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. Guests can choose from a menu of traditional British meals such as fish and chips or steak and kidney pie. There is free Wi-Fi access available both in bedrooms and throughout the hotel. The entire hotel is a non-smoking building.
Highlights
  • City center location provides easy access to Edinburgh’s business and tourist districts
  • Free on-site car parking with early arrival
  • Further discounted parking located two minutes drive from the hotel
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
Nearby attractions
  • National Museum of Scotland (0.4 mi/0.64 km)
  • Edinburgh Old Town (0.6 mi/0.96 km)
  • The Royal Mile (0.8 mi/1.28 km)
  • Edinburgh Castle (0.9 mi/1.44 km)
  • Queen Street Gardens (1.1 mi/1.7 km)
Business
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
Transportation
  • Edinburgh Rail Station (5 minutes by taxi)
  • Edinburgh Airport (7 mi/11.3 km)
  • Transfer bus from airport to city center

Edinburgh City Hotel Rooms

Double/Twin Room
Guestrooms are modern and comfortable with double or 2 single beds, foam pillows and duvet cover, ensuite bathroom, welcome tea tray, FREE WiFi, digital TV, telephone, hairdryer and laptop safe

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Elevators
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Internet
WiFi

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Reviewer score 3.7 out of 5

Edinburgh City Hotel location and nearby area

Nearby points of interest

  • Lauriston: 0.2 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0.3 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.3 mi
  • Lochrin: 0.3 mi
  • Fountainbridge: 0.3 mi
  • Meadow park: 0.3 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.4 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.4 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.4 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.5 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.5 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.5 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.5 mi
  • Lauriston: 0.2 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0.3 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.3 mi
  • Lochrin: 0.3 mi
  • Fountainbridge: 0.3 mi
  • Meadow park: 0.3 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.4 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.4 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.4 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.5 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.5 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.5 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.5 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.5 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • Marchmont: 0.5 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.6 mi
  • Bruntsfield: 0.6 mi
  • Georgian House: 0.6 mi
  • Haymarket: 0.6 mi
  • Merchiston: 0.6 mi
  • Underground City: 0.6 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.7 mi
  • Trinity House: 0.7 mi
  • Dalry: 0.7 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.7 mi
  • Greenhill: 0.8 mi
  • Dean Village: 0.8 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.8 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.8 mi
  • Sciennes: 0.8 mi
  • Burghmuirhead: 0.8 mi
  • Church Hill: 0.9 mi
  • People's Story: 0.9 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 1 mi
  • The Canongate: 1 mi
  • Newington: 1 mi
  • West Coates: 1 mi
  • Stockbridge: 1 mi
  • Ardmillan: 1.1 mi
  • Calton Hill: 1.1 mi
  • Dean Gallery: 1.1 mi
  • Polwarth: 1.1 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
14:00
Check-out:
11:00

Terms and conditions

Extra charges may apply for children. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the quoted rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Ratings and reviews for Edinburgh City Hotel

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
70 out of 70
Amenities:
3.8
Cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.5
Comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.2
Value:
4.3

97% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Edinburgh City Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Mackenzie M.
Business
N/A
17 Jul 2015

Fantastic stay, especially if you don't plan on using Wi-Fi

The hotel is perfectly placed to enjoy a large amount of what Edinburgh has to offer, including the Castle, which was a 10-minute walk from the hotel. It's surrounded by a huge variety of restaurants, and the Sainsbury's Local and Tesco Express, a mere 3-5 minute walk from the hotel, will be of special interest to bargain vacationers: These provide very cheap, very quick delicious breakfast of pastries on your way out to enjoy the city. Staff is very friendly (even when arriving at 11:30 at night!), and the room was very clean and comfortable. Literally the ONLY thing that did not exceed my expectations was the Wi-Fi: A consistent signal was nearly as elusive as the storied Nessie of the mysterious Loch Ness. Still, not really a problem if you're out enjoying Edinburgh all day!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Edinburgh City Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
N/A
16 May 2015

Scottland Halloween trip

Hotel was comfortable and close to everything! We walked to all museums and nearby restaurants. The staff was very nice and helpful when we asked for directions.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Edinburgh City Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
June T.
Business
Dublin
17 Feb 2015

spotless

great staff glad to be of help, spotless rooms, very central. one small gripe! the bed was too small to be truey comfortable

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Edinburgh City Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
sde2008
Business
Kansas
20 Oct 2014

Just what you need

Checking into the hotel was seamless and easy. The hotel staff was attentive and knew me by name right away. The hotel room was clean but on the smaller side. IF you have more than two or three bags, you'll have little room to maneuver around. Not all rooms are the same size though. The bathroom was excellent, the shower was refreshing and it was not cramped at all. The hotel staff was helpful in arranging local travel and day trips. Checking out was easy.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Don't bother with the city bus tour. Edinburgh is not a big city, and walking is almost as fast around the city and free.

Review of Edinburgh City Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
superbee
Business
London
17 Sep 2014

Ideal hotel for a weekend break

Great hotel well situated near all the Edinburgh attractions with a fantastic restaurant with amazing food. Only gripe was the small double bed.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

the foodood is fantastic

Review of Edinburgh City Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
davidoflondon
Business
London
27 Aug 2014

Not as upmarket as they think they are

The hotel is in a cheap nasty part of Edinburgh and has delusions of being much more upmarket than it is. The room was described as having a double bed, but the room was too small for a double bed so they just squeezed in a 4 foot bed (double is 4 foot six) which made it cramped. The restaurant was clean enough but had very limited menu. For example the hotel special was a beef burger. For desert I chose the "Selection of Scottish Cheese" which turned out to be Red Leicester, Cheddar and Brie, none of which can remotely be described as "Scottish". Overall I'd say the hotel is mediocre at best and I was glad we only stayed one night.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
2
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Edinburgh City Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MaPete
Business
Fort Worth TX
1 Aug 2014

Great Location, Amazing Staff!

Our room was comfortable and clean. Our flight left too early for the complimentary breakfast, but every member of staff we encountered was friendly, informative and extremely helpful. That, plus the charming hotel and central location would be enough to bring me back. My one and only complaint (and it's a minor one) is that there was no mini fridge in the room. I understand why, because the rooms are equipped with a conservation feature that turns everything off when you leave the room, so it would compromise those efforts. The staff was great about getting us an ice bucket for our water bottles, so it's all good.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

In Edinburgh it's all about the footwear. The hilly terrain (great views!) means a good walking workout. Wear your most comfortable shoes. Hills and stairs abound. But if you're prepared, it is well worth the hike.

Review of Edinburgh City Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
sindyzhang
Business
China
5 Jul 2014

Every thing is good except location

room is large and comfortable, but the location is a little far from the city center .

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Edinburgh City Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Flyfar
Business
Dublin. Ireland
8 Jun 2014

Good for short stay

Nice hotel in a good location for Edinburgh castle and old town. About 10 mins walk to the castle. Recommend the full breakfast which is good value when ordered through e bookers. Staff proved very helpful. All in all good value.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Bought a 48 hr ticket for the sight seeing tour bus and found the tour guides very informitive and entertaining great way to see the city.

Review of Edinburgh City Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
WorlddTraveler
Business
IL
2 Jun 2014

Ok hotel

First room we were given was large, but had stained carpets. I asked for a new room to be given, but the new room was much smaller than the first, and we decided to keep the original room. Besides the stained carpet, room was ample, bathroom was modern, and the room provided a modern television and coffee making capabilities. We had breakfast at the hotel, which was 8GBP, which we thought was kind of pricey, but average overall in quality. It had both a cold section, and a hot section of items that were made to order. The location of the hotel is excellent, as it is within walking distance of the Edinburgh castle and a number of attractions. The staff is helpful and polite as well. There is a parking area that is small, first come first serve which we did not use, but others seem to have. Overall, I think it's an ok option. It's an old maternity ward, which has been converted into a hotel. While the staff is very nice, the hotel itself could certainly use some updates.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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