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Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh


43 Princes Street , Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Great, 3.5
Based on 1351 Guest reviews
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You're sure to enjoy great service and quality, at 3-star Old Waverley Hotel.

The profuse selection of rooms gives you lots of choices. You can walk to Edinburgh Dungeons, The Real Mary King's Close and Edinburgh Castle from here. While in Edinburgh, spend a few hours exploring The National Gallery Complex or The Scottish National Portrait Gallery. St Giles' Cathedral is near this accommodation, and well worth a visit. Scott Monument is a major attraction in the area.

Choosing to stay at Old Waverley Hotel allows you to take advantage of the general facilities on offer here; for example a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Enjoy the benefit of a dry cleaning/laundry service here, along with a concierge service and a doctor on call. There is a total of 85 guestrooms to choose from.

Old Waverley Hotel is a non-smoking property. Use of a wake-up service, a shoe polishing service and a housekeeping service is free for all guests. Guests enjoy in-room paid internet access (wired) at this lodging. The majority of bathrooms are comprised of a bathroom amenities set, a complimentary toiletries set and a shower/bath combination. A coffee/tea maker available in the room is a useful amenity.

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Great, 3.5
1351 Guest reviews
  • Location 5
  • Value 3.5
  • Rooms 3.5
  • Service 4
  • Cleanliness 4
  • Sleep quality 3.5
James D Bloemfontein, South Africa July 2014 Easytobook traveller
 "An ideal location, but beware the noise"
I stayed in the Old Waverley Hotel for 6 nights in July 2014. Excellent location on Princes Street opposite the Scott Monument: a couple of minutes walking distance to the Waverley train station and even closer to the terminus of the no. 100 airport bus (which is quicker and cheaper than the new tram to get to the airport) on Waverley bridge. Also ideally located for the Edinburgh sightseeing buses which depart from Waverley bridge or St Andrew square behind the hotel, very close to two shopping malls (Princes Mall and St James Shopping Centre) and walking distance (uphill, of course) from the castle and the Royal Mile. If you have heavy luggage or are elderly or disabled, be aware that there are stairs to get from street level to the reception desk on the first floor, where the elevator is. The Scottish breakfast, included in my room rate, was ample – cereals, croissants, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, mushrooms, black pudding and haggis - although a bit short on fresh fruit. WiFi reception was good, but cost GBP 10 for 3 days. The hotel staff was friendly, helpful and efficient. Initially I was in one of the cheaper rooms on the top floor at the rear of the hotel. Although I had a double room, it was small and hot (even though the external temperature never rose above 20 degrees C) due to the windows only able to open slightly and no air conditioner. The incessant loud noise until late at night from the construction and demolition work right across from my room forced me to upgrade to a double room at the front of the hotel on the third floor (from street level; second hotel floor) which was much more spacious, had air conditioning (which I did not find necessary to use) and a view on Princes Street park. In both rooms the packing space for clothes was limited; the smaller room only had three smallish drawers and a single rail for clothes hangers, and the situation in the larger room was not much better, although the drawers were a bit larger. No mini-bar, which would have been useful for keeping soft drinks cool, but otherwise a comfortable room with facilities for making coffee or tea, a flatscreen TV and an iron, ironing board and hair dryer. My only real problem with the larger room was that, being on a lower floor, the traffic noise was quite loud, even with the windows shut (but a better option than the noise from the construction and demolition work at the rear of the hotel).
Franco P Edinburgh Spouse/partner July 2013 Easytobook traveller
 "A room without windows"
The worst experience of my life in a hotel. The hotel reserved me a room without any windows. I was not able to sleep all night long because of high an bhotering noise of air conditioning.The hotel asked me a caution when I checked in. Never happened to me in a hotel
Raymond G Edinburgh Spouse/partner February 2013 Easytobook traveller
 "Great Location Very Average Hotel"
Probably could not find a better location for a short stay in Edinburgh. Immediate problem , like so many other hotels in Edinburgh, no car park. Better to come by train , car pretty much a liability under these circumstaces .Would not hesitate to go back again but 2 -3 nights long enough in what i would describe as a very average hotel
Mark M Dundee Individual traveler July 2012 Easytobook traveller
 "Slap bang in the heart of Edinburgh"
I've visited Edinburgh many times but never stayed overnight, and despite walking down Princes Street, I'd never noticed this hotel. Had it not been for this website I never would've known about it. And what a great find it is! You probably couldn't get a more centrally located hotel, only 1 minute's walk from Waverley Station - perfect for travellers with luggage.I had a single room on the 5th floor with a view over Princes Street. The room was perfectly adequate with a comfy bed, flatscreen TV, tea-making facilities, iron, ironing board and hair dryer. The bathroom was modern and spotlessly clean.I had breakfast in the Cranston's Restaurant in the hotel - very tasty. They have fruit segments and cereals, croissants and toast, as well as bacon, sausages, tomatoes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, mushrooms, black pudding and haggis. As I had a window seat, I had a view down Princes Street again.For someone who has been to Edinburgh on many occasions, it's amazing to have a hotel right on Princes Street and for such a reasonable price - they could easily charge a lot more just for the view. My only caveat is that to get from the street to reception you have to climb a flight of stairs, so it's not wheelchair friendly. There is a lift to the floors within the hotel, but there doesn't seem to be any wheelchair access from outside.If I ever have to stay in Edinburgh again, I will definitely be using this hotel. Perfect location, very reasonable price, good rooms, and friendly staff. What more could you want?
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 Check-in: From 15:00 Check-out: Until 11:00
 Internet: Wi-Fi Internet at additional cost in general areas only (lobby/reception etc.)
 Pet policy: Pets are not allowed.
Rooms: 85
  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Concierge
  • Luggage storage
  • Doctor on call
  • Wake-up calls
  • Bell boy
General facilities:
  • Elevator
  • Entire property is non-smoking
  • Safe at front desk
  • TV in the Lobby
  • Breakfast Available (surcharge)
  • Telephone
  • Trouser press
Extra common areas:
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Discounted Use of nearby Fitness Center
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