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Old Waverley Hotel

Edinburgh, Scotland

This is an honest, sonsie-faced hotel in a premier location. You don’t come here for contemporary style, heritage paint colours in 10 different shades of bruise or loads of facilities; you come for the great location, terrific views of the Old Town and Edinburgh Castle and straight-forward old-fashioned comfort.

Location

10 / 10

Right in the middle of Princes Street, overlooking Princes Street Gardens with transport links to everywhere, including the airport by tram or bus and Waverley Station. There isn’t a more central location: you are two minutes’ walk from the National Gallery and Scottish Academy of Art and 10 minutes’ walk from the Old Town and the castle (the views of the castle from the hotel are pretty impressive as well).

Style & character

6 / 10

Recently refurbished, the look is still firmly trad-hotel (trouser presses will never go out of style here). With patterned carpets, swagged curtains and chairs designed to make it easy to get up, best to think of it as a nostalgia trip.

Service & facilities

7 / 10

Staff are genuinely friendly and polite - there’s real warmth in the welcome. Every guest I saw when I was there had a smile on their face - even the woman who lost her luggage at the airport. There are narrow stairs from street level to reception (a lift to all floors from there), but ring a bell and the porter will come and help you with your bags.

  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant
  • Room service

Rooms

7 / 10

Clean and comfortable, with carpets in primary colours and plenty of polyester, although bathrooms are surprisingly smart. Equipped with the essentials: TV, tea and coffee facilities and direct dial phone (superior rooms get the trouser press, iron and ironing board, air-conditioning, hair-dryer and heated towel rail). Ask for a front room for views; corner rooms are biggest and best but they can be noisy, although double-glazing is coming soon.

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Food & drink

7 / 10

There is plenty of seating in the lounge/bar area, with lots of little tables and chairs overlooking Princes Street and the castle beyond; it’s a pleasing place for a drink or afternoon tea. The pleasant Cranston Restaurant serves three-course lunches (£11.95) and dinners (£24.95) with reassuringly familiar dishes like fishcakes, rack of lamb and sticky toffee pudding, or you can grab a lighter meal in the bar (Mrs Cranston’s Famous Pie - £4.50) Breakfast is a straightforward buffet - have the first-rate porridge.

Value for money

7 / 10

Double rooms from £79 in low season; rising to £190 in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi when booking direct with the hotel.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Not accessible for guests with disabilities.

Family-friendly?

Cots, high-chairs and extra beds available for kids.

43 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2BY.
0131 557 6316
Rooms from £ 44 per night
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