The Howard

34 Great King Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH3 6QH

Price from: £93

Sumptuous bedroom

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#24 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
5
5.0
Public areas:
3.9
3.9
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Romance, Shopping, Special occasions

Expert review of The Howard

Award-winning discreet luxury hotel in gorgeous Georgian townhouse with butler service.

The Howard has more than a touch of old style elegance befitting such a beautiful building. With only 18 rooms it sits discreetly amongst the elegant homes on this lovely Georgian cobbled street.

Whilst The Howard has the grandeur of high ceilings and subtantial rooms it is surprisingly intimate and homely once inside. There are private suites and rooms with their own outside areas and entrances - it doesn't get any more discreet than this.

You'll love it or hate it but I think the butler service is just fabulous. Friendly without being stuffy, this is the ultimate in luxury. Cases unpacked, hot toddies delivered no matter what time of day or night, this is service with a smile and why not? After all...you don't do it every day. Well I don't, sadly.

Location: 

Great King Street is in the heart of Edinburgh's elegant New Town. Built in the 18th century, these wide, straight cobbled streets lined by beautiful Georgian buildings are reminiscent of another era. Film companies regularly use this area as a set because they need change nothing other than moving a few cars out of shot to illustrate a period of history long gone. 

A mere 10 minutes walk south to the heart of the city , though do note it is uphill, this area is surprisingly tranquil and you will pass many art galleries on the way. There are also a couple of cracking coffee shops just around the corner so you are well advised to break your journey. 

If you head west you will find Stockbridge, a buzzing local community with a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Head east and you will come to Broughton Street, aka the pink triangle, another great area for food and drink with the added bonus of some quirky shops. North you will find Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, a lovely place to spend some time whether you are up on your succulents or not. The Howard is equi-distant from all these areas all of which I would recommend you take time to enjoy.

Bedrooms: 

There are 18 bedrooms individually designed to a very high standard and some rooms offer a free-standing roll-top bath. All rooms have E-tv, offering movies on demand and internet access. Private in-room dining can be organised too and served by that personal butler I keep talking about.

The Abercrombie Suite is the top choice for its location, views and top level luxury.

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Public areas: 

The drawing room is the perfect place to kick off your shoes and exhale after a busy day exploring the city and all it has to offer. There are huge comfy couches and the chance to enjoy a cup of tea - or something stronger - as you gather your strength.

Eating and drinking: 

The Atholl restaurant serves great food amongst the Georgian splendour, they also do a great afternoon tea. There are only fourteen seats so booking is essential.

The lounge area is where you can enjoy pre-dinner drinks or a night cap and the drawing room - where you can find a less formal dining experience of sandwiches, soup and similar - is open from noon until 9pm daily.

Leisure facilities: 

Being a small, home from home there are no leisure facilities as such, but deep tubs and humongous beds make it easy to wile away the hours.

Service: 

24 hour butler service – they will take care of all your needs from unpacking your case, doing your ironing, serving dinner in your room to delivering a late night dram before bed. It's unobtrusive, despite how it may sound.

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Who stays there: 

People who value discretion and want somewhere small and unique to experience the genuine Edinburgh.

Price advice: 

It's certainly not the cheapest option in town but truly memorable for all the right reasons.

Pros: 
Luxury with butler service
Peaceful location yet only minutes walk from the city centre
Cons: 
Quiet and discreet doesn't thrill everyone
Small restaurant not good for party animals

More information on The Howard:

Price from:
£93
Type:
Hotel
Address:
34 Great King Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH3 6QH
Amenities:
Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Parking, Business Centre
Neighbourhood:
New Town

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