The Scotsman Hotel

20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1YT

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The Scotsman Hotel

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#16 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
4.5
4.5
Public areas:
4.2
4.2
Leisure facilities:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Nightlife, Romance, Shopping

Expert review of The Scotsman Hotel

The Scotsman is a stylish hotel in a great location with spa and private cinema.

This stunning Victorian building was originally the home of The Scotsman Newspaper. When the printing presses stopped the conversion began in earnest and the result is this stunning hotel.The conversion is clever, mixing contemporary Scottish art and tweeds with original wood and marble; the character of the building is intact. Add the great pool and Thalgo spa and you really couldn't ask for more.

Location: 

Elevated position at the top of North Bridge overlooking Princes Street Gardens and the city beyond. Edinburgh’s Medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town are moments from here as are a myriad bars and restaurants.

Bedrooms: 

As this is not a purpose built hotel, bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes. Some are split-level, some large, others small and unusally shaped. They certainly aren't character-free boxes. The Scotsman sourced more than 45 different Scottish tweeds, which lend an authentic and contemporary feel to the whole place. There are 56 guests rooms and 13 suites; the result is an intimate-feeling hotel about as far from a chain as you can get.

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Public areas: 

The Brasserie, plus a 46-seat private cinema which opens on Sunday nights, the Escape Health Club and wonderful Thalgo spa.

Eating and drinking: 

North Bridge Brasserie was relaunched in 2008 and is a huge, sophisticated space with great bistro-style food. Open 11am-1am daily. The wood panels and marble pillars leave you in no doubt of the history of the building. It's a great place for a cocktail before you head out on the town, or a bloody mary the following day.

The breakfasts are award-winning so go for the B&B option!

Leisure facilities: 

Escape Health Club with aerobic studios, a huge gym, juice bar and 16.5 metre stainless steel pool. You also get the UK's flagship urban Thalgo spa. The private cinema is a quirky idea: you can watch a film with popcorn and cocktails. Nice. Open on Sunday nights only.

Service: 

Efficient and friendly.

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Who stays there: 

Shoppers, foodies, couples, the girls on a weekend away, singles, party animals.

Pros: 
Spa
Location
Brasserie
Cons: 
Can be confusing to navigate corridors and rooms

More information on The Scotsman Hotel:

Price from:
£75
Type:
Hotel
Address:
20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1YT
Amenities:
Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking, Swimming Pool, Pets Allowed
Neighbourhood:
Central Edinburgh

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