Royal British Hotel – Edinburgh

This hotel is listed as a three star hotel, but as soon as you walk in the front door you are going to question this rating.  From the threadbare carepeting to the generally worn down, older feel of the entrance and reception it’s quite clear that it may have once been upscale but very little has been done for upkeep over the past 20 or 30 years.

The rooms were exactly as you’d expect once you had seen the lobby.  The single room was fairly small (not too small for one guest) with linens that looked as though they’d seen better days.  The 30+ inch flat screen was very nice and seemed out of place in the room – I think I’d rather they’d spent the money on a new quilt for the bed.

The restaurant – extremely reasonable prices at the restaurant with some local flavor to the menu.  The restaurant does offer a great view of the castle and old town.

The ‘bar’ is literally just that, a bar in the m iddle of the restaurant, so there is not really any where to comofortably sit and enjoy a drink.

There is also a ‘Princes Street Cafe’ on the ground floor which is certainly the most updated area of the entire hotel, with sandwiches, snacks and coffee available throughout the day.

Overall, if you are looking for a hotel in Edinburgh on a budget, I would recommend the Royal British Hotel because of it’s location and cheap pricing.

Standard 2010 rates were listed as 130 GBP / night, though I booked it for 55 via

Address: 20 Princes St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 2AN, United Kingdom
Contact: +44 131 556 4901


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