Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Royal Mile

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

300 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1NA, United Kingdom

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Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Royal Mile
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 101% more than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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    A Budget Stay in Edinburgh


    The Holiday Inn Express was a good choice for us. We were given a room at the rear of the hotel facing a Catholic church so there was very little noise. The twin room was quite spacious and the bathroom included a good, powerful shower. Rooms were cleaned to a high standard and the front of house staff were friendly and did what they could to make our trip a good one. Breakfast was a laid-back affair with a buffet Continental set-up, as well as hot food like beans, scrambled eggs and pork sausages.
    One minor downside was the location on Cowgate, a rather seedy looking road by Edinburgh standards, but to be fair the hotel is at the better end of the road. It was also a bit of a hike on cobbles to get up to the Royal Mile so pack decent shoes.

    Unique Quality: The hotel had nothing outstanding, but everything we needed as expected. Recommended for short stays and business trips.

    Directions: Although it's billed as the Royal Mile, it isn't. It's on Cowgate.

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Great value and very clean

by TripAdvisor Member myscreenname35

We stayed here for two nights with our 10 month old baby. The rooms are very small. Two adults and a small child filled ours pretty well. The rooms can take up to four adults, as the couch folds out into a small double bed, but only if you all know each other very well and dont mind climbing over each other to get to the loo during the night! This is fine if you dont plan to spend much time in them and if youre going to Edinburgh you wont be spending much time in your bed room! We found our room to be spotlessly clean. The hotel was also able to supply a cot for the baby at no extra charge.
The hotel bar is absolutely souless but as we had other things to do it didn't affect us.
Breakfast was self service and "all you can eat". We had plenty to keep us going until lunch time.
My only gripe is that calling it Holiday Inn Royal Mile is a bit misleading as it is most definetly not on the Royal Mile, but on the Cowgate. That said, its a short walk up hill to the Royal Mile and the hotel is right in the middle of everything Edinburgh has to offer. I would definetly consider this hotel again for our next trip to Edinburgh

Good value, location

by TripAdvisor Member SingleDad08

Very clean, new hotel. Small rooms (four of us), but the location and price were unbeatable, esp for a weak US dollar. The price does tend to attract hen parties (as I checked in with my teenagers, about a dozen women in short nurses outfits and garters emerged from the elevator), so it can be noisy on weekends when the pubs close. Cold breakfast helped start the day. Offsite parking was cheap and safe. 1 block from Royal Mile.

Fantastic Holiday Inn!!

by TripAdvisor Member highlandancer

We stayed here for three days in July 2008, and were not disappointed in any way. The hotel is only six months old, and is located about a two minute walk south of the Royal Mile - a great location!! The hotel was clean and modern - energy reducing electrical systems and water conservation systems were evident, and a card was swiped to enable electricity to be activated. The bed was comfy and obviously very new, and the toilet was separate from the shower and main bath area. No tub was provided. Our third floor room was quiet, and we also enjoyed the complimentary breakfast provided in the large and well equipped breakfast area on the lower level.
Reception staff (there were many) were ALL courteous and friendly, and very very helpful. Internet access was available in the room, and a reception area bar was also provided.
On our last day, rather than take our luggage with us after the 11 a.m. checkout, we were able to store our bags in the luggage room near the reception area. When this room is full, the bags are stored in the manager's office (tagged as well). This was a great feature for us. Reception staff also obligingly provided route information, for both walking and bus.
The television was modern and allowed for in room tracking of bills and checkout. Unlike highland hotels at which we stayed, a phone was provided!
All in all - a great spot! Price wise - cheaper than the Radisson class but more expensive than bed and breakfasts. We paid 119 pounds a night (Wednesday and Thursday) and 139 pounds on the Friday night. To be able to walk up to the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, Arthur's Seat, Holyroode Palace, and the Parliament building - priceless.

Clean, new, convenient

by TripAdvisor Member OzfamilyAdelaide

A good modern hotel with neat well equipped rooms. Agree with other reviews that the rooms arent huge and somehow we ended up with a twin instead of a double but otherwise good. The breakfast was slick and adequate although the breakfast room can be a little crowded.
There is no atmosphere or character but was efficent,clean and polite and an easy walk to the Royal Mile. Storing our bags was a helpful extra service.

New, clean, convenient - but pricey

by TripAdvisor Member Huddsguy

I stayed at this property for just one night on business.

If you're not familiar with Edinburgh, don't be fooled with the name 'Royal Mile'. Whilst the hotel is only a few minutes walk from this tourist mecca, it is actually located in the former grounds of a Catholic church on the nearby (and rather grubby / seedy in my opinion) 'Cowgate'. Nonetheless the location is only about 10 minutes walk from Waverley station and Princes St, and Holyrood Palace is walkable too. A 36 bus runs close by for those trying to dodge the climb up towards the Royal Mile and Edinburgh's unpredictable weather.

The hotel is very compact - especially the public areas which can get a little cramped at peak time. Rooms are bright modern and fitted to the usual (new-style) Express design, with comfy beds, a flat screen TV with a fair selection of channels, hospitality tray and good shower room.. The air-con / air cooling system was a little touchy and made some peculiar noises which were only silenced by switching off the unit completely. No wi-fi in the bedrooms - only in the public area. If you want to surf from the comfort of your bedroom you'll need a network cable - you can buy one from the lobby for £3.50 if you need to,

The breakfast buffet was pretty good with a wide variety of cereals, breads, fruits etc. Staff were pleasant and happily arranged to hold luggage for me during the following day.

I'd stay again but only if I couldn't get a better price elsewhere - the accomodation is comparable with that which you'd get at a Premier Inn and they have two central Edinburgh locations which are usually much cheaper than the £99 I paid here. If you shop around you'll find other well located and better appointed hotels in the centre of the city for less than this, too.

Lovely hotel and amazing location

by TripAdvisor Member Jububbles

I've just came back from Edinburgh from a long weekend and I stayed in the Express by Holiday Inn Edinburgh Royal Mile. I couldn't be more pleased with my stay. This hotel is very new, it only opened in March this year, and it has only 70 rooms.

The location is perfect. Only 2 blocks from the Royal Mile. Everything is there. The Edinburgh Castle, restaurants, pubs, shops, clubs. If you are coming by train, the hotel is only 15 minutes walk, and the directions on the website were perfect, we found the hotel very easily. Also if you are flying, there's a bus stop 5 minutes from the hotel, and there is a bus that goes straigh to the airport in about an hour (bus number 35).

We had a double room, which was lovely, with great space. The room was extremelly clean and well designed. The front office staff were brilliant and they were very helpful.

Breakfast was inclusive in the rate and it was very good. Lots of choices and everything was fresh and tasty.

Couldn't have been any better - Perfect !

by TripAdvisor Member djb2002

We stayed at this hotel mainly due to the positive ratings here on Tripadvisor, in addition to the excellent location.

The hotel is very new - It was opened approx 5 months ago.

The entire hotel was spotless - No dirt to be seen anywhere. This is due to a combination of it being a new hotel, and being very well kept.

The reception staff were extremely friendly, and went out of their way to make our stay as pleasurable as possible. Nothing was too much trouble, and they were always very welcoming.

The hotel felt very safe and secure - It wasn't possible for anyone to get past the reception area unless they were a guest. You needed to use your room key to operate the lift, or to go up the stairs.

The room was also spotless, and had everything you could need.

Free wired internet access was available in the room - Just remember to take a cable, or one can be purchased from reception for £3.50.

The room had air conditioning, which was quiet and functioned very well.

The room had a flat screen LCD TV, which gave you the basic channels in addition to childrens TV, Sky News, and Sky Sports News. You could also check your bill on the TV, as well as accessing information regarding the hotels facilities.

We will certainly be staying at this hotel again next time we visit Edinburgh, and would recommend it to others.

It is what I would classify as a business hotel - Primarily aimed at the business traveller.

Efficient, clean and comfortable enough

by TripAdvisor Member joolswilltravel

I am a Holiday Inn Priority Club member so am reasonably accustomed to staying in these hotels, however this one was indeed a pleasant surprise. Slightly less bland and faceless than many, the location was central and the staff were extremely helpful, offering a first class personal service.
Sadly no wifi in the bedroom - why not? - but the room was extremely clean, so top points for that. I would recommend this hotel for its location and friendliness alone. Breakfast room was on the noisy side, I would have preferred a less hectic start to the day however overall pretty good experience.

Top Location, excellent value for money

by TripAdvisor Member katie48

Review posted from my free internet access in our room! (No wifi in rooms, bring your own cable to save buying one for £3.50.)
We stay at Intercontinental Hotels a lot using our loyalty points and this is about the best Express so far.

We stayed one night at the Holiday Inn out by the zoo on Corstorphine Road and the rooms were tiny and cramped. This is spacious, crisp and new and the staff are friendly and helpful. Breakfast is better than average Exress, with lots of choice of fruit, croissants, muffins etc; everything except cooked.

The only thing missing is a restaurant, but right in the heart of the Old Town you can take your pick from a dozen great ones less than 5 minutes away (Black Bo's veggie is nearest and our favourite, even though we are not veggies).


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 Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Royal Mile

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Address: 300 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1NA, United Kingdom