More about Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Not a four star experience
A very ordinary four star hotel, as is typical with the MacDonald chain of hotels. This could easily have been a 50 - 60 pound a night three star place. In its favour, the hotel is new and well sited. But it's pretty modest in terms of service and decor. You should find better for your money in Edinburgh, unless you're getting heavily discounted rates (to the range above) for your stay.
Didn't stay long!
We were booked in to this hotel for Saturday night only as a special weekend to go to a concert and also to do some shopping. Upon arrival, we found that our room had been double booked due to a rugby match that day. Even though we booked 6 weeks in advance someone managed to book a room that was already booked! Not exactly very funny when you've flown 500 miles to get there and with no warning what-so-ever! So, we were told by a very red and nervous member of staff that they had found us another hotel "still in the city centre". On our way out the receptionist said "thankyou for your help". Help? in what exactly?! Outside, a taxi was waiting to take us to our hotel that turned out to be over 4 miles out from the centre and, to our dismay, they had actually down graded us to a 3 star! Reading the review below (Nov 29th) it sounds like we didn't miss out on much-apart from the extra expenditure on taxi's and buses because they put us so far out and we didn't have a clue where we were. Anyway, whatever "star" it likes to think it is, yes, it may be "close to The Royal Mile", but you have to walk down a busy main road and walk past very run-down flats to get to it! I don't think I would recommend this hotel unless you are definitely sure they do actually have a room for you when you get there!
Fantastic Hotel, Superb Staff, Highly Recommended
I booked this hotel for a five day conference for some very discerning people. I was somewhat nervous about staying at the hotel after reading the mixed comments but our stay from 8 - 12 November on the 6th floor was fantastic. The food was excellent, the staff extremely helpful, especially those in the Conference/Banqueting suite (big thank you to Katie, Ken and Chris). Nothing was ever too much trouble and everything ran like clockwork.
We loved the 6th floor and indulged in champagne in the Library at 6.30pm every night. We also ate our breakfast in the Library in the mornings and I can recommend their scrambled eggs which were delicious.
It was definitely a 4+ star experience!
Friendly staff, filthy room
We stayed at this hotel for two nights at a decent price (98£). Staff was friendly, efficient and helpful. Since we brought a child and an infant, we were given a good sized room which was a nice gesture as well. But the room itself was incredibly filthy; dust everywhere, towels not changed in the morning, bathroom not properly cleaned. We will try another place next time.
As good as the best
We've been visiting Edinburgh hotels for many years and found the Holyrood MacDonald as good as the best for helpful staff, comfortable accommodation, excellent dining, and good central location. I cynically expected that being so handy for expense account politicians and officials would result in snooty staff and overpriced accommodation -- I couldn't have been more wrong!
The hotel is situated a hundred yards from the controversial new parliament building and Holyrood Palace, adjacent to the the Queens Park. All of the Old Town sites are within walking distance from this end of the Royal Mile, with the castle the furthest at the other end. The new town and most university sites are a short taxi ride away.
We had an excellent dinner in a comfortable dining room with an international atmosphere. Breakfasts were the full scottish menu, though I looked in vain for a bowl of porage for starters. An early morning run through the park to the Salisbury Crags is a good way to prepare.
The room had all the stuff we needed though a few more BBC channels on the TV would have been good. I'm getting really picky now, but they are free. The bathroom and shower all worked fine and everything was clean and well maintained. Our window looked out over the dynamic earth science museum to the park beyond.
The staff were friendly but polite, and could feature in a training film for the rest of the industry to learn from.
If you are driving, include parking charges in your budget, Edinburgh Council doesn't really like cars, and although there are car parks and some on street parking nearby, like all of Edinburgh it's expensive, and probably better to let the hotel porter do it for you at £15 per 24hrs or £5 during the day.
We stayed here over New Year 2005. We had a great time in Edinburgh and highly recommend the city. The hotel was a disappointment given the price we paid for the package. You have to walk through a run down area to get back from the Royal Mile but, in fairness, we never felt unsafe. It's not a flat walk either which didn't matter to us but may be difficult for some. The room was a good size and well furnished. However, the bathroom left a lot to be desired - especially the toilet which had not been cleaned properly when we arrived!! The food was mediocre and the service at breakfast, especially on the first morning, was painfully slow. The staff on the main desk were helpful but the rest were indifferent. We'll go back to Edinburgh but we we'll choose another hotel.
Me and my husband booked a weekend away in april 05 and stayed at this hotel for 2 nights b/b. We booked through easy jet hotels and felt we got a good deal £180, As you enter to main entrance the check in desk is on the right and to your left is lounge area with open fire and a piano which was played in the eveing, very nice. Our room was on third floor as you enter there is a bathroom with shower to left marble looking floor and fab big towels, bed was huge we had seated area, and a well stocked mini bar. One or two minor let downs were some small repairs which could of been done to make the room 100% like the hanger on bathroom door was broken and handle on minibar door, but nothing that would stop us using this hotel again for the right price. All staff were pleasant and helpful.
breakfast was great! sausages were fab my husband filled his plate both mornings to my embarrassment, It is about a 10 min walk into town area edinburgh loads of choice for places to shop and eat, also if you need parking the hotel offers this i think £15 per 24 hours but up the road a 2min walk there is a car park called st johns hill which is cheaper about £8 per 24 hour.
Stayed at the Holyrood one night on business travel. Standard prices are quite steep, but look for deals (latebookings.com or some similar site). Payed a reduced rate for this hotel. I didn't know what to expect as the room was booked by a business associate in Scotland.
Very nice place. Friendly staff. The room I stayed in was a king size bed room. It was huge, clean and comfortable. Nice bathroom.
Did not sample the restaurant for dinner or breakfast. Wound up eating in town at a nice little place called the Doric Gistro and Wine Bar. Good haggis.
The location is a bit awkward as it is at the bottom of the town and it is a bit of a hike up the hill to the royal mile (across from Our Dynamic Earth and the base of Arthur's Seat/Holryood Park). We taxied up and walked back down after dinner/pub.
I really didn't do any comparison shopping so I can't speak of the relative value compared to other places, but it was clean, nice, and comfortable. I would stay there again.
gorgeous sunshine all weekend!
Hotel is approximately 10-15 min walk from waverley station. Rooms have good facilities but hairdryer was missing from room, but there was no problem getting another one.
The weather was in the high 20s so very hot. Although the rooms had air conditioning, it wasn't very good and the hotel had no portable fans so rooms were quite warm at night.
Breakfast was lovely with lots of choice.
Nice floodlit swimming pool, the only thing missing here for a 4 star hotel was a jacuzzi.
Staff were very friendly and helpful, all in all a very enjoyable stay.