Great hotel, central location
This was our second visit to this hotel, the first being our honeymoon. We decided to go back for our first wedding anniversary. Staff were great, upgraded us to the suite we stayed in first time. Facilities are excellent, nice swimming pool and the beauty treatments aren't too expensive. Location wise you can't get much better - Princes Street for shopping and George Street for a good night out. If, like us, you are taking the Airbus into Edinburgh the stop is very close to the hotel. Would recommend it.
Expensive for what it is
This is a nice enough hotel but expensive for what it is. We booked two deluxe rooms but ended up with one deluxe and one ordinary (difference was minimal though!). We stayed here in Sept 2004. There was a wedding on that day but it didn't cause any problems. Check your bill carefully - they added breakfast on to ours and when we went to sort it out we were told that they couldn't issue a 'cancelled' invoice but that the cost would not be charged. Not the way I would have liked the matter to have been dealt with! All in all a pleasant enough place though.
Nothing but praise for the Roxburghe
We were booked in at the Roxburghe on a New Years Package arriving on the 30th December and returning on the 2nd January 2005. The Hotel has a lovely warm and welcoming feeling on entering and we were greeted by extremely helpful staff who soon made us feel at home. Special mention has to go to David the concierge who sorted out the hiring of highland dress for my partner and could not have been more helpful having to return to the shop twice before we got the correct fittings!!?? (too much good Christmas living to blame I think). Having read previous reviews on this site, I have to say that we have nothing but praise to pass on, the careful thought and planning that went in to organising our package was excellent with lovely meals and a fabulous highland ball arranged on New Years Eve, which half of Edinburgh seemed to have supported as well as us mere tourists! Our room overlooked the square and was a really lovely room, very spacious with a good size bathroom and a very friendly young man who cleaned our room each day who worked extremely hard to leave us in the maximum of comfort. The swimming pool although small was an added bonus and the sauna was VERY hot!
We cannot wait to return again and anyone who has ever been up in Edinburgh will tell you there is NO other place in the world like it to celebrate hogmanay! Happy New Year!
Great location and somewhat charming depending on room
My family and I just returned from Hogmaney in Edinburgh. Our stay at the Roxburghe went very well, due to its convenient location. It is very expensive however, as all places are, during the New Year's holiday time. For those rates, I would have preferred the room, that our friends were assigned(203), which was charming, but apparently in a separate townhouse section to where my husband and I, and our three children were. Also, unfortunately we were first placed in a double room, on the third floor away for the other room on the second, which was a smoking room, and not what had been requested. Our three children did not get the triple that our friends travel agent booked. They managed, but my son had to sleep on the floor. My husband and I were moved, on the second night to a king room, nearer the kids, but in the process lost our converter, and despite managements help, never did get it back. The location was terrific, close to Princes Street, nearby to Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, and right across a pedestrian street, from a very nice place for breakfast(Molfitts), a bakery(Greggs), a hot chocolate or all chocolate restaurant, and a pub The Kenilworth. which we can recommend. Also the gym and pool here were very nice, and the bar full of interesting and funloving characters. I would stay here again, but might request the rooms on the left side of the lobby.
My boyfriend and I have just returned from a superb holiday at the Roxburghe. The hotel was in fantastic location close to everything you could possibly need to visit in the area, it is also very close to the bus stop to the airport so we didnt need to cart our luggage far at all, the buses are every 10 minutes and £3. The room was amazing (166), very spacious and everything we needed was supplied. The staff were very friendly and always there when needed even when just to help with directions and advise about where to avoid and where to go, The bar is expensive but there are plenty near by very cheap and friendly! There are many restaurants near by. The gym facilities are great, also the food is but also pricey! However overall we had a fantastic time and will definatly return in the future.
Good but pricey
I visited the hotel with my girlfriend for New Year 2004. We left the booking a little late and this was probably reflected in the price we had to pay per night, (£250+ per night with no meals included) and the size of the room we got, (very small, rather packed with unnecessary furniture and an oversized floor standing TV which meant you had to practically kneel up in bed to watch it).
As most people have stated, the hotel is in a fantastic location close to everything you could possibly need to visit in the area. It is also very close to the bus stop to the airport, (bus number 100) and the buses run very frequently.
The hotel had a great reception, layout, bar and dining area, and everything was spotlessly clean. All staff we encountered were extremely friendly and professional and apart from the price, (which I think was partly a result of the time of year), I would be happy to return again.
Hogmanay 2004 was brilliant and Edinburgh is a marvellous city to visit for a few days at any time of the calendar year.
Great Hotel, esp. for location and leisure
I stayed here twice for several weeks and enjoyed both stays. The location is superb beside the main shopping area and offering views of the castle. The leisure facilities include a good sized gym, small swimming pool, sauna and steam room which were great.
I can't comment on price as I was on business, but the rooms were nice, well serviced and there is a selection of traditional and contemporary. Breakfast was also nice and offered a good selection. The only criticism I have is that the lifts are slow and there aren't enough of them, but otherwise I would recommend the hotel highly.
brilliant central hotel
Just stayed for 2 nights at the Roxburghe, brilliant location at the heart of the city. was concerned after reading some of the reviews but our experience was good. Warm welcome from the reception staff, the room was clean, well furnished and almost opulant. Didnt have much call for assistance from the staff but when we did they seemed happy to help and were very friendly. Make sure you take breakfast in the Melrose restaurant and not in the courtyard (same breakfast, just much better surroundings) Would definately stay here again