Rate based on Check-in: Apr 21, 2014 Check-out: Apr 22, 2014

Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH - ROYAL MILE

3 stars
300 COWGATE, EDINBURGH, EH1 1NA
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.2
out of 5
30 reviews
Great Place to go

the Staff was great and they help a lot want to say good job will go again. if you go there you... See full review

  • baby man
  • Mar 6, 2014
Hotel punches above it's weight

From when we arrived & received a warm welcome, to when we left, 3 nights later, we could not fault... See full review

  • Bainsy
  • Oct 28, 2012
Warm, friendly service and cool, sleek style in the heart of Old Town

With 78 guest rooms in the heart of Old Town, the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh-Royal Mile provides a prime city center location with contemporary class. Step just next door to St. Patrick's church, or take a quick, two-minute walk to the Royal Mile, where Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Abbey and many shops, restaurants and pubs provide plenty to see and do during any Edinburgh visit. A trendy on-site bar, free breakfast and warm, welcoming guest rooms make the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh-Royal Mile a popular choice for both business and leisure.

Highlights
  • On-site bar with a full range of beers, spirits and soft drinks
  • Free hot breakfast served daily
  • Sleek, contemporary guest rooms with flat-panel televisions
  • Located in the heart of Old Town
Rooms

Guest rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh-Royal Mile are bright, bold and contemporary -- expect crisp, white bedding, red accents and art work, light woods and chrome lighting. Attention to detail is evident in thoughtful touches like directional reading lights installed in headboards.


Choose from one double or two twin beds. All rooms include air conditioning, free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access, free coffee and tea, a flat-panel television, in-room movies (fees apply), a work space and a hair-dryer. Some rooms overlook scenic Old Town or the 18th century St. Patrick's Catholic church.

Features

A 24-hour guest lounge provides a great place to relax or conduct an informal business meeting. Or, stop by the sleek, modern Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh-Royal Mile bar for drinks and small appetizer plates.


Each morning at the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh-Royal Mile begins with a free hot breakfast served in a trendy dining area where a wall-mounted flat-panel television helps guests keep up with the news of the day. Breakfast selections include cereals, muesli, muffins, croissants, fruit, yogurt, toast, sausage, eggs, juice, tea and coffee.

Transportation
  • Edinburgh Waverley railway station (0.3 mi/0.4 km)
  • Edinburgh Airport (6.9 mi/11 km)
Attractions
  • Royal Mile (0.1 mi/0.2 km)
  • Festival Theatre Edinburgh (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse (0.3 mi/0.4 km)
  • National Museum of Scotland (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • Scottish Parliament (0.4 mi/0.7 km)
  • Princes Street Gardens (0.6 mi/0.9 km)
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery (0.6 mi/0.9 km)
  • Edinburgh Castle (0.6 mi/1 km)
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre (1 mi/1.6 km)
Business
  • Business center
  • Meeting room accommodates 40 people

Amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • High-speed internet
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Ice machine
Activities
Children's activities
Golf
Dining
Free breakfast
Bar/Lounge
Services
Business center
Maid service
ATM/Cash machine
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Car rental desk
FAX
White board
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
DVD player

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Hotel Map

55.9492 -3.1844
Nearby airports
Edinburgh International Airport, (edb), 8.00, MI;
Area description
Downtown, downtown

Nearby points of interest

  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.1 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.1 mi
  • Underground City: 0.1 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.2 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.2 mi
  • People's Story: 0.2 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.2 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 0.3 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.3 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.3 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.4 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.4 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.4 mi
  • Jim Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen: 0.1 mi
  • Royal Mile: 0.1 mi
  • Underground City: 0.1 mi
  • Cowgate: 0.2 mi
  • Museum of Scotland: 0.2 mi
  • People's Story: 0.2 mi
  • The Canongate: 0.2 mi
  • Royal Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Dumbiedykes: 0.3 mi
  • St Giles Cathedral: 0.3 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.3 mi
  • Gladstone's Land: 0.4 mi
  • Writer's Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Princes Mall: 0.4 mi
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre: 0.4 mi
  • Scottish Parliament: 0.5 mi
  • Calton Hill: 0.5 mi
  • National Gallery of Scotland: 0.5 mi
  • Grassmarket: 0.5 mi
  • Outlook Tower: 0.5 mi
  • Holyroodhouse Palace: 0.5 mi
  • Holyrood: 0.5 mi
  • Princes Street: 0.5 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.6 mi
  • Lauriston: 0.6 mi
  • Edinburgh Castle: 0.6 mi
  • Scott Monument: 0.6 mi
  • Meadow park: 0.7 mi
  • Sciennes: 0.7 mi
  • Abbeyhill: 0.8 mi
  • Newington: 0.8 mi
  • Marchmont: 0.8 mi
  • Trinity House: 0.9 mi
  • Edinburgh Playhouse: 0.9 mi
  • Georgian House: 1 mi
  • Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland: 1 mi
  • Lochrin: 1 mi
  • Fountainbridge: 1 mi
  • Canonmills: 1.1 mi
  • Arthur's Seat: 1.1 mi
  • Easter Road: 1.1 mi
  • Pilrig: 1.1 mi
  • Meadowbank: 1.1 mi
  • Mayfield: 1.2 mi
  • Stockbridge: 1.2 mi

Dining

Express bar
Our hotel bar can be found next to the reception on the ground floor. A selection of alcoholic and non alcholic beverages and snacks are available to purchase

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (30)

Ratings and reviews for Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH - ROYAL MILE

Overall score

4.2 / 5
30 out of 30
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.7
Hotel staff:
4.6
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.8
Value:
4.2

97% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH - ROYAL MILE

Reviewer score

4
Beth416
Franklin, Ma
Mar 11, 2014

Friendly, clean, great location

Very Clean, Pleasant staff, Great location, Nice perk to have breakfast for free

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Holyrood 9A, GREAT menu, food is awesome

Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH - ROYAL MILE

Reviewer score

5
baby man
houston tezas
Mar 6, 2014

Great Place to go

the Staff was great and they help a lot want to say good job will go again. if you go there you will enjoy your self. go to this Holiday and have great time want to thank the staff for the best time of my trip.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH - ROYAL MILE

Reviewer score

3
Selective in SF
San Francisco, ca
Aug 13, 2013

Tricky to review

I find this a tricky review to write. The good parts are it was superbly located and a full breakfast was included. the WIFI always worked albeit a hassle to get a we code each day. But it seemed immensely expensive for what we received:very small rooms, 1 elevator for a hotel that had 4 floors and approximately 80+ rooms; AC that was not cold enough; room key cards that didn't always work. If it had not been August during the "fringe festival" I would have walked out.....but it was and after immense searching or over 2 months, it was the best I could find. I only recommend it when everything of similar or better quality is already booked.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH - ROYAL MILE

Reviewer score

4
Visitor for Wedding
Vero Beach, Florida
Nov 27, 2012

Weekend Trip

The staff were polite and helpful, and the room was clean. It's right off the Royal Mile which is one of the more popular and exciting areas of Edinburgh.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH - ROYAL MILE

Reviewer score

5
Bainsy
Exeter
Oct 28, 2012

Hotel punches above it's weight

From when we arrived & received a warm welcome, to when we left, 3 nights later, we could not fault this hotel for the class it is in. The staff are incredibly helpful, & the hotel is immaculate and looks new, even though it is 5 years old. The rooms have everything we needed & we especially liked the soap/shower gel. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was a really good size and well fitted out. Also the sound proofing must be pretty good as the room was so quiet. The breakfast was adequate, but maybe could have had slightly more choice, but considering what we paid it was good. I would definitely stay there again and it was only a couple of minutes from the Royal Mile.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH - ROYAL MILE

Reviewer score

4
Ange and Nick
Exeter, Devon,UK
Oct 28, 2012

Short break

We were very pleased with our stay, the hotel is just a few minutes from the Royal mile, the staff were very welcoming and helpful and the rooms were great. Would definetly stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH - ROYAL MILE

Reviewer score

4
Pooka Elf
Bloomington Illinois
Sep 23, 2012

fantastic fun in edinburgh

Check-in was very smooth and efficient. The hotel while being closer to Holyrood is still very centrally located. We could see Salisbury Crag from our window. The palace and the Royal Mile only a few minutes stroll from the hotel. The hotel staff were extremely personable helpful and knowledgeable. Rooms were very clean and the included buffet breakfast hearty enough to get you through until dinner. Our stay was a very positive experience. Only one sour note plenty of bath towels but no wash cloths. That aside our stay was delightful!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Time-saving tip: Long walk from hotel

Taxi to Waverly Station is easier than walking and is not expensive. Walking back is a cinch (it's all downhill)

Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH - ROYAL MILE

Reviewer score

4
RMcSwan
Boston
Sep 10, 2012

Holiday Inn Express

This hotel filled its role perfectly. Location was excellent. Included breakfast was great. Staff was helpful and stored our bags after check out until we left on a late flight. While the bed was not that comfortable and the room seemed to not be vacuumed when we checked in, everything else was great. Exactly what you should get for the money and this type of hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH - ROYAL MILE

Reviewer score

4
Carol Scotland visitor
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Aug 3, 2012

Great for visiting Royal Mile

This Holiday Inn Express is perfectly located for visiting old town and the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and everything else within walking distance. It was very secure, quite, had room air conditioning and I found the bed very comfortable. The mattress was firm and not the overly soft pillow top mattresses found in the U.S. the breakfast in the morning was fine. I would stay here again and liked it better than the other HI Express in newtown. That one was okay, but this one was better.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Visit the Jolly Judge pub just off the Royal Mile. It is a small, very traditional pub with a cozy atmosphere, good beer and fine pub-style lunch. It did not feel touristy at all.

Review of Holiday Inn Express EDINBURGH - ROYAL MILE

Reviewer score

3
Maceurope
Brooklyn
Jul 30, 2012

Reliable option

The HI Express chain is consistent. In Edinburgh the hotel was a bit expensive but breakfast is included. Wifi was also included but it was so slow as to be worthless

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
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