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Holyrood Hotel Video Review and Helpful Things to Know

Looking for a hotel beside the Royal Mile?

The Holyrood Hotel is located close to Holyrood Palace, Dynamic Earth, and the Scottish Parliament.

It’s a quieter area of the Edinburgh city centre that also gives easy access to some lovely green areas including Arthurs Seat.

The Holyrood Hotel rooms are bigger than you might expect for a city hotel. There is a convenience store nearby and several restaurants.

There Royal Mile is the adjacent street to the one the hotel is located on.

Read on for all you need to know about the Holyrood Hotel before you book.

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1. Holyrood Hotel Address

The address of the Holyrood Hotel is;

81 Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU

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2. Phone Number

The telephone number of the hotel is;

0131 528 8000

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3. Getting from Edinburgh Waverley Station to the Holyrood Hotel

The easiest way to reach the hotel, especially if you have luggage, is to take the escalators from Waverley Station to Princes Street.

On Princes Street turn right at the top of the escalators and walk past the Balmoral Hotel.

At the junction by the Balmoral Hotel turn right and walk up the slight hill (crossing North Bridge).

When you come to the Radisson Blu Hotel turn left and walk down the Royal Mile.

Keep walking until you pass The People’s Story Museum on your left and the Museum of Edinburgh on right-hand side.

Turn right and walk down Crightons Close. The Holyrood Hotel is at the bottom of this close on your left-hand side. The first door is the entrance to the restaurant, the second is the entrance to the hotel.

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Holyrood Hotel Edinburgh

4. Edinburgh Holyrood Hotel Parking

The hotel does not have any parking available on site. The nearest parking is at Dynamic Earth which is across the street from the hotel.

The car park is open 24 hours and is underground. The parking charge for parking between 7 and 24 hours is £21.00.

Here is all the Dynamic Earth parking information.

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5. Checking In

On entering there is a porter desk and reception desk on the right-hand side.

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Edinburgh Holyrood Hotel

6. Holyrood Hotel Facilities

  • The Holyrood Hotel has 157 bedrooms
  • It’s a 4-star hotel
  • There are standard king, twin, and double rooms
  • There are deluxe king and double rooms
  • There are junior suites
  • There is an on-site Surf and Turf Steakhouse restaurant
  • Fitness area with stair climbers, treadmills, free weights, rowing machine, bikes
  • 14m long swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • The Holyrood Spa is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 9 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm, it is by appointment only
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • 24-hour room service
  • Check-in time is 3 pm, check-out time is midday

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7. Breakfast Times


  • Monday to Friday 7 am – 10 am
  • Saturday and Sunday 7 am – 11 am

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8. Restaurant Menu

Main courses range from £16 to £40 per person and include dishes such as sea bass, roasted beef cheek, and of course steaks.

Here is the surf and turf menu.

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9. Video Room Tour

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10. What’s Nearby?

Pakora Bar

Located almost next to the hotel this great family-run restaurant offers delicious Punjabi cuisine. It’s well worth a visit.

Tesco Express

There is a handy Tesco Express located just uphill from the hotel. This store has groceries, toiletries, newspapers, magazines, meal deals, and also has an ATM.

Scottish Parliament

The hotel is almost next door to the Scottish Parliament building. The Parliament is open to visitors Monday through Saturday with displays in the entrance area of the building about the building and its history. Short 10-minute talks also run through the day for visitors who don’t have enough time to take a tour of the building.

Longer tours are available, they are free, and it is best to book to avoid disappointment. Please note that you will need to go through security going into the building.

Check out the Scottish Parliament Tours website.

Dynamic Earth

Also very close is Dynamic Earth. This exhibition tells the history of the earth from the big bang to the present day. It’s an interactive exhibition and there is also a planetarium to enjoy. There is a cafe on site and lots of events throughout the year including the science festival.

Entry costs £19.50 per adult and £12 per child. Here are all the entry details for Dynamic Earth.

Holyrood Palace

Holyrood Palace is just at the bottom of the Royal Mile and very close to the hotel. It is open throughout the year and is part of the Royal Collections Trust.

Read all the details on the Holyrood Palace website

The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is a 2 or 3-minute walk from the hotel. The bottom end of the Royal Mile is much quieter than the top end near the Castle, and there are still plenty of things to enjoy.

The People’s Story and the Museum of Edinburgh are very close to the hotel. They are both free to visit and open most days. The People’s Story tells the cultural history of Edinburgh by sharing stories of ordinary folk and is well worth a visit.

Edinburgh Holyrood Hotel

11. Professional Traveller Summary

  • The location is good giving easy access to the Royal Mile but also to green areas of Edinburgh such as Arthurs seat and quieter areas too.
  • There was some noise at the hotel during my stay so perhaps even numbered rooms that are away from the event areas might be a better option.
  • One of the lifts wasn’t working during my stay which meant some long waits to get downstairs when checking out with luggage.
  • The beds were super comfortable and the rooms were larger than you might expect in a city centre hotel.

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Further Reading

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