Compare 5-Star Hotels in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Luxury Star Hotel and Apartment Comparison table
Luxury 5-star Edinburgh Hotels and Apartments Howard Glasshouse Missoni Balmoral Scotsman Number 10 Prestonfield Witchery by the Castle Caledonian Sheraton Edinburgh Residence Chester Residence
(Serviced Apartment)
Princes Street Suites
(Serviced Apartment)
Knight Residence
(Serviced Apartment)
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Howard Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

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Average room price per night: £182-£230 ($286-$361)

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Glasshouse Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

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Average room price per night: £113-£256 ($178-$402)

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Missoni Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

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Average room price per night: £120-£229 ($189-$360)

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Balmoral Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

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Average room price per night: £150-£374 ($236-$588)

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Scotsman Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

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Average room price per night: £115-£260 ($181-$409)

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Number 10 Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

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Average room price per night: £93-£168 ($146-$264)

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Prestonfield Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

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Average room price per night: £158-£295 ($248-$464)

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Witchery Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

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Average room price per night: £295 ($500)

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Caledonian Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

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Average room price per night: £109-£301 ($171-$473)

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Sheraton Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

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Average room price per night: £90-£269 ($141-$423)

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Edinburgh Residence Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

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Average room price per night: £130-£233 ($204-$366)

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Chester Residence Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Apartment

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Average room price per night: £165-£298 ($259-$468)

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Princes Street Suites Edinburgh 4 Star Edinburgh Apartment

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Average room price per night: £92-£314 ($145-$493)

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Knight Residence Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Apartment

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Average room price per night: £95-£207 ($149-$325)

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Location Great King Street, New Town
Close to City Centre
Greenside Place
Outside City Centre
George IV Bridge, Old Town
In City Centre, Royal Mile Accommodation
Princes Street
Ultra Central Hotel, Princes Street Accommodation
North Bridge, Old Town
Ultra Central Hotel, Royal Accommodation
Gloucester Place, New Town
Close to City Centre, West End
Priestfield Road
Outside City Centre
Royal Mile, Old Town
Ultra Central Hotel, Royal Mile Accommodation
Princes Street
Ultra Central Hotel, Princes Street Accommodation
Festival Square
Close to City Centre
Rothesay Terrace, New Town
Close to City Centre, West End
Rothesay Place, New Town
Close to City Centre, West End
Waterloo Place, East End
Ultra Central Hotel, Princes Street Accommodation
Lauriston Street
Outside City Centre, close to Grassmarket
Hotel Type Boutique Boutique Designer chain Traditional, Rocco Forte chain Boutique chain Boutique Country house Boutique Traditional, Hilton chain Chain Suites Serviced Apartments Serviced Apartments Serviced Apartments
How would you describe this hotel? Elegant, luxurious, discreet, Georgian, intimate, opulent, romantic Original, panoramic views, luxurious, secluded, converted church, floor to ceiling windows Luxurious, bold, stylish, fashionable, designer, modern Historic, landmark, clock tower, regal, luxurious Stylish, converted newspaper offices, historic, elegant, quirky, character Oriental, chinese, quiet, secluded, Georgian, luxurious Opulent, luxurious, country setting, secluded Gothic, fantasy, opulent, luxurious, different, unique Historic, elegant, leisure facilities Stylish, leisure facilities Spacious, elegant, stylish Chic, luxurious, spacious, attention to detail, contemporary Contemporary, stylish, spacious Contemporary, spacious, luxurious, well-equipped
Best about this hotel Luxurious yet discreet, many services included in price such as 24h butler service, friendly staff, quiet residential area Unique rooftop garden, secluded location, stylish Well located, fashionable, stylish, excellent service, well equipped rooms Luxurious, elegant, excellent location, leisure suite, good service, Michelin starred restaurant Excellent service, luxurious, full of character, good leisure facilities, excellent views Stylish, elegant, garden, romantic, quiet area, some rooms with terrace or courtyard Private gardens, stylish and opulent rooms, award winning restaurant Totally unique experience, decadent Gothic inspired rooms, romantic Elegant, historic, central location, excellent views, leisure facilities World class spa, rooftop hydropool, excellent views, friendly staff Spacious, elegant, luxurious, exclusive, quiet area of Edinburgh, well-equipped Spacious, contemporary, modern, well equipped, some have garden or courtyard access, some have stunning views Spacious, light, airy, communal rooftop terrace, well-equipped Luxurious, spacious, many nice touches, welcome pack, child friendly, friendly staff
Worst about this hotel (according to reviews from previous guests Not right in Edinburgh city centre Too far from the centre Some rooms not very spacious, some noisy Some rooms too small, others noisy Falls short of 5 star in some areas Lacking many 5-star facilities, no aircon Not within walking distance to the centre Not an actual hotel, guest suites, so lacking many hotel facilities Rooms vary in size and quality Too far from the centre Very little criticism No lift access Very little criticism Some rooms noisy
Number of rooms 18 65 136 188 69 17 23 8 254 269 29 suites, many with separate living and dining area 19 suites, 1 or 2 bedrooms, with separate living area, dining area and kitchen 37 studios, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments 28 studios, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments
Good for a romantic break? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes
Good for business? No Conference Suite Not known Yes Conference Suite No Meeting rooms available No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Good for families/groups? No No No No Family rooms available No No No Family rooms available Connecting Rooms Available Some suites take up to 4 people Yes Yes Yes
Parking Free valet No Limited and expensive, but NCP car park approximately 5 minutes walk away chargeable valet parking Discounted car parking is available for a secure car park located ten minutes walk from the hotel. No, street parking Yes, valet No Yes, chargeable No, discounted parking nearby Free parking Chargeable parking No, discounted parking is available at Waverley Station Yes, reasonable charge per day, donated to a Green Charity
Distance to Princes Street (approx) 800m (12 minute walk) 550m (8 minute walk) 500m (6 minute walk) On Princes Street 270m (4 minute walk) 1 km (14 minute walk) 3 km (3 minutes by car) 400m (5 minute walk) On Princes Street 450m (6 minute walk) 900m (12 minute walk) 900m (12 minute walk) 160m (2 minute walk) 1.3km (16 minute walk)
Distance to Waverley Train Station (approx) 1.5km (18 minute walk) 700m (9 minute walk) 600m (7 minute walk) next to Waverley 150m (2 minute walk) 1.7 km (24 minute walk) 2.5 km (3 minutes by car) 270m (3 minute walk) 1.4km (16 minute walk) 1.6km (20 minute walk) 2.1km (26 minute walk) 2km (25 minute walk) 270m (3 minute walk) 1.5km (18 minute walk)
Distance to Edinburgh Castle (approx) 1.5km (21 minute walk) 1.5km (21 minute walk) 280m (4 minute walk) 850m (12 minute walk) 700m (10 minute walk) 1.9 km (24 minute walk) 2.3 km (3 minutes by car) Next to the castle 900m (11 minute walk) 700m (11 minute walk) 1.7km (22 minute walk) 1.6km (21 minute walk) 1.1km (15 minute walk) 700m (8 minute walk)
Hotel Restaurant The Atholl, small and intimate, also private dining with butler No Cucina Michelin starred Number 1 and informal Hadrian's Brasserie North Bridge Brasserie Bacchus Award winning Rhubarb, fine dining Not attached to the suites, but Witchery restaurant Formal Pompadour, with views of Edinburgh Castle and brasserie Chisholms and American diner Henry J Beans Informal Terrace Restaurant, Italian Santini Number Seven No, In house private dining or welcome basket No, in room catering available No, welcome pack of essentials and can pre-order groceries
Bar No Yes Yes, trendy Bar Missoni Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Drawing Room honesty bar No No No
Night Club No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Child Facilities No No No Not stated Children's pool, family rooms No No No Children's Menu, Connecting Rooms, Cribs / Cots, High chairs Cribs (Upon Request) 24 hour children's menu available, books and games, babysitting can be arranged Babysitting services, use of in house baby monitors, use of PSP and games Baby sitting Children's plates and utensils, free Teddy, DVDs available for rental. travel toiletry pack for babies, Cots, cot bedding and highchairs, Babysitting service available
Smoking Rooms Not stated No Not stated Not stated No Some Not stated Not stated On request No No No Not stated No
Disabled Access One bedroom with hand rails, wheelchair access but one step, no disabled public toilet Yes Full information on the official website Not stated Not stated Yes Full information on the official website No elevator Not stated Not stated Accessible rooms on request Accessible rooms on request Yes, full details on official website Not stated, however previous guests have said that there is no lift Not stated Not stated
Swimming Pool No No No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No No No
Gym No No No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No Yes No
Spa No No No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No No No
Internet Free WiFi Free WiFi for one hour then chargeable Free WiFi Chargeable wired Free WiFi for 24 hours Yes Free WiFi Not stated Chargeable wired Chargeable WiFi Not stated Free WiFi Free WiFi Free WiFi plus PCs available to use on each floor
Entertainment eTV - a television / in room entertainment centre Satellite TV, CD players, Music library (on request) iPod dock, free movies Interactive television DVD player, satellite TV Satellite TV, DVD / CD Players DVD Libary Fully equipped media cabinets, CD, DVD and book libraries Not stated TV with on demand movies, HD TV, media hub, in-room stereo system Freeview TV and DVD wide-screen TV, DVD and iPod docking station, complimentary use of PSP and games TV, DVD Entertainment system includes Digital TV video and DVD in lounge plus second TV / DVD in kitchen. A HiFi system and a selection of CDs and videos is provided.
Minibar Not stated Yes Yes, limited but free Yes Yes Fridge Yes Not stated Yes No Fridge Fridge Fridge Fridge
Toiletries Penhaligons Highland Aromatics Yes Ren Yes Yes Yes Not stated Yes Yes Yes White Company Yes Yes
Other Facilities 24h butler service Climate control, iron Room rates include 2 items laundry, local phone calls N/A Iron Iron Aircon, room rate includes bottle of champagne, complimentary bike hire, running routes, croquet lawn, putting green, 18 hole parkland golf course Room rate includes bottle of champagne N/A Iron, free local calls Microwave, cutlery and crockery for basic in-room dining Hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster Fully fitted kitchen equipped with crockery, cutlery and glassware, washing machine on request Oven, hob, fridge, combined washing machine and tumble dryer, dishwasher and a full compliment of cooking and dining utensils, iron
Tea/Coffee No, but 24h butler service Yes Nespresso coffee machine Not stated Yes In some rooms Not stated Not stated Not stated Yes Not stated Full kitchen Full kitchen Full kitchen
Dogs Allowed Not stated Not stated Not stated Not stated Service dogs only By arrangement Not stated Not stated No Not stated Not stated Guide Dogs Not stated Not stated
Check In 3pm Not stated Not stated Not stated 2pm 2pm Not stated Not stated 3pm 3pm Not stated 3pm Not stated 2.30pm
Check Out 12pm Not stated Not stated Not stated 11am 10am Not stated Not stated 12pm 12pm Not stated 11am Not stated 11am
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Howard Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

Howard Hotel Review

Average room price per night: £182-£230 ($286-$361)

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Glasshouse Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

Glasshouse Hotel Review

Average room price per night: £113-£256 ($178-$402)

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Missoni Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

Missoni Hotel Review

Average room price per night: £120-£229 ($189-$360)

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Balmoral Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

Balmoral Hotel Review

Average room price per night: £150-£374 ($236-$588)

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Scotsman Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

Scotsman Hotel Review

Average room price per night: £115-£260 ($181-$409)

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Number 10 Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

Number 10 Hotel Review

Average room price per night: £93-£168 ($146-$264)

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Prestonfield Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

Prestonfield Hotel Review

Average room price per night: £158-£295 ($248-$464)

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Witchery Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

Witchery by the Castle Review

Average room price per night: £295 ($500)

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Caledonian Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

Caledonian Hotel Review

Average room price per night: £109-£301 ($171-$473)

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Sheraton Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

Sheraton Hotel Review

Average room price per night: £90-£269 ($141-$423)

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Edinburgh Residence Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Hotel

Edinburgh Residence Review

Average room price per night: £130-£233 ($204-$366)

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Chester Residence Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Apartment

Chester Residence Review

Average room price per night: £165-£298 ($259-$468)

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Princes Street Suites Edinburgh 4 Star Edinburgh Apartment

Princes Street Suites Review

Average room price per night: £92-£314 ($145-$493)

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Knight Residence Edinburgh 5 Star Edinburgh Apartment

Knight Residence Review

Average room price per night: £95-£207 ($149-$325)

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