Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh
What We Love
- A memorable escape on the Royal Mile itself, including breakfast and welcome proseccoThe unbeatable location on the Royal Mile, near all the main attractions
- The full Scottish breakfast, with all the trimmings, including haggis, and welcome prosecco
- The lack of traffic noise in the guest rooms – surprising for such a central hotel
What To Know
- The hotel is currently undergoing a $6 million renovation, which is expected to be completed in March
- The restaurant has gluten-free and celiac menu items
- There's an on-site fitness center and indoor pool
A warm Scottish welcome awaits you at this grand hotel, in a buzzing central location that’s hard to beat. Step out the door of the Radisson Blu Edinburgh and you’re right in the heart of the old city, on the famous Royal Mile, within a Highland Fling’s distance of all the main attractions.
Back at your base, behind a 16th-century-style facade and sturdy stone walls, you’ll find a calm lobby with polished floors, shiny surfaces and dove-gray accents. Elsewhere, generously sized rooms have recently undergone a slick multimillion-dollar facelift and are surprisingly quiet, considering the lively setting below.
With more than a hundred choices, the breakfast buffet at this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner is also fantastic, while the authentic Scottish treats at Itchycoo restaurant are no less impressive. A cozy leisure center, with a tranquil indoor pool and well-equipped gym, completes the picture of what you’ll get inside – when you’re not steps away, listening to a bagpipe player or shopping for a new tartan, that is.
You’ll stay in a comfortable Standard room with soothing hues, plush bedding and all the
Each morning, you’ll be treated to an authentic range of Scottish treats at the Super Breakfast Buffet in The Restaurant. For lunch and dinner, Itchycoo Bar and Kitchen offers quality traditional fare with a modern twist, such as Arbroath smokie fishcakes. Gluten-free/celiac diets are catered for upon request. In the summer, you can watch the world go by from the outdoor terrace.
The enviable location on the Royal Mile allows easy access to Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle. Other attractions include the iconic Scottish Parliament, National Museum of Scotland and the Scotch Whiskey Heritage Center. Waverley Station is steps away.
How to Get There
Group of 12 of us stayed last Friday night for 1 night when visiting Edinburgh for our works Christmas party night in the city. We checked in about 1 ish, receptionist not overly friendly, just went through the motions of giving us keys. No mention of breakfast times, wake up calls or papers offered. No offer of help with luggage.
Rooms were on the 3rd floor, well equipped, stylish furniture and good functioning bathroom. Nice toiletries and everything in full working order. There was a safe in the room which was handy.
The rooms were quiet, no noise through night which can be expected at weekends.
Breakfast was really good, restaurant located on the group floor. Huge choice of fruit and yoghurts and cooked items, pastries, juices etc. Everything you could possibly want.
The hotel is well located just 5 mins walk from the station, near the shops and attractions.
I would recommend to others but the reception team need to remember a smile costs nothing!
First time i have stayed in Edinburgh and at the Radisson..Fantastic location and a Fantastic Hotel..Staff are very friendly and polite and Claire who checks you in is second to none she really makes you feel welcome..Rooms were spotless and the bed was really comfortable...The buffet style breakfast is really nice with plenty of selection and the staff are really helpfull...I cant fault this hotel they cant do enough for you..There is a nice pub across from the Radisson called the Mitre where you can sit beside the window and watch the world go by..The Bella Italia restaurant is lovely just up from the Radisson...I didnt want to go home lol...If your looking for trips try the Mary Kings Close Tour its worth the money and so is the Olde Reakie Tour but not for the faint hearted if its at night like...Edinburgh is a wonderfull city and we will be back to stay at The Radisson...
Me and my wife stayed a there between the 10th and 15th December 2018 and as Craig Revel Horwood always says "We looooooved it!!"
I've put this review in two sections (Location and The Hotel)
This was the 2nd time we've been to Edinburgh (first time was 15 years ago and I stayed at the Jury's Inn which is near Waverley station) and this hotel on the Royal Mile and in terms of location you are about (depending on how fast/slow you walk) a 6 or 7 minute walk from Edinburgh Castle (you literally come out of the hotel turn left and it will be straight ahead of you after 6 or 7 minutes).
You are about the same distance to Princes Street which is the Scottish version of Oxford Street/Tottenham Court Road but much nicer. On the other side of the street you have the amazing Christmas market with a ton of stalls and a few rides to go on.
Plus you're very near the Scottish Museum, Holyrood Palace. Also, if you're doing any tours (as we did) they meet on the Royal Mile as a starting point, so that's handy too.
Before I forget, check out a restaurant called Hewats which is literally directly opposite the hotel (it's a small family run Scottish restaurant where the food was fantastic, you'll need to book though as it's a small restaurant and very popular).
We stayed on the 5th floor (room 561) and the room was great. A huge bed and what I thought was unique was that they offer a pillow menu. Yep, I'd never heard of it either. They give you 4 or 5 different types of pillow that you can choose to sleep on. Plenty of plug points too.
There were a few Christmas parties going on in the hotel on different days with a lot of people there but the room is so well insulated that you wouldn't have known.
The food in their restaurant is great too, we ordered room service one evening and you know sometimes you think "well it's not gonna be that great is it" but I can tell you it was really good.
Also, the staff there are so efficient and friendly, we asked the hotel a few times for things like extra towels and pillows and they were really quick each time.
The Spa is great too, we both a had a massage which was excellent. It has the bed massage bed you'll ever lie on (I guarantee) with heated blankets too.
I must give a big shout out to Hayley who worked on reception, we had a good laugh with her and she was really helpful to us each time we spoke with her.
Overall, if you're looking for somewhere to stay and you don't want to walk that far then stay here. Yes you might be paying a bit more but if you stayed somewhere away from the Old Town you'd only have to spend out on cabs to come into the main part anyway.
I'd recommend staying at Christmasy time as there's something magical/lovely about being in Edinburgh at this time of year. We were told that August is the busiest month due to the Fringe Festival.
Have never been to this hotel before and went for a Xmas night out. The food was the best Xmas meal I have ever tasted in a hotel. Would definitely go back. Master chef level. Orders taken at the table on arrival and was served very efficiently.
We had a large comfortable room with a nice view out the side window. The location is excellent. Staff were pleasant and the hotel was clean and well maintained. It just lacks a little charm and character.