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
In a great spot to get around Edinburgh and very close to the station. Comfortable rooms with windows that open to let in fresh air but can also be double glazed shut which along with black out curtains and air con makes for a quiet and comfortable nights sleep. Choice of pillows and comfy beds and feathery duvets. Delicious breakfast. Staff quick to sort out and problems. Small and pleasant spa with a little pool and a gym.
We stayed at the Radisson Blu for 3 nights over the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
It’s expected that all hotel prices are significantly higher during August and this hotel is no exception, but we were happy to pay more for a better experience and nicer accommodation.
The reality was disappointing. Bottles of water were given to us on the first night, but they seemed to forget after that. Walls are ridiculously thin - when you can wake up listening to the couple next door discussing and counting money, there’s something not right!
Our room was unfortunately directly above one of the outside bars that was particularly noisy, and the whole reception area is chaotic and full of people waiting for fringe shows, not staying in the hotel.
Overall it was OK (super comfy bed!) but there are much better value hotels if you’re staying over the month of the Festival.
We love the Radissons, they never let you down. This time we stayed in standard rooms and when we wanted to upgrade there was nothing available... so indeed , it is less comfortable than their premium rooms, but still the standard is good, and the service is excellent!! And even though we had some misunderstandings, the team always solved them to our satisfaction. The Edinburgh hotel is perfectly located, right in the heart of the Royal Mile, and in the center of everything. The breakfast is excellent, the beds are comfortable and the service is wonderful. We loved it as usual.