The Carlton Hotel
What We Love
- A traditional, four-star hotel in the heart of Edinburgh, with breakfast and dinner optionsThe gracious hospitality, sure to make you feel right at home
- Winding through the cobbled streets and climbing the lofty summit of Edinburgh Castle
- The Carlton Hotel's great proximity to the city's many cool boutiques and restaurant
What To Know
- There's a health club with an indoor pool, gym and spa treatment rooms
- Grab a bite off the brasserie menu at the Bridge Restaurant
- The hotel overlooks Edinburgh's Royal Mile
Superbly located in the heart of Edinburgh Old Town, The Carlton Hotel provides a stylish four-star city stay. It overlooks the Royal Mile and is close to Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle, giving you perfect access to all the hippest shops and restaurants, as well as the city’s most historic sights.
Relax in the chic lobby, or enjoy drinks in the spacious comfort of the bar. When you’re tired of sightseeing or hitting the shops, there’s a health and leisure club with an indoor swimming pool, a gym and treatment rooms. Make sure you wind through the cobbled streets – they’re even better after dark, when Edinburgh’s spooky walks are a specialty – and conquer the summit of Edinburgh Castle, then down a cheek-rosying cocktail before you settle in to your plush room for the night.
Stay in a traditionally styled Standard or Premium room in this 189-room hotel. Standard rooms have a TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, 24-hour room service and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Some have views of Arthur’s Seat. Two advantages of a Premium room are additional space and lovely city views.
The Carlton Hotel offers a wide choice of breakfast options. For an easygoing brasserie menu, visit the Bridge Restaurant. Light bites are set out every evening in the Bridge Bar. Dine on the seasonal menu and sample tipples from the wine list.
Edinburgh is an interesting city and luckily, a small one, so it’s easy enough to get around on foot, as long as you can handle a few hills and steps here and there. The Carlton Hotel is well located for exploring the city; it overlooks the Royal Mile and is set adjacent to Waverley railway station. Out in the historic center, many shopping and fine dining opportunities beckon, as do many other local attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyrood House – the Queen’s official residence in Scotland – The Real Mary King’s Close (hidden beneath the Royal Mile), Edinburgh Dungeons and the city’s parkland Zoo.
How to Get There
I am writing this review in room 124 at the Edinburgh Hilton Carlton. If you are considering coming to Edinburgh and staying here please don’t contemplate any room beginning with 1. In any other hotel if you are assigned a room with the prefix 1 you normally assume that you will be on level 1, not at the Hilton, room 124 is actually on level -2 but the ones are also on 0, -1, -2 and -3. But that’s not the worst part to get to our room you first walk up stairs to level 1 the along past a lounge and restaurant down a sloping corridor, down 5 steps up 3 steps along another sloping corridor to a tiny internal lift, then you go down to level -2 along a bit and there we are just short of a Himalayan trek. The room is a good size but has a very tiny window that faces out to a dank dark alley and is quite gloomy. The bathroom tile grout needs an urgent scrub with vinegar to get rid of the stains. The breakfast buffet is nothing special about on par with 3 star hotels. I imagine any good reviews are from people in any room that doesn’t start with one. One good thing in favour of the hotel is the location.
The staff were all terrific. The front desk staff and concierge were very helpful. The breakfast was good. Typical English breakfast buffet, the same we got at every hotel in England and Scotland but we could also order off the menu and the eggs benedict were terrific. We also ate dinner in the restaurant and the food was excellent and the service was the best I've ever had and I've eaten at some fine restaurants in New York, San Francisco and LA and this was the most attentive staff I've ever experienced.
We had a deluxe king room and it was definitely not deluxe. There was a huge beam or something that cut into the room and took up most of it with 2 skinny windows on either side of it. The room was so small we could hardly walk around the bed. The grout in the bathroom floor was dirty. They shouldn't use white grout if they aren't going to keep it clean. The furniture was cheap Ikea type furniture. This was a let down after staying in some lovely quaint hotels all over England and Scotland.
My son had an even numbered room with a lovely view, much nicer than ours which was disappointing since I was paying for it. If I'd known the first day I would have made them switch but we didn't go in his room until the second day. We only had a view of the building across the street from our skinny little window. If possible stay away from the odd numbered rooms. They brought the bags up while we were out and gave my son the room with the view. I did not appreciate that.
The location couldn't be better. It is just off the royal mile and an easy walk to the castle and all other sights, shops and restaurants.
Just to be warned when I looked at a map the hotel looked like it was an easy walk from the train station but those few blocks include going up the Scottish steps so if you have a large suitcase, take a cab to the hotel.
Hotel has classic look outside, but all of the modern amenities inside. Walkable to everything, including train station, tour pickups, attractions, and restaurants. The executive lounge is the best we have ever seen.