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
Stayed at the Edinburgh Hilton for 2 nights. I don’t normally review hotels as one can be pretty much the same as another, but the staff at this one were outstanding.
We were in a WCC tour group of 28, arriving around midday and were quickly escorted up to a conference room where we could leave our luggage until our rooms were ready. It was great to be able to use the facilities and change to warmer clothes as Edinburgh was chillier than Newcastle where we had travelled from on the day.
We all met in the bar both evenings and ate in the restaurant. Reasonably priced meals, and the staff all so accommodating.
The best things apart from the staff were a really good comfortable bed, iron, and the little drying ladder in the bathroom. So wonderful for drying washing. Every hotel should have one!
They did forget to stock our room with the English breakfast teabags my only small negative.
Typical business class Hilton. Clean, comfortable, and well situated if you want to be in the thick of the tourist section of Edinburgh. For a business class hotel, the price is definitely on the high end and I wouldn't stay here again.
We enjoyed the location...just off the Royal Mile. Breakfast was the best of our 3 week trip through the highlands. Hilton seems to have slipped a fair bit since my earliest experiences in Europe and Africa in the ‘60’s through ‘90’s. In those days, staying at a Hilton meant you would experience true first class opulence and service, whereas now, Hilton is just another good hotel. The best part of our stay was our concierge, Irene. She was polite, charming and so easy to deal with. A week later, when we were at Loch Ness, we ran into her with her family and had a fun mini reunion. Hilton, hang on to Irene....she exudes quality service.
I have been staying at this hotel since the week it opened. They consistently deliver good service. The building wasn’t built as a hotel so many of the rooms have charm and character. The location could not possibly be better for sightseeing in Edinburgh.
This is a good hotel, but very expensive! $1,100 for a 4-night stay! Clenda and Zhanett were most helpful. I got an upgraded room with lounge access and unlimited concierge assistance. The lounge breakfasts are good. The straff is nice and professionsl.