"Perfect location. Great breakfast. Friendly and helpful staff. Unfortunately, we had a very small double room which was over-heated. Had to have air c ... " More

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Hotel Description

Old Waverley Hotel places you in the center of Edinburgh, steps from Scott Monument and within a short 5-minute stroll of Princes Street Gardens. Highlights at this Victorian hotel include a restaurant and in-room free WiFi.

You can enjoy flat-screen TVs with digital channels, featured in all 85 rooms. Additionally, 24-hour room service and free toiletries are available.

The restaurant, Cranstons, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel's own bar/lounge is a nice place to enjoy a drink. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, concierge services, and a 24-hour front desk. Full breakfast is available.

Attractions within a 10-minute walk of this 3-star New Town hotel include St. Giles' Cathedral and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre.

Junior Double Room, No View

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
€133 per night

Standard Single Room, 1 Single Bed

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Standard Triple Room, 3 Single Beds

Bed Count 3 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Standard Double Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Twin Room, 2 Single Beds

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Double Room (Princes Street View)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Old Waverley Hotel ratings based on 42 verified reviews

Review Summary
3.8 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5

Great location

Perfect location. Great breakfast. Friendly and helpful staff. Unfortunately, we had a very small double room which was over-heated. Had to have air con on all night. Room had recently been decorated and there was still the smell of paint. I think we were unlucky - we have stayed here before without these problems.

Posted by on 16 May 2017

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4 out of 5

Prime location, good value for money

Location: Perfect central location. Loads of good bars and eateries. The whiski bar restaurant is good, as is the Arcade whisky and haggis house on Cockburn St.
This was our second stay at the Waverley. It is a pleasant, clean, warm hotel in a prime location. The breakfast is good, hot, and stocked up right until the end of service. The bedrooms are clean and comfortable. Obviously you are on princess street, so some noise is inevitable, we were in a side room, which although quieter, overlooked the bins, and a dreary alleyway, so, if you don,t mind traffic noise, ask for a front facing room. This said, we would stay here again.

Posted by , from South Yorkshire on 1 Nov 2016

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3 out of 5

Excellent location, but very loud.

The hotel is well positioned for those arriving into Princes Street from the airport bus or tram, or Waverley station. The room was clean and the bathroom was fine. A good shower connection oj the bath meant there was a genuine option between shower or bath. My central issue was the old wooden framed and possibly single glazed windows. Its probably because of planning regulations, but these meant I suffered a lack of sleep over a couple of nights.

Posted by on 29 Oct 2016

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4 out of 5

Very satisfied

Am somewhat disappointed that the package we bought did not include breakfast

Posted by on 9 Jan 2016

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5 out of 5

Lovely old hotel

We spent 2 comfortable nights at the Old Waverley. The room was clean, very good bed and excellent pillows. The only thing that let it down was the shower , which was quite poor, that's the downside of an old hotel with poor water pressure ( we were on the top floor). Fabulous central location, super breakfast and very helpful staff.

Posted by on 1 Nov 2015

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4 out of 5

Lovely break

Fantastic location lovely staff great views nice piper opposite makes feel proper Scottish ha ha

Posted by on 11 Feb 2015

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5 out of 5

Fantastic night out

Hotel was fab we were pleasantly surprised went to went to royal mile pub had a great time

Posted by on 3 Feb 2015

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4 out of 5

Delightful bijou room at the top

Small but charming room with porthole windows and great views - one side to the city and the other all the way across the Forth. Sadly, the standard was ruined by nasty plastic "glasses" in the bathroom (the sort that squash in your fingers). A proper glass for night-time water would have been nice ... Staff very cheerful and helpful, especially at breakfast. My suggestion is to get rid of baths in hotels - a walk-in shower is so much safer and easier to use (not to mention the savings in water and power) Biggest gripe - reception staff took £25 from my card beforehand - not just an impression. I should have refused, but I was so surprised I agreed to pay. The money was not returned until almost 5 days after I had left

Posted by on 28 Jan 2015

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4 out of 5


Great hotel in excellent location. Very good breakfasts.

Posted by on 23 Sep 2014

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4 out of 5

short stay

We booked the hotel for a one night stay. Welcoming staff who though we arrived early were happy to look after our bags whilst the room was ready. Comfortable room followed by an excellent breakfast which set us up for the day. Again on departure the hotel looked after our bags until our train which was not due until later in the day. was an internal room with no view to the street but we were aware of that when booking. It may be an issue if you were staying for a few nights, but good for us as it was just a base.

Posted by on 3 Aug 2014

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. The eco-friendly Old Waverley Hotel also features concierge services, dry cleaning/laundry services, and 24-hour room service. This 3-star Edinburgh hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 85 guestrooms or units
  • 8 levels
  • Built in 1848
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front desk safe
  • Concierge
  • Television in lobby
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Free cots/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


  • Airport: Edinburgh (EDI) (14.6 km / 9.1 mi)
  • Train station: Edinburgh Waverley Station (0.4 km / 0.3 mi)

Room Amenities

Old Waverley Hotel offers 85 forms of accommodation with free toiletries. Flat-screen televisions come with digital channels. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access.

  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital channels
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Guests can enjoy full breakfast for a fee.

Cranstons – This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

24-hour room service is available.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:

Guests should be aware that access to this property requires climbing 27 steps to the first floor reception area. The hotel has lift access to every floor above reception. Guests with luggage may ring the bell for assistance.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. No on-site parking is available. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: GBP15.00 per person (approximately)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh
  • Old Waverley Hotel
  • Old Waverley Edinburgh
  • Old Waverley
  • Edinburgh Hotel Waverley
  • The Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Waverley Hotel Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Hotel Old Waverly

Awards & Affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Tourism Programme, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

National Rating

This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.