Old Waverley Hotel

, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Old Waverley Hotel

, Edinburgh
3 star

Rooms: 66

43 Princes Street - Edinburgh - Scotland - EH2 2BY - United Kingdom | (0)131 556 4648
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Clean comfortable
Submitted by: Mary in 21/04/07
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
I have just stayed at the waverley for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis. I was worried at the bad press this hotel seems to get on these pages, but I have had a very good stay. The room although rather small was comfortable, nicely decorated and spotlessly clean as was the bathroom. The staff were polite, helpful and friendly, and the breakfast was plentiful and nicely cooked. I would certainly return.
Submitted by: Joan in 31/08/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Location superb if you like mould on your walls and staff who say that is unfortunate. The room was barely big enough for my husband to negotiate around on crutches and there was no wardrobe. There were also torn sheets even after two attempts to change them.
Good location
Submitted by: Maureen in 01/05/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
Expensive for room allocated, ( £130 ) although booked at the last minute. Room was clean though lacked basic expectations -eg mirror. Bathroom was tiny.
Noisy in early hours despite being on 4th floor. No one else in restaurant although food was okay. Bar closed at 11 o`clock which was early for a Saturday night.Best aspect was location.
Submitted by: John Blower in 14/06/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
As a single was given a small room.
Nothing outstanding about the hotel.
I would probably try others next time in Edinburgh

Historical Traveller Reviews of Old Waverley Hotel

Worst Hotel... EVER!

from Bigpants1
This is without a doubt, the worst hotel that I have ever stayed in. Don't let the lovely scent you smell when you walk in fool you - it is coming from "Lush" next door! We were given a twin room on the 2nd floor with no window and the "bathroom" was located along the corridor - both were equally as disgusting. This hotel is an embarrassment to Scotland especially as it has such a prime position in the Capital city!

Dissappointed with the Waverley

from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel drab although updating is planned. Hotel bar short of drinks and were indifferent to the fact. Not very welcoming at all. Won't be staying there again.


from HAdams
I stayed in the Ardenlee's sister guest house The Waverley which is a couple of doors down and it was superb. Both the room and bathroom were spotless. The room (twin) had a tv/dvd (they have some dvd's you can watch), plus a kettle with milk, tea, coffee, sugar (which is essential after a long journey). The bathroom had a couple of towels and bars of soap and the shower felt like a power shower! The Manager was extremley helpful and gave us a guidebook with some hints of places to visit. My only gripe would be that because Eyre Place has a cobbled road the traffic was a bit noisy at night and early morning - but after a busy day sightseeing you will probably be too worn out to bother. All in all I would recommend it to anyone.

Deceptively Gracious

from kitkatgates
Although the staff was outwardly friendly, I was told at the front desk that laptops were too large to be stored in the hotel safe. When I arrived back to my room that day, only my laptop was stolen. I was glad in some ways that the thieves did not look further and take more. The manager, while appearing concerned, did little more than give me the phone number for the police.

Loved the Old Waverley Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
OW is an excellent hotel. We stayed there 6 nights in July 2004. The breakfast was great; we have never had a better one in any hotel (bacon, mushrooms, tomato, beans, haggis, potato, toast, marmalades, honey, coffee or tea). The lounge was great: we ate one evening nachos, which was an excellent snack (there's also available dinner every evening). The room was in the third floor and the view was to the Princes Street and Scott Monument. The room was large and clean and had also a possibility to make coffee yourself. The floor was made of tartan. ? There was also a supermarket and pubs right behind the corner.

A very pleasant hotel

from Merox
We have just returned from a very enjoyable visit to Edinburgh. The Old Waverley made the stay all the more pleasant. The room provided marvellous views of the castle and the park opposite and was also clean and comfortable. We had no problem with noise because all the windows had secondary glazing. The hotel staff were friendly and extremely helpful. The full scottish breakfast was a feast and more than enough to satisfy the biggest appetite. We were able to watch the Edinburgh marathon from the first floor dining room while we drank our coffee! A notice at the entrance suggests that anyone who can't negotiate two very small flights of stairs, rings the bell provided for assistance. The lift to all floors was adequate for the size of the hotel and there never seemed to be any long delays when using it. Luggage can also be left at the hotel after checking out if you want to extend your site-seeing. Parking, as with all hotels on this busy street, can be awkward but a secure car park at a discounted rate is not too far away. A fine, old, city-centre hotel. Good value and well worth a visit.

Wonderful hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from staying at the Old Waverley. We had a wonderful room overlooking Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle. It was immaculate and very comfortable. The staff on the reception desk and in the restaurant were more than helpful and helped to make our stay there even more enjoyable. The room had secondary glazing which meant there was little noise. The parking is a problem but this is a common factor with any hotel on Princes Street. I would certainly have no hesitation in going back there. A wonderful break in a very comfortable hotel!

suffering at Old Waverly

from A TripAdvisor Member
Entrance like to an old appartment house,with no elevator to Reception which is located at 1st.floor over street level.From there a sign directs you "to the elevators" but there exists only one (cap 4 persons, for 6 floors and 66 rooms).After my explanation about my difficulty using stairs,and after a search of about 6-8 minutes in hotel register(the room was reserved and prepaid for 6 nights)the only available room was at the 5th floor,a very small,overcrowded by superfluous and useless furniture, bad smelling,badly ventilated(window could not be opened because of nereby construction place with noise all day long)room.Breakfast poor(1and a half slices of toast bread for a person),on-duty managers behaviour very offensive (after elevators breakdown, the same evening, and again next morning, a normal and nice room was found on the 2nd. floor but with a threat that if we had any further complaint, he would not accept it and we should direct it to our travel agent.

Not great

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just got back from a trip to Edinburgh where we stayed at the Old Waverly......couple of things to consider if you're thinking about staying there:

1. The photo on their web site is very misleading. It fails to mention that the lobby is found upstairs...and there is no lift. The hallway leading to the stairs has the overpowering smell of the the Lush store next door. You have haul your luggage up a flight of stairs (or have the "porter" do it)

2. Once you make it to the lobby and register....to use the elevator you have to haul your suitcases up three steps to get to the crazy thing. Once there you find that it is very slow and small. You have to wait for ever for the thing.

3. The floors squeak.....it's an old building.

4. The housekeeping leaves a bit to be desired....it's not great by any means.

5. Noise......there appear to be no quiet rooms...take your earplugs if you're light sleeper.

6. Staff....wasn't all that helpful.

7. The will accept cash and checks for payment along with credit cards....but the won't accept travelers checks in pounds.......go figure.

Would we stay there again?....No way. The "prime location" isn't offset by the drawbacks. I'd look to a quieter street.....say the Queen Street area if I were to do it again.

Bed Bugs

from A TripAdvisor Member
My 82 year mother just returned from a European trip and she stayed at the Old Waverly Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland last week. Her room had bedbugs and she was bitten so badly one night that she had to see a doctor becuase she had bites all over her body. When she told the management, they suggested she brought the bed bugs in her luggage and initially said she would have to pay for the doctor's visit. They relented on this request and gave her a free meal! When they changed her room, they did not log it their reservation system and gave someone else the keys to her new room. This person walked in on my mother while she was undressed (and putting calamine lotion on her dozens of bites). A week later, you can still see the bite mark all over her body.

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  • Address: 43 Princes Street - Edinburgh - Scotland - EH2 2BY - United Kingdom
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