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Located in New Town, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Princes Street Gardens, and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. Scott Monument and National Gallery of Scotland are also within 15 minutes.

Hotel Features

A restaurant, valet parking, and 24-hour room service are available at this smoke-free hotel. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include conference rooms, concierge services, and dry cleaning.

Room Amenities

All 18 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and iPod docks. Other amenities available to guests include 24-hour room service, minibars, and separate bathtubs and showers.

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4.4 out of 5
87% of guests recommend
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.8 Service & staff
4.4 Room comfort
4.1 Hotel condition
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Duff room

2 out of 5
Posted Feb 22, 2017
Lovely people, lovely breakfast, lovely positioning, awful room. Stuck in 1984. 2 single mattresses pused together, faulty lamps with an actual sign on it saying 'faulty lamp, do not use'. Worse thing was a draft that we realised was a broken window payne that when pointed out was duct taped over. Room was generally damp and musty feeling.
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Stay at The Howard Hotel

5 out of 5
Posted Sep 4, 2016
Pros: Excellent Breakfast, lots of choice Great location Parking (£15 per night) Butler service Lovely room
We had a three night stay at The Howard Hotel, we were booked to stay in the petit small room, I phoned up as I was concerned the room might be a bit small for a couple, having read some reviews after booking the room. When we arrived we were upgraded to a larger room which was lovely. Andrew the Head Butler was very welcoming and helpful, I would definitely recommend this hotel.
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Charming, historic building in a great location

5 out of 5
by from Austin, TX
Posted Jul 31, 2016
Pros: Location, historic charm, butler services
Location: The Howard is within walking distance of all of the city sights, great restaurants, shopping, and the train station.
We loved our stay at The Howard. It is located in New Town in a 1700's era converted town home. I enjoyed feeling like we were actually living in Edinburgh and not staying at a traditional hotel. The unique aspect of staying at The Howard are the services provided by the butlers. If you would like, they will unpack and repack your clothes, iron your clothes, and bring tea or coffee to your room. The breakfast at the hotel was excellent.
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Charming small hotel, great staff.

5 out of 5
by from Inverness
Posted Apr 24, 2016
Charming small hotel, with really great staff. The Butlers were always happy to help whether with unpacking, drinks or simply a chat. My room was advertised as one of the "petit" ones - perfect as I was travelling alone but probably a little small for two. The decor was a little dated in places, but in many ways part of the charm. A lovely small hotel in the new town!
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Nice hotel within walking distance

5 out of 5
Posted Sep 21, 2015
Definitely more of an upscale boutique hotel located in the new town section but still within walking distance of old town. The room and bathroom were huge. Only small miss was the condition of the furniture. It was all good condition, but looked a little old/worn.
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the hotel isconvenient and close to centre

5 out of 5
Posted Aug 13, 2015
Pros: very good
very good service and breakfast was good. they make you a pot of tea when you ask for it and bring it to your room. lots of other butler services but i did not use any. near to centre (train station- waverley). i thoroughly recommend it.
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Excellent position in the centre of Edinburgh

5 out of 5
by from Salisbury
Posted Aug 4, 2015
Pros: It's country house feeling
Location: Easy walk to the centre of the city
Our room was large and comfortable with a nice siting area. Good sized bathroom. Staff were friendly and helpful
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Great location. Staff was extremely helpful and fr

5 out of 5
by from Massachusetts
Posted Jul 22, 2015
Pros: Location. Small great attention from staff
Cons: Double beds instead of two singles pushed together.
Location: Edinburgh Castle. Royal mile. Botanical Gardens.
Fabulous we had a great time despite the rain. I only wish we had longer to vIsit!
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disappointing stay

2 out of 5
by from Cheshire
Posted May 6, 2015
Pros: Food was excellent at breakfast and the complimentary tea/coffee being made for you
Cons: Building work
Location: good pubs very reasonably priced. Bus tours were very good as well
disappointed with the hotel - needs building work to level the rooms and beds in the room. Felt seasick walking around the room especially from the bed to the window. Big crack in the wall. Supposed to be one of the better rooms as was for a special occasion would not like to see the other rooms then. Free tea and coffee at all times was a nice touch. Bit of a hike up and down from Edinburgh to the hotel
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Professional Refurbishment Required

2 out of 5
by from Hampshire, England
Posted Apr 8, 2015
Pros: Breakfasts were excellent and the beds were extremely comfortable.
Cons: A professional refurbishment supervised by professionals )architect/designer) and not using maintenance quality workers.
We'd previously stayed at the Howard just after it initially opened and were very impressed by the traditional style and overall high quality of this hotel. On returning last week, and having now read a few recent traveller reviews, I can only say that this hotel is now long overdue a major refurbishment. Our main criticisms were with the bathrooms which were extremely poorly maintained (presumably by what is known these days as 'multi-trade' operatives) who were clearly not the same people who originally converted this hotel. Broken and chipped tiles, blackened and missing floor grout, shower wall tiles with black fungus, poor silicone work, peeling paint at shower bases, shower valves with rusted and missing incorrect screws, plastic poorly fitted mirror surrounds and wallpaper (why in bathrooms?) peeling off walls. Bedrooms are lovely spaces, beds are extremely comfortable but the choice, quality and condition of some of the furniture left a lot to be desired. Staff were on the whole very attentive, although when we insisted on moving rooms (we were placed initially in one of the Howard's "best terraced rooms" (a below ground basement room) as the space was dark, people could look in from the pavement above and there was a door with direct access to the outside (a security issue) the initial butler looked very displeased with us. Sadly, we won't be returning to the Howard as this hotel seems to be be living on it's past reputation.
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The Howard, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

The hotel offers a restaurant. High-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary. This luxury hotel also offers concierge services, laundry facilities, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Onsite parking is available (surcharge).

The Howard, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member is a smoke-free property.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Total number of rooms - 18 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Airport transportation 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Restaurant 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Wedding services 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Minibar 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Turndown service 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Separate bathtub and shower 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • In-room safe 
  • Desk 
  • Free WiFi 
  • iPod docking station 
  • In-room massage available 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Individually furnished 
  • Individually decorated 

Where to Eat

The Atholl - This restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

24-hour room service is available.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 8 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for GBP 30.00 per stay.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

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.


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between GBP 1 and GBP 30 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: GBP 15 per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: GBP 30.00 per stay
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Hotel Howard
  • Howard Edinburgh
  • Howard Hotel
  • Howard Hotel Edinburgh

We should mention

Children 8 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.