Edinburgh Hotel Review: The Royal Over-Seas League Hotel, Princes Street

I recently had a look around the Royal Over-Seas League Hotel (3-Star) at the most memorable address of 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh.

The Royal Over-Seas League Hotel is actually a private-members club that has been around for many years. The club also has hotel rooms that may be booked by non-members, but not many people knew this until recently. Management of the hotel rooms have been taken over by Cobbs, a company with a wealth of hotel management experience, and who have impressive plans for the hotel, and its restaurant, and its meeting rooms and its bar.

Read on to get my opinions of this sleeping giant of a hotel in the very centre of Edinburgh city.

The Royal Overseas League is a private members club right in the middle of Edinburgh, and non-members are more than welcome to stay in the clubs lovely suites and rooms. The hotel is a short 10 minute walk along Princes Street from Edinburgh Waverley train station. Its address is makes it ideally situated for walking to Edinburgh Castle, The Palace Of Holyrood and all the other attraction in the New Town and Old Town of Edinburgh.

As you step off of busy Princes Street in to the hotel you step in to a haven of peace and tranquillity. Staff were extremely polite and keen to help. Only the reception is on the ground floor so you will need to walk up the grand staircase, or take the lift, to access the hotel’s bedrooms, restaurants and bar (the lift goes to the 4th floor but not to the 5th).

The hotel has a total of 20 well-appointed rooms, all very comfy and very affordable. Many of the rooms at the front of the hotel have stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens.

The hotel offers 4 types of rooms; Executive Suites (with views of Edinburgh Castle), Deluxe Double Rooms (with views of Edinburgh Castle) Classic Double/Twin (no view but still very nice), and Singles (compact and perfect for business travellers or short stays). A full breakfast is always included in room rates.

All of the rooms are en-suite with comfortable and tasteful furnishings throughout. The amenities of each room include:

  • Flat screen television
  • Radio
  • Free WiFi
  • Telephone
  • Desk with stationary
  • Royal Over-Seas League bathrobe
  • Cosmetics
  • Hairdryer
  • Hot beverage-making facilites
  • Home-made Cobbs shortbread
  • Local mineral water free of charge
  • Safe
  • Room service
  • Wake-up call
  • Dry cleaning/laundry

I spoke to Daniel Campbell one of the Directors at The Royal Over-Seas League Hotel who told me about their plans for developing the property and further promoting the assets the hotel already has, such as location, view, and quality of service.

Daniel told me that BBC film the amazing Hogmanay Fireworks from the roof of the hotel because the view is so perfect of Edinburgh Castle. Guests are only allowed access to the viewing area on the roof on special occasions but plans are afoot for developing the roof into a more permanent viewing area.

I’d imagine American guest would love this hotel as it’s so central, full of heritage and so god damn friendly.

The hotel’s own restaurant, called Restaurant 100, is open to club members, guests and the public (who need to book ahead) seven days a week. The restaurant’s menu focuses on the best of seasonal and local produce, allowing you to focus on the amazing views of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens. The restaurant is open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The afternoon tea is a new addition and one I haven’t had a chance to check out yet, but I’m sure it will be lovely.

Just around the corner from the restaurant is the hotel’s Observation Bar which offers light meals and drinks, and the same amazing views.

The hotel also has a wide range of meeting rooms that are very affordable and will impress any client with its location and facilities. The rooms are also ideal for weddings or private dining.

The Royal Over-Seas League Hotel is perfect for individual and couples (business and leisure) who want to be near everything that going on in Edinburgh, but also require some charm and tranquillity at the same time.


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