Edinburgh Luxury Hotel Review: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

If you head downhill to the bottom of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile (this is where the Queen stays when she’s in town) you will find some very interesting goings on. As well as Her Majesty’s home (The Palace Of Holyroodhouse) you’ll find the Scottish Parliament (open to the public), Our Dynamic Earth (science fun for all ages), Holyrood Park (always some festival or other going on here) and Arthur’s Seat (offering the best views of Edinburgh).

Within a few seconds of all of these attractions you’ll find the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, an unassuming hotel from the outside but very grand inside. Read on to find out more about this impressive hotel in this quiet corner of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Luxury Hotel Review: Macdonald Holyrood, Edinburgh

Luxury Hotel Review: Macdonald Holyrood, Edinburgh

The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel puts you very near all the history and entertainment of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and Old Town. The hotel has 156 double and twin rooms, some with fabulous views over Arthur’s Seat. By staying at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel you also get full benefit of the hotel’s relaxing spa and well kitted out gym – which I have used and abused many times myself.

Exterior Of The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh

Exterior Of The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh

The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel was built around 15 years ago and is not quite as contemporary or avant garde as some newer hotels in Edinburgh. However, the rooms are much bigger and better built than many new hotels. All fittings and furnishings are of a very high standard.

The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel‘s style is classic and traditional, which befits this historic quarter of Edinburgh.

Bedroom In The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel - Edinburgh

Bedroom In The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel - Edinburgh

Rooms are very welcoming, comfortable, and spacious. There’s plenty desk space for busy workers. The en suite bathrooms, with shower over the bath, are particularly spacious. Plus all the marble in the bathrooms make the room feel even more luxurious. Rooms have tea and coffee making equipment and there’s also mineral water thrown in. You also get access to satellite TV, and all the other features you’d expect from a leading 4-Star hotel – trouser press, hairdryer and more. I particularly like the plush armchairs to relax in – saves having to sit in the bed to watch TV or read the paper.

Many rooms on the east side of the building have views of Arthur’s Seat, and executive rooms and suites have balconies to relax on. All rooms in the hotel are triple-glazed so there’s no chance of festival revellers or early morning bin-men breaking your slumber here.

The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel also has quite a few accessible rooms if you or your group require.

Lounge In The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel - Edinburgh

Lounge In The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel – Edinburgh

The photo above shows the Club Lounge which is open to those in executive rooms. This is a fabulous space to escape from the maddening crowd or to perhaps hook up with a fellow traveller.

Piano Bar In The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh

Piano Bar In The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh

After all that hard business or tourist work you’ll need somewhere to relax around the hotel. The hotel has a friendly Piano Bar (pictured above) to unwind and enjoy a malt whisky in. Then for food, there is the hotels’ ever popular Steak and Grill restaurant. They know their Scottish beef very well here – Macdonald Holyrood Hotel‘s steak restaurant is one of the best in town.

For the fitter guest there’s a 14m swimming pool and well equipped gym. What am I saying? If you have your trainers with you, then why wouldn’t you go for a run around Holyrood Park which is only seconds away. There may not be any TVs to watch in Holyrood Park but there are stunning views of Edinburgh available.

For those looking for relaxation head to the hotel’s spa with its sauna and steam room. Those looking for luxurious pampering have a wide-choice of treatments to choose from.

The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel also boasts excellent meeting and conference rooms, ideal if you want to hold anything from a quick meeting or a large conference or wedding. There’s also a 24 hour business centre for all those last minute PowerPoint printing sessions.

Nearby parking is available from the hotel for £20 for 24 hours.

For those looking for a refined and luxurious stay in Edinburgh city centre without staying on top of all the city’s commotion, then enjoy an elegant and surprisingly affordable stay the wonderful Macdonald Holyrood Hotel.



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