Looming on a volcanic crag above the city, ancient Edinburgh Castle is just one architectural marvel in a city renowned for them. The Edinburgh hotels close to the Waverly Street Rail Station may overlook Old Town's winding cobblestone alleyways of quaint shops, or New Town's neo-classical sandstone buildings. These often-historic establishments welcome guests with comfortable to opulent accommodations and excellent dining venues.
A landmark in its own right, Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel is at 1 Princes Street in New Town, adjacent to the railway station. Its 195-foot clock tower dominates the skyline. The hotel’s 188 rooms and suites have welcoming snack baskets, ceramic and marble baths with robes, slippers, and luxury toiletries. Upgraded room amenities include views, four-poster beds and walk-in dressing rooms. Children have bedtime milk and cookies delivered at the requested hour. Valet parking is available. The Condé Nast Gold List hotel’s spa offers a 50-foot indoor swimming pool, and fitness center. Dining options include the Michelin-starred restaurant, "number one," casual Hadrian's Brasserie, and the Drawing Room tearoom.
Jurys Inn Edinburgh
On Jeffrey Street, a five-minute walk from the Railway Station, Old Town’s Jurys Inn has 186 guest rooms, suitable for up to three adults or a family of four. All have high-speed Internet access and flat screen, satellite televisions. Paid parking is available close to the hotel. The on-site restaurant serves breakfast and dinner with an international menu of sandwiches, burgers, pastas, entrees and desserts. Children younger than 12 ordering from the kid's menu receive free fruit and coloring packs on request. The Il Barista coffee bar serves coffee, tea and pastries, while the hotel bar has light meals and snacks.
A four-minute walk from the Railway Station, The Scotsman is in an early 20th-century building that once housed the Scotsman newspaper. Renovated to a 5-star Automobile Association (AA) boutique hotel, it welcomes clietele with bottled water at turndown service, Egyptian cotton bed linens, complimentary shoeshines and designer bath toiletries. Edinburgh Monopoly boards are fun entertainment options. Upgraded rooms have fireplaces and views. Guests receive passes to the on-site 20,000 square foot fitness and health club. The Victorian North Bridge Brasserie serves a seasonal Scottish menu.
The King James Edinburgh
On Leith Street a 6-minute walk from the Railway Station, the King James Edinburgh has limited, paid on-site parking. Its 143 rooms and suites have hardwood floors, flat-screen satellite television, and Wi-Fi. Deluxe rooms feature baths with power showers, while suites have views of the city and designer toiletries. From April to October, guests eating dinner at the hotel's Boston Bean Company can enjoy Scotland's oldest dinner show, Jamie's Scottish Evening. Contemporary Craig’s restaurant serves fresh, locally sourced ingredients in traditional Scottish and modern continental dishes.
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