All properties in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Edinburgh Thistle Hotel

Georgian hotel with bar/lounge, near Princes Street

  • Free WiFi

Image gallery

  • Hotel Front
  • Hotel Front
  • Junior Suite - Bathroom
  • Junior Suite - Bathroom
  • Hotel Front
Hotel Front. Image 1 of 90.
1 / 90Hotel Front
8.0.Very good.
  • The hotel is very dated, and in dire need of modernisation. The shower was awful, and the…

    May 8, 2021

  • The property was in the west end of Edinburgh. As we were previously informed there was…

    Jan 17, 2021

See all 101 reviews

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking available
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 16 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Breakfast available
  • Bar/lounge
  • Self parking
  • Business center

For families

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Premium TV channels
  • Television
  • Garden

What’s around

  • In West End
  • Princes Street - 8 min walk
  • George Street - 11 min walk
  • Grassmarket - 19 min walk
  • Royal Mile - 21 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 22 min walk

Book this property and collect stamps after your stay

Remember, collect 10 stamps, get 1 reward* night

Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Double Room
  • Twin Room
  • Triple Room
  • Quadruple Room
  • Single Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Executive Double Room

What’s around


  • In West End
  • Princes Street - 8 min walk
  • George Street - 11 min walk
  • Grassmarket - 19 min walk
  • Royal Mile - 21 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 22 min walk
  • University of Edinburgh - 28 min walk
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 30 min walk
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse - 37 min walk
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) - 11 min walk
  • Usher Hall - 12 min walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 25 min drive
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 8 min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 26 min walk
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) - 26 min walk

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 16 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 5 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-11 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 11 PM. If you are planning to arrive after 11 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Onsite self parking (GBP 20.00 per night)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • Onsite parking limited
  • Offsite parking nearby (GBP 20.00 per night; reservations required)

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Room service (during limited hours)
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Working away

  • Business center
  • Conference space
  • Conference space size (feet) - 22
  • Conference space size (meters) - 2
  • One meeting room


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built - 1750
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding

Things to enjoy

  • Individually decorated

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Hair dryer

Be entertained

  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • Premium TV channels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Small print

Also known as

  • Edinburgh Thistle
  • Edinburgh Thistle
  • Hotel Edinburgh Thistle Hotel Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Edinburgh Thistle Hotel Hotel
  • Hotel Edinburgh Thistle Hotel
  • Edinburgh Thistle Hotel Edinburgh
  • Thistle Hotel
  • Thistle
  • Edinburgh Thistle Hotel Hotel
  • Edinburgh Thistle Hotel Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Thistle Hotel Hotel Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Thistle Hotel
  • Hotel Edinburgh Thistle
  • Thistle Edinburgh
  • Thistle Edinburgh Hotel
  • Thistle Hotel Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Thistle Hotel Scotland
  • Thistle Hotel

Optional extras

Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge of GBP 10.00 (subject to availability)

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of GBP 10.00 (subject to availability)

Self parking costs GBP 20.00 per night

Parking is available nearby and costs GBP 20.00 per night

Breakfast costs between GBP 6.00 and GBP 10 for adults, and GBP 6.00 and GBP 10.00 for children (approximately)


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a smoke detector and window guards on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.


  • Yes, Edinburgh Thistle Hotel does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes. Self parking costs GBP 20.00 per night. Parking spots may be limited.
  • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 3 PM - 11 PM. There's a charge of GBP 10.00 for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge of GBP 10.00 (subject to availability). Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Otro (5-min walk), Teuchters (5-min walk), and Mercat Bar (6-min walk).
  • Edinburgh Thistle Hotel has a garden.
8.0.Very good.
  • 8.0.Very good

    The property was clean and the staff was really nice. However, the heating was not working and it was extremely cold at night.

    1 night trip, Dec 14, 2020

    Verified Expedia guest review

  • 4.0.Fair

    Wouldnt recommend

    Must say overall experience was dissapointing. I booked the suite thinking it would give me more space, extra comfort and better facilities compared to other rooms but i was wrong Issues 1. Room was always freezing - had to wear shorts and tshirt in bed 2. Bed was uncomfortable and very noisey. Couldnt move without it making noise 3. Sinks and cups in bathroom were dirty 4. Bed made me very itchy 5. No smart tv 6. No cutlery for food 7. Breakfast was embarassing 8. £20 a day parking 9. Hotel only manned 2/3 hours a day 10. Wifi very slow hard to work Only positive thing i can think of was the lady in the mornings was fantastic. I come to edinburgh a few days a month for work and would never stay in this hotel again

    Terence, 3 night business trip, Nov 5, 2020

    Verified guest review

  • 8.0.Very good

    Good value for money

    Basic hotel within easy reach to the city, yet at a quiet location. Clean and good breakfast.

    S, 1 night trip, Oct 24, 2020

    Verified guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Excellent stay

    Beverley, 1 night trip, Sep 26, 2020

    Verified guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great Stay! Great Service!

    Me and my partner stayed for 4 nights in September, and even with Covid restrictions, it never made our stay any less comfortable! The staff were incredibly helpful and polite during the whole stay. Really professional, with adhering to social distancing and wearing masks, as well as helping customers to feel relaxed. The room was really comfortable and cosy, lovely bed, warm shower. The decor of the entire hotel was amazing, loads of character, better than a high street hotel chain! If we were to come back to Edinburgh, we would more than likely come back here!

    Imogen, 4 night trip, Sep 24, 2020

    Verified guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Firstly this is an old hotel and is a bit rough around the edges. It is crying for a refurb in most areas. So why am I so positive? Very easy. the Staff and Service are excellent and I could not have been made to feel more welcome. the old fittings function perfectly well and I had a very comfortable stay. You are in easy walking distance of the city, yet it is really quiet and peaceful. I will happily use this hotel again. and for the price excellent. Thank you

    Gavin, 1 night trip with friends, Sep 15, 2020

    Verified guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    A great value, comfortable and safe stay!

    I had a very good one night stay here, my room was clean and spacious. I got given a code for the lock box and my key was waiting for me inside at reception after I let myself in. This way I didn't need to see any staff in the evening and could arrive at any time I wanted. The hotel itself is set in a very quiet, business district which is called the West End. It was ideal for walking into town, with a 15 minute walk to Princes Street. Breakfast was included which consisted of coffee or tea, cereal, toast with ham and cheese or jams along fruit juice. There was also a banana, orange and apple. It was all served to me so I didn't need to touch any cutlery or move around the breakfast room. Overall my stay there was highly restful and enjoyable. The one staff member I saw was always very polite and cheery. Well done to him :) I would recommend the Thistle hotel to all.

    Alex, 1 night business trip, Sep 8, 2020

    Verified guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great wee hotel

    Great location, beey central. Lovely wee hotel, we had a pleasant stay with a beautiful continental breakfast. Staff there were very friendly. Will stay again.

    Clare, 1 night trip, Sep 4, 2020

    Verified guest review

  • 4.0.Fair


    I don't know how the room's from the upper level are but the room from lower level (No 4) it was under our expectation whit a lot. 😭😰

    2 night trip with friends, Sep 3, 2020

    Verified guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    We had to fly out before breakfast the next day and a continental breakfast was placed in the mini fridge for us to grab on our way out. With 2 small kids it made our morning run smoothly.

    1 night family trip, Aug 10, 2020

    Verified Expedia guest review

See all 101 reviews