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The Howard

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Warsaw, Poland
Reviewed 2 September 2014 via mobile

Lovely hotel with spacious and beautiful suites, very friendly service and a great location. Don't expect the modern, maybe (over?) styled rooms of a Missoni or Banyan Tree hotel. Here it feels more like Downton Abbey - your (!) butler will bring breakfast to the room and you can enjoy it in a four poster bed, should you choose to...

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Dear guest, I would like to thank you for your recent review of our boutique hotel. I'm very pleased with your comments about our décor as we strive to stay as a traditional Scottish Georgian hotel with emphasis on traditional, and with unique rooms. Moreover it is great to hear that we could contribute to your memorable stay. We look...

Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 August 2014 via mobile

We booked last minute at an amazing rate for this 5 star gem. We arrived and found it easily, the friendly receptionist informed us we had an upgrade to the trinity suite. We were blown away with the beautiful room, huge bath tub and giant bed. The personal butler service is outstanding and the breakfast in bed one that will...

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Dear Hayley, Thank you very much for your fantastic review of The Howard. I am more than pleased to see that our hotel has exceeded your expectations and that we could contribute to your visit to Edinburgh. I appreciate a lot that you highlight our great butler service and please be sure we will share your comments with the rest...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 27 August 2014

A very nice spacious room with lots of light. Fabulous breakfasts. Great bathroom also big and light. Heating was good as weather lurched from article to not cold a number of times. Best tips are avoid breakfast in peak hour and enjoy the authenticity of the place and don't worry too much about the cracks in the ceiling above the...

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for your recent review on Trip Advisor. We are more than glad that you have chosen our hotel as your accommodation in Edinburgh. Thank you for all the compliments and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Leon Kiteley General Manager

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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Travelled with 2 children (aged 2 & 7), Booked One Terrace Suite with sofa bed and a cot, the suite was a very good size, separate large bedroom, lounge area with 2 bathrooms & kitchenette. Very quite location in hotel with direct access to the road if we wanted it. Great staff excellent breakfast. About a 10 minute walk up...

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Dear guest, I would like to express many thanks for your great review of The Howard hotel. Like you have mentioned our hotel is located in a quiet, residential area of Edinburgh but easily accessible to the buzzing George Street and Old Town, which is perfect for families and travellers who prefer more discreet surroundings. It was our pleasure to...

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We had a twin room for our nieces and the Mews cottage for my two sons and the two of us. The girls were delighted with their room and the mews worked well for us. Service from the moment we arrived was very good - parking our car and unloading the luggage whilst we went up to the Fringe, and...

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Dear guest, Many thanks for your high rating and great review of our hotel. I am more than pleased to see that you found our newly added Garden Mews cottage up to your high standards and that you found our accommodation recommendation worthy. I do hope you had a great stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you...

Reviewed 18 August 2014

My husband, myself and our 13 year old stayed at the end of July for 3 nights. Hotel was clean and staff friendly. We liked the location as it was quiet but a short 15 minute walk to old town and there were plenty of restaurants etc. close by. We had a two bedroom, two bath suite which had lots...

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for your recent review of our boutique hotel. It is our pleasure to see that you have enjoyed your stay and that we could contribute to your visit and experiencing the most famous performance of the festivals in August. I am very thankful for the favourable comments about our location and dining and we do hope...

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 31 July 2014

The Howard is an interesting property, several townhouses joined together. One of their selling points is their "butler service" which seemed to be more of an idea than a reality (it took almost an hour to get some ice, albeit later in the evening). The room was very nice and well appointed, in a very traditional way. The "but" comes...

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

My partner and I stayed at the Howard in December last year (just realised I havent written a review) We booked one of the superior rooms which looked out on to the back of the hotel. We had a huge roll top bath and a king sized bed which I believe is the same standard in all rooms. The staff...

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for your recent review of The Howard. I am very pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your stay at The Howard and that you wanted to share your opinion about our hotel after a long time since your visit! I do appreciate your positive comments and that you found our hotel recommendation worthy. Thank you...

United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We booked Afternoon Tea here as a treat for a family member and could not fault the quality of the food or the service. Firstly one of our family has specific allergies and the high tea food was prepared to fully accommodate their requirements but at the same time gave all of us a wide range of choices. The selection...

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for your high rating of our famous afternoon tea. I am very glad that you have chosen The Howard for your Birthday Treat and that you found our high tea up to your high standards. We do take pride in our tea selection and like you have noticed our knowledgeable staff can tell you everything about...

Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Although The Howard was a bit more staid than we had imagined, the rooms were certainly comfortable! A bar was located in one of the common rooms on the first floor, though the scotch, especially, was quite expensive, though the selections were plentiful. It was nice to not be in the center of all the city activity, and the neighborhood...

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EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Howard, responded to this review

Dear Leslie, Thank you for taking the time and reviewing our boutique hotel. It is great to hear that you were fond of our bedrooms and especially location, which makes our hotel very intimate and quiet and only 10 min walk from the busy city centre. I do apologise if the prices seemed a bit expensive but they are the...

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Staying in New Town

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New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighbourhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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The Atholl at The Howard
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Howard is a small and discreet hotel which occupies three Georgian houses. A classically elegant hotel both outside and in, it has just 18 luxury rooms and suites. Located by Waverley train station, situated just off Princes Street. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Howard

Address: 34 Great King Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QH, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
Price Range: $213 - $523 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Howard 5*
Number of rooms: 18
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Also Known As:
The Howard Hotel Edinburgh
Howard Hotel Edinburgh
Howard Edinburgh
The Howard Edinburgh, Scotland
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#10 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#14 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#19 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
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“We stayed in the gorgeous 'Cockburn Suite', on the upper floor with views over Leith and the Firth of Forth, Fabulous!”
  • Champagne and a deep bath on arrival ... luxury!
  • The Cockburn suite
GraP_13, 20 Apr 2017 | Read review
“The mews (cottage) in the back has 2 bedrooms and a full kitchen. Great choice for a family!”
forsalebysandy, 17 Mar 2017 | Read review
“My room overlooked the front”
lucybee03796, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Hanover was a spacious room on the ground floor. Lovely.”
MuffinManMatty, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“It is on a quiet street - in 3 old Georgian townhouses. Each room is unique.”
Cate190, 3 Feb 2017 | Read review
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