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About our Hotel

Location: Downtown/City Center

  • Location: Downtown/City Center
  • Closest City: EDINBURGH
  • Distance From Hotel: 1.0MI
  • Local time zone: GMT+01:00

Check In: 2:00 PM Check Out: 11:00 AM

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  • Minimum check-in age: 18
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  • Number of Rooms:1
  • Service Animals Allowed



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  3. Spanish
  4. Italian
  5. Polish
  6. Russian

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We are pleased to welcome Guide Dogs by prior arrangement.

What's Nearby

What's Nearby

Edinburgh Zoo
Distance From Hotel:5.3MI
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Distance From Hotel:0.5MI
Edinburgh Castle
Distance From Hotel:1.1MI
National Museum of Scotland
Distance From Hotel:0.0MI


Standard Internet Service

Standard Internet service is free for all guests
Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas



  • Total number of rooms:97
  • Total number of suites:3
  • Total number of rooms with only one bed:65
  • Total number of rooms with only double beds:28
  • Total number of non-smoking rooms:97
  • Total number of rooms for the physically challenged:1
  • Executive rooms
  • Interior corridor
  • Total number of floors:5

Located in Edinburgh’s city centre is the Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace with stunning views towards the Firth of Forth. The hotel is part of an impressive terrace of prestigious Georgian townhouses with many of the original features.

Edinburgh Airport is 25 minutes by taxi from Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace. A short and enjoyable walk from the hotel leads you to Princes Street and the views of Edinburgh Castle or the Financial and
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Located in Edinburgh’s city centre is the Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace with stunning views towards the Firth of Forth. The hotel is part of an impressive terrace of prestigious Georgian townhouses with many of the original features.

Edinburgh Airport is 25 minutes by taxi from Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace. A short and enjoyable walk from the hotel leads you to Princes Street and the views of Edinburgh Castle or the Financial and Shopping District of George Street. The historic Royal Mile is also close by. Edinburgh Waverley Train Station is less than one mile away.

The Terrace Restaurant offers a comprehensive selection of dishes showcasing locally sourced ingredients with Scottish flair. Enjoy a moment of tranquility in our private gardens, or take a short walk to Calton Hill, just behind the hotel, to enjoy panoramic views over the whole of Edinburgh.

The ideal meeting and conference venue with a choice of three suites accommodating up to 100 delegates. The Adam Suite is the perfect setting for private dining or your wedding ceremony.

Enjoy complimentary use of the indoor pool, steam room and gym. Stay in touch with free Wi-Fi throughout your stay.

Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace looks forward to welcoming you.

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The hotel is a collection of stunning Georgian Townhouses located in a peaceful location with spectacular views across to the Firth of Forth. Our hidden secret are the beautiful gardens at the rear of the hotel, where guests can experience some serenity in the middle of this bustling city!
Edinburgh comes alive during August and is home to the Fringe Festival and Edinburgh International Festival where a host of actors and musicians descends on the city to showcase their talents. From
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Edinburgh comes alive during August and is home to the Fringe Festival and Edinburgh International Festival where a host of actors and musicians descends on the city to showcase their talents. From comedy to opera there will be a host of shows that will suit your personal preferences.
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Guest Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 203 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great hotel Nice hotel, excellent location , friendly staff. Would I recommend the hotel - yes. Stayed April 2014. April 17, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nice family hotel Great location easy to walk to royal mile. We had a family room, the second bed for children is very old pull out sofa with no mattress had to ask for an exta duvet for my son to sleep to try and soften the hard surface. Noticed other people on trip adviser also complained about this. Breakfast was basic but fine. Staff extremely friendly. Would stay again if we got a better second bed. April 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Quality hotel. From the welcome to departure our experience was first class. We were treated as welcome and valued guests ,made to feel as if we were not just another group.. room was good clean and tidy ,tea and coffie available ,which was very welcome. Staff went out of their was to accommodate us with all the requests we made ,even to helping print out boarding passes for our plane trip onward.breakfast more than adequate Altogether. A very satisfying stay with holiday inn hotels and most certainly first on our list for future trips when looking for a first class holiday accommodation Thank you holiday inns and your staff ,first class. April 11, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Not great service but comfortable. We have stayed at three Holiday Inns recently - Chester, Glasgow and now Edinburgh. We found that the Edinburgh hotel was not up to the standards of the others particularly Chester. For instance, the others offered complimentary 24 hour beverages (not just tea/coffee in the room) in the lounge area and also fruit was always available. We were surprised that there were no umbrellas available for guests to borrow. The staff, though generally helpful, were not as openly welcoming as other locations; also one of your front desk people (male) was unable to provide driving directions when we were leaving Edinburgh. Not earth shattering but some room for improvement. April 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Welcoming staff and great location Great hotel..near everything the city has to offer. Quick and efficient service,did everything to make our stay enjoyable. Prompt check in and check out. Rooms on the small side but very clean and beds really comfortable. Staff outstanding. Will definitely return if ever in Edinburgh again! April 3, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Friendly staff in great location really impressed with the reception we received - almost as if the receptionist recognised us from the size of our party - and checked us in very efficiently - gave us good advice and a really useful map. Hotel has a great location - within easy walk of castle, Holyrood, Waverley station, grassmarket and all old town attractions. Breakfast room bigger than other hotels of a similar size so consequently plenty of room for those attending - not waiting for tables, replenishment of food items was carried out before there was a desperate need - only slight moan would be there was only one coffee / tea machine = which at busy times caused a queue to form - but overall an enjoyable stay - special mention to karalina on the housekeeping team who excelled in her duties - thanx April 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Really good central Edinburgh hotel I was after a hotel close to Waverley station and this met the bill being less than a 5 minute walk away. The hotel is quite small and compact but offers everything expected of an Express Holiday Inn. Couldn't fault anything about the place really. Rooms were clean, staff friendly, breakfast good. All in all a really good central Edinburgh stay. March 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Staff I want to especially compliment two of your staff. There was a young lady named Ann and a young 18 year old young man who made our stay with you very enjoyable. The young man stated that he is or will be attending the University to become a paramedic. I am sorry but can't recall his name. We never met the Manager. These two young people were a joy to talk with and were very helpful. A great tip for you.....these two young people would be a great asset to your company in future years. March 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent Stay A very big thank you to the staff at this Holiday Inn. I have not stayed at a hotel where staff have been so friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The location was excellent.Very close to lots of local attractions. We got to see so much of Edinburgh. Our rooms were perfect, very clean and we were able to have a hot shower anytime of the day. Beds were very comfortable. Breakfast was lovely. You can help yourself to what you want. and as much as you like. I would definitely recommend this hotel. Keep up the good work staff. Many Thanks Joanna March 24, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by royal mile this hotel is listed as royal mile but it is actually in cow gate confusing, the beds are a bit soft ,but the pillows are terrible, however .clean room ,nice breakfast,recomend this hotel for a stay March 20, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Friendly staff in great location This was our third stay here and just as good as the first two times. The room was clean, quiet and comfortable. The location is very convenient for all of the sights in the centre of Edinburgh. We like the choice at breakfast, especially the fact that there is a hot food option. The only downside was that the free wifi didn't work well even for casual use. For a short stay this wasn't too inconvenient and it would not put us off staying there. In fact, for the price it would be hard to beat. March 7, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Old Town Great location in Old Town. Staff most helpful. Room spotless and comfy. March 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by great location to see sights hotel is ten minutes walk from princes street and is in a quiet location away from the main hustle and bustle of the city. Train station only ten minutes walk as well. Staff were very friendly and willing to help with directions. Breakfast was as usual very busy due to half term holiday, but staff were very calm and opened up extra dining room for guests. Nice pubs for food five minutes away especially the advocate, fantastic food for price and friendly staff. whiskii bar 3 minutes away, great traditional music some nights and modern other nights, fantastic variety and atmosphere. Only minus, you have to walk up quite a steep hill to get to these places or walk a different way to the main part which would take at least 20 minutes, also vagrants on the street on what seemed every corner of the main street but not anywhere near hotel. March 2, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable rooms esp the disabled bedroom We were in the easy access suite which made me feel very safe. A quiet and very comfortable overnight stay. Great welcome from well-trained and very cheerful staff February 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great service, convenient central location, good facilities From the moment of welcome (smiling and attentive), everything was good - close to Royal Mile, comfortable bed, breakfast of scrambled egg/sausage/baked beans, all good! February 27, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good Location Good location, easy walking distance from Edinburgh Waverley Station. Also east to walk to South Bridge where many buses depart from. Not actually on Royal Mile, but parallel one street apart, which is convenient but makes it nice and quiet, path alongside hotel goes straight through to Royal Mile. Breakfast best we've experienced at Holiday Inn Express. Hotel was clean and smart. Room usual good standard. As an IHG Gold Member I was offered either a voucher for a free drink at the bar or 200 points. I'm not sure why IHG only ever give 1 voucher when you've booked 2 in a room, I had the same in New York, they gave me free breakfast vouchers, but only for me not for my husband! I would certainly use this Holiday Inn Express again if I needed a hotel in the area. February 15, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Fine, but nothing special Location was great, and overall it was fine. However, the room was very small for three people; the breakfast was OK but all very standard, awful coffee, reconstituted scrambled egg, etc, and wiFi never worked. Nowhere, apart from a very small impersonal space in the foyer to 'relax' over a drink. staff were friendly. Room was clean, so all in all depends what you want out of a hotel room. It was overpriced for want we got. February 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by It was was like I'd never been away Great service from a wonderful hotel situated just off the Royal Mile. Staff were superb and helpful as always. To say it must be around 2 years since I stayed here the staff recognised me and made me feel at home. Eva on the front desk was her typical friendly,cheerful self and is a credit to the hotel. Great place to stay for business or for exploring the delights of Edinburgh. February 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bacon for breakfast please! Excellent stay, but please, please, please, bacon for breakfast! Is there such a thing as the "Full Scottish/English" WITHOUT bacon?! All our American friends travelling with us were so looking forward to it #as you can't get decent bacon over there#, BUT THERE WAS NONE #also a fried instead of scrambled egg occasionally, and the odd mushroom wouldn't have gone amiss#. Leave it with you. Apart from the "bacon episode", great hotel/location and staff. Thank you. MH Calcutta Cup Trip Organiser. February 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ANOTHER FAULTLESS STAY This is the third time I have stayed at Holiday Inn Express in Cowgate Edinburgh, and on each visit have found all the staff exceptionally nice, polite and professional. The hotel is in a great situation for both The Festival Theatre and The Playhouse Theatre as well as many other attractions. It is very good for connections with local buses and Waverley station is only about a 10 minute walk away. There is a good choice of bars and restaurants on The Royal Mile and in The Grassmarket only a stroll away. When coming to the city centre to stay this will always be my choice of hotel. February 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by very nice comfortable room, nice service and nice breakfast ! February 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Enjoyable Stay Unfortunately we only had an overnight stay but for the short period of time we had a warm welcome from attentive staff and a welcome back, which we hope to do very soon'. I would like to highlight the reception staff as examples to your hotel as they showed a high level of customer care. Thank you again February 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great City Hotell This was not my first stay at The Holiday Inn Express Cowgate, and the service remains as good as ever. Everything is within walking distance, pubs, bars , clubs and restaurants. Reception staff helpful, warm and friendly on check in, I was allocated a room away from traffic noise as requested. I will stay here again on my next trip to Edinburgh. February 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by A real welcome! Stayed at this HI Express for the first time, wow a real customer experience, made very welcome and the staff could not do enough for me during my stay. February 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Stay Just returned from Holiday Inn Express Royal Mile - had a lovely first visit to Edinburgh. The hotel was within easy walk to facilities including the railway station. On arrival the receptionist was helpful, the room was clean and comfortable and we enjoyed the breakfast, just what was needed to start the day. January 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very comfortable ,staff very helpful .couldnt ask for more I would recommend this express,as a very near local,it was ideal for my family and me .Staff were great and had a great time as we always do in Edinburgh,you can't go wrong!! January 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Would stay again. Great location and good price when we booked several months before Check in was quick and informative. Room was very clean and comfy.Location is great, using the 'close's' and alleyways between buildings gets you around and across town quickly. Breakfast was adequate with cereals, yogurt, fruit, cheese, breads, eggs, beans and sausage,teas, coffee, hot chocolate and juices.Suited us just fine. Wi-fi was free but i did not need to use it. Staff were all very helpful, remembering us and conversations we had. One problem we had was that our room was cold, really cold. Staff, who were very attentive, tried to sort the room air-con but no better. A plug in heater and blanket worked fine though,to warm the place up for our 2 night stay. Luggage was stored all day for us on our day of departure. Would defiantly stay again. January 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by fantastic and very comfortable bed and very friendly staff first the location of the hotel is very good. you can go to everywhere easily. hotel are very clean, room are very clean. staff are very friendly. it was my first time to Edinburgh, so I asked many questions about places and they answered me very friendly. January 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Excellent Very good value. Large rooms, clean and well maintained. Staff was very friendly and great location. Highly recommend this hotel. January 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by enjoyable Very near to the royal mile and grassmarket. Rooms had everything you needed . Staff really friendly and helpful. Breakfast was really good. Very security conscious within hotel, We will return. December 25, 2013
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Arrive to a warm Scottish welcome Located on a residential street, close to Edinburgh Playhouse Stunning views from Calton Hill behind the hotel Relax in the hotel lobby by our fireplace Our Concierge awaits to advise you of Edinburgh sights Reception Area Relax in our reception area beside the fire place Concierge offer a number of services for our guests Set amongst a row of Georgian townhouses on Royal Terrace
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