The King James Thistle Hotel - Edinburgh

107 Leith Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 3SW  show map
 4 stars
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The King James Thistle Hotel - Edinburgh

 Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in rooms

 Parking

Paid parking

 24-hour

24-hour reception

 Spa and relaxation

Spa lounge

 Breakfast

Continental breakfast

 Food/Drinks

Restaurant

Bar/Lounge area

 Meeting facilities

Conference room

 No Smoking

Non-smoking rooms

Overview

The King James Thistle Hotel is an elegant 4-star property placed next to St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh Zoo and Holyrood Park. Founded in 1972, the hotel underwent a renovation in 2008.

Nestled in the center of Edinburgh and a 5-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station. The property is in a 10-minute walk to Edinburgh city center.

The hotel is set next to the castle, galleries and museums.

The King James Thistle Hotel is within a 15-minute drive to Turnhouse airport.

Rooms

The King James Thistle Hotel offers stylish rooms with soothing décor featuring a private safe, a seating area, an iron with ironing board, free Wi-Fi and coffee/tea makers. The rooms come with en suite bathrooms featuring a shower, a hairdryer and a bathtub.

Eat & Drink

The lobby restaurant serves fine international meals. A variety of cocktails, coffee and tea is offered in the saloon bar.

The hotel offers a full english breakfast at the price of GBP 10 per person per night. 

Services

The hotel provides a baggage storage, an elevator and parking along with an exhibition space, a conference room and a catering service to fit the needs of all guests.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.

Guest Parking

public parking is possible on site at GBP 8 per day.

Year renovated:   2008.  Number of floors:   6.  Number of rooms:   143.

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Facilities

General

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Paid on-site parking
  • Handicap parking
  • 24-hour check-in
  • 24-hour reception
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Children are welcome
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe deposit box
  • No pets allowed
  • Currency exchange
  • Luggage storage
  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair access
  • Public areas with access for disabled
  • Ice machine

Services

  • 24-hour room service
  • Bell staff/Porter
  • Self-service laundry
  • Wedding services
  • Shops/Commercial services
  • Newspaper service
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Wake up service

Dining facilities

  • Paid breakfast
  • Continental breakfast
  • Breakfast room
  • Restaurant buffet
  • Lobby bar
  • Cafe
  • Catering service
  • Coffee/Tea in lobby

Meeting facilities

  • Business center
  • Exhibition space
  • Conference room
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities

Children's facilities

  • Cribs/Baby cots
  • Babysitting/Child services

Leisure facilities

  • Spa lounge

Room facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Paid in-room safe
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Sitting area
  • Dressing area
  • Rollaway beds
  • Wardrobe
  • Ironing facilities
  • In-room desk
  • Fan/Extractor

Bathroom

  • Private bathroom
  • Bath/Shower
  • Room toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Kitchen facilities

  • Electric kettle

Media

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable/Satellite television
  • Direct dial telephone
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor

Policies

Check-in

  • from  2 pm

Check-out

  • until  12 pm

Children and extra beds

  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 
  • Maximum capacity of cribs in a room is 1. 

How to reach hotel

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Hotel Address:

107 Leith Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 3SW

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City Center
  • Edinburgh
    500 m
Airports
  • Turnhouse (EDI)
    10.8 km
  • Dundee (DND)
    56.3 km
Train Stations
  • Edinburgh Waverley station
    300 m
  • Bus stop
    200 m
Restaurants
  • Number One (cuisine: Scottish)
    180 m
  • The Pompadour by Galvin (cuisine: French, British)
    220 m
Ski areas
  • Midlothian Ski Centre
    930 m
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  12 pm
  • Year renovated:
    2008
  • Number of floors:
    6
  • Number of rooms:
    143

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Rooms and availability

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Single Room
Bed type: Double bed or 2 Single beds or Twin beds
Size: 30 m²
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  • Private bathroom
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Tastefully decorated Single Room offers a Single bed, private bathroom equipped with shower and bathtub.

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    Double Room
    Bed type: Double bed or 2 Single beds or Twin beds
    Size: 30 m²
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    Tastefully decorated room offers a Double bed, comfortable work and rest zones, private bathroom equipped with shower and bathtub.

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      Bed type: Double bed or 2 Single beds or Twin beds
      Size: 30 m²
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      Tastefully decorated room offers two Single beds, comfortable work and rest zones, private bathroom equipped with shower and bathtub.

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        Deluxe King Room
        Bed type: 2 Single beds or Double bed
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        Tastefully decorated spacious room offers a grand King size bed, comfortable work and cozy rest zones, private bathroom equipped with shower.

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          Executive King Room
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          Tastefully decorated spacious room in shades of cream and brown offers a grand King size bed, large work desk, cozy rest zones, private bathroom equipped with shower and bathtub.

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            Executive Double Room
            Bed type: King-size bed or Double bed or 2 Single beds
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            Tastefully decorated spacious room in shades of cream and brown offers a grand Double bed, large work desk, cozy rest zones, private bathroom equipped with shower and bathtub.

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              Executive Twin Room
              Bed type: King-size bed or Double bed or 2 Single beds
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              Tastefully decorated spacious room in shades of cream and brown offers two Single beds, large work desk, cozy rest zones, private bathroom equipped with shower and bathtub.

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                Junior Suite
                Bed type: Double bed
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                Tastefully decorated oversize room with soothing neutral soft furnishing offers a grand King size bed, separate living space, private bathroom equipped with shower and bathtub.

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                  Bed type: Double bed
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                  Tastefully decorated suite with soothing neutral soft furnishing offers a grand King size bed, separate living space, private bathroom equipped with shower and deep bathtub.

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                    Accessible Twin Room
                    Bed type: Double bed or 2 Single beds or Twin beds
                    Size: 30 m²
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                    Tastefully decorated room offers two Single beds, comfortable work and rest zones, private accessible bathroom.

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                      How to reach hotel

                      hotel The King James Thistle Hotel - Edinburgh Edinburgh location
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                      Hotel Address:

                      107 Leith Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 3SW

                      Get directions
                      City Center
                      • Edinburgh
                        500 m
                      Airports
                      • Turnhouse (EDI)
                        10.8 km
                      • Dundee (DND)
                        56.3 km
                      Train Stations
                      • Edinburgh Waverley station
                        300 m
                      • Bus stop
                        200 m
                      Restaurants
                      • Number One (cuisine: Scottish)
                        180 m
                      • The Pompadour by Galvin (cuisine: French, British)
                        220 m
                      Ski areas
                      • Midlothian Ski Centre
                        930 m
                      Hotel information
                      • Check-in:
                        from  2 pm
                      • Check-out:
                        until  12 pm
                      • Year renovated:
                        2008
                      • Number of floors:
                        6
                      • Number of rooms:
                        143

                      Hotel Awards

                      UKHOTEL AWARDSRecommendedEdinburghThe King James Thistle Hotel

                      According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
                      Best Luxury Hotels in United Kingdom

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                      Tourist attractions

                      Popular areas

                      • Omni Centre Edinburgh - 200 m

                      Places of interest

                      • Waterloo Place - 100 m
                      • Nelson's Monument - 200 m
                      • Saint Mary's Catholic Cathedral House - 200 m
                      • St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral - 300 m
                      • The City of Edinburgh Council - 300 m
                      • David Hume Statue - 400 m
                      • Saint Anthonys Chapel - 400 m
                      • The Edinburgh Dungeon - 400 m
                      • bruntsfield evangelical church - 400 m

                      Train stations

                      Convention centers

                      • Camera Obscura and World of Illusions - 100 m
                      • Omni Centre - 200 m

                      Shopping areas

                      • Multrees Walk - 200 m

                      Amusement

                      • Nobles Amusements - 400 m

                      Museums

                      • Calton Hill - 300 m

                      Parks

                      • Rabbie's Trail Burners Ltd - 400 m

                      Theaters

                      • Walkabout Jongleurs - 300 m

                      Business areas

                      • Multrees Walk - 200 m

                      Local attractions

                      • Institut Francais D'Ecosse - 1.5 km
                        13 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh
                      • Royal Botanic Garden - 1.8 km
                        The Garden, Edinburgh
                      • Parliament House - 1.8 km
                        Royal Mile, Edinburgh
                      • Summerhall - 1.6 km
                        1 Summerhall, Edinburgh
                      • St. Giles Cathedral - 1.8 km
                        Royal Mile, Edinburgh

                      Near the hotel

                      • Waterloo Place - 100 m
                        Eastern extension of Princes St., Edinburgh
                      • Church of St John the Evangelist - 330 m
                        Princes Street, Edinburgh
                      • The Edinburgh Dungeon - 410 m
                        31 Market Street, Edinburgh
                      • Calton Hill - 510 m
                        off Regent Road, Edinburgh
                      • ScotlandsPeople Centre - 160 m
                        3 West Register Street, Edinburgh
                      • Scottish National Portrait Gallery - 390 m
                        1 Queen St., Edinburgh
                      • Massa - 370 m
                        36-39 Market St. EdinburghScotland

                      Restaurants nearby

                      • Number One - 180 m

                        Address: The Balmoral Hotel
                        Phone: 01315576727

                        76% likes this, based on 462 reviews
                        Cuisine: Scottish
                        Price Range: GBP 74 - GBP 98

                      • Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant - 440 m

                        Address: 25-27 Cockburn Street
                        Phone: 01312252832

                        81% likes this, based on 415 reviews
                        Cuisine: Asian
                        Price Range: GBP 8 - GBP 20

                      • Wedgwood The Restaurant - 490 m

                        Address: 267 Canongate
                        Phone: 0131 558 8737

                        76% likes this, based on 960 reviews
                        Price Range: GBP 25 - GBP 71

                      • The Pompadour by Galvin - 220 m

                        Address: Princes Street
                        Phone: +44 131 222 8975

                        79% likes this, based on 101 reviews
                        Cuisine: French, British
                        Price Range: GBP 75 - GBP 248

                      • Dubh Prais - 460 m

                        Address: 123B High Street
                        Phone: 0-131 557 5732

                        78% likes this, based on 424 reviews
                        Cuisine: Scottish

                      Hotel information
                      • Check-in:
                        from  2 pm
                      • Check-out:
                        until  12 pm
                      • Year renovated:
                        2008
                      • Number of floors:
                        6
                      • Number of rooms:
                        143

                      Hotel Awards

                      UKHOTEL AWARDSRecommendedEdinburghThe King James Thistle Hotel

                      According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
                      Best Luxury Hotels in United Kingdom

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                      Balmoral
                      5 stars
                      0.2 km
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                      The King James Thistle Hotel Reviews

                      Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at The King James Thistle Hotel

                      Average guest rating

                      8.0out of 10
                      Fabulous
                      Based on 1158 reviews

                      Rating by category:

                      Location
                      10.0
                      Rooms
                      10.0
                      Service
                      10.0
                      Value
                      10.0
                      Dining
                      10.0

                      Guest reviews

                      • Single
                        5.8

                        Very central in the city centre near the station and bus routes

                        Room I was in was quite small.The bar was dark and depressing.There never seemed to be anyone on the reception desk, never seen anyone on the concierge desk

                      • Older travelers
                        8.2

                        hotel situated right in centre of edinburgh , ideal location

                        room facing street was quite noisey

                      • Single
                        8.8

                        Excellent location in city centre, adjacent to Shopping Centre. Receptionist was very friendly and efficient, room on 5th floor overlooked the street but high enough up for noise not to be a problem. Still my favourite hotel in the area.

                        Not the fault of the hotel, but my taxi driver said he could not actually get to the hotel without a long detour because of the tram works that are devastating this once beautiful city. What a shambles!

                      • Group of friends
                        10.0

                        My stay at the King James was just perfect. Travelled to Edinburgh by train with my sister Jen and the hotel is just a few minutes walk from Waverley Station. We were upgraded to a bigger room - very spacious and comfort we stayed for 2 nights, the breakfast was very good with lots of choice. Also hotel had easy access to the shopping shopping centre next door. We will definitely stay there again.

                      • Group of friends
                        10.0

                        hotel was very nice and wood go back staff very good 2

                      • Older travelers
                        4.6

                        central location

                        overpriced. breakfast not included. internet connection very expensive. Found hair in the bathroom as soon as we arrived. Obsolete bathroom taps.

                      • Older travelers
                        8.8

                        Value for money at a good quality hotel

                      • Couple
                        10.0

                        excellent location, very friendly staff, clean and comfy

                      • Older travelers
                        7.4

                        Location

                        We were very disappointed to arrive at the hotel at 11pm to be advised that there was no room for us and we had to wait for a taxi to take us to another hotel for the night. We waited 20 minutes and we offered no complimentary drink or real explanation. The man on the desk did not seem to care. Although when we returned the next day, we were offered complimentary breakfast it did not allow for the fact that we had to relocate which ate into our day. Even then we could not register as the computers were down. We had to attend reception a total of 3 times before we could register. The most unacceptable thing was that I had booked and paid at least 2 months in advance. The hotel must have known it was overbooked but did not tell us at any time despite having had the benefit of full payment in advance.

                      • Older travelers
                        10.0

                        Location right in the centre of Edinburgh & a reasonable price.

                      • Older travelers
                        9.6

                        Staff were friendly and polite, made to feel very welcome, great location under ten minutes from eagerly station :-)

                        Noise from street on room, we were on fifth floor and thought window had been left open as could here all traffic and huddle out side, indeed not, just single glazing, that let us hear everything.

                      • Group of friends
                        7.4

                        Good location for shopping,go to the Edinburgh Castle,Royal Mail, and near the rail station。

                        The price was high and not include breakfast.

                      • Group of friends
                        8.2

                        The location was excellent for most things...Staff friendly.....Food and drinks extortionately overpriced and sandwiches poor quality......Long time to answer phone when trying to contact hotel...

                        the location and the cleanliness. I booked two double rooms, (My wife and I and one for my elderly mother)

                      • Older travelers
                        6.6

                        Excellent staff. Good breakfast. Superb location

                        Very noisy from from the street, windows letting all sound/noise in! Sleepless nights! The same applies for noise from other rooms. Bathroom having a very small hand basin - not good enough! Tv- picture quality very poor. Have not seen such a bad picture since the television begun. Absolutely not acceptable

                      • Older travelers
                        7.4

                        Position

                        Poor quality food in adjoining hotel (lunch)

                      How to reach hotel

                      hotel The King James Thistle Hotel - Edinburgh Edinburgh location
                      Show big map »

                      Hotel Address:

                      107 Leith Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 3SW

                      Get directions
                      City Center
                      • Edinburgh
                        500 m
                      Airports
                      • Turnhouse (EDI)
                        10.8 km
                      • Dundee (DND)
                        56.3 km
                      Train Stations
                      • Edinburgh Waverley station
                        300 m
                      • Bus stop
                        200 m
                      Restaurants
                      • Number One (cuisine: Scottish)
                        180 m
                      • The Pompadour by Galvin (cuisine: French, British)
                        220 m
                      Ski areas
                      • Midlothian Ski Centre
                        930 m
                      Hotel information
                      • Check-in:
                        from  2 pm
                      • Check-out:
                        until  12 pm
                      • Year renovated:
                        2008
                      • Number of floors:
                        6
                      • Number of rooms:
                        143

                      Hotel Awards

                      UKHOTEL AWARDSRecommendedEdinburghThe King James Thistle Hotel

                      According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
                      Best Luxury Hotels in United Kingdom

                      Use Badge