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Hilton Edinburgh Carlton (Mini) Reviews

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel Review

Hilton LogoRate & Room Booked: King Guest Room (upgraded to King Deluxe Room) – Points & Money Reward
Stayed As: Honors Gold | Stayed In: May 2017

The Hotel

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton ReceptionHilton Edinburgh Carlton is a newly rebranded hotel located on North Bridge, on the corner of the block looking down onto Edinburgh Waverly train station and directly opposite the Scotsman Hotel building.

The hotel, owned by Jury’s Inn only recently rebranded as a Hilton in 2016 following a multi-million pound refurbishment.


The main reception area is located just as you enter the hotel from North Bridge. The reception area has been renovated to a very high standard with a lovely staircase being the centrepiece.

There was complimentary hot chocolate and very tasty cookies on offer whilst you waited to checkin, which was a nice touch.

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Reception AreaI was greeted by a welcoming member of staff who checked us in promptly. I had checked in online so I quickly had my key and was told breakfast times. Worth noting that there were a number Executive Rooms still for sale for the night I was staying, but I wasn’t offered one as an upgrade despite them being available and so didn’t have access to the Executive Lounge.

Honors benefits offered for Honors Gold card holders:

  • A choice of either 1,000 bonus points, or a free continental breakfast. I have this set to free breakfast on my account. I was given a full breakfast in the restaurant, rather than just continental.
  • I was granted a 1 category room upgrade from King Guest Room to King Deluxe Room.
  • Free WiFi.
  • 2 x bottles of water were in the room.
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Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Bedroom Lounge AreaI initially booked a base King Guest Room which had been upgraded to a King Deluxe Room.

The rooms have been tastefully upgraded during the refurbishment and are finished to a high standard. All of the rooms I’ve stayed in have been very spacious and well appointed. Some of them do come in odd shapes, but you expect that in a building of this age. There were plenty of windows so lots of natural light, really good noise insulation but unfortunately you can’t open them. The air con system works well and was very quiet.

There was a desk, a small seating area with a sofa (not massively comfy) as well as the extremely comfy king bed. There were amble sockets throughout including a few the integrated USB sockets for charging your mobile device.

The usual tea and coffee making facilities were hidden in one of the cupboards, which included the very welcome addition of hot chocolate which you don’t often see in Hiltons :D.


The bathroom was of a good size, well finished with a lovely big shower. There was no bath however, if that’s important to you. I think some of the rooms do have baths, but hard to say which ones as I suspect it just depends on where the room is located in the building.

All of the standard Hilton toiletries were there, although some of them were half empty as if they had already been used.

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Breakfast was served in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill restaurant within the hotel.

The breakfast selection was fairly typical for a Hilton, although a lot of the items were poorly stocked or just completely missing. It was also a challenge finding clean plates. This wasn’t on what seemed like an especially busy morning, I would add. It was far from the best Hilton breakfasts I’ve had and left a lot to be desired.

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Executive Lounge

On this occasion I didn’t have access to the lounge as I didn’t received an executive room upgrade.

I have had access on previous visits to the hotel. The lounge is located just next to the hotel’s Nineteen Hundred Bar & Lounge. The lounge isn’t particularly big but it is a nice place to relax. Access is by using your room keycard, there isn’t a reception desk as such. There was a decent selection of drinks on offer during the evening service including free pouring wine (not the rubbish stuff served in many UK Hilton’s, it was drinkable) beer and some spirits. There was some nice food on offer too, although much like the breakfast it wasn’t kept stocked massively well.

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Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Contact Information

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Email Address:

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Phone Number:
+44 131 472 3000

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Address:
19 North Bridge
United Kingdom

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