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Hotel Review: Hilton Edinburgh Carlton in Edinburgh, Scotland

Melissa's reflection in the mirror at the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton. She is in bed, holding a cup of coffee and her phone.

From Edinburgh Airport, it’s about a 30-minute tram ride to Edinburgh’s Old Town and City Center. Hilton Edinburgh Carlton is located on North Bridge, which links the Old Town and City Center. The hotel is just a two-minute walk from the Edinburgh Waverley railway station. I think we might’ve stepped off at the wrong stop because I remember a solid ten-minute walk uphill on a crowded sidewalk, wheeling our suitcases behind us. Mine was almost too heavy for me to manage. If memory serves, Chris took my suitcase from me once or twice. I would’ve packed lighter if we hadn’t been moving from Portugal to the United States, with Edinburgh as a fun visit in between.    

Once we arrived at the 4-star Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, we were warmly welcomed. As Hilton Diamond Members, we were given a complimentary upgrade from a King Deluxe Room to a King Executive Room on the hotel’s third floor. The young woman assisting us at the front desk wore a new hire badge. She was efficient, confident, and helpful, and most importantly, she gave us a solid recommendation for lunch—Angels with Bagpipes

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton’s Location

The driving force behind our stay at Hilton Edinburgh Carlton is its location. It did not disappoint. Right next to the Royal Mile, every location on our itinerary was within an easy walk from the hotel: Edinburgh Castle, 

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scott Monument, The Scotch Whisky Experience, and all the restaurants I’d made reservations for. Princes Street shopping is also nearby. 

In addition to the tourist hot spots, there is a Boots pharmacy across the street, and a Pizza Express is a door or two down from the hotel’s entrance. The nearest Starbucks is a two-minute walk away. It’s nice to have necessities nearby.

Our King Executive Room

The King Bed in Hilton Edinburgh Carlton's King Executive Room.

The King Executive Room is simple and spacious with a touch of class. I love the room’s elegant crown molding, and we enjoyed the view from the large window. The bed is comfortable. There’s a work desk and chair as well as a side table and chair. It has air conditioning, which I believe all rooms in this hotel do. Mineral water is provided. It has a Nespresso maker, as do all my favorite hotel rooms. Coffee pods and cups are replenished each day. 

Our third-floor room was about as far from the elevator as possible. It was mostly quiet, though I’m pretty sure there was a hen party happening in the room next to us. At least it was a happy sort of noisy and not too loud. 

The King Executive Room comes with benefits that extend beyond its walls. We had access to the Executive Lounge, where we enjoyed complimentary drinks and snacks and complimentary continental breakfasts. 

Chair and table setup with complimentary mineral waters in the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton's King Executive Room.

Drinks + Dining at Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

I regret that we did not have a chance to check out the hotel’s Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill or the Nineteen Hundred Bar & Lounge. One evening, thanks to our room upgrade, we took advantage of complimentary happy hour beverages and bites in the executive lounge. They allowed you to pour your own drinks. We made ourselves gin and tonics, and I am happy to report they had great tonics on hand. We tried the Franklin & Sons Rhubarb & Hibiscus Tonic Water. I also tried one of the most interesting and surprisingly delicious chips I’ve ever had: REAL Hand Cooked Ham & English Mustard.  

In the mornings, we enjoyed the lovely breakfast buffet. There were plenty of tasty options and one unique offering each day. One morning, they served almond croissants—one of my favorites. My breakfast was extra joyous. 

Amenities

The workout facilities are in the basement, which we never love. However, they are super clean, and there isn’t a hint of must or mold. The fitness area is well enough equipped with space for half a dozen people to exercise at once, so long as they don’t all want to do the same thing. 

No parking is available at this hotel, which probably isn’t a problem for most. We recommend following Wolter’s World’s advice if you plan to drive around Scotland. Put Edinburgh at the beginning or end of your trip and either return to the airport by train to pick up your vehicle rental or drop off your rental at the airport and take the train into Edinburgh.

During our stay, the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton was under construction. This did make finding the Fitness Room a challenge on our first morning there. Otherwise, it didn’t have any memorable impact on our time there. 

Price

We stayed from March 29th to April 2nd, 2024, just as Edinburgh’s low season shifted into its shoulder season. Our four-night stay before taxes was £853.00 (about $1,070). Including taxes, which are at 20%, we paid £1,023.61 (about $1,285).

Would We Stay Again?

Yes. I’d like to see what it’s like when all the construction is done. The location is superb, the staff is kind and knowledgeable, and the room is cozy and clean. 

Hotel Contact Information:

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
19 North Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1SD
United Kingdom

T: +44 131 472 3000
edinburghcarlton.info@hilton.com

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