Best Hotels in Scotland

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U.S. News & World Report ranks the best hotels in Scotland based on an analysis of industry awards, hotel star ratings and user ratings. Hotels that scored in the top 10 percent of the Best Hotels in Scotland earned a Gold badge. Hotels that appear after ranked hotels are sorted by hotel class and then by user rating, as provided by TripAdvisor.

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  • #1
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    The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel
    Edinburgh
    1.6 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class

    Attached to the Edinburgh Waverley train station, this central Edinburgh hotel sits within walking distance of must-visit sights like the National Museum of Scotland and the Scotch Whisky Experience. The hotel is located inside a historic building known for its large clock tower, and accommodations have chic touches like modern wooden furnishings and marble bathrooms with James Bond movie prints. Minibars, complimentary Wi-Fi access and flat-screen TVs are also provided in all rooms, while larger suites come with personalized concierge services, one garment pressing and daily breakfast. For meals, guests have two restaurants to choose from: Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux and Number One. The Michelin-starred Number One restaurant serves Scottish cuisine while Brasser Prince offers French dishes throughout the day. Four bars and lounges, ten meeting rooms and a spa with a Finnish sauna, a fitness center and an indoor lap pool are available to guests as well. Overall, recent lodgers enjoyed their stays at The Balmoral, although some felt their rooms were small and pricey. However, most travelers were impressed with Scotch's selection of whiskies and Palm Court's afternoon tea service.

  • #2
    Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
    St. Andrews, GB
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    While this St. Andrews, Scotland, resort no doubt caters to golfers, recent guests say you don’t have to golf to enjoy all that the Old Course Hotel has to offer. While guests rave about The Duke’s (the on-site golf course), but many say that the five-star customer service is just as memorable. From arrival to departure, travelers say the gleeful staff members made them feel incredibly welcome and taken care of, and that no request was ever too much. Another standout for guests was the hotel’s accommodations, which come equipped with comforts like complimentary Wi-Fi access, minibars, flat-screen TVs and robes and slippers. Lodgers highly recommend upgrading to a suite, which includes more room, separate seating areas, mini kitchens and views of the golf course. For those who didn’t come to play the links, you can book a treatment at the on-site spa, work up a sweat at the fitness center or take a dip in the on-site pool and Jacuzzi.   Outdoor adventures, like horseback riding on the beach, are also available. Dining options range from white fine dining at Road Hole Restaurant to comfort food at Hams Hame. You can find the Old Course Hotel just a short walk northwest of the center of St. Andrews. 

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    The Chester Residence
    Edinburgh
    2.4 miles to city center
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The Chester Residence is a 5 star hotel located at 9 Rothesay Place in Edinburgh. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 2016 reviews.
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    Prestonfield House
    Edinburgh
    0.1 miles to city center
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    If you want a taste of Old World Scotland during your visit to Edinburgh, then the Prestonfield House is your Shangri-La. The Prestonfield is housed in a 17th-century baroque-style mansion situated among manicured gardens at the base of Arthur's Seat, creating the illusion that you're vacationing in the countryside instead of one of Scotland's biggest cities. Venture inside the hotel and you'll find that the rooms are a hideaway all their own. Accommodations, which are decorated with antique furniture, velvet bedding and heavy draperies, resemble the kind of interiors found in a palace all while staying up to date with accoutrements like free Wi-Fi access, smart TVs and loaner laptops. Add to that a croquet lawn, an 18-hole golf course, 24-hour porters, complimentary shoeshines and a helicopter landing pad on-site and it's hard not to feel a bit like royalty when staying at this five-star establishment. Aside from the amenities, previous lodgers gushed about the hotel's superb staff, as well as the fare served at the on-site Rhubarb restaurant. Though the property lacks a gym or a pool and is 2 miles southeast of the city center, the Prestonfield received mostly positive reviews from recent guests.

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    Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
    Edinburgh
    2 miles to city center
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    This centrally located Edinburgh hotel earns high marks for making guests feel at home, and travelers say this is largely attributed to the Waldorf's remarkable service. Numerous guests gave major kudos to the staff for their genuinely welcoming manner and super attentive attitudes. Not only that, but they're known to go the extra mile for special occasions. The Waldorf's comfy rooms were another attribute that made guests' experiences quite homey (all while maintaining the elegance Waldorf Astorias are known for). All accommodations have Nespresso coffee machines, flat-screen TVs, bathrobes and slippers, minibars and Salvatore Ferragamo bath products. If it’s in your budget, lodgers highly recommend booking a room facing the castle. In addition to luxurious in-room amenities, the hotel features a gym, spa and childrens menus at the restaurants. The hotel has two restaurants – The Pompadour by Galvin offers fine dining and Galvin Brasserie De Luxe is slightly more casual – and The Caley Bar offers a variety of cocktails. Travelers recommend getting breakfast or afternoon tea at the Peacock Alley lounge, though others wished the hotel had a pool. There is also plenty to explore within walking distance of the hotel – including Edinburgh’s biggest landmark, the Edinburgh Castle – but it's also just a short stroll away from Princes Street, a thoroughfare flush with shopping, dining and nightlife options.

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    Hotel du Vin & Bistro Glasgow
    Glasgow
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Hotel du Vin & Bistro Glasgow is a 5 star hotel located at 1 Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 1619 reviews.
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    Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh
    Edinburgh, SCT
    1.5 miles to city center
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Situated on the cobbled streets of Edinburgh's Old Town, The Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh boasts a prime location and striking views of Arthur's Seat. The best attractions of Edinburgh are steps away from the hotel: Guests can walk to Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions or the Scotch Whisky Experience within five minutes. Prior guests note the ideal location and Scottish decor make the hotel feel more like a boutique than a chain, although Radisson Rewards members can still earn and redeem points by choosing to stay here. Visitors at the hotel can choose from a variety of standard rooms, family rooms and suites. All accommodations come with coffee and tea facilities, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access and free bottled water. When it comes to on-site dining, this Radisson Collection Hotel boasts an Italian restaurant called Cucina as well as the Epicurean bar with a wide selection of Scotch whisky. The hotel also hosts afternoon tea, in true Scottish fashion. However, previous guests warn that the service can be slow in the hotel's bars and restaurants.
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    The Green Park Hotel
    Pitlochry
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    The Green Park Hotel is a 4 star hotel located at Clunie Bridge Road in Scottish Highlands. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 533 reviews.
  • #9
    Dakota Deluxe Glasgow
    Glasgow
    • Free WiFi

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Dakota Deluxe Glasgow is a 4 star hotel located at 179 West Regent Street in Glasgow. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 1311 reviews.
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    Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
    Glasgow, SCT
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    The Blythswood Square Hotel resides in Glasgow, Scotland, near various restaurants and bars and city attractions like the City Chambers, Glengoyne Distillery and King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, making it a great option for sightseers and partygoers. But this hotel offers more than a prime location. Inside, you'll find a 10,000-square-foot spa with two relaxation pools and a crystal steam room, as well as a fitness center, a private screening room and two restaurants – The Salon and The Restaurant at Blythswood Square. Both are decked out in Harris Tweed furnishings and serve Scottish-inspired cuisine. After getting your fill of local fare, retreat to your guest room or suite. Each features a neutral color scheme with pink or purple accents, plus amenities like a desk, free Wi-Fi access and a marble bathroom. Overall, previous guests enjoyed their stays at this five-star property, citing the "welcoming" staff and "relaxing" spa as highlights. Visitors also loved the hotel's afternoon tea service, which is available every day in The Salon. However, several bemoaned the worn, minimally appointed rooms.
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    Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island
    Oban
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island is a 5 star hotel located at Benderloch in Scottish Highlands. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 585 reviews.
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    Gleneagles Hotel
    Auchterarder
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Nestled approximately 40 miles northwest of Edinburgh on 850 acres of Scotland's lush countryside, Gleneagles Hotel has welcomed guests since 1924. Dedicated to protecting its surroundings without skimping on amenities, the resort features 20 protected natural habitats alongside three championship golf courses, an ESPA-affiliated spa, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a family pool and an adults-only pool, an equestrian school and 14 specialty shops. Inside the property's main building, guests will find 232 guest rooms and suites with traditional Scottish tartan decor – which some describe as "beautiful" but others say is worn and in need of updating – and modern conveniences like free Wi-Fi, minifridges and televisions with DVD players. For additional square footage, upgrade to one of the hotel's Family Rooms (where there's space for pull-out sofas or extra beds) or suites (which feature separate sitting rooms). All room rates cover daily breakfast in The Strathearn restaurant and on-site activities like fitness classes, lawn croquet, stable tours and games and art projects in the teens and kids clubs. When you've worked up an appetite, recent guests recommend grabbing a bite at the Mediterranean-inspired Deseo or savoring gourmet French-Scottish fusion fare at the two Michelin-starred Andrew Fairlie restaurant. Part of The Leading Hotels of the World, the property participates in the Leaders Club loyalty program.

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    The Glasshouse, Autograph Collection
    Edinburgh, SCT
    1.7 miles to city center
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The Glasshouse truly lives up to its name, with floor-to-ceiling windows in each guest room that reveal stellar views of downtown Edinburgh. Many accommodations also boast views of Calton Hill while others frame the scenery of Edinburgh's New Town (built around the turn of the 19th century) and the sparkling water of the Firth of Forth. The rooms and suites all provide complimentary Wi-Fi access, tea and coffee facilities, flat-screen TVs, minibars and 24-hour room service. Additionally, some accommodations offer access to roof gardens or include a terrace. Guests especially like The Snug, the hotel's cozy restaurant oasis, where they can sip tea in the afternoon by a crackling fire or sample some of the nearly 100 types of Scotch whisky at night. However, some guests also note the food and drinks at the hotel can be pricey. The hotel, a former 19th-century church, is situated between Edinburgh's New and Old Towns. The property conveniently places travelers about a mile from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scotch Whisky Experience and Princes Street (Edinburgh's main shopping drag). Keep in mind, members of the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program are eligible to earn and redeem points by choosing to stay in this Autograph Collection hotel.
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    Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh
    Edinburgh, SCT
    1.9 miles to city center
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh sits in the shadow of the famous Edinburgh Castle and charms guests with its castle views. The rooms come decorated with dark wood and plaid patterns, immediately immersing visitors in Scottish ambiance. The accommodations also feature free Wi-Fi access, minibars, coffee makers, flat-screen TVs and international electric sockets. The hotel's One Square Brasserie uses local Scottish ingredients to provide diners with modern international flavors. At the One Square Bar, guests can order one of the 100 varieties of gin or sample the restaurant's own One Square Gin recipe. The hotel also offers a breakfast buffet each morning for an additional fee, but some past travelers felt the meal was overpriced. Many alternative dining options surround the hotel, and the property is also within a mile of the Royal Mile and its many attractions, such as the Scotch Whisky Experience and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. For those who want to relax after exploring the city, the hotel's One Spa offers facials, therapy baths, body wraps, couples massages and a steam room, plus an indoor swimming pool. What's more, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and redeem rewards points by using the spa as well as by staying at this property.
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    The Dunstane Houses
    Edinburgh, SCT
    2.7 miles to city center
    • Free WiFi

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The Dunstane Houses provides a luxurious Edinburgh oasis that blends classic Scottish charm with modern amenities. This family-run hotel offers a breath of fresh air for guests used to the sometimes impersonal service at larger chain hotels. Comprising two Victorian houses (Dunstane House and Hampton House), this boutique hotel boasts 35 rooms and suites, each thoughtfully decorated and equipped with en suite bathrooms, handmade beds, coffee and tea facilities, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi access and complimentary homemade shortbread. Although many past visitors wished the accommodations were larger, guests were elated by the free on-site parking and 24-hour room service. Each morning, the hotel's Ba' Bar offers a full breakfast spread featuring Scottish favorites such as sausages and black pudding, haggis and scones. The bar also provides all-day a la carte dining and has a wide selection of spirits, even providing whisky and gin tasting experiences. Recent guests raved about the service in the restaurant as well as throughout the property, saying the staff made the hotel feel like home. The hotel sits about 2 miles west of the Old Town and the Edinburgh Castle, and there are bus stops nearby.

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