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THE HOWARD, Edinburgh

At-a-Glance Guide

18 bedrooms inc 5 suites
restaurant, private dining
drawing room
valet parking, free car parking
Check in / out: 3pm / 12 noon

THE HOWARD, Edinburgh


The three Georgian houses which now comprise The Howard Hotel in Edinburgh’s New Town were originally built as private homes, in the 1820s. A mural painted at that time by David Ramsey Hay can still be seen in the hotel’s restaurant: The Atholl. Hay’s imitative works copied the images of the engraving artist, Watteau – and the mural is an example of this.

The original houses were made into a 25-bedroomed guesthouse, called the St Christopher, shortly after the Second World War. Many years later, the property was purchased by Arthur Neil, who upgraded it to a hotel, and renamed it The Howard. Under his ownership, The Howard gained an excellent reputation.

In 1989 it was sold to Select Hotels, and transformed into a luxury townhouse hotel, with the finest of fittings, fabrics, paintings and antique furniture. The bedrooms were made much larger by reducing the number to just 15. In 1995, The Howard was bought by The Town House Company.


This most elegant hotel is an intimate and discreet luxury retreat, offering guests an rivalled standard of service, with a team of butlers at the ready, and a guest services manager to ensure that their visit runs smoothly, even before they arrive at The Howard. Those seeking a discreet and more personalised escape can opt for one of The Howard’s three exclusive suites - with private entrances and their own terraced gardens.

Opulent furnishings, rich fabrics and fine oil paintings complement the classical character of this refined, New Town address. The experience of staying here is one of being a guest in a luxurious private residence - with butlers to tend to every need - from showing guests straight their room (registration is so discreet that it’s barely noticed) to unpacking their bags, collecting their shopping from central-Edinburgh stores, ironing and valeting. They will also co-ordinate social itineraries, serve a romantic afternoon tea for two in the Royal Botanical Garden, host a drinks reception, arrange a dinner party and make theatre bookings and serve in-suite meals.

The concierge team extends and enhances customer care further still – and can arrange a chauffeur-driven or guided walking tour of the city, a game of golf, or arrange fittings for a new suit by Edinburgh tailors Ede & Ravenscroft in the comfort of the hotel room or suite – and much more besides.


This is the hotel to choose if you want a unique and memorable Edinburgh experience, with all the stops pulled out!


The Drawing Room is a gracious space in which to relax and unwind, or recharge batteries, read the morning paper over a coffee, take afternoon tea – perhaps with a glass of champagne, or enjoy pre- or post-dinner drinks.

The Atholl is the hotel’s elegant dining room restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and seating only 14 - so reservations are essential. The setting is classically Georgian, elegant and flower-filled; the menu is meticulously prepared, modern Scottish – with a fine wine list. Restaurant meals can also be served in guests’ rooms or suites.

A lounge menu, as well as morning coffee, afternoon tea and drinks, are served in the Drawing Room.

The Howard’s 18 luxurious guestrooms are each named after an Edinburgh street or district. No two are identical in size, shape or aspect, but rich colours and contemporary fabrics have been used in all to create a traditional look and relaxing, romantic ambience.

Luxury rooms are intimate doubles or twins, with king-size – and some canopy – beds, extra wardrobe or dressing-room space, and an area for sitting. Some bathrooms have separate showers.
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Superior rooms are a more spacious alternative, with additional wardrobe space. Most have king-size beds and a seating area.
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Junior Suites have huge, richly-textured bedrooms, separate living rooms and marble bathrooms with two washbasins. Charlotte has an ornate, original fireplace; Abercromby has a king-size, four-poster bed. Both overlook cobblestoned Great King Street.
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Each of the three de luxe Terrace Suites has steps leading down to its own private entrance and a private patio area. The Marchmont Suite has a king-sized canopy bed, a separate drawing room with real-effect gas fire, a Jacuzzi bath, and a small kitchen with hob and microwave. The Lauriston Suite has a double-sized, walk-in shower. The Trinity Suite has an oversized bath and revitalising rain shower.
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NO SPA BUT... massage treatments can be arranged.

As well as having the facilities for meetings and corporate functions, The Howard has addressed a number of issues faced by executives who stay at the hotel, and offers innovative solutions that can reduce stress and travel times.

The Fast Track Service package enables executives visiting Edinburgh on business to take the bare minimum of luggage and technology with them - or even no luggage at all. Flight restrictions on carrying grooming essentials such as razors and tweezers in hand-luggage means that passengers have to check bags in, thus incurring delays at both check-in and baggage reclaim. The hotel’s dedicated team of butlers can arrange for such items as toothbrush and toothpaste, razor, shaving foam and deodorant to be awaiting guests in their room.

On arrival, luggage can be unpacked and shoes polished. Clothes can be pressed within an hour of arrival, minimising the need to carry a second suit. The service also covers such emergencies as missing cufflinks, lost socks and tights, and buttons which need to be be sown back on.

In addition, business travellers can email documents and presentations to their butler in advance of their arrival. These can be downloaded and set up on one of The Howard's laptops, provided for use during the sir stay. Mobile phones can be recharged - or provided. And, off course, restaurant reservations and meeting venues booked, and car pick-up to and from meetings as well as airport transfers can be arranged in minutes.

A wardrobe, tailoring and grooming service means that guests can have suits cleaned, shirts laundered and shoes polished and mended during their stay. They may also want to benefit from some of Edinburgh top-class tailoring outlets and shoe-makers. Private consultations and measuring can be arranged out of hours, and a tailor-made suit or hand-made pair of shoes will be ready within the week.

Further offerings for business clients include an in-room barber service and a takeaway breakfast menu.

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