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The Scholar

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In-room safe, desk, laptop workspace, iron/ironing board
Bar (on property)
Shower, free toiletries, hair dryer

Overview of The Scholar

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The Scholar

4.0 star property
4-star hotel with restaurant, near Edinburgh Castle

8.4/10 Very good

993 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Refrigerator
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH16 5AY
Main amenities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Breakfast available
  • Conference centre
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk safe
  • Luggage storage
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Room service
For families
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Fridge (on request)
  • Lift
  • Private bathroom
  • Television

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Newington
  • University of Edinburgh - 14 min walk
  • Royal Mile - 23 min walk
  • Princes Street - 28 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 30 min walk
  • National Museum of Scotland - 7 min drive
  • Grassmarket - 5 min drive
  • Princes Street Gardens - 5 min drive
  • St. Giles' Cathedral - 9 min drive
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 11 min drive
  • St. Andrew Square - 16 min drive

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 32 min drive
  • Newcraighall Station - 10 min drive
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) - 25 min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 27 min walk


  • The Salisbury Arms - 5 min walk
  • Condita - 9 min walk
  • Apiary Restaurant - 9 min walk
  • The Abbey - 9 min walk
  • Macau Kitchen - 9 min walk

About this property

The Scholar

The Scholar puts you within a 15-minute drive of Edinburgh Castle and Royal Mile. Guests looking for a bite to eat can visit the restaurant, and the bar/lounge is the perfect spot to grab a drink at the end of the day. This upmarket hotel is also 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from University of Edinburgh and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Princes Street. The helpful staff and nice bathrooms get great marks from fellow travellers.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the regional cleaning and disinfection practices of We're Good To Go (UK)
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (WHO) and Ecolab (third-party expert - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast, dinner and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 72 rooms
  • Arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until midnight
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • On-site parking is limited
  • Electric vehicle charging point on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast (surcharge) 7:00 AM–10:00 AM on weekdays and 7:30 AM–10:30 AM on weekends
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service (limited hours)

Working away

  • Conference centre


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Luggage storage


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1994
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk


  • Lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Digital TV channels
  • LCD television

Home comfort

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Fridge (on request)


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Tourism Programme, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately GBP 17.00 for adults and GBP 17.00 for children

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless check-out is available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast and dinner, and also through room service.

This property affirms that it follows the cleaning and disinfection practices of We're Good To Go (UK) guidelines.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (WHO) and Ecolab (third-party expert - Global).


<p>Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit and window guards on site.</p> <p>This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.</p>

Also known as

Masson House Hotel Edinburgh
Masson House Hotel
Masson House Edinburgh
Salisbury Green Hotel Bistro Edinburgh
Masson House Edinburgh, Scotland
Masson House Edinburgh Scotland
Masson House B&B Edinburgh
Masson House B&B
Salisbury Green Hotel Bistro
Salisbury Green Bistro Edinburgh
Salisbury Green Bistro
The Scholar Hotel
The Scholar Edinburgh
The Scholar Hotel Edinburgh
Salisbury Green Hotel Bistro

Frequently asked questions

Does The Scholar offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Scholar does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Scholar?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Scholar?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Scholar?
Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spaces may be limited. Electric car charging is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Scholar?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
Are there restaurants at or near The Scholar?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant.
What's the area around The Scholar like?
The Scholar is in Newington, a short 14-minute walk from University of Edinburgh and 18 minutes' walk from Festival Theatre. Our travellers say that the local area is very quiet.



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10/10 Exceptional

John D, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Disappointed to have two single beds stuck together, uncomfortable pillows and Noisy at night- pipes and bathroom?
1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Commonwealth Pool Weekend
Our stay was good only issue was short of staff in kitchen in the evening! Staff were all very accommodating and friendly!! Rooms were immaculate and very nice ! Great beds and choice of bedding and towels.
THOMAS, 2-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

ZOE, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A really nice modern hotel. The room was clean and spacious and the service was excellent.
Michelle, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Staff amazing can’t do enough for you. Love staying here
Nick, 1-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Kelly, 1-night trip with friends
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8/10 Very good

Good value for decent hotel
Lovely hotel, decent price for Edinburgh staff couldn't do enough although IT system a bit slow at check in. Lovely breakfast served by great staff.
P, 1-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

The location was close enough to the centre with a bus stop just outside. The room was spotless and the bed was so large and comfy
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Karen, 1-night trip
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