Important: This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local, and health advisories for this destination before you book.

Skip to main content.
All properties in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
1 room, 2 adults

The Thistle House

3-star3 stars
Great for families

Good to know

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Free WiFi
  • Smoke-free property
1 Kilmaurs Terrace, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH16 5BZ, United Kingdom

3-star B&B, convenient to University of Edinburgh
  • Free WiFi
  • Great for families

    Good to know

    • Free cribs/infant beds
    • Free WiFi
    • Smoke-free property
  • Collect stampsYou can collect™ Rewards stamps here
  • £4-6 to get into the centre of town. Very helpful staff and nice and cosy roomNov 24, 2019
  • Accommodation clean and acceptable although room was small and on 3rd floor. Sep 9, 2018

The Thistle House

  • Double Room, Ensuite
  • Family Room (Grand 4 persons)
  • Family Room, Ensuite (3 persons)
  • Twin Room, Ensuite
  • Single Room
  • Single Room, Ensuite

What’s around The Thistle House


  • In Newington
  • University of Edinburgh - 25 min walk
  • Princes Street - 31 min walk
  • Royal Mile - 32 min walk
  • Grassmarket - 32 min walk
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse - 33 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 37 min walk
  • George Street - 38 min walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 37 min drive
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 5 min drive
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 8 min drive
  • Newcraighall Station - 9 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts


  • 10 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

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

Travelling with others


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Luggage storage
  • Garden
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Hindi

In the room

Home comforts
  • Coffee/tea maker
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • TV
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping

The Thistle House’s small print

Also known as

  • Thistle House B&B Edinburgh
  • Thistle House B&B
  • Thistle House Edinburgh
  • Thistle House
  • The Thistle House Edinburgh
  • The Thistle House Bed & breakfast
  • The Thistle House Bed & breakfast Edinburgh


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards on site.

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; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of GBP 35 per vehicle (one-way, Maximum occupancy 4)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for The Thistle House

  • Are pets allowed at The Thistle House?
    Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at The Thistle House?
    You can check in from 2:00 PM to midnight. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near The Thistle House?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Delhi Diner (9-min walk), The Salisbury Arms (10-min walk), and The Old Bell (12-min walk).
  • Is airport shuttle service offered by The Thistle House?
    Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is GBP 35 per vehicle one-way.

Recent reviews

Good 7.2 From 39 reviews

Fair 4.0
Poor & overpriced
I wouldn’t call this a hotel, rather a shabby ,run down , grubby, dingy guest house. The curtains were tatty & almost hanging off the track in room 11. Pillows cheap nasty clumps of foam. En suite .... if u could call it that was so small you could hardly turn around in it. My cake mixing bowl is bigger than the sink in there! Absurdly expensive @£80 for single occupancy. No where to eat nearby apart from 1 restaurant offering a £50 taster menu. Shame as it is a beautiful building but needs a comprehensive up grade.
Sheila, gb1 night business trip
Poor 2.0
What a dump, the rooms smelt awful in fact as soon as you walk into the building the smell hits you. Room was spacious but windows would not open properly as gunked up with paint and grime Staff were unhelpful I told them I had to see a client first thing in the morning, I was too early for breakfast which is only open for 1 hour and when i went into the breakfast area there was sheets drapped over the tables and chairs vey hygienic, she gave me a Banana and a yogurt I would not of ate anything else from the kitchen as it looked appalling dirty. This is with out doubt the worst hotel I have ever stopped in Parking is on the road
andrew, gb1 night business trip
Very Good 8.0
Pleasant stay in Edinburgh
A pleasant stay in a quiet area. Had a small room at the top overlooking gardens. Although I did have a car ( street parking) it was handy to get a bus to the Royal Mile or Princes Street. Not really anywhere local to eat or shop.
Karin, gb5 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Ganesh, gb1 night business trip
Good 6.0
Tenant nice and willing to help you. Room clean and simple. Breakfast a bit too small. 30min walk to city center. Major black point: no free parking as described when I booked, got a 30£ fine... => 110£ for one night ; a bit too expensive.
Pierre, cn1 night romance trip
Fair 4.0
It was smelling of curry and permeated through the room therefore we did not stay for breakfast.
Karen, gbFamily trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great deal for the money
I stayed in a separate room with shared facilities. The room was clean, warm enough, but additional heaters were provided if needed. Shared facilities were clean and I never had to queu to get there. The hotel people were very friendly
Natalya, gb1 night trip
Very Good 8.0
it was fine
wulnic, gb1 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Good value for money
The hosts were friendly and helpful. The on-suite was a bit tight but I am a big man and cannot really complain about that. Beds were comfortable and clean and the room was serviced every day. The breakfast was a selection of cereals and you could have eggs and toast. We did not have an issue with that as we have cereal for breakfast on a normal day. Considering what we paid, it was really good value for money.
Peter, gb3 night romance trip
Fair 4.0
Inaccurate Description
The main problem with this hotel was that it advertised the room i booked as having a Private Bathroom. I am aware that this does not mean en suite but it also does not mean that i share a bathroom and shower with other rooms and anyone using the stairway. I pointed this out to the owner on arrival but his response was there was nothing he could do. What he can do in future is not advertise a bathroom as being 'private' when it clearly isnt. There was no bath mat provided either in the room or the bathroom itself, if I had used the shower I would have stepped out on to a grubby,dirty door mat. The second disappointment was that the cooked breakfast was eggs and nothing else and the toasty that came with it looked as if it had been(under) cooked with a hair dryer. 3rd problem was parking, again they advertised free parking but the hotel actually on has 2 spaces which were both taken by the time I arrived. . there is some parking in the street but these were all taken up by residents. . A bit more clarity and honesty in the advertising would be appreciated.
gb1 night family trip

The Thistle House

Is the description of this hotel not correct? Tell us