The King James

107 Leith Street Edinburgh EH1 3SW United Kingdom
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Hotel The King James


Situated in the centre of Edinburgh, the Thistle Edinburgh, The King James hotel is walking distance from the Royal Mile, Princes Street, galleries, museums, shopping,  cultural events and the famous Murrayfield national rugby stadium. 

  Rooms at the Thistle Edinburgh, the King James hotel vary from the Standard Single to the Suite Double, featuring complimentary toiletries as well as coffee & tea making facilities.  

Offering several function rooms for all occasions, free Wi-Fi and twenty private parking spaces on-site for a fee in addition to twenty-four hour room service, this superb location spares no luxurious detail.

Three full meals plus an extensive wine list, snacks, drinks and lighter fare are available at on-site restaurant Craig's and on-site Boston Bean Company.

For those who wish to explore the sights, there are festivals, galleries, theatres, the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as the popular in-house performance of Jamie's Traditional Scottish Evening. 

Price range

from ‎$99 to ‎$131


The King James


107 Leith Street, EH1 3SW, Edinburgh United Kingdom | 0.5 miles from city center | Show on map
Telephone: +44(131)5560111 | Fax:+44(131)5575333 | Official Homepage


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  • American Express
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Suitable for

  • Large Groups

Top 9 Features

  • WiFi
  • Parking
  • TV
  • A/C
  • Terrace
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Hotel bar
  • Safe

Room features

  • Bathroom with bathtub,
  • Bathroom with shower,
  • Ironing board,
  • Windows that open,
  • Television,
  • Hairdryer,
  • Central heating,
  • Electric kettle,
  • Radio,
  • Satellite TV,
  • Telephone,
  • Room safe,
  • Internet,
  • WiFi in the rooms,
  • Cost of wireless internet in rooms,
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Hotel features

  • Entrance hall/ lobby,
  • Express check-in / out,
  • Elevator,
  • Parking lot,
  • Hotel bar,
  • Conference rooms,
  • Restaurant,
  • 24-hour reception,
  • Snack bar,
  • Laundry service,
  • WiFi in lobby,
  • Room service,
  • Pants press,
  • Concierge,
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Review Highlights
Positive Reviews
  • Fantastic Location for All Purposes
    Very near the renowned Princes Street & Waverley train station while also being walking distance to the area playhouse, restaurants, nightlife and all relevant Edinburgh sights   ...
  • Dining Is A Pleasure
    All three meals, snacks and drinks are a win at this location, as food is cooked to perfection and served promptly & courteously You won't need to walk far to enjoy a lovely ...
  • Staff Very Friendly & Helpful
    Excellent at reception for both check-in and checkout alike   Pleasant and charming, as well as knowledgeable about the area, the tram and its schedule Nothing is too much trouble...
Negative Reviews
  • Noisy Rooms Not Fun
    Noise is an issue both within and without the rooms here   If your window is near the front entrance or outside street, count on traffic and passersby to disturb your rest unless ...
  • Bathrooms Very Small, Need Updating
    You may find the bathrooms are quite small, shabby & in need of a coat of paint or otherwise renovating You also may find you run out of hot water before your shower is finished...
  • Central Temperature Control
    Heat is centrally controlled by hotel staff which is less than ideal for guests who find it a bit too warm Unfortunately, turning off the in-room heating units entirely results in...
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Very Good Result from 20 Quality Tests
85% recommend this hotel (17 out of 20 testers)
90% say the hotel is suitable for business travellers
65% say the hotel is suitable for couples

Good To Know

  • There are lots of museums and attractions in the area
  • There are good shopping opportunities nearby
  • The bathroom furnishing is unappealing
  • The TV channel selection is limited

Results in detail (Data is based on the average of all hotels on trivago)

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Scott Monument

Scott Monument

The Scott Monument in Edinburgh was built to commemorate Sir Walter Scott who died on 21st September 1832. George Miekle Kemp won a competition to design it and construction started in 1838. It stands 200 ft. 6in high (61 meters) and 55ft.(16 meters) square at the base. To reach the highest gallery you have to climb 287 steps. It is made of Binnie stone , throughout the structure there are niches, 64 in all which hold statuettes each depicting a character from the works of Scott. The statue itself was designed and built by John Steell and is made of Carrara marble, it is more than double life-size. The last stone was laid in 1844 and it was officially inaugurated on 15th August 1846. It is located on Princes street and is open Monday to Friday 9am till 6pm and 10am to 6pm on Sundays during the summer. In winter it closes at 3pm. Admission costs £3 (4 Euros).

Royal Mile

Royal Mile

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh is the collective name of the streets that form the main thoroughfare through the city's historic Old Town. As its name suggests The Royal Mile is approximately one mile long (1.6km) and stretches from Holyrood Abbey at the bottom to Edinburgh Castle at the top. Many of the locals refer to the Royal Mile as "High Street" but officially this name only refers to one stretch. The five streets that make up the Royal Mile are Abbey Stand, Canongate, High Street, Lawn Market and Castle Hill. Leading off these main streets there are numerous narrow alleyways. In addition to Edinburgh Castle, which is the most visited tourist attraction in Scotland and the Abbey, the Royal Mile also passes a number of other tourist attractions including Mary King's Close, St Giles Cathedral, the Tolbooth Kirk, Parliament House and several museums. The Royal Mile is fully accessible to visits and there are no admission charges to enter the general area but individual admission fees apply for many of the specific attractions.

The Real Mary King´s Close

The Real Mary King´s Close

The Real Mary King's Close is a series of streets in Edinburgh's Old Town dating back to medieval times. For centuries this area was under cover but following archaeological excavations the area was exposed and in April 2003 these streets were opened up as a tourist attraction. These medieval streets quickly became associated with stories of ghosts and it was claimed that there were many bodies of plague victims that had been walled up and abandoned. There is however no evidence to support these claims but many visitors claim to have experience paranormal activities. The buildings were originally seven storeys high and covered both sides of the street, some of these have been replicated to resemble how the street would have originally looked. Guided tours take place approximately every 20 minutes, daily throughout the year (except Christmas Day). The first tour of the day starts at 10am (9am during August) but closing times vary throughout the year, details can be found on the website. Tours last approximately one hour. Admission prices are: Adult - £10.50 (12 Euros) Children - £6.00 (7 Euros) Concessions - £9.50 (11 Euros)

Howies Waterloo Place

Howies Waterloo Place

Howies Waterloo Place is part of a Scottish restaurant group with others located in Aberdeen and St Andrews. The restaurant is in a renovated 1Georgian building. 200 guests can dine in the main restaurant with another room for private functions for up to 26 people. Lunch time specials and a 45 minute lunch is available as well as the usual menu. Major credit cards accepted. Snacks and drinks are available from 11am. Open every day 12pm - 2:30pm and 5:30pm - 10pm