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Everything you need in Edinburgh.

The Best Western Braid Hills Hotel is a wonderful place to stay in Edinburgh, which enjoys a delightful, elevated vantage point overlooking the city. Just 2.5 miles from the city centre itself, you'll be in the enviable position of having its many attractions nearby, whilst being away from all the hustle and bustle.

This traditional Edinburgh hotel also has ample free parking and sits on a main bus route to the city centre. In addition to the breathtaking views of Edinburgh Castle, Arthur's Seat and the Firth of Forth, you'll be within easy reach of the city's other beauty spots. Just a short trip away, you can find iconic attractions like Holyrood Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia. You'll also be able to take in Princes Street Gardens, top class museums and plenty of shops at the heart of Edinburgh.

It's also a city where there is always a festival happening and not just the world-renowned comedy festival in late summer. This is just one of the reasons why Edinburgh is the cultural jewel in Scotland's crown.

The capital is a great place to explore other parts of Scotland, with its excellent road and rail links. From the hilltop position of the Best Western Braid Hills Hotel, you can see all it has to offer.
Please note: Hotel ground floor rooms are only accessible by stairs.

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134 Braid Road
EH10 6JD
For enquiries or to make a reservation please call 03330 034071


Bars, Restaurants, Twenty Four Hour Service, No Lift
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
There is parking available nearby.
Pets: No Pets accepted Guide, hearing and assistance dogs only
Check-in & Check-out
15:00 | 11:00


Dining and Bars

A fantastic place to eat in Edinburgh, the scenic dining facilities at Best Western Braid Hills Hotel have even been immortalised in literature.

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Our formal dining option is open from 6pm each evening. 1886 restaurant is a spacious, modern dining room, flooded with natural daylight and enjoying panoramic views across Edinburgh to the Firth of Forth and beyond.

Seasonality is the driving force within our restaurant menu. All our key ingredients are well-sourced from reputable local suppliers. Provenance is important to us and we aim to showcase great Scottish produce throughout our food offering. Our team of chefs are dedicated to producing well-balanced, simple food with great flavour. Presenting amazing dishes with a keen eye for detail and flair is our passion.

Our 1886 menu changes regularly throughout the year to reflect the very best Scotland has to offer. If you would like a confirmed menu for your visit please contact a member of our team who can advise.

Opening hours

Breakfast: 07:00 - 10:00
Lunch: 12:00 - 14:00
Dinner: 18:30 - 21:00
Weekend times may vary
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Edinburgh Bar

The Edinburgh bar and lounge, located in the main hotel is a comfortable area to relax in throughout the day. It retains many period features - including oversized chandelier and detailed cornicing which are complemented by modern LED coloured lighting.

Welcoming residents and non-residents since the hotel opened its doors in 1886, the Edinburgh bar and lounge offers a comfortable place to meet with friends and family. The hotel and bar have been immortalised in Muriel Sparks novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and we believe the windows described in the novel are in our Edinburgh bar and lounge.

The bar is open from 9am daily serving coffees and morning snacks and later it becomes the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea in Edinburgh. From 11am - 9.30pm daily you can enjoy popular bar meals and snacks, such as battered North Atlantic haddock and chips or one of our most popular options, braised Scottish steak pie - an old Scottish faithful. We also offer a carefully selected range of wines by the glass and extensive malt selection.

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary


Braid Hills

The original testing ground of historic Scottish golfers, James Braid and Tommy Armour, keen players will find plenty to challenge right next to the Best Western Braid Hills Hotel.

Braid Hills is a historic gem offering panoramic views across the Edinburgh and a course that will test golfers of all abilities.

Just half a mile from the hotel, this 5858 yard, hill terrain course has 18 holes with a par of 71.

Course information

Course Type: Hill Terraine
Location: Off Site
Holes: 18
Par: 71
Distance: 5858 Yards
No handicap required


0.5 miles away in Edinburgh


9 holes £11.00
18 holes £20.00
Trolley hire £3.50
Club hire £18.00

Mortonhall Golf Course

Only short distance away, the Mortonhall Golf Course is the oldest course in the city, with spectacular views across Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth and the Pentland Hills.

The 6278-yard parkland course has 18 holes with a par of 72.

Course information

Course Type: Parkland
Location: Off Site
Holes: 18
Par: 72
Distance: 6278 Yards
Handicap required


0.5 miles away in Edinburgh


Practice ground golf facilities
Putting green golf facilites
Pro shop golf facilities


9 holes Yes
18 holes £45.00
Trolley hire £3.00
Club hire £15.00
Buggy hire £20.00
Tuition Yes


The Best Western Braid Hills Hotel is a premier wedding venue in Edinburgh that offers a wide variety of wedding packages. The hotel is an outstanding setting for your wedding day celebrations, with experienced staff on hand to ensure you enjoy the day you always dreamed about.

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Registry office:
The City of Edunburgh Council
59/63 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1RN
0131 529 2600

For any enquiries please call Grainne Lambert on 0131 4478888

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

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Nearest motorway: M8, J1, 3.00 miles
Nearest train station: Waverley/Haymarket, 3.00 miles
Nearest airport: Edinburgh, 7.00 miles
Free parking on site (40 spaces)

134 Braid Road
EH10 6JD

Meetings, Conferences and Events

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With its traditional character and easy access to excellent leisure facilities, the Best Western Braid Hills Hotel makes for a fantastic conference venue in Edinburgh.

Built in 1886, the hotel truly is an Edinburgh landmark. Character and features are proudly displayed throughout the Victorian building - seen in the distinctive corner towers, stained glass windows and original ceiling cornicing. With beautiful gardens, free parking and panoramic views of Edinburgh, we are still minutes from the bustling city centre and just off the city bypass.

Our event suites have been fully refurbished and offer a distinctive character to choose from. Each has been individually designed and provides all the required amenities that make them perfect for a meeting, celebration or event. Our experienced events team are on hand from your initial enquiry through to the planning and design of your event. They will suggest ideas and packages personally tailored to you. If you're organising a function, we would love to hear from you.

Available room set ups

U shape

Room Theatre Classroom U-Shape Boardroom Banquet
The Regent Suite 40 12 16 20 18
The Library 20 8 13 16 14
The Braid Suite 100 50 38 42 140
Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0844 387 62 40


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 1391 traveller reviews
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18/11/2019 Margaret E, York

Just returned from another great stay at Braid Hills ,always made welcome as soon as you walk in lovely staff on reception as in all the hotel, we were upgraded once again to a superior room which we ... more


So friendly

11/11/2019 KJM377, Glasgow, United Kingdom

First off Hannah who worked in reception thank you for being so polite and helpful in my booking. Holy who worked in reception for answering my million questions and finding me a charger for my phone.... more

Owner Response
MichaelB19205, Manager at Best Western Edinburgh South Braid Hills Hotel, responded to this review
Dear KJM377 Thank you for the 5* review of our hotel! I am delighted and thankful for your comments in regards to the staff that you have highlighted in your review, and I will make sure that your comments are conveyed to all staff members. We are very lucky to be in such a beautiful location whilst still being close to the city centre. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and I sincerely hope you will come visit with us again in the future. Kind Regards Michael Balman Deputy General Manager

Handsome traditional Scottish hotel with good service and great views over Edinburgh.

08/11/2019 RichardM3553,

My stay was greay from start to finish. My room and bathroom were warm and large and the bed was huge. I slept very well. Good buffet breakfast with wide choice of good quality food. I will definitely... more

Owner Response
MichaelB19205, Manager at Best Western Edinburgh South Braid Hills Hotel, responded to this review
Dear RichardM3553 Thank you for your 5* review! I am very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the hotel, my team and I look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kindest Regards Michael Balman Deputy General Manager

Edinburgh stay

07/11/2019 D1688YVgarym, San Francisco

Great location wonderful views if you get the right room, friendly staff, good food and good value for money I would highly recommend for business or pleasure. Its a good base to go sightseeing in a ... more

Owner Response
MichaelB19205, Manager at Best Western Edinburgh South Braid Hills Hotel, responded to this review
Dear D1688YVgarym What a sparking review, I am absolutely delighted that you have taken the time to share some of your experiences with us. I am thrilled that you have enjoyed your stay and rate Braid Hills Hotel so highly, my team and I look forward to welcoming you back. Kind Regards Michael Balman Deputy General Manager

Great experience

07/11/2019 DustyScotland, Scotland

This hotel may not be the plushest in Edinburgh, but it was a pleasure to stay there. The rooms were lovely, and the place was spotless. Most of all the staff were wonderful. Always greeted with a ch... more

Owner Response
MichaelB19205, Manager at Best Western Edinburgh South Braid Hills Hotel, responded to this review
Dear DustyScotland What a fantastic 5* review! It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, I will ensure that the staff are aware of your lovely comments. It was a pleasure to have you here and I hope that you will return to us soon. Kindest Regards Michael Balman Deputy General Manager