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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 0844 387 6085*


Bars, Free WIFI, Golf Nearby, 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.



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 - 21:30
Weekend times may vary

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.


Wedding service and reception venue

You can hold your ceremony within our hotel, whether its a civil or religious service. We have a selection of suites, with our biggest, the Braid suite, able to accommodate up to 130 guests for a ceremony or wedding breakfast. Our smaller suites are suitable for between 15 and 80 guests. If you choose our Buckstone suite, you can host your wedding in your own exclusive pub. The suite can fit up to 80 guests for an evening reception.


Our wide menu selection allows you to choose the perfect dish for your guests on your big day. We offer a variety of wedding breakfast and evening dinner and buffet packages to suit your needs. Most of our wedding packages cover everything you need for your special day - from arrival drinks and the ceremony through to the evening meal. You'll be invited to taste your chosen menu prior to the big day to ensure youre completely happy with it.

Honeymoon Suite

After a busy big day, you'll have the chance to reflect on the celebrations from the comfort of our bridal suite. With amazing views across Edinburgh, the suite is free to the happy couple, compliments of The Best Western Braid Hills Hotel. We want your special day to be perfect from beginning to end. What better way to begin your new life as a married couple than to wake up in such beautiful surroundings?


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

Get in touch with our Duty Manager.

For any enquiries please call Duty Manager 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)
On site disabled parking (1 spaces)

134 Braid Road
EH10 6JD

What's nearby?


  • Murrayfield International Rugby Stadium (2 miles)

  • Heart of Midlothian FC (2 miles)

  • Hibernian FC (2 miles)

Cities & Attractions

  • Edinburgh Castle (2.5 miles)

  • National Galleries of Scotland (2.5 miles)

  • Royal Yacht Britannia (4 miles)

  • Museums and Theatres (2.5 miles)

  • Holyrood Palace (3 miles)


  • Princes Street and Multrees Walk (3.3 miles)

  • The Gyle Shopping Centre (4.2 miles)

  • Ocean Terminal (4.7 miles)

Meetings, Conferences and Events


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 0845 620 0506


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 1226 traveller reviews
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A home from home.

12/08/2018 jbevwebb, Letchworth, United Kingdom

We regularly stay in this hotel, which is a little quirky but provides us with excellent car parking and large, quiet comfortable rooms with plenty of hot water. The staff are pleasant and friendly an... more

Owner Response
Michael B, Manager at Best Western Edinburgh South Braid Hills Hotel, responded to this review
Dear jbevwebb Thank you for the fantastic review of our hotel! I am delighted that we are your preferred choice of hotel whilst in Edinburgh, 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 center. We now have black pudding available on request, so please ask one of our team members for black pudding on your next visit I am thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and am looking forward to welcoming you once again to our hotel. Kind Regards Michael Balman, Deputy General Manager My team and I love to welcome back regular guests and we hope to see you again soon.

In town for British Open

06/08/2018 lunalilo99, Cleveland, Ohio

Staff at South Braid Hills was extremely helpful with booking my late request and answering all of my questions; Kelly at the front desk was the best. Staying at a hotel which was comfortable, well-m... more

Owner Response
Michael B, Manager at Best Western Edinburgh South Braid Hills Hotel, responded to this review
Dear lunalilo99 What a fantastic 5* review! I am delighted that the team were able to help you with your requests and I will be sure to pass on your very kind comments in relation to Kelly. It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, it was a pleasure to have you here and I hope that you will return to us soon, perhaps for the Scottish Open next year at The Renaissance Club. Kind Regards Michael Balman, Deputy General Manager

Great Staff, Good Hotel

06/08/2018 MartinWicki, Basel, Switzerland

The Hotel is easy to find by car, there’s a lot of free Parking available, also for bigger cars or coaches. Staff was exceptionally friendly, attentive and helpful. The room we got was on the 1st st... more

Owner Response
Michael B, Manager at Best Western Edinburgh South Braid Hills Hotel, responded to this review
Dear MartinWicki I would like to thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Best Western Braid Hills Hotel. All of our bedrooms are uniquely different in character and charm. We are currently upgrading our wifi option to ensure all areas of the hotel have a higher speed of internet access to enhance the streaming abilities that are so desperately required these days. Due to the age of the building we are unable to install a lift however we do offer a porter-age service. It is always lovely to see great reviews following a guest’s stay and please be assured that your comments have been passed to our team members. Kind Regards Michael Balman, Deputy General Manager

Superb lunch

04/08/2018 Fergus4774, Leeds, United Kingdom

I often take my elderly relatives here. The restaurant is superb: good Scottish food with a contemporary twist. Friendly and honest staff. Easy access for older people. Highly recommended for lunch an... more

Owner Response
Michael B, Manager at Best Western Edinburgh South Braid Hills Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Fergus4774 Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of the hotel. I am delighted that you enjoyed your recent visit with us, I will ensure that the staff are aware of your lovely comments. We sincerely value your custom and really look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Kindest Regards Michael Balman, Deputy General Manager

Old fashioned - very cosy hotel

19/07/2018 VA2402, Aalborg, Denmark

We spent two nights at this very cosy hotel! We had a splendid view of Edinburgh, the room was clean and very nice with beautiful wallpaper. Breakfast was good and the hotel pub was great with very go... more

Owner Response
Michael B, Manager at Best Western Edinburgh South Braid Hills Hotel, responded to this review
Dear VA2402 Thank you for the fantastic review of our hotel! I am absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Edinburgh. I do hope that you will stay with us again, we look forward to welcoming you back! Kind Regards Michael Balman, Deputy General Manager