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The Valentine - Townhouse Hotel is located in Edinburgh city centre at the South-West corner of the historic Old Town. Edinburgh Castle and other top attractions are within a 15-minute walk. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. Built in 1813, the historic property offers accommodation situated over 4 floors accessed by stairs only. It is not a modern 'glass and steel structure', but a traditional stone built property. Rooms feature a digital TV, hairdryer, shower-room, heating, and street views over our gardens. Irons, scales and umbrellas are available upon request. The Valentine is situated within walking distance of all city centre attractions, including restaurants, shops, pubs, and cinemas. Edinburgh International Conference Centre is just a 10-minute walk away. This room-only property has no reception or meal options, but staff are present during each day to service the rooms, there are many breakfast options nearby. Most guests use a simple coded self-entry process for arrivals, especially helpful for late evening flights, with backup staff available of course by phone or in person in case of emergency The Valentine is located in the city centre of Edinburgh. We strive to provide our guests with a great experience, allowing them to explore the rich history of the city, while simultaneously providing them with comfort and cleanliness within a piece of Edinburgh's history. In 1813, a Georgian town house had no running water, but all rooms are now of course ensuite or with private bathrooms. These facilities are generally sufficient rather than ample, our guests choose this property to be immersed in the historic culture of the city rather than for room size and sterile building design. We can't wait to welcome you and provide your ideal base for your Edinburgh stay!

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Situated in the best rated area in Edinburgh, this property has an excellent location score of 9.0

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Number of guests
1 single bed
1 double bed
1 double bed
3 single beds
1 double bed
1 large double bed
1 extra-large double bed
2 single beds
1 large double bed
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  • Laura
    Very convenient location, friendly family-owned building. Super comfy bed and everything was wonderfully clean and tidy. Beautiful view of an old church from the window
  • Natália
    Great location, about 20 minutes walk from Old Town, with a bus stop across the street and several restaurants and supermarkets nearby. The room was small but had all the amenities necessary for a pleasant and comfortable stay. Good price-quality...
  • Robbin
    Location of the apartment, quiet and spacious apartment

Hosted by Ross, Rob and Vicky

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Ross, Rob and Vicky
The Valentine - City Centre Rooms is situated on all four floors of an 1813 Georgian Town House, a significant building in Edinburgh's history being a prototype of the Edinburgh 'three-door flats' layout later used throughout the city. Such a historic building can have no lift of course, but if you book a room on one of the upper floors up the wide original stair case, then we will of course assist with luggage if you would like. The building is 'B' listed, due to it's history, and the original worn stone stairs are still used between the lower and upper 'halves' of the property! Tollcross? A long time ago, cities raised part of their finance by charging a toll or tax to enter the city,One of the tolls was in the area now known as Tollcross centred on the junction where the famous clock now stands. Originally a pendulum clock, in 1926 it became spring driven and was wound once a week by the makers. Gilmore 'Street' was constructed in 1798 through property owned by Samuel Gilmore who owned a ropemaking factory on the north side of Gilmore Place, as it became known. Older maps show the spelling as 'Gilmour', which is probably the original authentic spelling.
The Wilkinson family has been running this property for 20 years, initially Vicky and Rob, and now their son Ross. Being a local family we can tell you all about Edinburgh's colourful history, as well as where to get the best Scottish food and local live music. The guest house is situated in the middle of Sean Connery territory, we've met Sean and old schoolmates of his and we can tell you all about his local roots - we are surrounded by his birthplace, schools, early employment and the theatre where he got his break!
Perhaps the best location within any town or city is being just far enough from the noise of the busiest traffic and nightlife, but still close enough that all the main attractions are within easy walking distance. This is what the location of The Valentine - City Centre Rooms offers; situated at the South-West of the historic Old Town, in the Tollcross area of the city, the 200 year old building is just metres from the King's Theatre, close to the Meadows and a short walk from Lothian Road and Princes Street. Well located for the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, it is a 10 minute walk to the Grassmarket in the shadow of Edinburgh castle and the buildings of the famous Royal Mile. Frequent local buses from right at our door will take you to all other parts of the city such as those with the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Botanic Gardens.
Language spoken: English

Property surroundings

Facilities of The Valentine - Townhouse Hotel

Most popular facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating
  • Garden
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • City view
  • Garden view
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Walking tours
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
    Additional charge
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels
  • TV
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Luggage storage
  • Express check-in/check-out
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Designated smoking area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages spoken
  • English

House rules

The Valentine - Townhouse Hotel takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 13:00 to 22:00


From 02:00 to 10:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children older than 4 years are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

4+ years
Extra bed upon request
£20 per person, per night

Prices for extra beds are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

There are no cots available at this property.

All extra beds are subject to availability.

Age restriction

No age restriction for check-in. (Only children 4 and older are allowed)


When booking more than 2 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Payments by takes your payment on behalf of the property for this reservation. During your stay you can pay for any extras using Maestro, ​Mastercard, ​Visa, ​UnionPay credit card, ​JCB and Diners Club .


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests must be quiet between 22:00 and 08:00.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

All guests are kindly requested to advise this hotel of their estimated time of arrival to ease arrival and assist with cleaning scheduling. Most arrivals make use of a supplied with a 4-digit code to access a keybox at the property. To ensure smooth arrival, please arrange this before the arrival date. Arrival is possible from 09:00 onwards, where the room is not yet ready, luggage will be stored at the Valentine until the room is available. There is no charge for this service. Staff are present while working each day, typically 9am to 3pm, and will welcome guests arriving during those hours, there is no reception function in this type of property.

Please note this property has no ground floor bedrooms and is exempt from disability legislation due to its historic nature, four floors of rooms are accessed by stair only, so is not suitable for any guest with mobility issues as there is of course no lift/elevator in such a historic property. There are no meal options in this room-only property.

When booking more than 2 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply. These are specific to each reservation and will be detailed by message with an option to cancel if they are unsuitable. This property is completely unsuitable for large groups and stag/hen parties.

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

Please inform The Valentine - Townhouse Hotel in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

FAQs about The Valentine - Townhouse Hotel

  • Check-in at The Valentine - Townhouse Hotel is from 13:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • Room options at The Valentine - Townhouse Hotel include:

    • Triple
    • Double
    • Family
    • Twin

  • The prices at The Valentine - Townhouse Hotel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • The Valentine - Townhouse Hotel is 0.7 miles from the centre of Edinburgh. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • The Valentine - Townhouse Hotel offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Golf course (within 3 km)
    • Walking tours