Motel One Edinburgh Royal Motel One Edinburgh Royal

Motel One Edinburgh Royal

18-21 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BL, United Kingdom | 0131 220 0730 | Website


Sightseer - Chapter 5

So handy for the railway station


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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Powerchair


Motel One is a modern hotel situated a short distance from Waverley Railway Station. It offers a range of rooms and has a lounge bar area that doubles as the dining and breakfast area.

Transport & Parking


The hotel is in a very busy part of the town so parking is limited. There is some limited on street parking in Market Street. There is a car park at nearby Waverley Station where cars can be parked for a longer duration. For public transport, particularly the railway, the hotel is in a great location. Only five minutes from the station there’s no need for a taxi! The hotel is close to Princes Street where you can get a host of buses and also the tram service.



Access in and around the building: Getting in the building for me as a powerchair user was via the accessible entrance. The main entrance has some steps so as you are facing the door look to the right and about 10 metres along you’ll see the accessible entrance. A large push pad opens the automated door and a small ramp takes you in to the bar and lounge area of the hotel. Once inside the reception is up several steps. To the right of the steps is a platform lift. It’s not immediately obvious as it is hidden in the floor. Staff help with the operation of the lift. Getting on to the platform can be tricky as there is a rather large dining table close by. The platform lift goes up to the reception area. From here you can get one of the lifts up to one of the eleven accessible bedrooms. The lift has a door clearance of 90 cm. Access in the accessible bedrooms and bathrooms: The accessible rooms were very spacious. Each one is a little different in its layout as the building is very old and so has some character. The typical door clearance to get in the accessible rooms is 92 cm. The two rooms we visited we very spacious and well equipped with good sized wet rooms. Access in the dining area: The dining area and bar are combined in the lower section of the hotel by the entrance doors. Transit between here and the reception and bedrooms requires the use of the platform lift.



The accessible toilet by the reception was simply mazing! An automated door to get in with touch pad entry, bags of space and wonderful fixtures and fittings.



The staff were friendly and helpful. Let down slightly by the uncertainty of how to use the platform lift.

Anything else you wish to tell us?

A great place to stay with some good rooms and pretty good access if you don’t mind the platform lift.


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