Perfect city centre location

Right in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town and five minutes walk from Waverley Train Station, this is a great location to host your meeting, conference or training. Travelling to the venue couldn’t be easier, you’ll find all the directions you need below.

Address

16 St Mary's Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1SU

Public transport

5 minutes walk from
Waverley Train Station

 

  • Leave Waverley Station (Market Street Exit) by the steps to Market Street (or by the main pedestrian exit to Waverley Bridge, turning left then left again into Market Street). Continue along Market Street, going under the large decorated bridge.
  • After the bridge, bear right into Jeffrey Street, up the hill past Jury’s Hotel to the junction (traffic lights) with the High Street.
  • When standing on the High Street (Royal Mile) Cross the road into St Mary’s Street (continuation of Jeffrey Street) and the training centre is down the hill on the left (the opposite side of the road to the Travelodge)
  • If you have reached the Travelodge you have gone too far as we are situated between Slanji and the Present Shop, opposite Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers.

Go to walking map from station

Arriving by air - Edinburgh Airport

Outside the main airport terminal you will find:

  • A rank for airport taxis,
  • An airport bus stop, which drops you off at Waverley Bridge, right opposite the main entrance to Waverley Train Station,
  • A tram stop, which brings you into the centre of town, just a short walk to the Venue.

Arriving by tram

 

If you are taking the tram from any stop in Edinburgh or the Airport, please ensure you buy your ticket before boarding the tram, or you will be fined £10. There are two stops near the Venue:

  • St Andrew Square: Head down the hill towards Princes Street, where you will see Waverley Train Station and can follow the walking directions from there.
  • Princes Street: Walk past the National Gallery, which is across the road, towards Waverley Train Station, from where you can follow the walking directions.

Arriving by taxi

 

You can pick up a black taxi by visiting one of the many ranks located in Edinburgh, hail one in the street or order one by phone.

We would advise you to give clear instructions to the taxi driver and specify that the venue is situated on St Mary’s Street. That way, you won’t run the risk of ending up at one of the other conferencing venues in Edinburgh (as has unfortunately happened to some of our previous delegates).

Central Taxis: 0131 229 2468

Our address is in Central Taxi‘s booking database. By choosing them, you can be sure you will be heading straight here. If you require a pick up from the Venue, we are always happy to book one for you, just pop into reception.

Parking

If you are arriving by car, there are three multi-storey car parks just a few minutes walk from Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue.
We have a concessionary rate at the St John’s Hill, EH8 9UL, NCP car park.
To get your 10% discount you just need to get your parking ticket validated by our receptionist.

SatNav
Using the postcode alone may take you to the back of the building, so we recommend entering 16 St Mary's Street,
or if using Google Maps, entering Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue.

Great accommodation within walking distance

We realise that not all of you will be from in and around Edinburgh, so to make your trip as easy and as enjoyable as possible we have negotiated special rates with these local accommodation providers.

On top of being just walking distance from here, every hotel is within walking distance of Edinburgh’s main transport links, attractions and shopping. All of them have been recommended by clients and they all enjoy free WiFi.

We hope we have included something that caters for everybody’s tastes and budget. If you’re looking for something a bit different or special, however, just give us a call and we’ll advise on some of Edinburgh’s hidden gems.

 

  • 15% off Best Available Rate
  • Complimentary mineral water and 'nip' of whiskey
  • 55" HD TV's and GHD hair straightener and hairdryer 
  • Espresso coffee machines in feature rooms and suites
  • Complimentary shoe shine service

 

 

Named for the ground-breaking national newspaper who took up residence in these beautiful Baroque buildings, The Scotsman
of today is a luxury hotel which retains many original features, including luxurious floor to ceiling wood panelled rooms, grandiose marble staircase and stained glass windows.

Set across several floors, many of our character bedrooms offer truly unrivalled views of Edinburgh Castle, The Mound,
Carlton Hill and The Princes Street Gardens.

 

 

  • 15% off Best Available Rate
  • Complimentary mineral water and 'nip' of whiskey
  • 55" HD TV's and GHD hair straightener and hairdryer 
  • Espresso coffee machines in feature rooms and suites
  • Complimentary shoe shine service

 

  • 15% off Best Available Rate
  • Complimentary still and sparkling mineral water 
  • GHD hair straightener and hairdryer 
  • Nespresso coffee machines in rooms
  • Ironing board

 

 

With just 9 bedrooms, this beautiful building was built in 1923 by the British Linen Bank. Today, many of its original features remain,
including a bar front made entirely of old pennies.

The Inn on the Mile has luxurious deep bath and separate rainfall style showers and huge sash windows to watch the world go by, situated right in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town and five minutes’ walk from Waverley Train Station, this is a great location to stay.

 

 

  • 15% off Best Available Rate
  • Complimentary still and sparkling mineral water 
  • GHD hair straightener and hairdryer 
  • Nespresso coffee machines in rooms
  • Ironing board

 

  • 15% off Best Available Rate
  • Discounted gym passes to Nuffield Health
  • Prosecco for direct bookers
  • Discount card to select restaurants nearby
  • Bluetooth speakers that link to the bathrooms

 

 

A little bit boutique hotel, a little bit trendy European hostel. Located in the heart of Edinburgh near lots of historic landmark attractions, and a short walk for major transport links.

Offering some unique features, the hotel provides Bluetooth speakers that link to the bathrooms, ‘L’ rooms that come with a sofa, table, Nespresso coffee machine, SMEG fridge, SEGA MEGA Drives, Pac Man table**, SKY TV dressing gown and slippers.

 

  • 15% off Best Available Rate
  • Discounted gym passes to Nuffield Health
  • Prosecco for direct bookers
  • Discount card to select restaurants nearby
  • Bluetooth speakers that link to the bathrooms

 

  • 10% Discount off Best Available Rate
  • 238 Rooms
  • Garden terrace
  • Melrose Spa & Health Club
  • 24 hour room service

 

On the Royal Mile, the Radisson Blu offers dazzling views of Edinburgh. Enjoy a meal with expertly prepared Scottish produce at Itchycoo Bar & Kitchen, and don’t miss an after-dinner drink or nightcap from Itchycoo’s extensive and creative drinks menu.

Run by an award-winning chain of Scottish salons and spas, the Melrose Spa offers an alluring menu of pampering services. Book a hot stone massage, nail service, waxing or brightening facial. You can also rejuvenate in the sauna and take a dip in the pool.

Radisson Blu have offered our clients a 10% discount off the Best Available Rate of the day.

 

  • 10% Discount off Best Available Rate
  • 238 Rooms
  • Garden terrace
  • Melrose Spa & Health Club
  • 24 hour room service

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 136 Rooms
  • Nespresso Machine
  • Gym & Spa
  • 24 hour room service

 
The Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh is a stunning, contemporary landmark, boasting the warmest of welcomes. It is the only five-star hotel on the historic Royal Mile and every room enjoys striking views over the ancient capital.

The award-winning restaurant Cucina showcases gourmet Italian fare, while the Epicurean Bar offers a morning latte through to an evening cocktail. You can also escape for a pamper, polish and perfect in the spa or train for a challenge in the gym.

Radisson Collection, Royal Mile have offered our clients a further 10% discount off the Best Available Rate of the day.

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 136 Rooms
  • Nespresso Machine
  • Gym & Spa
  • 24 hour room service

 

  • 15% off best available rate
  • 211 Rooms
  • Nineteen Hundred Bar and Lounge
  • Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill
  • Modern Fitness Centre


 

 

Named Business Hotel of the Year 2018 - Edinburgh & The Lothians, Hilton Edinburgh Carlton is the perfect choice for your business or leisure needs. Located on the famous Royal Mile, just a 5 minute stroll from Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, with Waverley train station located at the back of the hotel. If you wish to drive, we can offer discounted rates at Waverley NCP.

Our modern accommodation offers complimentary Wi-Fi access, ergonomic work area and Suite Dreams by Serta® beds with luxurious linens. Select an executive room or suite for extra space and amenities including access to the Executive Lounge, with complimentary breakfast and refreshments.

During October, November and December, a room rate of £110.00 is available from Sunday to Thursday.

 

  • 15% off best available rate
  • 211 Rooms
  • Nineteen Hundred Bar and Lounge
  • Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill
  • Modern Fitness Centre

 

  • 100% Egyptian cotton bedding
  • Digital built-in safe 
  • Monsoon rain-dance shower
  • Mobile work desk & chair
  • Focus on locally sourced produce to support Scottish business

 

 

Motel One Edinburgh-Royal has prime position in the hub of the city, on bustling Market Street, a stone’s throw from the Waverley Railway Station and the Royal Mile, close to the shopping strip, main attractions, businesses, and popular nightlife.Based on the concept "Great design for little money" the Motel One brand offers high standards of service and great design for budget conscious guests in city centre locations.

The rooms feature an en suite bathroom with shower, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and stylishmodern furniture.

Guests at Motel One Royal can reach all of Edinburgh's historical places such as the Royal Mile, the Castle, Grassmarket, the New Town and more all within walking distance.

 

  • 100% Egyptian cotton bedding
  • Digital built-in safe 
  • Monsoon rain-dance shower
  • Mobile work desk & chair
  • Focus on locally sourced produce to support Scottish business

 

  • 10% off best available rate
  • 25% discount in bar and restaurants
  • 169 Rooms
  • Pool & Gym
  • 24 hour room service

 

 

In the historic Grassmarket, this contemporary hotel has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence again in 2017. They are committed to friendly, personalised service and dedication to providing the best stay for each guest.

In a stylish, glass-fronted restaurant with stunning Castle views, Edinburgh Chef Tony Singh brings you a mash-up of fusion food to share, showing off the very best of Scottish and British produce. There are some great home-from-home dishes as well as some delicious gourmet options.

Bookings include free cancellation up to 2pm on your arrival day, plus exclusive benefits including a £10 voucher to spend during your stay.

 

  • 10% off best available rate
  • 25% discount in bar and restaurants
  • 169 Rooms
  • Pool & Gym
  • 24 hour room service

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 78 bedrooms
  • English and Continental Breakfast included
  • Bar for drinks and nibbles
  • Vending machine for snacks

 

 

A modern hotel on the Cowgate, the Holiday Inn is just steps from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh's Old Town. They offer great customer service and the front office team have a wealth of local knowledge about Edinburgh and the surrounding area.

The hotel gets good reviews on TripAdvisor, with every room offering air conditioning and power showers. Breakfast is included in the rate too with selected hot items, so you enjoy the most important meal of the day before stepping out.

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 78 bedrooms
  • English and Continental Breakfast included
  • Bar for drinks and nibbles
  • Vending machine for snacks

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 108 Rooms
  • Bar, shop and cash machine onsite
  • Free limited car parking
  • 24 hour room service

 

Located in peaceful landscaped grounds adjoining Holyrood Park and within easy walking distance of Edinburgh’s Old
Town and the City’s major attractions, Salisbury Green Hotel and Bistro offers our clients a 10% discount off the Best Available Rate of the day.

Their acclaimed Full Scottish breakfast is served in the Bistro; self-select from an extensive range of cold items whilst hot items are cooked to order. With a 24-hour reception someone from their friendly team are always ready to welcome you.

Salisbury Green Hotel and Bistro really offers the best of both modern and traditional, with rooms and style that appeal
to all, whatever your preference! 

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 108 Rooms
  • Bar, shop and cash machine onsite
  • Free limited car parking
  • 24 hour room service

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 35 studio and one-bed apartments
  • Close to shops, bars and restaurants
  • Arran Aromatics Toiletries
  • In room safe, television and ironing board

 

Located close to Edinburgh's Old Town and the City's major attractions, Richmond Place Apartments offers 35 studio and one-bed apartments, perfect for longer stays in this vibrant city.

Each apartment comes with linen, towels, iron and ironing board, hairdryers, safe, kitchenette, coffee/tea facilities,
microwave, crockery, fridge/freezer, stovetop, dining area, flat-screen TV with Freeview and free WiFi.

Their superior apartments can accommodate up to four guests with an added sofa-bed in the lounge area. Guests can additionally
pay extra (£13.75 per person) to have breakfast in their neighbouring year-round hotel, KM Central.

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 35 studio and one-bed apartments
  • Close to shops, bars and restaurants
  • Arran Aromatics Toiletries
  • In room safe, television and ironing board

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 35 studio and one-bed apartments
  • Close to shops, bars and restaurants
  • Arran Aromatics Toiletries
  • In room safe, television and ironing board

 

Located close to Edinburgh's Old Town and the City's major attractions, KM Central offers 45 contemporary, modern
rooms to help make a perfect stay in this vibrant city.

The modern layout and stylish design of the rooms provide everything you need to relax and unwind after a day
enjoying the sights and sounds of Edinburgh.

The fantastic central location means that Princes Street, Waverley Rail Station and the Royal Mile are just a short walk
away. This makes KM Central ideal for tourists, festival-goers, visiting groups and business trips.

 

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 45 contemporary, modern rooms
  • Close to shops, bars and restaurants
  • Arran Aromatics Toiletries
  • 24 hour reception

150 Years of 16 St Mary’s Street

Part of Edinburgh’s Old Town, our building has an incredibly packed history and has been used for a wide variety of activities. Amongst other things, the size and location helped its use as a school, a cinema and even a Fringe venue (St Mary’s Hall) where you may have seen The Cambridge Footlights performing.

St Mary’s Wynd...
St. Mary's Street dates back to the late 1860s when the former St Mary's Wynd, part of the worst slum in Europe, was demolished as a result of the 1867 Edinburgh Improvement Act.

The architects, Cousin and Lessels, designed the Scottish baronial style buildings on our side of the street, some of them intended for workers and artisans - not for the residents who had previously lived in the area, who were too poor to afford the rents!

Architects original coloured drawing of St. Mary’s Street after the demolition of St. Mary’s Wynd. Top right: Original 16th century lintel mentioned below. Bottom left: St. Mary’s Street circa 1950. Bottom centre: Illustration of 16 St. Mary’s Street. Bottom right: St. Mary’s Street circa 1970.

The coming of Hibs ...

St Mary's Hall was incorporated into these buildings from numbers 16 - 28, and in remembrance of the original wynd, the architects incorporated an original 16th century lintel into its design for the 'Catholic Institute' that it was home to at various times, including The Young Men's Catholic Society and St Patrick's School.

In fact the Catholic Young Men's Society formed Hibs football club right here in 1875 as one way of integrating the Irish population into that of the Scottish.

Current Hibs logo. Top right: Probably the first shot taken of the side in 1876. Bottom left: Circa 1887 when Hibs became the first side from the East of Scotland to win the coveted Scottish Cup Trophy. Bottom right: Circa 1879 with the Edinburgh Association Cup won in 1879 and the Reserve Cup won in 1878.

The coming of Hibs ...

St Mary's Hall was incorporated into these buildings from numbers 16 - 28, and in remembrance of the original wynd, the architects incorporated an original 16th century lintel into its design for the 'Catholic Institute' that it was home to at various times, including The Young Men's Catholic Society and St Patrick's School.

In fact the Catholic Young Men's Society formed Hibs football club right here in 1875 as one way of integrating the Irish population into that of the Scottish.

Current Hibs logo. Top right: Probably the first shot taken of the side in 1876. Bottom left: Circa 1887 when Hibs became the first side from the East of Scotland to win the coveted Scottish Cup Trophy. Bottom right: Circa 1879 with the Edinburgh Association Cup won in 1879 and the Reserve Cup won in 1878.

The coming of Film ...

From 1914 it became one of Edinburgh's early cinemas. The Star Picture House was known locally as the 'Starry'. No doubt many locals laughed and cried watching Charlie Chaplin's 'little tramp' before its doors closed as a picture house, in the mid-1920s.

And then the Fringe!

Around 1950 this building became a venue for the Fringe Festival, hosting many famous names over the years, including several members of Cambridge University's Footlights Dramatic Club. Griff Rhys Jones performed here in 1977 for the Footlights Revue show, followed by Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson in 1979 for "Brown Rice with Everything".

Hugh Grant also performed here, as well as The Proclaimers and the Inbetweeners ... all as part of the Fringe Festival.

So next time you're in the building, take a moment to consider the history that surrounds you, and let us know if you'd like to put on a performance while you're here!

A young Edward Woodward of The Equaliser fame, in The Queen and the Welshman at St. Mary’s Hall with the London Club Theatre Group in 1957. Right: An equally young Robert Bathurst of Cold Feet in the Cambridge Footlights Review at St. Mary’s Hall in 1977.

And then the Fringe!

In the 1970's this building became a venue for the Fringe Festival, hosting many famous names over the years, including several members of Cambridge University's Footlights Dramatic Club. Griff Rhys Jones performed here in 1977 for the Footlights Revue show, followed by Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson in 1979 for "Brown Rice with Everything".

Hugh Grant also performed here, as well as The Proclaimers and the Inbetweeners ... all as part of the Fringe Festival.

So next time you're in the building, take a moment to consider the history that surrounds you, and let us know if you'd like to put on a performance while you're here!

A young Edward Woodward of The Equaliser fame, in The Queen and the Welshman at St. Mary’s Hall with the London Club Theatre Group in 1957. Right: An equally young Robert Bathurst of Cold Feet in the Cambridge Footlights Revue at St. Mary’s Hall in 1977.

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