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About Us

Find out everything you need to know about our luxury hotel ideally located in central Edinburgh. The Howard 5 star hotel in Edinburgh is an ideal wedding venue, has well equipped conference facilities, an intimate restaurant and high class accommodation.

Contact Us

The Howard
34 Great King Street

Hotel Reception
Tel: +44 (0) 131 557 3500
Fax: +44 (0) 131 557 6515

For Room Reservations please call:

GDS Codes: Galileo 96963, Sabre 8591, Worldspan HOWAE, Amadeus EDIHWO


The Howard 5-star hotel is part of The Edinburgh Collection and we pride ourselves in ensuring our employees feel like ‘part of the family’. We seek to employ friendly, bright & motivated individuals who ensure our guests receive the highest level of service at all times. We also understand the importance of personal and team achievements – so let us help you every step of the way in your career. No Current Vacancies

Charity & Green Tourism

The Howard and The Edinburgh Collection as a whole are delighted to work with the following charities; Action for Children, Trees for Scotland, The Loomba Trust, Anthony Nolan & Lynn Faulds Wood.

And as part of our dedication to Green Tourism, and the environment in general, we take pride in ensuring that each department of the hotel works with an awareness of green issues and how we can all work together to be as ecologically progressive as possible. While for many a five star hotel is all about absolute luxury, abundance and indulgence, here at The Howard we are conscious of the impact we have on our environment. In our current changing climate we feel it is our duty to do all we can to limit this impact through the implementation of measures throughout the hotel including:

The recycling or re-use of as much of our glass, paper and cardboard, food waste, printer cartridges, light bulbs, plastic bottles and aluminum cans as possible.

Reducing our energy consumption through the use of energy saving lightbulbs, the switching off of unnecessary lights and electrical equipment.

Wherever possible we source products from local and sustainable sources in the knowledge that even small changes to the way we operate can make significant differences.

We ask all of our guests to help us make The Howard as environmentally friendly as possible, you can help us in the following ways:

Let us know if you are happy to minimise bed changes, your bedding will be changed on every second day of your stay unless you instruct us otherwise.

We won’t change your towels in the evening unless you ask us to do so during evening turndown service.

Please separate all recyclable materials and place them beside the bin, our housekeeping team will remove and recycle these.

Please switch the lights & television off when you leave your room, it helps to conserve energy!

We encourage the use of walking tours and the city’s cycleways and green spaces as you explore Edinburgh. If you require any information on these services please do not hesitate to ask one of our team. We would be happy to provide directions for walking or taking the bus to any attractions, offices or nearby sites instead of calling a taxi!

At The Howard we are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint and encourage this through special green events for further details of this you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter or our Blogspot.

Palm Holdings

Palm Holdings is a marketing umbrella for a number of family owned businesses including The Edinburgh Collection. The membership brings together a group of family owned businesses within hospitality, commercial offices and hotel services. Collectively we have been working together and have experience within the group of over 3 generations in hotel development, management, commercial property and hotel reservation services across the United Kingdom, Canada, and now in India.

After successfully analyzing our customers’ needs Palm Holdings has grown to become a solutions provider to customers traveling to their hotel locations. Known for superior customer service, and strong attention to detail Palm Holdings has a hotel in all tiers of the hotel market and can successfully draw on its international experience to be a leading customer service and product provider in every one of their hotels. For further details please see

The legal entities of each of the businesses may have different ownership structures and have different boards not least because of Joint Venture agreements and funding arrangements but one or more of the Executives are normally involved in each separate legal entity whether through direct/indirect share ownership and/or board representation. The different legal entities are not in partnership with one another nor held out as such and do not have any liability (save under specific contractual arrangements) for one another’s liabilities. None of these legal entities have any power, authority, or capacity to bind any other legal entity listed.

Disabled Access

We have one ground floor bedroom with some disabled equipment – hand rail at the bath, hand rail at the toilet. We also have a step for getting in and out of the bath and a chair for in the shower.

Wheelchair access is available from the car park entrance, there is one small step into the hotel which the butlers can assist with and from there access to all floors is by the lift which can easily accommodate one wheelchair. We unfortunately do not have a disabled public toilet.