Top hotels in Edinburgh
This historic and luxurious hotel is found on George Street, in Edinburgh's city centre and at the heart of the city's New Town UNESCO World Heritage site. Perfectly located within easy reach of all the city's main tourist attractions, Edinburgh’s best shopping and surrounded by stylish bars and restaurants. Inside, the hotel combines classic period charm with modern touches. Each of the spacious rooms has a lovely cosy feel with stylish décor, modern ensuites and plasma TV.
Ideally situated in the city centre, close to Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Princes Street, with the city's main sights, shopping areas, bars and restaurants easily accessible. This contemporary and luxurious 5-star hotel is the perfect place to stay when visiting Edinburgh for business or leisure. The stunning interior decor, restaurant and bar are full of contemporary style providing vibrant and relaxing environments. The hotel’s beautiful rooms are very spacious and comfortable with superb amenities including interactive TVs. Energise your mind and body at the hotel's state-of-the-art gym spa and fitness centre. Please note that the Spa and on-site parking have an additional cost.
Located just a short walk from Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town, Grassmarket and EICC, this 4-star luxury hotel is ideal for leisure guests and business travellers alike. The hotel is family-friendly and has elegant, spacious and comfortable rooms, plus a free stay for kids under the age of 16. Complimentary wifi and superb leisure, including a pool, sauna, jacuzzi, gym and spa, make this the perfect city centre hotel. The hotel restaurant serves delicious international cuisine.
Located 3 miles from Edinburgh city centre and very close to Edinburgh Zoo, this modern 4-star hotel is a perfect choice for visiting Edinburgh whether on a business or leisure break. The elegant guest bedrooms are spacious, comfortable and well equipped. The hotel has great amenities with free on-site parking, a leisure club where you can enjoy a sauna, swim or spa treatment. Superb food and drink options include a restaurant, a bar and you can even get a Starbuck's coffee.
Stay in a beautiful Grade 2 listed building in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, a short walk from Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street and the Royal Mile, at the 5-star The Principal Edinburgh George Street. Curl up in one of the 240 elegant, modern bedrooms, which are fitted with a flat-screen TV, hair dryer, tea and coffee making facilities, fast wifi access, and a private bathroom with luxurious toiletries, rainfall showers, and bathrobes. Conveniences include telephone, safe and working desk. There hotel also features an on-site fitness centre for guests to enjoy a work out. After a major refurbishment the hotel's restaurant and bar, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen opened in late 2015. The vision for the restaurant has been developed by one of London’s most respected restaurateurs, Des McDonald. With over 20 years’ experience running some of city’s most high profile establishments, he has shaped every aspect of The Printing Press from the concept, design and menu to bring a new restaurant experience to Edinburgh’s dining scene. The restaurant on George Street nods to the capital’s rich literary heritage: number 25 George Street was home in the 1780s to the acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier, the equal of Jane Austen, according to Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Burns was a frequent visitor; late, in 1840, records show one John Oliphant living there – and Oliphant’s and Ferrier’s descendants founded Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, one of Scotland’s most prestigious publishing houses.
This modern 4-star hotel sits in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town is a short walk from Edinburgh Castle. You can make the most of the hotel’s fitness centre, including indoor pool, sauna and spa facilities. Meanwhile, the restaurant serves a range of traditional Scottish meals and free wifi is available throughout the hotel.
The Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile benefits from an ideal location. The Aparthotel is situated in the city centre on the famous Royal Mile, with many restaurants, shops and historic buildings to explore. The Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle are only a short walk away, with Waverley train station accessible by a 5 minute walk. The Aparthotel provides 146 new and fully equipped apartments, from studios for 2 persons to 1 bedroom apartments for 4 persons.
The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian – ‘The Caley’ as it’s known by locals - is an Edinburgh institution. Once a grand Victorian railway hotel, it opened in 1903, above the now closed Princes Street railway station. Generations of visitors from near and far have enjoyed had unforgettable moments in the hotel for everything from such as choosing discovering a favorite whisky in the Caley Bar, to being married in lavish style. Champagne Afternoon Tea has become a local tradition, served daily in stunning surroundings. Admire the hotel’s original entrance from Princes Street, against the backdrop of the world famous Edinburgh Castle. With its central locale and proximity to boutique shopping on George Street, the best of Scotland’s golf courses, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) as well as onward local & international transport links, this Edinburgh city centre hotel makes an elegant setting for visitors, business travelers & events alike. The classically styled rooms with understated quality make your stay comfortable. Whilst the chic, oak paneled boardroom can eloquently host briefings and the stunning Castle Suite boast the most elegant interior of any ballroom in the city Edinburgh and can entertain 250 guests for conferencing and cocktails. The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian hotel is walking distance to Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) as well as only minutes from the designer stores and boutiques on George Street. The Castle Suite entertains 250 guests for conferencing and cocktails. The ‘Caley’ has a full suite of wedding packages, tailoring both intimate gatherings and grand celebrations. A fully licensed venue for marriages and civil partnerships, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian Hotel provides a magical setting for the most special of days for unforgettable moments.
A modern Edinburgh hotel in a Georgian building within walking distance of the city's top attractions Holiday Inn Express® - Edinburgh City Centre hotel is a 10-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley station in the city's New Town. It's a short stroll to the York Place tram stop, which has a direct connection to Edinburgh Airport (EDI). The Edinburgh Playhouse theatre and OMNi Edinburgh's restaurants and cinemas are right across the road. Princes Street and George Street's shops are a few minutes' walk away. You can ramble over the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, 20 minutes' walk from the hotel. Or experience more royal flavour, less than a mile from the hotel, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official Scottish residence. Amble through the expansive Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, half an hour on foot from the hotel, or wander into Princes Street Gardens to spot the huge floral clock. Business guests are on the doorstep of the financial district around St. Andrew Square and George Street, while the Edinburgh International Conference Centre is less than 10 minutes' drive away. The hotel has two smart meeting rooms, plus limited paid parking on a first-come, first-served basis. Enjoy free WiFi and an inclusive hot Express Start Breakfast. A nearby fitness centre is available to guests. Unwind after a busy day's sightseeing over a cool beer in the lounge bar.
Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel is one of the city's leading 4-star hotels, centrally located close to the Royal Mile, Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle. With recently refurbished Superior, Executive and Suite rooms, the hotel is the perfect base for an Edinburgh stay. During your stay relax in the hotel's jacuzzi, swimming pool, sauna or fully-equipped gym, Enjoy a selection of international cuisines in the colourful Elements restaurant. The Novotel Edinburgh Centre’s rooms all come with LCD TVs, Wifi access, tea and coffee facilities, and all en-suite bathrooms as standard. Please note the hotel will be refurbishing some of our bedrooms from 12th February to 1st June 2018. Work is planned and conducted to minimise any disturbance to hotel guests.
The smart 3-star Jury's Inn Edinburgh sits moments from Waverly Train Station and a short walk from the Royal Mile and historic Edinburgh Castle. The hotel has a 24-hour reception desk, a modern restaurant serving international cuisine and a pub-style bar. Each rooms has a flat-screen TV, work desk, tea and coffee making facilitiesand an en-suite bathroom. The hotel has free wifi throughout.
‘Black Ivy’ is situated on the south side of Edinburgh in Bruntsfield which has a relaxed village feel and a unique mix of original boutique shops, artisan bakers and chocolatiers as well as great cafes, bars and restaurants and all within walking distance of the city centre. Enter the hotel bar and you would be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into another world with Black Ivy’s design ethos rich in thought and attention to detail, resulting in a bar appearance which is a treat for the eyes and simply makes you think "wow”. Housed in 3 adjoining historic and beautiful town houses the hotel is contemporary and modern, inside and out. The welcome is warm and uniquely Scottish where you immediately feel part of the family and realise you have just discovered your new home from home. Above this coolest of bars with its live music, tank beer, table tennis games room and extensive and original cocktail list sits our boutique 22 bedroom Hotel offering divine luxurious beds, high speed WIFI, working desk and complimentary White Company Noir toiletries. The restaurant is open from 7am for the service of breakfast through to the early hours and is popular with locals and visitors alike. Our all-day menu has been created to suit all palates and cater for any dietary requirements. The South Side, as well as being a mecca for culture lovers and architecture buffs, is dominated by the vast green space of The Meadows which sits in front of Black Ivy’s garden space which houses two warming and dramatic fire pits, bespoke seating and a tropical vibe whether your sipping a cooling summer cocktail or toasting marshmallow in the winter by the fire.
Cheap Hotels in Edinburgh
A hearty Scottish welcome waits for you at the 3-star Edinburgh House Hotel, situated less than one and a half miles from Edinburgh Waverley rail station and the city centre. The cosy rooms are a stone’s throw from Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Botanic Gardens, and all come with a TV and coffee and tea making facilities. Enjoy a continental breakfast in the morning before heading out to explore beautiful Edinburgh.
With a stay at Adelphi Hotel in Edinburgh (Leith), you'll be convenient to Easter Road Stadium and Royal Yacht Britannia. This hotel is close to Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre.
The 2-star Britannia Edinburgh Hotel is located on the banks of the Water of Leith River, set in the picturesque West End of Edinburgh city. The hotel restaurant offers a modern and warm place to grab some breakfast or to wine and dine, or you can relax in the bright and contemporary 24-hour bar. On site, guests can benefit from free wi-fi throughout, car parking and separated smoking rooms. Each room is equipped with a TV and tea and coffee making facilities.
With a stay at St Bernards House in Edinburgh (Comely Bank), you'll be convenient to Georgian House and Princes Street Gardens. This bed & breakfast is close to Edinburgh International Conference Centre and Edinburgh Castle.
With a stay at Murrayfield Park Guest House, you'll be centrally located in Edinburgh, convenient to Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh International Conference Centre. This guesthouse is close to Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens.
With a stay at Cambridge House, you'll be centrally located in Edinburgh, convenient to Easter Road Stadium and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. This bed & breakfast is close to Palace of Holyroodhouse and Royal Yacht Britannia.
With a stay at Leith House in Edinburgh (Leith), you'll be convenient to Easter Road Stadium and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. This guesthouse is close to Palace of Holyroodhouse and Royal Yacht Britannia.
Safestay Edinburgh is located just off Edinburgh's Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town. It's the perfect base to explore all that Edinburgh has to offer. The city's famed attractions, such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and the Scott Monument are right on our doorstep. Our great location on Blackfriars Street means we are only minutes from Waverley Train Station which is right next to the airport bus stand and the city centre tram stop. Our fully licensed bar, Bar 50, serves locally sourced food and drinks from 8am until late, and adds to our lively atmosphere. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the building, the use of our guest kitchen and you'll have 24 hrs access to our secure lockers. Safestay is the ideal destination for your Edinburgh city break. Please note guests under the age of 18 years of age must stay in a private room with guardians. They can not share in general dormitory rooms with persons that are not part of their own group or family. Under 18s are not allowed in the smart city bar after end of food service.
With a stay at ibis budget Edinburgh Park in Edinburgh, you'll be minutes from Gyle Shopping Centre and close to Royal Highland Centre. This hotel is within close proximity of Heriot Watt University and Edinburgh Zoo.
Named after the architect who built it in 1845, 3-star Piries Hotel is a Grade II listed Victorian building in the centre of Edinburgh, full of history, character and charm. Ideal for business travellers, the hotel is close to Edinburgh airport. Comfortable rooms have wonderful high ceilings, and are fitted with satellite TV and a telephone. You can keep connected during your stay with the wi-fi in public areas and grab a malt whisky from the bar while you surf the net.
This pleasant hotel is located in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh, near the city centre, and is the ideal starting point from which to explore Edinburgh and the many attractions in the local area. Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Murrayfield Stadium, and West Register House (for genealogical research) are all a few minutes' walk from the hotel. Edinburgh's excellent bus connections bring visitors to locations throughout the city and the main station from where countless further bus and train connections offer access to places such as Glasgow and northern or western Scotland, lies only a few minutes on foot from the hotel. Established in 1880, this hotel was renovated in 2002 and comprises a total of 11 rooms spread over 3 floors. The cosy rooms are all carpeted and come with an en suite bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer, a direct dial telephone, and a TV. Tea and coffee making facilities, an iron with ironing board, a double bed, centrally regulated air conditioning, and central heating are also provided as standard in all rooms. A typical Scottish breakfast with pastries, fruit salad, smoked salmon and smoked herring is offered every morning.
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Hotels in Edinburgh
Famous for its breathtaking landscape, architecture, and many cultural attractions, Scotland’s capital is a must-see destination, and with Edinburgh hotel deals just a click away, there’s no better time to visit this fascinating city.
The historic Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline and offers magnificent views over the city. It’s also host to a number of events throughout the year, the most famous being the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, when pipers and military bands from around the world perform, followed by a fireworks display. To the east of the castle is Arthur’s Seat, the largest peak of a dormant volcano and the site of a well-preserved hill fort.
Even with some of our hotels in Edinburgh city centre, natural beauty spots outside of Edinburgh can easily be visited as part of a daytrip. With bus tours taking in Loch Ness and Glen Coe, amongst other famous sites. If you’d rather explore Edinburgh further, there are plenty of walking and bus tours to choose from. We particularly recommend one of the spooky ghost walks, to get you acquainted with the many spirits that haunt Edinburgh’s dark corners.
Arts and culture
The city is host to various annual festivals, including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Perhaps the most famous of these is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, featuring dance, theatre, music, and comedy from both up-and-coming talent and established stars such as Harry Hill, Jo Brand, and Jimmy Carr. Hotels in Edinburgh tend to fill up quick during the Fringe season as the event attracts many people from far and wide.
As equally famous, is Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, when the city celebrates the equivalent of New Year’s Eve in style with a big party on Princes Street and elsewhere, involving fireworks, concerts, dancing, and processions. As with the Fringe, Edinburgh hotels can be very busy during this period, with thousands of visitors arriving from all over the world. Cheap hotels in Edinburgh can sometimes be found during this time, however.
Even when not in festival season, the city has plenty of venues to offer theatre shows and other art performances and exhibits. These include the Royal Lyceum Theatre, the King’s Theatre, and the Edinburgh Playhouse Stage, featuring hit shows from Singin’ In The Rain, West Side Story, and Rock of Ages, to popular children’s fare such as pantos and Peppa Pig.
Art fans are also well catered for, as Edinburgh is host to Scotland’s five National Galleries of art, including the National Gallery of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Equally as impressive are the city’s many museums, including the Museum of Edinburgh, the Museum of Childhood, the National Museum of Scotland, and the National War Museum of Scotland.
Restaurants and cafes
Foodies in Edinburgh will have their fill with a wide selection of tea rooms, cafes, bars and restaurants to cater to any taste and budget. Enjoy traditional fare such as haggis at The Walter Scott Tearoom, award-winning fish and chips at the L'Alba d'Oro on Henderson Row, or fine dine at Michelin-starred restaurants such as The Kitchin, which serves up the best of seasonal, Scottish produce including fish or cheese courses.
The music scene
Edinburgh has a vibrant nightlife and music scene on offer at a range of bars, clubs and other dedicated venues. Many city pubs have live music nights, particularly folk music, which can be heard at Sandy Bell's in Forrest Road, The Captain's Bar in South College Street, and many others. For larger events, there’s The Corn Exchange, The Liquid Rooms, and the Bongo Club which between them have hosted an array of famous acts, including Blur, Radiohead, Dizzee Rascal, De La Soul, and many more.
Traditional Edinburgh pubs are also a great place to just enjoy the atmosphere and sample a wide range of quality real ales and spirits, in addition to hearty, local food. Just off the Royal Mile is the Arcade Bar, which specialises in both whisky and haggis, while Thomson’s Bar on Morrison Street serves real ale and delicious pies, in antique, pub décor surroundings.
For those that want to party into the night, the city has many nightclubs, including Espionage, Lulu, and Stereo, that are popular with students, locals, and tourists alike.
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Just strolling through the streets of Edinburgh is a rewarding experience in itself, as you take in the grandeur of its historical architecture, you’re never usually far away from the drifting sounds of bagpipes or another entertaining street performance.
Whisky connoisseurs will not want to miss the Scotch Whisky Experience, a guided tour around a distillery with a chance to sample fine single malt whiskies along the way. Horrible History fans can have their appetites sated by a visit to the Edinburgh Dungeon, where a whole host of actors, sets, and effects recreate the more gruesome aspects of Scotland’s past.
When you need some rest and tranquility, Edinburgh Zoo is a great place to chill out, with beautiful parklands and an impressive variety of animals, including the UK’s only giant pandas.
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