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Not just Scotland's capital city and an important centre of the late 18th-century Enlightenment, Edinburgh is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe (in Britain, second only to London). Its rich history is in evidence everywhere you look from the famous Castle, towering above streets of genteel, granite grey houses (many of which have been converted into some of the best places to stay in Edinburgh), to the startling new and wildly over-budget Scottish Parliament building.

The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Edinburgh covers all bases too from the opulent extravagance of Prestonfield to the B+B Edinburgh, a roomy property in the heart of the West End that feels more like a private club. For those who want a city centre apartment, visit our online partner, booking.com.

Edinburgh Attractions

Attractions range from the Festival, held over three weeks every August when the population swells to double, to the Military Tattoo and Hogmanay street party, to say nothing of its excellent museums and galleries or stylish shops and restaurants.

Best places to stay in Edinburgh

Best Statement Hotels in Edinburgh

  • For the best design conscious place to stay in Edinburgh, then it has to be The G&V! Yet for all its flamboyance, the hotel remains unpretentious. All rooms feature Nespresso Coffee machines and free movies.
  • For complete over the top decadence it'll have to be a night at the Witchery by the Castle - think gilded ceilings, panelling and swathes of jewel-coloured velvet.

For central location

If you want to be in the centre of the action then our pick of the best places to stay in Edinburgh includes:

  • The Balmoral, Rocco Forte's outpost north of the border, with its chic interiors and Michelin starred dining
  • At the other end of Princes Street check in to The Rutland which offers twelve individually decorated bedrooms plus Edinburgh's first gourmet steak restaurant.
  • Also good for being in the thick of things is The Scotsman, which effortlessly blends old and new and has great facilities including top notch spa and 3AA Rosette standard brasserie.

B&Bs and Guesthouses

If you're looking for something slightly less ostentatious then our choice of the best places to stay in Edinburgh can certainly help out. There are an increasing number of smart B&Bs and guesthouses which, though further from the main action, have not scrimped on style or service.

  • Try 94DR for good sized rooms with luxury trappings, plus great views of Arthur's Seat.
  • Alternatively book into Millers64, a victorian townhouse where the Clelland sisters' focus on attention to detail is evident all over.

For an apartment

  • If you think that a city centre apartment is more your thing, then check out the selection with our online partner, booking.com.

If our selection of the best places to stay in Edinburgh doesn't hit the spot then perhaps you'll find find something in our Ultimate Guide to the best hotels in Scotland.

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  • Brooks Edinburgh


    Amazingly good value in not quite central Edinburgh. Clean, tidy, comfortable, friendly and for those on a budget a great find.

    46 rooms from $76
    Less £
    Sights nearby  -  Easy walk to the sights
  • B+B Edinburgh


    Roomy B&B in Edinburgh's West End. More like a private club or a boutique hotel, awash with Victorian character. Come for the exclusive feel without the exclusive prices and the brilliant central location.

    27 rooms from $96
  • The Dunstane


    Luxury hotel comprising two Victorian townhouses with easy access to Edinburgh city centre. Decor is traditional, yet feels very opulent with velvets and deep colours for atmosphere. The Stane Bar is a must for whisky or gin connoisseurs and fine dining is Scottish with an Orcadian twist.

    38 rooms from $101
    Exclusive offer  -  Spring Break
    Sights nearby  -  Easy access to all of Edinburgh's top attractions including the Royal Mile, Old Town and Prince's Street
    Great walks  -  Climb Arthur's seat for a great view over the city and beyond.
  • Malmaison Edinburgh

    Edinburgh (Leith)

    Trendy hotel in former seaman's mission in the heart of Leith. Trademark comfy beds and roll top baths. State of the art gym, restaurant, stylish bar.

    100 rooms from $101
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • 94 DR


    Boutique guest house on southside of Edinburgh, 10-15 mins walk to the centre but on bus route. Good size rooms with luxury trappings and fabulous breakfast. Great views of Arthur's Seat. Friendly, laid back.

    7 rooms from $103
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
  • 23 Mayfield


    Elegant 5* B&B in Victorian building. Romantic rooms have four poster beds, panelled walls and big bathtubs. Intimate restaurant serving excellent breakfasts. Garden with seating and hot tub. Stained glass and fireplaces throughout. Cozy, historic and quiet.

    7 rooms from $112
    City Style  -  Walkable or short bus to the city's highlights; return to sit by the fireplace and enjoy romantic ambience
    Sights nearby  -  Edinburgh castle and King Arthur's seat
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Millers64


    Boutique B&B in Victorian townhouse in central Edinburgh. Victorian features, oriental minimalism, contemporary open space. Large comfortable rooms.

    2 rooms from $116
    Restrictions on children
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Bonham


    Large townhouse hotel in West End of Edinburgh. Contemporary ambience. Bold colours and rich interiors. Acclaimed restaurant, large individually decorated rooms.

    48 rooms from $128
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
  • Hotel du Vin Edinburgh


    Contemporary hotel close to the Royal Mile. Wine cellar, whisky snug, bar and brasserie. Large comfortable rooms.

    47 rooms from $135
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
  • The Glasshouse


    Modern, stylish hotel. Large open spaces filled with natural light. Lavender roof garden with views of Carlton Hill. Patios, verandas, areas for private meetings.

    65 rooms from $154
    Sit-out Terrace
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Norton House Hotel & Spa

    Edinburgh (Ingliston)

    Country house hotel on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Great facilities include spa with large heated pool and a plethora of treatments to choose from. Great food too with 3 AA Rosette fine dining in Ushers Restaurant. Perfect for business travellers - it's only 2 miles from the airport.

    83 rooms from $154
    Business Hotel  -  Great for business travellers as it's only 2 miles from Edinburgh Airport
    Sights nearby  -  A short bus ride from all of Edinburgh's major attractions
    Swimming Pool  -  18 metre heated pool
  • Channings Hotel


    Edinburgh's friendliest hotel, in the centrally located New Town. The warm staff and roaring fires induce a home from home vibe. Traditional rooms are comfy and tastefully decorated and most come with charming claw footed bath. A lively wine bar and restaurant seal the deal.

    41 rooms from $157
    Local exploring  -  Centrally located Princes Street is just a ten minute walk away
    Sights nearby  -  Edinburgh Castle is only 1.5 miles from this hotel, and well worth a guided tour.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • The G&V


    A hotel with eclectic, modern design in a historic part of town. Bedrooms are decorated in a vibrant contemporary style animated with colour. Located on the Royal Mile, just 3 minutes to Castle, St Giles cathedral and National Gallery. A trendy, happening spot, perfect for sightseeing.

    136 rooms from $163
    City Style  -  Missoni prints adorn the entire hotel - ultimate urban style
    Local exploring  -  Walking distance from Edinburgh Castle and much more
    Great walks  -  Walk up Arthur's Seat
    Views  -  City views
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Fodors, Kiwi Collection
  • The Rutland Hotel


    Small and stylish hotel in the most central of locations, Edinburgh's Princes Street. A riot of glitz and glamour that has a sensual feel. Come for the glamourous nightlife - swanky bar and club await.

    12 rooms from $173
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
  • The Scotsman Hotel


    This historic hotel overlooking Edinburgh Castle, was formerly the HQ for the Scotsman newspaper. Come for Michelin star restaurant, close promiximty to Princes St and a world-class gym. Chic interiors in traditional rooms.

    59 rooms from $250
    Swimming Pool  -  State of the art stainless steel indoor pool
    Great walks  -  Calton Hill, is just a short stroll from the hotel, enjoy 360 views of the city at the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Sights nearby  -  Overlooking Edinburgh Castle.
    Views  -  Good city views.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
  • The Howard Hotel


    A small 5-star hotel occupying 3 Georgian townhouses in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town. As elegant inside as out, with antiques, oil paintings and chic furniture. Most uniquely it boasts a butler service who will be at your beck and call. Enjoy great Scottish food in the restaurant.

    19 rooms from $266
    Great walks  -  Cimb Calton Hill and enjoy wonderful views of the city, plus educational points on the Scottish Enlightenment.
    Private Hot Tub  -  One suite has its own jacuzzi - perfect for a couple on a romantic getaway
    Sights nearby  -  A 15 minute walk from the Castle.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
  • The Balmoral


    Quietly confident, stylish, sophisticated and efficient.THE place to stay in Edinburgh. Part of Rocco Forte Collection and boasting a Michelin starred restaurant, comprehensive spa and over 150 bedrooms. The old railway hotel transformed into a grande dame. True indulgence.

    168 rooms from $267
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
    Great walks  -  Walk to the summit of Calton Hill and enjoy the panoramic views.
    Views  -  Wonderful city views towards Arthurs Seat.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Tigerlily


    Chic little hotel on George Street, complete with bar and restaurant downstairs. Stylish, glamourous and modern. Good food, even better cocktails and a lively atmosphere with one of the most central locations. Great for a chic weekend away.

    33 rooms from $283
    City Style  -  A bold boutique hotel full of glitz and glamour, with an excellent cocktail bar and access to a connecting nightclub.
    Sights nearby  -  The impressive Edinburgh castle is in close proximity.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Twelve Picardy Place


    A distinctly Scottish hotel that exudes a modern, urbane charm in the heart of Edinburgh. The minimalist rooms are sleek and comfortable and their stylishness is matched by its cocktail bar 'Beer and Skittles'. Ideally located for those looking to make the most of the sights and lights of Edinburgh.

    10 rooms from $283
    City Style  -  A chic hotel in a beautiful Georgian townhouse, with a cool contemporary rooms, a trendy cocktail bar and sleek steakhouse.
    Writing a novel  -  Draw inspiration from stayng in the very building that the literary giant Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in!
    Great walks  -  Centrally located, this hotel is perfect for exploring this beautiful and historic city on foot.
    Outstanding location
  • Prestonfield

    Edinburgh (Priestfield Road)

    Opulent extravagance at the Prestonfield just 5 mins from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Come for attentive service, divine bedrooms and spoiling galore. Fine dining is served in an ultra romantic setting. The concierge have a 'nothing's too much' attitude. Best for a truly indulgent stay.

    23 rooms from $324
    Exclusive offer  -  Decadent Country House
    Romantic Break  -  This hotel oozes glammour, romance and seduction, with its wildly opulent canopied beds, rich fabrics and roaring fires.
    Local exploring  -  The best of both worlds- set in 20 acres of spectacular parklands, yet within spitting distance of Edinburgh.
    Great walks  -  Don't forget your welly boots, there are 20 acres of parkland to explore.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection
  • Le Monde

    Edinburgh (New Town)

    A chic townhouse with 18 bedrooms just 100m from Prince's Street. Central hotel in the heart of Edinburgh offering modern rooms, three bars and two restaurants. A suitable choice for guests interested in fine restaurants and designer shopping.

    18 rooms from $340
    Great walks  -  Take a walk up Arthur's Seat
    Sights nearby  -  Edinburgh Castle
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
  • The Witchery by the Castle

    Edinburgh (Royal Mile)

    Superbly located at the gates of the Castle, on the Royal Mile, sits this intimate, Gothic hotel. The rooms are luxurious, romantic & eccentric – think candlelit, wood paneling and plenty of velvet. Enjoy delicious Scottish food in the equally atmospheric restaurant.

    9 rooms from $417
    Foodies  -  Serving Scottish beef, lamb, game, the Witchery's famous steak tartare, briny-fresh seafood platters and even some haggis.
    Romantic Break  -  The glamourous, plush yet cosy interiors with love seats, four poster beds, and plenty of candles are perfect for couples
    Local markets  -  Edinburghs Haymarket bustles with independdent shops and cafes selling local produce.
    Sights nearby  -  In the heart of the Old Town on Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
  • The Atholl


    Spectacular hotel In Edinburgh's Georgian New Town, with just four magnificent classical and contemporary suites. Expect the very best with superb service, exceptional food from Albert Roux trained and supervised chefs. Balthaup Kitchens, Philippe Starck bathrooms. Your wish is the Atholl's command.

    4 rooms from $1285
    Sights nearby  -  In the centre of Edinburgh. Minutes away from the Castle, the Parliament, Princes Street and George Street
    Suites  -  Four beautifully appointed and furnished suites from one bedroom to three bedroomed
    Private chef / butler  -  Private chefs produce gourmet cuisine in your suite's kithchen.
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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