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About Edinburgh

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 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.

    Best Hotels in Edinburgh

    • Brooks Edinburgh 46 rooms from $72

      Edinburgh

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

      Less £
      Sights nearby  -  Easy walk to the sights
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    • B+B Edinburgh 27 rooms from $92

      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.

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    • The Dunstane 38 rooms from $97

      Edinburgh

      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.

      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.
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    • Malmaison Edinburgh 100 rooms from $97

      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.

      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Recommended by  -  Frommers
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    • 94 DR 7 rooms from $98

      Edinburgh

      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.

      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
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    • Dakota Edinburgh 182 rooms from $100

      Edinburgh (South Queensferry)

      A slick hotel providing contemporary accommodation, fine dining and excellent service all at exceptionally good rates. Rooms are grown-up with dark hues, wide-screen TVs and luxury bathrooms. A small gym and executive lounge provide evening entertainment. Ideal for businessmen and travellers alike.

      Value chic  -  Find style and luxury all at a very reasonable rate.
      Sailing  -  Embark on a scenic wildlife and island cruise on the River Forth.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby historic Hopetoun House.
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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    • Antler Guest House 2 rooms from $110

      Edinburgh

      A comfortable modern guesthouse in Edinburgh's Leith area. Stylish contemporary rooms boasting original artworks, crisp white linens, and Persian rugs. The hotel is within walking distance of the major sights and sounds of the city. Fantastic value for a city break.

      Local exploring  -  The ideal base to return to after a weekend of exploring Scotland's capital.
      Value chic  -  A great value option situated in Edinburgh's up and coming Leith district.
      Sights nearby  -  Twenty minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle.
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    • Millers64 2 rooms from $110

      Edinburgh

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

      Restrictions on children  -  No children under 13 allowed
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
    • 21212 4 rooms from $116

      Edinburgh

      Paul Kitching's Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms is one of Edinburgh's cosiest cocoons. Staying here is like being a guest at a rather posh house party for a select few.

      Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh castle.
      Great walks  -  Excellent walking around the nearby Carlton Hill.
    • The Edinburgh Residence 29 rooms from $121

      Edinburgh

      This baronial West End townhouse has a clubby feel. Staying here feels a bit like being a guest in a Scottish laird's city pied-a-terre.

      Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.
      Full of character
      5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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    • Bonham 48 rooms from $122

      Edinburgh

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

      Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
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    • Hotel du Vin Edinburgh 47 rooms from $129

      Edinburgh

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

      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
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    • Six Brunton Place 22 rooms from $133

      Edinburgh

      A superb hotel that captures all the splendour of Edinburgh's Edwardian history. The plush rooms are elegantly appointed with tasteful furnishings and charming artwork. It serves as a great launchpad for exploring Edinburgh's main attractions. A city centre gem.

      Romantic Break  -  With luxurious rooms, Egyptian cotton bedlinen, and views over Royal Terrace Gardens- it's perfect for a romantic city break.
      Local exploring  -  Just east of the city centre, with easy access to the sights, yet sitting on a peaceful street slightly out of the action.
      Sights nearby  -  Fifteen minutes walk from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.
      Local markets  -  In December explore Edinburgh's famous christmas market.
    • Principal Hotel George Street 249 rooms from $147

      Edinburgh

      The personification of opulence, The George combines grand luxury with a modern sleekness to create a superb hotel right in the centre of Edinburgh. Its location is unbeatable with all of the city's main attractions a short walk away. Perfect for an indulgent weekend in Edinburgh.

      Sights nearby  -  Just ten minute walk from the magnificent Edinburgh Castle.
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    • The Glasshouse, Edinburgh 65 rooms from $147

      Edinburgh

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

      Sit-out Terrace
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
      Recommended by  -  Frommers
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    • Norton House Hotel & Spa 83 rooms from $147

      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.

      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
      Spa
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    • Twelve Picardy Place 10 rooms from $148

      Edinburgh

      A larger-than-life statue of Sherlock Holmes is your landmark for this ultra-chic boutique property in Edinburgh's buzzy Broughton district.

      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
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    • Channings Hotel 41 rooms from $149

      Edinburgh

      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.

      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
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    • 11 Brunswick Street 10 rooms from $153

      Edinburgh

      Tucked away on the fringes of Edinburgh's New Town, 11 Brunswick Street is a serene, grown-up restaurant with rooms in a quiet part of town.

      Sights nearby  -  Twenty minutes walk from city centre sights such as Edinburgh Castle and the Scott Monument.
      Great walks  -  Take a great walk up Edinburgh's famous Arthur's Seat overlooking the city.
      Full of character
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    • The Raeburn 10 rooms from $153

      Edinburgh

      With its cozy restaurant, comfortable rooms and the only outdoor eating drinking space in the area, The Raeburn brings a touch of class to bohemian Stockbridge.

      Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from the Edinburgh Botanics.
      Full of character
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    • The G&V 136 rooms from $156

      Edinburgh

      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.

      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
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    • The Rutland Hotel 12 rooms from $165

      Edinburgh

      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.

      Lively  -  Hip and happening.
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
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    • 23 Mayfield 7 rooms from $165

      Edinburgh

      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.

      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
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    • Chester Residence 19 rooms from $171

      Edinburgh

      This cosy, sweet scented cocoon on a quiet street in Edinburgh's West End is not just for romantic couples. Just as well suited to couples as it is to families, Chester Residence even has a resident family of soft toys to please its youngest guests.

      Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle.
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    • The Inn on the Mile 9 rooms from $179

      Edinburgh

      Those looking for a ringside seat for Edinburgh's famed Hogmanay celebrations, or who just like to be in the heart of things at any time, will like the Inn on the Mile.

      Sights nearby  -  Within five minutes walk of Edinburgh Castle and St Giles Cathedral.
      Great walks  -  Take a walk up the nearby picturesque Arthur's Seat.
      Landmark  -  Situated on Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile.
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    • 24 Royal Terrace 15 rooms from $184

      Edinburgh

      Centrally located, 24 Royal Terrace is a home away from home for connoisseurs of contemporary art and stylish design. Home to a popular bar, serving carefully chosen single malts this is a top-drawer stay. Sumptuous rooms, decorated in a classic style feature all the mod-cons. A winning stay.

      City Style  -  Stylish accommodation in the heart of the city
      Sights nearby  -  Within twenty minutes walk of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.
      Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    • The Scotsman Hotel 59 rooms from $239

      Edinburgh

      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.

      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
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    • The Howard Hotel 19 rooms from $253

      Edinburgh

      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.

      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
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    • The Balmoral 168 rooms from $255

      Edinburgh

      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.

      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
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    • Tigerlily 33 rooms from $269

      Edinburgh

      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.

      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
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    • Prestonfield 23 rooms from $309

      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.

      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
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    • Le Monde 18 rooms from $324

      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.

      Great walks  -  Take a walk up Arthur's Seat
      Sights nearby  -  Edinburgh Castle
      House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
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    • The Witchery by the Castle 9 rooms from $398

      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.

      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
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    • The Atholl 4 rooms from $1225

      Edinburgh

      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.

      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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