The 10 Best Hotels in Edinburgh’s New Town

Far from being the ugly, modern duckling to the original medieval city of Edinburgh, the New Town, like the Old Town, is UNESCO Heritage Listed and rife with wonderfully historic treasures. Built during the Georgian period, its elegant rows of Georgian houses in a sensible grid system, are dotted with green squares and rows of shops. And today it’s the ‘going concerns’ which dominate the area. With Edinburgh’s main shopping just to the north of Princes Street Gardens. Which is also where you’ll find some of the 10 best hotels in Edinburgh’s New Town.

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As well as eating, drinking and shopping well in the New Town, and being centrally located for all the charms of Edinburgh during the day and night, if you stay here you’re also close to the National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. If you’re interested in the history of the New Town then the Georgian House and the Dean Village will definitely be of interest to you. And it’s worth climbing Calton Hill to get the full impact of this wonderful city, built in around and on top of this spot’s rather dramatic topography.

The Glasshouse

The New Town is well connected to the rest of Edinburgh by bus, but it’s only a short walk across North Bridge to the Old Town, with all the highlights of the Royal Mile, including the castle, the Palace of Holyrood, the Grassmarket, St. Giles Cathedral, Mary King’s Close, Gladstone’s Land Greyfriars Kirkyard and plenty of ‘closes’ or alleyways to explore and pubs and restaurants to review your experiences in. And on Chambers Street you’ll find the excellent National Museum of Scotland.

The 10 Best Hotels in Edinburgh’s New Town

The Best Hotels in Edinburgh's New Town for an Indulgent Weekend

The Balmoral, Rocco Forte's outpost north of the border, with its chic interiors and Michelin starred dining, is quietly confident that it’s THE place to stay in Edinburgh. There are 168 rooms and a comprehensive spa as well as that restaurant.

The Balmoral

Just ten minutes walk from the castle, and bang in the heart of the New Town, the Principal Hotel George Street is a grand and luxurious hotel with 249 rooms in an unbeatable location. Its sister property, the Principal Charlotte Square, is another luxury New Town option perfect for shopping, the sights and the nightlife.

Six Brunton Place is a superb hotel which captures all the splendour of Edinburgh’s Edwardian history. There are 22 plush rooms, all elegantly decorated and with fine artwork. You’re just to the east of the city, about 15minutes walk from the Royal Mile and the castle.

Six Burton Place

Tigerlily is a chic little property with popular bar and restaurant downstairs, on George Street. Interiors are stylish glamourous and modern. It's the perfect pad for a weekend of partying!

The Best Hotels in Edinburgh's New Town for Foodies

21212 is a Michelin-starred restaurant with four rooms just ten minutes from the Royal Mile and the castle. You’ll feel more like a guest at a posh house party than at a hotel.


If you’re interested in eating well and shopping well during your Edinburgh stay then Le Monde, a chic 18 bedroom townhouse just off Princes Street is for you, There are three bars and two restaurants too!

The Rutland is on borders of the New Town and the West End, with its location right at the western end of Prince's Street. But it's definitely worth a mention here for its fabulous steak restaurant Kyloe, and the rooms will not disappoint either.

The Rutland

The Best Hotels in Edinburgh's New Town for Modern Chic

The Glasshouse, Edinburgh is a stylish, modern hotel with plenty of glass and large, open spaces filled with natural light. There’s a roof garden dotted with fragrant lavender and amazing views of Calton Hill.

The Glasshouse

24 Royal Terrace is a home from home for connoisseurs of contemporary art and stylish design. There are just 15 sumptuous rooms plus a popular bar, within 20 minutes of the Royal Mile.

Twelve Picardy Place is a ten room hotel converted from a beautiful Georgian townhouse. The decor is cool and contemporary and there’s a trendy cocktail bar and sleek steakhouse.

Twelve Picardy Place

If you haven’t found your idea of the best hotel in Edinburgh’s New Town on our Guru’s list of the 10 Best Hotels in Edinburgh's New Town you could:

The 10 Best Hotels in Edinburgh’s New Town

  • The Balmoral 168 rooms from £208


    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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  • 21212 4 rooms from £95


    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.
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  • Le Monde 18 rooms from £265

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    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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  • Principal Hotel George Street 249 rooms from £120


    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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  • Six Brunton Place 22 rooms from £109


    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.
    Minimum Stay  -  Two nights minimum stay
    Sights nearby  -  Fifteen minutes walk from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • The Glasshouse, Edinburgh 65 rooms from £120


    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, Michelin Travel
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  • 24 Royal Terrace 15 rooms from £150


    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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  • Twelve Picardy Place 10 rooms from £121


    An ultra-chic boutique property in Edinburgh's buzzy Broughton district. Spacious rooms and suites are done in muted grey hues and come with either huge bath tubs or rain showers as standard, and tall windows for maximum light. Award winning steak restaurant and Bier Keller with terrace.

    City Style  -  A chic hotel in a beautiful Georgian townhouse, with a cool contemporary rooms, a Bier Keller 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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  • Tigerlily 33 rooms from £220


    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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  • The Rutland Hotel 12 rooms from £135


    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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  • The Kimpton Charlotte Square 199 rooms from £130


    A luxurious hotel located in the heart of the city. Beautifully renovated rooms keep the traditional style yet a splash of contemporary flare has been added. The two restaurants are equally stylish and the bar produces some top-notch cocktails. The service is slick and the positioning perfect.

    City Style  -  A centrally located hotel that has perfectly brought a traditional building into the 21st-century.
    Sights nearby  -  The majestic Edinburgh Castle and its breathtaking views are a must-see. Ideally located for all the city highlights
    Spa  -  Offering a wide range of massages, body treatments and facials.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor swimming pool
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 10th April 2019