The 5 Best Hotels on The Royal Mile (or Almost)
Edinburgh sure is a beauty. She’s also historic and lively, and small enough so that you can walk between many of her most famous sites, exploring the nooks and crannies as you do. If you can’t afford to be here long this time, the Royal Mile is definitely the places to stay in Edinburgh. Just below the castle, and in amongst the medieval and the granite grey, the Royal Mile is at the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, and our Guru’s recommendations for the best hotels on the Royal Mile will put you as close to the action as you can be, whether you’re here for for the Festival, Hogmany, or just for a weekend’s explorations.
And Edinburgh is certainly a great choice for a short city break. It’s always been known for its hospitality - its pubs are the stuff of legend, known for luring many a great thinker away from their books and out to form their philosophies amongst the people. And these days the restaurants have an excellent reputation too, offering opportunities to enjoy meals late into the night around whatever cultural activity you’ve spent your evening over.
One of Edinburgh’s charms is its layout, built in sympathy to the rocky outcrops and crags of its landscape, rather than flattening them, and the Royal Mile is a great example of this, leading upwards to Castle Rock at one end and the Salisbury Crags at the other. And from a few points you have a view of the most famous rocky peak, Arthur’s Seat. Starting with the Castle at one end, a thousand years old and in excellent condition, and with the modern Scottish Parliament building and the ancient Palace of Holyrood at the other (most famously the Palace is known for being the home of Mary Queen of Scots), the Royal Mile is also lined with St. Giles Cathedral, Mary King’s Close, Gladstone’s Land and plenty of ‘closes’ or alleyways to explore and pubs and restaurants to review your experiences in.
The 5 Best Hotels on the Royal Mile
The Best Hotels on the Royal Mile for a Special Occasion
For complete over the top decadence it'll have to be a night at the Witchery by the Castle - think gildedceilings, panelling and swathes of jewel-coloured velvet.
The Scotsman is good for being in the thick of things, and effortlessly blends old and new and has greatfacilities, including a top notch spa and 3AA Rosette standard brasserie.
The Best Hotels on the Royal Mile for Location, Location, Location
You can’t get closer to the action than The Inn on The Mile, a nine room hotel and inn on the Royal Mile and just five minutes stroll from the castle.
The Best Royal Mile Adjacent Hotels
The Balmoral is an old railway hotel transformed into a grande dame by the Rocco Forte group, and now boasting a Michelin starred restaurant, comprehensive spa and over 150 bedrooms. It's quietly confident, stylish, sophisticated and efficient. And the views are excellent.
The Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh is close to the National Museum of Scotland, just past Cowgate, which is a great, central location. This version of the chain has a whisky snug as well as an extensive wine list in its bar and brasserie.
If you haven’t found your idea of the best hotels on the Royal Mile on our Guru’s list of the 5 Best Hotels on the Royal Mile you could:
- Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Edinburgh?
- Or consider our Guru’s collection of the 5 Best Hotels in Edinburgh’s Old Town? or one of the 6 Best Hotels in Edinburgh's West End?
- Or you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
The 5 Best Hotels on the Royal Mile
The Witchery by the Castle 9 rooms from £365Edinburgh (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 couplesSights nearby - In the heart of the Old Town on Edinburgh's famous Royal MileFull of character - Theatrical red & gold, velveted roomsRecommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
The Scotsman Hotel 59 rooms from £195Edinburgh
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 poolGreat 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 Inn on the Mile 9 rooms from £146Edinburgh
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.
The Balmoral 168 rooms from £208Edinburgh
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 PoolRecommended by - Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection