The 6 Best Hotels in Edinburgh’s West End

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Just west of the New Town, Edinburgh’s West End is known for its well-loved pubs and bars, independent boutiques and village-y feel - right in the heart of town, just behind Shandwick Place. And it’s a popular place for local folk as well as visitors. So the best hotels in Edinburgh’s West End tend to have buzzy bars and restaurants as well as a great, central location. If you’ve planned anything arts related for your stay, the West End might be most convenient for you; many of Edinburgh’s music, arts and theatre venues can be found on its cobbled streets and rather grander Georgian terraces. The West End also hosts a number of arts festivals and crafts fairs.

Most of the West End looks and feels a bit bohemian, but some of its main landmarks are anything but. The red sandstone of The Caledonian railway hotel is perfectly elegant, and on grand Charlotte Square you can visit The Georgian House, which has been restored to its late 18th Century glory. Next door is Bute House, another grand Georgian facade, and the official residence of Scotland’s First Minister. If you travel further west, out of the city proper you’ll pass the Murrayfield Stadium - much loved by fans of Scottish rugby, and Edinburgh Zoo.

For a city break

  Dunstane Houses

  • The Dunstane Houses is a chic property in a peaceful corner of Edinburgh's West End (slightly further out of the centre of town). Recently renovated it boasts chic rooms and suites (some with in room copper tubs) and an excellent restaurant and whisky bar.

For Families

Chester Residences

  • The Chester Residence is a cosy collection of 19 rooms and suites on a quiet street in Edinburgh’s West End. They’ve a resident family of soft toys to please their youngest guests.

For great value

  B+B Edinburgh

  • B+B Edinburgh is a roomy B&B in the West End which feels more like a private club or boutique hotel than a B&B. Awash with Victorian character this is an exclusive feeling place without the price tag. Its 27 rooms start from as little as £75 per night including breakfast.
  • The Edinburgh Residence is a baronial West End townhouse with 29 bedrooms and a clubby feel - the vibe is house guest at a Scottish laird’s pied-a-terre. And you’re just ten minute's walk from the castle and the Royal Mile. Rooms start from around £100 per night.
  • For a similar room rate you could stay at the Bonham, a large townhouse with contemporary decor and 48 individually styled rooms. There’s also an acclaimed restaurant.

If you haven’t found your idea of the 6 best hotels in Edinburgh’s West End on our Guru’s list you could:

  • Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Edinburgh?
  • Or consider our Guru’s collection of the Best Hotels in Edinburgh’s New Town or the Best Edinburgh Hotels with Pools?
  • Or you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
    • The Dunstane Houses Edinburgh 35 rooms from £164

      Exclusive offer  -  30% off inAugust
      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.
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors
      Quirky  -  A unique experience
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Fodors, Mr & Mrs Smith

      In a peaceful corner of Edinburgh’s West End, a short walk from Haymarket and 15 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh airport, The Dunstane Houses is an independent, 5 star VisitScotland 35-bedroom boutique hotel spread over two stately Victorian townhouses on opposite sides of the road. See More

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    • B+B Edinburgh Edinburgh 27 rooms from £75

      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. See More

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    • The Edinburgh Residence Edinburgh 29 rooms from £99

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

      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. See More

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    • The Bonham Edinburgh 48 rooms from £100

      Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide

      Large townhouse hotel in a prime West End location. Spacious rooms and suites offer a contemporary ambience, whilst not forgetting the period features including high ceilings and huge windows. Acclaimed restaurant No. 35 serves European cuisine with a Scottish twist. See More

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    • Chester Residence Edinburgh 19 rooms from £140

      Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle.

      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. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Friday, 21st August 2020