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The 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 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 £219

      Exclusive offer  -  10% off City Break
      Sights nearby  -  Easy access to all of Edinburgh's top attractions including the Royal Mile, Old Town and Prince's Street
      Restaurant  -  Ba'Bar and Lounge, fine Scottish dining with a touch of Orkney!
      Great walks  -  Climb Arthur's seat for a great view over the city and beyond.
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors
      RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking
      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

      Local exploring  -  With its excellent central location and attractive price tag, B+B Edinburgh makes a great choice for a budget city break
      Less £  -  With double rooms starting from well under £100 per night, B+B Edinburgh is a very affordable option
      Sights nearby  -  The property is a short walk (or bus/tram ride) from Edinburgh highlights including the castle and Royal Mile
      Views  -  Many of the rooms boasts fabulous views over the city
      Pet friendlyViews

      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

      Families  -  Townhouse suites can sleep up to four and have kitchenettes for those who want to stay in
      Local exploring  -  A great launchpad to explore the stunning streets of Scotland's capital.
      Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.
      Views  -  Great views across Dean Village from the Drawing Room
      Disabled accessViewsParkingNo pets

      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

      Local exploring  -  Situated in Edinburgh's vibrant West End so ideally located for exploring the whole city
      Sights nearby  -  All of Edinburgh's highlights are easily accessible whether on foot or public transport
      Full of character
      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
      RestaurantDisabled accessParking
      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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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 12th May 2021