The 6 Best Hotels in Edinburgh’s West End

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.

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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.

The 6 Best Hotels in Edinburgh’s West End

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

Dunstane Houses

The Atholl is a spectacular, four room hotel with beautiful classical contemporary suites and superb service. The bathrooms are by Philippe Stark, the food by Albert Roux trained chefs and nothing is too much trouble.

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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.

Chester Residences

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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.

B+B Edinburgh

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 - expect bold colours and plush fabrics. There’s also an acclaimed restaurant.


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The 6 Best Hotels in Edinburgh’s West End

  • The Dunstane Houses Edinburgh 35 rooms from £164

    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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  • The Atholl Edinburgh 4 rooms from £1000

    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

    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. 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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  • Bonham Edinburgh 48 rooms from £100

    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide

    Large townhouse hotel in West End of Edinburgh. Contemporary ambience. Bold colours and rich interiors. Acclaimed restaurant, large individually decorated rooms. 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 Wednesday, 10th April 2019