Where To Stay In Edinburgh: Editor’s Picks

Written by Andy Hayes
Published/Revised on April 9, 2012·

Widely regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals, Edinburgh never ceases to astound the visitor with its beauty. Princes Street divides this city into two main areas, The Old Town and New Town, both with their own character and beauty. Choosing where to stay in Edinburgh is difficult because of the wealth of great hotels available. Our hotel picks are easily accessible to Edinburgh’s sights and tourist areas.

4-5 Star

Channings
Tucked away on a quiet lane on the edge of trendy Stockbridge, the Channings is a perfect place to enjoy relaxed accommodation with only a short minute walk into the city centre.  The hotel’s vintage Georgian charm and tasty restaurant are well known by locals and tourists alike.  No room is the same, but each includes free internet access, TV, sitting area, tea/coffee facilities, and ironing board.
12-16 South Learmonth Gardens
0131 274 7401


Caledonian Hilton

The Caledonian Hilton is a destination in itself: with multiple restaurants, a former railway station turned into whisky bar, and views of Edinburgh seen in several movies. The Caledonian is a must-see and a must-stay.  Each room is well-appointed with free internet access, TV, work desk, mini chaise lounge, bathrobe, and slippers.
4 Princes Street
0131 222 888


Roxburghe

As one of the flagship architectural buildings surrounding picturesque Charlotte Square, the Roxburghe has been recently refurbished and guests benefit from a trendy bar, a well-appointed gym/spa, and beautifully decorated furnishings that match the brilliant historic facade. Rooms include luxury suite bathrooms, flat screen TV, desk, ironing board, coffee/tea facilities, and large comfortable beds.
38 Charlotte Square
0131 240 5500

3-4 Star

Hilton Grosvenor
A sister hotel to the larger Caledonian, the Grosvenor is just steps away from Haymarket Station and the off-beat dining scene that can be found on neighboring Dalry Road.  Multiple buses can take you into the city center in less than five minutes. The hotel, in a fairly quiet location, offers loads of vintage charm and friendly staff.  Rooms include free daily newspaper and work desk.
5-21 Grosvenor Street
0131 226 6001

MacDonald Holyrood
A favorite with many business traveler, the MacDonald is hidden away just behind the Scottish Parliament. The hotel boasts an excellent gym, wonderfully decorated rooms and a well-stocked bar and restaurant.  Rooms include luxurious en-suite bathrooms, TV, large desk, complimentary bottled water, and coffee/tea facilities.
81 Holyrood Rd
0131 550 4500

Apex International Hotel
Situated on the social hotspot of Grassmarket, the Apex is a frequent destination for diners and guests can also take advantage of the central location which offers easy access to all areas of Edinburgh.  Rooms include free Wifi internet, complimentary newspaper, TV, and CD/DVD player.
31-35 Grassmarket
0131 300 3456

1-2 Star

Edinburgh Central Travelodge
With a central location just a half block from the Royal Mile, the Travelodge is a well-known budget brand throughout the UK and deals can often be had for travelers who frequently check the chain’s website.    Rooms include coffee/tea making facilities.
33 Saint Mary’s Street
0871 984 6137

Holiday Inn Express Royal Mile
This new branch of the Holiday Inn is one of few hotels based along the Cowgate, a nighttime party paradise. Thankfully, most of the noise stays further down the road. With bright rooms and great rates, this is one of Edinburgh’s foremost choices in cheap and cheerful lodging.
300 Cowgate
0131 524 8400

Edinburgh Metro Hostel
Although technically a hostel, the Edinburgh Metro has earned more awards and accolades than some major hotels in the city. Features topping off an excellent bistro are the central location between Leith and the city center, and private rooms. Self-catering kitchens are also available.
11/2 Robertson’s Close
0131 556 8718

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