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Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

Find accommodations in Edinburgh with the hotel list provided below. Search for the cheapest discounted hotel and motel rates in or near Edinburgh, United Kingdom for your upcoming personal or group trip. Discover the most favored Edinburgh hotel/motel rooms. Review the Edinburgh hotel list below to find the perfect lodging. We also have a map of the Edinburgh hotels. Planning a group? Lock in Edinburgh Group Hotel Deals or Check out the best Edinburgh meeting hotels

The Edinburgh center point is approximately the area of The Royal Mile and the area of Museum of Childhood.

Edinburgh has seven hills, the tallest of which is an extinct volcano, Castle Rock, where Scotland's most famous castle is built. Every day at 1 p.m., a cannon is fired from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. The capital of Scotland is located in Lothian on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. In the mid-sixteenth century it became the center for the Scottish Reformation. Through the ages, its Victorian Old Town has cycled through growth, destruction, and rebirth, standing today as a magnificent architectural reflection of the city's history, rising up in contrast to the modern edifices that have been erected since the 1990s. More from this guide...

Edinburgh Hotels/Accommodations

The Knight Residence in Edinburgh
+1-888-690-5281
12 Lauriston St., Edinburgh, EH39DJ United Kingdom
  • Luxury Five Star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 5 floors
  • Good restaurants & bars in the area
  • Loved the breakfast basket
From$150
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The Chester Residence - Edinburgh
+1-800-230-4134
9 Rothesay Place, Edinburgh, EH37SL United Kingdom
  • Luxury 5-star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 23 rooms
  • Good for sightseeing and close to the city center
  • Most guests thought the view was good
From$183
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Radisson Blu 80 High St., Edinburgh, EH11TH United Kingdom
  • The Radisson Blu Edinburgh offers luxury accommodations in the heart of the historic city of Edinburgh. Lavishly-appointed guest rooms and suites, a full-service spa, fine dining, and spirited libations, make sure you definitely enjoy a pampered experience while staying at this centrally-located hotel. The hotel is located on the historic Royal Mile offering convenient access to the city's top attractions, such as Edinburgh Palace, the National Museum of Scotland, and the first-class shopping on Prince's Street. If you're looking to host a business meeting or a private function, the hotel also offers meeting rooms, business services, and catering services.
  • High-end Downtown property
  • Check in time: 15:00
  • Duty Manager who was very apologetic
  • Near city centre
From$247
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Old Town Chambers Roxburgh Court, Edinburgh, EH11PS United Kingdom
  • Luxurious Five Star Downtown property
  • Check in time: 14:00
  • Spacious rooms
  • That isn't near the pub
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Hilton Edinburgh Carlton North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH11SD United Kingdom
  • High-end Downtown property
  • Check-in: 1500
  • Friendly service
  • Good service
From$166
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Central Hotel - Edinburgh 139 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH11LL United Kingdom
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 4 floors
  • 1 out of 2 guests thought they were poorly maintained
  • Free Wifi
The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh
+1-888-283-3404
1 Princes St., Edinburgh, EH22EQ United Kingdom
  • Luxurious 5-star Downtown hotel
  • Shuttle from airport available
  • Very attentive waiting staff
  • High comfort
From$286
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G & V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh : 1 George Iv Bridge 1 George Iv Bridge, Edinburgh, EH11AD United Kingdom
  • Luxury Five Star Downtown hotel
  • 2 conference rooms in property
  • Free Wifi
  • Excellent breakfasts
From$151
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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Princes Street - Edinburgh
+1-888-690-5281
20 Princes St., Edinburgh, EH22AN United Kingdom
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • Check-in time: 1400
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian - Edinburgh Princes St., Edinburgh, EH12AB United Kingdom
  • Whether you're traveling to Edinburgh for business or for pleasure, the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian will provide you with comfortable and convenient accommodations during your trip. The hotel offers an array of amenities designed to make you feel at home. Take a dip in the heated indoor swimming pool. Unwind with a body treatment or massage at the on-site spa. Stay fit at the state-of-the-art fitness facility. The hotel also offers an on-site restaurant that offers castle views. At the end of the day, enjoy a beverage at the hotel bar. Those traveling on business can also take advantage of the hotel's business services and meeting rooms. Don't forget to visit the nearby Edinburgh Castle, the National Gallery of Scotland, and the Scotch Whiskey Heritage Center.
  • Luxury Five Star Downtown property
  • Access to gym on-site
  • Most guests found the staff to be very friendly
  • Most guests enjoyed the lobby entrance
From$210
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Apex Waterloo Place Hotel in Edinburgh 23 27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH13BH United Kingdom
  • Situated in the heart of Edinburgh's city center, the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel is close to the featured attractions this historic city has to offer. Tour the Palace of Holyrood House and the Edinburgh Castle. View the collections at the National Gallery of Modern Art and the National Portrait Gallery. Go shopping and enjoy the entertainment along Prince's Street. This boutique-style hotel offers lavish accommodations, including a full service spa, a gourmet restaurant, well-appointed guest rooms and suites, and a full range of business services and event rooms where you can host a business meeting or a private affair. The hotel offers special packages that are custom-tailored to accommodate your specific needs.
  • Four-star hotel
  • Gym is available on property
  • Pork dishes are not good
  • Good access to airport
The Principal Edinburgh George Street 19 21 George St., Edinburgh, EH22PB United Kingdom
  • Luxurious Five Star Downtown hotel
  • 3 suites in property
  • Train station is close
  • More comfort would be nice
From$172
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Hotel Indigo 51 59 York Place, Edinburgh, EH13JD United Kingdom
  • High end Downtown property
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
  • Most guests liked the big bathroom
  • Great shopping
The Glasshouse Autograph Collection - Edinburgh
+1-800-881-1523
2 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH13AA United Kingdom
  • Luxurious 5-star Downtown hotel
  • 7 meeting rooms in hotel
From$182
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Residence Inn by Marriott Edinburgh in Edinburgh 36 Simpson Loan, Edinburgh, EH39GG United Kingdom
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 31 suites
  • Parking was ok, according to 57%
  • Most guests thought rooms were spacious
From$301
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Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City Centre 34 Bread St., Edinburgh, EH39AF United Kingdom
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • 4 suites in hotel
The Howard An Ascend Hotel Collection Member : 34 Great King St. 34 Great King St., Edinburgh, EH36QH United Kingdom
  • Luxurious Five Star Downtown property
  • Free complimentary breakfast
From$92
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Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh
+1-800-230-4134
1 Festival Sq., Edinburgh, EH39SR United Kingdom
  • Luxury Five Star Downtown hotel
  • 11 suites in hotel
  • Great bar staff
  • Bar is awesome
From$200
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The Rutland Hotel : 1 3 Rutland St.
+1-800-997-5148
1 3 Rutland St., Edinburgh, Eh12AE United Kingdom
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • 2 suites in property
  • Most guests said the reception staff was great
  • Great Room Service
From$135
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Nira Caledonia 10 Gloucester Place, Edinburgh, EH36EF United Kingdom
  • Luxurious Five Star Downtown property
  • Check-in: 3:00PM
  • Bathroom could be bigger
  • Shower can be a problem
From$120
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Fountain Court Apartments
+1-888-305-3366
121 Grove St., Edinburgh, EH38AA United Kingdom
  • 4-star property
  • Most guests found problems with the furniture
  • For 71%, the rooms looked old
From$152
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Melvin House Hotel
+1-800-881-1523
3 Rothesay Terrace, Edinburgh, EH37RY United Kingdom
  • Affordable Downtown hotel
  • 3 meeting rooms in hotel
From$75
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Abcorn Guest House
+1-888-283-3404
4 Mayfield Gardens, Edinburgh, EH92BU United Kingdom
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • Check in time: 1pm
  • Very good budget hotel
  • Clean rooms
Channings : 12 16 South Learmonth Gardens 12 16 South Learmonth Gardens, Edinburgh, EH41EZ United Kingdom
  • High-end Suburban property
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy Learn more
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The Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH11TR United Kingdom
  • Luxury 5-star Downtown hotel
  • Fitness center on property
  • Could use a good cleaning
  • Almost no fresh fruit at breakfast
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The financial district, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, and the development of Edinburgh Park are a few of the reasons the city has become known as the second largest financial center in the United Kingdom. The city itself is closely knit, making any hotel a great place to begin exploring the city. Easily navigated, the city is fun on foot, by bike, bus, or city tram. There are many reasons to visit Edinburgh, not the least of which is Edinburgh Castle, a tourist attraction whose walls harbor the stories of many battles fought there, as well as those of the royalty who lived and died there. The medieval streets of Old Town echo the footsteps of those who came before, and the wide array of arts and culture close at hand reinforce those steps.

Hotels are available to suit all budgets and tastes and are in all the hot spots, including modern hotels at the city center, small boutique hotels in the cobblestone streets of Old Town, luxury hotels in New Town ensconced by Georgian architecture, Leith by the waterfront, and The West End, which is surrounded by stunning views of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh, Scotland: Seasons in the Rainy City

Perched between the sea coast and high hills, Edinburgh captures the warm air from the North Atlantic Current which creates a temperate maritime climate — not too cold, not too hot — with temperatures typically falling between 72 degrees F in the summer months and about zero in the winter. While it does rain throughout the year, the rains are dispersed evenly, so don't forget to pack an umbrella, dress in layers and bring that emergency rain poncho! Don't avoid Edinburgh between October and May, as there are too many festivals you won't want to miss. Just check the weather for your travel dates, as European windstorms are prevalent during these months and coastal fog may dampen the view.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Edinburgh, United Kingdom:

seasonality of hotel rates in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Prices by Star Rating Class

Below are 3 charts illustrating avg. nightly cost trends by star rating class in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Browse these illustrations to calculate the cheapest dates to stay in Edinburgh for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotel Options in Edinburgh, Scotland

4 Star Average Prices: $166.40

The Balmoral Hotel is located in Old Town on famous Princes Street, and is priced at $200 USD per night. Its clock tower is a landmark in the distinguished skyline of the city. With luxurious, world-famous spas, star treatment from kilted doormen, and signature whisky in the bar, the Balmoral makes you feel like royalty. Close proximity to everything makes this hotel the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.

For a more contemporary stay in a luxury atmosphere, the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa is located at 1 Festival Square on the outskirts of Old Town and offers a competitive price of $170 USD per night. With a spa, fitness center, complimentary breakfast and evening drinks, you can relax with a view of Edinburgh Castle when you're finished visiting the National Museum of Scotland, which is a few blocks away.

Don't be fooled by the sixteenth-century façade of the Radisson Blu Hotel of Edinburgh. Inside this architectural wonder is ultra-chic modern styling that feels futuristic and fabulous.

Close to all the city attractions with five-star service, each of these luxury hotels provides memorable experiences for a variety of tastes. If you feel like being on a movie set, pick your favorite! Will it be a period piece from the early twentieth century or James Bond 007 in the twenty-first?

4 Star Hotel Prices in Edinburgh

Affordable Hotels in Edinburgh, Scotland

3 Star Average Prices: $189.47

Mid-range hotels are available everywhere, with a wide variety of styles to choose from. Apex Waterloo Place Hotel dresses up classic architecture with contemporary design. It sits on historic Princes Street, boasting one of the best dining opportunities in town, Elliot's Restaurant & Bar, as well as state-of-the art amenities for fitness, business meetings and events, with affordable prices of $100 USD per night. The Apex Grassmarket Hotel in Old Town is even less expensive, and has a solid reputation for providing a great start to a day filled with Scottish adventures and a return to a room with a view. The Grassmarket is very close to the Scottish National Gallery, the historic Royal Mile, and Edinburgh Castle. The view is historic and not to be missed as you ramble through the streets of Edinburgh. Both Apex hotels offer special booking details such as flexible rates, seasonal sales, 10 percent off for advance bookings, and more.

Where are the real discounts in Edinburgh

Seniors are in luck in Edinburgh, as most of the major hotel chains offer senior discount rates. Two of these are the Radisson Blu on the Royal Mile and the Holiday Inn Express by the Leith waterfront.

At the Stay Edinburgh City Apartments, at only $59 USD per night, there are fifteen serviced apartments ranging from one to four bedrooms. Each room is fully furnished, equipped with an HD flat-screen TV and other technology, a fully equipped kitchen, and more. These apartments cater to both small and large groups, and are located on the Royal Mile.

The Dorstan Guest House is similar to an Airbnb, though it's listed as a Bed and Breakfast in Edinburgh. It's a little over a mile to the city center, with rates of $60 USD per night. A quaint upstairs apartment style room in a local home makes for an inviting stay in this Scottish city.

Best Value Options in Edinburgh, Scotland

If you want to save your spending money for attractions and delicious dining, the Holiday Inn Express in the New Town district is an affordable, comfortable alternative to luxury, with rates as low as $75 USD per night. The hotel is very close to the tram with easy access to the Edinburgh Airport. There are areas to dine, shop, and enjoy the theatre a stone's throw away. If you feel like taking a walk, the castle and Royal Botanic Gardens are close, and if you're on a business trip, this hotel is right for you, offering free Wi-Fi and an Express Start Breakfast.

The West End, priced at $65 USD per night, and Ibis Budget Hotels, with rates of $70 USD per night, also offer very reasonable rates for discerning tourists. The Ibis is a bit further from the city center, but still provides a comfortable walk to the train and downtown attractions. The non-smoking rooms can accommodate up to three people and include flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and continental breakfast.

If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional hotel, the West End includes a hostel, with rates that are deeply discounted from traditional rooms. The hotel is located close to the tram and is central to the attractions of downtown Edinburgh. The accommodations are clean, the staff is friendly, and the neighborhood is quiet and safe. With a local band playing in the bar downstairs, the West End provides an opportunity to meet the locals and have an enriching experience.

Celebrating Edinburgh, Scotland;s Past and Present

Edinburgh is not only beautiful, with breathtaking landscapes and legendary history, it is a city of fun! Between July and early September, the city hosts the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, and Edinburgh International Book Festival. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo involves massed pipers and military bands from around the world accompanied by a fireworks display.

There are two film festivals, one in February and one in June, as well as the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. In the spring, The Edinburgh International Science Festival opens.

Festivals aside, Edinburgh is steeped in other cultural opportunities, such as listening to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, attending a live performance at the Edinburgh Playhouse or The Royal Lyceum Theatre, or stepping aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia, a five-star visitor attraction. Perhaps you would like to visit the coffee shop where J.K. Rowling penned some of the Harry Potter stories. When you visit Edinburgh, you won't want to sit down until you ferry yourself back to your comfortable hotel suite or quaint B&B to savor the adventures of your day.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom in a nutshell

Edinburgh is the Prince of Cities, with autumns that crown Scotland's capital in gold. Visitors are spoilt like royalty; the welcome alone is fit for kings and queens. Guests are usually welcomed through a traditional Scottish evening with the Ceremony of the Haggis, a festivity manned by Highland dancers and bagpipers. The succeeding treatment is nothing short of royalty. Guests are introduced to the world's most famous novelists, inventors, and scientists at the 200-year old New Town, while others are transported to the Old Town to admire the country's Crown Jewels, stretching from Edinburgh Castle to the Royal Mile. Tourists are brought into the Military Tattoo, where Scottish pipe bands provide quite a spectacle along the esplanade of the Castle. Now you no longer need to be born into the Royal family, or work together with a crew of 240 to board the five decks of the Royal Yacht Brittannia, which was once the perfect residence of the Queen in times of family holidays and glittering state visits. Guests can also tour through England's finest national park and admire the stunning scenery along Lake District. Visit Wordsworth's Grasmere, then follow the shores of lake Windermere and return a full-fledged poet.

Recent traveler guest reviews of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Below are reviews of the city of Edinburgh, United Kingdom from an actual visitor's perspective.

"Meetings in Edinburgh"
Score 5.0 / 5

Scotland's cosmopolitan city offers outstanding and varied meetings facilities; excellent accommodation, efficient transport and unique venues to go along side its many attractions, leisure and vast array of food and drink and options. The people are friendly, the city is safe and is beautiful to walk around its many historic areas and admire its architecture. With its International airport offering links from all around the world Edinburgh is a buzzing and compact city. Holding some of the most successful city events in the World including the Edinburgh International Festival which is ranked as one of the most important cultural celebrations in the world and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which is the largest arts festival in the world with live theatre and comedy performances. Edinburgh also hosts the biggest New Year street party in the world. Edinburgh's Hogmanay welcomes over 80,000 revellers to Princes Street and the surrounds entertained by live music, a sell out Concert in the Gardens and dazzling firework displays. Due to these and other events August and Christmas get booked up early but to avoid the masses October/November is a lovely time to see Edinburgh in the snow and enjoy a good whiskey whilst the Spring (April June) is perfect to start enjoying the cities attractions and festivals without the huge numbers that descend on the city in the summer.

John P., from 29-Jun-2015
The average traveler rating of the city of Edinburgh, United Kingdom shown above is 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
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