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.
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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?
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.
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.
The average traveler rating of the city of Edinburgh, United Kingdom shown above is 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews