Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and one of the most beautiful cities in the country has lots to offer visitors. When you are looking for the best places to stay in Edinburgh you have to take into account what you want out of the visit, is it your first time visit to Edinburgh or a return that you want to get something different from?
Do you want the history and culture of Old Town, the cool upcoming area of Leith or the vintage and upmarket charity shops of Stockbridge. Wherever you decide to base yourself on your weekend stay in Edinburgh the city is easy to get around, but its always good to have a base near the attractions you want to see.
Best Neighbourhood to Stay in Edinburgh
If you are on a first time visit to Edinburgh there is no where better to stay than Old Town. Close to the major attractions and traditional pubs lining the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Park.
Every corner is full of history, amazing medieval architecture and ghosts – well Edinburgh is the most haunted place in Scotland! Enjoy the stories of Deacon Brodie and Burke and Hare as you take in the touristic delights of Edinburgh with quaint and quirky shops full of Tartan and Whiskey.
Feel like you have travelled through time as you check out the narrow alleys and cobbled streets around the Royal Mile and Grassmarket.
Hotels in Old Town
- Luxury – Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
- The building dates back to 1900s and is part of the impressive North Bridge which links Edinburgh’s Old and New town together.
- Mid Range – Grassmarket Hotel
- Centrally located moments from the best attractions Edinburgh has to offer
- Budget – Kick Ass Greyfriars
- One of the best located hostels in the city, being only a 10 minute walk from Waverly Train Station, a 2 minute walk from the Royal Mile, and the breathtaking Edinburgh Castle practically on our doorstep!
Once known to be the roughest part of Edinburgh, this northerly part of the city was a busy working dock back in the 18th century. Now the home of Michelin Star restaurants and fancy apartments, it even has its own Royal Yacht. Its history still leaves it with some of he best food choices in Edinburgh from a multitude of cuisines and ethnicity.
Leith is made up of a two main parts, Leith Walk and Leith Docks. The docks are now lined with balconies of apartments, water front bistro’s and traditional pubs. The Royal Yacht Britannia is moored here permanently and is a great chance to see how the Royal Family enjoyed life at sea.
Leith Walk which links the shore to the city centre is a great place to pick up a deal in the thrift and antique shops but the best thing about it is the selection of restaurants. Find everything from Thai to Middle Eastern cuisine and a range of prices when you spend a weekend in Leith.
Hotels in Leith
- Luxury – Malmaison Edinburgh
- Boutique hotel of the banks of the Firth, vibrant brasserie and stylish bar.
- Mid Range – Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront
- On the waterfront near Ocean Terminal and the Royal Yacht.
- Budget – Sandaig Guest House
- Overlooking the historic Leith Links park
A village feel in the city of Edinburgh. One of the more affluent areas of Edinburgh full of Georgian and Victorian terraces. Young professionals and hipsters can be found enjoying locally brewed beer in the pubs, one of the tea houses or enjoying the specialty cheese shops and delicatessens.
The weekly Stockbridge market attracts people from across the city to the stalls of jewellery, crafts and food. You can also spend some of your weekend in Stockbridge enjoying cultural moments in the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art or get close to nature with a visit to Inverleith Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Taking a walk down the Waters of Leith towards Leith will take you to the pretty sights of Dean Village to grab some great pictures.
Hotels in Stockbridge
- Luxury – The Raeburn
- See why so many travellers make The Raeburn their hotel of choice when visiting Edinburgh. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience.
- Mid Range – Nira Caledonia
- Nira Caledonia is a central yet peaceful Edinburgh retreat. Amid the plush pelmets, rich textures and original cornices you’ll find flat-screen televisions and Nespresso coffee machines
- Budget – Ardenlee Guest House
- Ardenlee Guest House is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Edinburgh.
When you stay in Edinburgh, stay here if you are looking for shopping, cocktails and restaurants. New Town was built around 1800 and the buildings were of a Georgian style and the main thoroughfare linked two garden squares.
The Georgian terraces can still be found lining George Street and Queens Street, Princes Street runs alongside the Princes Street Gardens all of which sits in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle.
The buildings of New Town are much more elegant than those up in Old Town and the stylish West End and the magnificent Calton Hill act as bookends to the area.
Art lovers can enjoy the Scottish National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery while staying in New Town. The area also provides easy access to all transport links with Waverly Station sitting just off Princes street.
Hotels in New Town
- Luxury – InterContinental Edinburgh The George
- Located in the heart of the New Town of Edinburgh this elegant hotel is minutes away from the Edinburgh’s top attractions
- Mid Range – Hotel Indigo Edinburgh
- Set in the heart of the historic city of Edinburgh. Steeped in history itself, the hotel building dates back to the early 1800’s with many of the historic features preserved
- Budget – Atlas Guest House
- In vibrant New Town, this unassuming family-run, Georgian-style B&B is a half-mile from both iconic Princes Street and Edinburgh Waverley central railway station.
There are some great places to stay in Edinburgh what ever your budget or requirements. Hopefully this look at our favourite areas gives you a good guide but let us know if you find a hidden gem in Edinburgh that we have missed.
Chris is a Number cruncher by work day, seeker of new experiences by weekend – always looking to spend 48 hours somewhere! Seen 4 continents, 26 countries and 100’s of city’s hoping to add a few more each year.