Amazing architecture, world-class museums and galleries, hip bars and restaurants, excellent shopping and a really big castle; there are SO many reasons why Edinburgh is weekend-break gold. But where to stay? As you’d expect from a city this cool, its hotels range from boutique retreats to grand, luxurious options, plus a wide range of places in between. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Edinburgh, whether you’re after a night in a sexy suite or aparthotel with friends.
Best Edinburgh hotels – Eden Locke
This on-trend aparthotel lies in an impressive Georgian building in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, and ticks all our current interior design obsessions. Think mint green walls, wicker chairs, potted plants and brass finishes. It’s extremely Instagrammable and a lovely space to hang out, particularly the cafe bar where locals and tourists tuck into freshly baked pastries and smoothies. Suites in sherbet shades are more like apartments, with tiny kitchens, big bed, L-shaped sofa, Apple TV, Pukka teas, milk and cocktails shakers. Guests also get one free yoga class a week.
Stay: From £75pn
Best Edinburgh hotels – The Balmoral
If you want to go full-on glam luxe, book a room at this icon which comes with a Michelin-starred restaurant, swish spa and the poshest address in the city: No 1 Princes Street. It’s five-star all the way here, particularly the service which is unwaveringly good, whether you’re requesting a bike to explore the city or a late night, off-menu cocktail. Most rooms have high ceilings, elegant furnishings and views of Edinburgh castle and surrounding hills. Treat yourself to afternoon tea in the Palm Court.
Stay: From £153pn.
Best Edinburgh hotels – The Dunstane Houses
Two West End townhouses converted into a smart, family-run boutique hotel with 35 rooms and loads of personality. Our ‘likes’ list is long, including the Ba’Bar (chortle) with its wide selection of vintage whiskies and modern Scottish menu – think spiced Orkney beef burger or whole Dunbar lobster. We also appreciate the velvet sofas, free-standing copper tubs, huge fireplaces, tartan cushions, Chesterfield sofas and liberal use of funky peacock feather wallpaper.
Stay: From £99pn
Best Edinburgh hotels – Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel
This New Town escape merges midcentury style with 21st-century design to fabulous effect. We love all the retro touches: tartan throws, bright red vintage telephone, roll top baths and record players. But it’s not just the rooms that are knock-out, there’s also a library stocked with Penguin classics and snacks, a gorgeous spa, BABA Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant and The Garden, a plant-filled conservatory with wicker chairs and fine cocktail list.
Stay: From £122pn
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