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Where to Stay in Edinburgh: Our Favourite Places And Neighbourhoods (2024)

Edinburgh castle in the Old Town Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the hilly capital of Scotland, attracts many visitors for its old buildings and fantastic landmarks. With winding cobblestone streets and no less than four exquisite national art galleries, it’s a place we have enjoyed on several occasions. 

The Scottish capital is a compact city, so you’ll be able to do a lot of exploring on foot regardless of where exactly you stay. But we wanted to offer input on our favorite areas of the town and the best hotels in them to make it easier for you to find a place to stay that fits into your Edinburgh itinerary perfectly. 

Edinburgh castle in the Old Town Edinburgh

Each Edinburgh neighborhood offers something unique, from the historic Old Town to the trendy West End. Whether it’s buildings that are more than a thousand years old or lush walking paths along the river, there’s no doubt in my mind you’ll enjoy your trip no matter which hotel you book. 

Where To Stay In Edinburgh 

Edinburgh is a charming city with a ton of historic attractions. It’s also very walkable, so you don’t have to stay in the city center to be able to discover all of its best landmarks and attractions on foot. And if you don’t mind jumping on the tramway or the bus, you could save quite a bit of money by booking accommodation in a quieter area. 

That’s not to say that the city center is a bad place to stay; both New Town and Old Town are some of my favorite options for first-time visitors because of the gorgeous old architecture and endless interesting sights. However, both areas are pricey and not a good option for travelers on a tighter budget. 

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Where We Stayed 

We stayed at Cheval The Edinburgh Grand mainly because I prefer apartments to hotels for longer stays. It offered everything we needed during our stay, and I particularly enjoyed the view of St. Andrew Square. And the comfy beds! Don’t hesitate to book The Edinburgh Grand if you want a more homely place to stay with an excellent location in the city center.  

Edinburgh Old Town: Our Recommendation 

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Edinburgh Old Town is the historic heart of this Scottish city and the best one for a stay for most travelers. Stay in the Old Town and you’ll be within walking distance of the best city attractions, shops, restaurants, and museums. 

Just keep in mind that such an important part of Edinburgh is generally pricey, especially for hotel stays. If you’re looking for mid-range and luxury hotels, you’ll have plenty of options in Edinburgh…

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