Somewhere to Stay
There are lots of accommodation options when planning your trip to Edinburgh. Whether it's a luxury apartment off the Royal Mile or a couch in a student's living room; a family-friendly hotel or a bed for one in a youth hostel, whatever you need, we're here to help.
The trick is to plan as far in advance as possible - particularly during the busy August festival season and Edinburgh's Hogmanay. Early planning and booking will ensure you can receive the best rates and city centre locations if you're keen to be in the heart of the action. However if you do make a last minute decision there will always be somewhere to stay, with LateRooms offering the most up to date rates. Start your search here.
Find deals from budget to luxury with our partner, LateRooms. Their site hosts a great range of B&B, guesthouse and hotel accommodation for all purse sizes. Rooms can be booked as early as a year in advance or on the same day. Sign up to their email updates to be kept in the loop regarding any upcoming deals.
Hotels across the region range from basic hotel accommodation to the unique grandeur of places like the Balmoral Hotel or the Caledonian Hilton. There’s also a wealth of boutique hotel options and mid price family friendly hotels. LateRooms, Welcome to Scotland and VisitScotland all provide excellent booking services for hotels.
Bed & Breakfasts
Staying in Bed & Breakfast or Guesthouse accommodation in Edinburgh can be a wonderful opportunity to get to know and learn from Edinburgh locals as well as enjoy the experience of staying in traditional Victorian and Georgian homes. Choose from grand old buildings to intimate hideaways. LateRooms, Welcome to Scotland and VisitScotland all provide excellent booking services for B&Bs.
Rent a Room or Apartment
Websites like Airbnb provide a place for people to rent out either their full apartment or just a section of it - from rooms to couches. Whether you're looking for a budget accommodation option or an extravagant month-long luxury rental, you're sure to be able to find it here. If you decide to use Airbnb or an alternative short-term letting service, remember to protect yourself from potential scams by making sure the person you're talking to is a verified host.
As a Mecca for backpackers and budget travellers Edinburgh has numerous hostels to choose from. Some are privately owned and many are members of the Scottish Youth Hostels Association (SYHA) or Scottish Independent Hostels. For solo visitors travelling to Edinburgh’s Festivals, hostels are good value for money and a perfect place to meet like minded festival goers. As well as shared dormitory accommodation most hostels have one or two private single or double rooms.
Although Edinburgh is a very popular city destination, if you belong to communities such as Couchsurfing, you can make the most of this inexpensive way to experience the Festivals and meet some locals at the same time. Remember, couchsurfing is more than accommodation, it's a community, so be prepared to dedicate some time to getting to know your host, swapping the experiences and warm fuzzies that turn the wheels of the share economy.
Love the city's festivals, but want to get that outdoors-y feeling too? Then consider packing light and camping at one of a number of sites in the Edinburgh area - you can bring your own tent, or if you'd prefer, some sites are set up to offer pre-pitched tents, for super easiness. Check out the likes of VisitScotland, Welcome to Scotland or Pitchup.com for more information.
Image courtesy of Edinburgh Festival Camping