Best Beds and Breakfasts in Edinburgh

A Comfy Bed and a Tasty Breakfast: Best B&Bs in Edinburgh

Sometimes the impersonal nature of a chain hotel can take the shine off your chosen holiday destination. Edinburgh is a city steeped in history and a quiet townhouse can serve as a more fitting base for an exploration of the Scottish capital’s many wonders. B&Bs are a long tradition and each establishment has something unique to offer as the owners look to make their mark in a busy and competitive market.

You’ll find Victorian and Georgian guest houses spread throughout the city from the New Town to Leith to Morningside. Most feature a handful of lovely rooms and you’ll find traditional grandeur, contemporary luxury, and cozy comfort on offer.

Six Brunton Place combines Georgian elegance with sumptuous furnishings for a truly indulgent experience.  For the more personal touch, head to Gerald’s Place and stay with one of the most genuinely friendly and welcoming hosts you are likely to meet. Or perhaps you would prefer the chic contemporary design of 94 Dalkeith Road.

When it comes to a warm welcome, friendly advice and traditional homemade food you simply cannot beat a good B&B. So, for some of the finest hospitality that Scotland has to offer, why not check out our top ten Edinburgh B&Bs list and see if you can spot your dream holiday base.


This spacious Edinburgh townhouse was recently renovated and offers comfortable accommodation right in the center of the city. It is contemporary, bright and extremely clean and welcoming. This is a family orientated B&B where the hosts go the extra mile to make your stay enjoyable. The location is excellent for exploring everything Edinburgh has to offer with plenty of pubs and restaurants nearby, Calton Hill and Holyrood Park five minutes away and the city center just beyond. If you want a comfortable place to stay that's still well within the hustle and bustle of the city then Ramsay's in a good choice.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Ramsay's is a beautifully renovated town house in a central location.

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You'll find The Hedges Guest House on a tree-lined crescent near Calton Hill and Holyrood Park. This comfortable B&B has been recently refurbished and the en-suite rooms boast Wi-Fi and Plasma screens. You have a choice of single, twin or double rooms and there's an attractive mixture of period features and elegant contemporary style. The breakfasts are a particular treat featuring an array of fresh fruit, porridge and honey, traditional full Scottish cooked breakfasts including haggis, or a compromise in the shape of delicious smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. This is an ideal location from which to explore Edinburgh on foot or by public transport.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The Hedges is stylish, comfortable and conveniently placed for exploring Edinburgh.

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The Albyn Townhouse B&B is a family-run, four storey, 19th century, Victorian townhouse with ten en-suite rooms. It is welcoming and very comfortable with period features and a cozy and quiet atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing stay. It is located in the west of the city close to Brunstfield and the city center is a short bus ride or a twenty minute walk away. You'll enjoy Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and a hearty breakfast here. The peaceful cul-de-sac location guarantees a great night's sleep and the hosts are friendly and accommodating. If you need parking then make sure you book a space in advance.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Albyn Townhouse is a lovely boutique B&B in a quiet location.

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Ben Cruachan is a four star guest house in a great, central location, close to Princes Street and Leith Walk. Named after the majestic mountain which forms the highest point in Argyll in the Scottish Highlands, this delightful bed and breakfast prides itself on its exemplary Scottish hospitality. The rooms are individually decorated with a great deal of flair and numerous little touches combine to make guests feel very welcome. Breakfast is served in a light and airy dining room, and amongst other delights includes a hearty Scottish breakfast which will set you up nicely for a day of sightseeing.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Ben Cruachan is a stylish and comfortable guest house in a great central location.

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The Lindsay Guest House is a beautiful red brick Victorian villa located in the west of Edinburgh. Close to the leafy suburban streets of Bruntsfield and Morningside, but also a stone's throw from Murrayfield Stadium, Napier University and the west end of the city center, it perfectly combines a convenient location with tranquil surroundings. The rooms are large, comfortable and tastefully furnished. Breakfast is served in a large and airy dining room in which many of the original Victorian features have been preserved. Guests can enjoy a light continental breakfast, a hearty Scottish feast or light and fluffy waffles, and much else besides. The Lindsay is well placed to take advantage of Edinburgh's many buses, but also has a large private car park.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The Lindsay is a beautifully maintained Victorian villa in a tranquil, yet convenient location.

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Kew House

You can find Kew House in the west of the city near Murrayfield Stadium and the city center is a short bus ride away. This charming house dates back to 1860 and it has been renovated to provide contemporary accommodation for the modern traveler. Bedrooms are very comfortable with en-suite facilities, Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs. You'll also enjoy little touches, such as fresh flowers and chocolate and sherry on arrival. They also offer a good breakfast menu and they are environmentally conscious. Kew House is the ideal place to recharge your batteries as you explore Edinburgh and the surrounding area.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The warm welcome and immaculate rooms push Kew House to the top of the list.

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This stylish and contemporary boutique guest house combines innovative design, high quality service and a laidback atmosphere. The rooms are beautifully decorated with luxury fittings and fine toiletries in the en-suite bathrooms. There is a range of freshly prepared food on offer and you can even opt to host a dinner party or get together with a tasting menu, range of fine wines and champagne. The standard of service here is nothing short of excellent and the modern design is a refreshing change from the many traditional period townhouses. In terms of location this guest house is a stone's throw from Arthur's Seat and a twenty minute walk will get you to the Old Town.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Chic contemporary design and a warm welcome make 94DR worth seeking out.

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Gerald's Place is a warm and inviting guest house set in a charming Georgian terrace in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town. The owner, Gerald, is very friendly but never intrusive and goes out of his way to make guests feel at home. The interior is beautifully decorated with a fine selection of unique art works. The bedrooms are well appointed with views of the cobbled streets and the large private garden outside. Guests can also relax and unwind in his private terraced seating area. The guest house is conveniently located, close to the center of town and is served by a number of bus routes. Yet the ambience is relaxed and peaceful.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: For one of the warmest Scottish welcomes, head to Gerald's Place.

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23 Mayfield is an impressive Victorian villa in the south side of the city of Edinburgh. Retaining many period features, each unique room is lavishly furnished with mahogany furniture, vintage art works, and plush fabrics. There is also a wonderful club room where guests can relax with a wide selection of CD's, play games (including Georgian chess board and an oversized handmade connect four board game), or read one of the rare antique books. They have repeatedly won awards for the outstanding quality of their breakfasts. Everything from granola and fresh fruit to hearty porridge topped with Scotch malt whisky, fruit and honey is cooked to order and served in the stylish dining room.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Opulent and luxurious, 23 Mayfield is the pick of the bunch.

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The Six Brunton Place Guest House is offering five star luxury in a city center location. This elegant Georgian townhouse boasts four bedrooms that blend period features with contemporary comfort and convenience. There are designer en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi and docking stations and homemade cookies, chocolate and tea and coffee making facilities in each room. Everything that Edinburgh has to offer is on your doorstep and this location is extremely well-served by public transport. Holyrood Park, the palace and Arthur's Seat are very nearby and you'll find some fantastic restaurants down at the shore if you venture in the opposite direction into Leith.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Six Brunton Place is a delightful five star B&B conveniently located in the center of Edinburgh.

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Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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