The Best Budget Hotels and Hostels in Edinburgh for Great Value Accommodation

Heading off for a vacation to far-flung lands doesn’t need to be the preserve of the wealthy. Not all of us need to bathe in the lap of luxury when we go travelling, especially when you’re planning to spend most of your time out exploring anyway. That’s why we’ve gathered together some budget Edinburgh hotels and hostels to uncover the best value accommodation in the Scottish capital.

Most of these options are centrally located for easy exploration of Edinburgh’s premier attractions and a short stagger home from the nightlife. There are some excellent hostels offering rock bottom prices for beds and they are ideal for young travelers. Budget Backpackers is centrally located, very good value for money, and has a friendly and lively atmosphere, as well as a great café and chill out room.

For people who prefer a basic hotel and a slightly higher level of privacy and comfort we’ve highlighted some budget Edinburgh hotels that are worth considering. Tune’s Haymarket hotel is inexpensive, but surprisingly comfortable and stylish. Guest Houses can also offer comfort at very reasonable prices. The Balmoral Guest House is charming and occupies a great location close to the city centre.

So if you’ve blown your vacation stash on getting here, don’t worry. You should be able to find somewhere to stay that won’t break the bank. Whether it’s the home comforts and hearty grub of a B&B or the familiar surroundings of a budget chain hotel, you’ll be able to rest that weary head without worrying about the bill in the morning.



Premier Inn have a number of three star hotels around the city of Edinburgh, but the Leith Waterfront Hotel is one of the best value for money with rooms from as little as £29 per night. Located at the edge of the docklands it may be a little...  Read More



The Northumberland Hotel is a welcoming and inexpensive twenty-two bedroom hotel located on the south side of Edinburgh close to Cameron toll Shopping Centre. The hotel is ideally located for business travellers, golf breaks, families and...  Read More



The Hotel Ibis in Edinburgh Business Park is one of the chain's budget offering. Listed as a two star hotel, it is still a very comfortable place to spend the night, and extremely reasonably priced. The rooms are small, and economically...  Read More



Easy Hotel Edinburgh offers extremely cheap city center accommodation. Located on Princes Street, you could hardly get more convenient for exploring the city. Of course there is a down side. The rooms are, to say the least, compact. You may feel...  Read More



Budget Backpackers is arguably the best hostel in Edinburgh. It is in an incredibly central location at the foot of Candlemaker Row on the edge of the Grassmarket. Guests can choose from twin rooms or stay in mixed dorms or female only dorms....  Read More



Smart City Hostel is a five-star hostel offering basic accommodation at very reasonable prices. The location is excellent, in the heart of the Old Town, just off the Royal Mile. There are rooms of various sizes to cater for one person up to...  Read More



Located in Haymarket in the west of the city, Piries Hotel is a reasonably priced option offering comfortable bedrooms with en-suite facilities, a 24 hour reception, Wi-Fi, and a lounge bar. The hotel consists of three Victorian town houses...  Read More



This Victorian guesthouse dates back to 1856 and it is a friendly bed and breakfast which offers great value for money. It is located on busy Pilrig Street in Leith and it's within walking distance of the city center. The area is also very...  Read More



It may not look much from the outside but the Edinburgh Central Hostel is one of the best value accommodation options in the city. It is also really well-situated near the top of Leith Walk, which makes it easy to get anywhere in the city by...  Read More



Tune is a global operation with numerous hotels around the world, but the Haymarket Hotel is the only one located in Scotland. It is ideally situated close to Haymarket Station near the end of Princes Street making it very convenient for...  Read More


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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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