10 Best Central Hotels close to Edinburgh's Main Attractions

Edinburgh has a focused city center which makes it easy to get around to the vast majority of attractions on foot. With a population under half a million people, you’ll find Scotland’s capital is nice and compact. The ideal base for exploring the city is a centrally located hotel. You’ll be able to enjoy views of Edinburgh’s stunning architecture and explore the medieval Old Town or the Georgian New Town without transport. The original city grew around the Royal Mile and it only spread to its current size relatively recently.

If you are looking for a New Town base then prestigious George Street is a good place to start. The Roxburghe enjoys great views of the castle and has won a host of awards. Many tourists in Edinburgh prefer an Old Town base, in the heart of the historical Royal Mile with Edinburgh Castle at the top and Holyrood Palace at the bottom. If that’s the case for you then you might consider the Inn on the Mile.

We’ll run through some of the other options as we explore the best downtown hotels in Edinburgh. From quirky boutique hotels to impressive historic buildings the center is home to most of the big hotels in the city and you’ll find a mixture of contemporary luxury and traditional grandeur on offer.


Premier Inn Edinburgh City Centre Princes Street
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The Premier Inn on Princes Street is located in the heart of the city, close to many of the most popular attractions. With views of the Scott Monument, Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens, what this hotel may lack in luxury it makes up for in value for money and convenience of location. The rooms are small, but well provisioned with comfortable beds, air conditioning and Wifi. The hotel also benefits from its own restaurant, Thyme, which is reasonably priced in comparison to other city center eateries. The unlimited breakfast (at which kids can eat for free) is a particularly good deal.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Premier Inn offers good value for money and a great city center location.

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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 as though you are sleeping in a shoe box, and there is almost no floor space, but the beds are comfortable and the price tag is very low. There is Wi-Fi, but you need to pay for internet access. You also need to pay extra to use the flat screen TV. There is no restaurant or bar, but there are vending machines and loads of great places to eat and drink nearby. They do offer a 24 hour shuttle to Edinburgh Airport. There is no lift, so guests with mobility issues should look elsewhere.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: If you are looking for budget accommodation in the city center Easy Hotel is hard to beat.

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This charming three-star hotel in Edinburgh is nestled on the main street in the city with panoramic views of the Princes Street Gardens. This central location is perfect for sightseers since Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Monument, and other Old Town favorites can be reached easily on foot. The hotel is also very close to the Waverley Train Station and is very well served by public transport, which makes getting around easy and convenient. Originally built in 1848, the Old Waverley Hotel remains a popular place to stay. The Victorian building provides guests with individual rooms and comfortable d?--cor. Some of the features that guests enjoy include quality staff service, complimentary toiletries, extra fluffy towels, trouser presses, tea and coffee, and pay-per-view movies, all in traditional Scottish style. Then for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the on-site Cranston's Restaurant offers delicious cuisine.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Old Waverley occupies a great central location and is good value for money

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Just two blocks from the Convention Centre, this hotel is a top choice for business travelers. However, it is ideal for tourists too, as it sits at the West end of Princes Street and offers spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle. The Caledonian Hilton Edinburgh Hotel first opened its doors to the public in 1903 and since then has remained a popular place to stay. In addition to the magnificent architectural features, the hotel has 254 traditional and beautifully styled rooms with contemporary furnishings and amenities. Guests enjoy complimentary toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, tartan bedspreads, satellite television, and more. It is a popular downtown Edinburgh hotel.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Caledonai Hilton has a great central location with spectacular views of the city center.

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Conveniently located in the city center, the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel is within walking distance of the vast majority of Edinburgh's most popular attractions and sights, including the Parliament House, St. Giles' Cathedral, the Royal Mile, City Art Center, National Museum of Scotland, and the wonderful shopping of Princes Street too. Each of the comfortable guestrooms is equipped with a personal safe, climate controls, mini-fridge, satellite TV, wake up and room services, high-speed Internet, beverage station, hair dryer, entertainment center, and a large private bathroom. Visitors can enjoy services and amenities such as the lounge with bar service, business services and meeting rooms, free daily breakfast, laundry and dry cleaning, distinctive restaurant, golf course access, parking on the premises, concierge desk, 24-hour front desk, a fitness center, and swimming pool.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: On the crest of Calton Hill, the Apex Waterloo is ideally placefd for exploring the city center

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The George Hotel is a beautiful Edwardian building situated in the heart of the city center on prestigious George Street. It is a luxurious four star hotel which won the Edinburgh Events Hotel of the Year & Edinburgh Wedding Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards in 2014. The hotel comprises three hundred and ninety four rooms and suites, ranging from very comfortable standard rooms to spectacular sea view deluxe rooms and luxury suites. Each room is decorated to a high standard and benefits from Wifi, a plasma TV, en suite and a mini safe. Luxury rooms and suites include even more goodies. The hotel also has an array of beautiful function rooms and a very good restaurant, Tempus, serving high quality contemporary cuisine.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The George combines classical style with modern comfort to great effect.

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The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa is conveniently located near the city's major tourist hot spots. Just a few steps outside the doors you will find yourself in Edinburgh's financial and shopping districts. The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa offers 260 spacious guestrooms for your consideration. You will find that each room is designed to help maximize your comfort through modern amenities, such as a mini bar, a coffeemaker, deluxe bath amenities, work desk, a trouser press, on-demand movies, a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, and more. The hotel lies in the shadow of the famed Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the Scottish capital.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Luxurious and convenient, The Sheraton Grand is a great downtown hotel

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The Inn on the Mile is an interesting mix of traditional and modern which is proving very popular with visitors to Edinburgh. Occupying the beautiful eighteenth century former bank building at the corner of the Royal Mile and South Bridge, many of the rooms retain charming original fixtures and offer spectacular views of the Old Town. However, the rooms also benefit from high speed wi-fi, flat screen tv's and iPod docking stations and the bathrooms feature rainfall showers and steam resistant mirrors! The decor is chic without being pretentious with an emphasis on comfort. The prices are very reasonable given the central location and the Inn on the Mile has a great reputation for customer service.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Inn on the Mile has an excellent location in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town

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Le Monde is one of the premier boutique hotels in Edinburgh. Its popularity and reputation continues to grow. It was the winner of Scottish Boutique Hotel of the Year 2009 and winner of the Scottish Hotel Design Award 2006. It is located in the heart of Edinburgh very close to Princes Street and surrounded by restaurants, stores and bars of every description. It has 18 individually designed suites, themed on some of the most popular cities around the world. It boasts 5 bars, a nightclub and 2 restaurants. You'll also find a long list of facilities in this luxury hotel.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Situated in Edinburghs prestiious George Street, Le Monde is chic and very convenient

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The Roxburghe, is a 4-star luxury hotel situated in prestigious George Street in the heart of the city of Edinburgh. Winner of Edinburgh Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2014, the Roxburghe combines luxurious air-conditioned bedrooms and suites with state of the art leisure and spa facilities. The hotel also offers three distinct dining experiences; light snacks and meals in their lounge or delivered by room service; brasserie style cuisine in the George Street Bar and Grill (winner of a Special Commendation Award at the 2014 Scottish Hotel Awards); and high tea in their Charlotte Square dining room. All rooms and suites benefit from Wifi, and many also have spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Situated on the corner of Charlotte Square with spectacualr views of the Castle, The Roxburghe is both luxurious and convenient.

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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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