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...  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



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  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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