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.