Edinburgh's Best Family-Friendly Hotels Cater to Parents and Kids

Edinburgh is a great place to visit with your family. There are wonderful attractions to entertain family members of all ages, a great range of cafes and restaurants and some beautiful parks and scenic views to enjoy together. Make the most of the delights on offer by choosing the right hotel so that you are well rested and both you and your family made comfortable and welcome.

It is a sad fact that some hotels and guest houses make little allowance for the needs for younger family members. You may find rooms cluttered with breakable ornaments and menus which take no account of fussy palates or fail to offer smaller portions for children. Worst still you may find that some hotels view children as whirlwinds of mess and noise who are likely to disturb other guests.

On the other hand, some even go the extra mile to provide games, toys and more to make your little ones stay a magical one. The turn down service for teddies in the Balmoral Hotel is adorable, and the toys and games provided by the Apex Waterloo are bound to delight your little ones. Older members of the family may be tempted by the babysitting services offered by some hotels, such as Tigerlily.

Whatever your needs we hope we can help you have a wonderful break in Edinburgh with our list of the top ten family friendly hotels.


You'll find 46 en suite rooms with flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, telephones, and hospitality trays to greet you at Herald House. This is a two star budget hotel on Grove Street, a short walk from Haymarket train station in the west of Edinburgh. This is a budget bed and breakfast that's friendly and comfortable and the rooms start at reasonable prices. The attractions of the Old Town and the city center are within easy walking distance and you have plenty of public transport options. It doesn't have a car park, but they do offer vouchers for the nearby NCP on Morrison Street.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This friendly Herald House Hotel is very good value for money and staff go the extra mile to make your family feel welcome.

Read more about Herald House Hotel →

Hotel Missoni is a chic and stylish boutique hotel run by Rosita Missoni of the famous Italian fashion house. It is perhaps then no surprise that it is unconventional and exuberant with bold geometric designs, a feature of the Missoni brand. The rooms are furnished to a high standard and decorated in an ultra-modern style which never compromises on comfort. The hotel bar contrasts turquoise and lilac furnishings with sheer white walls and massive silver light shades to great effect. The restaurant, Cucina, combines bold design with excellent Italian cuisine and has twice won the accolade of Scottish Italian Restaurant of the Year.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Teenagers will love the stylish Hotel Missoni and a warm welcome is extended to all little ones.

Read more about G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh →

Originally newspaper baronial offices, the Scotsman is now considered one of the more stylish hotels in Edinburgh. Food is served at the North Bridge Brasserie or guests can dine on several specialty dishes and sip on exotic wine at the Vermilion Restaurant. The Scotsman is conveniently located near Waverley Railway Station and it is just off the Royal Mile. The hotel is relaxing and luxurious with 56 rooms and 13 suites all beautifully refurbished, with different sizes, designs, and shapes, giving guests the experience of a lifetime. Amenities include in-room DVD/CD player, wide screen television, high-speed Internet, wine bars, and more.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The family rooms in the Scotsman Hotel are lovely and your children will love the complimentary jar of sweets.

Read more about The Scotsman Hotel →


If you are looking for a comfortable, child-friendly hotel which offers family dining then Channings will suit you. This friendly and relaxed four star hotel is located at Learmonth Gardens in the west end of the New Town. One of the town houses that makes up the hotel was once the home of the Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, and the top floor suites are named after him and his fellow adventurers. You'll find a Victorian feel permeates the decor. The service is excellent and it represents great value for money. It is situated in a quiet location but the city centre is within walking distance.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Channings Hotel has a great reputation for friendliness and families are always given a warm welcome.

Read more about Channings Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member →

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 public transport. It is ideal for groups because most of the 298 beds are in large dorm rooms. You can also book premium twin and double rooms with TVs and tea and coffee making facilities. All rooms are en suite and there is a self-catering kitchen and dining area, as well as a lounge and a licensed bistro. Furnishings and decor are basic, but this is five-star Scottish Youth Hostels Association accommodation and prices are very good value for money.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Family rooms in this five star hostel are very good value for money.

Read more about Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel →


The Salisbury Hotel is a welcoming family run boutique hotel located in the heart of Newington, close to the city center and the main attractions. The hotel combines an excellent central location with a delightfully peaceful ambiance and high standard of service. Eighteen stylish bedrooms are decorated to a high standard to reflect the charming Georgian architecture of the hotel. Rooms also boast high speed wi-fi, large flat screen plasma TVs and well stocked en-suite wet-room style bathrooms. There is a beautiful walled garden complete with a lovely cafe and summerhouse which is perfect for relaxing with your family on a sunny day.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Salisbury offers families a warm welcome and the walled garden is a great place for children to let off steam while their parents relax

Read more about The Salisbury Hotel →

These impressively appointed town house apartments offer a range of serviced accommodation options. If you are seeking a luxurious home away from home then look no further. The Chester Residence is located in Rothesay Place, a short walk from the west end of Princes Street. You can enjoy the comforts of a hotel with a concierge service and a personal chef but also the privacy of an apartment with a kitchen you can use yourself and a comfortable living area. You'll also find luxurious bathrooms, satellite TV and very comfortable bedrooms. The quiet New Town surroundings serve as a good base to explore the city and compared to a traditional hotel you get a great level of luxury for your money.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The family fun promotions at the Chester Residence include games, dvds, snacks for the kids and access to a lovely walled garden.

Read more about The Chester Residence →

This popular boutique hotel features stunning interior design and boasts a city centre location on George Street. The restaurant and bar are very popular with locals and visitors alike. The rooms are individually styled and extremely comfortable with Egyptian cotton bed linen and en-suite wet rooms. You'll also find flat screen TVs, fully loaded iPods, a DVD library and mini-bar to keep you amused. Tigerlily also offers a number of special packages including romantic getaways, business trips or girl's nights on the town, each offering a unique experience full of little extras. It is a perfect base for exploring Edinburgh and an interesting and lively location in its own right.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This stylish boutique hotel has its own baby-sitting service so that you can relax safe in the knowledge your little ones are sleeping peacefully.

Read more about Tigerlily →

Sitting proudly at the east end of Princes Street the Balmoral Hotel, with its distinctive clock tower, is a local landmark. It could not be more central and it's the first thing you see upon emerging from Waverley Station. Most of Edinburgh's star attractions, including the Old Town, are within easy walking distance. This five star hotel features a range of rooms and suites with some inspiring views of the city. It also boasts a number of restaurants, bars and even a spa. The hotel offers contemporary elegance and an impressive level of luxury. Whether you are looking for a family friendly hotel, you're on a business trip or you're having a romantic weekend, the Balmoral can cater for you.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: With children's gifts, a teddy turn-down service and children's movies the Balmoral Hotel makes the younger members of your family feel very welcome.

Read more about The Balmoral Hotel →

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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Apex Waterloo has great deals allowing children to stay and eat for free, and an extensive library of toys and games.

Read more about Apex Waterloo Place Hotel →


Meet Simon Hill

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.

After...  More About Simon