Edinburgh can be an expensive city to visit, given that it’s not only the capital city of Scotland, but also a major tourist attraction. Obviously hotel prices reach their peak during the summer months, as tourists from all over the world flock to the city. A particularly expensive period is during the ‘Edinburgh Festival’ which takes place around August.
Below are a selection of hotels, chosen to help you save money during your visit to Edinburgh. All of these hotels are ‘chain hotels’ from well known brands. All of them are centrally located, or close to the city centre, and above all most of them are regarded as ‘budget hotels.’
Of course do not consider this information as an ‘endorsement’ of these hotels, do your own research on Tripadvisor, compare prices, etc, etc, before making a decision.
1) Ibis Hotel, Royal Mile
You can’t get any closer to the ‘action’ than this. This Ibis hotel is located literally a few steps away from the Royal Mile. Most of Edinburgh’s main attractions are within easy walking distance. Get out of bed, order a Scottish breakfast, then wander around the amazing castle. In the afternoon wander down the Royal Mile taking in the ancient history, whilst stopping off at the occasional traditional pub for the odd pint! And in the evening (in summer) if you are in good shape, take a climb up Arthur’s Seat (an extinct volcano) for stunning views of the city, and beyond.
2) Premier Inn, Princes Street
This hotel is enviably situated on one of Edinburgh’s main thoroughfares, at the heart of it’s commercial district. From a visitor’s perspective, who wants to ‘see it all’ the location is first class. The hotel’s restaurant looks out upon Edinburgh Castle, and Princes Street Gardens. 1 minute’s walk away, you will find Rose Street, packed with great pubs, and behind that George Street, another main thoroughfare, offering more pubs, restaurants, and shops.
3) Tune Hotel, Haymarket
The Tune hotel is handily located close to Edinburgh’s Haymarket railway station, and around a mile from the city centre. Tune are Malaysian based company who offer modern, clean rooms at a budget price. The reason that Tune hotels can offer such cheap prices is because amenities such TV access, towels, toiletries are considered as ‘add ons’, and an extra charge is added if required. Also some of the cheaper rooms come without windows.
4) Holiday Inn Express, Royal Mile
The Holiday Inn Express is located a short stroll from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the epicentre of all things Edinburgh! With scores of historical attractions, traditional pubs, and restaurants easily reached on foot, it is highy unlikely you will become bored during a visit to this hotel. What’s more the hotel offer free WIFI access, and a complimentary hot breakfast to guests.
5) Premier Inn, Lauriston
The Premier Inn, Lauriston is conveniently located about ten minutes walk from the Grassmarket, an area packed with great bars and restaurants in view of the castle. Walk another 5 to 10 minutes, and you will be on the Royal Mile. The hotel is located only a few minutes walk from an area known as ‘the Meadows’, a large public park, handy for a peaceful stroll.
6) Apex Hotel, Haymarket
The Apex is conveniently located a few minutes walk from the Haymarket railway stations, and around 20 minute walks from Princes Street, Edinburgh’s main throughfare. Guests to the Apex can enjoy complimentary WIFI, and national telephone calls during their stay. Each room is kitted with satellite TV, ironing board and hair dryer.
7) Ibis Hotel, South Bridge
Another budget hotel in an excellent location, this ibis is an easy walk to the Royal Mile, Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle, and hundreds of other attractions. The hotel was opened in January, 2014, so you can be assured that the hotel is modern.
8) Travelodge, Edinburgh Central
This Travelodge offers ‘great value in a perfect location.’ The hotel is situated just a short wander from the Royal Mile, and many of Edinburgh’s main attractions. It’s advisable to try and book this hotel in advance, particularly at weekends, as it of often ends up fully booked due to it’s competitive prices and location. What’s more the hotel interior has recently been refurbished, giving it a fresh new look.
9) Premier Inn, Haymarket
This Premier Inn is located in the Haymarket close to the railway station, and around 20 minutes walk from Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle. At time of writing (21st February) rooms are as low as £35 a night, though of course this price will rise in the summer months, and around key dates such as the Edinburgh Festival.
10) Travelodge, Waterloo Place
This Travelodge is in a great location, sitting at the eastern end of Princes Street (Edinburgh’s main thoroughfare), and literally only a few minutes walk from the historical Calton Hill. The main Waverly railway station can also easily be reached on foot from here. What’s more the hotel interior has recently been refurbished, giving it a fresh new look.