Edinburgh – the jewel of the North – should be on everybody’s travel itinerary if spending more than a day or two in the UK. It’s a city with a great story of history, pageant and popular culture. It is easy to get to – an airport just 7/8 miles from the centre and Prestwick is only 45 minutes by rail.
Having convinced you to visit – where should you stay?
Stay central. Most people only stay or night so. So if you want to get the max out of your stay consider only city centre hotels. See below for a brief review of hotels that have been personally reviewed and visited.
TOP CLASS HOTELS IN EDINBURGH: If money is no object we suggest the Sheraton in Edinburgh it has an outdoor infinity pool and full spa. There’s not a comparable city hotel like it in the UK, while the Balmoral is hard to beat as the iconic Edinburgh hotel, but the Scotsman and Glasshouse are good examples of nouveau boutique hotels.
BUSINESS/LUXURY HOTELS:: A good place to start is with the well-known brands such as the Hilton hotels which include the historic Caledonian which has a special place in the hearts of Edinburgh people. Malmaison and Radisson hotels are also represented but the local Scottish brands of the Apex hotels and the MacDonald hotels are as good if not better hotels. There are also some great ‘niche’ hotels the best of which is Channing’s Hotel. The Holiday Inns are represented in Edinburgh but are not particularly well located.
GOOD QUALITY HOTELS:: The Paramount Carlton and the Thistle hotels are good quality four star hotels which often have attractive prices. Jurys Inn and Premier Inns offer outstanding value in good locations, while the independent Ten Hill Place Hotel has a great combination of style, location and value.
CHEAP AND CHEERFUL:: Jurys and the Premier also are very competitive rates, while the Express by Holiday Inn as ever offer a consistent offering a low price. The two stars and three star markets are represented by a large number of small older style hotels which have a patchy record. The Frederick House Hotel is good for being central and Tailors Hall is good for groups.
OTHER OPTIONS:: There are some good self-catering options which are good value for small groups and families. Fountain Court has a number of central locations but for more up market self-catering look at the Fraser Suites and the Edinburgh Residence. At the other end of the scale there is some university accommodation in the form of the Chancellor’s Court.