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Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a place of stories, of creative arts, of history. Most famous for its festivals, Edinburgh is perfect at any time of year – though outside of festival season it is a very different place. In Autumn and Winter, and even for a lot of Spring, it can be a grey, blustery, rainy city, but that somehow only adds to its gothic charms. As a centre of Scottish literature and culture, it is unrivalled and superbly rich. In July and August, when the festivals are on, accommodation prices at least double, but otherwise, budget accommodation is plentiful and central. The main attractions are in the centre, both in the old and new parts of town, so all of the districts below are central, providing easy access to everything that Edinburgh has to offer.

Old Town

Gothic, atmospheric, ancient… Edinburgh may just have the perfect Old Town. The busy, vibrant Royal Mile is full of hotels, souvenir shops and street entertainment, while little alleyways lead off to hidden taverns and restaurants. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh Castle and the coffee shop which claims credit as the place where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter are all within the Old Town. There is a huge variety of accommodation available, and plenty of it is value for money.

Princes Street

Princes Street is Edinburgh’s main thoroughfare, located in the New Town. It’s many people’s first introduction to Edinburgh, as the Waverley train station is at one end of it. The Princes Street Gardens occupy a space between the old and new towns and are a very pleasant place to wander through. The former Jenners department store, now House of Fraser, still offers a classy, old-fashioned shopping experience and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants in the area. Princes Street is a prime spot for accommodation and includes budget options. It’s perfectly located in the centre of Edinburgh, easy for getting everywhere, and it’s just a short – if steep – walk to the castle.

Leith Walk

Just East of Waverley Station are the Regent Gardens and the area surrounding Leith Walk. It’s easily within walking distance of Princes Street and the Old Town, but offers a quieter, more residential place to stay. Characterful guesthouses in grand whitewashed buildings offer the best value for money in this area and there are local cafes and artisan delis to explore, along with the main attractions of the city.

Haymarket

Haymarket Station bookends the west end of central Edinburgh. The Haymarket district is a great spot for finding a stylish, concept hotel at a real bargain. It’s just a ten-minute walk to the castle or Princes Street Gardens, so it’s very well-placed to make the most of Edinburgh’s attractions. From Haymarket Station, buses go to Edinburgh Zoo, taking just 10 minutes – a really convenient way to go and visit the famous pandas.

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46 Pilrig Street

46 Pilrig Street

Outstanding 96%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
P24 Hour Reception
Budget From £65 per night

ALLGIRLZ (female only hostel)

30a Dublin Street

Excellent 93%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Budget From £14 per night

Castle Rock Hostel

15 Johnston Terrrace

Excellent 92%
Free WiFi
Budget From £14 per night
j28y560o As a hostel, this is excellent!!! It is clean, enough hot shower, friendly staff etc... But if you open the kitchen 24 hours, it would be great...

The Baxter

5/2 West Register Street

Excellent 92%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Budget From £20 per night
KellieBarnes Deservedly top-rated hostel. I have so much love for this place and hope to stay again. I stayed in the 12 bed dorm for a week. The beds are comfy, have individual lights and power points, and thankfully have been purpose-built by the owners not to rock when bunk buddies climb up! Don't let the stairwell put you off—they share with a couple of hostels on higher floors—the Baxter is cosy, well-maintained, and so very friendly. The staff are on hand all hours of the day, are absolutely lovely, and will even make you breakfast! There is a limited number of toilets but this is easily managed. The location is convenient— virtually over the road from Waverley station—and access is all hours with a handy key card system. They definitely won me over and the Baxter will always be my top choice in Edinburgh.

Kick Ass Hostels

2 West Port Grassmarket

Excellent 91%
Free WiFi
Budget From £14 per night

Grosvenor Gardens

1 Grosvenor Gardens

Excellent 91%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Budget From £39 per night
JmsCook9 This is a wonderful place to stay. The manager and staff are very friendly and helpful. The hotel is full of charm as well. The breakfasts are fantastic! I highly recommend this hotel to everyone. So many nice personal touches. I have stayed heree before and will do so again!

Light House Hostel

20 Gilmore Place

Excellent 90%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £14 per night
yx_ycx I think I felt at home when I am in the Art house Hostel, the owners are so friendly, here I thank them very much for their suggestions about our trip!In all, It's a place you are worth choosing!

The Westend Hostel

35 Palmerston Place

Excellent 90%
Free WiFi
Budget From £8 per night

Brooks Hotel Edinburgh

70-72 Grove Street

Excellent 90%
Free Breakfast
Budget From £66 per night

Abbotsford Guest House

36 Pilrig street

Excellent 90%
Free Breakfast
P24 Hour Reception
Budget From £66 per night

Clarin Guest House

4 East Mayfield

Excellent 90%
P24 Hour Reception
Budget From £51 per night

Hanover House Hotel

26 Windsor Street

Excellent 90%
Free Breakfast
Budget From £62 per night

Ascot Garden Guest House

154 Glasgow Road

Excellent 90%
Free Breakfast
P24 Hour Reception
Budget From £57 per night

Code Hostel

50 Rose Street North Lane

Awesome 89%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Budget From £44 per night

smartcityhostels Edinburgh

50 Blackfriars Street

Awesome 88%
Free WiFi
Budget From £3 per night
martina.za Thanks, hostel is kept very well given the amount of people coming and going.It has great location- just in the centre.Staff is helpful.It is handy, people can store luggage there even they check-in early and then after check out.The kitchen is rather smaller but people did not seem to use it as much because of big bar & cafe which serves food as well.

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