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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.
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 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.
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 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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x The average starting price for a place to stay in Edinburgh is £65 per night.
claudia.co The Thistle House is a very nice place to stay. We enjoyed very much our stay there. The room was clean and there was a warm welcoming with some tea facilities. The people were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was outstanding!! Claudia
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!
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!
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...
100 Milton Road EastExcellent 90%
10 Priestfield RoadExcellent 90%
4 Queen's CrescentExcellent 90%
slugtrek We stayed here because we were taking the MacBackpackers three day tour of the Highlands and it was owned by the same company. They also own two other hostels in town. It was very basic, but had a great location. Next time I might try one of the other two hostels that they own instead though. The company itself is great, but this one seems to be populated by long term residents and it's hard to navigate as a visitor.
lolousa It was a very great journey... People were very very nice...and the situation was just perfect!!! Thx to the hostel team for the fabulous moment I ve lived in their hostel... And for all the Xmas stuff!!!
saidhbhg Excellent location, right in the heart of the city. Very friendly place to stay. Staff were really helpful. Street noise might be a problem for some but this is to be expected with such a city centre location. Was great to stay somewhere and not have to get buses or taxis anywhere for the whole trip. Would definitely stay here again.
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