Where To Stay in Edinburgh: 2022 Guide for All Travelers!

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February 9, 2022
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In-depth guide and FAQs for the places to stay in Edinburgh 2021, including different neighborhoods and different accommodations for all kinds of travelers.

Edinburgh: It’s more than just whiskey and Harry Potter! There are hundreds of things to like about Edinburg, the fabulous capital city of Scotland. Home to some of Europe’s most breathtaking gothic buildings, castles, and boulevards (yet often excluded in travel lists), Edinburg is slowly becoming one of the most favored travel destinations in the UK.  

From its world-famous art festivals to its boutiques and restaurants, Edinburgh is the ideal go-to destination for any kind of traveler. So, whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or solo, there are so many things to do in Edinburgh that'll make your trip unforgettable! 

Planning your next Edinburgh getaway? Keep reading to find out the best areas to stay in Edinburgh in 2021. We’ve listed all the best accommodations in this beautiful historic city and the frequently asked questions by travelers coming into Edinburgh.

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What is Edinburgh, Scotland known for?

You might know Edinburgh for its collection of medieval buildings and architecture. But one of its most identifying landscapes is its beautiful contrasting cities: The Old Town and New Town, both found on either side of the Edinburgh Castle. 

The Old Town is composed of a labyrinth of medieval cobblestone streets, early public buildings, and underground vaults—all found on the castle’s southern side. While the New Town is the opposite city which is filled with neoclassical architecture, stylish shops, and wide boulevards for tourists into fashion and art. 

Is Edinburgh in the UK or Scotland?

Where is Edinburgh really? UK or Scotland? Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. It’s located in the Southeastern part of the country. The Scottish Parliament resides in the city. 

Is Edinburgh expensive?

Accommodation in Edinburg is rather expensive when compared to other UK city capitals. However, it is not as expensive as London and there are also affordable options inside the city if you know where to look. 

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Where to Stay in Edinburgh’s Old Town?

It’s almost as if you’re stepping back in time as you visit Edinburgh’s famous city, Old 

Town. Here you’ll find medieval architecture, hidden corners, and dozens of unique attractions to explore. If you’re looking for places to stay, you’ll also find tons of Edinburgh hotels and accommodations for all kinds of travelers.  

Best Affordable Accommodation

Where to stay in Edinburgh on a budget? Travelers looking for affordable places to stay will find the CoDE Pod Hostel the perfect private accommodation in the heart of Old Town. Aside from their comfortable sleeping pods, you’ll also have the opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers. Plus, they make delicious waffles every morning! 

Paradise for History Lovers

For history buffs and travelers who want to stay close to Edinburgh Castle, this lovely apartment in the historic center is the perfect accommodation for you. It’s situated just beside the Grassmarket and at the foot of Edinburgh Castle. The area where the apartment stands used to be part of the stables of the King of Scotland’s horses. If you don’t mind spending a bit more to experience a more intimate and elegant accommodation, try the Classical Apartment on the Royal Mile

Another good option is the Grassmarket Snug, this studio is just 5 minutes away from Edinburgh Castle. Space is situated at the back of a building which makes it very secluded and quiet despite being at the heart of the city. Here you’ll enjoy all the modern essentials including unlimited WIFI, flat screen TV, and more! 

Perfect for Couples 

If you’re looking for stylish accommodations, try this Airbnb: Old Town rooftop apartment. This charming apartment can be found in the center of The Old Town, Edinburgh. The apartment has a beautiful open-plan living area with a skylight and huge windows with amazing views of the city. It can accommodate up to two guests—perfect for lovers or best friends! 

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Where To Stay in Edinburgh’s New Town? 

New Town is Edinburgh's elegant urban area known for its symmetrical streets, green open spaces, and breathtaking Georgian houses. Although it's considered the “modern” side of  the city, it’s also a very old and historic region (almost two centuries old!) As the center of arts and fashion, the New Town is where travelers go for the Fringe festival, chic accommodations, and endless shopping! 

Perfect for Night-Life 

Located on Heriot Row, New Town’s most sought-after streets, this cozy lower ground apartment is the closest to all the best bars, restaurants, shops in the block. Stay here if you want to be near all the best clubs in Edinburgh! If you’re looking for more spacious accommodation, try this flat in Edinburgh City Centre. It has two bedrooms, a fully functional kitchen, and free Wi-Fi. It’s also close to New Town’s best theatres, galleries, and cafes. 

Family-Friendly Apartments

For those traveling with their kids and need parking, Frederick Street is our top pick for you. Stylish, spacious, and vibrant, this first-floor apartment in New Town is the perfect two-bedroom family apartment in the area. It features a spacious living room, kitchen, and two bathrooms. Another good family accommodation is this Airbnb home just opposite the Royal Botanical Gardens. It has a total of four beds, two bedrooms, and one bath. 

Is Edinburgh, Scotland safe?

Yes, it’s very safe. In fact, 90% of Edinburgh citizens claim that they felt safe in a city. Additionally, in a 2014 poll, Edinburgh was voted the safest in the ten biggest cities in the UK. 

As one of the world’s most walkable cities, Edinburgh is completely safe for travelers and tourists roaming during the day or night. If you ever need help, they have reliable hotlines such as 999 (for big emergency and urgent assistance of police, fire service, or ambulance), 111(for non-urgent medical emergencies), and 101 (for police but not urgent). 

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Ready for Your Trip to Edinburgh?

Now that you're an expert on where you can stay for your trip to Edinburgh, get excited and start planning!

Experience Edinburgh in all its glory and make your upcoming trip unforgettable with Pilot’s Travel Planner App. No matter how many days in Edinburg you want to stay, with this sleek itinerary planner, you can keep all your travel plans, ideas, and experiences in one place. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our travel newsletter Flightdeck for amazing tips and travel hacks!

Originally published on:  
June 30, 2021

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