Top 5 Edinburgh hotels on a budget

Edinburgh is one of the top places to visit, no matter the time of the year.

It has so much to offer to visitors, as one of the most picturesque cities in Europe never mind the UK. Scotland’s capital is the place to come when looking for Scottish staycations.  Whether that’s exploring the wonders of Edinburgh Castle that has hotels in Edinburgh nearby or a walking tour of Edinburgh that takes in all the Harry Potter sites; you’ll feel as if you have been transported to a Harry Potter movie set when exploring Edinburgh, with the walking tour a magical Hogwarts-inspired affair.

Enjoy afternoons taking in the sights of the particularly breathtaking Princes Street gardens or strolling down the famous Royal Mile. Take an adventure down to the waterfront and enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes and quirky restaurants in the rejuvenated Leith docks. Edinburgh hotels are near to all the action, all over the city, so enjoying short breaks in the UK this year should be done here.

The city is also home to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which takes place every August. It brings millions of visitors to the city throughout the month. From street performers, artists and comedians showcasing their talents, it’s the biggest arts festival of its kind in the world.

Top Edinburgh budget hotels for a short break

These are just some of the reasons to enjoy hotels in Edinburgh, making your next Edinburgh staycation a memorable one. We know travelling can be expensive and Edinburgh is Scotland’s most expensive city (although not on the level of London, that’s for sure!). With that in mind we’ve put together a list of the top Edinburgh hotels to stay in while on a budget. Check them out so you can decide where to stay on your next short break in the UK.

Haymarket Hotel in Edinburgh

One of the best value hotels near to all the action is the Haymarket hotel in Edinburgh’s New Town. It has everything you would in a short break hotel. It’s spread across three Victorian townhouses and has all the charm and tradition you would expect from a family run establishment.

Wake up to a traditional Scottish breakfast each morning. This can save you money in that you may hold off eating until the late afternoon due to the amount of energy this breakfast gives you.

This Edinburgh hotel is near all the action in Edinburgh. Only a few minutes from Haymarket Station and a 20 minute walk to Edinburgh Castle, the Grassmarket and other Edinburgh attractions.

The hotel isn’t the cheapest but if visitors are flexible you can get a double room for around £100. Booking early also helps when looking for hotels in Edinburgh on a budget.

Main street in Edinburgh Scotland

Safestay Edinburgh hostel

Short breaks in the UK are that bit better when you have accommodations near to everything that you want to visit. Safestay Edinburgh is another of those hostels that ticks that box. Right in the middle of the wonders of Old Town Edinburgh. It’s next to loads of bars and club choices making this establishment the ideal place to stay when coming for a night out in Edinburgh. It’s also close to the train station so visitors have easy access to all of Edinburgh’s attractions and elsewhere.

If you are looking for a cheap hotel in Edinburgh, this hostel is great for those on a shoe string budget travelling. It has its own restaurant, pool tables and outdoor seating area. Dorms are the most cost effective option but private rooms are easy on the wallet too.

Midrange hotels in Edinburgh that don’t cost the earth

We’ve put some hotels in the list which aren’t the cheapest but are also friendly to your wallet:

Ibis Styles Edinburgh hotel

This hotel is another that sells in part due to its location. It’s the perfect place to come for Hogmanay as its right next to all the action of the Old Town. New Year in Edinburgh is a magical time with people from all over the world in the Scottish capital to celebrate.

The Ibis is modern and has some memorable aspects. Each room is individually designed with its own wallpaper – usually Scottish themed.  The Ibis is right where you want to be for your short break in Edinburgh but far away enough that you can still enjoy 8 hours of sleep, even on New Year’s Eve.

Indigo – a modern hotel in Edinburgh

This hotel brand offers real value for money when looking for accommodations in Edinburgh that don’t cost the earth. Standing at the edge of the city, you have the peace and quiet of the outskirts without being too far from the centre.  The hotel is near to the coolest parts of the city in Leith and Stockbridge if visitors want to explore more than the Old and New Town. Edinburgh isn’t a big city so you can walk most of it in a few hours.  The Indigo Edinburgh has style in abundance. Large bay windows that let lots of light in and reasonable prices for food and drinks.

Edinburgh Castle, a must visit in the city

AirBnB Edinburgh

Do you want to live like a local and feel part of the Scottish fabric? When travelling to Edinburgh for a UK short break this might be the most cost-effective option for groups. This can be more convenient too.

Explore the local Edinburgh market and head back to the pad to cook lunch or dinner offers a different type of stay to tourists. You can stay in the likes of Bruntsfield, Leith and Stockbridge with AirBnB. Near to local pubs and award winning restaurants.

The Crags, near the best hotels in Edinburgh Scotland

These are some of the top hotels in Edinburgh to choose when on a budget UK short break. Whether you visit in Winter or Summer, there are plenty things to explore while keeping to your budget. While Edinburgh isn’t cheap, staying in more cost-effective accommodation means visitors can spend their cash on attractions and other experiences. Explore Edinburgh the way you want, while on a budget!

This was a guest post created by Jonathan Livingston. Jonathan is a keen travel blogger and digital marketing specialist with his company myhotelbreak.com.


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