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Top 10 Best Hotels in Edinburgh, UK for your Vacation [2022 Edition]

Let the Best Hotels in Edinburgh help you soak in the Scottish charms of the city. It has been the capital of Scotland, as far back as the 15th century. It seats the Scottish Government, Parliament, and even Scottish monarch. And you might be surprised to find that it’s also the second-largest financial hub in the U.K.


1. The Balmoral Hotel

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The Balmoral, a five-star Rocco Forte hotel set in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland.

For over a century, The Balmoral has found a home at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. A landmark Rocco Forte hotel set in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, The Balmoral combines stunning views and warm hospitality with world-class facilities to create the perfect urban retreat.

Standing proud since 1902, the historic building’s majestic clock tower still dominates the Edinburgh skyline. Its clock is set precisely three minutes fast, to ensure residents never miss their train. In fact, the only day the clock is set correctly is Hogmanay for the city’s New Year celebrations.

The Balmoral is the perfect home-from-home to discover Edinburgh and Scotland’s finest attractions. Whatever the season, the hotel’s dedicated Concierge team can open doors to some of the most unique experiences in Scotland.

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Location: 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ, Scotland, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 131 556 2414

Where to Find: Hotel.com


2. Prestonfield House

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Opulence, theatre, and luxury are combined in this unique 5-star hotel in one of Edinburgh’s finest historic buildings. Just five minutes from Edinburgh city centre, James Thomson’s Prestonfield House is Edinburgh’s most exclusive luxury hotel, offering the privacy and seclusion of a country estate right in the heart of Edinburgh.

60 years after Prestonfield House changed from a private home to a luxury hotel, it remains one of the most recognisable 5 Star hotels in Scotland. Situated within 20 acres of gardens and located next to the stunning Arthur’s Seat, you wouldn’t know we’re only five minutes from the bustling life of Edinburgh’s city centre.

Step inside Prestonfield House with its unique rooms, distinguished heritage, and true 5-star atmosphere. No room is alike, each room features unique antique furniture such as a comfortable seating area, a desk, a collection of antiques, and characterful feature beds dressed with fine linens and piled high with cushions.

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Location: Priestfield Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5UT, Scotland, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 131 225 7800

Where to Find: Hotel.com


3. Cheval Old Town Chambers

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Situated on the iconic Royal Mile, a stay in Edinburgh doesn’t get more central than this. Steps from the city’s primary thoroughfare, Cheval Old Town Chambers consists of 74 luxury serviced apartments, each one a unique shape, with a number of options available to suit your stay. From the open plan, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments to a historic Townhouse and Penthouses with stunning city views or views overlooking the Royal Mile, each apartment is fully equipped and stocked with luxury items for your comfort. Whether you’re staying at a Cheval Residence for just one night, or for months at a time, you can expect five-star service and a personal touch. On the ground floor, you will also find Luckenbooths, a 140-seat bar, and a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails.

The site itself is one of great historical significance in the heart of the Old Town surrounded by medieval remnants once home to wealthy and influential city figures of the past. These include a 15th-century two-bedroom Townhouse within Cheval Old Town Chambers. Now beautifully redeveloped, the site works to enhance existing features with contemporary architecture and décor, for a unique and memorable stay.

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Location: Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1PN, Scotland, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 131 510 5499

Where to Find: Hotel.com


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4. Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, an IHG Hotel

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Perched on the edge of a picturesque private garden in the New Town, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel blends traditional glamour with the Scotland of today. Outside, a classical Georgian exterior stands as an ode to the past while inside, past the lobby, a glass-topped central courtyard is abuzz with activity as travelers unwind over gin & tonics, local professionals do business, and friends toast special occasions. The energy is so fresh and effervescent that you’ll want to bottle it and bring it home—but then again, it feels too distinctly Edinburgh to make sense anywhere else.

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Location: 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ, Scotland, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 131 240 5500

Where to Find: Hotel.com


5. The Dunstane Houses

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The Dunstane Houses have stood at the gateway to old-town Edinburgh since the 1860s. Variously occupied by merchants, musicians, doctors, distillers, bankers, and newspapermen over the last 150 years, they have witnessed the evolution of modern-day Edinburgh. Today, these historic buildings form two halves of a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel: a relaxing, contemporary sanctuary that blends the story of the capital with the Orkney roots of its owners – a stylish and welcoming city retreat with an authentic Scottish soul.

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Location: 4 West Coates, Edinburgh, EH12 5JQ, Scotland, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 131 337 6169

Where to Find: Hotel.com


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6. The Bonham Hotel

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Set in a quiet leafy crescent in the exclusive West End of Edinburgh, only minutes from the main attractions, The Bonham provides guests with luxurious, fully refurbished rooms and suites. Many rooms offer stunning views either over Drumsheugh Gardens or towards the Firth of Forth and the Kingdom of Fife.

Welcoming lounges and a stylish restaurant and bar make the most of the beautiful interiors of the original houses and look over the peaceful gardens.

Surrounded by the stunning backdrop of the magnificent Scottish capital.

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Location: 35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh, EH3 7RN, Scotland, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 131 226 6050

Where to Find: Hotel.com


7. Cheval The Edinburgh Grand

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Situated on St Andrew Square in the city’s New Town area, the Residence pays homage to its former life as a historic banking landmark, The National Bank of Scotland. The well-known building has been beautifully renovated to house 50 fully equipped serviced apartments, with options to accommodate from one to six guests. Each apartment seamlessly incorporates the building’s historic roots with slick contemporary design, and the interior décor has been intricately chosen to enhance authentic features including original dark wood paneling, fireplaces, brass door handles, and decorative cornicing.

Only a short walk from the city’s main railway station, Waverley, and well-placed for shopping and dining out, Cheval The Edinburgh Grand is the ideal spot from which to discover the past and present of Scotland’s vibrant capital city.

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Location: 42 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD, Scotland, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 131 230 0570

Where to Find: Hotel.com

8. Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

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Set in a Victorian former railway station, this luxury hotel is a 12-minute walk from Haymarket train station and a 13-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle.

Elegant rooms feature flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines, bedding and pillow menus, and Wi-Fi. Suites add living spaces and some have views over Edinburgh Castle.

The hotel has a restaurant serving lunch and dinner, with dishes featuring locally-sourced ingredients. There’s also a lobby lounge and a bar. The spa offers beauty treatments and has a nail bar, a pool, a fitness suite, a sauna, and a steam room. Meeting and event spaces can accommodate up to 300 people.

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Location: Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB, Scotland, United Kingdom

Contact: 44 131 222 8888

Where to Find: Hotel.com


9. The Glasshouse, Autograph Collection

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When the 170-year-old was converted into The Glasshouse Hotel in 2003, Scotland exchanged one iconic piece of history for another. With, this is a standout among luxury boutique hotels and is considered one of the finest places to stay in Edinburgh. This historic luxury hotel in Edinburgh features cozy-contemporary interiors, warm Scottish service, and consistently spectacular views of the city centre, Calton Hill, or the hotel’s two-acre rooftop garden.

In 2018 the hotel’s reception was fully refurbished; the crisp modern lines and vibrant lighting, creating a dramatic juxtaposition between the historic and gothic church façade, and the strikingly modern and luxurious space behind it.

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Location: 2 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA, Scotland, United Kingdom

Contact: 44 131 525 8200

Where to Find: Hotel.com


10. Fingal – A Luxury Floating Hotel

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2 miles from Edinburgh’s city center, this luxurious refurbished ship is permanently docked in the Port of Leith. It’s also 10 miles from the Edinburgh Airport and 1 mile from the Trinity House Maritime Museum.

Lavish cabins with brass fixtures offer porthole windows and free Wi-Fi, plus flat-screen TVs, underfloor heating, and rainfall showers. Duplex cabins feature spiral staircases and separate living areas, and there’s an elegant penthouse suite that also adds a separate dining area and private deck.

A full Scottish breakfast is included in the price and is served in a sophisticated restaurant. There’s also a posh cocktail bar with outdoor seating and port views. A ballroom event space with private deck seats of up to 80 guests.

Pricing: Check it out here for more

Location: Alexandra Dock, Historic Port of Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 7DX, Scotland, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 131 357 5000

Where to Find: Hotel.com

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