Where to sleep in Edinburgh, the best neighborhoods


Edinburgh is one of the European capitals most dependent on tourism. With a population of less than 500.000 and more than 500 hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts and guesthouses, the number of beds per capita is among the highest in Europe. Finding an apartment or hotel will be easy, but you still need to know which neighborhood to sleep in in Edinburgh.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city has relatively few neighborhoods and it is advisable to consider a rather large budget for housing, like any other major city in the UK. Here are the districts to sleep in Edinburgh.

Where to sleep in Edinburgh, the best neighborhoods
Where to sleep in Edinburgh, the best neighborhoods

The best neighborhoods to sleep in Edinburgh

Where to sleep in Edinburgh, the best neighborhoods
Edinburgh, Scotland - Photo from Istock


The oldest part of the city is built on a cliff and is home to most of the buildings worthy of interest in Edinburgh. The Old Town has retained its quaint look and medieval style and is undoubtedly where we all want to be in Edinburgh.

Furrowing the main avenue, the Royal Mile, you will find a labyrinth of alleys with large squares, markets and green spaces. In the city center, don't miss the Edinburgh CastleHolyrood palace, the Princes Street Gardens and National Gallery of Scotland. A central, lively and dynamic neighborhood.

If you are reluctant to pay at least € 60 for a hotel night, look to youth hostels as an alternative to expensive accommodation in Edinburgh.

Where sleeping in Old Town



This neighborhood was created in 1765, respecting theGeorgian and neoclassical architecture. The whole area was built to give the city a breather as it grew. Its wide, straight streets are lined with shops and restaurants. Especially its most famous street, Princess Street. From the new city of Edinburgh you can see the whole old city over U.S.

Naturally staying in New Town is a bit cheaper and you are one step away from everything you want to visit in Edinburgh. The streets of Edinburgh's New Town are lined with hotels, some of which are five-star.

Another plus is that it is right in the train station area. This is where the bus that connects the city to the airport stops.

Where to sleep in New Town



Further north, between the city center and the coast there is one of the highlights of the city, with its view of the castle, Arthur’s seat - the famous hill 251 meters above sea level overlooking the city - and the other areas of the center. Below, cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants will delight night owls. This is a good area to stay in Edinburgh if you like partying and nature, all close to the city center.

Where sleeping in Calton Hill



West of the city center and close to Haymarket train station, this area of ​​Edinburgh is a charming neighborhood to sleep in in Edinburgh. The West End is an ideal location if you like cultural places. Here are theUsher Hall, Royal Lyceum e The Filmhouse.

The West End is home to some of Edinburgh's most luxurious hotels, however, as this area is larger than the others, thethe hotel's offer is wider. Being a little further from the center, hotel prices are slightly lower. At the same time, you are not far from the places to visit. Edinburgh City Center can be reached on foot in just 10 minutes.

Where to sleep in West End



The Stockbridge area is located just behind New Town. Being a little further away and not in full Princes Street, the price of accommodation is lower. This is another area where you can find it budget accommodation in Edinburgh.

Don't be afraid to look for accommodation here, because walking, it will only take you a few minutes to reach the center. After all, Edinburgh must be visited and discovered by walking.

Where to sleep in Stockbridge



The Newington area is beyond the historic center, so it is in the upper part of the city. In this area we can find cheaper accommodation than in the historic center and we are one step away from the Royal Mile and all that is interesting about Edinburgh.

Where sleeping in Newington



Located west of the city center, on the banks of the River Leith, this area is very quiet and is ideal for country walks, making you forget you are in a European capital.

The old mills have been rehabilitated in elegant apartments and many houses date back to the 17th century. This is where part of the Avengers movie was filmed. Many Scots settle here, but be aware that the area lacks shops and pubs - you must choose this area to stay if you are traveling with your family.

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The Leith area, or rather the Leith neighborhood, is the port district of Edinburgh. This neighborhood is located in the north-west, beyond the New Town until it reaches the sea. It is a small town with its own personality and with beautiful places to visit.

In addition to being a district with its own personality, young and dynamic, it is undoubtedly a very cheap place where to sleep in Edinburgh. This district is the farthest but well connected to the center. In just 10 minutes by bus you will arrive in the middle of Princes Street.

Where to sleep in Leith


How to book accommodation in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh has become one for some years very popular tourist destination, Then during the high season it can be difficult to find one accommodation at a good price. For this reason, we recommend that you book your accommodation in advance.

There are many hotel booking platforms, and in our experience, we were always happy with booking.com. And the bigger accommodation booking platform in the world and operates a international level, which makes it the safest and most reliable of all.

The best feature? Offers free cancellation (in most hotels). Free cancellation is very useful in case of changes at the last moment of the program or in case of cancellation of the trip.

Cheap accommodation in Edinburgh

If you are looking for one budget accommodation in Edinburgh, the best option is the hostels. In the UK they are known as Guest House o Hostels. In the city center, prices are generally higher than in other neighborhoods.

If your budget is very tight, you will have to consider staying in areas further away from the old city. Since Edinburgh is not an extremely large city and it has a efficient transport service, almost any area is good to stay without ever being too far from the center and major attractions.

Hostel prices are the cheapest; these are the most popular places for groups of friends and solo travelers. In Edinburgh you can find a bed in a large room for less than € 10 a night, which may seem surprising for the Scottish capital's price level.

Apartments in Edinburgh

In recent years, the  apartments have become increasingly popular and are now one of the best alternatives to hotels, especially for families, groups of friends and longer stays.

Hotel to Edinburgh

Depending on the time of year and the advance with which you book the hotel, the price of one night for a double room it rarely falls below 60€. The average room rate in a downtown hotel can cost you one hundred euros per night.

During the month of August, when the Edinburgh Festival is held, hotel prices in Edinburgh are at least double that of the price indicated in low season.

If you don't want to spend a lot of money on accommodation in Edinburgh, but want to stay somewhere comfortable and beautiful, your best option will be the hotel at 3 and 4 stars or the famous Bed & Breakfast. This type of accommodation is ideal for families and tourists on a medium budget.

The best hotels in Edinburgh

If price is not an issue for you and you would like to enjoy the experience of staying in a good hotel, don't miss the list of luxury hotels in Edinburgh.

Discover the best hotels in Edinburgh



Where to sleep in Edinburgh, the best neighborhoods
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