Where to Stay in Edinburgh in 2019 (Old Town VS New Town)


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Rich in history and old Scottish culture, Edinburgh is one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom. During the period you spend in Edinburgh, you will either want to stay in the city’s older district (known as Old Town) or in the newer areas. If you want to know where to stay in Edinburgh, there are several good options!

Old Town Chambers


Located in Roxburgh’s Court on High Street, this historic hotel exemplifies the heritage of the surrounding area. When you stay here, you’re only a ten-minute walk away from such major attractions as Edinburgh Castle and Princess Street, the Royal Mile and St. Giles’ Cathedral. The hotel has 50 guestrooms, each with a kitchen and beds with Egyptian cotton sheets. Your room also has complimentary wireless internet as well as a terrace that affords stunning views of Old Town.

St. Christopher’s Inn


It just doesn’t get any more historic than this. If you want to experience a district of Edinburgh that appears as though it hasn’t changed a great deal since the Middle Ages, you’ll want to stay at St. Christopher’s Inn. This establishment offers both private rooms and dorm-like settings. You’ll be minutes away from the Scottish National Galleries and medieval sites that are just waiting to be explored. There’s also an active local party scene that’s as popular with travelers as it is locals. If you’re keen to sample some local delicacies – most notably haggis – head on over to Jake’s Place. For modern pub grub, simple head downstairs to Belushi’s.

Principal Edinburgh George Street


You can’t help but feel very British when you’re a guest of this fine hotel. Situated in New Town on the corner of Prince and George streets, this Victorian-era hotel is thoroughly modern and is close to the downtown core’s vibrant shopping malls and restaurants. The rooms are stylish and very clean and offer full amenities including free wi-fi and a 24-hour fitness center. In keeping with a longstanding Scottish/British tradition, upon arrival, you’ll be offered a ‘Tuck Box’ which contains various types of teas and coffees as well as Scottish goodies such as Mackie’s Crisps and Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers. A buffet-style breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant, The Printing Press.

The Royal Scots Club


Even in New Town, which bristles with modernity, you can’t escape the historical look and atmosphere of Edinburgh. The Royal Scots Club (which once served as the home to the Royal Scots Regiment) is a renowned hotel with an old-world feeling that offers great rooms and some of the best overall customer service you’ll find in the entire city. You’ll be close to everything downtown Edinburgh has to offer while

The Edinburgh Grand


Stately and luxurious, The Edinburgh Grand offers both rooms for short-term stays as well as apartments and Airbnb options for longer vacations. Either way, you get five-star accommodations that are comfortable and give you easy access to the heart of Edinburgh. The rooms and apartments have more than enough space, with open plan lounges, dining and kitchen areas. You’ll be even more impressed by the professional staff who ensure that your stay is the best it can be.

The Balmoral


Keeping with the theme of Old Town, the Balmoral is historic on the outside while ultramodern on the inside. There’s a large indoor swimming pool as well as luxurious dining rooms. The Balmoral is a two-minute walk from Waverley Station, which takes you into downtown Edinburgh.

Planning your trip to Scotland, Ireland or anywhere in the UK? See also:

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