Hotels to Stay at in Edinburgh

There are a number of cheap hotels in Edinburgh that you can stay at and have a great vacation without blowing all your travel money before you arrive.

The secret is to book early and try to reserve your room as far in advance as possible. Remember  that just because the rooms are cheaper than the big branded hotels that doesn't make them less comfortable. In fact, because Edinburgh is an old historic city the city centre has been established for hundreds of years with the many buildings not changing in this time. Some of the smaller run family hotels, long-established or converted from traditional townhouses, are in a better place that the big multinational hotels.

Being a historic city as well as one of the most important in Scotland, Edinburgh has long been established as a popular tourist city. The most popular attractions are the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle and the famous Edinburgh Festival that runs every year in August. 

So here's my list of  cheap hotels to stay:


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StayEdinburgh Apartments

11 Brandfield Street, Haymarket, Edinburgh EH3 8AS


The first hotel on my list isn't even a hotel: it's an apartment complex. The StayEdinburgh Apartments are situated in the very desirable west-end of the city about half a mile (0.8 kilometres) from Edinburgh Haymarket Rail Station.

This is an ideal base for tourists as, while not being directly in the busy centre of Edinburgh, it is only 15 minutes walk from the castle and Princes Street’s shops.

As this is an apartment and not a hotel room, there is a greater range of facilities on offer including  both a kitchen and separate lounge area. Included in the fully equipped kitchen area is an oven, fridge/freezer and cooking utensils. The lounge area features an LCD TV, DVD player and luxury sofas.

Further facilities include  a washing machine, dishwasher , ironing board and iron.

Prices: From  £70 per night

Facilities: As this is an apartment it comes with fully equipped kitchen with an oven, fridge/freezer and utensils. The  lounge area features an LCD TV, DVD player and luxury sofas.

Wi-fi: Available free in every room

Breakfast: Not included

Parking: Private parking is available through reservation at a cost of £12 GBP per day

Elevator: Yes

Pets: Allowed

Check-In: 4:30 - 00:00 hours

Check-Out: Before 13:00

Alexander Guest House

35, Mayfield Gardens, Edinburgh EH9 2BX

If you are looking for a cheap bed and breakfast in Edinburgh then there are few better than the Alexander Guest House.

 It has a friendly atmosphere and is a friendly B&B with choice of traditional Scottish, Continental or vegetarian breakfast on offer every morning.  

Together with the excellent family run atmosphere of the place is the picturesque backdrop of Arthur’s Seat.

The guest house is situated a little out-of-town but there is excellent transport links to the city centre which lies around one mile away.

Prices: Ensuite single from £  45 GBP per room

                  Ensuite double from £  80 GBP per room


Facilities: Tour Desk

Breakfast: Included. You can enjoy a full Scottish or Continental breakfast. Vegetarians accommodated.

Wi-fi: available in public areas and is free of charge. 

Parking: on street available subject to availability.

Elevator: No

Pets: Not allowed

Check-In: From 12:00 hours

Check-Out: 07:00 - 11:00 hours

Balmore Guest House

34, Gilmore Place, Edinburgh EH3 9NQ

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The Balmore Guest House is a traditional family run Victorian guest house in the south-west of the city. It has a number of quaint charms and certainly offers excellent value accommodation.The rooms range in price from a standard room at £33-£45 GBP per person  and £30-£55 for en-suite facilities per person both  based on double occupancy.

The guest house is situated close to popular tourist attractions with Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street about twenty minutes walk away or the journey could be shortened by using the efficient local transport services.

One major advantage to staying at the Balmore Guest House is the inclusive breakfast served in the conservatory which is  a lovely way to start a day's holiday in Edinburgh.

Prices: Ensuite single from £30GBP per room

                  Ensuite double from £60GBP per room

                  Ensuite large family room from £100GBP per room

Facilities: Garden

Wi-fi: Available free in every room

Breakfast: Included

Parking: No on site parking   but facilities are  available nearby at a cost of £6 GBP per day subject to availability.

Elevator: No

Pets: Not Allowed

Check-In: 14:00 - 21:00 hours

Check-Out: 09:00 - 10:00 hours

Eyre Guest House

5 Eyre Place, Edinburgh EH3 5ES

Set among the affluent housing of Edinburgh’s New Town is the Eyre Guest House. This  elegant town house offers guests a range both single and double en suite occupancy as well as large family rooms.

The New Town is ideally placed for those wanting to visit Edinburgh's tourist attractions as all are within walking distance.


Prices: Ensuite single from £30GBP per room

                  Ensuite double from £60GBP per room

                  Ensuite large family room from £100GBP per room

Facilities: Each room has T.V. and DVD recorder, tea/coffee-making facilities, private bathroom and hairdryer. Additional space is included in the communal guest lounge.

Breakfast: Full English breakfast is included in the room rate.

Wi-fi: Available free in every room

Parking: Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed).

Elevator: No

Pets: Not Allowed

Check-In: 14:00 - 21:00

Check-Out: before -11:00

Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel

9 Haddington Place, Broughton, Edinburgh EH7 4AL

Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel

It might not be on everyone's wish list to stay in a Youth Hostel but if you want to give it a try I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised.

This is a 5 star youth hostel so it's not only the basics on offer here. This particular hostel has it's own licensed café and restaurant.

The rooms are neat and tidy if not over luxurious and they have a shared kitchen facility.

Although no en suites are available there are private showering rooms so it's not like some hostels that have row after row of communal showers.

The have a well stocked public bar with widescreen plasma televisions and well as a bistro serving food throughout the day.

Prices: twin from £  65.50 GBP per room

                 double from £  65.50 GBP per room


Facilities: Public bar, laundry, vending machines

Breakfast: not included

Wi-fi: Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and costs GBP 1 per hour.

               Wired internet is available in public areas and costs GBP 3 per hour.

Parking: Not included

Elevator: No

Pets: Not allowed

Check-In: From 15:00 hours

Check-Out: Until 10:00 hours