Best Luxury & Boutique Hotels in Edinburgh

A famous festival and World Heritage Site

Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh is beautiful, buzzing and bountiful. From your hotel, take a trip to the striking Edinburgh Castle, walk down the Royal Mile and discover why Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city is the home of some of the best boutique and luxury hotels in Britain which are deservedly popular and often booked months in advance. There are five selected GHG hotels in Edinburgh and ten shortlist hotels.

The city’s hotels are at their busiest during the Edinburgh International Festival which runs for four weeks in August.  The Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs alongside, with more than 2,500 shows – great for comedy and free performances. Also in August take part in the Edinburgh International Book Festival, attracting top authors, and see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo where almost a thousand musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers perform at the castle. Don’t forget to climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat – a hill about a mile from the castle – to get an amazing view. 


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  • The Scotsman, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    There are stunning views across the city from this ‘stylish and tasteful’ hotel on the historic North Bridge. Formerly the offices of the Scotsman newspaper, the iconic building has been carefully

  • The Witchery by the Castle, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    By the gates of Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the Royal Mile, this theatrical restaurant-with-suites occupies two 16th- and 17th-century buildings with dramatic candlelit rooms, secret doors, and

  • Prestonfield, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    In 20 acres of private grounds at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, this opulently decorated, baroque house is ‘an orgy for the eyes and senses’. It has gilded furniture, swags, velvets and brocades, lavish

  • Tigerlily, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Behind its Georgian exterior, this stylish hotel in New Town is decorated with a sense of fun: it is filled with spirited prints, pink hues and shiny surfaces. It is on a street popular for shopping

  • The Bonham, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    ‘A civilised retreat from the noise of Edinburgh at Festival time,’ say returning visitors this year, of their stay at this smart hotel. It occupies three late Victorian houses on a leafy crescent.

  • 94DR, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Paul Lightfoot and John MacEwan run this modern B&B in their restored Victorian town house. Considerate hosts, they readily assist with restaurant, theatre and concert bookings, car hire and guided

  • Millers64, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Two sisters with the hospitable impulse present their Victorian town house as a smart but welcoming B&B. With just two guest bedrooms, and bags of enthusiasm, Louise and Shona Clelland have plenty

  • Southside Guest House, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Franco and Lynne Galgani’s welcoming B&B is in a Victorian terraced house close to the Meadows and Holyrood Park, and within easy walking distance of restaurants, pubs and shops; a bus stop is nearby.

  • 21212, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Paul Kitching and Katie O’Brien’s award-winning restaurant-with-rooms is at the end of a Georgian terrace, five minutes’ walk from the centre. Paul Kitching has a Michelin star for his creative

  • Ardmor House, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    In a quiet street opposite Pilrig Park, this 'immaculate' B&B is 'mainly looked after' by the owner, Robin Jack, 'with a little help from my partner, Barry, and our lovely team'. 'We were very

  • The Balmoral, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Once one of the great railway hotels, this grand Victorian building in the centre of the city is today a luxury enterprise (Rocco Forte Hotels). Franck Arnold is the manager. The hotel’s clock, an

  • Brooks Hotel Edinburgh, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    In the west end of the city, close to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, this 1840s stone building has been restyled inside with a mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings. It is owned

  • Cityroomz Edinburgh, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Fifteen minutes’ walk from Haymarket station, and close to all the city’s major attractions, this no-frills hotel is liked for its central location and cheerful, modern decor. Bedrooms are comfortably

  • The Rutland Hotel, EDINBURGH

    Steps from the top of Princes Street, this stylish, modern hotel is discreetly hidden in a 19th-century building that was once the home of Sir Joseph Lister, a pioneer of antiseptic medicine. It is