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

    The former offices of the Scotsman newspaper have been 'sympathetically restored and adapted' to house this 'stylish and tasteful' luxury hotel. Many features of the spectacular 1905 building have

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

    In two 16th- and 17th-century buildings by the gates of Edinburgh Castle, this theatrical restaurant-with-suites overlooks the Royal Mile. It is owned by James Thomson (see Prestonfield, Edinburgh, in

  • The Howard, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    'We were pampered,' say visitors to this luxury hotel (part of the Edinburgh Collection), which lays on a comprehensive butler service. Butlers 'will take care of everything' (says the hotel), from

  • Prestonfield, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Next to Holyrood Park, this grand Baroque home owned by James Thomson (see also The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh, in the Shortlist) stands in 20 acres of private grounds. 'An orgy for the eyes

  • Tigerlily, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    A sense of fun permeates this stylish hotel filled with spirited prints, revolving glitter balls and chic modern fireplaces. It occupies a Georgian town house on a street popular for shopping and

  • The Bonham, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    In a quiet square near the West End, this conversion of three Victorian town houses is 'perfectly placed for the city, just five minutes' walk from Princes Street'. It is managed by David Barkley for

  • 94DR, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

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

  • Millers64, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    On a 'relatively quiet' street off Leith Walk, this Victorian town house has been given a 'stylish' make-over by sisters Shona and Louise Clelland. They run it 'with warmth and humour' as an upmarket

  • Southside Guest House, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Near the Meadows and Holyrood Park, Franco and Lynne Galgani's 'friendly' B&B is in a terrace of Victorian houses, and has lovely views over Edinburgh. It is within easy walking distance of

  • 23 Mayfield, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    A short walk from the city centre, Ross Birnie's detached Victorian house has 'an immediately welcoming, well-cared-for appearance'. The 'sympathetic' host has restored the house 'with meticulous

  • 21212, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Paul Kitching and Katie O'Brien's award-winning restaurant-with-rooms is in a restored Grade A listed town house, at the end of a Georgian terrace. Pre- and post-dinner drinks can be taken in the

  • One Royal Circus, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Susan and Mike Gordon's stylish modern B&B stands on a World Heritage-listed crescent in the heart of the fashionable New Town neighbourhood. Guests like the relaxed atmosphere: they are given a key

  • 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

    A doorman in a kilt, cloak and ghillie brogues welcomes guests to this grand Victorian building in the centre of the city. Once one of the great railway hotels, it is today a luxury enterprise (Rocco

  • Brooks Hotel Edinburgh, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

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

  • Cityroomz Edinburgh, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh