Looking for cheap accommodation in Edinburgh? We’ve picked the best of the best starting from €10.10pppn, so whether you’re looking for a great value backpakers’ hostel, an apartment in the centre of town or a cool hotel room, we’ve got great suggestions below. We’ve even picked out a luxury campsite…
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Best Backpackers’ Hostels
Super cheap: High Street Hostel
Scoring over a 90% satisfaction rate from customers, High Street Hostel has many more strings to its bow than cheap room rates (they start at just over €10 a night) – though they are a massive plus! Occupying a 470-year-old former Earl’s home, the hostel’s just off the Royal Mile and a two minute walk from Edinburgh’s main rail station. Inside you get free Wi-Fi, a fully equiped kitchen and a large communal lounge. The hostel offsets its carbon footprint with its own 75 hectares of woodland.
Best rated: Light House Hostel
Rated at over 97% by customers who’ve stayed, Light House Hostel offers free Wi-Fi, free teas and coffees, a home cinema room and an easygoing atmosphere. With room for just 38 guests, rooms are kept meticulously clean. Situated in a Victorian family home, it’s ten minutes’ walk to Edinburgh Castle and Haymarket station.
Adventure in the Meadow’s luxury campsite is found in the grounds of Kirkhill Mansion, a 20-minute drive from Edinburgh. No messing about with guide ropes required: snuggle up in Kocoon cabins, take dips in the outdoor hot tub, eat breakfast in the mansion’s dining room and hang out in the Grand Hall. Or stoke up a fire under the stars!
Cheap Boutique Hotels
Super cheap: Snoozebox Hotel Edinburgh
Snoozebox is found in the heart of Edinburgh, just off New Street. Rooms can sleep two adults and one child, and come with luxury Egyptian cotton bed sheets, toiletries, flat screen TVs and air-con. There’s a restaurant and bar open all day, with big screens to show sports and other events. The city centre and most attractions are a five minute walk away.
Best rated: 5 The Sandaig
A four-star hotel in a Victorian family home overlooking Leith Links park, 5 The Sandaig has been given a satisfaction rating of over 95% by HostelBookers customers. Luxurious rooms have flat screen TVs, DVD players, Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations, and Edinburgh central is ten minutes away by taxi. The beautiful Edinburgh waterfront is within walking distance.
Luxury on a budget: The Grassmarket Hotel
In a location five minutes’ walk from the Royal Mile, funky modern rooms and perks like free Wi-Fi and bike hire, Grassmarket Hotel has everything you need for a cool few days’ stay in Edinburgh. Bathrooms have luxurious rain showers and complimentary toiletries, and downstairs there’s a dining room for hot drinks and snacking. Edinburgh Castle is on your doorstep, too.
Cheap Apartments in the Centre of Town
Best rated: Lets Edinburgh – Private Apartments
Rated at over 90% by HB customers, Lets Edinburgh apartments each have a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, a twin room, another bathroom, a kitchen and lounge (which also has a comfortable double sofa bed). All come with free Wi-Fi, free parking and a TV, DVD and radio. Apartments are situated on Princess Street, a short walk from Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Grassmarket.
Super cheap: Grassmarket Flat
This newly refurbished two-level flat on West Port just off Grassmarket sleeps nine people comfortably across four bedrooms (three double/twin (zip and link) beds, a single bed in one room and a bunk bed in another room). It has a bathroom and two shower rooms, a kitchen, a large lounge with two sofas and free Wi-Fi. Edinburgh Castle is a five minute walk away, as well as plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants surrounding.
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