Beneath the shadows of the more than thousand year old Edinburgh Castle, comedians, filmmakers, actors, artists, authors, businesspeople and tourists clatter across Edinburgh’s cobblestoned streets. Just like you, they’ve come for business and play, but also to snag a seat at any number of the city’s important cultural festivals. Accommodation books up fast throughout the year here, so make sure to reserve your boutique Edinburgh hotel early to guarantee your prime location near all of the most intriguing cultural and historical sites.
Serving as the capital city of Scotland since the 15th century, Edinburgh has long been a cultural, social and political hub. Begin your stroll through history at Edinburgh Castle itself, St. Giles Cathedral or the iconic Scott Monument, which provides excellent views atop a mere 200 steps. The 150 year old Camera Obscura also provides a stunning 360-degree panorama of the city.
The Greyfriars Kirkyard, also located in Old Town, provides a healthy dose of history, with many famous names on the stones and highly dynamic tour guides to regale visitors with tales of ghosts, grave robbing and English invasion. Alternatively, the Scottish Parliament will provide a much more modern look into today’s government. Be sure to snag a pair of free tickets to watch the parliament in session -- just be ready to watch a much more dynamic approach to parliamentary debate than you’ll find at home.
Alternatively, take your cultural meanderings inside to the Museum of Scotland, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, or any of the boutique galleries along St. Stephen Street. Here you’ll find the distinctive Millenium Clock, pottery dating back to the Roman era, and world class seasonal exhibitions.
Those looking for a little bit of fresh air will find a number of options. A stroll along the Water of Leith will occupy an idyllic afternoon, as will a meander out to the Pentlands Hills Regional Park just south of the center, which provides ample views of the city’s tallest buildings. Or, pack a picnic lunch and eat beneath the blooms at the Royal Botanic Garden or the Princess Street Gardens, the latter of which sits right in the heart of the city.
Looking to get a little shopping in? Princes Street, Cockburn Street and Victoria Street are all sure to satisfy, with both large retailers and boutique shops on offer. Princes Mall, St. James Mall and Ocean Terminal are also popular options. If you’re going to be headed to a rugby match at Murrayfield Stadium or a football (soccer) match at Tynecastle Park or Easter Road Stadium, make sure to buy a jersey while you’re out and about so you can support the home team in style.
From Old Town to Leith and the West End, Edinburgh is chock full of dining options sure to suit any palette. If you’re a fan of fried food, you can get it in just about every form here, including fried pudding. However, there are a number of Michelin rated restaurants available, and ethnic cuisine that spans the globe.
No guide to Edinburgh would be complete without exploring the city’s many festivals. Attend the Edinburgh International Festival for a glimpse of the festival that preceded all others; the Edinburgh Military Tattoo for your fill of kilted bagpipers; the Edge Festival to see some of today’s top bands; or of course, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which invites artists of numerous disciplines to perform in what is now the largest festival of its kind. Just be careful not to trip over the countless barkers as they try to usher you into their shows up and down the Royal Mile.
Edinburgh is easily reached via the M8 motorway, as well as by bus, train and plane. When you arrive, ensure you’ve got a comfortable and quiet place to rest up at night by booking into one of our boutique hotels in Edinburgh. With world class amenities and helpful staff, your stay with us will keep your rested and ready to embrace all that this dynamic city has to offer.
In the heart of the Scottish capital, our distinctive Edinburgh boutique hotel is housed in a beautiful listed building dating from the 18th century. Step through our doors and you’ll see how our chic and contemporary interior reflects our surrounding area’s history and Edinburgh’s many modern-day festivals.
The hotel is a collection of stunning Georgian Townhouses located in a peaceful location with spectacular views across to the Firth of Forth. Our hidden secret are the beautiful gardens at the rear of the hotel, where guests can experience some serenity in the middle of this bustling city!
Ask our helpful Front Desk staff about the range of discounts available to Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre guests. You can save money on city bus sightseeing tours and get discounts at nearby restaurants. Children under 18 stay free in Family rooms.
Our fantastic quiet city centre location is only a few minutes walk from the Royal Mile and all the brilliant tourist attractions with lots of bars and restaurants. Only 10 minutes walk to Edinburgh Castle. This is an ideal family hotel to enjoy our breakfast inclusive rates for up to two adults and two children with a great continental selection as well as sausages, scrambled eggs and beans.
Enjoy the best of both worlds at the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh-Waterfront hotel. Our location in Leith Harbour is a peaceful base just minutes from Edinburgh's vibrant city centre and world-famous attractions including the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street.
With the Holiday Inn Edinburgh next door to Edinburgh Zoo, there is no better way to stay and see the new giant pandas recently arrived from China. The Zoo Package includes entry to see Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunshine) in their fabulous new Panda enclosure. New this year is the upgraded penguin enclosure, and the return of the famous Penguin Parade.
Hotel is conveniently located right next to Edinburgh International Airport with a transfer time that takes five to ten minutes by our 24-hour shuttle bus (£2.50 for a return journey fee). Breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi are always included for our guests during stay; a full dinner menu is available. Handy Park Stay and Go packages are a great value including long term airport parking.
Combine good value with a convenient location when you choose Holiday Inn Express Dunfermline. Breakfast and wireless Internet are included in your room rate and we're well-connected by train to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Lovely bedroom and bathroom very clean and had everything you need for your stay. Excellent breakfast with helpful staff. All staff on reception friendly and approachable. A gem of a hotel ideally[More]
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