Official Guide to Edinburgh
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Family Hotels

A warm welcome awaits children of all ages in Edinburgh's favourite family hotels.

Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

Located in Edinburgh’s city centre is the 4 Star Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace. This boutique city centre hotel is part of an impressive terrace of prestigious Georgian townhouses with stunning views towards the Firth of Forth.  Steeped in history, and immaculately restored to its former glory the hotel is one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets. The hotel’s beautiful Terrace Restaurant offers a comprehensive selection of dishes showcasing locally sourced ingredients with Scottish flair. Relax in the comfortable Lounge Bar over afternoon tea or a "wee dram".  If you need to burn some energy, or relax even more, the hotel features a fully equipped gym, indoor pool and steam room.  Stay in touch with complimentary Wi-Fi during your stay and there is a dedicated Concierge service for assistance and advice throughout your stay.

Top tip - Be sure to enjoy a moment of tranquility in their beautiful, private tiered landscaped gardens.

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Apex Grassmarket Hotel

Apex International Hotel Heights Restaurant

The Apex Grassmarket Hotel offers 4-star accommodation in Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket, close to Edinburgh Castle. It has a 2 AA Rosettes rooftop restaurant, Heights, where you can savour good food with views of Edinburgh Castle and the unique skyline. Unwind in the exclusive leisure facilities which includes a gym with the latest Technogym equipment, an indoor swimming pool and Tropicarium.

Top tip – Apex has not one but four amazing hotels in the city. A stay at any of the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel or the Apex Haymarket Hotel hotels promises to deliver a wonderful experience for all the family.

The Chester Residence

Chester Residence Sitting Room

Situated in Edinburgh’s chic West End, The Chester Residence provides families with the perfect base to enjoy all that Edinburgh has to offer. Supplementing their five-star service with child-friendly facilities, including; complimentary cot hire and welcome goodies, baby packs and safety equipment this luxury hotel has everything the travelling family could ask for – and nothing is too much trouble. The team will offer lots of recommendations of what there is to do and see around the city, for kids of all ages.

While parents unwind from action-packed days around town there’s no need to worry about entertaining the kids. State-of-the-art games consoles are available and all suites are furnished with the complete Harry Potter series, so the little ones can relive the boy wizard’s exploits in the city where he was born. 

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Ibis Hotel Royal Mile

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Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile is a budget hotel which is located right in the heart of Edinburgh’ Royal Mile making it the perfect base for exploring many of the city’s many sights and attractions. The hotel has 99 modern guest rooms, each with wireless internet and satellite TV and WiFi ensuring every member of the family’s technological requirements are met.

Leonardo Hotel (Haymarket)

Premier Inn Haymarket Exterior

Arts or culture?  Sports, shopping, or famous festivals? It's all on offer at the Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket. Set minutes from the refurbished Haymarket Train Station and just minutes from all the sights and sounds of the city centre, Leonardo Hotel offers the perfect family base to explore the city.

Top tip – exploring Edinburgh’s many sites and attractions can be a tiring adventure. Why not dine at the hotel’s restaurant, which offers a kids menu and a great value meal deal?

Jurys Inn

Jurys Inn

Jurys Inn Edinburgh hotel, just off the Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street, is located in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. The hotel also is less than a two-minute walk from Waverley Train Station and a 5-minute walk to Edinburgh Bus Station – so no taxis required! Encompassing 186 comfortable bedrooms ranging from a standard double to superior rooms and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, Jurys Inn is perfect for that special family trip.

Top tip – if a morning (or afternoon or evening...) pick me up is required, pop into the hotel’s all-day Costa Coffee bar and lounge!  

Motel One Edinburgh - Princes Street

Motel One Princes Street Lounge

The new and thoroughly modern Motel One Edinburgh-Princes welcomes guests in a truly perfect location, directly in Edinburgh City Centre. Experience the charm of this historical capital city and its numerous sights such as Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street Gardens and the National Gallery of Scotland – all only a stone’s throw away.

Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket 

Mercure Haymarket

Ideally located in the heart of Edinburgh, the Mercure Haymarket is just a short walk away from Haymarket train station, the EICC and the West End. With easy access to most of the city's top attractions, the Mercure Haymarket is the perfect base for discovering everything that Edinburgh has to offer. 

Offering exceptional service and hospitality, their friendly staff will make sure that your stay in Scotland's capital is a memorable one.

The Holiday Inn Express, Royal Mile

Holiday Inn Express Royal Mile

Enjoy a warm welcome from the team at the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Royal Mile, conveniently located in the charming old town and just a 15 minute walk to Edinburgh Castle. This quiet city centre hotel has excellent transport links and is just a 25 minute drive from Edinburgh Airport, 1 hour and 20 minute drive from Glasgow Airport and a 10 minute walk to Waverley Train station.

Breakfast is included in the hotel rates, free Wi-Fi throughout and 24-hour bar & snacks menu available for those of you who like to stay up late. If arriving early or after departure, the hotel offers free baggage storage.  Guests rooms are welcoming and refreshing where you can catch up on emails at the desk or just relax in comfortable beds. The Holiday Inn Express is all about keeping things simple, smart and spot on.  Business guests can benefit from close vicinity to the Scottish Parliament, Universities & Local Council Offices.

Top Tip: Discounted parking is available at the NCP St. John's car park 3 minutes' walk from the hotel.

B+B Edinburgh 

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B+B Edinburgh is a privately owned boutique bed and breakfast hotel, offering four-star accommodation to our discerning guests in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End Village. As well as stylish, comfortable bedrooms and delicious breakfasts, we offer a fully licensed bar where our guests can unwind with a beer or sample our range of single malt whiskies. They have 27 bedrooms, ranging from smaller rooms for single occupancy to large family suites with each benefitting from views of the Castle or across Dean Village. Design, personal service, comfort, and quality are core to our philosophy, where a warm welcome always awaits you.’

Top tip: there is a private garden for short walkies (either for yourself and/or your four legged friend).

Old Waverley Hotel

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The Old Waverley Hotel is a traditional Scottish hotel located in the heart of the city, right on the main street of Scotland’s capital. This 3 star hotel boasts 5 star views across Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh Castle and The Scott Monument - a priceless panorama. An excellent range of apartments will suit a variety of budgets and are suited to corporate and leisure alike. Make the most of your holiday and don’t waste time on transport; the hotel is a few steps away from the Waverley train station and Airport bus.

The Old Waverley Hotel is the oldest hotel in Edinburgh and has become a part of Edinburgh’s history as Princes Street itself; hence the traditional architecture, décor throughout the hotel and restaurant menu. Built as a temperance hotel by Robert Cranston, it was originally known as simply the Waverley Hotel. When Cranston expanded his empire in 1868, as well as building temperance hotels in London and Liverpool, he built the New Waverley Hotel at Waterloo Place. From then, to this day, the original Waverley hotel on Princes Street became known to one and all as the Old Waverley Hotel. The hotel prides itself in maintaining the traditional Scottish hosting and welcoming through our knowledgeable local staff, locally sourced classical Scottish dishes and beverages and events throughout the year.

Edinburgh City Hotel

Edinburgh Cityhotel

Just a few minutes from Edinburgh’s City Centre and principal financial district, Edinburgh City Hotel is located in a superb spot. Built in 1879, it has been transformed into a very appealing hotel with lots of character. There are 52 comfortable bedrooms as well as great value dining in Simpsons Restaurant. Guests can enjoy free WiFi in the bedrooms and public areas. Only 5 minutes walk from the Grassmarket, Edinburgh’s Old Town and the world famous Royal Mile which is full of great pubs, boutique shops and restaurants.

Top tip: Discounted car parking available nearby at Riego Street, EH3 9AQ.

The Grassmarket Hotel

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Located in the historic Grassmarket old town in Edinburgh, this 3 Star hotel is only a 5 minute walk from the Royal Mile and 10 minutes from Waverley Train Station. The Grassmarket Hotel is the perfect choice for work and play, and is moments from the best attractions Edinburgh has to offer.  If you like to unwind after a hard day in quirky stylish surroundings, you won’t be disappointed. The hotel’s design bring a distinctive and fresh flavour to the Edinburgh hotel market whilst incorporating traditional Scottish twists, with a few surprises along the way! 

The hotel has newly refurbished guestrooms ranging from Cosy (single room), Snug (double), Comfy (standard twin/double) and Comfy Plus (triple or 4 singles) all complete with rainfall style showers, large flat screen plasma TV, iPod docs and free Wi-Fi as standard.  

Stay Central 

Stay Central Bedroom

The lovely folk at Stay Central seek to challenge the old phrase in that hotels are just a place to rest your head, they aimed a little higher than just providing guests with a good night’s sleep. Situated in the ever bustling Cowgate, the hotel’s 37 rooms bene?t from some or all of the following features: Wifi, Flatscreen TVs, Rainfall style showers, Fridges, Ipod Docks, GHD straighteners, Hairdryers and more! 

Top tip: Planning a group trip to Edinburgh but fancy something a bit different? Book The Dorm Room which features bunk beds with individual, built-in TV, a seating area with a flat-screen TV, Playstation, Xbox 360, and Smeg fridge.

and for those seeking hotel accommodation just outside Edinburgh city centre:

The Holiday Inn Express, Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport Hotel

The 3 Star Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport Hotel is conveniently located right next to the Edinburgh International Airport with a shuttle bus transfer time that can take less than 5 minutes to and from the main terminal building.  The hotel specialises in accommodating guests who have early flight departures or late arrivals and are in need of great value Park Stay and Go packages. The hotel is situated between Scotland’s main motorway links M8 and M9 and easily accessible by car. Because of its convenient location, it's an ideal hotel to base yourself while touring all of Scotland’s best attractions.

Edinburgh Capital Hotel

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Edinburgh Capital Hotel has great views across the west of the city and enjoys close proximity and easy access to Edinburgh Airport, Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh Zoo. You are never too far away to explore the sights and sounds of the historic City of Edinburgh. All 111 guestrooms are stylish and comfortable with complimentary WiFi. Capital Fitness has a 17m indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, aerobic studio and gymnasium. The Westview Restaurant & Bar offers good food at great prices. The hotel has extensive onsite free car parking   

Top tip: Number 26 bus operated by Lothian Buses runs a regular service in to the City Centre

Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu Family Bedroom

Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh welcomes families and promises you will all have an unforgettable stay. From kids packs upon arrival including activity book and crayons, to amenities and games in the room including mini bathrobes and slippers, young guests are treated with the same respect and attention as adult guests.

Before or after a busy day out in the city, treat the whole family to lunch or an appetising afternoon tea. There is always something to keep everyone entertained, the hotel is on the historic Royal Mile minutes from Edinburgh Castle and close to other popular attractions such as Edinburgh Zoo, Our Dynamic Earth, National Museum of Scotland, Camera Obscura and Edinburgh Dungeon.

When you’re not out exploring the city the whole family can enjoy the spa and health club facilities which include a swimming pool. The 238 bedrooms and suites include family rooms with superb comforts, a family seating area and free Wi-Fi. Children also stay and eat for free - check their website for terms and conditions. 

This is Edinburgh: A great range of family hotels to make the most of your visit to the capital.