Waldorf Astoria, Alexander Graham Bell

Luxury Accommodation in Edinburgh

Are you planning on visiting Edinburgh for a special occasion? Or maybe you simply want to treat yourself while exploring the capital? Whatever the reason, Edinburgh boasts a wealth of sumptuous 5-star, luxury hotels which will ensure you have a memorable stay. Take a look at the options below to start planning a trip you’ll never forget.  


Market Street Hotel
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Market Street Hotel

6 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE

With a number of accolades under its belt, Market Street Hotel is fast becoming one of Edinburgh’s most talked-about hotels.

Ideally located across the road from Waverley Train Station, guests staying here are just a few minutes’ walk from both Edinburgh Old and New Towns – home to attractions such as The Scott Monument, Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens.

In a break from the norm, guests enter at the ground floor, then take the lift to the 7th floor reception where the city’s stunning skyline is laid out in all its glory. It is also here that the sumptuous Nor’ Loft Champagne Lounge is located – open to non-residents, you can enjoy panoramic views whilst enjoying a glass of something bubbly.

Each of the rooms are exquisitely designed – expect a nod to the city’s historic Old Town in the soft-hued furnishings and wooden shutters, but with all the modern touches you would expect from a high-end hotel including Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, GHD straighteners and locally stocked, complimentary mini-bar (subject to room category).


Waldorf Astoria, Sir Walter Scott Suite
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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 2AB

Built in 1903, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian is one of Edinburgh’s most significant landmarks. Standing proudly at the West End of Princes Street, this former Victorian railway hotel’s reputation for style and excellence has being attracting visitors for over 100 years.

 

Admire some of the best views in Edinburgh from the 241 rooms and suites, sip on pre-dinner drinks in the sophisticated Caley Bar, dine at one of the two fine-dining restaurants which showcase the best of Scotland’s seasonal produce, or take afternoon tea or a light lunch in the glamorous Peacock Alley.

A must during any stay is a trip to the Waldorf Astoria Spa, where an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool, and fitness centre all aspire to leave you feeling in tip-top condition. 


Inside a cabin at Fingal with a large bed, covered with a tartan throw. , Jeremy Rata
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Fingal

Alexandra Dock, Edinburgh EH6 7DX

Since opening in 2019 on Leith’s shore, Fingal has become a unique additional to Edinburgh’s hotel scene. This 5-star luxury floating hotel, which is a sister ship to the nearby Royal Yacht Britannia, began life as a Northern Lighthouse Board vessel, shipping supplies and keepers to Scotland’s lighthouses. It has now been restored to a beautiful 23-cabin boutique hotel.

In homage to her past, each of the cabins are named after Stevenson lighthouses and you’ll see lovely nautical touches everywhere you look – from port-hole windows to navigational maps on the walls.

Dinner and afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the stunning Lighthouse Restaurant and Bar. For the perfect end to the day, why not enjoy a classic cocktail on the open deck.


The Balmoral - Executive View Room
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The Balmoral Hotel

1 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ

For over a century, The Balmoral Hotel has found a home at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. An Edinburgh landmark, this 5-star hotel combines stunning views with world-class facilities.

Each of the 167 rooms has been individually designed with delightful contemporary touches. For guests bringing their dog, they even provide a Dog Welcome Pack consisting of a bed, water bowl and a list of dog-friendly local venues and suggested walks.

Whether you choose to dine in Brasserie Prince, where classic French dishes are served with the best of local produce, the stylish basement restaurant Number One, or take afternoon tea under the glittering chandelier in Palm Court, a stay here is something very special.


Sheraton Bedroom
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Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR

Looking across to the majestic Edinburgh Castle, The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa has long been a popular destination for visitors and locals alike.

With an enviable location on Festival Square on the bustling Lothian Road, some of the city’s best theatres, music venues and bars are just a stone’s throw away.

Those seeking to re-energise will relish One Spa’s uniquely tranquil balance of energy, water and heat. Unwind in the rejuvenating Thermal Suite or indulge in a soothing spa treatment, before trying the now-iconic rooftop Hydropool and 19m swimming pool.

Open from early to late, One Square Brasserie & Bar with its floor to ceiling windows is a lovely relaxing place to catch up with friends and family. Choose from a deliciously inventive range of modern British classics and signature dishes alongside 100+ varieties of gin – we recommend their signature One Square Gin, made in the city by Pickering’s Gin. 

In need of some relaxation and pampering? Take a look at our Guide to Edinburgh’s Top Spas


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Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4HQ

Overlooking one of Edinburgh’s prettiest private garden squares, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel consists of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of the New Town.

Step through the doors of this gorgeous hotel and you’ll be met with stylish and cleverly detailed bedrooms and suites. Additions such as robes and yoga mats all add to the charm.

Open from breakfast to mid-afternoon, The Garden is an oasis of calm with a glass roof and natural greenery. In the evening, head to BABA for a menu that is inspired by the flavours of the Middle East, or Aizle, where the six-course tasting menu changes according to the seasons.


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InterContinental Edinburgh The George

19-21 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB

Taking prime position on elegant George Street, InterContinental Edinburgh The George has been welcoming hotel guests since 1881.

With a string of awards to their name, including Condé Nast Traveller 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards – Top 10 Best Hotels in the UK, relax in some of the most stylish bedrooms and suites in the city, all of which draw inspiration from Scotland’s rugged landscape.

Macchiato, flat white, espresso – however you like your coffee you’ll find it brewed to perfection at their cosy coffee bar, Burr & Co. In the evening its bistro-style menu is the perfect way to kick-start your nighttime in the city.


Image Credit: David Cheskin
The Prestonfield Churchill bedroom
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Prestonfield House

Priestfield Road, Edinburgh EH16 5UT

Built in the 17th century as the home of Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Prestonfield House is now a luxury 5-star hotel with 23 stylishly opulent rooms and suites. Stars of every age, from Grace Kelly to Elton John have enjoyed this hotel’s unique luxury.

Set in acres of lush gardens and parkland that evoke the seclusion of a country estate, it’s hard to believe this grand house is just minutes from Edinburgh city centre.

Open for lunch and dinner, Rhubarb Restaurant takes its name from Prestonfield’s heritage as the first estate in Scotland to grow rhubarb, a practice which continues today in the kitchen garden. A gorgeous restaurant for a special gathering or celebration, diners can expect only the finest of fresh, seasonal produce, delivered in a magnificent setting. The quintessential tradition of afternoon tea is served throughout the year – in the summer it is served in the rose-filled garden, while in the winter, enjoy the cosiness of a roaring fire in the splendid Tapestry Room.


The Boham's Spacious Junior Suites
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The Bonham

35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN

Tucked away in Edinburgh’s leafy West End, The Bonham offers stylish elegance in a perfectly preserved Victorian townhouse.

Before becoming transformed into one of Edinburgh’s most fashionable hotels, this grand building had quite a history – between 1939 and 1951 it was a medical practice that specialised in maternity care and in the 1950’s it was a Halls of Residence for University of Edinburgh students.

Today, each of the luxurious bedrooms has been thoughtfully furnished to reflect the beauty of the original architecture, alongside modern touches.

The intimate No.35 at The Bonham is a lovely place to dine. Blending European inspired dishes with a Scottish twist, you can be sure of something delicious and distinctly unique. How about a classic cocktail or light bite in tasteful surroundings? Bar and Lounge at The Bonham have it covered.

Top tip: While here, don’t miss the chance to pop over to the adjacent Drumsheugh Gardens which guests have full access to during their stay.


Master Bedroom at Gleneagles Townhouse
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Gleneagles Townhouse

39 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD

Widely known for their prestigious resort in Perthshire, luxury brand Gleneagles now have an exclusive hotel in Edinburgh.

Opened in 2022, Gleneagles Townhouse is housed in a stunning building that was previously the home to the British Linen Bank which later became the Bank of Scotland. Embracing the building’s heritage and listed building status, interiors marry timeless charm with all of today’s necessities in each of the hotel’s 33 rooms and suites. Original fireplaces and panelling have been reimagined with fresh colours whilst maintaining their authentic features, while modern artwork curated by local Scottish artists complements antique lighting, ornate cornicing, stone columns, ornamental gold details, original vaults and floor tiles.

Located in the centre of the old banking hall, The Spence Restaurant serves classic dishes with a modern twist, while roof terrace bar, Lamplighters offers a seasonally rotating, locally inspired list of cocktails, local whiskies, beers, spirits, and wine, accompanied by stunning views of the city.


Virgin Hotels Edinburgh
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Virgins Hotels Edinburgh

1 India Buildings, Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2EX

The first Virgin Hotel in the UK and across Europe opened its doors in Edinburgh in spring 2022.

Housed within India Buildings, a mid-19th century building on the city’s popular Victoria Street, this luxury hotel retains many of the building’s original features, as well as featuring some stunning new designs. With unique two-chambers, all bedrooms come with sliding doors separating the sleep and lounge area from the dressing area, offering more space and flexibility. Thoughtful touches such as yoga mats and plugs in all the convenient places all add to the pleasure.

Bringing your dog on holiday? No problem – dog-friendly rooms are available, complete with dog bed, food and water dishes and even a stylish Virgin Hotels bandana!

The relaxed yet chic Commons Club Restaurant is where you’ll find delicious dishes that showcase the best of Scotland’s natural produce, while The Bar at Commons Club serves a range of exciting and creative cocktails and light bites in a stunning setting.


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