Edinburgh’s Friendliest Family Hotels

24 February 2022

Edinburgh is full to bursting with an assortment of family-friendly attractions. Whether you have a budding astronaut, biologist, musician or historian in the family, there’s an array of exciting attractions to delight and fascinate young minds.

But intrepid explorers need somewhere comfortable to recharge their batteries at night. The good news is that Edinburgh has an excellent selection of family-friendly hotels, so you’ll all get a great night’s sleep and be ready to take on everything Edinburgh has to offer.

Have a look at our round-up of the city’s friendliest family hotels and get planning!

Apex Grassmarket Hotel

Apex Grassmarket Bedroom

Situated in the historic Grassmarket area of the city, Apex Grassmarket Hotel is ideally placed for the city’s major attractions, such as Edinburgh Castle and the National Museum of Scotland.

Their spacious family rooms have castle views and two queen-size beds, and in your en-suite bath and/or walk-in shower, you’ll find Austin, your complimentary Apex duck – the perfect companion for bath time fun!

If you’ve still got some energy left after a day’s sightseeing, the hotel’s indoor swimming pool is the perfect way to unwind, before indulging in something tasty in on-site Metro Bar and Brasserie.

The Balmoral

The Balmoral Bedroom With View Of The Castle

The Balmoral Hotel is an iconic part of Edinburgh’s history. Opened in 1902 (as The North British Station Hotel) its stunning views, warm hospitality with world-class facilities have attracted world-wide guests and Harry Potter fans will know it as the place where JK Rowling wrote the final chapter in the Harry Potter series.

They have a range of thoughtful family services for the youngest family member including baby bath products, hooded towels and rubber ducks. Anti-slip bath mats, bathtubs, nappies, changing mats, motion mobiles and play mats are also available on request.

Baby meals are compilatory and baby crockery, high chairs, bibs, bottle warmers and sterilisers can also be requested.

Norton House Hotel & Spa

Within 5 minutes’ drive of Edinburgh airport and 20 minutes from the city centre, Norton House Hotel & Spa is an ideal base from which to explore Edinburgh and the surrounding area.

This luxurious hotel has 83 stunning bedrooms and the building, which dates from 1840, has all the charming feel of a private country home, but with all the modern conveniences you would expect.

With feature rooms, along with those that are catered specifically for groups, including family rooms, rooms that interconnect, and even entire wings that can be reserved for your party, you’ll find all the space you need to unwind and relax.

And they’ll be no tantrums before bedtime, with mini VIP dressing gowns and complimentary milk and cookies available.

Novotel Edinburgh Centre

Novotel Edinburgh Central Tap Music Lounge

5 minutes’ walk from the bustling Grassmarket area and the city’s Old Town, Novotel Edinburgh Centre has 144 family rooms as well as 14 connecting rooms – ideal for larger family gatherings.

Start the day splashing around in the indoor swimming pool, before setting yourself up for the day from the wide selection of hot & cold food available at the breakfast buffet.

After a day’s exploration, enjoy a range of local and international cuisine in the casual onsite setting of Tap Kitchen & Bar, and the kids can then wind down for the evening in the hotel’s video game area.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre

Radisson Blu Bedroom

If the National Museum of Scotland is on your visiting to-do list, Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre is within easy walking distance.

Their 238 bedrooms and suites include family rooms with plenty of space, as well as thoughtful touches such as a pillow menu, 24-hour room service, and bathroom products. 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.

The indoor heated swimming pool will please all the family, while the older members can let their cares slip away in the Melrose Spa and Health Club.

The Old Waverley Hotel

Old Waverley Hotel

With a stunning panorama across Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh Castle and The Scott Monument, staying at The Old Waverley Hotel places you in the heart of Edinburgh. Across the road from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station, it’s a conveniently short route from door to door.

The oldest hotel in Edinburgh, it has traditional décor throughout and prides itself in maintaining a warm and traditional Scottish welcome through knowledgeable local staff and locally sourced classical Scottish dishes.

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Bedroom

Within easy walking distance of both Dynamic Earth and The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is located at the bottom of the Royal Mile. And with the stunning Arthur’s Seat on its doorstep, it offers a great spot for enjoying both the city and green spaces of Edinburgh.

After a day’s sightseeing, their peaceful comfortable bedrooms are the perfect place to unwind, with triple-glazed windows, marble en-suite bathrooms, large comfortable beds and cosy armchairs.


From 5 star boutique to budget friendly, whatever your preferences, there’s an abundance of hotel accommodation to choose from in Edinburgh – discover more in our Guide to Edinburgh’s Hotels >