After a day’s sightseeing/shopping/exploring, the West End is the perfect base to rest your head.
The West End is defined by the landmark red sandstone building, originally The Caledonian railway hotel. This grand lady has been rebranded and refurbished as A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, offering traditional luxury in its rooms and dining with the UK’s first Guerlain Spa.
Luxurious, relaxed and unlike anywhere you’ve ever stayed before, The Dunstane Houses () is an independent, family-run, five-star boutique hotel. Its in-house Ba’ Bar & Lounge specialises in local, seasonal Scottish produce from small suppliers and offers one of the most extensive rare-whisky selections in the city, with more than 70 varieties in its vintage wall cabinet.
Looking across to Edinburgh Castle, The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, with the distinctly modern One Square Restaurant & Bar and award-winning One Spa has long been a popular destination for visitors and locals alike; while luxurious rooms and suites, many offering stunning views over the New Town towards the Firth of Forth and the Kingdom of Fife, can be found at The Bonham Hotel.
For something a little less pricy, but with all the amenities you would expect, there are several options. Both Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel and Leonardo Royal Hotel () are a short walk from Haymarket Train Station; Haymarket Hub Hotel has compact, yet stylish rooms equipped with great quality products such as luxurious beds, power showers and TVs with Chromecast connectivity; and The Edinburgh Thistle Hotel retains many of its original Georgian features in 15 individually designed, elegant en-suite bedrooms.
If you don’t want to be tied down by the restrictions of a hotel, Staycity Aparthotels - Edinburgh West End certainly ticks all the boxes. Offering the perfect blend of home and hotel, they offer a range of spacious studio, one and two-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom townhouses.
If having more money to spend on sightseeing is more important than a fancy hotel, you may want to consider staying in one of the city’s hostels. The West End Hostel Edinburgh offers stylish, clean and comfortable accommodation in a mixture of dormitory style accommodation, some with en-suite rooms.