Edinburgh’s cheapest hotels are a varied bunch. From hostels to big chains, you get more for your money, giving you more money to spend on a city rich in great restaurants, bars and culture. It does, though, pay to book well ahead if you’re planning to stay in the city for New Year or any of the Edinburgh festivals. Read on to discover our recommendations for the best cheap hotels in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh's best cheap hotels
Best Western Braid Hills Hotel
Stay in the suburb of Morningside – there’s easy public transport into the centre – and snag a Best Western room for around £50. The staid interior design is a good match for the impressive Victorian building, which has a bar and restaurant as well as 71 rooms. Bedrooms have TVs, tea- and coffee-making facilities and en suite bathrooms; the best rooms have great views over Edinburgh. Free parking and wifi is part of the package.
The location, just off Princes Street, makes this a popular choice – book ahead for rates under £65. Contemporary, colourful rooms have en suite bathrooms (showers and/or baths), TVs, tea- and coffee-making facilities and free wifi; breakfast (a continental buffet) is extra. Some bedrooms have views, family rooms sleep four, and twin rooms have bunk beds.
Edinburgh Central SYHA
A top-flight youth hostel with a 24-hour reception, a well-equipped communal kitchen, laundry facilities, all-day bistro, and bar with TV and free wifi. There are 251 beds, spread across private rooms and dorms (all en suite); premium rooms also have TVs. Dormitory beds can be had for around £20. Children are welcome. The location is ten minutes’ walk from Waverley station.
Book ahead for the best deals at this well-located chain hotel; at short notice £70 should buy you a compact room, but rates can be a lot lower. Bedrooms are plain, painted white with touches of signature orange, and have en suite shower rooms complete with towels and toiletries; wifi costs extra. The hotel has views of Edinburgh Castle, but note that not all the rooms have windows.
The hostel is centrally located in the Old Town, just off the Royal Mile, in a building that dates back to 1564. Dormitories sleep six-16 and have bunk beds and lockers, while private rooms sleep two-four; bathrooms are separate and towels cost extra. There’s a self-catering kitchen (an inexpensive continental breakfast is available too), and several communal areas with board games, a pool table, film nights and free wifi and hot drinks. Beds start at less than £30 a night.
Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront
Stay close to the water in Leith, near the Royal Yacht Britannia and the old port, and next door to the Ocean Terminal shopping centre. Parking and wifi are free, and a hot buffet breakfast is included in the room rate (less than £80 for a double). All 145 rooms are up-to-date, decorated in shades of grey and red, with TVs, tea- and coffee-making facilities and blackout blinds. Pets are allowed to stay for free (with prior notice).
A useful – and cheap – choice if you need to be near the airport (a short drive away), the Ibis Budget is easily accessible from the centre of Edinburgh by tram. Parking is free, and pets are welcome. The 161 rooms are small but bright, and come with en suite showers, TVs and complimentary wifi, and are usually available for under £50 a night; some of them sleep three people. A continental buffet breakfast is extra.
Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
Situated across the road from Waverley station, this budget chain hotel is handily placed (and there’s another branch on Princes Street). There’s a breakfast buffet, a bar and 24-hour reception. Decor is clean and contemporary, with pops of Motel One blue everywhere. The 208 rooms all have rain showers, desk space, TVs and free wifi, and cost around £75.
A lively hostel in a great location in the Old Town, Safestay offers a combination of private rooms and dormitories, most with en suite showers. There’s a 24-hour front desk, a kitchen, a terrace, a restaurant and a bar (with TV and pool table). Towels and toiletries are provided, and wifi is free. Beds start at £10.
This funky hotel, true to its name, is smack dab in middle of the Old Town. Quirky, modern rooms sleep from two to six, with the largest resembling a cabin with a games area, and is described as ‘the ultimate party room’ (this can be had for under £300). All 37 have free wifi, toiletries and TVs. There are bikes for hire, too. Downstairs is one of the city’s liveliest pubs, the Three Sisters.