Edinburgh’s cheapest hotels are a varied bunch. From hostels to big budget 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. (Certainly during the Fringe in August, you need to be prepared well ahead of time, as the city floods with tens of thousands of festivalgoers, lots of whom are only looking for a cheap hotel to crash after a gig or stand-up performance.) Read on to discover our recommendations for the best cheap hotels in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh's best cheap hotels
Best Western Braid Hills Hotel
The Best Western is located in the suburb of Morningside, where there’s good public transport links into the city centre. The sedate decor matches the ornate Victorian exterior; inside you’ll find a bar and restaurant alongside the 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 wi-fi is part of the package.
The location, just off Princes Street, makes this a highly subscribed choice – book ahead, and you’ll find rates very good value indeed. Bright, modern-looking rooms have en-suite bathrooms (showers and/or baths), TVs, tea- and coffee-making facilities and free wifi. Breakfast, a continental buffet, will cost you extra. Some bedrooms have views, family rooms sleep four, and twin rooms have bunkbeds.
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 a total of 251 beds, spread across private rooms and dorms, which are all en suite. Premium rooms also have TVs. Dormitory beds can be had for as little as £20, and kids are welcome. The location is ten minutes’ walk from Waverley station, which will be handy if you’re travelling into Edinburgh by rail.
Book ahead for the best deals at this well-located chain hotel; at short notice £75 should buy you a compact room, but rates can be a lot lower. Rooms here are decked out in white and the easy brand’s signature orange – they all have en-suite shower rooms with towels and toilets. (Do note that wi-fi costs extra.) The hotel has views of Edinburgh Castle, but not all rooms look out on to it. Try your luck, and put a request in when you book!
This is hostel is steeped in serious history – it’s located in the Old Town, just off the Royal Mile, in a building that dates back to the mid-sixteenth century. The dorms here sleep six to 16 and have both bunks and lockers to store your valuables in. Private rooms, should you want a bit of peace and quiet, sleep two to four; bathrooms are separate and towels cost extra. There’s a self-catering kitchen, and there’s a great-value continental breakfast that’ll set you up for the day. Board games, a pool table, film nights and free wi-fi will keep you occupied. Hot drinks are available too. Beds start at less than £30 a night.
Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront
If you want a place beside the water, head to this branch of the Holiday Inn in Leith. It’s near the Royal Yacht Britannia and the old port, and next door to the Ocean Terminal shopping centre. Parking and wi-fi come at no extra cost, while a hot buffet breakfast is included in the room rate. All 145 rooms are up-to-date, decorated in pleasant enough splashes of grey and red, with TVs, tea- and coffee-making facilities and blackout blinds. Pets are allowed to stay for free – but you do need to alert them in advance.
The Ibis makes for a handy – and thrifty – choice if you need to hole up near the airport, which is a short drive away. It’s also very easy to get into the centre of the city from here via tram. Parking is free; pets are welcome. The 161 rooms here are small but bright, and come with en suite showers, TVs and complimentary wi-fi. Some sleep three people. A continental buffet breakfast is extra.
Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
You’ll find this budget chain hotel handily placed: just across the road from Waverley train station. (There’s another branch on Princes Street, should that be more useful for you.) There’s a breakfast buffet, a bar and 24-hour reception. Decor is clean and contemporary, with pops of Motel One’s trademark blue everywhere. The 208 rooms all have rain showers, desk space, TVs and free wi-fi.
This fun, buzzing little hostel is in a top location in the Old Town. You’ll find a mix of private rooms and dorms at Safestay – most of which come with ensuite showers. There’s a 24-hour front desk, a kitchen, a terrace, a restaurant and a bar (which has a TV and pool table). Towels and toiletries are provided, and wi-fi is free.
True to its name, this funky hotel is slap-bang in the middle of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Quirky, modern rooms sleep between two and 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 of them have free wi-fi, toiletries and TVs. There are bikes for hire, too. Downstairs is The Three Sisters, which ranks as one of the city’s liveliest pubs.