Accommodation website Airbnb has earned a great reputation in recent years as the go-to service for travellers in need of a place to crash (and for local hosts with beds to offer). Seeing as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is almost upon us, we've had a look and picked out some of the coolest-looking properties available to rent - and, if you're an Edinburgh native with some room to spare, these places should give you an idea of what the market looks like.
In addition to matching weary travellers with welcoming locals, Airbnb is also hosting a series of cabaret performances in an Edinburgh residence throughout the Fringe, featuring Ali McGregor, Die Roten Punkte, Michael Griffiths, Lynn Ruth Miller, Amelia Ryan, The Creative Martyrs, Jody Kamali, Butt Kapinsky, Tomas Ford and Glenn Wool. You've got to be either a guest or a host to get tickets though, so make sure you sign up.
The classical Royal Mile apartment
Described as being 'merely yards away from the Castle', this top floor 18th century one bedroom apartment sleeps two and is yours for £100 a night.
The luxury flat in the Old Town
This one's located just off the Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street, making it conveniently placed for access to Waverley train station. The apartment sleeps four (two beds, one bedroom) and is available from £95 a night.
The homely, traditional Edinburgh flat
This one's a bit further out of the city centre, but located on the 35 bus route that links the airport in one direction with the Old Town and Leith in the other. It's yours for £82 a night.
The welcoming city centre home
This one's located not far from Easter Road, meaning it's close enough for getting involved in all the Festival action but far enough away if you want to escape the hustle and bustle. A steal at £50 a night.
The bright, stylish city centre room
You don't get this flat to yourself, but by the sound of the guest reviews, your hosts (and their cats) are incredibly easy to get along with. £49 a night, and with the kind of local expertise money can't buy thrown in for free.
The luxury apartment on the Mound
At £150 a night, this luxury apartment is the priciest one on our list, but with two bedrooms (complete with en suite bathrooms) and a location on the Mound (about as city centre as it's possible to get), it's not unreasonable.
The funky apartment in Leith
Located outside the city centre (in the much more happening area of Leith), this 'chilled modern studio' apartment (with balcony!) sleeps four and is yours for £70 a night.
The bargainous bedroom in Portobello
Another one where you're sharing a place with the owner, this spacious house is located in the seaside suburb of Portobello - perfect for escaping the Festival madness at the end of the day. At £40 a night, it's also the most bargainous room on our list.
The luxurious double on the Meadows
A large spacious room just off Edinburgh's main expanse of parkland, this friendly shared flat features a gloriously comfy bed and a pet dog. Experience it for £55 a night.