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Which is the Best Hotel in the Grassmarket Area of Edinburgh

The Grassmarket area of Edinburgh, which is located to the South-East of Edinburgh Castle, is a small but historical area of the city which used to be the venue for the horse and cattle - and the scene for public executions. It is nowadays more well-known for its lively and individual atmosphere and there are many restaurants, pubs and clubs in the area making it a popular destination for those in search of good night-life.

The Grassmarket is also very convenient for both the Old Town and the New Town as it is just a 5-minute or so walk from the Royal Mile and with much of the area enjoying stunning views of Edinburgh Castle, it is not surprising that many tourists and business people choose to stay in the area.

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  • There are only three hotels on the actual Grassmarket street in Edinburgh Old Town but there are quite a few others and apartment accommodation in the immediate vicinity.
  • Choice of 4-star Grassmarket Hotel, all in Grassmarket itself.
  • The 5-star Hotel du Vin are all a short walk away from the Grassmarket.
  • Many other hotels and apartments available in and around the Royal Mile, a short walk away from the Grassmarket.

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What are Grassmarket hotels like? Read on.

Which Hotels are Located in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh?

Apex International Hotel

The 4-star Apex International is located right in the centre of the Grassmarket area and enjoys excellent views of Edinburgh Castle from many of the guest rooms as well as from the 2 AA Rosette roof-top restaurant, the Heights. It is a very child friendly hotel, with many little touches to keep the kids entertained and there is also a leisure suite with swimming pool, sauna, steam room and technogym. Parking is available but limited, but there is a shuttle bus which goes directly from the airport to the hotel. The Apex International is a very good choice for people who want to be in the heart of a lively area as well as for families with children.

Apex City Hotel

The contemporary 4-star Apex City hotel is situated just 100m away from its sister hotel, the Apex International, and offers clean and comfortable accommodation over 119 guest rooms and suites. Although the Apex City is smaller than the Apex International and has less facilities, guests can use the swimming pool and gym at the Apex International and the smaller hotel does seem to have a friendlier atmosphere than its big sister. There is also a popular bar and restaurant, Agua, and overall the Apex City is a good option in the middle of the Grassmarket.

Knight Residence Apartments

The 5-star Knight Residence is situated around a 5-minute walk from the Grassmarket and offers luxurious and contemporary accommodation in the form of one to three bedroom apartments with lounge and dining area as well as a fully-equipped kitchen. The apartments are very spacious and have everything that a visitor might need to feel at home including dishwasher and washer-dryer. It is also extremely child-friendly with toiletry packs for babies and activity packs for kids. With numerous extra touches such as a welcome food hamper, the Knight Residence makes an excellent choice if you have the budget.

Novotel Centre

The 4-star Novotel Hotel is situated in Lauriston Place, a short stroll from the Grassmarket. Another very child-friendly hotel, it has many family rooms and offers good deals for kids. There are 180 rooms, some with views of Edinburgh Castle and the accommodation is modern, clean and contemporary. There is also a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and gym making it a good choice close to Grassmarket for all types of travellers looking for value for money accommodation.

Hotel du Vin

The 4-star Hotel du Vin is located a couple of hundred metres from the Grassmarket, close to the National Museum of Scotland. A converted former asylum, the Hotel du Vin has 47 stylish and contemporary rooms. With a Cigar Shack, Whisky Bar and Laroche tasting table, the Hotel Du Vin offers a very individual experience and there is also an internal courtyard for al fresco dining.

Cheapest Grassmarket Hotel

There is also a 2-star option right in the heart of Grassmarket, the Grassmarket Hotel, which offers comfortable accommodation over 45 rooms. It is a lively hotel, with a popular Irish Bar, Biddy Mulligans Pub. If you are looking for a budget hotel in the Grassmarket, then this might be an option to consider.

Conclusion - Finding accommodation in Grassmarket, Edinburgh

The Grassmarket is a small area and so there is not a wide choice of hotels - but if you want a comfortable and modern hotel the Apex International and Apex City do come highly recommended by previous guests and they are a good choice if you want to be in the heart of the Grassmarket. Although part of a chain of hotels, they both offer very good facilities for a four-star hotel and seem to offer very good value for money.

One note of caution, though - if you do intend to stay in the Grassmarket you should be aware that it can be a noisy area to stay in as it offers such a bustling and vibrant night-life, so if you are a light sleeper, either make sure that the rooms are sound-proof or ask for a room away from the street.

The Novotel, Hotel Du Vin and Knight Residence are all a short walk away from the Grassmarket area and they are in a quieter area, so they may be a better choice for light sleepers.

Don't forget that the Royal Mile is only a 5-minute walk away from the Grassmarket too, so the hotels in and around the Royal Mile are also worth looking at before you make your final decision.

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