Stay at a Luxurious Hotel with Parking in Edinburgh City Centre

Which 4-Star and 5-Star Edinburgh Hotels Have The Best Parking?

Are you looking for a luxury hotel with parking in Edinburgh City Centre? As with many cities in the UK parking is at a premium in Edinburgh city centre where most 5-star hotels are located. Unless you're determined to stay at a particular hotel or at one of the famous luxury hotels on Princes Street itself, then the New Town might be a better alternative.

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The New Town has a good, if fairly limited, selection of luxury townhouse hotels with better parking options, they're all located in quiet areas and most importantly, they're all still reasonably near the city centre. Here is the bottom line on the parking facilities offered by 4 and 5 star hotels in Edinburgh.

So which of the luxury hotels in Edinburgh have secure, private car parks and which offer valet services? Which ones have to be booked in advance? What about free street parking or nearby public car parks? Compare the different parking options at Edinburgh's 5-star hotels plus the best of the 4-star hotels.

Parking Your Car at Edinburgh's Luxury Hotels

  • The luxury hotels in Edinburgh's New Town have better parking than the ones on or close to Princes Street.
  • Very few of these very expensive hotels offer free valet parking.
  • The Howard and the Edinburgh Residence are the best 5-star hotels in Edinburgh in terms of free parking (valet).

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Which hotels have good and secure parking options? Read on.

Parking Facilities of 5 Star Luxury Hotels in Edinburgh

Howard Hotel

Situated in Great King Street, a quiet residential part of the New Town area (less than a 10-minute walk to the shops and restaurants of Princes Street) The Howard is an elegant Georgian townhouse hotel with free on-site valet parking.

Edinburgh Residence Hotel

Located in a quiet area of New Town near Dean Village, just a 5-minute walk from Princes Street, Edinburgh Residence is an elegant and exclusive townhouse hotel the Edinburgh Residence with free valet parking for guests.

Hotel Missoni

Missoni Hotel is a modern and vibrant designer hotel, superbly located on the Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town. Missoni has limited on-site parking facilities so I would recommended booking the parking ahead and it is relatively expensive. There is an NCP car-park a 5-minute walk away which is a less expensive option.

Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral is a historic, landmark hotel, situated right in the heart of the city centre at Number 1 Princes Street. The Balmoral offers chargeable valet parking which is relatively expensive.

Prestonfield Hotel

Prestonfield House Hotel is an opulent countryside hotel set in 20 acres of gardens at the foot of Arthur's Seat outside Edinburgh City Centre and is a short drive from the Royal Mile. It offers free on-site parking and valet parking is also available at a charge.

Caledonian Hotel

The elegant Caledonian is part of the Hilton group of hotels and is located on Princes Street right in the centre of Edinburgh and offers reasonable chargeable parking, for which the rate is the same whether valet-parked or self-parked.

Sheraton Hotel

The Sheraton which enjoys breath-taking views over Edinburgh Castle, is located in Festival Square in the financial district, a 15-minute walk to Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle. Although it does not offer parking facilities on-site, discounted parking is available at a car park in the adjacent One Spa building.

Number 10 Hotel

Located in Gloucester Place, a quiet residential area of New Town, yet just a 10-minute walk from Princes Street, the elegant and romantic hotel Number 10 does not offer parking. There is street parking outside which needs to be paid on a regular basis. The hotel will take care of feeding the metre for an extra charge per day however this can work out expensive for both the metre and the valet service.

Scotsman Hotel

The boutique Scotsman Hotel, which overlooks Edinburgh Castle, is centrally located on Edinburgh's historical North Bridge, close to both Princes Street and the Royal Mile. It does not offer on-site parking but there is an NCP car park in Market Street a 10-minute walk away.

Glasshouse Hotel

Centrally located at the edge of New Town at the top of Leith Walk next to the Playhouse and just a few minutes from Princes Street, the Glasshouse is a stylish boutique hotel with stunning views of the Firth of Forth. It does not offer on-site parking although a discounted rate is available to guests at a nearby NCP car park in Greenside Row.

Witchery by the Castle

Witchery by the Castle - This famous restaurant is located at the top of the Royal Mile, next to Edinburgh Castle in the very centre of the Old Town and offers unique accommodation in the form of seven gothic but very romantic suites for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There is no parking on-site and the alternatives are either metered on-street parking nearly or the NCP car park in Castle Terrace.

Parking Facilities of the Best 4 Star Hotels in Edinburgh

Bonham Hotel

The Bonham. This chic and contemporary boutique hotel, located in the West End, just a short walk from Princes Street, has amazing views over the Edinburgh skyline and offers free car parking and valet service. According to some guests, the car park is quite small and it is usual for cars to be blocked in.

Tigerlily Hotel

The Tigerlily. Situated in George Street in the heart of the city centre, and just 500 metres from Edinburgh Castle, the cool and glitzy Tigerlily Hotel does not have parking facilities. There is short term paid parking on George Street and an NCP car park on Castle Terrace for which discounted rates are available for Tigerlily guests.

Channings Hotel

Channings. This quirky and relaxed boutique hotel, once the home of the Antarctica explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, is located in a residential area, close to vibrant Stockbridge and just outside of the city centre. The only parking option is paid hourly on-street parking on South Learmonth Gardens, although the hotel will assist with this for an additional fee.

Le Monde Hotel

Le Monde. This fashionable boutique hotel, situated in lively George Street in the centre of Edinburgh does not have any parking facilities. There is paid on-street parking in George Street or the St. James NCP car park which is a 5-minute walk away.

Rutland Hotel

The Rutland. Located in Rutland Street, in the west of Princes Street, this modern boutique hotel does not offer parking. The options are paid on-street parking and an NCP car park a short distance away.

Radisson Blu Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel. Situated on the Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town, the contemporary and elegant Radisson Blu offers on-site parking for an additional charge.

Conclusion - Staying at a good hotel in Edinburgh with parking

Of the luxury hotels in Edinburgh in the city centre, the Howard, the Edinburgh Residence and the Bonham all offer valuable free of charge parking. All three hotels received very good reviews from previous guests and all three are within easy walking distance of the city centre.

Whilst they are expensive hotels, it is worth weighing up the cost of the hotel accommodation against potential parking charges. The Prestonfield Hotel is also a good option, particularly if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but bear in mind that it is not within easy walking distance of the centre.

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