Stay at a Luxury City Centre Apartment in Edinburgh

Comparison Between the Best Rated Serviced Apartments in Edinburgh

Are you looking for a luxury serviced apartment in Edinburgh? They can be incredibly good value for money if you are travelling with friends or family, and a great option if you plan to spend more than a few days in Edinburgh. A serviced apartment offers complete flexibility, a real home from home - and lets you make your own cooking arrangements, so no need for expensive restaurants every night.

There is a wide choice of serviced apartments in Edinburgh to suit your budget. So which of the serviced apartments are the most luxurious? Which ones offer parking? How many of them offer Internet access and washing machines?

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Which apartments are the best luxury 4 and 5-star serviced accommodation in and around Edinburgh? Read on.

The Best Rated Serviced Luxury Apartments in Edinburgh

Chester Residence Apartments

Luxurious 5-star serviced apartments Chester Residence are located in a quiet area of the West End, just outside of the city centre, a 10-minute walk from Princes Street. They offer a choice of one or two bedrooms and up to three bathrooms, all with lounge, dining area and fully-equipped kitchen. Some of the apartments on the lower floors have access to a garden or courtyard area, while those on the upper floors offer incredible views over the city.

The focus with Chester Residence is on luxurious surroundings, excellent attention to detail, as well as all the mod cons such as pre-loaded iPod, Sky TV and under-floor heating. Car-parking is available but is chargeable and limited. Although there are full kitchen facilities, a continental breakfast is supplied each day using organic ingredients. In-room dining and supermarket delivery service are available. The Chester Residence is a truly luxurious serviced apartment and an experience which most guests feel offers value for money.

Knight Residence Apartments

The Knight Residence are 5-star luxurious apartments are situated a 5-minute walk from the Grassmarket area and a 15-minute walk from Princes Street. The apartments are spacious and stylishly decorated, and guests can choose from 1 to 3 bedroom apartments with lounge, dining area and fully equipped kitchens. They also offer free secure parking and complimentary Wi-Fi as well as other nice touches such as a welcome pack of food and detergent for the dishwasher and washer/dryer.

There are no restaurant facilities on site but there are supermarkets, restaurants and cafes a 2-minute walk away. This is also a very child-friendly accommodation which makes it suitable for family stays. They may not be cheap serviced apartments but most guests feel that staying at the 5-star Knight Residence is definitely worth the money.

Fountain Court Apartments

The Fountain Court EQ2 holiday apartments are situated in the West End, in an up-and-coming trendy area with many fashionable bars and restaurants, about a 15 to 20-minute walk from Princes Street. These luxury 4-star apartments are contemporary and well-equipped, offering between 1 and 3 bedroom accommodation, 2 or more bathrooms and a lounge/kitchen area.

Many of the Fountain Court holiday apartments also offer stunning views over the canal or Edinburgh Castle and are furnished with designer furniture and leather sofas. They are equipped with all the domestic appliances for a comfortable stay such as a cooker, dishwasher and a washing machine, as well as a modern entertainment system including flat screen TV's, surround sound and free Wi-Fi. There is secure parking, but it is chargeable and limited and cannot be booked in advance. The Fountain Court Apartments EQ-2 is a cool and contemporary apartment in a trendy area outside of the city centre.

Princes Street Apartments

Princes Suites Apartment

Princes Street Suites are 4-star serviced apartments located in Waterloo Place at the east end of Princes Street. The accommodation is made up 37 contemporary apartments, from 1 bedroom to 3 bedroom, plus a penthouse suite. Each apartment offers a separate lounge and kitchen and a dining area.

Some of the apartments enjoy a private balcony plus there is a communal rooftop terrace which is very popular in the summer. Washing machines are available on request. Facilities include a fitness room and free Wi-Fi. There are no dining facilities - however there are plenty of restaurants nearby. A breakfast pack is also supplied as an optional extra, plus there is a small welcome pack of essentials. There is no car parking, although discounted parking is available at Waverley Station, a 5-minute walk away.

Royal Mile Apartments

Atholl Brae Royal Mile Apartment

Atholl Brae Royal Mile are 4-star holiday apartment which sleeps up to 6 people and is well located in a quiet cobbled street just a few steps from the Royal Mile. It offers 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a lounge, dining area and kitchen, equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay.

There is also a washer/dryer, iPod dock, Freeview box and free Wi-Fi. It is a very friendly apartment managed by the owners themselves who go out of their way to assist guests. There are many nice touches such as a generous welcome hamper and flowers. Free of charge secure parking is available, which is fairly unusual for such a central apartment. Consider the Atholl Brae Royal Mile if you are looking for a comfortable and well-equipped apartment with parking and a personal service.

St Giles Apartments

St Giles Apartments are 4-star rental apartments spread throughout the city centre, including on and around the Royal Mile and the Old Town. St Giles Apartments, which range from 1 to 3 bedroom serviced apartments for up to 6 people, is the collective name for several different apartments owned by the same group so expect the facilities and services to differ between apartments.

For example, some of the apartments have lifts and/or Wi-Fi whereas others do not, plus only some of the apartments have parking, so you check carefully for important criteria. Having said that, they do offer lots of flexibility for a city centre apartment stay.

Royal Mile Residence

The 5-star Royal Mile Residence apartment is situated in an old converted Georgian building in a prime Royal Mile location. These serviced apartments offer comfortable accommodation in either Penthouse Suites, 2-bedroom or 1-bedroom apartments, some of which overlook Princes Street or the Royal Mile. These 5-star apartments are equipped with a fully-functioning kitchen and a washer-dryer and offer Wi-Fi free of charge.

As it is an older building, there is no lift and it may not be suitable for those with mobility problems or families with pushchairs. Having said that, guests love the ultra central location of the Royal Mile Residence.

Quiet Location Outside the City Centre

Alba Executive Apartments

Alba Executive Apartments are stylish and contemporary five star apartments located in private gardens in the Grange area of Edinburgh, a little way out of the centre. Alba Executive offer apartment accommodation with up to 4 bedrooms which can sleep up to 8 people per apartment, making it very attractive to groups of people travelling together. The apartments are bright and spacious with full kitchen facilities and the latest technology including free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, DVD and CD player.

Alba Executive may be more suitable to business people who have their own car with them or leisure travellers exploring Edinburgh and the surrounding area as the apartments are not that centrally located. They also represent good value for money for larger groups of people due to the generous size of the apartments.

Aparthotels and Hotels with Suites Accommodation

Holyrood Aparthotel

Centrally located just off the Holyrood end of the Royal Mile, Holyrood Aparthotel is a comfortable 4-star aparthotel offers modern serviced apartments each with two bedrooms, lounge and fully-equipped kitchen. Some have two bathrooms. These apartments have everything for a comfortable city break, including dishwasher, oven and washer-dryer. Although it offers the flexibility of cooking for yourself, the Holyrood Aparthotel is also close to the restaurants and bars of central Edinburgh.

Some of the more expensive apartments include parking, breakfast hampers and a welcome hamper, but Internet is chargeable in all apartments. The rooms are serviced on a daily basis.

Edinburgh Residence Hotel

The elegant 5-star Edinburgh Residence Hotel is situated in a quiet park of the New Town area, is a 5-minute walk from Princes Street and a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle. Although it is classified as a hotel rather than serviced apartments, it does offer many of the facilities which you would expect to find in a luxury apartment.

The larger suites have separate living and dining areas and some of them can sleep up to four people. There is a small food preparation area with microwave and basic dining utensils for limited cooking. Edinburgh Residence also has a 24 hour room service and a restaurant if required. What is more, it offers free valet parking. While not a true serviced apartment, the Edinburgh Residence is a good alternative to a standard hotel.

Fraser Suites Hotel

Fraser Suites is a 75-room 4-star boutique hotel just off the Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh which offers the flexibility of a kitchenette area with a microwave, fridge and basic kitchen equipment. There is no parking on-site and broadband is chargeable. The rooms are spacious and contemporary and although they do not offer the spaciousness of an apartment they might be an option for those wishing for greater flexibility in their accommodation.

Conclusion - Finding the best holiday apartment rentals in Edinburgh

Each of the serviced apartments offer different guest facilities and services. Whatever you're looking for, Edinburgh has a wide range of luxury apartments to suit your needs and budget. Some guests choose these places for their central location while others choose them for the flexibility of self-catering or in-house dining.

Some apartments are more suitable to long term business travellers thanks to free parking, free Wi-Fi, fitness equipment, spacious accommodation and extensive kitchen facilities and/or washing machine; others offer stunning views of the capital city while others focus on truly luxurious experiences.

Many of the serviced apartments are extremely good value for money as they offer anything from 1 to 3 or even 4 bedroom accommodation of 4 or 5 star quality, making them perfect for groups and families travelling together. In these cases, apartment accommodation is cheaper per person than staying in a hotel and offer far more flexibility for families with small children.

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