Stay in Edinburgh New Town area

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The New Town of Edinburgh was built between the 18th and 19th century as a planned solution to the overcrowding and poor sanitation in the existing Old Town area.

In terms of feel, the New Town is very different to the Old Town and all accommodation in the area is trendier, more spacious, more elegant. Having said that, hotels and apartments in the New Town are every bit as popular as those in the Old Town.

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The Southern boundary of the New Town is marked by Princes Street which divides the New Town from the Old Town. George Street and Queen Street which run parallel to it and the beautiful Charlotte Square are also part of the New Town.

The Northern part of New Town ends at the Botanical Gardens. The New Town was originally built for the wealthy families of Edinburgh and has stunning neo-classical buildings and open green spaces. The New Town, like the Old Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Many visitors to Edinburgh choose to stay in the New Town area since Princes Street is a famous shopping area and much of the city's nightlife can be found in and around the lively and trendy George Street. There are some magnificent works of architecture within the New Town and they include famous luxury hotels such as the Balmoral on Princes Street and the Hilton Caledonian.

There are also many boutique hotels which have been tastefully converted from Georgian or Victorian townhouses into elegant luxury accommodation such as the Howard Hotel.

So which are the most popular hotels in the New Town? Which have the best location and which offer the best service and accommodation.

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Which Hotels are Located in the New Town area of Edinburgh

Howard Hotel

The 5-star boutique Howard Hotel is located in a secluded residential area in Great King Street, around a 10-minute walk to Princes Street. The Howard is well-known for its high level of service including a 24h hour butler service and free valet parking. It was named as one of the top 25 European hotels in the prestigious Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice 2010.

The charming Howard Hotel is converted from three Georgian townhouses which were originally built for the wealthy families of Edinburgh and has just 18 luxurious and elegant bedrooms, some with private entrance and patio. The Howard may be expensive but it does provide excellent luxury accommodation and first-class service.

Balmoral Hotel

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The 5-star Balmoral Hotel is located at number 1, Princes Street in the East End of Princes Street, right next to the main train station. Although technically located in the New Town, it enjoys fabulous views of the Old Town as well as of Edinburgh Castle.

The Balmoral was built during the Victorian era and opened in 1901 as one of the two original railway hotels. This building is one of the famous landmarks of Edinburgh and is home to Michelin starred restaurant Number 1. It offers traditional and luxurious 5-star accommodation, and is ideal for those wanting to stay in a very central location in Edinburgh.

Caledonian Hotel

The 5-star elegant Hilton Caledonian is located right on Princes Street. It is an historic and imposing hotel, one of the original railways hotels. Some of the rooms and the restaurant offer a fantastic view of Edinburgh Castle. With a top-class leisure suite including a swimming pool and gym, the Hilton is one of the more expensive hotels in Edinburgh but definitely worth considering for ultra-central luxury accommodation.

Number 10 Hotel

The 5-star Number 10 Hotel is situated in Gloucester Place, a quiet residential area of the New Town, a 10-minute walk from Princes Street. The hotel is a Grade A Listed building, a tastefully restored Georgian townhouse which offers elegant and tasteful oriental-influenced luxury accommodation with antique furniture. Number 10 would be a good place to stay in for those looking for peaceful and quiet 5-star accommodation close to the city centre.

Rutland Hotel

The 4-star Rutland Hotel is an award-winning restaurant located on Rutland Street just off the west end of Princes Street. The 12 guest rooms are stylishly and tastefully decorated in a contemporary design with dramatic colours and white headboards, and equipped with the latest technology. The Rutland is a small, friendly but at the same time trendy hotel in the centre of Edinburgh.

MacDonald Roxburghe Hotel

The traditional 4-star Roxburghe Hotel, part of the Macdonald chain of hotels, is situated in Charlotte Square, an elegant and peaceful Georgian Square with a large open park at the West End of George Street. The Roxburghe has been tastefully renovated and retains many of the original Georgian features. It has 198 guests rooms and suites. With a leisure suite offering spa and beauty treatments, and a swimming pool, the Roxburghe is a good 4-star hotel in a peaceful yet close area to the city centre.

Tigerlily Hotel

The 4-star boutique hotel Tigerlily is located in George Street, which runs parallel to Princes Street. Tigerlily Hotel is famous for its trendy and glitzy atmosphere and luxury contemporary accommodation with modern technology such as pre-loaded iPods, free Wi-Fi and hair straighteners. With a fashionable cocktail bar and Lulu nightclub, the Tigerlily is best suited to people who love to party.

Le Monde Hotel

The 4-star boutique hotel Le Monde is situated in George Street. Each of its 18 individually designed rooms takes on the theme of a world city, such as Havana, which has a Spanish colonial feel or Rio which has a glass wall statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Le Monde Hotel is well located in the heart of the New Town near to the pubs and clubs of George Street as well as Princes Street, the prime shopping street. Consider Le Monde if you are looking for a central chic and trendy hotel.

George Hotel

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Also on George Street is the 4-star George Hotel, an elegant hotel which has been tastefully restored to preserve many of its original architectural features. Voted Best Hotel in Edinburgh at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2009, the George has 249 modern and comfortable rooms, some with stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and the Firth of Forth. The George is a good traditional hotel right in the centre of New Town.

Rick's Hotel

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The 4-star Rick's Hotel is located on Frederick Street, very close to George Street. It provides a chic and yet intimate atmosphere and the mood is definitely relaxed. With just 10 rooms, the level of service is very high and the staff are friendly. Consider Rick's for a laid-back hotel with the pubs and clubs of New Town on your doorstep.

Hudson Hotel

The contemporary 4-star Hudson Hotel, is situated on Hope Street, close to both George Street and Princes Street. The Hudson offers modern and stylish accommodation. There is also a trendy bar and night club within the hotel, making it a good place to stay for anyone looking for a New Town hotel with good nightlife within reach.

The 4-star King James Hotel is a short walk from Princes Street on Leith Street. It provides functional and modern accommodation and often advertises special offers, making it a budget 4-star choice to consider.

Cheap Hotels on Princes Street

3-star budget hotels in New Town include the Ramada Mount Royal, Royal British and the Old Waverley, all on Princes Street.

Conclusion - Staying in the New Town of Edinburgh

There is a good range of hotel accommodation around the New Town of Edinburgh. Some of the hotels are very central and are located around Princes Street and George Street and these will be more convenient for shopping and dining out but remember that they are likely to be more noisy and less likely to have parking.

Hotels further away from Princes Street itself are often located in quiet areas with gardens and enjoy a more peaceful atmosphere as well as parking.

Many of the converted Georgian townhouse hotels are likely to be listed buildings and this may mean that they have quirkier room shapes and they may lack lifts. But whatever your preference, you will not be dissapointed if you choose to stay in Edinburgh New Town.

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