Stay in Edinburgh Old Town area

Which Edinburgh Hotels are Near the Historic City Centre

The medieval Old Town of Edinburgh is the most popular area of Edinburgh to stay in and my personal favourite.

The Old Town is made up of the Royal Mile which acts as the spine of the area from which the narrow alleyways and roads emerge. However, the Old Town is not just the Royal Mile and it comprises much of the area south of Princes Street, including North and South Bridge, Grassmarket and Cowgate, as well as the University of Edinburgh area. The Old Town is dominated by Edinburgh Castle and it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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This picturesque area of Edinburgh is home to many architecturally important buildings from the 16th and 17th century and has some of the tallest buildings of the age (which were often many storeys high due to lack of space in the area).

The Old Town of Edinburgh is full of history and character and visitors to the city like to spend time just walking around this compact but hilly area, soaking up the history and atmosphere. It is no wonder then, that many visitors choose to stay in hotels around here, the historic heart of the city, small and very atmospheric.

The good news is that many of Edinburgh's top hotels are located around the Royal Mile and Grassmarket areas so which are some of the best hotels in the Old Town of Edinburgh?

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Which accommodation is near the Old Town of Edinburgh? Read on.

Which Hotels are Located in the Old Town area of Edinburgh

All of the hotels and apartments on Royal Mile and in the immediate vicinity are considered to be Old Town accommodation. Some of the most popular ones include the gothic Witchery by the Castle, the 5-star trendy Missoni, the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel and the 4-star Macdonald Holyrood hotel on the Royal Mile itself.

However, the Old Town is not just about the Royal Mile. There are many good hotels in other parts of the atmospheric Edinburgh Old Town.

Knight Residence Apartments

Knight Residence are 5-star luxury serviced apartments located at 12, Lauriston Street in the Old Town. Voted the Number 1 Hotel in Europe by Expedia in 2008, the Knight Residence provides apartments with up to three bedrooms with separate lounge and kitchen facilities making it ideal for people on longer stays or those travelling as part of a group.

The Knight Residence apartments offer a very high level of service and top-class facilities, yet the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, making it perfect for people who enjoy luxury without the stuffy atmosphere often associated with top hotels.

Hotel Du vin

The 4-star Hotel du Vin is a contemporary hotel close to the Grassmarket area and a 5-minute walk from the Royal Mile. Converted from a former asylum, it is quirky and atmospheric and offers guests a unique experience. It offers a Cigar Shack and a Whisky Bar and a cobbled courtyard for al fresco dining. Although the Hotel Du Vin experience does not come cheap it is a special place to stay in the Old Town.

Apex International Hotel

The 4-star Apex International and its sister hotel the Apex City are located 100m from each other in the lively Grassmarket area of the Old Town. They both enjoy stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and are around 500m away from the Royal Mile.

The Apex International has a swimming pool and leisure suite which guests from both hotels can use, and both hotels are well-known for being very child-friendly. Grassmarket is a vibrant area, with many pubs and clubs in the vicinity so it is not the quietest of areas but both hotels offer clean, modern and well priced accommodation. They are both very good places to stay in the Old Town.

Novotel Centre Hotel

The 4-star Novotel Centre is situated in 80, Lauriston Place on the edge of the Old Town. It is a very child-friendly hotel and offers many facilities for children as well as offers such as free breakfast for children. There is a leisure suite with swimming pool and jacuzzi.

Although slightly away from the centre of Old Town, Novotel Centre is quieter than other hotels closer to the centre. Offering modern accommodation at reasonable prices, the Novotel is a good hotel for those looking for value-for-money accomodation in Edinburgh, especially for families.

Conclusion - Staying in the Old Town of Edinburgh

Many people associate the Old Town of Edinburgh with the Royal Mile but as you can see the medieval heart of the City covers a far wider area. There is a good choice of accommodation available in this historic area.

Where to stay comes down mainly to personal preference in terms of location. Hotels right on the Royal Mile are noisier, especially at night, and are less likely to have on-site parking whereas some of the accommodation on the outskirts of the Old Town (which sounds deceptively far but in reality it's still within walking distance of Edinburgh City Centre) are quieter and are more likely to have parking.

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