Best Luxury Hotels in Edinburgh

Top Deluxe, Luxury, 4-star
and 5-star Accommodation

A list of all the best luxury hotels in Edinburgh would be a long one. The city is one of Scotland's – and the UK’s - top tourist attractions, and there are plenty of 5-star, deluxe and luxury Edinburgh accommodations available. There are excellent 4-star hotels to choose from too.

Whether you're visiting Edinburgh for Hogmanay, during the Edinburgh Festival, or to see the city's best visitor attractions such as the Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse, or Edinburgh Castle, there are lots of top quality hotels to stay in.

The View of Edinburgh Castle from the Luxury Sheraton Grand Hotel
in Edinburgh

Some of the Best Luxury Hotels in Edinburgh

Apex Edinburgh International Hotel
31-35 Grassmarket
One of three 4-star Apex hotels in Edinburgh, the International offers guests great views of Edinburgh Castle, especially from the highly-rated rooftop Heights Restaurant, with its two AA rosettes. There's also the more informal Metro Bar and Brasserie. There's also a sauna, gym, a stainless steel ozone pool and all the other services expected of a 4-star hotel.

Balmoral Hotel
1 Princes Street
The best of Edinburgh's traditional grand hotels, the Balmoral is very convenient for the main Waverley train station. This luxury 5-star hotel is right on Princes Street, it has superb business and conference facilities, and for gourmets it has the bonus of the Michelin-starred number one restaurant. It was the choice of the royal guests who attended the wedding in Edinburgh of Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips to England rugby star Mike Tindall.

The Bonham
35 Drumsheugh Gardens
A unique feature of the Bonham is the collection of about 30 art works by contemporary Scottish artists. There are 41 individually-styled rooms occupying five Edwardian town houses in Edinburgh's West End.

12/16 South Learmonth Gardens
The 4-star boutique Channings is in Edinburgh's West End, slightly out of the city centre but still only about one mile from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. The hotel restaurant is well-rated by the food guides, and there is also a more casual wine bar for drinking or dining.

The Edinburgh Residence
7 Rothesay Terrace
Less than a mile from Edinburgh Castle, the Edinburgh Residence is a collection of 29 luxury 5-star suites in several Georgian town houses. Suites are equipped with such things as microwaves, fridges, and food preparation areas, making them ideal for visitors who want deluxe comfort but a degree of independence too. There is also 24-hour Room Service, and the restaurant at the sister hotel, the Bonham, is one minute away.

The Howard
34 Great King Street
The 5-star Howard in Edinburgh's New Town bills itself as the most discreet hotel in the city. The 18 luxury rooms and suites are spread over three elegant Georgian town houses, and there is a full team of butlers to cater to guests' every need. The Howard's Atholl Restaurant only seats 14 people so booking ahead is absolutely essential.

The Scotsman Hotel

The Scotsman Hotel
North Bridge
This 5-star boutique hotel is in the former offices of The Scotsman newspaper, and really neat are the privacy hatches, which allow room service without intruding into the room itself. There's a health club and spa, a stainless steel pool, stained glass windows, a marble staircase, and other features that have led this to be voted one of the world's best hotels by Condé Nast Traveller magazine. 

Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa
1 Festival Square
The Scotland rugby team have been known to use the 5-star Sheraton's health club and spa, which helps confirm its reputation as the best spa in Edinburgh. From here you could easily walk to Murrayfield Stadium, as well as to Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Princes Street. Excellent location, superb hotel.

The Witchery by the Castle
Near the entrance to Edinburgh Castle, the Witchery is best known as one of the city's top restaurants. However, the Witchery also has seven very private suites which have catered to celebrities including Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Dannii Minogue called them 'the perfect lust-den'. It's hardly surprising they're often booked months ahead.

Luxury Country House near Edinburgh
As an alternative to a luxury hotel right in Edinburgh, read about an exclusive-use luxury country house only 20 miles east of the city centre, Lennoxlove House (above).

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