Discover Unique Holiday Apartments in Edinburgh

The colourful Victoria Street can't be missed on a wander through Edinburgh
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18 August 2021
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Whether you visit for a crisp winter weekend, in dazzling spring bloom or in the thick of August’s theatrical Fringe festival, Scotland’s enchanting, fun-loving capital is crammed with seductive hideaways for independent travellers. Sleep in graceful Georgian townhouses jazzed up with boutique design, settle into a sleekly reimagined whisky distillery or find luxe apartments tucked down Old Town alleyways in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Here are the best holiday rentals in Edinburgh that you can book right now on Culture Trip.

Linton Collection – 28 North Bridge

A living area at Linton Collection – 28 North Bridge with a flat screen TV, sofa, coffee table, kitchen, table and chairs
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Step off the train and into this Linton Collection apartment within seconds. These small studio apartments pack a big punch with on-site laundry facilities, luggage storage and loft bedrooms. They also feature kitchens with ovens, espresso makers and refrigerators, though you won’t be without instant access to a variety of restaurants. Head out of the apartment to the left and spot the Edinburgh Dungeon – step right a few paces and you’ll be on the Royal Mile.

Sonder – Royal Garden Apartments

A light bedroom at Sonder – Royal Garden Apartments with a cushioned bed, an armchair, bedside tables, lamps and a window
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With the Queen Street Gardens as your front lawn, you’ll surely want to pack your walking shoes when staying at these lovely Sonder suites. Each one- and two-bedroom suite has full kitchens and amazing proximity to Princes and George Streets. Have a cup of tea or coffee up in your kitchen, or grab one to take away from the corner cafe, then sip your way through the shops of New Town.

Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity Grassmarket

A cosy bedroom at Wilde Aparthotels with a TV opposite a white and green cushioned bed, two lamps and a large window
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A magical stay at the foot of Edinburgh Castle awaits at these Wilde Aparthotels. Each guest room has a small kitchenette, complete with minibars and espresso makers. You’re welcome to use the fitness centre, but it’s best to get your steps walking the Royal Mile. It’ll also be nice to check in on your neighbours at the castle – only a six-minute walk from your bedroom. Book the Castle View one-bedroom suite for a little added enchantment during your stay.

Haymarket Apartments

An open plan living and kitchen area at Haymarket Apartments with a cream and grey stylish decor, two large windows and sofas
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Spend your holiday hanging out in Haymarket at these modern one-bedroom suites. Cosy abodes have two beds, but some of the more spacious suites can accommodate at least four. City views are available in most rooms, though you’re within a 10-minute walk from nearly anywhere you want to be. George Street, Grassmarket, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre – the heart of Edinburgh is yours to explore without delay. When you return to Haymarket, grab a takeaway and watch the city light up with radiance as nightfalls.

Canongate Luxury Homes

A stylish room at Canongate Luxury Homes, with velvet curtains, cushioned armchairs, a table, large bookshelf and mirror
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This luxury double room in Old Town is simply delightful. Stone walls surround a cosy fireplace, and the wood-panelled walls in the bedroom are as warm and welcoming as the queen bed. Downstairs, you’ll find a bar with refined cocktails and proper pints. Whether staying alone or with a partner, you’ll enjoy nightly walks on the Royal Mile. You’d be well to note that chocolate, gelato, whisky and cigars are just a few metres from your bedroom.

Linton Collection – Blackfriars Lofts

A living area at Linton Collection – Blackfriars Lofts with circle-shaped and arched windows, exposed brick wall, sofa and TV
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Polygonal shapes and smooth curves draw your eyes around every thoughtfully designed architectural decision at these apartments in the Blackfriar Lofts. The warm decor and modern furnishings only add to the spectacle. This unique holiday home is steps from both Princes Street and the Royal Mile, challenging you to discover more of Edinburgh’s brilliant building design. Naturally, you’ll find the best example 1km down the road at Edinburgh Castle.

Heart of the City: St Andrew Square 2bed/2bath Apt

A rustic living area at Heart Of The City- St Andrew Square 2bed/2bath Apt with a fireplace and colourful arm chairs and sofa
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Hole up for the weekend with a few friends in this apartment near St Andrew Square. This flat has three double beds, a kitchen with dishware, laundry machines and a wet bar for easy relaxation. A coffee shop on the ground floor will get your morning moving, and drinks at the casino next door aren’t a bad way to end the night. If you want to rest your feet moving around the city, the St Andrew Tram has a seat for you.

Destiny Scotland Hanover Apartments

A modern bedroom at Destiny Scotland Hanover Apartments with a bed, grey sofa and coffee table facing a flat screen TV
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Art and architecture lovers will adore the location of these New Town apartments. Set between Princes and George Streets, you’ll be within a few steps of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Scottish National Gallery. Edinburgh Castle and St. Giles’ Cathedral are just a few strides further. Each of the six guest rooms feature kitchens, but the extra legroom can be found in the superior one- and two-bedroom units.

Native Edinburgh

An outside view of the Native Edinburgh, a traditional building next to a wide road
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Your dog will love these pet-friendly apartments in New Town – and we have a feeling your tail will be wagging, too. Outside, green spaces like the Queen Street Gardens, Moray Place Gardens and Dean Gardens offer ample walking and scent searching. Inside, the chic decor of these cosy quarters will make you embrace a rainy day spent cuddling with your pup in bed. Be sure to walk them up the Water of Leith so they can pick up their own souvenir from the pet store.

York Place Luxury Apartment – Heart of the City

A blue and white cosy bedroom at York Place Luxury Apartment – Heart Of The City, with a cushioned bed next to a window
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Enjoy a central stay in the city at this York Place apartment. The two double beds in this one-bedroom flat are ideal for two to four guests. Calton Hill’s trails will lead you to a fantastic view of the city skyline, and will provide a welcome relief for anyone who desires a few moments of quiet reflection. With cookware, a stovetop and espresso maker back at the flat, there’s no harm in enjoying a night in either.

Unique Royal Mile Apt – Relive Music History

A cosy room at Unique Royal Mile Apt - Relive Music History with a bookshelf, chandelier and an abstract painting over a sofa
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A beautiful apartment within a mile of the Royal Mile is as desirable as can be, but what makes this one-bedroom flat tempting is its proximity to Holyrood Park. You can spend one day pub hopping through the city, then the next taking it all in from Arthur’s Seat – comfortable shoes will be required for both. A good soak back at the flat wouldn’t be a bad way to end either day.

Old Town Luxury Living

A light living area at Cheval Old Town Chambers with a modern green sofa, coffee table, a balcony with chairs and city views
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Hidden down a narrow close dating from the mid-16th-century, this dreamy, history-inspired line of pet-friendly serviced apartments evokes all that’s so magical about Edinburgh. Options range from open-plan studios to three-bedroom apartments and swish penthouses flaunting their skyline views. The show-stopping, four-person townhouse apartment occupies a sensitively restored 15th-century home, with vaulted brick ceilings and a free-standing copper bath. There are welcome hampers, Malin & Goetz bathroom products, sultry design tones and free gym access – all within a five-minute meander of Edinburgh Castle.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Isabella Noble.

These recommendations were updated on August 18, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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