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The 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is not in short supply of luxury hotels or awe-inspiring views
Edinburgh is not in short supply of luxury hotels or awe-inspiring views | © John Peter Photography / Alamy Stock Photo
Budget hotels and hostels have their place, but sometimes you just want to throw caution to the wind, loosen the purse strings and splurge on unadulterated five-star luxury. If you would like to be treated like royalty – and don’t mind forking out a king’s ransom to do so – read on.

Grand old Edinburgh is no stranger to luxury hotels, but there are a select few that really stand out. These indulgent home from homes are places where you can lay your head in incomparable style, receiving the kind of five-star service expected by the most demanding of A-listers.

From former railway buildings to old churches, mini stately homes and modern abodes, Edinburgh’s first-class hotels come in a wide variety of styles. Whether you opt for sleek and streamlined or full-on opulent glamour, this selection of the city’s most sublime hotels will ensure you are utterly spoiled during your stay.

The Balmoral Hotel

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The Balmoral Hotel was built in 1902
The Balmoral Hotel was built in 1902 | © The Balmoral Hotel / Hotels.com
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The clock above The Balmoral Hotel, which towers over the east end of Princes Street, is permanently set three minutes fast to ensure that passengers en route to Waverley Station don’t miss their trains. This Edwardian Gothic edifice (where JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) has been an Edinburgh institution for over a century, but there is nothing remotely old fashioned about it. With a Michelin-star restaurant, ritzy afternoon teas in the glass-domed Palm Court and deeply luxurious rooms, this grand hotel confidently keeps itself relevant.
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Swimming pool
Spa
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Connecting rooms available
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Prestonfield House

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Luxury double room at Prestonfield House
The richly decorated rooms at Prestonfield House overlook gardens and parkland | Courtesy of Prestonfield House / Hotels.com
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Minimalism takes a back seat at this wildly extravagant hotel, with plush velvet, leopard-skin carpets, deep hues on the walls and oil paintings creating the ambience of an opulent boudoir. Set in 20 acres of parkland in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, giving it the feel of a country estate, this tranquil haven is only a five-minute taxi ride from the city centre. It offers guests superlative service the minute they walk through the door. Dine at the award-winning Rhubarb restaurant, and flick through the 800-strong wine list. Book a helicopter (naturally, there’s a landing pad). Organise a game of golf next door, or play croquet on the manicured lawns.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Pet Friendly
Airport transfers
Childcare
Non smoking
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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
Many of the rooms at this historic hotel offer views of Edinburgh Castle | Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian / Hotels.com
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When it comes to accommodation, it’s all about the location, and it doesn’t come much better than the ‘Caley’ (as it’s affectionately dubbed by local people). Dominating the West End of Princes Street, with unparalleled views of Edinburgh Castle, this former Victorian railway station is the grande dame of the Edinburgh hospitality scene. Think ladies in furs, tartan-trousered concierges, lavish afternoon teas, impressive restaurants and a swanky Guerlain Spa (which is the only one in the UK). Check in to one of the Queen Carriage Rooms, a throwback to the hotel’s railway history, and let The Caledonian take the strain.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Spa
Gym
Hot tub
Pet Friendly
Business facilities
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The Scotsman Hotel

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Double room at The Scotsman Hotel
Each bedroom at The Scotsman Hotel is unique | Courtesy of The Scotsman Hotel / Hotels.com
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Formerly the home of Scotland’s national daily newspaper, The Scotsman, this imposing Edwardian building – which straddles North Bridge – offers sweeping vistas of Edinburgh’s skyline. Any hint of ink and hot metal printing presses have long been banished, replaced by a city-centre hotel that combines the charm of a bygone era with the best of 21st-century living. However, there are occasional reminders of the hotel’s former incarnation – check in to a spacious Editor Room or a compact Reporter Room. For the ultimate in luxury, treat yourself to a stay in The Penthouse, where you can sweat it out in the suite’s sauna and enjoy grandstand views of the castle from a private terrace.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Connecting rooms available
Non smoking
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The Witchery by the Castle

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Guest room at The Witchery by the Castle
The suites at The Witchery by the Castle are ideal for a romantic getaway | Courtesy of The Witchery by the Castle / Booking.com
This outrageously opulent hideaway, nestled in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle in the heart of the Old Town, makes for the ultimate romantic retreat. With dramatic decor and eclectic furnishings, it’s a perfect antidote to ubiquitous corporate blandness. The sumptuous suites are candlelit, and antique four-poster beds are piled high with cushions and throws. Roll-top baths are vast, while oil paintings, jewel-coloured velvets, silks and heavy brocades create a decadent ambience. Come here with a loved one and soak up the Baroque romance.
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The Glasshouse, Autograph Collection

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Suite at The Glasshouse, Autograph Collection
The Glasshouse, Autograph Collection, was once the Lady Glenorchy Church | Courtesy of The Glasshouse, Autograph Collection / Hotels.com
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The Glasshouse is housed inside one of Edinburgh’s more unusual century churches at the top of Leith Walk. Beyond the Gothic exterior, however, sits a very modern boutique hotel, creating a striking contrast between traditional and contemporary. Extensive use of glass allows masses of light to flood into every room, most of which enjoy a private terrace. The absolute highlight of this five-star hotel, however, has to be the 0.8-hectare (two-acre) rooftop garden. In the summer, it has a gin bar where you can kick back, relax and soak up the views of Calton Hill.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Gym
Bathtub in
Crib
Childcare
Connecting rooms available
Non smoking
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The Bonham Hotel

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Each Junior Suite at The Bonham Hotel has a seating area | Courtesy of The Bonham Hotel / Hotels.com
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Situated in a peaceful, leafy crescent in Edinburgh’s well-heeled West End, The Bonham offers guests a gorgeously indulgent stay in spacious rooms and suites. These three former townhouses have recently been given a revamp, and while the hotel has retained its period features, including wood panelling and huge bay windows, this place is anything but stuffy. Furnishings are upholstered in bright velvets, and the beds are deep and piled high with pillows and cushions. If you don’t want to go out, there’s also an excellent on-site restaurant, No35, serving up imaginative modern British cuisine.
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Pet Friendly
Crib
Connecting rooms available
Non smoking
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Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa

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Guest room at Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa
The rooms at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa have everything you need for a comfortable stay | Courtesy of Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa / Hotels.com
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There’s no mistaking your location when you splash out on the Castle Suite at this Edinburgh outpost of the Sheraton, situated on bustling Lothian Road. With muted tartan wallcoverings from floor to ceiling and a perfect view of the castle, you couldn’t be anywhere but Scotland’s capital. The contemporary Scottish interiors include bespoke art on the walls, deeply indulgent bathrooms with Molten Brown toiletries, and even an award-winning thermal spa with a rooftop hydropool – perfect for helping you de-stress while taking in panoramic views of the city.
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Spa
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Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh

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The Radisson Collection Hotel is contemporary in design | Courtesy of Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh / Hotels.com
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There’s not a tartan carpet or stag’s head in sight at this cooly contemporary hotel, the only one on the Royal Mile to boast five stars. With its pale-wood floors, muted palette of greys, cool off-whites and pared-back decor, this laid-back venue owes more than a nod to minimalist Scandi design. The Radisson Collection also offers nine suites that have been individually designed by renowned Scottish designers, complete with playful interiors with pops of colour and quirky artwork. Its Old Town location makes this hotel a perfect place to base yourself for the Edinburgh Festival or the bacchanalian Hogmanay celebrations.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Spa
Gym
Pet Friendly
Business facilities
Connecting rooms available
Non smoking
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Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

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Double room at Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel
Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel comprises seven Georgian townhouses | Courtesy of Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel / Hotels.com
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Just steps away from the upmarket shops on George Street and within walking distance of most of the city’s attractions, the Kimpton Charlotte Square’s prime location makes it an ideal base. Comprising seven elegant Georgian townhouses, the hotel features eclectically styled rooms decked out with heavy velvet curtains, tartan throws and deep colours. Roll-top baths and bespoke Perfumer’s Garden toiletries invite you to wallow a little bit longer, while the handmade mattresses make hitting the snooze button irresistible. After a day of sightseeing, rejuvenate in the spa, take a dip in the indoor pool or relax with a nightcap in the garden bar.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
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Spa
Gym
Pet Friendly
Business facilities
Connecting rooms available
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