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Castle Hideaway | © Emma / Airbnb
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Edinburgh's 10 Coolest Airbnb Apartments

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Updated: 27 June 2018

Whether in it for a whistle-stop tour or a dose of Scottish hospitality, Airbnb is a fuss-free way of finding accommodation and experiencing the true joys of spirited city living. To ensure a seamless searching process, explore our edit of the coolest Airbnb apartments in Edinburgh. Be prepared — #homeenvy is inevitable!

Classical apartment on the Royal Mile
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Courtesy Of Calim / Airbnb

It doesn’t get much better than this. Why book a hotel when you can stay in pristine quarters smack bang next to Edinburgh’s eyes, ears and soul — the Castle. Situated on the Royal Mile in the centre of everything, this classical apartment sports outstanding views and irresistible touches. Between the magical secret bed behind the miniature library adorned with riveting reads, evocative art, sumptuous sitting space and hyper-local tips from the perfect host, consider this the stay you’ve been longing for.
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City, Stylish, Design

Modern room + balcony in classic Edinburgh district
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Courtesy Of Eilidh / Airbnb

For a flawless stay, look no further. A sleek, contemporary build attached to a charming 1874 abode, this pick is surrounded by attractions a-plenty, from the Meadows and a hidden Wild West street to city centre bus routes. The balcony with stunning views, dream hosts and private modern bathroom add that extra sense of je ne sais quoi.

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Stylish city centre apartment in New Town
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Courtesy Of Anita / Airbnb

What’s not to love? This superlative apartment, suitable for up to four people, shows some serious style game and life goals with its luxe furnishings and handsome appearance. The swanky prime New Town location means a 10 minute walk from the centre, making zipping around the city easy.
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City, Stylish, Design

Castle Hideaway
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Castle Hideaway | © Emma / Airbnb

The kind of city pad you could only conjure up in your dreams, Castle Hideaway is right in the thick of all the fun, with the Castle being a hop, skip and a jump away. What’s more, there are shops, pubs, clubs, museums, art galleries and theatres for days — all within walking distance. When it comes to the swoon-worthy luxurious arty interiors, mod con touches and private secluded garden patio, we can’t even deal with it. Perfection.  
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City, Stylish, Design

Luxury flat in the heart of Edinburgh Old Town
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Courtesy Of Melanie / Airbnb

This luxury flat off the Royal Mile is all you could ever want in an Airbnb, and then some. Light furnishings create airy feels and the desirable location make this beauty a win win. Worth noting for literature lovers, the Writers’ Museum is on your doorstep, as are the treasures punctuating the Royal Mile.
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Top rated unique apartment in Leith
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Located in the buzzing cultural hub of Leith, this five star unique apartment couldn’t be any cooler. The amazing and knowledgeable host, slew of exposed brick work, trendy interior accents, welcoming plants, sublime city views, vintage pieces and luxurious white bedding are just a few of the highlights. That, and the fact that it’s on the corner of some Edinburgh’s best restaurants, farmers’ markets, pubs, shops and attractions. This ultimate hipster pad is an editorial straight out of Urban Outfitters. Yes please.
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City, Stylish, Unusual

Retro central Edinburgh
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Situated in the Haymarket area, a traveller-friendly location next to Princes Street, Retro Central Edinburgh is cool, calm and expertly collected. Seriously — the gorgeous retro furniture and airy atmosphere emulate a movie set. Close to a vast array of independent shops, striking architecture, top restaurants, all the main historic sites and easy public transport, this pad is suited to both business and pleasure. Spotless, trendy and undeniably an apartment with #interiorgoals. The private door and large patio are welcomed additions.
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City, Stylish, Design

Stylish Old Town retreat by the Grassmarket
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A home away from home, one stay in this superb city-smart retreat and you’re hooked on both the flat and Edinburgh. The Old Town Grassmarket location lends itself to exploring the unsurpassable sites, whereas the apartment itself is serene and quiet, ensuring a darn good night’s sleep! Amenity wise, it has everything you need and more. And when it comes to the interiors, mid-century modern never looked so inviting!
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City, Stylish

Luxury Georgian apartment in the city centre
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Courtesy Of Derek / Airbnb

If plush is your middle name and all things swanky take your fancy, then this luxury city centre apartment is your knight in shining armour ready to alleviate any accommodation searching sorrows! Based on a residential street in a Georgian town house, no expenses were spared on the details. This pukka pad is near all the top sites and takes the crown with its fluffy bath robes, slippers, gorge leather sofas, updated everything, four poster bed, mod cons galore and a double bathroom with mist free heated mirrors (yes, apparently that’s a thing)!
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City, Stylish, Design

Dovecot Cottage
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Full of unwavering charm and unmitigated beauty, Dovecot Cottage could not be closer to a fairytale. This expertly renovated 17th-century dovecot, which sits amidst a horticultural haven, maintains eye-catching asymmetrical stone and cunning touches straight out of Architectural Digest. There are bespoke rustic furnishings — think an artisanal cedar-wood bed, spotlights decorating ancient pigeon-nesting boxes, modern shower, and so much more. And for the pièce de résistance of this snug historical bird castle, discover the glass panel exposing a secret underground cavern.
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Design, Historic, City, Unusual