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The 10 Best Cultural Hotels In Edinburgh

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Maria Menegaki
Updated: 9 February 2017
World-famous for its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, Scotland’s capital city is arguably one of the most popular year-round travel destinations in Europe. Edinburgh’s charm and elegance is even more seductive if you choose equally special accommodation. From Victorian town houses to contemporary properties, read on to discover the best overnight options for every taste and budget.

23 Mayfield

Built in the 19th century, this detached boutique guesthouse is typical of its period’s traditional architecture. 23 Mayfield is an impressive family-run Victorian villa situated just one mile from the city centre. Stay in one of the uniquely decorated rooms with handcrafted solid mahogany furniture and start your day with the most delicious breakfast of the highest quality to experience Scottish hospitality at its best.

Address & telephone number: 23 Mayfield Gardens, Edinburgh, +44 131 667 5806

Fried egg with beans in tomato sauce, bacon and grilled sausages with a cup of coffee and morning newspaper © Anna_Pustynnikova / Shutterstock

Fried egg with beans, bacon and grilled sausages © Anna_Pustynnikova / Shutterstock

Sheridan Guest House

This elegant Georgian Townhouse has retained its character even though it has been restored in contemporary style. Flowerpots filled with colourful blooms, eight en suite bedrooms with wonderful paintings hanging on the walls and Persian carpets on the floor make up the setting for Sheridan Guest House, a little haven which will surely amaze you.

Address & telephone number: 1 Bonnington Grove, Edinburgh, +44 131 554 4107

© Ozgur Coskun / Shutterstock

© Ozgur Coskun / Shutterstock

Albyn Townhouse

Formerly the St. Oswald Church Manse, this impressive four-story Victorian townhouse has been transformed into the perfect family-run property for anyone looking for tranquility and welcoming surroundings combined with a city centre feel. Within a short distance from the Old Town and the major attractions, Albyn invites you to its 10 non-smoking rooms spread over three floors for a stay that will exceed even the highest expectations.

Address & telephone number: 16 Hartington Gardens, Edinburgh, +44 131 229 6459

Straven Guest House

Set in a peaceful, residential area in a leafy street leading to Portobello’s long sandy beach, it is hard to believe that this Victorian eco-friendly guesthouse is only a 15-minute bus ride to the city centre. Ideal for exploring Edinburgh’s numerous sights by day and returning to comfort in the evening, Straven is where you will feel at home; just book one of the eight simple warm rooms and be spoiled for choice.

Address & telephone number: 3 Brunstane Road North, Edinburgh, +44 131 669 5580

The Victorian Town House

Facing a small park, this refined bed and breakfast is in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town. The Victorian Town House offers three comfortable rooms decorated to the highest standards along with a complimentary full Scottish continental or vegetarian fresh breakfast. Choose among the traditional Scottish-themed Caledonian room, the Africa-themed Colonial Room with its wooden floor and the charming Dunedin room with the delightful seating area, for a pleasant stay which is guaranteed.

Address & telephone number: 14 Eglinton Crescent, Edinburgh, +44 131 337 7088

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© VICUSCHKA / Shutterstock

International Guest House

In case you require a touch of luxury out of the ordinary, look no further. Just a mile and a half from the centre of Edinburgh, find the International, an attractive stone-built Victorian terrace house blending warm hospitality and modern comfort. Featuring a range of guestrooms all equipped with en suite facilities and distinguished for its outstanding decor and level of hospitality, it will not disappoint even the most discerning travellers.

Address & telephone number: 37 Mayfield Gardens, Edinburgh, +44 131 667 2511

Sonas Guest House

Ideally located on a quiet street of the city’s south side and dating back to the 1870s, Sonas is a converted Victorian Villa offering 19th-century charm with 21st-century amenities. Whether you‘re having a short break, extended holiday or a business trip, this is the perfect base to explore the city.

Address & telephone number: 3 E Mayfield, Edinburgh, +44 131 667 2781

Sonas Guesthouse, Edinburgh | Courtesy of Sonas Guesthouse

Sonas Guesthouse, Edinburgh | Courtesy of Sonas Guesthouse

Minto Guest House

Not far from the heart of the city, a simple family-run bed & breakfast warmly welcomes you with a variety of easily accessible rooms ranging from single to family size. Book the one suitable for you at Minto Guest House and make sure to ask the owners for recommended highland tours to enjoy your journey to its fullest.

Address & telephone number: 23 Minto Street, Edinburgh, +441316676153

Allburys Boutique B&B

This is the ultimate hideaway bed & breakfast. Located on a leafy street of Victorian houses, Allburys is ready to satisfy all your needs. Treat yourself to a stay in one of the three guestrooms featuring fireplaces and flat-screen TVs and indulge in the gourmet traditional breakfast. This place is special, the memories will last you a lifetime.

Address & telephone number: 8 Magdala Crescent, Edinburgh, +44 131 337 1043

Kew House

Dating back to 1860 this charming property has been renovated to provide contemporary comfortable accommodation while retaining the feel of its long history. Kew House is committed to ensuring its guests individual needs are met in six totally relaxed guestrooms where you will be able to recharge your batteries in the best possible way. Remember to ask Ian and Alan for some insider tips which will help you plan your days as memorable as it gets.

Address & telephone number: 1 Kew Terrace, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, +44 131 313 0700

Sonas Kew Edinburgh | Courtesy of Kew Guesthouse

Sonas Kew Edinburgh | Courtesy of Kew Guesthouse