Every travel enthusiast knows that in order to experience the raw culture of a place, you must immerse yourself into the surroundings. There really is no better way to enjoy the true essence of Scotland
than to stay in a local bed and breakfast. Appreciate the brilliant hospitality from the comfort of a Scottish home, delight in a home-cooked meal
to start the day, and discover the top bed and breakfasts in Edinburgh
The Adam Drysdale Guest House
The Adam Drysdale Guest House is the perfect place to lay your head after a fun-filled day adventuring around the city. It really is everything you could ever want from a guest house — clean, comfortable, chilled, and in a prime location too. Lots of local shops, pubs, restaurants, and theatres can be found dotted around the area. Once more, it is close enough to the hustle and bustle of the city while being in a gorgeous and relaxing area of town. Guests can delight in a delectable full Scottish breakfast whizzed up by the most delightful owners. Prepare to be enchanted with the brilliantly Scottish vibes and laid-back surroundings.
The Adam Drysdale Guest House, 42 Gilmore Pl, West End, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 228 8952
No. 53 Frederick Street
No. 53 Frederick Street is the kind of guest house that you will return to time after time. Situated right in the centre of town, the location couldn’t be more perfect. Guests can explore the New Town and also be in close proximity to some of the best bars, shops, and restaurants in Edinburgh. This place is the perfect mix of new and old. The building is an original Georgian townhouse fitted with all the essential contemporary amenities. For those who don’t like small spaces, this one is for you. Expect gargantuan rooms with big windows, Scots pine paneling, and original carved fire surrounds. The breakfast at Rick’s is cooked to perfection.
No. 53 Frederick Street, 53 Frederick St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 226 2752
Bell’s Brae House
Bell’s Brae House stands out from the crowd when it comes to top-notch bed and breakfasts. This 16th-century miller’s house happens to be one of the oldest inhabited domestic buildings in Edinburgh. Not only that, everything is simply beautiful. There is one exquisite double bedroom with a super king-size bed, a private bathroom with a classic roll top bath, and spa works toiletries galore. No stay would be complete without a welcome tray of Scottish shortbread and fluffy white dressing gowns. The cherry on top of this one is the yoga studio, which guests have private access to. Start perfecting that downward dog and book in for an exclusive 1 on 1 yoga class.
Bell’s Brae House, 17 Bells Brae, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 225 9779
Kew is less of a guest house and more of a five star boutique experience. It is no wonder that this place has raving reviews and character to match. Expect stunning interiors filled with designer fabrics and hip contemporary furniture. The serenity of every room in this place is worth noting, as is the quality of the breakfast, which is made using the finest locally sourced ingredients. The building dates back to 1860 and is a short walk to the city centre. Concert or rugby goers should stay here, as it is a simple hop, skip, and jump away from Murrayfield Stadium. This place is for those who like all the mod cons of a swish hotel without the price tag.
Kew House, 1 Kew Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 313 0700
Cruachan Guest House
After exploring the great city of Edinburgh, venture back to a home away from home and prepare for a most excellent stay at the Cruachan Guest House. This beauty is a Victorian villa with stunning architecture dating back to 1890. Expect bedrooms on every floor and all the amenities you could ever wish for. It is no surprise that the full Scottish breakfast is a feast fit for royalty. The word ‘cruachan’ is actually the ancient war cry of the regal clan Campbell (whose motto was ‘do not forget’). This wonderful guest house is Scottish to the core and its loveliness could never be forgotten.
Cruachan Guest House, 53 Gilmore Pl, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 229 6219
Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel, Hotel, Guesthouse, Villa
23 Mayfield may as well be considered a boutique hotel. The words grand, luxurious, and decadent most certainly come to mind. It really is no surprise that this beauty has won multiple awards; so expect the stay of a lifetime. The building has graced Edinburgh since 1868 and still holds its charm to this day. Every room is immaculate and the solid mahogany furniture would make Ron Burgundy proud. The club room was made to be lounged in. Enjoy a game of chess on the Georgian chess board, sift through an impressive selection of many rare leather-bound books dating back to 1740, and enjoy a blast from the past with a spot of Connect Four. This place is the perfect pick for those who like privacy, elegance, and luxury.
23 Mayfield, 23 Mayfield Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 667 5806
McCrae’s Organic B&B
McCrae’s is one of those bed and breakfasts worthy of the utmost attention. Their commitment to all things organic and locally sourced is commendable. Feed the mind and soul with a stay here and prepare to be blown away with this affordable yet wonderful place to call home for a few days. McCrae’s is family run. Expect a home-cooked organic breakfast perfectly made from Scotland’s very own natural larder. Enjoy Edinburgh while staying green, healthy, and reducing that carbon footprint. The ornate cornicing and tasteful décor are an added bonus.
McCrae’s Organic B&B, 44 E Claremont St, Edinburgh, +44 131 556 2610