Ah, Edinburgh, the Athens of the North! A city where great thinkers, artists and writers have lived, loved and dreamed. A place with a reputation for luring in explorers like a mermaid and gifting them with stories and memories of overwhelming beauty. Edinburgh is a city to be discovered, no matter how many times you’ve been there or how well you know it. There’s just so many things to do here! It is like a magician, turning old tricks into something new that you’ve never seen before. If you’re ready to be part of its magic, make sure your journey is free from disappointment starting at the place you choose to stay at. We’ve made a list of the best Airbnb accommodations in the ancient heart of Edinburgh just to help you get the most of your experience in one of Scotland’s most charming cities. All you have to do is close your eyes, scroll down this post and open them when you feel the time is right: the Airbnb that you’ve unconsciously selected will make your visit to Edinburgh even more special. Not convinced? See for yourself! Check out these Airbnbs in Edinburgh city centre.
This is a lovely, cosy flat is located in the old town right next to the University of Edinburgh so it’s perfect if you’re attending the famous Edinburgh Festival or are simply visiting the city’s main tourist spots. It can house up to four guests so your three companions will be perfectly safe and comfortable here. The flat features one bedroom with a double bed and a spacious living room with a sofa bed, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom, and a lovely rear garden. This flat is an excellent value-for-money option.
Lovely Old Town FlatEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Top guest reviewsappreciated the fold-out couch hot water kettle and extra toiletries left in the bathroomcomfy beds good wifi and lovely backyardsofa bed was amazingthe location is excellent and is equipped with well-working electric shower and other kitchen suppliesthe flat was clean had excellent wifi and located in the heart of edinburghflat was very clean and tidydecor is clean simple & cuteit was very clean and comfortable and had everything we neededit is a small and clean flat which was equipped as describedit was so clean and everything worked well from check-in to check out
Host:host is really helpful and warmheartedhost communicated help was there if neededrobin was also an very kind host and was very patient in helping us arrange our accomodationhost (ruta) was good at communicatingsuper reliable and fast responding host from this place you can reach everything by footRead more reviewsfantastic location for our time at the fringe festivalgood location surrounded by restaurants and convenience storesamazing location about 10 minute walk to the royal milegreat location right next to the university and only a 10 minute walk to the centre of edinburghcheck in was clear and easy and location fantastic
This charming one-bedroom apartment is set right in the heart of the vibrant Grassmarket area, on the second floor of a historic building. It is a very comfortable flat equipped with all the essentials that will make a difference during your stay. The living room features a sofa bed, which means you can bring three more people with you and everyone will be happy. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to prepare your own meals so that’s one less worry. This apartment in Edinburgh is ideal to spend a great holiday with friends.
Heart of GrassmarketEdinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top guest reviewswe found the sofa bed in the living room to be pretty uncomfortable as wellthe space is large and comfortable (and easy to find)it’s homey and comfortable with a modern bathroom and a fairly spacious common areaclean central and confortablesuper clean the place and the beds were comfortablethe flat was super clean and really nicely decoratedthe apartment itself was clean once we got insidethe apartment is as advertised and was convenient and clean
Host:the host runs things very wellthey were very accommodating by giving me a phone number to call in case i needed helpgreat host and responded to emails very promptlystoil & team were great hosts with timely communication and helpful with our queries/questionsvery good communication from hostRead more reviewscute flat in great locationexcellent location and in close proximity to the castlethe location in grassmarket is ideal for exploring the heart of the cityamazing location right in the heart of edinburghgreat location in the center of everything fun
Who doesn’t like to wake up and see a beautiful view from the window? This studio offers you that and more! Located in a safe, well-managed development very close to Grassmarket, this studio overlooks the important Edinburgh Castle and is a great option for couples. Featuring a fully equipped kitchen and a living room area, this accommodation in Edinburgh city centre has everything you need to have an amazing stay in the Scottish capital.
Studio Apartment with Castle ViewEdinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top guest reviewscozy little apartment with a wonderful view of the castle from the balconythere is free wi-fi and it was lovely & cosylovely view of the castle from the kitchengreat view of the castle out the kitchen windowthere is a lovely view of the castle from the kitchennice clean studio apartmenta good space and very clean with some great personal toucheslovely and clean and there was great contact with annso clean and in a perfect locationperfect location and very clean flat
Host:ann is a super hostann is a great host who was very kind and thoughtfulshe was also very helpful with suggestions and respond timevery thoughtful host cozy placeann was a wonderful quick responding host with an unbelievable flatRead more reviewssuperb location just off grassmarketgreat location with restaurants and shopping all arounda lovely secure flat very centrallocation location location and great value for moneyfantastic location for a visit to edinburgh
If you prefer to interact with locals and have a less touristy experience, staying in a private bedroom in a shared house with the host may be great for you, especially if you’re travelling alone. This house is beautiful, with a pretty original look and exotic décor. You’ll feel right at home as soon as you enter it and the cat greets you. When you enter your bright, cosy room you’ll only wonder why you didn’t book it for more days. If you’re a solo traveller, this room is a great idea. (Did we mention the cat?)
Charming, Cosy & Centrally-Located Double RoomEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Top guest reviewsthe room was small but very pretty with a window facing to her little gardenthe other areas of the house like the kitchen and sitting room were open for us to usethe room is just right for a couple and the decor is even better than in the photosour room was private and quiet and the bed was inbelievably comfortablethe bed is very comfortable and the linen is lovelyclean bathroom and cozy roomroom is clean and comfortable bedclean and as if it is freshly renovatedthee house was extraordinary cleanroom is nice and clean
Host:sarah was the perfect hostsarah is a wonderful hostsarah is a lovely hostsarah was a brilliant hostsarah is actually a super hostRead more reviewsgood location 5-7minutes walking to the tram stationthe location is ideal close to the train station local restaurants and a supermarketit’s so close to everything and it’s very easy to get from the airport or train stationawesome place in a great location in edinburghlovely apartment 5 minutes walking distance from the bus station
That’s right: this flat was actually a factory before it was turned into part of a beautiful, modern development. It benefits from its own parking space and is located in a very quiet area. You’re allowed to bring your pet with you as well as three other people. Everyone will be very comfortable, as the apartment has not one but two double beds, as well as a functional, fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your own tasty meals. Everything in this apartment screams modernity and it clearly represents the younger side of Edinburgh. It is an amazing option for a couple’s getaway or a holiday with friends.
Converted factory with parkingEdinburgh, United Kingdom
Top guest reviewsbig windows facing the courtyard perfect to enjoy breakfast in bed and get your day goingthe apartment is always filled with natural light a selling point for usfabulous place to stay even in the cooler months cosy & comfortablecool and stylish cafes around the corner as well as food store for cooking in the aptwe liked the stripped-down industrial style which lends the apartment a modern hotel feelingvery comfortable apartment - spotlessly cleanlight and airy appartment clean and freshit was clean and comfortable would recommend to othersa spacious bright and airy apartment clean warm and well equippedthe apartment is exactly as described bed very comfortable and bedding / towels were very clean
Host:hanne was an amazing hostan absolutely amazing host and homehanne is a thoughtful hosthanne always responded to my questions and was a lovely hosthanne was very communicative and helpful throughoutRead more reviewslocation is very goodexcellent location for exploring edinburgh within walking distance of most main attractionsthe location is great - right in the middle of stockbridgeit’s easy walking distance to all the major attractionsthis is a great location
This unique flat is surrounded by elegant buildings, shopping spots, bars and cafes, and is just a few minutes’ walk from the main attractions. It has everything you need for a hassle-free stay: a bedroom with a king size bed, a spacious living room with a huge sofa, a functional, fully equipped kitchen and a shower room. It also has super fast wireless Internet, a big smart TV and an overall feeling of comfort. This flat is absolutely perfect for a couple’s getaway.
Conveniently Located Contemporary ApartmentEdinburgh, United Kingdom
Top guest reviewsgreat spot comfortable bed and nice amenitiesmarion provides a good selection of coffee/tea/hot chocolate in the kitchen which was very welcomewe had a lovely stay at marion’s apartmentalso like wow amazingly great water pressure in the shower would recommendmarion's flatwe would highly recommend marion’s apartmentit was very clean and cosycomfortable clean quiet and very convenientvery clean and lovely little touches as wellmarion’s apartment was sparkling clean and very well-appointedthe apartment is well appointed clean and in a quiet spot
Host:the owner was extremely prompt to respond to any questions and very helpfulmarion was a wonderful host and very responsivegreat accommodation and fantastic hostmarion was a fabulous host who was very communicative when we had questionsmarion was a great host responded quickly to our questions which was greatRead more reviewscute apartment close to everythinggreat location with most things in walking distancegreat location lovely neighbourhood and walking distance to all major attractionsit's a cute little place in a close proximity to everythingeasy to reach from airport with bus and tram
This bright, modern flat is located in the Haymarket area with great transport links. It’s very well-equipped, featuring a very cosy and comfortable bedroom and a living room with a sofa bed for one person. If you’re an art lover, you’re going to feel right at home in this lovely flat decorated with art pieces and with several books about art spread all around it. There is a TV and a DVD player with a selection of DVDs and board games available so there will be plenty to entertain yourself. This flat is great for a long or short stay and an excellent choice for a small family’s holiday.
Sunny, homely one bed flat in HaymarketEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Top guest reviewsthe art on the walls of the apartment was a treatfully equipped and comfortablebed was super comfy would recommend for any couple visiting edinburghvery clean and well keptvery clean and well keptclean and very comfortable apartmentthe flat is clean and homelyclean cute and with character
Host:tanya & james were undoubtedly a great hosttanya and james were great hostshosts were amazing they were super helpful and accommodatingthe hosts are thoughtful and quick to respondthe hosts have placed alot of thought into making their home very welcoming :1Read more reviewseasy walk from haymarket stationgreat location with bus stops nearbygreat location very close to city tramclose enough to walk to major attractionsgreat location for a short break with good restaurants right on your doorstep
Castle Apartment I is located right next to Edinburgh Castle, hence its name. You can actually see the castle from the window and feel like you’ve gone back in time. The location is just perfect, with easy access to the other main attractions of the city and several pubs and restaurants. The apartment itself is chic, elegant and very charming, with excellent décor and all the modern comfort. It can accommodate up to four guests and features one bedroom with a double bed and a living room area with a sofa bed. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen and one bathroom. Most of all, this apartment has a very Edinburgh ambiance to it and you’ll feel like you’re staying somewhere that fits the personality of the city you’re visiting.
Castle Apartment I, GrassmarketEdinburgh, United Kingdom
Top guest reviewsalso the wifi was super spotty and did not work half the timeperfect little apartment with spectacular views of the castlethe apartment is beautiful presented and affords stunning views of the castleamazing location and that view spacious apartment with all ameneties recommendedgreat stylish apartment in a fantastic area with excellent views would recommendvery clean and the bed was really comfortablemodern clean and comfortableflat was sparkling clean and very stylish and comfortablethe accommodation was beautiful and spotlessly cleanthe apartment was spotless clean and had lots of extras to get you started i
Host:amanda great host definitely worth a visitthe area has everything from friendly bars and great restaurantssuper helpful host made the process very easyfair communication with hosti appreciate the host reaching out shortly after our checkinRead more reviewsexcellent location for exploring edinburghlocation is perfectthe location is excellentgorgeous apartment situated in the perfect location in edinburghideal location and a lovely flat
Located right at the center of Edinburgh’s Old Town, this listing is perfect for first-time travelers and others who have fallen in love with what the city has to offer! The courtyard, the neighborhood, and the attractions nearby will give guests a chance to seemingly travel back to medieval times with all the conveniences of modern amenities. This apartment has big and cozy rooms decorated and accented in shades of pastel, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, and a great blend of old and new designs for its interiors! Although it can only sleep two guests, remember that it’s not about the size of the place, but rather, the ambiance that it will provide for the guests.
Walk along the Royal Mile from an Elegant ApartmentEdinburgh, United Kingdom
Top guest reviewsthere is a wonderful library of books and videos and a sunny living room to enjoy them inthe apartment was spacious the decor was comfortable with a mix of antiques and modern furniturethis was a beautiful space very large comfortable and well appointedthe bed was so comfortable that i did not want to leave itexcellent position comfortable flat a little bit narrow bed and good restaurant in the hausvery stylish space sparkling clean and spaciousthe apartment is clean large and tastefully decoratedcute apartment very clean and surprisingly quietthe flat was clean bright and spacious and bed was comfortableit was really easy to check in and the space was so clean and welcoming
Host:wendy is a superb hostwendy is a fabulous hostwendy was very responsive and kindwendy was a great responsive host and was very helpfulwendy is a great hostRead more reviewsloved the location of this apartmentgreat location on royal milegreat location and great apartmentgreat location and good spacegreat location close to the royal mile yet quiet
Perfect for travelers who are looking for a luxurious vacation within the city - this listing has it all! It is 10 minutes away from the heart of the city, the famous Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle, and many more. Most of the original design of the interiors like the length bay windows and high ceilings are the most striking features, but the warm ivory tones gives off the feel of a modernized home as well. With all the amenities provided by the hosts, guests can take their time to relax and enjoy the modern amenities that this apartment has to offer!
The Edinburgh Drawing Room - Luxury ApartmentEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Top guest reviewsthis is truly a lovely ‘period’ apartmentthe timed heating and underground heating made the apartment very cosy and comfortablethe bedroom and bathroom were lovely and very comfortablethe "welcome basket" was a superb treat and all toiletries towels bedding kitchen essentials etc were providedwe had the best sleep ever in the exceptionally comfortable beda great clean modern base to explore edinburghthe apartment was spotlessly clean and cozy and we felt very welcomedfantastic apartment stylish clean and moderngreat apartment stylish clean super comfy bedthe apartment was super comfortable clean attractive and convenient
Host:communicating with claire was easy and very friendlyher and ian were amazing hostswhat a lovely apartment claire and ian were helpful highly communicative and welcoming hostsbeautiful flat excellent hostfantastic hosts beautiful apartment would definitely recommend staying hereRead more reviewsideal location for exploring edinburghperfect the location is greatclose to town and good parkingexcellent flat in an excellent locationwe loved the location and the thoughtful provisions
11. Edinburgh: from traditional to modern in the blink of an eye
There are many places to stay in Edinburgh city centre. You may have noticed that the apartments and houses in this list can be extremely different from each other in terms of décor and structure. That’s because Edinburgh is a blend of modernity and old traditions, a picturesque city with a breath of fresh air at every other corner. Some of the flats are located in old buildings, which means that they still maintain the Scottish ‘norms’ but others have completely absorbed the artistic side of the city. It’s up to you to find out which one fits your personality the best but be sure of one thing: whatever place you choose to stay during your visit to the Scottish capital, you’ll be happy with your choice because every single one of our listings is lovely in its specific way.
Treat yourself to a gorgeous apartment that’s also been rated as an Airbnb plus home. With its oak paneled walls, wooden window shutters, and parquet flooring, you’ll definitely feel right at home. The apartment is also the perfect space for you to unwind with one of the hundreds of books available on its shelves, coupled with a glass of wine. You’ll also have all the essentials from wi-fi access to bathroom toiletries, and even a washer if you need some clean clothes. With a full kitchen and a plush double bed, it’s easy to just curl up in this luxurious space. Don’t forget to explore the rest of Edinburgh especially since the castle, museums, restaurants, coffee shops, and the train station are just a short walk away.
Classical Apartment on the Royal MileEdinburgh , Midlothian, United Kingdom
Top guest reviewsstunning views from the apartment made for an even more enjoyable timebeautiful apartment very stylish full of useful amenities and easy to enjoyit’s both comfortable and a convenient space for exploring edinburghthe best parts of the apartment was the antique furniture music selection and book collectionthe light that floods into the kitchen/living space is amazingperfectly clean and tidyit was spotlessly clean) the place was super clean and comfortableso clean and wunderful thank youeverything was incredibly clean
Host:very helpful host with everything you needhe’s a great host and his home was superba wonderful spot and hostlovely chic decor and helpful waiting staffhe is a wonderful host and the apartment is something really specialRead more reviewsa perfect location to experience the city easy walking distance to all the key sitesamazing location and so close to everything that part of town has to offergreat location and beautiful spacethe location is perfect for exploring edinburghmost importantly - the location everything was a really manageable walk away
If you’re traveling on a budget, this bright and stylish room that’s located right in the city center would be the perfect option. Do note that you would be sharing the common spaces with the two lovely super hosts, who are more than delighted to share with you some tips on where to visit in Scotland. Residing here, you will have your own tastefully decorated room with complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast in the morning. To top it off, the accommodation is situated in a terrific location that’s in close proximity to plenty.
Bright, stylish room in city centre - free parkingEdinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top guest reviewsthe room is great and filled with snacks drinks coffee and morethe room was beautiful with some extra touchesgreat stay in a private room with everything we neededthey have a beautiful home and the room we stayed in was perfectthey also provide a nice variety of breakfast food in their kitchen (that is available for use)everything was very clean and tidy with some excellent homely touchesdelicious room was very clean & well maintainedtheir space is amazingly clean and stylishvery clean very quiet lovely touches excellent city centre basetheir place is very nice and clean and the room is really comfortable
Host:drew and tom are lovely hostsdrew and tom were great hostsdrew and tom were great hostsdrew and tom are amazing hostsdrew and tom are great hostsRead more reviewsgood location and nice placethe location is also close to the touristy attractionsa perfect location and a great roomthe location is great; within easy walking distance of the holyrood side of the royal milethe location of the flat was perfect
This sweet, cosy flat has been recently refurbished and is located close to the castle and meadows. It can accommodate up to four people, as it includes one double bed and one sofa bed. It’s very well-equipped, with everything you need to feel at home and with all the essentials to make your stay even better than it would already be. There’s a fireplace in case you’re visiting Edinburgh in the winter months and want to play or read by the fire with your loved ones. In sum: the whole place is so welcoming you’ll feel emotional when you have to leave.
A central flat with the cosiest look
This large Victorian penthouse apartment has spectacular views of the famous Arthur’s Seat and is close to all of Edinburgh’s main attractions. Besides its great location, this apartment is one of the most attractive in the city for young travellers who intend to explore the city to its fullest and attend all the cool events. Featuring a living room with amazing views and a queen size sofa bed, this apartment is an absolute gem in every aspect, from its quirky décor to the amenities it has available. It is a very welcoming place that you will always remember for the very best reasons.
A lovely flat overlooking Arthur’s Seat
Frequently asked questions about Top Airbnb In The Heart Of Edinburgh, Scotland
1. Which Airbnbs in Edinburgh have rooms with great views?
There are a few Airbnbs in Edinburgh with great views of popular tourist attractions. For example, this studio apartment has an impressive castle view that you can see right outside the window. Another is this lovely flat with a nice view of the popular Arthur’s Seat.
2. Which Airbnbs in Edinburgh are good for families?
Edinburgh is a good place to have a family holiday, and you don’t have to worry about stressing over accommodations. This homely apartment and this converted factory apartment are just two places that can house an entire family.
3. Do any Airbnbs in Edinburgh offer free breakfast?
If you’re looking for a place with free breakfast, you don’t have to fret. This private room at the heart of the city offers just that.
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