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. 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 10 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!
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.
A lovely flat in the old town
Price: from 52 USD (39 GBP)
Number of Guests: 4
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 is ideal to spend a great holiday with friends.
Heart of Grassmarket
Price: from 65 USD (49 GBP)
Number of Guests: 4
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 place has everything you need to have an amazing stay in the Scottish capital.
A studio overlooking the castle
Price: from 106 USD (80 GBP)
Number of Guests: 2
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?)
A cosy and private double room
Price: from 53 USD (40 GBP)
Number of Guests: 2
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.
A contemporary flat that used to be a factory
Price: from 73 USD (55 GBP)
Number of Guests: 4
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
Price: from 60 USD (45 GBP)
Number of Guests: 4
This unique flat is surrounded by elegant buildings, shops, 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.
A very modern flat near the city’s heart
Price: from 86 USD (65 GBP)
Number of Guests: 2
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.
A sunny flat minutes from the centre
Price: from 65 USD (49 GBP)
Number of Guests: 3
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
Price: from 58 USD (44 GBP)
Number of Guests: 2
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
Price: from 99 USD (75 GBP)
Number of Guests: 4
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
13. Edinburgh: from traditional to modern in the blink of an eye
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
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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