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Top 14 Airbnb In The Heart Of Edinburgh, Scotland - Updated 2020

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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.

1. A lovely flat in the old town (from USD 54)

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 Flat
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
230 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
appreciated the fold-out couch hot water kettle and extra toiletries left in the bathroom
comfy beds good wifi and lovely backyard
sofa bed was amazing
the location is excellent and is equipped with well-working electric shower and other kitchen supplies
the flat was clean had excellent wifi and located in the heart of edinburgh
Cleanliness:
flat was very clean and tidy
decor is clean simple & cute
it was very clean and comfortable and had everything we needed
it is a small and clean flat which was equipped as described
it was so clean and everything worked well from check-in to check out
Host:
host is really helpful and warmhearted
host communicated help was there if needed
robin was also an very kind host and was very patient in helping us arrange our accomodation
host (ruta) was good at communicating
super reliable and fast responding host from this place you can reach everything by foot
Location:
fantastic location for our time at the fringe festival
good location surrounded by restaurants and convenience stores
amazing location about 10 minute walk to the royal mile
great location right next to the university and only a 10 minute walk to the centre of edinburgh
check in was clear and easy and location fantastic
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2. Heart of Grassmarket (from USD 69)

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 Grassmarket
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
429 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we found the sofa bed in the living room to be pretty uncomfortable as well
the space is large and comfortable (and easy to find)
it’s homey and comfortable with a modern bathroom and a fairly spacious common area
Cleanliness:
clean central and confortable
super clean the place and the beds were comfortable
the flat was super clean and really nicely decorated
the apartment itself was clean once we got inside
the apartment is as advertised and was convenient and clean
Host:
the host runs things very well
they were very accommodating by giving me a phone number to call in case i needed help
great host and responded to emails very promptly
stoil & team were great hosts with timely communication and helpful with our queries/questions
very good communication from host
Location:
cute flat in great location
excellent location and in close proximity to the castle
the location in grassmarket is ideal for exploring the heart of the city
amazing location right in the heart of edinburgh
great location in the center of everything fun
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3. A studio overlooking the castle (from USD 92)

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 View
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
603 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
cozy little apartment with a wonderful view of the castle from the balcony
there is free wi-fi and it was lovely & cosy
lovely view of the castle from the kitchen
great view of the castle out the kitchen window
there is a lovely view of the castle from the kitchen
Cleanliness:
nice clean studio apartment
a good space and very clean with some great personal touches
lovely and clean and there was great contact with ann
so clean and in a perfect location
perfect location and very clean flat
Host:
ann is a super host
ann is a great host who was very kind and thoughtful
she was also very helpful with suggestions and respond time
very thoughtful host cozy place
ann was a wonderful quick responding host with an unbelievable flat
Location:
superb location just off grassmarket
great location with restaurants and shopping all around
a lovely secure flat very central
location location location and great value for money
fantastic location for a visit to edinburgh
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4. A cosy and private double room (from USD 52)

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 Room
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
145 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room was small but very pretty with a window facing to her little garden
the other areas of the house like the kitchen and sitting room were open for us to use
the room is just right for a couple and the decor is even better than in the photos
our room was private and quiet and the bed was inbelievably comfortable
the bed is very comfortable and the linen is lovely
Cleanliness:
clean bathroom and cozy room
room is clean and comfortable bed
clean and as if it is freshly renovated
thee house was extraordinary clean
room is nice and clean
Host:
sarah was the perfect host
sarah is a wonderful host
sarah is a lovely host
sarah was a brilliant host
sarah is actually a super host
Location:
good location 5-7minutes walking to the tram station
the location is ideal close to the train station local restaurants and a supermarket
it’s so close to everything and it’s very easy to get from the airport or train station
awesome place in a great location in edinburgh
lovely apartment 5 minutes walking distance from the bus station
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5. A contemporary flat that used to be a factory (from USD 78)

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 parking
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
370 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
big windows facing the courtyard perfect to enjoy breakfast in bed and get your day going
the apartment is always filled with natural light a selling point for us
fabulous place to stay even in the cooler months cosy & comfortable
cool and stylish cafes around the corner as well as food store for cooking in the apt
we liked the stripped-down industrial style which lends the apartment a modern hotel feeling
Cleanliness:
very comfortable apartment - spotlessly clean
light and airy appartment clean and fresh
it was clean and comfortable would recommend to others
a spacious bright and airy apartment clean warm and well equipped
the apartment is exactly as described bed very comfortable and bedding / towels were very clean
Host:
hanne was an amazing host
an absolutely amazing host and home
hanne is a thoughtful host
hanne always responded to my questions and was a lovely host
hanne was very communicative and helpful throughout
Location:
location is very good
excellent location for exploring edinburgh within walking distance of most main attractions
the location is great - right in the middle of stockbridge
it’s easy walking distance to all the major attractions
this is a great location
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6. A very modern flat near the city’s heart (from USD 68)

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 Apartment
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
292 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great spot comfortable bed and nice amenities
marion provides a good selection of coffee/tea/hot chocolate in the kitchen which was very welcome
we had a lovely stay at marion’s apartment
also like wow amazingly great water pressure in the shower would recommendmarion's flat
we would highly recommend marion’s apartment
Cleanliness:
it was very clean and cosy
comfortable clean quiet and very convenient
very clean and lovely little touches as well
marion’s apartment was sparkling clean and very well-appointed
the apartment is well appointed clean and in a quiet spot
Host:
the owner was extremely prompt to respond to any questions and very helpful
marion was a wonderful host and very responsive
great accommodation and fantastic host
marion was a fabulous host who was very communicative when we had questions
marion was a great host responded quickly to our questions which was great
Location:
cute apartment close to everything
great location with most things in walking distance
great location lovely neighbourhood and walking distance to all major attractions
it's a cute little place in a close proximity to everything
easy to reach from airport with bus and tram
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7. A sunny flat minutes from the centre

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 Haymarket
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
176 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the art on the walls of the apartment was a treat
fully equipped and comfortable
bed was super comfy would recommend for any couple visiting edinburgh
Cleanliness:
very clean and well kept
very clean and well kept
clean and very comfortable apartment
the flat is clean and homely
clean cute and with character
Host:
tanya & james were undoubtedly a great host
tanya and james were great hosts
hosts were amazing they were super helpful and accommodating
the hosts are thoughtful and quick to respond
the hosts have placed alot of thought into making their home very welcoming :1
Location:
easy walk from haymarket station
great location with bus stops nearby
great location very close to city tram
close enough to walk to major attractions
great location for a short break with good restaurants right on your doorstep
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8. Castle Apartment I (from USD 86)

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, Grassmarket
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
450 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
also the wifi was super spotty and did not work half the time
perfect little apartment with spectacular views of the castle
the apartment is beautiful presented and affords stunning views of the castle
amazing location and that view spacious apartment with all ameneties recommended
great stylish apartment in a fantastic area with excellent views would recommend
Cleanliness:
very clean and the bed was really comfortable
modern clean and comfortable
flat was sparkling clean and very stylish and comfortable
the accommodation was beautiful and spotlessly clean
the apartment was spotless clean and had lots of extras to get you started i
Host:
amanda great host definitely worth a visit
the area has everything from friendly bars and great restaurants
super helpful host made the process very easy
fair communication with host
i appreciate the host reaching out shortly after our checkin
Location:
excellent location for exploring edinburgh
location is perfect
the location is excellent
gorgeous apartment situated in the perfect location in edinburgh
ideal location and a lovely flat
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9. Luxury Royal Mile Apartment (from USD 134)

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 Apartment
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
171 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is a wonderful library of books and videos and a sunny living room to enjoy them in
the apartment was spacious the decor was comfortable with a mix of antiques and modern furniture
this was a beautiful space very large comfortable and well appointed
the bed was so comfortable that i did not want to leave it
excellent position comfortable flat a little bit narrow bed and good restaurant in the haus
Cleanliness:
very stylish space sparkling clean and spacious
the apartment is clean large and tastefully decorated
cute apartment very clean and surprisingly quiet
the flat was clean bright and spacious and bed was comfortable
it was really easy to check in and the space was so clean and welcoming
Host:
wendy is a superb host
wendy is a fabulous host
wendy was very responsive and kind
wendy was a great responsive host and was very helpful
wendy is a great host
Location:
loved the location of this apartment
great location on royal mile
great location and great apartment
great location and good space
great location close to the royal mile yet quiet
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10. The Edinburgh Drawing Room - Luxury Apartment

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 Apartment
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
94 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this is truly a lovely ‘period’ apartment
the timed heating and underground heating made the apartment very cosy and comfortable
the bedroom and bathroom were lovely and very comfortable
the "welcome basket" was a superb treat and all toiletries towels bedding kitchen essentials etc were provided
we had the best sleep ever in the exceptionally comfortable bed
Cleanliness:
a great clean modern base to explore edinburgh
the apartment was spotlessly clean and cozy and we felt very welcomed
fantastic apartment stylish clean and modern
great apartment stylish clean super comfy bed
the apartment was super comfortable clean attractive and convenient
Host:
communicating with claire was easy and very friendly
her and ian were amazing hosts
what a lovely apartment claire and ian were helpful highly communicative and welcoming hosts
beautiful flat excellent host
fantastic hosts beautiful apartment would definitely recommend staying here
Location:
ideal location for exploring edinburgh
perfect the location is great
close to town and good parking
excellent flat in an excellent location
we loved the location and the thoughtful provisions
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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.

12. Beautiful Apartment on the Royal Mile (from USD 102)

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 Mile
Edinburgh , Midlothian, United Kingdom
722 reviews
Entire loft 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
stunning views from the apartment made for an even more enjoyable time
beautiful apartment very stylish full of useful amenities and easy to enjoy
it’s both comfortable and a convenient space for exploring edinburgh
the best parts of the apartment was the antique furniture music selection and book collection
the light that floods into the kitchen/living space is amazing
Cleanliness:
perfectly clean and tidy
it was spotlessly clean
) the place was super clean and comfortable
so clean and wunderful thank you
everything was incredibly clean
Host:
very helpful host with everything you need
he’s a great host and his home was superb
a wonderful spot and host
lovely chic decor and helpful waiting staff
he is a wonderful host and the apartment is something really special
Location:
a perfect location to experience the city easy walking distance to all the key sites
amazing location and so close to everything that part of town has to offer
great location and beautiful space
the location is perfect for exploring edinburgh
most importantly - the location everything was a really manageable walk away
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13. A Private Room in the City Centre (from USD 47)

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 parking
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
773 reviews
Private room in condominium 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room is great and filled with snacks drinks coffee and more
the room was beautiful with some extra touches
great stay in a private room with everything we needed
they have a beautiful home and the room we stayed in was perfect
they also provide a nice variety of breakfast food in their kitchen (that is available for use)
Cleanliness:
everything was very clean and tidy with some excellent homely touches
delicious room was very clean & well maintained
their space is amazingly clean and stylish
very clean very quiet lovely touches excellent city centre base
their place is very nice and clean and the room is really comfortable
Host:
drew and tom are lovely hosts
drew and tom were great hosts
drew and tom were great hosts
drew and tom are amazing hosts
drew and tom are great hosts
Location:
good location and nice place
the location is also close to the touristy attractions
a perfect location and a great room
the location is great; within easy walking distance of the holyrood side of the royal mile
the location of the flat was perfect
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14. A central flat with the cosiest look

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

15. A lovely flat overlooking Arthur’s Seat

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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