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Top 12 Airbnb In The Heart Of Edinburgh, Scotland

Andreia
Updated Sep 27, 2018

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!

1. A lovely flat in the old town (from 52 USD (39 GBP))

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

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2. Heart of Grassmarket (from 65 USD (49 GBP))

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

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3. A studio overlooking the castle (from 106 USD (80 GBP))

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

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4. A cosy and private double room (from 53 USD (40 GBP))

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

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5. A contemporary flat that used to be a factory (from 73 USD (55 GBP))

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

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6. A central flat with the cosiest look (from 60 USD (45 GBP))

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

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7. A very modern flat near the city’s heart (from 86 USD (65 GBP))

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

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8. A sunny flat minutes from the centre (from 65 USD (49 GBP))

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

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9. A lovely flat overlooking Arthur’s Seat (from 58 USD (44 GBP))

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

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10. Castle Apartment I (from 99 USD (75 GBP))

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

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11. Luxury Royal Mile Apartment (from USD 104)

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.

Luxury Royal Mile Apartment
Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
84 reviews
Entire flat 0 beds 2 guests 1 bedroom 1 bathroom

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12. The Edinburgh Drawing Room - Luxury Apartment (from USD 170)

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
Stockbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
51 reviews
Entire flat 1 bed 2 guests 1 bedroom 1 bathroom

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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.

This article was originally published on Oct 23, 2017

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Andreia has been fond of words ever since she learned how to write. She believes people are made of the stories they live and the journeys they take. She intends to go on as many journeys she can...Read more

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