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The Balmoral Hotel

New Town 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Elegant bedrooms and over-the-top marble bathrooms, a spa, gym and swimming pool, recently refurbished Palm Court for champagne afternoon teas. — The Telegraph

"You can easily walk into the Old Town" from this "spectacular historic hotel in a fabulous location" on Princes Street, the city’s main shopping drag. — Condé Nast Traveler

Almost directly above Waverley railway station, The Balmoral's soaring clock tower is a city landmark, famously set a few minutes fast for the benefit of those on the way to the train. — Frommer's

It could not be more central or more subtly beautiful... on the other hand, its rates could hardly be higher. — Concierge

Boasting the best known address in Edinburgh, The Balmoral is favoured by those who are accustomed to the very best in life. — DK Eyewitness

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G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh

Old Town 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The newest motif from the Missoni fashion brand is a trendy hotel dressed in the typical bright hues this famous Italian designer is known for. — Gayot

The daring—and to some tastes garish—delights to be found inside contrast with the Gothic surroundings, but the hotel pulls it off by being simultaneously chic and welcoming. — Fodor's

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group re-crowned the five-star design hotel the George & Victoria with a nod to the area's royal heritage — Frommer's

The colorful Rosita Missoni brings a wild palette (fuchsia and turquoise walls; patterned bed throws) to the Royal Mile. — Travel + Leisure

The Italian fashion house has established a style icon in the heart of the medieval Old Town with this bold statement of a hotel. — Lonely Planet

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The Scotsman Hotel

Old Town 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This grandiose 19th-century pile has a distinctive feel to it... the Cowshed Spa has five treatment rooms as well as a relaxation room. — Concierge

The Scotsman is an upscale historic boutique located right off the Royal Mile, in the heart of the Old Town. — Oyster

Rising dramatically over North Bridge, the turreted sandstone façade of the Scotsman Hotel was originally built in 1905 to house the baronial offices of the Scotsman newspaper. — Travel + Leisure

No better place in Edinburgh to have a bath in a turret — Time Out

The plush but unstuffy new occupant of the grand old offices of the Scotsman newspaper is one of Edinburgh’s headline hotels. — Rough Guide

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Tigerlily Hotel

New Town 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The 33 rooms and suites ooze sex appeal, seductively outfitted in bright Designers Guild fabrics, bespoke four posters — Frommer's

Edinburgh's hippest boutique hotel, with an award-winning restaurant and a prime George Street location - includes breakfast — Jetsetter

A glitzy boutique hotel, bar and restaurant that epitomizes the new “gorgeous” George St. A classic Georgian townhouse transformed into a flamboyant design extravaganza. — Rough Guide

Georgian meets gorgeous at this glamorous, glittering boutique hotel. — Lonely Planet

Tigerlily is all about cocktails and shoes and shopping and partying — The Telegraph

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The Witchery by the Castle

Old Town 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This lavishly theatrical lodging promises a night to remember. — Fodor's

This flamboyant and fabulously gothic bolthole is all your historical fantasies rolled into one. If it doesn't make your pulse race, quite frankly you haven't got one — Frommer's

Each of them is dark, theatrically gothic and lavishly furnished with antiques, leather and velvet, Victorian baths and grand beds, complementing the magical atmosphere at the Witchery dining rooms. — Time Out

Set in a 16th-century Old Town house in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, the Witchery's eight lavish Gothic suites are extravagantly furnished with antiques. — Lonely Planet

This extraordinary collection of fantasy suites near Edinburgh Castle is the ultimate romantic hideaway: sumptuous, indulgent, and slightly (delightfully) mad — The Telegraph

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Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh

Leith 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Impressive former sea mens' mission, set on the quayside; the first of the Malmaison hotels. — Michelin Guide

An upscale boutique property with 100 rooms, Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh is housed in a former house of ill repute (yes, a brothel). — Oyster

Once a seamen's hostel, Edinburgh's link in the pioneering boutique hotel chain draws a refined clientele. — Fodor's

A superb renovation of Leith's former Seamen's Mission building featuring art deco styling, four-poster beds and a first class restaurant and Parisian bistro. — Insight Guides

It's a respectable part of the spruced-up waterfront, its brasserie and bar buzzing, with guests spilling out onto the cobbled street. — Frommer's

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Prestonfield

East 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A hotel experience guests will be talking about years later — Time Out

One of the most romantic hotels around... Excellent service. — Michelin Guide

James Thomson rescued this 17th-century baroque pad in 2003 and turned it into a lavishly opulent five–star boutique hotel — Frommer's

Inside this 1687 mansion, baroque opulence reigns in the well-restored public rooms. — Fodor's

The 18-room luxury Prestonfield House is an opulent boutique hotel on a historic, 20-acre country estate in southeast Edinburgh. — Oyster

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The Bonham

New Town 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A hotel combining restrained urban cool and a smattering of good modern art with faintly riotous boutique bedrooms: monochrome or fizzy lime green, purple and raspberry stripes. — The Telegraph

Set in three Victorian townhouses, the 49-room, upscale Bonham is a stylish boutique hotel in a quiet, historic Edinburgh neighborhood, around the corner from all the action. — Oyster

Ultra-smart town house, boasting a rich interior with a perfect blend of many original features and some contemporary touches, including modern works of art and furniture. — DK Eyewitness

Nineteenth-century ornamental cornices, wood panels, and high ceilings satisfy the historical cravings of period enthusiasts, but... huge modern canvases by area artists keep it from feeling frumpy. — Concierge

The Bonham is one of the few Edinburgh hotels that manages a successful fusion of traditional Victorian interiors with bold modern colours and contemporary design. — Lonely Planet

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B+B Edinburgh

New Town 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Standing out along an elegant and tranquil West End terrace, this imposing Victorian mansion combines grand public spaces with affordable modern accommodation — Fodor's

Built in 1883 as a grand home for the proprietor of the Scotsman newspaper, this Victorian extravaganza .... was given a designer makeover in 2011 to create a striking contemporary hotel. — Lonely Planet

It is worth staying here just to see the galleried library lounge, not to mention the eccentric atmosphere, period features, generous breakfasts and excellent value for money. — The Telegraph

There's a lot to recommend this cross between a bed-and-breakfast and boutique hotel — Frommer's

The four-floor, 27-room B+B Edinburgh is a modern boutique take on the traditional bed-and-breakfast inn. — Oyster

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from $94

The Howard

New Town 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you've been nursing a secret "Downton" fantasy this discreet Georgian townhouse could be the answer. Butler service comes as standard. — Frommer's

You may have trouble distinguishing which three lovely Georgian townhouses make up this discreet New Town hotel, it announces itself so quietly — The Telegraph

This hotel is in a classic New Town building, elegant proportioned and superbly outfitted. — Fodor's

Pampering is perhaps too weak a word for the service you'll enjoy at this small but beautifully turned-out Georgian hotel. — Lonely Planet

This 18-room luxury boutique hotel is anelegant, exclusive property set in three Georgian houses on a posh residential street in Edinburgh’s New Town. — Oyster

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The Rutland Hotel

New Town 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Nominated for several style awards, the design is chic without being intimidating. — Fodor's

The hotel is quiet (it has heavy soundproofing), stylish, and in a convenient location for visiting the city. — Oyster

It’s perfect for couples looking for a stylish, relaxing break but not too edgy for comfort. — The Telegraph

Boutique hotel with commanding position at top of Princes Street. — Michelin Guide

The property was updated in 2008, which added glamour to the 12 individually decorated guest rooms with extravagant colors and baroque design. — Concierge

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Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Old Town 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This boutique chain revolving around, and reveling in, wine seems as inspired an idea today as it was when the first property opened in 1994. — Frommer's

Edinburgh joined the select posse of UK towns and cities with a Hotel du Vin in late 2008, and its sheer, well-executed reliability has made it a discreet hit ever since. — Time Out

The Hotel du Vin& Bistro is an upscale boutique hotel occupying an 18th-century asylum in the center of Edinburgh, within walking distance of most the city's attractions. — Oyster

Boutique hotel featuring unique modern murals and dark wood, wine-themed bedrooms; located close to the Royal Mile. — Michelin Guide

Leave it to one of the U.K.'s most forward-thinking chains to convert a Victorian-era asylum into this understated luxury property. — Fodor's

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from $224

Nira Caledonia

New Town 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If a hotel can be the soul of discretion, this quietly confident hotel is it — this place is for those who want luxury that whispers, rather than shouts — The Telegraph

The 28-room NiraCaledonia is a seriously upscale boutique occupying a charming 18th-century property in Edinburgh's New Town. — Oyster

A stay at Nira Caledonia places you in the heart of Edinburgh, walking distance from St. Stephens Centre and Georgian House. This 4-star hotel is close to Princes Street Gardens and... — Jetsetter

This 28-room boutique hotel eschews traditional tartan in favor of a dramatic black-and-gold color scheme — Frommer's

A gracious and impeccably renovated Georgian townhouse, offers 30 guestrooms so large they easily qualify as suites. — Travel + Leisure

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Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

Old Town 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The staff are as slick and professional as you'd expect in the Sheraton's UK flagship — Frommer's

Business travelers take note: The Sheraton's location, directly across from Edinburgh's top-notch conference center (EICC) makes it the best hotel for those on the go. — Gayot

While it doesn't look like much from the outside, the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa is a seriously upscale hotel with some outstanding facilities. — Oyster

Although predominantly aimed at business travellers, the location, range of rooms and services, luxurious spa and well-regarded restaurant make it the perfect choice for travellers. — The Telegraph

Spacious, modern hotel which has undergone a top-to-toe refurbishment. — Michelin Guide

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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

New Town 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This place gets the silver medal rather than the gold. Silver is not something to be sniffed at. — Frommer's

1903 center-city hotel built on top of a 19th-century red-sandstone railway station, a 10-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle. — Travel + Leisure

Sophisticated, beautifully renovated grande dame at the west end of Princes Street near Edinburgh Castle and the shops of George Street — Andrew Harper

The Caledonian is a 241-room, luxury landmark hotel that reopened in 2012 after a major makeover by the Waldorf Astoria chain — Oyster

An imposing and historic building in the heart of Edinburgh, with a Galvin restaurant and a Guerlain spa — The Telegraph

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from $290

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Old Town 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is a 156-room upscale property just steps from Holyrood Park and a mile from Edinburgh Castle. — Oyster

the Macdonald has always had a business feel. ... It's the exclusive Club Floor, with its upgraded rooms and views of Holyrood Park, that's the stand-out feature. — Time Out

With comfortable rooms (consider upgrading) and a spa, swimming pool and gym it’s definitely worth considering, especially for families or as part of a special deal. — The Telegraph

The Club Floor is geared toward luxury-minded guests: It has a dedicated elevator, butler service, lounge, and library, along with a champagne and canapé reception every night. — Frommer's

Stylish stay in Edinburgh's quiet Old Town, with an award-winning restaurant and close proximity to the Royal Mile — Jetsetter

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Channings Hotel

Stockbridge & Canonmills 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Cosy Edwardian townhouse, tastefully furnished and run by a friendly team. — Michelin Guide

For the price, this quaint hotel delivers good value for Edinburgh and is full of character. — Oyster

Channings is a charming, Edwardian-style hotel with the feel of an expensive private club. — Lonely Planet

Walk in the footsteps of Shackleton without visiting Antarctica — Time Out

There is an air of Edwardian reliability about this comfortable, if slightly lived-in, former home of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton — The Telegraph

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from $103

The Old Waverley Hotel

New Town 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is an honest, sonsie-faced hotel in a premier location — The Telegraph

The mid-range Old Waverley Hotel is superbly located on Edinburgh’s most famous shopping street, convenient for both business travelers and tourists. — Oyster

Guest rooms are well maintained and comfortable, but you're mainly paying for a location in the heart of the action. — Frommer's

Princes Street address is the big selling point — Time Out

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The Glasshouse, Autograph Collection

New Town 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The floor-to-ceiling windows look out over the city's skyline to the front or open onto the neatly trimmed two-acre rooftop garden at the back — Frommer's

This ultra-hip hotel has 65 chichi rooms with push-button curtains and sliding doors opening onto a huge, lush roof garden scattered with Philippe Starck furniture. — Rough Guide

Try for a room with a view – they're fabulous — Time Out

Glass walls extend from the 19th-century facade of a former church, foreshadowing the daring interior of one of the city's original boutique hotels. — Fodor's

Built around the neo-Gothic façade of a 19th-century church, the Glasshouse Hotel contrasts old stone with contemporary, metal-framed glass walls. — Travel + Leisure

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from $180

Grassmarket Hotel

Old Town 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An endearingly quirky hotel set in a historic Grassmarket tenement in the heart of the Old Town. — Lonely Planet

The Grassmarket Hotel is a mid-range, 42-room property brimming with quirky character and fun contemporary style — Oyster

There is nothing subtle about this recently-refurbished hotel, which has cleverly reinvented itself as fun-central — shrinking violets need not apply — The Telegraph

Rooms are divided into cosy (single), snug (double), and comfy categories—double, triple and quad.  All the amenities the hotel-savvy guest expects are here. — Frommer's

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