Edinburgh is an all-year round destination. Over the summer, several spectacular festivals flood the city with color and culture, but the city is equally as charming in winter. The numerous boutique hotels in Edinburgh are the ultimate combination of premier amenities, personalized service, exquisite design and the ideal location to give you an unforgettable experience in Scotland’s capital.
Boutique Hotels in Edinburgh: Most important areas at a glance
The Old Town: Medieval heart & Tourist attractions
Edinburgh’s Old Town is a captivating labyrinth of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards where the historical heart of the city beats. Countless medieval buildings line the Royal Mile, which connects two royal residences, the Edinburgh castle and the Palace of Holyrood House. Apart from the Scottish Parliament, the Old Town offers a wealth of enthralling attractions, like the Camera Obscura, the Museum of Childhood, National Museum of Scotland and St Gile’s Cathedral, that are all well worth a visit. With a boutique hotel in the Old Town, you are sure to find the perfect hotel close to the city’s main attractions that provides an impressive view of Edinburgh’s beautiful skyline and landscapes. Nature lovers will also enjoy a walk up Arthur’s Seat, the main peak of a group of hills right next door to the Palace of Holyrood House.
The New Town: High-end shopping & Georgian elegance
The neat, ordered grid of the New Town provides an elegant contrast to the labyrinthine design of the Old Town and epitomizes commerce and upscale dining. Running parallel to the main shopping street, Princes Street, upmarket George Street is chockful of sophisticated designer shops and chic bars and restaurants, making it the most exclusive shopping mile of the city. The Georgian grandeur of this part of the city is home to the finest boutique hotels in Scotland, as well as pubs, cafes, restaurants and independent retailers. Thursdays are late shopping nights and over the festive season, most shops are open Sunday year-round. The New Town offers a range of fine dining options, but for something different, St Andrew Square Garden is a popular picnic lunch spot for office workers during the summer months.