Edinburgh accommodations run the gamut and offer good options for every type of traveler. In the city center, hostels and hotels are the only options; B&Bs and guest houses reside on the city’s outer edges. It’s a good idea to book ahead in summer, and absolutely essential to be well ahead of the game during festival-time (late July to early Sept.). The TIC’s booking service can help during those busy periods when many people sublet their apartments for longer stays.
IS High St. Hostel, 8 Blackfriars St. (557 3984). Good facilities, party atmosphere, and convenient Royal Mile location have made this hostel a long-time Edinburgh favorite. Continental breakfast £1.90. Dorms £11-13.
Brodies 2, 93 High St. (556 6770). Currently the best value accommodation along the Royal Mile. Offers a luxurious common room, a spotless kitchen, stainless steel showers, and heavenly beds. Dorms £11-17; doubles £34-45; quads from £55. 0 Merlin Guest House, 14 Hartington PI. Bruntsfield (229 3864), southwest of the Royal Mile. Comfortable, well-priced rooms in a leafy-green neighborhood. £15-23 per person; student discounts available in the off-season.
H Ardenlee Guest House, 9 Eyre PI. (556 2838), at the northern edge of New Town. Walk or take northbound bus #23 or 27 from Hanover St. to the corner of Dundas St. and Eyre PI. Near the Royal Botanic Garden, this friendly guest house offers large, comfortable rooms. No smoking. £30-40 per person.
Castle Rock Hostel, 15 Johnston Terr. ( 225 9666), just steps from the castle. Regal views and top-notch common areas. Continental breakfast £1.60. Internet 80p per 30min. Dorms £11-13. 0
Brodies Backpackers, 12 High St. (fax 556 6770; www.brodieshostels.co.uk). Under the same management as Brodies 2. Relaxed, fun environment at this relatively small Royal Mile hostel. Free Internet. Dorms £11-17; £59-89 weekly.
Premier Lodge, 94 Grassmarket ( (0870) 990 6400). A chain hotel lacking in character but comfortable and well-located. £50 per room.
Gifford House, 103 Dalkeith Rd. (667 4688), Newington. Take bus #33 from Princes St. Offers enormous rooms for families with good views of Arthur’s Seat. Singles £25-60; doubles £45-80; family £80-140.
Argyle Backpackers, 14 Argyle PI. (667 9991; firstname.lastname@example.org), next to the Meadows and south of the Royal Mile. 2 renovated townhouses with a lovely little back garden. Internet access. Dorms £10-15; doubles £30-40.
Edinburgh Backpackers, 65 Cockburn St. (220 2200; www.hoppo.com). Friendly hostel with a great location. Laundry facilities. Internet access. Checkout 10am. Dorms £13-16; private rooms £45-72.
Ardmor House, 74 Pilrig St. (554 4944), Pilrig. Take bus #11 from Princes St. A lovely guest house with all rooms ensuite. Excellent Scottish breakfast included. Singles £45-85; doubles £60-100.0