Edinburgh has been the capital city of Scotland since 1437 and it has developed over the years into one of Europe’s most popular and most attractive places.  The city has a rich history and many historic building remain in the Old Town area of Edinburgh which is now a UNESCO world heritage site as is the New Town area.

The city comes to life in the summer with both the International Fringe Festival and Military Tattoo running at the end of August.  During this time the city is filled with music, entertainment and people from all over the world.  It is probably the best time to visit Edinburgh but is also the busiest so getting accommodation early is a good idea.

As for accommodation in Edinburgh, there are a wide selection of guest houses, hostels and hotels throughout the city.  But there is a larger selection of five star luxury hotels in Edinburgh than any other city.  Most of these are in the city centre, around the Princes Street area and they offer you the chance to indulge yourself in luxury accommodation.

Below are some luxury hotels in Edinburgh.

The Balmoral Hotel
Has a prime location on Princes Street and even the building is spectacular.  Inside you will find a Michelin Star restaurant and facilities such as a luxury spa which offers therapeutic treatments to relive any stress. (Rooms from £125 per night)

The Scotsman Hotel
In a great location only a few minutes from both the Royal Mile and Princes Street.  There are a great range of guestrooms available from a luxury standard room to the Penthouse suite.  Many of the rooms have panoramic view of the city and some of the top landmarks including Edinburgh castle and Arthurs Seat. (Rooms from £114 per night)

Caledonian Hilton
The Caledonian is one of three Hilton Hotels in Edinburgh and it is probably the most luxurious.  Walk outside the hotel and immediately you are in the heart of Edinburgh and its many restaurants, shops and attractions.  Hotel facilities include wireless internet and an indoor swimming pool. (Rooms from £137 per night)

Dalhousie Castle
A unique castle hotel just a few minutes drive from Edinburgh; you are close enough to be accessible to the city but far enough away to enjoy secluded surroundings. This is ideal for anyone wanting to have a relaxing break in the unique surrounding of a traditional Scottish castle.  Enjoy dungeon dining, the wonderful countryside or a day at the unique Aqueous Spa.  (Rooms from £75 per night)

The Glasshouse
Only a short stroll from Princes Street and Waverley railway station.  Indulge in 24 hour room service or watch satellite TV in your comfortable guestrooms or go out and explore the many sights and attractions around Edinburgh.  A perfect place for relaxation or exploration. (Rooms from £88 per night)

Word to the wise:-

 This page has been written by TA Staff and is therefore no doubt influenced by the advertising revenue generated by these hotels - please take into account the reviews on the individual hotels by real travellers into your decision.  There are also other top class hotels in and around the city which are not included in this list such as the newly opened Missoni hotel and especially the smaller boutique operators such as the Bonham, the Howard, Channings as well as other 4 star operators such as the Radisson SAS on the Royal Mile. (3 nations- Destination expert for Edinburgh)