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5 Star Hotels in Edinburgh

Every kind of traveler can enjoy a trip to Scotland, from the rugged backpacker to the luxury vacation traveler. As much as Scotland is known for its hiking and wild natural beauty, it is also the home of fine whisky and golf, and there is no lack of luxury accommodations, especially in Edinburgh. The capital city has some of the finest hotels in Britain, and indeed anywhere in Europe. You’ll find that none of these places are exactly cheap, but they are often bargains compared to similar hotels in other European capitals.

If you want to see the beauty of Scotland, but aren’t the sort of traveler that “roughs it”, have a look at the fanciest hotels that Edinburgh has to offer. Along with the listings, there is a map showing the location of each hotel, so you can pick just the right view for your perfect vacation spot. We’ve also included Edinburgh Castle on the map to help you get a feel for location.

A tip for five-star travelers in Edinburgh: For a great dinner out, check out Restaurant Martin Wishart, winner of the 2010 Scottish Restaurant Award for best fine dining in the country.

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Balmoral Hotel

Starting around £120
The Balmoral is an attraction in itself, and its location right on Princes Street makes it ideal for shopping and sightseeing in Edinburgh. There are 188 rooms in total, including some of the best views in town of Castle Rock and Old Town. Conde Naste Traveler called it one of the “best hotels in the world for location”, and I completely agree.


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Caledonian Hotel

Starting around £140
Also located on Princes Street, “The Cally” has been the choice of luxury and business travelers to Edinburgh for decades. Unlike the Balmoral, the Caledonian is outfitted largely as a business hotel, with nine conference rooms, and its location just down the street from the convention centre doesn’t hurt.


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Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa

Starting around £80
Business travelers might prefer the Caledonian, but for pure pampering, no hotel holds a candle to the Sheraton Grand. The hotel itself is luxurious enough, with spacious rooms and all the amenities, but the real treat is the ONE spa, known as Europe’s most advanced city spa. After a long day of seeing the sights, relax and treat yourself to utter luxury.


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The Glasshouse Hotel

Starting around £120
The Glasshouse is one of the most award-winning hotels in Scotland. Just a few of its recent honors include being voted one of the top 50 hottest hotels in the world by Conde Naste Traveler, “Most Stylish Hotel” by the Scottish Style Awards, and “Sexiest Hotel in Scotland” by Hotel Review Scotland. One of the more modern buildings on the list, this is not your mother’s Edinburgh hotel. Come see what all the fuss is about.


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Prestonfield House

Starting around £150
As lovely as some hotels are from the outside, the rooms are often pretty similar, even among the 5-stars. At the Prestonfield, each of the 23 rooms and suites are unique works of art, and you will be amazed by the colors and textures surrounding you at every turn. The building itself is over 400 years old, originally built as the home of the Edinburgh Provost, and it still looks like it could serve as a royal home. This is the only one of the listed hotels outside of the city centre, and the grounds border the lovely Holyrood Park.


Search for Yourself

If these are just a little too opulent for your taste or budget, or you just want a little wider selection to choose from, use the form below to search for the dates of your Scotland trip, and you can search just the hotels that are available on those dates.