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Looking for suggestions on affordable lodging in Edinburgh

I am planning a trip to Scotland to celebrate my 50th birthday in September. There is a possiblity that this may be a solo trip. Can anyone suggest some affordable B/B in Edinburgh, preferably close to Old Town? I wiill not have a car, and as I may be on my own, I don't want want a long commute to the main areas. I am looking for accomodations with private baths. Has anyone had experiences with the bigger Hostels in town? It looks as though they do have private rooms/baths? I truly just care about a safe, comfortable place.

I will also be spending time in Glasgow and Inverness, and if anyone can recommend good B/Bs in those cities, I'll take all the advice I can get!

But I'm especially concerned with Edinburgh, I know that is my most expensive city.

thanks so much!


Posted by
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Hi, I booked at Village Urban Resort in Edinburgh. Had good reviews and my room was $115 with tax and service fees.

Posted by
667 posts

Airbnb is worth a look, if you are willing to stretch the idea of a B&B. These are normally less to much less than a regular B&B or hotel, and often will offer breakfast.

Posted by
5772 posts

Ardenlee Guesthouse 9 Eyre Place, New Town. Short walk up hill to Princes Street and the train station and coach station. Reasonable price. Its a small b&b hotel, not an extra bedroom in a house.

PS Ardenlee charges per person but I don't know the single premium. And the Scottish breakfast will last you to an early dinner.

Posted by
1939 posts

You might also post this under the regular section for Scotland, this is posted in the review section. Pam is a regular poster on the Scotland section and she has a tremendous knowledge of Scotland and could be a real source of great advice. Hopefully she will see your questions there.

Posted by
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Check with the University of Edinburgh: they've rented out dorm rooms in the past, some with private bathroom, plus cafeteria privileges & easy bus route to Old Town. Possibly only during summer, but worth asking, & they may give referrals. Have a great trip!

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Kenvie guesthouse is a clean, basic, very nice BNB. Very good "full Scottish" breakfast. The Vidlers run it or used to. The Dalkeith Rd. Area has BNB.s with easy and cheap bus connections to the Royal Mile. This is where we stayed. Only drawback is the location does not make it easy for midday breaks. You leave after breakfast and return at the end of the day. There are plenty of resting spots around Edinburgh.

Inverness: I liked the Castle View BNB. Very clean, great central location, basic. No elevator though and has quite a few steps. Located directly above the Rocpool restaurant on the river.

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This will seem odd since I usually stay in the places recommended in the Rick Steves Books but on my last trip to Edinburgh I stayed at the Holiday Inn near the statue of Sherlock Holmes, it was very reasonable, included breakfast and you right in the middle of everything.