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Edinburgh - What Area?

We will be in Edinburgh for 3 nights next September. I've been looking at airbnb and Trip Advisor to get an idea of what's out there. I see reference to Old Town and New Town. What would be the most central and walkable area to stay in?

Any specific recommendations are also appreciated. I would like to keep the cost at no more than £100 per night. It will be two of us, me and my husband.

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In my opinion, Edinburgh is a walkable town. theres alot of cobblestone overthere so beware.

I choose to stay on Princes street since it was so central, but after that i realized it was walkable. when i go back, i will probably stay in the same place even with what i know now since its so central.

happy trails.

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Hi Andrea,
We stayed at The Victorian Townhouse which is situated in Old Town. I HIGHLY recommend AND we're even going to stay there again when we go in March! My husband and I walked EVERYWHERE. The only time we took a bus/train was to/from the airport and when we went to Glasgow. We're in so-so shape... ;) I loved that the crosswalks there reminded you to look the correct way since most tourists aren't used to the direction of traffic! Email them and see if September is considered off season and then it may fall within your budget.

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Hi Andrea, Old Town refers to the area near the Royal Mile. It's the original part of Edinburgh. New town is the area north of Princes Street and it was built in Georgian times. Basically, the burgeoning middle class and upper class didn't want to be in the smelly closely populated medevial city and so when the north bridge was built and the Norloch filled in New Town was built.

The city is not big. There are things to walk to in either part of town and it's not a bad walk between them and the bus service is easy. Personally, I like New Town, but others have enjoyed Old Town and The Royal Mile.


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Thanks for your replies.

@ Amy, I had spotted the Victorian Town House on Trip Advisor and already bookmarked it. We will be there in mid-September, so I'm not sure what season it will fall into.

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We've been to Edinburgh twice in the past two years, and have stayed at No. 53 Frederick St. both times. The room would fall well within your price range. The owners are helpful and delightful; our second visit was to bring our son to attend University there, and they willingly accepted several packages that we had sent there, and provided lots of advice on where to buy bedding, warmer clothes for him, etc.

The rooms are well-appointed, clean, and very large. We like that part of New Town, close to many restaurants and pubs, and an easy walk to the Royal Mile.

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If you are Edinburgh from the 21st through the end of the month, Edinburgh hotels seem to be very booked due to the Ryder Cup. We booked our B&B 2 months ago, but it took a bit of searching to to find availability.

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Thanks Karen. We are planning to leave there on the 20th. Good timing!