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Guest House, B&B, or AirBNB accommo's for Sept.20-24

The 3 Guesthouses recommended to me by friends for these dates: are booked! Gulp! First trip to Edinburgh, single female, retired educator of well-seasoned years, very able, seeking nice but affordable accommo's that are well-located to reach by walking. Would like en suite bathroom if possible, and would love to hear of a place favored by a recent Edinburgh traveler....Appreciation!!!

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I stayed at the Premier Inn (York Pl). and it was a great location and price. It is located just 2 blocks off of Princes Street. The tram from the airport stops at the door, the bus station is one block a way, and the train station is 4 blocks away. 10 minute walk to Royal Mile, 15 minute walk to Edinburgh Castle.

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We stayed at the Kew House and absolutely loved it. It's within a longish walk from the castle but it's on a good bus line. It's also a short walk from Haymarket train station and right on the Airlink route.

The B&B is exceptionally nice and the cooked o order breakfast is gourmet quality. The potato scones and braised mushrooms were just incredible.

I would use a search site like, see what's available on your dates then check the reviews carefully to see if it's your kind of place.

B&Bs tend to have very few rooms so popular ones get booked out quickly but you'll have no trouble finding ensuite accommodation in central Edinburgh even if you need to opt for a decent budget chain hotel... I rather like Premier Inns and Motel Ones myself, because they're clean & comfortable and well-located. Although they're not exactly the quaint B&B you might have in mind.

Edinburgh has a compact city centre, great bus service and is easy & safe to walk around IF you're good with steps and hills (it's like an Escher drawing in parts - everything seems to be uphill). So you should have no trouble.

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We stayed at Hugo's Place Grassmarket apartment last month. Very nice apartment, separate bedroom, living room/kitchen and beautiful modern bath. Great location for pubs, restaurants and easy walking access to major sights. I believe a single woman would have no qualms about the area. Safe travels.

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I've been looking for the same time as well and finding that the recommendations I have are also booked out. Thought I was giving myself enough time to book.

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We liked the Bonham and would stay there again--wonderful breakfast is included. We had a similar experience trying to book B&B's in Edinburgh--most never responded or were already booked.

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We just stayed at the Gifford Guest House off Dalkeith Rd for our first few nights in Edinburgh. While you could walk into old town from there in about 30 min the bus only took about 10 and there was a stop across the street. Very afforadable with breakfast included. Lots of great local dining spots near by. On our last night we stayed at Motel One near Old Town. Very great location as we were catching the bus to the airport the next morning. We enjoyed the Gifford House a lot though and for the price it was hard to beat.

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I was a solo female traveler in Scotland for 3 weeks. I stayed at the Rick Steve's recommended Kingsway Guest House. The breakfast were amazing with a daily special and very reasonable. The bus line was half block down residential street. It was a roughly 5 to 8 min bus ride and the busses run literally every 5 min. But it would be a walk to get to Princess Street or Royal Mile. I loved Edinburgh.

Enjoy your trip,