Where should I stay in Edinburgh?
Rick's book has 7 pages of well described options ranging from youth hostels to B&Bs to large, modern hotels; plus directions for getting to them by foot, bus, or tram. Are you really trying to stay near the train station? If you want suggestions from other forum users, indicate whether you will be single and price or other preference.
The last time my husband and I were in Edinburgh we stayed at Fraser Suites. It's just off the Royal Mile across from St. Giles Cathedral, and a short walk from the train station. It's clean, convenient for sightseeing and restaurants, each room has a fridge and microwave, there is a laundry suite for guest use, and very friendly staff. In fact we're staying there again this Fall.
Hi Victoria, First, realize that Edinburgh is not a very big place. If you want walking distance with baggage, then look in the New Town, Calton Hill, or The Royal Mile. I stayed recently at The Walton. It looks like it might be under new management. But you can easily walk there from the station. If you're willing to take the bus or taxi tons of other places open up for you.
How long will you be in Edinburgh? If you're going to be there for more than a night, you might want to explore other options.
We just returned from a month in the UK. We stayed 4 days in Edinburgh before taking the train to London.
We stayed at the Travelodge Waterloo Place. It was very clean and right by the train station (convenient, as that is also where we returned our rental car!). Maybe a 10 minute walk, at most. We were pulling our carry-on wheeled bags, too. Right by the TI and the Princes Street Mall, there is an escalator that will take you right into the Waverly station. The arrival & departure signs are very clear, as are the locations for the different platforms.
A family room for the three of us ran 98 GBP per night. The neighborhood is lovely and, we felt, very safe. We even wandered around a cemetery (just down the road from the Travelodge) at night (it was a full moon). An easy walk to the Scottish National Museum, and Holyrood. Less than 10 minutes to catch the bus to go to the .Zzoo or the Botanical Gardens.
Plenty of places to eat nearby (no restaurant in the hotel). We love the "Slug & Lettuce" chain and there was one located at the Omni Center, just down the road (not even 10 minute walk). We ate breakfast each morning across from the S&L (I can't remember the name of the place, but it was good, fast and inexpensive!). There is an Italian place near St. Giles that was wonderful, too.
If we ever return to Edinburgh, we'd most certainly stay there, again!