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Recommendations for a hotel In Edinburgh in Late October

Recommendations needed for 3 people (me, Hubby and my mom ) for one or 2 rooms in Edinburgh.....

We will have a car, we will be there for only 2 nights, want a modern hotel with accessible rooms because my hubby has mobility problems.

We have been looking at Ibis, Travelodge, Holiday Inns, Premier Inns etc.....

What I am wondering is would it be better to stay further from the castle and the Royal Mile and bus into the center or stay closer in?

Any suggestions?

Posted by
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We recently stayed at the Premier Inn City Centre (York Place) and were very pleased. Our room type was called a "twin" but in actuality it was a queen size bed and a twin bed all in the same room. It sounds as if this type of room might be a good fit for your group. The location was excellent. Just two blocks from Princes Street and about 6 blocks from the Royal Mile. If your husband has mobility issues, I don't see any reasonable way for him to get from any hotel in Edinburgh to the castle without walking up a hill or taking a taxi.

I did note another Premier Inn (Edinburgh Park) that is directly on the tram line from the airport that seemed to have plenty of parking easily available at the hotel. I only saw the outside (I was riding the tram), but it seemed very new. You could park and stay at this hotel and then take the tram into the city if you prefer. The tram would take you to Princes Street. You would still need a cab up the hill to the castle from there.

Posted by
2650 posts

there is a new Ibis on South Bridge only opened a year or so ago so will have lifts and good step free access.it os only a 100yards or so from the Royal Mile

Posted by
3122 posts

The Royal Mile is on a high, steep hill so I would say look for a place in the "new town," such as near the Royal Botanic Garden. It is still not completely flat there, but less steep. I found that many, if not most, lodging in Scotland does not have rooms on the ground floor (U.S. first floor). This may be because of the cold, damp climate, but it does pose a challenge for those who can't climb stairs. So, if you aren't able to get a ground-floor room, make sure you are booking a place that has a working lift (U.S. elevator).

Posted by
776 posts

Great recommendations. Thank you all.

Would there be parking near the castle? We could drive there and then explore.

Posted by
2650 posts

no parking near the castle, in fact very little parking in the city centre. There is a large car park at castle terrace but it is a good uphill walk to the castle.I live in Edinburgh and have done on an off most of my life,I gave up my car 12 years ago, Edinburgh and cars do not mix parking is limited and very expensive ,fortunately Edinburgh does have a great bus service.
https://lothianbuses.co.uk/

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We were in Scotland at the beginning of June. I looked into Edinburgh hotels, and the parking situation, and finally decided to stay in Leith at the Holiday Inn Express. We had free parking, did not move the car the whole time we were there. The buses stop right outside the hotel, it's £4.00 for a day pass or £1.60 one way into town. We got off at Waverly Station, return was across Princes Street from the station.

As we wanted to go to North Berwick late one Sunday afternoon, we took the bus in, and got in the train for an easy trip to the coast. My son had seen a place called the Lobster Shack on a Travel Channel food show, so we went there for dinner, an excellent choice!

The breakfast was free, at the hotel. A full English breakfast buffet, as well as the usual cereals, croissants and muffins.

I also purchased Edinburgh Passes for us. They included Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood House, the Royal Yacht Britannia, and a Hop on Hop off pass. That covered the main things that we had time to see, and we did find some good places to eat a few blocks down the street. If you get the bus pass you can get off near the restaurants and pick it up to get back to the hotel. The Royal Yacht Britannia entrance is in the shopping mall just down the street, and it's well worth a visit. We used the Hop on Hop off pass to get from Holyrood House to the Castle, and cut out some of the walking.

Hope this helps!

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Posted by
776 posts

Awesome. I think we will pick a place with parking not near the center and just use the buses or hop on hop off.......

I'm going to try to find a hotel very near the hop on hop off route so we don't have to use the car there.

thank you all.

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776 posts

rsheltn

thank you

Do you happen to know if that Holiday in was near the Hop on Hop off route or only city buses.....?

It sounds like the kind of place that would work for us.