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Said to be built on seven hills, the majestic Scottish capital of Edinburgh combines stunning natural landscapes with a thriving cosmopolitan city that has its roots firmly in its colourful and rich past. With its prehistoric origins and its links to ancient mythology and legends in the form of Arthur’s Seat, a peak supposedly named after the King Arthur himself, Edinburgh is a city which embraces its fascinating heritage. With a host of iconic landmarks and sights recognisable the world over Edinburgh truly has something to offer everyone, making it the second most popular tourist destination in the UK after London. For an unforgettable city break to this stunning Scottish city make sure to book your accommodation with Secret Hotels, guaranteeing the finest accommodation in the city at unbelievable prices.

For a true taste of Edinburgh’s vibrant history, make sure to take a wander through the city’s charming Old Town. Dominating one end of the Royal Mile is the imposing Edinburgh Castle set upon the volcanic Castle Rock, the most popular tourist attraction in the city. Visitors will also be awed by the maze of underground vaults and passageways that run underneath Old Town and that can be accessed by walking tours suitable for all ages. At the opposite end of the Royal Mile lies Holyrood Palace, the official Scottish residence of the Queen which is open to tourists throughout the year.

Edinburgh’s New Town boasts Princes Street, a paradise for shopaholics and George Street, a popular area for night owls and host to an abundance of trendy bars and stylish clubs. Art lovers will be sure to love the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy Building.

The city is also host to an array of internationally renowned festivals and cultural events every year, the most famous of which include; the Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the dazzling Hogmanay New Year’s Eve celebrations which attract thousands of visitors from across the world. Whatever time of year you choose to visit Edinburgh there is sure to be something thrilling to see or experience.

We help you to get your hands on the best deals in accommodation by taking advantage of the fact that no hotel wants empty rooms. Browse our handpicked list of only the best rooms the city has to offer and be amazed at the unrivalled discounts. From 5* Georgian elegance in the heart of Old Town boasting magnificent views over the castle to stylish boutiques nestled down cobbled streets with uniquely furnished guestrooms with all the latest technology and facilities. Those on business can opt for contemporary hotels with exceptional conference rooms and excellent transport links whilst those wanting to relax and unwind can choose from a selection of indulgent spa hotels offering luxury treatments and customer service. The choice is yours!

Great deal perfect for city centre shopping! – 4 star – Edinburgh

An ideal choice for both business and leisure travellers to the Scottish capital, this stylish and comfortable Top Secret Hotel guarantees a relaxing stay. Located in the heart of the city centre and on the doorstep to one of the most renowned and prestigious streets in Edinburgh, this 4 star hotel is perfectly positioned for exploring the many sights and attractions in the area. Nearby Princes Street is home to a multitude of boutiques, independent shops and department stores, as well as many restaurants, bars and cafés so is the perfect pit-stop for any visitor to the city. Other attractions in the local area include the Museum of Scotland, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh Zoo and St Andrew Square. The hotel itself provides its guests with an extensive list of services and facilities to meet all your vacation and business trip requirements. For your convenience and security there is onsite parking, a night porter and a reception open 24 hours a day. Each of the guest rooms is fully fitted with a flat screen television, work desk, coffee and tea facilities, trouser press and double-glazed windows. The hotel also boasts a charming restaurant suitable for families and a bar for evening rendezvous. Grab this great deal, perfect for city centre shopping!

Edinburgh is a melting pot of culture, history and popular entertainment, so whether you prefer spending your days visiting castles and museums, window shopping along the famous Princes Street or taking long walks in the hills – there’s something here for everyone! Sporting types will relish the chance to visit one of Edinburgh’s fine golf courses, set in the rolling country in and around the Pentland Hills and Arthur’s Seat. The views over the surrounding countryside from the holes are spectacular and make the game even more exciting and unique. Two of the best are Braid Hills and Duddingston, which has a winding stream through the course for an added challenge.

When you’ve visited the sights, browsed the shops and climbed the hill it might be time for a well-deserved beverage, and why not do it in traditional Edinburgh form? There remain only a few truly authentic pubs around the city that have kept their original charm and modesty in competition with the swanky new bars and nightspots, so finding them can be tricky – but the search is well worth it! For rustic country charm, head to the Sheep Heid Inn where you’ll be rewarded for your climb over Arthur’s Seat in the shape of a refreshing pint. The dollhouse-sized Royal Oak is a delightful destination where you can expect to hear the sounds of fiddles, guitars and squeezeboxes. The Sandy Bell’s hosts an open folk music hour every night which gets the locals in high spirits and creates a lively atmosphere.

Luxurious and centrally located apartments – 5 star – Edinburgh

A superb alternative to a hotel, these luxurious and centrally located apartments offer guests more privacy and space to live and work at their leisure. Situated in the city centre, the apartments provide the perfect base for exploring the city and its many museums, galleries and shops, or for attending business meetings and conferences as both the entertainment and business districts are within easy distances. The apartment building has its own car rental desk to allow you to plan day trips outside of the city (there is ample onsite parking available), a library, concierge and PC in the lobby. The friendly staff at the reception are able to assist with booking city tours and making theatre reservations during your stay, and are also more than happy to help with further recommendations for the area.

Each of the apartments themselves is equipped with everything you should need for a stress-free and successful trip, including a fully-fitted kitchen with dishwasher, toaster and microwave, free internet access, hairdryer, safe and makeup mirror. To relieve you of extra work on your vacation, the apartments are serviced with daily housekeeping and there are also laundry and dry-cleaning services available. For nights spent in there are several board games available, as well as a DVD library and player and a play station available for children.

Whilst you’re visiting the Scottish capital why not travel out of this world at the Royal Observatory on Blackford Hill. The striking copper domes perched on top of the hill can be seen from all over the city and are home to an institution that explores the night sky and all its many mysteries. Take a guided tour to understand more about the planets, their moons, the constellations and even get the chance to feel a real life meteorite! One of the largest telescopes in the country can be found in the grand Victorian telescope dome – a must –see for budding astronauts and space enthusiasts.

Treat yourself to some retail therapy on your trip and visit arguably the prettiest street in the city, Victoria Street. The pastel-shaded shops lining the avenue create a magical setting to do some window shopping, though you won’t be able to resist buying something when there is so much great choice. The independent stores offer up a selection of bespoke and one-of-a-kind items that make perfect souvenirs for loved ones at home or simply gifts to yourself! Check out the foodies at Oink hog roast shop and IJ Mills specialist cheesemonger, or the retro-inspired streetwear boutique, Odd One Out. For witty merchandise suitable for fancy dress and practical jokes, head to Aha ha ha – shop to your heart’s content!

Stylish and contemporary hotel in central location – 4 star – Edinburgh

This stylish and contemporary hotel in a central location is just a stone’s throw from all of the main tourist attractions, restaurants and shops. The extensive range of services and amenities makes this hotel ideal for business and leisure travellers alike, plus the friendly and welcoming staff will make you feel right at home from the moment you arrive. Travelling into and around the city is made a breeze with the airport shuttle service provided by the hotel and the close proximity to the Waverley Train Station in central Edinburgh. There is also limited onsite parking for guests travelling with private transportation.

Other convenient facilities include dry cleaning, theatre reservations, city tours and internet. Each one of the spacious and comfortable guest rooms enjoys air conditioning, television, internet, free safe box and a designated dining area with coffee and tea facilities. For families travelling with children there are additional cots available on request as well as connecting rooms and for disabled guests there are accessible rooms and disabled parking.

Edinburgh is a much loved and well visited city with a host of events, activities and festivities throughout the calendar year. So whenever you’re planning to visit make sure to check out what’s on and book appropriate tickets in advance for special events. A few annual events include the esteemed Edinburgh festival, New Year (Hogmanay) and Burns Night.

Edinburgh takes great pride in its ability to host spectacular festivals and there are dozens that run throughout the year, but arguably the best is what is known as ‘the Festival’ that runs across the month of June. Everything is covered from film and literature to music, art and politics, plus of course the legendary Fringe festival that takes place in locations all over the city, but the most popular spots are the Traverse Theatre and the Hub.

Hogmanay is a celebration rooted in tradition and involves a multitude of legends and customs that may confuse visitors at first, but all add to the fun and hype around the vivacious celebration! The three day event involves a stunning Torchlight Procession, a Keilidh, outdoor concerts, street parties and, of course, hundreds of fireworks to bring in the New Year.

Burns Night is so unique to Scotland and incorporates all the country’s most historic traditions in one night of entertainment to celebrate the national bard, Robert Burns, on the date of his birth, 25th of January. Expect to eat haggis, drink plenty of whiskey, and listen to rousing verse.

Luxury style minutes from city centre – 5 star – Edinburgh

Experience luxury style minutes from the city centre and some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks; the Castle, Holyrood, and Princes Street, this 5 star Top Secret Hotel is the most exclusive luxury accommodation option in the city. The property’s façade is in the style of a Georgian townhouse and the interiors contain some original period features that bring a sense of grandeur and elegance. The feeling of a private house is maintained inside the hotel also, with world-class, individual service and hospitality to ensure that each guest is made to feel as special as possible and well taken care of.

Providing an idyllic haven away from the hubbub of the touristy city centre, you will feel utterly relaxed and at ease in the lavish surroundings of the lounge and dining areas and in your own suite. Each beautifully decorated and designed suite has ample room for living, dining and working, plus a state-of-the-art kitchenette and luxurious en-suite bathroom. As well as all this, the hotel is well known for its fine-dining experiences, which can either be enjoyed privately or as a resident. Award-winning chefs rustle up mouth-watering dishes throughout the day, plus there is delightful afternoon tea served at 2pm daily. The drawing room bar is a spectacular centrepiece for the property, with regal furnishings and an intricate crystal chandelier hanging over the comfortable armchairs. Whatever the reason for your visit to the capital, you are bound to have an unforgettable stay here!

Staying so central means that you won’t have to travel too far to arrive at any one of the major tourist attractions and places of interest across the city. There is an abundance of significant historic sites that each tell a piece of the city’s past and help explain its culture and people today. One of which is the Old Calton Burial Ground, an ancient cemetery with a great deal of character and atmosphere and the site of David Hume’s grave, Scotland’s most famous philosopher. The other notable landmark on the site is the impressive black obelisk of the Political Martyr’s Monument.

Take in some fresh, clean air at the top of Arthur’s Seat and pause to admire the breath-taking views before heading to the south-eastern slopes to the village of Duddington. This postcard-worthy village is one of the oldest corners of the capital with parts of the parish church dating back to the 12th century. Venture to the far end of the village for a pint at an authentic country pub built in the 18th century, the Sheep Heid.


Amazing deals at centrally located apartments – 4 star – Edinburgh

Relax and unwind in your own private space at these 4 star luxury apartments in Edinburgh’s city centre. Located just steps from the prestigious Princes Street, the Old Town, Business District and all of the major tourist attractions, these apartments are in the perfect position for both business and leisure travellers who wish to explore all that the capital has to offer. The ideal alternative to a hotel, the apartments allow you to live and work at your leisure with ample space and all the necessary home comforts. Don’t miss these amazing deals at centrally located apartments!

The building is serviced with a 24 hour reception and security for your safety and comfort and also offers visitors services such as airport transfers, laundry, luggage room, concierge and daily housekeeping. Guests are also welcome to make use of the communal gardens and fitness centre during their stay. Each apartment enjoys an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower, work desk, living and dining areas and a fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, toaster, fridge-freezer, microwave oven and kettle. Families travelling with children can be provided with extra beds or cots, high chairs and also make use of the babysitting service.

Edinburgh provides visitors with the perfect blend of city life with beautiful countryside and when you’ve seen enough of one you can very easily get your fix of the other. Escape the hustle and bustle of the centre and travel to the top of any of the following; Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Castle or Scott Monument. Each one offers a slightly different perspective over the city but equally as breath-taking and picture-worthy. If you’d prefer a more eerie atmosphere, head to the top of Calton Hill, which is often obscured with rolling sea mist, adding mystery and intrigue to the scenery. For a view even higher in the clouds, venture to the windswept Nelson Monument or the stylish Glasshouse Hotel.

It can sometimes be tricky persuading young children to traipse around museums, historic sites or to the top of hills, so treat them to a trip they will enjoy to the Scottish Storytelling and John Knox House. The centre hosts regular storytelling readings and workshops, which children can either sit back and listen to or get fully involved. Parents too can enjoy the peace and quiet and escape the everyday as they listen to great stories, told with lots of enthusiasm and passion. The site also houses the John Knox House and Museum and a bright and cheery café. If you’re in town during the annual International Storytelling Festival, be sure to take a look at the listings as there are always new and exciting events for the whole family.

Modern and comfortable hotel – 4 star – Edinburgh

The ideal choice for anyone hoping to explore the many sights and attractions in the Scottish capital, this modern and comfortable hotel will provide you with a central location and a charming setting for your stay. The unique charm and traditional atmosphere make it a wonderful choice for couples who are planning a romantic getaway, or for families travelling with children as the staff are warm and welcoming and offer a convenient babysitting service. Other facilities and services offered by the hotel include dry cleaning, a night porter and safety deposit boxes, as well as a PC for guests with photocopying and fax for business travellers. Each comfortable and pleasant guest room enjoys the use of a television, telephone, coffee and tea facilities and an en-suite bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Whatever the purpose of your visit and however you spend each day in the capital, know that you’ll be coming back to the comfiest bed in a sweet and delightful home away from home!

Edinburgh is well known for its contemporary Arts scene, hosting the annual summer Festival and Fringe, so why not participate in some performing arts yourself whilst in the city? Dance Base is the home of Scotland’s National Centre for Dance which puts on courses and workshops for all types of dance, from traditional Highland to hip-hop in a stunning, modern building. Located in the shadows of the Edinburgh Castle, the setting could not be more perfect to witness and partake in cutting edge dance performances and workshops.

When you’ve worked up an appetite sightseeing or salsa dancing, visit one of the many fine-dining options in the local area. A popular eatery with locals and visitors alike is Mum’s restaurant-café, specialising in hearty comfort food typical of the 1950’s. Using quality, locally-sourced ingredients, dishes such as bangers and mash, fish and chips and shepherd’s pie have never tasted better, especially washed down with a glass of fine wine!

After dinner, let your hair down and experience first-hand the legendary Edinburgh nightlife at any one of the trendy bars and clubs throughout the city. Dragonfly is an ultra-swanky cocktail bar with an oriental theme, with opulent chandeliers and dark wood furnishings. The raised mezzanine is the perfect platform to people watch and marvel at the expert cocktail mixing at the bar beneath.

Have a wonderful time in the extraordinary city of Edinburgh!

Sumptuous & stylish boutique hotel in Edinburgh – 4 star – Edinburgh

This sumptuous & stylish boutique hotel in Edinburgh is guaranteed to make your trip truly memorable! Treat yourself and loved ones to stay at this lavish 4 star Top Secret Hotel in the Leith Docks area of Edinburgh. This boutique hotel takes great pride in and pays a lot of attention to the details and overall ambiance to ensure that every guest feels right at home and their stay is as relaxing and comfortable as possible. The friendly staff are on hand 24 hours a day to provide you with all the necessary home comforts and to offer recommendations for dining options, tours and events.

Each of the chic and sophisticated guest rooms and suites allow you to unwind in style and make use of the CD library, flat screen TV with DVD player, free internet, refrigerator, and private bathroom with hairdryer and bathrobe. The property also boasts a destination restaurant-brasserie, with a menu brimming with delicious French dishes and fine wines in a splendid art nouveau setting. The lobby bar is a perfect spot to meet with friends and colleagues over a coffee or your favourite drink in the evening to unwind and reflect on the day. If you find some spare time between visiting the sights or attending business meetings, head to the hotel’s state-of-the-art gym and let off some steam.

Edinburgh’s contemporary culture is as prevalent as its history and complicated past, and especially the music and arts scene is making a name for itself on the international stage. Art lovers should not miss a trip to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, where visitors can admire an impressive collection of national modern art amongst pristine grounds and a riverside setting. The lawns are even dotted with masterpieces from artists such as Henry Moore and Sir Eduardo Poalozzi. The walk to the gallery is along the Leith Walkway which pleasantly follows the river from the Pentland Hills until it reaches the Firth of Forth at nearby Leith.

Edinburgh and Scotland are well-known for their particular delicacies and dishes from shortbread to haggis and you can’t leave the capital without having tried at least one! Every souvenir shop will sell shortbread wrapped up in cheerful tins and traditional tartan designs so you can pick up some for loved ones at home along with postcards and other keepsakes. For the brave-hearted, haggis is the best way to get a taste for local culture and customs so head to Macsween of Edinburgh, a renowned manufacturer that also supplies to other delicatessens in the city. Also try the sausages at Crombies of Edinburgh and the vegetarian version of haggis at Macsween’s.


Boutique city centre apartment – 4 star – Edinburgh

Enjoy a space of your own to live and relax in during your visit to Edinburgh at this boutique city centre apartment. Sat in the heart of the buzzing city centre, on the most famous street and amongst iconic landmarks such as the Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood, and many restaurants, cafés and museums, they make the ideal base to explore the capital. A great alternative to booking a hotel room, the spacious studios allow you the flexibility and privacy to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay, with ample space to live, work and play.

The building provides every apartment with services including complimentary WiFi and onsite parking, as well as 24 hour security for your utmost safety. Each one is laid out and designed with the guests comfort in mind, with an open plan living area, dining area and roomy bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The kitchenette is fully-fitted with high-spec utilities such as a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, so that you can cook and prepare food from your own apartment rather than eating out every day. All other facilities are also the latest technology from the iPod and iPhone dock to the HD television with Sky sports and movie channels, plus DVD player and free safe box with laptop capacity.

If you enjoy shopping and browsing independent boutiques or luxury department stores, you’re in the right place as Princes Street is brimming with retail opportunities. You’ll be able to pick up almost everything, from typical souvenirs for loved ones back home to designer garments for a special occasion. A specially unique and established clothing store is Armstrong’s, the vintage fashion emporium first opened in 1848. Covering a wide range of decades and stocking a huge selection of pieces, you can spend hours and hours rummaging through tea-dresses and flares. Or if it’s shoes you’re after, they can order bespoke satin shoes to suit your exact taste.

Moored in front of the Ocean Terminal is Scotland’s shining star of the sea and one of its biggest tourist attractions, the former Royal Yacht Britannia. The grand and imposing ship was once the home to the royal family during their overseas travels, until it was decommissioned in 1997. The design of the interior is characteristic of the 1950’s and the décor is a direct reflection of Her Majesty’s simple and modest taste. Take the audio guide tour for an intriguing insight into the private life of the royal family aboard the Britannia.

One of Edinburgh’s most elegant hotels – 4 star – Edinburgh

Indulge in utter luxury at one of Edinburgh’s most elegant hotels in the city centre. Located within easy access of all the major attractions, theatre, shops and restaurants, this hotel is convenient for any guest to the city, whether they are travelling for business or leisure. The property itself possesses all the expected services and amenities for a 4 star graded establishment, plus an additional range of world-class leisure facilities to allow guests to truly relax and unwind throughout their stay. The Leisure Club welcomes all guests to make use of the gym, spa and indoor swimming pool, before some well-deserved R&R in the sauna or steam room. Before a special occasion, book yourself a beauty or well-being treatment for the ultimate indulgence, or if you wish to keep fit and energetic during your stay, take part in the aerobics classes held at the club. At the end of the day you will be able to retire to your guest room or suite, stylishly decorated and fitted with amenities such as coffee and tea facilities, work desk with lamp, flat screen LCD TV, and en-suite bathroom with hair dryer and bathrobe.

Whether you’re planning to spend weeks in the city or if you’re only in town for the weekend, you’ll be able to find plenty to do and see to keep you entertained throughout the whole of your trip. You’ll find the perfect balance between sightseeing, cultural activities and down-time for shopping and relaxing in cafés and restaurants. If it’s your first time visiting, the best way to become accustomed with the new city is to take the Edinburgh Bus Tour, which visits the most significant and interesting points across the city and allows you to learn more before heading to each one individually. The ticket for the tour can be purchased at the departure spot, at the bottom of the Scott Monument, and can be used all day to allow you to hop on and off as you wish.

One of the stops on the Bus Tour is the spectacular Scottish Parliament, which is well-worth a proper look around if you have the time. The Holyrood is the political heart of Scotland and home to the Parliament, so is significant for locals and visitors alike. The architecture of the building is highly fascinating and remarkably beautiful, independent from what’s goes on inside. If you’re interested in the proceedings of a parliamentary sitting, the public are occasionally allowed to watch and listen from the viewing gallery over the chambers.

Enjoy your stay in Edinburgh!

Fabulous city centre apartments – 5 star – Edinburgh

For your upcoming visit to the Scottish capital, why not opt for these fabulous city centre apartments instead of a hotel room, to allow you more space and privacy to relax or work? These 5 star deluxe Top Secret apartments are the answer to all your vacation needs to the city, whether you’re staying for a weekend or the whole summer. Suitable for couples, families with children and individuals on business, the offering of services and facilities will accommodate your every need and ensure that your stay is as relaxing and comfortable as possible.

With high-spec utilities such as an LCD television, CD and DVD player, plus luxury extras including a lavish en-suite bathroom with tub and bathrobe, you will feel as though you’re in a home away from home! The building is also serviced with daily housekeeping, free high-speed internet, 24 hour security and has secure indoor parking onsite for those travelling with private transportation. For everyone else, the central location means that it is only a short walk from the main attractions and destinations including Princes and Georges Street. There are also excellent public transport links across the city, to whisk you to any corner, or if you plan to take day-trips to surrounding towns and villages.

Edinburgh takes great pride in its eating and drinking culture and the wide spread and high standard of restaurants, cafés and bars is credit to that. For a casual dining affair head to Maison Bleue, where you will be met by rustic and humble interiors, either on the ground floor for candlelit dinners or on the upper floor for a more bright and cheery café atmosphere. The influences behind the menu come from an eclectic mix of Far Eastern, European and North African cuisines, which together create mouth-watering results.

There are several traditional pubs dotted around the city that have survived the ever increasing number of swanky new bars and eateries opening in competition. These pubs are the authentic way to enjoy a hearty Sunday roast or another typical Scottish dish or for drinks in the evening – whiskey if you want to be truly local! One such pub is the Abbotsford, which dates back to 1902 and features rare Edwardian design details and splendour such as the fine mahogany island bar, hard to find elsewhere. It is the preferred hang-out for literates, poets, actors and media types as well as many local residents.