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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!

Striking hotel in a fantastic central location – 4 star – Edinburgh

Boasting a winning combination of prime location, warm hospitality and superior accommodation, this striking hotel in a fantastic central location in Edinburgh is our top pick for your stay in the city. Situated in the charming historic Old Town close to the many shops, restaurants, museums and theatres, this hotel makes the perfect base for your trip, whether the purpose is business or leisure. The famed Princes Street is just a short stroll away where you will find an abundance of boutiques, designer stores and arcades as well as many restaurants and pavement cafés.

If you’d prefer to stay on-site, the hotel offers just as much entertainment for you and your family or loved ones. The serene spa and leisure centre with indoor pool, sauna and solarium is a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city and offers relaxing massages and well-being treatments. The state-of-the-art gym is the ideal place to let off some steam and keep fit in between sightseeing or business conferences. Also within the confines of the hotel there is a lavish lounge where guests can experience true luxury with champagne afternoon tea in an intimate atmosphere. The friendly staff take great care of every individual guest to ensure that you make great memories to last a lifetime during your stay at the hotel.

The number of museums and galleries in Edinburgh is endless so it may be hard to fit them all into one trip, but one that should definitely be top of the list is the National Museum of Scotland. Having been majorly upgraded and renovated in 2011, the museum is now arguably one of the best in the country. Housing an extensive collection of artefacts and relics from as far back as the primeval age up to the present day, the museum provides a fascinating and insightful look at the history of Scotland and its culture and people. There are often wonderful temporary exhibitions throughout the calendar year so it’s worth checking out before you arrive in order to buy tickets in advance. The roof garden at the top of the museum boasts stunning panoramic views over the city too.

Of course no trip to the capital is complete without a visit to the impressive Edinburgh Castle that sits overlooking the city beneath from its elevated volcanic perch. Kids and adults alike will be able to admire and appreciate the grandeur of the iconic landmark that has dominated the skyline for thousands of years. Inside the castle you can marvel at the glistening crown jewels, browse several military museums and the National War Museum, plus kids can play on the canons and run up and down the ancient turrets.

 

Creative contemporary hotel overlooking the castle – 4 star – Edinburgh

Treat yourself to a unique and charming stay in Scotland’s capital city when you stay at this 4 star independent Top Secret Hotel. This creative contemporary hotel overlooking the castle is nestled in the heart of the quaint Old Town, and overlooks the iconic Edinburgh Castle, guaranteeing a memorable stay in the remarkable city of Edinburgh. Creative design is at the forefront of everything the property does and the results are both stunning and original, whilst also maintaining an atmosphere that is comfortable and welcoming. The guest rooms are individually designed to the highest standards with deluxe furnishings and fitted with all the necessary home comforts such as a television, telephone, work desk, refrigerator and coffee and tea facilities. The hotel boasts two dining options; the inviting restaurant with a fine-dining menu and the brasserie, for more informal occasions such as a light lunch or afternoon snack. The onsite leisure facilities are first-class and ensure that the guests have the opportunity to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day, either at the fitness centre or in the indoor swimming pool.

There’s so much to do and squeeze in to your trip in the capital so ease yourself in with a leisurely stroll through the nearby Princes Street Gardens that separates the Old Town from the New Town. The Castle continues to cast a shadow over you as you amble through the pristine lawns, striking monuments and dazzling flower displays. During the warmer months, the Gardens act as a popular destination for locals and visitors alike who wish to enjoy the sunshine in a tranquil and beautiful environment.

If you feel like fitting in a spot of retail therapy during your trip, head to Jenners for a one-stop destination for all your shopping requirements. The historic department store was built in 1838 and still occupies the same corner building opposite the Scott Monument in the heart of the city. Each floor is filled with exclusive brands and labels to please even the most discerning shopper.

At the end of a busy day let you hair down at any one of the swanky bars dotted along the prestigious George Street. The spacious avenue is the site of some of the most high-class and fashionable nightspots in the country and where all the rich and famous head for a good time. Some of the best expertly created cocktails and creatively designed bars can be found in Tigerlily, Opal Lounge, Tempus, and Le Monde.

Luxury close to the Royal Mile & Edinburgh castle – 4 star – Edinburgh

Experience true luxury close to the Royal Mile & Edinburgh castle! Providing guests with a tranquil haven away from the bustling tourist hotspots, this elegant and deluxe Top Secret Hotel is a welcome break in a vibrant capital city. This 4 star property is situated just a few minutes from the Royal Mile, the main thoroughfare of the historic Old Town, either end of which sit two of the most iconic landmarks; the Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. From here you can easily reach many of the major tourist attractions, fine-dining options, theatres, museums and galleries. The public transport links in the area are also efficient and straightforward to use so you can arrive at any necessary destination in no time at all.

The hotel itself is beautifully presented, with glamorous furnishings and luxury details, as well as convenient facilities to meet all your holiday needs; 24 hour security, WiFi, airport transfers, luggage room and dry cleaning. At the end of each day you can retire to and relax in the lavishly styled guest rooms with kitchenette and dining area, en-suite bathroom, MP3 and DVD players, living area and work desk. If you’re travelling on business the hotel conveniently offers photocopying and internet services, and when you’re not in meetings you can keep active at the first-class fitness centre on-site.

Art enthusiasts will love the abundance of galleries and exhibitions throughout the city, most of whose entrance is free of charge, displaying works from the artists such as Da Vinci to Moore. The first stop on your artistic tour should be the National Galleries of Scotland, situated at the foot of The Mound and nearby to Jenners Department Store. The NGS is comprised of several buildings, two of which were designed by the celebrated William Henry Playfair in neo-classical style: the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy. The other buildings are the Dean Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art and National Portrait Gallery, and together they hold a notable collection of works by Raphael, Vermeer, Monet, Degas and Turner, amongst many others.

Before heading back to your hotel room at the end of the day, why not experience first-hand the legendary Edinburgh nightlife scene? There is something to suit every taste and budget and many of the best spots are within a small, concentrated area in the centre. The Stand is Scotland’s most renowned comedy club and puts on sessions 7 nights a week so you can pick and choose which upcoming star or established comedian you go to watch.

 

Modern hotel close to airport & great link to city – 4 star – Edinburgh

This recently opened Top Secret Hotel, ‘Modern hotel close to airport & great link to city – 4 star – Edinburgh’, is on the western edge of the city offering guests great access to the airport, excellent leisure facilities and quick and easy links to the city centre. This is an ideal choice for business travellers and families. The proximity to the airport means that for short business trips or weekend getaways, the journeys to and from the hotel are fast and straightforward. The property also provides guests with free onsite parking for convenience and security.

Families travelling with children of all ages will be welcomed warmly by the hotel and its staff, and well accommodated to by services such as a specific children’s menu, a children’s play area and cots or extra beds available for the guest rooms. Whilst the children are entertained in the play area, adults can relax and unwind in the gym and indoor swimming pool before sinking into the Jacuzzi or sweating it out in the steam room. Each comfortable and contemporary guest room is fully-fitted with climate control and double-glazed windows to ensure a good night’s rest, as well as a work desk, en-suite bathroom, coffee and tea facilities and TV and radio.

Once you’ve visited all the tourist attractions, museums and galleries you wanted to see, indulge in some retail therapy before you head home. Edinburgh is brimming with independent boutiques, high street favourites and designer stores, plus of course plenty of souvenir and gift shops, so there’s something for everyone and every pocket! Hidden behind the charming St Andrew Square is Multrees Walk, where you’ll be able to find exclusive boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Armani, as well as the country’s only Harvey Nichols department store. The famous store is home to hundreds of designer labels for the latest fashions, beauty products, accessories and technology. The food halls are a feast for the senses; shelves upon shelves of exquisite confectionary, local delicacies and fine wines. When you’ve tired of browsing, head up to the fourth floor and enjoy a delicious cocktail or glass of champagne and admire the view from the rooftop terrace bar.

After dinner or drinks, end the evening watching a theatre production at the famous Playhouse or Traverse theatres. Both are dedicated in showcasing the newest talents in writing and producing and often premiere national theatre group plays before they tour. If you’re lucky enough to be in town during the Festival or the Fringe you’ll be spoilt for choice with theatre!

Edinburgh’s best address – 4 star – Edinburgh

Treat yourself to first-class luxury at this 4 star Top Secret Hotel situated at Edinburgh’s best address. Nestled in the heart of the historic Old Town, this lavish property provides a tranquil oasis away from the bustling tourist hotspots, whilst also enjoying a prime location to explore the city. Whether you are visiting on business or on vacation, the welcoming atmosphere, superior accommodation and variety of services will guarantee your trip is relaxing, comfortable and memorable. Everything from the lavish furnishings in the guest rooms to the extensive wine menu is executed with precision and style, which creates an overall ambience of chic sophistication. Additionally, the property and its staff are proud of its eco-friendly status and aim to protect the environment as much as possible throughout the hotels every day running. The services provided include currency exchange, complimentary high-speed internet, dry cleaning, theatre reservations and ample onsite parking. The hotel also boasts both a restaurant serving delicious international cuisine and an inviting bar to meet with friends and colleagues over a refreshing drink. Before heading to your room in the evening, or before you head out for the day, take some time to relax and unwind in the Leisure Club and Fitness Centre, complete with indoor pool, sauna and massage rooms.

A great way to start your trip is to visit one of the vantage points around the city and take in a panoramic view of your new location. There are several dotted over the capital, offering slightly different perspectives and optimum views at different times of the day, but one of the most popular is from the North Bridge. The designated viewing point allows you to see the two architecturally stunning hotels at either end of the bridge, plus the Old and New Towns and famous landmarks such as the Castle, Jenners department store and the Scott Monument. Arguably the best time to come is after nightfall, when you will see the whole city lit up in a unique and romantic fashion.

For late night drinks, the Grassmarket area is your best bet for a huge variety of trendy drinking holes, accommodating every crowd and budget. The hip and stylish lot favour Under the Stairs, where they sip on award-winning cocktails surrounded by relaxed, homely interiors and chilled beats. For a more upmarket option, head to Bar Missoni where you can expect to see vibrant and eclectic designs accompanying exotic drinks. Enjoy!

Luxury and style on Edinburgh’s trendiest street – 4 star – Edinburgh

This recently refurbished 4 star Top Secret Hotel in a central location in Edinburgh is the answer to all your city break needs. With a wide and extensive range of services and amenities, you will have all the necessary home comforts plus luxury extras to ensure your stay is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. The ambiance throughout is traditional and elegant, with stylish furnishings and luxe details. The friendly staff are on hand at all hours to answer any queries and provide recommendations for nearby restaurants, bars or special events, and are highly accommodating to families travelling with children.

The hotel’s own restaurant is hugely popular with guests and locals alike, who come for a taste of authentic Scottish cuisine made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The lobby bar is also well-frequented after-hours and is the perfect spot to catch up with friends and loved ones over a glass of bubbly. Being located just a short walk away from the Waverley Train Station makes this hotel a convenient choice for those travelling into the city on public transport and there is easy and quick access to every corner of the city from your doorstep. We hope you have a wonderful time experiencing luxury and style on Edinburgh’s trendiest street!

Edinburgh is an exciting cultural hub, packed with things to see and do for families, couples and independent travellers, so whatever you’re interested in, be it sports, history or art, you’ll be spoilt for choice on a daily basis! For the adventurous visitors to the city, swimming in the open air will prove a thrilling and unique experience! Jump in at the deep end at any of the following destinations; Threipmuir reservoirs, Portobello Beach, Musselburgh lagoons and parts of the Pentland Hills for a bracing alternative to an indoor swimming pool. There are several hidden spots to paddle in within the glens and behind the woodland walks across the Pentland Hills, which make picture-perfect settings for an outdoorsy adventure.

Another fun day out involving the great outdoors is to take a picnic and a bottle of wine up to The Meadows and admire the beautiful Cherry Blossom trees in the springtime or just simply while the day away in the sunshine and with great company. Kids can run around in the playground and sports enthusiasts can make use of the croquet lawn, tennis courts and cricket pitches.

Treat the kids to a day dedicated to them at the Edinburgh Zoo as a reward if they’ve patiently accompanied you to museums and galleries during your stay. As well as the wide collection of animals, there are daily demonstrations and shows that are always hugely popular with kids and parents alike! In the early afternoon the penguins perform a heart-warming parade through their enclosure – don’t miss it!

 

Sexy, stylish hotel in the centre of Edinburgh! – 5 star – Edinburgh

Indulge in true luxury when you stay at this stylish 5 star Top Secret Hotel, located in the heart of Edinburgh. Its prime location, matched with the superior hospitality and accommodation, makes this hotel undoubtedly one of the finest in the city. The proximity to Waverley Train Station in the city centre means that getting into and out of the city is a breeze. As well as this, the city’s famous Princes Street is only a short distance from the hotel, where you will find a mile-long stretch of shops, restaurants and cafés to suit every taste. The property itself prides itself on showcasing original design features and elegant and sophisticated interior décor. Each well-appointed guest room is spacious and comfortable, with individually styled furniture and furnishings and facilities such as plasma TV, MP3 player, complimentary WiFi, climate control and safe. The leisure facilities are also world-class, for instance guests can relax and enjoy use of the Fitness and Wellness Centre with spa, offering massages and beauty treatments. The hotel restaurant and lobby bar are both perfect spots to rendezvous with friends and loved ones and enjoy excellent food and drink. This sexy, stylish hotel in the centre of Edinburgh is a deal not to be missed!

Edinburgh is brimming with exciting cultural activities and opportunities to be entertained or astounded, so whatever the purpose of your trip and whatever your interests or budget, there is bound to be something to suit. Not many other cities in the world have an extinct volcano in their midst, so the Scottish capital offers a rare treat to be able to climb to the top of one – Arthur’s Seat, also the country’s tallest of its seven hills. The climb gives visitors the chance to breathe some fresh, clear air away from the hustle and bustle of the centre and provides spectacular views all the way up, and especially at the very top. For additional insight into how the natural landmark was formed, visit the geological museum, Our Dynamic Earth, where kids can get involved in interactive demonstrations whilst being educated on the history of the planet.

Another must-see attraction in the city is, of course, Edinburgh Castle. The grand and splendid architectural and historical icon stands as a navigating beacon, from its elevated position above the rest of the city. The collection of buildings and rooms within the walls of the castle are a history lesson in themselves, as many were built and renovated in different centuries and act as a record of each of the passing residents. The oldest surviving building is St Margaret’s Chapel, originally constructed in the 12th century, but later used for storing gunpowder before eventually being restored back for its original purpose in the 19th century. Other features worthwhile visiting are the Crown Room, housing the Honours of Scotland Exhibition, David’s Tower and the onsite National War Museum.

Hotel near entertainment and shopping! – 3 star – Edinburgh

Experience a hotel near entertainment and shopping! Boasting a prime location, ideal for the business and entertainment districts in Edinburgh, this modern and stylish 3 star Top Secret Hotel is a fine choice to make a base for your upcoming trip to the capital. Whether you are visiting on business or leisure, you are bound to find everything you need here for a comfortable and relaxing stay. The wide range of convenient services includes air-conditioning, dry cleaning, onsite parking, WiFi and luggage room. Business travellers are more than welcome to make use of the conference rooms with audio-visual equipment, overhead projector and photocopying facilities during their stay. The property also has its own brasserie restaurant that is perfect for casual dining and means you don’t have to leave the hotel for light food and drink. At the end of a busy day, there is no better place to come back to than your spacious guest room with comfortable bed, CD and DVD player, coffee and tea facilities and luxurious en-suite bathroom.

Throughout the calendar year Edinburgh plays host to many special events, festivities and celebrations so whatever time you’re planning to visit, there is bound to be something new and exciting to see, on top of all the regular tourist attractions. In December, the Christmas Market lights up the streets around Princes Street Gardens with charming stalls selling candy canes and baubles. A ride on the Ferris wheel is a must-do, and especially at twilight when the whole experience is made even more magical. Another activity bound to put you in the Christmas spirit is ice skating under the stars and around the fairy-lit trees.

If you’re in town in the summer instead, you’ll be able to be a part of the magic of the Festival. The Fringe Festival is a huge part of Edinburgh’s identity and takes over the city every year in the form of wildly creative performances, shows and sketches from every walk of life. You can easily spend an entire day being entertained by the countless productions, only stopping for some lunch and a few beers! At the very end of the Festival, there is a huge firework display to round off the whole event in style. Join the other 250,000 spectators and be mesmerized by the spectacle of light and sound provided for by the stunning Scottish Chamber Orchestra, which can be seen and heard from anywhere in the city – popular spots include Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill and Princes Street. Enjoy!

Comfort & quality in Scotland’s capital city – 4 star – Edinburgh

Experience comfort & quality in Scotland’s capital city! Located right in the very heart of Scotland’s capital, this elegant and welcoming 4 star Top Secret Hotel is a fine choice for your upcoming stay in the city. From the moment you walk through the lobby doors, you will feel right at home, thanks to the friendly and accommodating staff and the warming atmosphere. Every detail is given great attention to ensure your utmost comfort throughout your stay, from the children-friendly menu at the restaurant to the thorough daily housekeeping service. Business and leisure travellers alike will find all the necessary amenities for a successful and relaxing stay, such as readily available conference rooms with audio and visual equipment, as well as a play station and babysitting service for families, and WiFi and air conditioning throughout. The hotel boasts its own destination restaurant with sophisticated and inviting surroundings, which serves up both local Scottish delicacies and European favourites. The lobby bar is the ideal place to unwind with friends, colleagues or loved ones at the end of a busy day; in an intimate environment with comfy armchairs and an exquisite cocktail and wine menu.

Edinburgh offers so many opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in local culture and customs, and one of the most popular is, unsurprisingly, the Scotch Whisky Experience. The tour will take you through the history of the beloved national drink with a number of exciting activities, such as a barrel-ride, plus of course plenty of drinking! For the already connoisseurs of Scotch whisky, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society offers members the chance to sample rare blends and malts alongside delicious and traditional dishes in an exclusive environment. Other top destinations to sample and purchase a vast variety of whiskies around the city are Bennets, Canny Man’s, Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop and Royal Mile Whiskies.

In the heart of the Old Town, a once ancient theatre now houses the innovative and one-of-a-kind Scottish Storytelling Centre. The former Netherbow Theatre was refurbished spectacularly by a bold architects practise to create this exciting hub for storytelling. Scotland has a long history with the craft of storytelling so the centre feels right at home in the capital, where regular events are held aimed at all ages and often presenting opportunities for both hearing and telling stories. Make sure to check the listings when you’re in town to enjoy a charming, family-fun day out. The building adjacent, John Knox House, was also subject to the inventive architectural renovation and is well worth a visit.

Chic hotel with views of Edinburgh castle – 4 star – Edinburgh

Idyllically set in the heart of Edinburgh’s charming Old Town with its cobblestone streets and pavement cafés, this stylish and contemporary 4 star Top Secret Hotel is our top pick for business and leisure travellers alike, looking for a comfortable and relaxing stay. The prime central location means that getting to all the main places of interest, restaurants, shops and bars is quick and straightforward and there are nearby transport links to whisk you to any corner of the city you desire. The hotel itself is beautifully decorated and together with the friendly staff, the atmosphere is made warm and welcoming for guests to feel contented and relaxed. There is an extensive list of convenient facilities provided for guests during their stay, including air-conditioning, luggage room, concierge, high-speed internet, dry cleaning and a PC for guests in the reception. The guest rooms are decorated to a stylish and elegant style and provide the perfect haven to return to at the end of a busy day seeing the sights or attending business meetings. As well as useful facilities such as a kettle, safe, television and telephone,  this chic hotel with views of Edinburgh castle is guaranteed to make your stay truly memorable! The property also has its very own modern restaurant and bar, where you can enjoy great food and drink in a stylish setting.

There is plenty to do and see in the capital in terms of adventure, sports and activities, but if you prefer to spend your days unwinding and being pampered there are a number of spas and salons for true indulgence. One of the finest in the city is One Spa at the Sheraton Hotel, where you can swim in the open air on the rooftop pool and admire the stunning skyline, which is especially enchanting at night. The pool features state-of-the-art body jets that shoot out mineral-rich water for the well-being of your skin and body and to relax the mind – pure bliss!

For a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, take your loved ones to the Palm Court at the prestigious Balmoral Hotel. Here, the afternoon tea is legendary and brings visitors from all over the country who wish to experience the charming tradition for themselves. Expect darling chocolate scones with velvety clotted cream, the finest champagne and delightful sandwiches with a variety of fillings, all set against an opulent and grand background. An experience you’ll cherish for a lifetime!