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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!

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!

 

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!

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.

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!

 

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.

Luxury and centrally located hotel in Edinburgh – 5 star – Edinburgh

Indulge in true luxury and first-class service when you stay at this 5 star Top Secret Hotel, ‘Luxury and centrally located hotel in Edinburgh – 5 star – Edinburgh’, situated near to the city’s most famous street. The lavish property is guaranteed to make your trip to the capital a relaxing and unforgettable one, so whether you’re in town for business or leisure you’ll find all the home comforts you could ask for. The idyllic location on Princes Street means that all the major places of interest, restaurants, museums and shops are within easy walking distance and transport links to the rest of the city, plus out of the city are efficient and easy.

The hotel itself is gorgeous and stylishly decorated with beautifully decorated guest rooms and deluxe details. The spacious rooms enjoy facilities such as a trouser press, individual climate control, high-speed internet and complimentary toiletries and the perfect oasis to retire to at the end of a busy day. During your stay, make sure you make the most of the world-class leisure facilities such as the gym, indoor swimming pool and spa, to increase your relaxation even further.

Edinburgh contains a wealth of entertainment, attractions and cultural points of interest in the centre, so once you’ve visited everything you wanted to see there it’s nice to journey slightly more into the country or out to the coast for a breath of fresh air. Portobello beach is a nearby beach with a charming sense of nostalgia, full of traditional slot machines, bingo halls and ice cream stands. You can find excellent fish and chips here too and enjoy them on the sand as you look out over the waves.

Discover a whole city beneath the city in the Vaults under South Bridge and at Mary King’s Close, where tales of haunted happenings have been around for decades and still continue to entertain the locals. Tours take visitors around the underground world and explain the fascinating history of paranormal sightings and experiences told from other visitors to the sites. Enter if you dare!

Originally built for the Commonwealth games back in 1970, the Commonwealth Fitness Centre is a popular institution with the residents of Edinburgh, where visitors can keep fit and play their favourite sports in a stunning, recently-renovated building. If you’re feeling brave, take a leap and dive from the 10 metre-high board that’s bound to make anyone’s knees wobble!

Enjoy your stay in the marvellous city of Edinburgh!

Excellent deals at contemporary hotel – 3 star – Edinburgh

Save a huge deal on a room at this comfortable and modern 3 star Top Secret Hotel in Edinburgh’s city centre. The hotel is offering unbelievable value for money on their guest rooms and suites, without compromising on quality or comfort. The extensive list of services and amenities will guarantee that your upcoming trip to the Scottish capital is as relaxing and stress-free as possible, for instance room service and onsite laundry provisions mean that you do not have to search outside the hotel for these facilities. As well as this, there is also on-site parking available for your convenience and security, should you be travelling into the city in private transportation. Throughout the hotel in public areas and in the guest rooms there is air conditioning and complimentary WiFi, and each room also enjoys cable television and a private bathroom. The property’s own restaurant serves a delicious menu of local specialties and continental dishes, as well as a selection of tasty snacks and drinks. Snap up these excellent deals at a contemporary hotel today!

The location of the hotel means that getting to all the major tourist attractions, restaurants and shops is quick and straightforward. Some of the must-visits in the local area include the iconic Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Zoo, Princes Street and Palace of Holyrood. If you’ve seen all the sights you want to in the centre, head to the Royal Botanic Gardens for a breath of fresh air and a chance to stroll through perfectly executed flowerbeds and pristine lawns. Dating all the way back to the 17th century, this green spot in the city is a popular destination with families, couples and individuals, all year round. In the colder months, the hothouses are made even more attractive, acting as cosy havens and shelters from the elements. During the springtime, the exotic Chinese Hillside is a remarkable location to admire the largest collection of wild varieties outside of China, and the traditional T’ing pavilion is a calming retreat in which to collect your thoughts.

Get a real taste for the local cuisine at some of the well-established eateries dotted around the city. Scotland is known for its distinct delicacies and flavours, so there’s no better place to try the authentic stuff than in the capital. From haggis and venison to stovies and clooties, you’ll be able to decide for yourself which of the renowned specialties you prefer and which ones you’d prefer to leave in Scotland! Head to Haldnes for a rare fusion of French and Scottish cuisines, Dubh Prais for authentic, locally-sourced ingredients, or Stac Polly for traditional and hearty dishes.

Characterful property close to the airport – 4 star – Edinburgh

An ideal choice for business and leisure travellers alike, this characterful property close to the airport offers the perfect balance of a tranquil setting with convenient access to the city centre. Situated on the western side of the capital, close to the airport, this distinctive hotel is set in its own extensive grounds for the ultimate retreat and guaranteeing a peaceful and relaxing stay. Transport links into the centre are quick and straightforward so you can explore the many tourist attractions and other places of interest at your leisure.

If you’d prefer to stay around the hotel, there’s plenty to do onsite to keep you entertained for as long as you stay. As well as the stylish restaurant and bar, the superior leisure facilities are the perfect way to pamper yourself and get some well-deserved R&R time; spend the day at the tranquil Health Club and Spa with sauna, steam room and solarium or book some treatments at the beauty salon before a special occasion. Those that want to keep active during their trip can make use of the gym, indoor swimming pool and tennis courts, before relieving tension with a calming well-being massage. Each well-appointed guest room enjoys a living area, work desk, en-suite bathroom with bathrobe and coffee and tea facilities.

Continue your pampering outside of the hotel in Portobello, at the Turkish baths. These baths are some of the very few remaining originals from the Victorian times and are a beautiful setting for further relaxation and downtime. The stunning tiles in elaborate designs are authentic features to the baths and make the experience that extra bit special. Each of the various pools of water are meant to do something specific to the body to increase circulation and nourish the skin, from the laconium bath (hottest) to the icy plunge pool.

Get closer to nature and appreciate the trace of lush greenery amongst urban life at the Botanics, a public garden with rare plant species and exquisite flowerbeds. The gardens provide a haven away from the bustling centre and during the colder months, the glasshouses offer shelter from the harsh elements. Inside these cutting-edge 20th century greenhouses, the air is similar to that in the steamy tropics so you can experience a taste of the exotic right on your doorstep. One of the greenhouses dates back to 1834, known as the Victorian Palm House, and showcases elegant architectural design of the period.

Great location, stunning architecture, style hotel – 4 star – Edinburgh

Enjoy some first-class R&R time at this luxurious 4 star Top Secret Hotel, ‘Great location, stunning architecture, style hotel – 4 star – Edinburgh’, in the heart of Edinburgh. Whether you’re travelling with friends, family or loved ones, this deluxe property guarantees that your stay in the capital will be relaxing, enjoyable and memorable so that you can go home well-rested and with plenty of new memoirs to cherish for a lifetime. Set on the city’s most famous and exclusive street, Prince’s Street, this hotel boasts convenient proximity to all the main tourist attractions, fine-dining establishments and the many shops and boutiques in the area. The building that houses the hotel is a striking piece of modern architecture that perfectly complements the modern and stylish interior for a comfortable and warming effect. The staff at the 24-hour reception are particularly helpful and friendly, and are always more than happy to offer recommendations and provide you with all the home comforts you should need during your stay. Before retiring to your well-appointed guest room or suite at the end of the day, be sure to make use of the hotel’s leisure facilities such as the DVD library, spa with indoor pool, steam room and sauna, or head to the lobby bar for a glass of your favourite wine, or locally brewed whisky!

There are a huge number of specialist museums and associated shops around Edinburgh where you can find a whole host of local goods and souvenirs. What better place than in the Scottish capital to pick up your very own kilt, made from the traditional tartan fabric that’s become synonymous with the country? At the Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Co. you can observe and learn about the craft of producing a kilt and the long history behind the garment. The working mill produces hundreds of them a day, and can create bespoke versions to fit your family clan – the perfect original gift! There are also ice-cream parlours and coffee shops on the site so you can make a full day of it!

Fine-dining is something Edinburgh does particularly well, and with a total of four Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice! The award-winning restaurant at the Balmoral Hotel, Number One, is known for its decadent menu of innovative and modern European cuisine, whilst the setting is perfect for a special or romantic occasion. For French dishes with a twist, grab a table at Kitchin, where each ingredient is carefully sourced and expertly prepared with ravishing results. Vegetarians shouldn’t miss a trip to Martin Wishart restaurant where they will be very well catered for with spectacular modern European dishes and warm and efficient hospitality.

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!