Top 8 hotels in Edinburgh for your budget city break

By John Pilkington,

If you’re searching for budget accommodation in Edinburgh, then look no further. The Scottish capital has long been a popular destination for tourists – especially backpackers and budget travellers – ensuring the city has no shortage of hotels for travellers seeking a bargain.

Here we bring you 8 of the best low-cost hotels in Edinburgh – perfect for your low-cost city break.

And if you’re looking for things to do in Edinburgh that won’t break the bank, check out five things you can do in the city for just a fiver.

C0DE Hostel


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Hidden away in the heart of the city, C0DE Hostel is chic urban retreat offering the best in modern comforts. Doing away with creaking bunk beds, guests at C0DE sleep in sleek cosy pods complete with their own reading light, privacy curtain and USB charger. All dorms in this boutique youth hostel come with en-suite shower rooms for maximum comfort, while communal areas are well-furnished and brightly decorated.

And as for the cherry on top? The hostel’s city centre location offers views over the city’s famous Georgian rooftops from the private roof terrace.

Brooks Edinburgh


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If you’re looking for a hotel that’s easy on the eye, Brooks Edinburgh is the one for you. Located in a lovingly restored historic terrace, this boutique bed & breakfast offers a range of rooms complete with delicately preserved period features: from Victorian crackle-glaze bathroom tiles to furniture found in local antique shops. But don’t worry – free WiFi and flat-screen TVs are included to give the hotel a fresh feel.

Looking for a decent full Scottish breakfast to start your day? Brooks serves up a great one.

Apex Haymarket


Apex Haymarket - budget hotels in Edinburgh

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Found in the trendy suburb of Haymarket to the west of the city centre, Apex Haymarket is a comfortable option for your city break in Edinburgh. The hotel offers a variety of different rooms, which are all stylishly furnished with modern amenities. You’ll find several bars and restaurants on your doorstep, but if you want to go further afield for the evening, the hotel is well-connected by train and tram to the city centre.

Smart City Hostel Edinburgh


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Located just off the famous Royal Mile, Smart City Hostels Edinburgh is Scotland’s first purpose-built 5-star hostel. Catering for a range of guests, the hostel offers a variety of rooms, including traditional mixed dorms, private twins and triples and single-sex dorms. But that’s not all – onsite, Bar 50 also serves up food and drinks throughout the day and there is even a dedicated Groups Manager on-hand to help organise trips and large bookings.

Dakota Forth Bridge


Budget accommodation Edinburgh Airport - Dakota Forth Bridge

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Showcasing innovative style and luxurious interiors, Dakota Forth Bridge is a stylish new hotel just minutes from Edinburgh Airport. Guest rooms are fitted out with comfortable furnishings, including deep, king-size beds, crisp cotton sheets and choice pieces of modern art. Away from the rooms, the hotel’s bar and grill serves up a variety of classic cocktails and martinis, as well as tasty dishes using the finest local ingredients.

Coming from the airport? Dakota Forth Bridge offers a complimentary transfer service.

Holiday Inn Edinburgh – City West


Holiday Inn - budget accommodation in Edinburgh

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If you’re looking for simple, inexpensive accommodation, look no further than Holiday Inn City West. The hotel is situated on Queensferry Road, just a short bus journey from the iconic Princes Street and within easy reach of Murrayfield Stadium and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Guestrooms are spacious and comfortable, with views of either Edinburgh city or the beautiful Pentland Hills.

Travelling with kids? Children stay and eat free at Holiday Inn City West – making it a great choice for families.

The White Lady


The White Lady budget hotel, Edinburgh

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A low-key, no-frills hotel attached to a friendly and bustling Wetherspoons pub, The White Lady is perfect for those looking for a lively weekend in the Scottish capital. The 30 guest rooms are stylishly decorated with bold colours and plush furnishings and fitted with modern conveniences. Situated on one of the main routes into the centre, the hotel is a short journey to the city’s main attractions, with Edinburgh zoo just a 10-minute walk away.

Driving up to Edinburgh? The White Lady offers free on-site parking.

Tune Haymarket


Tune Haymarket - budget accommodation in Edinburgh

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Offering simple and stylish accommodation, Tune Haymarket is one of the best budget hotels in Edinburgh. Located directly opposite the Haymarket train station, the hotel offers great links to the city and Edinburgh airport, while the on-site restaurant and bar Platform 5 serves up great dishes, including the all-important Scottish Breakfast. Rooms are well decorated, with signature splashes of vibrant red and deep beds for a great nights’ sleep.

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