Top 8 hotels in Edinburgh for your budget city break

By John Pilkington,

If you’re searching for budget hotels in Edinburgh, then look no further. The Scottish capital has long been a popular city break destination for all travellers, from backpackers to young couples, which means that the city has an affordable hotel to suit every taste.

Whether you’re looking for that bargain boutique, a cheap chain or homely hostel, you can find your ideal budget Edinburgh hotel here: perfect for your low-cost city break.

Budget hotels in Edinburgh

Brooks Edinburgh

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If you’re looking for a budget 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.

 Dakota Edinburgh

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.

Haymarket Hub Hotel

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Offering simple and stylish accommodation, Haymarket Hub Hotel 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.

Affordable chain hotels in Edinburgh

Apex Haymarket

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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 budget 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.

Holiday Inn Edinburgh – City West

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If you’re looking for simple, affordable 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.

Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge

If you’re looking for great-value central accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh, then check out Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge. Located just off the Royal Mile, this chic hotel is close to all the main sights of the Scottish capital. But with modern, minimalist interiors, this hotel won’t just be somewhere you’ll want to stay to save the pennies: hang out in the stylish bar or enjoy an evening drink on the patio under atmospheric fairy lights.

Budget hostels in Edinburgh

Code 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 budget boutique 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.

 The Baxter

Conveniently located close to Edinburgh Waverley, the Baxter is a hostel designed with travellers’ comfort in mind. Despite being a hostel, the Baxter has more of a feel of a boutique hotel, with its stripped back interiors mirroring the historic architecture of Edinburgh – think exposed brickwork, art deco bathroom tiling and comfortable kitchens that echo a rustic farmhouse.