10 Luxury Hotels In Edinburgh 

The beautiful city of Edinburgh stands on seven hills on the southern banks of the Firth of Forth and is the capital of Scotland. The city has two distinct parts; the medieval Old Town and the Georgian ‘New Town’ and both of them are nestling below the city’s iconic castle. With its colourful history, rich history and distinctive character, Edinburgh is a delightful place to visit in Scotland. Whatever your plans for a visit to Edinburgh, you’ll want to stay in one of the many luxury hotels in Edinburgh. We have scouted the city and bring you top 10 hotels in Edinburgh. 


1The Balmoral

luxury hotels in edinburgh The Balmoral

The Balmoral

Edinburgh’s most famous hotel is a landmark in the city, a magnificent Edwardian Gothic building nestled at the end of Edinburgh’s Princes Street with the iconic clock tower overlooking Edinburgh Waverley, permanently set three minutes fast to help travellers catch their trains on time. Renowned as the luxury hotel where J. K. Rowling concluded the magical Harry Potter series, The Balmoral Edinburgh has a cult following of fans who would give anything to stay in the hotel’s elegant J. K. Rowling Suite.

As one of the best hotels in Edinburgh, the hotel’s reputation precedes the author’s previous residence however, having been an institution in Edinburgh since the early 1900’s. The hotel boasts grand and comfortable accommodation with incredible views of Edinburgh Castle, contemporary decor and historic features. In addition, The Balmoral Edinburgh’s 4AA Rosette restaurant Number One features exquisite menus and the stunning glass-domed Palm Court serves award-winning afternoon tea.


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2Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

hotels in edinburgh Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh

One of the most celebrated luxury hotels in Edinburgh that has called Princes Street home for over a century, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian is a former rail station that retains its beautiful Victorian elements. This grand 5-star hotel in Edinburgh boasts some of the best views of Edinburgh Castle with numerous deluxe rooms and suites overlooking Princes Street Gardens and the Castle above.

The hotel offers an extensive variety of accommodation options with a room or suite to suit every want and need. The hotel also features three spectacular restaurants including Dean Banks at The Pompadour with a seven course tasting menu that is more of an experience for the senses and the Waldorf Astoria Spa, a tranquil oasis with an extensive treatment selection and indoor swimming pool taking in the view of Edinburgh Castle. 


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3Fingal – A Luxury Floating Hotel

Fingal edinburgh

Fingal hotels in edinburgh

Fingal Edinburgh is undoubtedly the most unique luxury hotel in the Scottish capital. Anchored on Edinburgh’s vibrant waterfront, Fingal Edinburgh is the ultimate floating experience with the atmosphere of a superyacht, the facilities of the finest hotel and all the spirit of the sea. Offering a diverse collection of cabin options, Fingal Edinburgh takes luxury to a new level with elegant, modern accommodation within surprisingly spacious quarters. The Lighthouse Restaurant and Bar is a relaxed space and welcoming environment serving delectable meals for breakfast, dinner and afternoon tea. Aside from glamorous accommodation and delicious dining, the star attraction of Fingal is the deck, the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail, admire the waterfront and gaze at the stars twinkling above the ship.


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4Prestonfield Hotel

Prestonfield Hotel

The city’s most exclusive luxury hotel is nestled within one of Edinburgh’s finest historic houses. Nestled on a country estate just minutes from the city centre, Prestonfield Hotel sits within 20 acres of manicured gardens a short stroll from Arthur’s Seat. Built in 1687 as the grand baroque home of Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Prestonfield is now one of Scotland’s best luxury hotels. With the privacy and serenity of the hotel’s location, it is hard to believe you are staying just a stone’s throw from the buzzing heart of Edinburgh.

Each room is individually designed with a unique and distinctive decor showcasing intricate antique furniture and some of the most beautiful character features in Edinburgh. When it comes to dining, one of Scotland’s most celebrated Chefs, James Thomson, offers his most glamorous restaurant to date, Rhubarb. At home in Prestonfield Hotel, Rhubarb is an indulgent gourmet experience with a phenomenal menu of eclectic seasonal dishes of the finest Scottish produce bursting with exciting flavour.


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5Intercontinental Edinburgh The George

Positioned within the UNESCO World Heritage area of Edinburgh on the picturesque George Street, Intercontinental Edinburgh The George is one of the hotel highlights in Edinburgh’s New Town. A hotel with a literary legacy having welcomed the greats Sir Walter Scott and Robbie Burns, a breathtaking collection of historic townhouses make up this enchanting hotel, retaining the elegance and features of its Georgian origins.

The rooms and suites of Intercontinental Edinburgh The George feature luxurious decor and comfortable furnishings creating an elegant home away from home environment. The George Street hotel also offers two inviting restaurants to choose from with a perfect blend of stylish and comforting dishes across the menus.


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6The Glasshouse 

The Glasshouse  edinburgh

An iconic part of Edinburgh’s history, The Glasshouse Hotel was created within the walls of the 18th century Lady Glenorchy Church. When the 170-year-old Lady Glenorchy Church was converted into The Glasshouse Hotel in 2003, Scotland exchanged one iconic piece of history for another. Showcasing some of the city’s most dramatic and scenic views, The Glasshouse is one of the leading luxury hotels in Edinburgh.

The chic, modern accommodation consists of an immaculate collection of rooms and suites, all with floor to ceiling windows and many featuring private balconies or direct access to the hotel’s rooftop terrace. The terrace offers extraordinary city views and a two-acre garden space surrounded by the hotel’s phenomenal bars and restaurants. The Brasserie boasts a revolving menu that changes with the seasons and the local Scottish produce available whilst The Snug is the ultimate cosy dining venue to enjoy an all-day menu or afternoon tea.


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7The Dunstane Houses

The Dunstane Houses

luxury hotels in edinburgh The Dunstane Houses

The family run The Dunstane Houses is one of the leading luxury hotels in Edinburgh. Set across two adjacent Victorian town houses with a total of 35 elegant rooms. The newly refurbished heritage buildings are quite unlike anywhere you’ve ever stayed before. The rooms feature a modern yet timeless design, characterful, evocative interiors, inspired by the neoclassical design of old-town Edinburgh, the Dunstane Houses’ rich history, and our own Orcadian roots.

The dining menus are extensive and eclectic with dishes to satisfy every taste bud whilst Ba’ Bar features one of the best collections of rare and vintage whiskey in Edinburgh. The size of this beautiful, boutique hotel creates a welcoming and intimate environment, the ideal place to enjoy a tranquil escape in Edinburgh. 


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8Cheval The Edinburgh Grand

hotels in edinburgh Cheval The Edinburgh Grand

Amongst the best hotels in Edinburgh, Cheval The Edinburgh Grand is in the city’s prime location, just a short walk from one of the Scottish capital’s most iconic landmarks, the imposing Scott Monument. Although technically they are luxury residences, they are well worth a mention, Whether you’re staying for just one night or for months at a time, Cheval The Edinburgh Grand is a great option.

Situated on St Andrew Square in the city’s New Town area, the Residence pays homage to its former life as an historic banking landmark, The National Bank of Scotland. The well-known building has been beautifully renovated to house 50 fully equipped rooms. Offering a range of rooms, from intelligently designed open-plan apartments to the three bedroom penthouse with stunning panoramic views of iconic Edinburgh landmark.


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9Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

Sheraton Grand Hotel Edinburgh

Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

Located in Edinburgh’s iconic Festival Square, the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa is a luxury hotel in Edinburgh overlooking the Edinburgh Castle. In fact, you can wake up to exceptional views of Edinburgh Castle from the Castle View Rooms and Suites (pictured). Many of the suites feature inspirational views of the castle. Located in the heart of the city, discover every nook and cranny of the Royal Mile and historic Old Town or shopping on Princes Street, George Street and Multrees Walk. The rooms feature contemporary Scottish materials that have been blended with beautiful furnishings to create a feeling of modern luxury.

As one of the leading luxury hotels in Edinburgh Sheraton Grand Hotel boasts the award-winning One Spa, renowned as one of the city’s best wellness centres featuring a rooftop hydropool, an infinity edge indoor swimming pool and extensive menu of healing, soothing and rejuvenating treatments. Whilst the spa is one of the highlights of the hotel, Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa is primarily a luxurious accommodation option with refined rooms, excellent amenities and exceptional comfort.


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10The Witchery by the Castle

hotels in edinburgh The Witchery by the Castle

The Witchery by the Castle

Edinburgh’s most magical and mysterious venue, The Witchery by the Castle is a restaurant with rooms of mystical luxury. Renowned Chef James Thomson’s leading Edinburgh restaurant, The Witchery is the city’s ultimate dining location with legendary food and atmospheric dining in a theatrical candlelit dining room or alternatively enjoyed in the Secret Garden.

The venue also boasts nine opulent suites with lavish decor and grand design for a feel of Gothic romance. The Witchery by the Castle is a captivating hotel and dining experience enjoyed by many including a diverse list of famous names such as Emma Thomson, John Cleese, Danni Minogue and members of Westlife.


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