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Edinburgh Castle stands magnificently in the very centre of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city. I have no doubt you'll be amazed by the castle's impressive ramparts and the dramatic rock the castle sits on. As soon as you arrive by train, car, bus or bike you can't be anything but amazed at Edinburgh castle's splendour, and all the fab Edinburgh hotels near castle.
Anyway, before I get too carried away, let's take a look at some of the brilliant, but cheap, hotels that are on offer to visitors and that are very near Edinburgh castle, giving you easy access and wonderful views.
But please bear in mind, if none of these great hotels don't quite tickle your fancy then there are loads more great hostels, guest houses, B&Bs and services apartments within a short hop from Edinburgh Castle's impressive ramparts - just do a quick search today using the box below.
Edinburgh Hotels Near Castle
- G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh - this newly branded hotel sits proudly on Edinburgh's gorgeous and historic Royal Mile, in fact, this 5-star beauty of a hotel resides on the corner of the Royal Mile and George VI Bridge so guests enjoy one of the most central locations in the city. Enough about location, inside, the hotel is a rich and enticing blend of rich colours and deep textiles. If you're looking for a truly unique and sumptuous stay in Edinburgh then head to the G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh in 2015.
- Premier Inn Edinburgh City Centre Princes Street - Premier Inns are the UK's best loved chain of budget hotels. By staying here you're guaranteed a great level of service, and room facilities. Not only do you get this great quality standard but you also get to stay in a hotel with views of Edinburgh castle itself. Looking for a safe bet? Then take a look at this hotel of all the Edinburgh hotels near castle.
- Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh - The Balmoral is the iconic hotel in Edinburgh. Wherever you walk around the city centre you can't fail to miss this magnificent hotel that sits right next to Waverley train station, Edinburgh's main transport hub. For 5-star elegance book a stay here. Alternatively, if you just want to have a quick taste of the good life then book a afternoon tea.
- Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa - this magnificent hotel sits at the foot of Edinburgh castle and boasts a newly refurbished look, with an award-winning spa and a restaurant offering a superb French bistro-style menu. For a special treat, book the chef's table in the middle of the hotel's kitchen, and be looked after directly by the head chef. This is definitely one of my favourite Edinburgh hotels near castle rock.
- The Scotsman - this baronial styled hotel was once the headquarters of The Scotsman newspaper. As soon as you step in to this 5-star hotel you'll experience the elegance and ambiance of a golden age of Edinburgh. The Scotsman also offers an impressive pool and spa for those looking for a relaxing time away from the hustel and bustle of Edinburgh's city centre just outside.
- Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh - this impressive hotel is popular with international travellers looking for the globally renowned standards maintained by the Radisson brand. The Rad Blu is located on The Royal Mile and is only a short walk from the city's main train station, Edinburgh Waverely. Inside the rooms are stylish and minimalist in design, but with loads of extras for guests to enjoy. The hotel offers an impressive swimming pool and gym, ideal for those looking to unwind, or exercise, in style during their stay in Edinburgh.
- Apex City Hotel - this 4-Star hotel keeps winning awards for its stylish design and impressive service. Located right on Edinburgh's Grassmarket, from here you can enjoy dinning in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Prices are always very competitive here at the Apex City Hotel, and one of the most popular Edinburgh hotels near castle terrace .
I hope these suggestions help you make the best decision from all the Edinburgh hotels near castle in 2015.
September is a great time to visit Edinburgh - the city is a little quieter after the craziness of the International Festival, Festival Fringe and all the other events going on in August.
However, there's still loads going on in the city and plenty to see. One of my favourite events of the year is the Door Open Days is in September, where visitors can take a look around buildings and sites they wouldn't normally be allowed into.
To assist those planning a weekend in Edinburgh during September 2015, I have put together a few recommendations of hotel, apartment and B&B deals to check out. Click on the name of a hotel to search for the lowest available rates online.
- Culane House Hotel (3-Star) family-run hotel offering fantastic service. Close to all the fun and food of Leith.
- Holiday Inn Edinburgh City - West (3-Star) great rates for family rooms and only a short bus journey into the centre of the city.
- A-Haven Townhouse Hotel (3-Star) delightful small hotel on Ferry Road, just north of the city centre. Free parking and free breakfast.
If you have started looking for hotel deals in Edinburgh for August 2015 it may feel like they have all gone, but don't fret, there are some great value-for-money offers still out there.
Tip: Don't insist on staying in the city centre. Edinburgh has a great bus service that will get you around town quickly. And don't forget the train network - staying at a hotel near a train station will mean you can be at Edinburgh Waverley (in the heart of the city within minutes). Hotels are generally cheaper the further away from the city centre.
At other times of the year Edinburgh is cheaper midweek than at weekends, however, in August there's little price difference whichever day of the week you stay.
Looking at the hotel deals currently available for August, I'd suggest those on a budget take a look at some of these fine hotels and guest houses;
- Capital Guest House Edinburgh - 3-Star Guest House, friendly and homely.
- Best Western Braid Hills Hotel - 3-Star Hotel, a comfy family hotel with great views across the city. Lovely restaurant and bar too. Free parking.
- Novotel Hotel Edinburgh Park - 4-Star Hotel with swimming pool, restaurant, bar and free-parking a few moments from Edinburgh Park train station.
- Fraoch House - 4-Star guest house with excellent reviews. You may recognise it from the hit Channel 4 show Four In A Bed. Certainly walkable into the centre, or just get the bus.
When you come to visit us in Edinburgh you'll be amazed by the large number of gift shops offering a wide-range of Scottish goods.
However, you'll soon find that most of the standard gift shops sell the same familiar and rather predictable products. For those looking for a truly original and eye-catching gift for a friend or loved one, the search can soon become frustrating.
But help is at hand...
To help you find something that's affordable, easy-to-take-home, and unique, I've put together 5 Edinburgh Gift Ideas For Visitors.
- If your friend or family member is a fan of rugby then try and head along to First XV, the city's popular rugby shop. The shop can be found at 6/8 Haymarket Terrace (EH12 5JZ - 0131 337 4746) and offers up loads of original and official rugby kit from the national and district teams. Rugby is Edinburgh's most popular sport and at this store you'll find great clothing and accessory ideas that your friends back home will actually be delighted to receive and use over again.
- Do you have a friend who has everything? Then get them something quirky and unique that they certainly won't have, yet. How about an Edinburgh Paper Lantern from the Present Boutique at 18 St Mary's Street (EH1 1SU - 0131 556 5050)? The creative bunch behind this store revel in finding elegant and striking gifts for shoppers looking for something very different. Here's you're bound to something very interesting that will fit safely into your hand luggage.
- It's purely academic. If you're looking for an impressive gift that people will actually proudly use then head along to the University of Edinburgh's very own shop (6 Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AL). Here you'll find an array of clothing, stationery, jewellery, books and loads more, all emblazoned with the proud crest of our city's oldest University. Take home a stylish and affordable Edinburgh gift.
- Edinburgh is a haven for artists from around the world, and has been for centuries. Millions of people come to Edinburgh to enjoy the many galleries and art festivals. So why not take a piece of local art home with you? A great place to start delving is at The Red Door Gallery in the Old Town (42 Victoria Street, EH1 2JW - 0131 477 3255), here you'll find a wide array of affordable art, with screen, giclee and digital art prints among the many gorgeous items on offer. And, by the way, Victoria Street is one of the prettiest streets in Edinburgh and worth visiting in its own right - plus there are loads more cool gift shops available in the area if art is not the thing you buy.
- If you're looking for a traditional Scottish gift but with a twist then take a look at the stunning items that are available at 21st Century Kilts. Whereas the gift shops on the Royal Mile may offer kilt tea towels, you'll only find the most stylish of Highlandwear at the store on 48 Thistle Street (EH2 1EN). These bespoke kilts are the choice of film stars and rock musicians who want only the finest in attire.
I hope you find my list of Edinburgh Gift Ideas useful and inspiring. Have a great time here in Edinburgh and have a very safe journey home.