Best Budget Accommodation Picks

Best Budget Accommodation Picks

From hostels to hotels, we’ve got it all covered.


If you’re heading to Scotland’s capital city for the Edinburgh Festival, to check out the Edinburgh Castle or you just want to climb the famous Arthur’s Seat you’ll need some top Edinburgh accommodation to lay your head when you’re done. has some great hostels dotted around the city, just check out our top 5 for starters…

Best for… the young, free and single
St Christopher’s Inn – Edinburgh is great for a younger crowd, or anyone who likes to think they’re young. There’s a Belushi’s Bar on-site meaning the hostel is especially good for solo travellers who’ll find it easy to meet people in such relaxed surroundings. They have live music, DJs, karaoke, theme nights and sports screens. St Christopher’s Inn is close to the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, St. Giles Cathedral and the Edinburgh Zoo. And if you are heading to Edinburgh for the festival, this hostel is right in the centre of all the action.
Dorms from £11.50pppn

Best for… cheap and cheerful
Right in the centre of the city you’ll find the Edinburgh Nights Hostel. It’s just 10 minutes from the bus station, and 2 minutes from the train station. Princes Street, the Edinburgh Castle and a delicious range of cafes, bars, clubs, restaurants and delis are just a stone’s throw away. Wi-fi is free, they have 4-10-bed dorms available, free breakfast and free towel hire for all. A great choice if you’re looking for a bargain.
Dorms from £8pppn

Best for… families
The Smart City Hostels Edinburgh is the perfect choice for families. Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town it’s surrounded by cafes and shops and the Edinburgh Castle is in sight. It’s just 5 minutes from Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street, Grassmarket, Holyrood Palace and Waverley Station. You’ll find an all-day café on site, rooms for 1-12 people and family rooms with TVs are available.
Ensuite dorms start at £12 and private, en-suite, 4-bed B&B rooms starts at £18

Best for… rest and relaxation
For a relaxing retreat away from the city’s craziness you should stay at Argyle Backpackers. The hostel has a homely and chilled atmosphere just a 10-minute walk from the city centre, but in Edinburgh’s beautiful East Meadow Park. It’s also close to Edinburgh University campus and Napier University too. There’s a kitchen, a log-fire in the living room, a conservatory and a sunny garden. Argyle Backpackers has 3-bed privates and 4-8-bed dorms.
Dorms start at £13pppn and privates at £20pppn

Best for… groups
If you’re planning on travelling to Edinburgh with every Tom, Dick and Harry you can muster up, the Westend Hotel caters well for large groups. Stay in one of their stylish rooms for 2-18 people in the traditional building and you’ll be just a 10-minute walk from Princes Street There’s also a bar on-site which has live music and two big screens.
Dorms start at £8pppn and privates at £20pppn

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