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The Old Town is a beautiful medieval district with a labyrinth of cobbled streets, whilst the neo-classical New Town houses 18th century Georgian buildings many of which are now hotels.
Our top Edinburgh hotels for 2018 are divided by area:
New Town home of the so-called 'Pink Triangle'- the city's gay nightlife
hotels in this historic area that are within easy reach of the gay nightlife
two of New Town's most famous streets, renowned for boutique shops & hotels
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Located just off Princes Street in Edinburgh’s New Town, the area where Leith Walk and Broughton Street intersect is known as the ‘Pink Triangle’. The city’s main gay bars and clubs can be found here.
7.45 Very Good
based on 1847 reviews
Why this hotel? Near the gay scene. Popular choice. Very central. Free WiFi.
Located next to the Pink Triangle area, the Ballantrae Albany hotel is just a few minutes’ walk to the lively Princes Street, the Waverley train station, many of the best restaurants and shops on George Street ss well as gay sauna Steamworks.
Housed in 4 connecting townhouses, guest rooms feature beautiful interiors, en suite bathroom, free WiFi, tea & coffee-making facilities, luxury towels and toiletries. The Ballantrae’s central location makes it a popular choice with gay travellers.
based on 8630 reviews
Why this hotel? Central location. Excellent location. Near the gay bars. Free WiFi.
Contemporary-styled hotel in convenient location, near the Pink Triangle gay village, the famous Princes Street and Waverley train station.
The stylish guest rooms feature large flat screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, large walk-in showers, Elemis toiletries and free WiFi. Guests can use the hotel’s indoor heated swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room.
The hotel’s Ellliot’s restaurant serves some pretty good modern Scottish dishes, and the funky lounge bar is a great pre-clubbing hangout.
Why this hotel? Walk to gay bars. Great value. Popular choice. Free WiFi.
Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s gay district, the affordable Holiday Inn Express is a few steps from the popular CC Blooms bar & club, Steamworks sauna, and a few minutes’ walk from Princes Street.
Guest rooms feature free WiFi, en suite bathroom, cable TV and tea & coffee-making facilities. A great base to explore the Edinburgh’s attractions, nightlife and gay scene.
7.71 Very Good
based on 474 reviews
Why this hotel? Near the gay scene. Great for shopping & sightseeing. Free WiFi.
The historic Ballantrae Hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh, just a couple of minutes’ walk to Princes Street, Waverley train station. Great locationightlife and gay scene – Steamworks sauna in 5 minutes away.
The spacious, en suite guest rooms feature free WiFi, TV and tea & coffee-making facilities. The hotel has a 24-hour reception and an onsite bar. A Continental breakfast is served every morning. Excellent value for money.
based on 2116 reviews
Why this hotel? Great pool & gym. Excellent view. Great value for money. Free WiFi.
The great-value Crowne Plaza Edinburgh is located in a terrace of Georgian townhouse on a quiet street, just a short walk from Princes St, The Royal Mile and the gay bars in New Town.
This excellent Scottish hotel blends traditional charm with contemporary luxury. Many guest rooms have fabulous views of The First of Forth or a private garden. We like the hotel’s swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym.
Why this hotel? Luxury option. Great location. Close to gay scene. Free WiFi.
Contemporary luxury hotel, set behind the 150-year-old façade of Lady Glenorchy Church in the heart of the ‘Pink Triangle’ Gay Village, a few steps from the popular CC Blooms gay bar.
The rooms at this award-winning hotel have floor-to-ceiling windows, flat screen TV’s and free WiFi. Some rooms include a balcony with wonderful garden or city rooftop views.
The Glasshouse is ideally located for the gay nightlife and just a 10-minute walk from the famous shopping area around Princes Street – a gateway to most of Edinburgh’s historic landmarks.
The stunning Old Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to some of Edinburgh’s most famous sights, including the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Parliament Building.
Our recommendations in this area are in the area closest to Waverley Railway Station, and so with easy reach of the gay nightlife in the New Town.
based on 2360 reviews
Why this hotel? Excellent location. Great facilities. Value for money. Free WiFi.
Excellent 4-star hotel overlooking the Royal Mile. The Carlton is located next to Waverley train station, a 5-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street shopping, and within 10 minutes to the Pink Triangle gay nightlife.
Each large guest room has free WiFi, satellite TV, work desk and private bathroom.
We particularly like the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and a very nice spa which features a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and massage service. The hotel has its own restaurant and bar, although many dining options nearby. Popular choice on Travel Gay Europe.
7.51 Very Good
based on 9700 reviews
Why this hotel? Excellent Location. Close to major sights. Value for money. Free WiFi.
Jurys Inn Edinburgh enjoys a great location near the famous Royal Mile, just short walk from Waverley train station, which makes all the major sights in both Edinburgh’s Old and New Town very accessible by foot, along with the gay nightlife.
Guest rooms feature large, comfortable beds, free WiFi and free toiletries. Good value for money.
based on 2994 reviews
Why this hotel? New budget option. Great location. Close to restaurants, shops, gay bars. Free WiFi.
New on our list of recommended hotels in Edinburgh. The ibis St Andrew Square is located in the heart of Edinburgh, close to City Art Center and popular shops, dining options and attractions.
Each bright, modern guest room features a flat screen TV, air conditioning, private bathroom, free WiFi. There’s a hip restaurant and bar onsite serving great coffee and food. Staff provide excellent service.
Princes Street is Edinburgh’s main shopping street. There are hardly any buildings on the south side of the street, allowing stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and Old Town.
On the north side and running parallel to Princes Street is George Street is home to many luxury brands, stylish boutique shops.
based on 2419 reviews
Why this hotel? Classic Scottish. Great for shopping & gay scene. Free WiFi.
A classic example of a great Scottish hotel. Originally built in 1775 as townhouses, the building was converted into a hotel in 1881 and has been remodelled several times over the past hundred years.
A £20 million renovation has seen The Principal transformed into a modern hotel that successfully blends modern styling with the building’s heritage. Each stylish guest room features modern en suite bathroom and the latest technology including flat screen TV and WiFi.
Location-wise, The Principal is just a few minutes’ walk from Princes Street as well as being ideally located for Edinburgh’s gay nightlife.
Why this hotel? Scottish icon. Central location. Luxury choice.
Known locally as “The Caley”, this luxury hotel in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre completed a £24 million refurbishment to bring this Scottish landmark back to its former glory.
The Caledonian offers classic luxury guest rooms, each featuring marble bathrooms, flat screen TV’s and WiFi. Some rooms offer excellent views of Edinburgh Castle. The hotel is home to an award-winning spa with indoor pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gym.
Located just a few steps from Princes Street, the hotel is ideally placed for exploring the city, and just a few minutes by taxi to gay bars in the “Pink Triangle”.
based on 1512 reviews
Why this hotel? Near the gay nightlife. Stylish rooms. Fabulous bar. Free WiFi.
One of the coolest hotels in Edinburgh. Le Monde features uniquely styled rooms, a few with colour schemes that may have you reaching for sunglasses.
Stylish guest rooms feature flat screen TV’s, super king-sized beds and stunning bathrooms with rainfall showers – big enough for two. Hotel guests have access to two of Edinburgh’s most trendsetting bars and the Shanghai Club – one of the city’s most exclusive (straight) late-night venues.
Location-wise, Le Monde is less than a 10-minute walk from most of the gay bars and clubs and even closer to Princes Street.
based on 792 reviews
Why this hotel? Central location. Stylish design. Walk to gay bars. Free WiFi.
Awarded one of the ’25 Coolest Hotels in the World’ by Condé Nast Traveller. The stylish Rabble (formerly “Rick’s”) enjoys a great location in the Edinburgh’s New Town, a short walk from the Gay Village, shopping areas and major sights.
With only ten rooms, it can be difficult to get a reservation during peak season. If you do, then you can expect elegant walnut headboards, angora and lambs wool blankets on the bed and custom-designed furniture. Excellent service and staff.
based on 2154 reviews
Why this hotel? Boutique choice. Excellent dining. Close to the Gay Village Free WiFi.
Stylish boutique hotel on the famous George Street near Charlotte Square. Tigerlily is home to an award-winning restaurant and fabulous bar – a great place to warm up for a night out.
Tigerlily offers uniquely styled rooms with comfortable king-sized beds, duck down quilts, free WiFi, power showers and the latest in-room entertainment.
Location-wise, the hotel is within easy reach of Edinburgh’s major tourist attractions and gay nightlife.