Hotels in Edinburgh

Hotels in Edinburgh are an eclectic mix of classic and cutting-edge. You will find no shortage of hotels with tartan lined lobbies, soaps made with Scottish heather, and an abundance of scones and crumpets at breakfast, some of the best hotels in Edinburgh would not be out of place in the trendiest neighborhoods of Milan or Copenhagen. Case in point the Hotel Missoni, a stunning, contemporary addition to the Edinburgh hotels scene which is, perhaps surprisingly, on the Royal Mile in the heart of the city's Old Town.

The 33-room Tigerlily is another contemporary option, on Georges Street, one of the prime high-end shopping streets of the New Town. The Sheraton Grand, on Festival Square, is a big-brand's largely successful attempt to play it cool. Ask for a room with a view of Edinburgh Castle.

If you'd rather keep it old school, the Balmoral Hotel opened in 1902 as one of the Britain's great railway hotels. While the hotel is now part of the Rocco Forte group, the doormen are still in kilts while the Queen Mother often dropped in for lunch on her visits to Scotland.

Three miles southeast of Edinburgh, the 13th-century castle is ideal for history buffs: 15 of the 36 rooms are named after famous guests, such as Edward I and Oliver Cromwell.

Former Edwardian railroad hotel with a landmark clock tower and modern interiors in the heart of Edinburgh, adjacent to Waverly Station. Around holiday time, the fireplaces are constantly lit at this cozy baronial property.

The colorful Rosita Missoni brings a wild palette (fuchsia and turquoise walls; patterned bed throws) to the Royal Mile.

Rising dramatically over North Bridge, the turreted sandstone façade of the Scotsman Hotel was originally built in 1905 to house the baronial offices of the Scotsman newspaper.

This small, 20-room hotel was built by the Grieg brothers of Inverkeithing in 1873. The hotel is located 40 miles outside of Glasgow and offers easy access to local attractions such as the Aberdour Castle and the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

Formerly NumberTen Hotel

Built around the neo-Gothic façade of a 19th-century church, the Glasshouse Hotel contrasts old stone with contemporary, metal-framed glass walls.

Part of the Wolsey Lodges, a group of luxurious B&B's. This affordable property is a Georgian home tucked away on a private hill near the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

1903 center-city hotel built on top of a 19th-century red-sandstone railway station, a 10-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle. The opulent hotel is an excellent bet for holiday-time tourists.