1. Royal Mile
This is the heart of Edinburgh and very convenient location as most of the attractions are at a walking distance & central train station – Waverly is located on the parallel road. There are both premier & budget hotels to choose from. You can also find lots of B&B and hostels on this most happening street.
2. Quarter Mile
This is an excellent location as you can still stay close to the center avoiding all the hustle buzzle of tourists that flock Royal Mile. Moreover, it is next to meadows where you can go for a peaceful walk/jog in the morning.
3. Princess Street
This is the main street of Edinburgh next only to Royal Mile. This is also one of the main shopping streets of Edinburgh with both local & international shopping brands. There are few premier hotels like Balmoral, Mercure etc on this street. Nevertheless, you can still find comfortable hotels with reasonable price. Entrance to Waverly station is right across the street. Scott Monument and princess street gardens adds to the glory, making this another desirable location to stay
4. Lothian Road
If you desire to leave behind the old town drama and stay in the neighborhood where locals live, then this should be your choice. Lothian Road has many interesting eateries, restaurants & small cafes in the side lanes. Sheraton is here & you may look for some Air B n B options here. The only flip side is that you may have to use public transport to get to city center.
Where we stayed?
Residence Inn by Marriott Edinburgh
36 Simpson Loan, Quartermile, Edinburgh EH3 9GG, United Kingdom
Our Review: We stayed for 2 weeks in this hotel. Very clean and good service. Decent spread of breakfast. Located besides the beautiful meadows and next to the Edinburgh University, it is perfect place to stay as you can enjoy the walk in the meadows early morning, watch the young students passing through the street filling the air with energy & positive vibes. And, best of all is that it is less than 10 minutes walk to the infamous Royal Mile. We strongly recommend this hotel for your stay.
Note: This is a first hand review based on our experience. We are not paid for this recommendation.