Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh is home to a diverse mix of bohemian culture, historical attractions, outstanding restaurants and breathtaking gothic architecture. Whilst the Scottish capital is many a travellers most loved city, finding affordable Edinburgh accommodation is often tough resulting in many backpackers only staying for a few days. It’s well known across Europe that hotels charge extortionate fees (average £35 per night) and the humble bed and breakfast, once a cheap option now charges upwards of £50!
There are plenty of online services that allow users to trawl the Internet until the early hours of the morning searching for the best deals, as it’s often the case that booking in advance will save money. For those who are adventurous, Couchsurfing could be seen as an option. An online community, signing up to Couchsurfing allows travellers to contact local people and sleep on their sofa. It is often the case that travellers can meet their perspective local for a drink to get to know one another. Whilst this accommodation option may not be for everyone, it’s entirely free, a great way of meeting locals and making friends.
Budget Backpackers can be found next to Edinburgh’s Grassmarket area and the infamous Edinburgh castle. Affordable Edinburgh accommodation is rarely so cheap. A clean, comfortable hostel complete with self-equipped kitchens, free bed linen and friendly helpful staff, this hostel also boasts a communal room with a plasma screen TV.
Royal Mile Backpackers
Located in the middle of Edinburgh only stones throw away from the city’s best bars and nightclubs. Royal Mile Backpackers hostel is cosy and rather small but a pleasant accommodation choice. Residents will benefit from wifi and kitchen facilities.
Cowgate Tourist Hostel
Situated within distance to all of Edinburgh’s main attractions, Cowgate Hostel offers everything a traveller might want from budget accommodation. Residents can benefit from free wifi, tea and coffee and a fully equipped kitchen and the lack of curfew means Edinburgh’s nightlife can be enjoyed to the fullest extent. Cowgate tourist hostel is one of the best options for affordable Edinburgh accommodation.
Found in the south side of the city close to The Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle, Thrums Hotel offers tourists’ affordable comfortable accommodation. Double rooms are decorated in a sophisticated manner and communal rooms are available for guests to use at their pleasure. Ideal for couples enjoying a short city break.
With comfortable, basic rooms, Pollock Halls is an affordable option to those who aren’t too comfortable with staying in a hostel. More akin to a hotel than a hostel, Pollock Halls offer their guests breakfast, free wifi and their own personal bathroom. For those travelling on a budget, finding affordable Edinburgh accommodation can often be a challenge, however for those who want to splurge Pollock Halls are a fantastic choice.