The historic city of Edinburgh is home to plenty to see and do. So, once you’re finished exploring, you’ll want a cosy place to rest your head.
From modern studios with castle views to classically decorated cosy flats in the heart of the city, these are the ten best Airbnbs in Edinburgh you need to book right now.
As many of the city’s historic buildings have been renovated to house modern and contemporary apartments, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to stay.
So, if you’re visiting the capital of Scotland, these Airbnbs will provide the perfect refuge from the busy streets.
The World Bucket List’s top tips for choosing Airbnbs in Edinburgh:
- Always look at guest reviews before booking your stay.
- Book your stay well in advance for the best price and discounts.
- The Royal Mile, Grassmarket, and New Town are some of the best areas to stay in when searching for Airbnbs.
- Travelling on a budget? Check out our list of the best free things to do in Edinburgh.
- There is so much to see and do in Edinburgh. Our Scotland Bucket List showcases some of the must-visit spots in the capital.
10. The Plywood Flat – a gorgeous modern apartment
This gorgeous rental gives off a minimalist and modern feel, with bright and colourful accents that add to its personality.
Sleeping up to four guests, the Plywood Flat has one bedroom, an open plan living and dining area with a sofa bed, and one bathroom.
Address: Caledonian Cres, Edinburgh EH11 2AJ
9. Edinburgh Castle Nest – we love the blue panelled walls
If location is high on your list of priorities, then the Edinburgh Castle Nest will be one of the best Airbnbs in Edinburgh for you.
This luxurious apartment is situated between the Royal Mile and Victoria Street, making it easily accessible to many of the city’s main attractions, great pubs, and some of the best bookshops in Edinburgh.
Address: W Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JP
8. Sanctuary in the city – for a tranquil escape
A ‘sanctuary in the city’ is the perfect description of this quaint and cosy rental in Leith.
Tastefully decorated, this lovely flat offers a private garden, one bedroom, an open plan living and dining area, and a small bathroom.
Address: Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8PW
7. Castle Hideaway – modern and stylish
Accommodating two guests, the Castle Hideaway has one bedroom, a living room and kitchen area, and one bathroom.
Address: Edinburgh EH3 9ES
6. Superb apartment in historic centre – one of the best Airbnbs in Edinburgh
Superb is the perfect word to describe this fantastic apartment in the city’s historic centre. Situated in a listed building dating back to 1850, you’ll get a real feel for this Victorian city here.
There is one double bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen, one bathroom, and a sitting and dining area, fitted with a double sofa bed.
Address: Cockburn Street, Edinburgh
5. Classical Apartment on the Royal Mile – a luxurious place to stay
This Airbnb Plus is a truly decadent apartment that will have you living like royalty. The oak-panelled walls are adorned with Georgian-style portraits that add to the luxurious feel.
This studio apartment accommodates two guests who want to live luxuriously.
Address: 493 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PB
4. Old Town rooftop apartment – a historic and charming place to stay
This rooftop apartment lets in lots of light, thanks to the huge skylights on the sloped roof.
Accommodating two guests, this Airbnb features a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. It is finished with traditional furnishings, adding to its charm.
Address: S College St, Edinburgh EH8 9AA
3. DeanVillage Apartment – stay in a UNESCO World Heritage Area
Dean Village is not just one of the most charming parts of the entire city; it is actually recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So, staying in this lovely area will really elevate your experience of the Scottish capital.
It features a living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and separate shower room. The sage green panelled walls truly add to the charm of this spot.
Address: Dean Path, Edinburgh EH4 3AY
2. The Waverley Park Residence No. 2 – gorgeous wood finishings
The gorgeous Waverley Park Residence is undoubtedly one of the best Airbnbs in Edinburgh you need to book right now.
Located in the Old Town, the apartment accommodates four guests, with one bedroom, a living area with a sofa bed, a kitchen, and a decent-sized bathroom.
Address: Waverley Park, Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1. The Writer’s Apartment – take a deep dive into Edinburgh’s literary history
Thanks to its rich literary history and abundance of brilliant independent bookshops, Edinburgh is a firm favourite among writers and booklovers.
If you’re looking to delve deep into this side of the city, then a stay at the Writer’s Apartment is a must.
Accommodating two guests, this spot has a cosy living and kitchen area fitted with a window seat overlooking the Royal Mile, one bedroom, and one bathroom.
Address: Lady Stair’s Close, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 2PA, United Kingdom
Your questions answered about Airbnbs in Edinburgh
How many Airbnbs are there in Edinburgh?
According to AirDNA, there are 5,803 Airbnbs in Edinburgh as of 2021.
Is it cheaper to rent through Airbnb?
For those considering a longer-than-average stay in Edinburgh, booking monthly stays will save you a lot of money compared to short-term stays.
What are the new rules for Airbnb in Scotland?
As of October 2022, all short-term rentals in Scotland will be required to have a license. This is unless a license is specifically excluded.
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