Edinburgh, Scotland

<p>We will be in Great Britain last week in April, first week in May, mostly in London. However we need recommendations for a Bed and Breakfast or hotel (2 nights) close to city center (or whatever it is called) in Edinburgh, Scotland. Also, I need advice about which days of the week are best to be there for 2-3 days. Thanks!</p>

<p>I usually don’t make reservations and just find something when I happen to be in a place where I want to stay but on a trip to Scotland and northern England and Wales the only place we had difficulty finding a B&B was Edinburgh for some reason. After getting tired of knocking on doors we finally just headed out of town a bit and found a motel. On most trips we usually end up with one night where it was a pain to find a place and for us on that trip it was Edinburgh. This was at the peak tourist time in the summer.</p>

<p>So - if you know when you’re going to be there Edinburgh’s one place where you might want to book ahead if you can. Sorry, but since we came up empty when we were there I don’t have an recs for you.</p>

<p>We stayed here last summer. Nice B&B. Very clean, great service, great food. It’s a short drive or taxi to the city. It’s not walking distance, if that’s what you’re looking for.</p>

<p>Brothaigh House Bed and Breakfast
18 Craigmillar Park
Edinburgh EJ16 SPS
Ph: 0131 667 2202</p>

<p>From our itinerary, we paid 242 British Pounds total for two nights, for four of us. We were there Sat night and Sun night in June, and we didn’t have any problems with overly large crowds.</p>

<p>I don’t think there are many B&Bs near the city center. Are you planning to have a car?
Here are a few suggestions and these places are of varying price points. They are all very close to the Royal Mile.
-Holiday Inn Express
-Hotel du Vin [Hotels</a> in Edinburgh from Hotel du Vin](<a href=“http://www.hotelduvin.com/hotels/edinburgh/edinburgh.aspx]Hotels”>Luxury 4* Hotel in Edinburgh City Centre | Hotel du Vin)
-Hotel Missoni <a href=“http://www.hotelmissoni.com%5B/url%5D”>www.hotelmissoni.com</a></p>

<p>We’ve stayed at the Missoni and really like it. Smart, stylish, excellent service and good location.</p>

<p>Here’s where we have reserved when we are going to visit…
[Ellesmere</a> Guest House - 4 star accommodation in central Edinburgh](<a href=“http://www.edinburghbandb.co.uk/]Ellesmere”>http://www.edinburghbandb.co.uk/)</p>

<p>No car. Ellesmere Guest House sounds like the right kind of place. Have you stayed there before, CountingDown? When will you be there?</p>

<p>I PM’ed you, Lorelei. We have not stayed there, but I checked out various reviews and were looking for something close to the Royal Mile & University of Edinburgh. We won’t have a car.</p>

<p>HA! CountingDown, I see you took the kilt discussion on the 2014 thread to heart! :D</p>

<p>lorelei: I found a wonderful apartment for a family vacation in Edinburgh on [VRBO</a> - Scotland](<a href=“http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/europe/scotland]VRBO”>Scotland, GB Vacation Rentals: castle rentals & more | Vrbo). Depending on your preferences, apartments can be less than the price of a hotel or B&B.</p>

<p>Lived in Edinburgh before moving to the states. The Ellsmere looks great to me. Good location. The places listed to eat on their website are fabulous especially The Apartment and The Witchery, one of my all time fav restaurants for special occasions.</p>

<p>We lived near Minto Street and there are a ton of B & B’s along it. Very easy access into the city on the bus- 10 mins. Just Google Minto Street Edinburgh guest house and you will see loads of them. You could also try the Scottish tourist board</p>

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<p>As for days of the week- not any good or bad. Have a look at some of the attractions you want to visit and confirm if they are closed any particular days. Take the open top bus tour. Great way to get a feel for the city. I love Edinburgh, one of my fav cities in the world. Makes me homesick just to think about it. We get back every year and will be there the end of June.</p>

<p>Will follow this thread as we are planning a trip to Scotland in Sept</p>

<p>I sent an inquiry to Ellesmere House about availability and price. Hope to hear tomorrow.</p>

<p>Now, what about York? We will stop there on the way to Edinburgh for at least one night. Any suggestions?</p>

<p>I love Scotland, have gone twice recently for two weeks each time and once with my parents long ago. Still so much to see and many things I’d like to see again. We’ve been based in Glasgow, so I actually have seen less of Edinburgh than I’d like.</p>

<p>I think we stayed at a Holiday Inn in York because it could take 4 of us to a room and was reasonable. </p>

<p>York is an interesting city to see with its medieval section and cathedral. It’s a worthwhile stop and make sure you head into the center to see the sights I mentioned.</p>

<p>The Ellesmere was all booked up while we are there, but they referred us to another place, and it is available: [Ben</a> Cruachan Guest House - 4 star Bed and Breakfast in central Edinburgh, Scotland](<a href=“http://www.bencruachan.com/]Ben”>http://www.bencruachan.com/)</p>

<p>when we visited Great Britain six years ago, the best B&B we stayed in - by far - was the Kew House in Edinburgh. I’m not sure of its exact location (I’m terrible with directions), but the rooms were wonderful (great beds! fantastic bathrooms!) and the owners were attentive without being creepy and friendly without being intrusive. Really, they were amazing.</p>

<p>They also had bedrooms that slept three or four people, which can be hard to find.</p>