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Edinburgh is packed to the gills during the festival period (August) and over Hogmanay
(New Year). If you want a room during these periods, book as far in advance as you can -
a year ahead if possible.
It's best to book at least a few months ahead for accommodation at Easter and from mid-
May to mid-September.
Edinburgh accommodation costs: budget is less than £60, midrange £60 to £150, and top
end is more than £150, based on the cost of a double room with breakfast.
If you're staying for a week or more, a short-term or serviced apartment might be more
Edinburgh Information Centre ( Click here ) has a last-minute booking service; £5 fee.
Useful Websites
Lonely Planet ( ) Bookings.
Edinburgh & the Lothians ( ) Official tourist website, with wide range
of accommodation and weekend break offers.
Best Budget
Edinburgh Central SYHA ( 524 2090; ; 9 Haddington Pl, Leith
Walk; dm/s/tw £25/49/74;
) Hostelling Scotland's five-star establishment close to the
city centre.
Smart City Hostel ( 0870 892 3000; ; 50 Blackfriars St; dm from
£22, tr £107;
) A big (620 beds), bright, modern hostel in the heart of the Old Town.
Argyle Backpackers ( 667 9991; ; 14 Argyle Pl; dm £17-22, d &
tw £45-65; ) A quiet and relaxed hostel in terraced house with conservatory and walled
Malone's Old Town Hostel ( 226 7648; ; 14 Forrest Rd; dm £20-25;
) Comfortable new hostel above an Irish pub, just south of Royal Mile.
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