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By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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expert-rated hotels in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:5.0 (out of 5)

An Edinburgh landmark, The Balmoral is elegant luxury for those who can afford the best.

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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

World renowned spa in luxury hotel in the centre of Edinburgh.

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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Great hotel in a beautiful historical building virtually on Princes Street.

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Edinburgh is a diverse and cosmopolitan city and as result the accommodation available reflects this.

There are literally thousands of places available to stay in Edinburgh and as a visitor it can seem quite daunting. But rest assured as a long term resident
I know the place like the back of my hand and have covered the entire spectrum from 5 star well known brands to small individual boutique hotels with some excellent B&B and hostels to boot. Serviced apartments are becoming more popular in the city as they offer a greater degree of freedom especially if travelling with a group or younger children so I have also included some of these as an option.

I hope you see something that sounds perfect for your trip and remember to let me know when you get home what you thought!

Things to consider before booking:

  • Location, location, location. If you know what side of the city you are likely to be spending most of your time then consider this when booking.
  • Edinburgh, despite it's size, is a very safe, clean city and there are very few areas to avoid. Certainly all the options I offer here are in good areas where walking to and from, no matter what time of day or night, is not a problem.
  • June is when Edinburgh International Film Festival kicks off so accommodation will be at a premium.
  • August is incredibly busy. Hotels are booked up sometimes a year in advance as the Edinburgh Festival,  fringe and jazz festival all take place.
  • Christmas and New Year get booked up early as Edinburgh hosts a massive street party, German market and fair over the festive season.
  • If you can travel Off-season (mid-January to mid-March and mid-October to mid-December) it will be considerably cheaper to stay in the City.
  • Last minute off-season bookings put you in a very strong position to haggle. The first quote you receive is seldom the last.
  • If accommodation in the city is scare or prohibitively expensive in high season don't discount exploring options a little further afield. There is an excellent train and bus service and some lovely seaside towns e.g. North Berwick  within easy striking distance. Or if you prefer a more urban environment Glasgow is a mere 40 minutes by train.
  • Rugby is a passion in the City and as a result rugby international weekends are booked up very early as supporters teams travel all over Europe to go to Murrayfield  to see the match and enjoy a party weekend. 12th, 27th Feb, 19th March 2011 are the ones to watch next year.
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I have picked my hotels as places I would recommend happily to my friends and family. And if you knew my friends and family you'd know I don't take that task lightly!

My choices, whether 5 star hotel or bunk style hostel, are reliable and consistent in their delivery of both service and accommodation. It is important to me to offer you a wide spectrum of options and that when you decide which one is the right one for you, you can rely on my recommendations.

In a nutshell I just love Edinburgh and want you to leave feeling the same way

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.

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