This small B&B in a red-sandstone town house north of the New Town offers simple, traditionally decorated rooms and warm hospitality at great prices. Framed prints of old Edinburgh adorn walls done up in pale hues. The owners, Liz and David, have a wealth of knowledge about what to see and do in Edinburgh, and are happy to share it.
Rooms are traditional and cozy, if unremarkable. All have Wi-Fi and there are single, double, twin and family en-suite rooms, although not all have fridges.
Bathrooms are small but functional.
The elegant period building (with the namesake conifers outside lining the flowerbeds) has a pleasant approach, and the welcome is genuine when you get through the front door.
There's plenty of choice at breakfast for carnivores and vegetarians alike.
There's free on-street parking but the buses are simple and quick, and the walk to Princes Street is only 20 minutes or so. There are also a lot of local eating and drinking options.
L'Escargot Bleu (15-minute walk) is a reliably tasty French bistro. Or head to 21212 (16-minute walk) for a Michelin-starred treat.
Woodland Creatures (5-minute walk) is an artsy local bar with good music and comedy. Or Joseph Pearce (11-minute walk) on the way into the center is a relaxed pub/bar that's kid-friendly in the day.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Great prices for a B&B just on the edge of the center that offers a friendly welcome and a comfortable sleep, with a wide breakfast choice. Plus the surrounding area is a bit more normal Edinburgh, with more local eating and drinking options.