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Edinburgh's Best Hotels for History Buffs

Jennifer Rigby | July 05, 2018

In the ancient Scottish capital, historic hotels are ten a penny. But these properties go the extra mile, and are steeped in heritage and tradition.


B + B Edinburgh

Why it made the list

An affordable but evocative option, with lots of original wood put in by the owner, a philanthropist and businessman who founded The Scotsman newspaper.

Standing out along an elegant and tranquil West End terrace, Read More



Why it made the list

US founding father Benjamin Franklin stayed here (when it was a private house) in the 18th century, and liked it so much he wrote a poem about it. That's some serious historic chops in our book (and the hotel now is a gorgeous, extravagant treat in its own right, too).

The cattle grazing on the hotel's 20-acre grounds let you kn Read More


Hotel du Vin

Why it made the list

This former asylum is now a chic outpost of the reliable Hotel du Vin chain. There are even some grisly reminders of its past adoring the stone walls if you look closely enough...

Leave it to one of the U.K.'s most forward-thinking chains t Read More


Balmoral Hotel

Why it made the list

A gorgeous, high-end, historic hotel in an Edinburgh landmark at the heart of the city. It even has an old royal motto inscribed in its stained glass windows. The real deal.

The attention to detail in the elegant rooms—colors were pic Read More


Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Why it made the list

A turn-of-the-century property that was once the flagship hotel of the Caledonian Railway, the hotel still has bags of charm and historic appeal, particularly in its Peacock Alley central lounge, once the station concourse.

An imposing block of red sandstone beyond the west end of We Read More


Barony House

Why it made the list

Owners Paul and Susan are history buffs, and it shows - their enthusiasm tips this pleasant Victorian townhouse over into a treat for fellow lovers of the past. Owner Susan even has her own interesting personal history - she's related to the critic and artist John Ruskin.

It's hard to imagine a couple better suited for running a B& Read More


The Witchery by the Castle

Why it made the list

Offering Gothic glamor in spades, this beautiful hotel doesn't just take you back to the past, it does it in style, right by Edinburgh Castle.

A Gothic fantasy in an ancient collection of stone buildings Read More

  • 7. B + B Edinburgh
    3 Rothesay Terr., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 7RY, Scotland
  • 6. Prestonfield
    Priestfield Rd., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH16 5UT, Scotland
  • 5. Hotel du Vin
    11 Bristo Pl., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ, Scotland
  • 4. Balmoral Hotel
    1 Princes St., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ, Scotland
  • 3. Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
    Princes St., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB, Scotland
  • 2. Barony House
    20 Mayfield Gardens, Edinburgh, EH9 2BZ, Scotland
  • 1. The Witchery by the Castle
    Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF, Scotland

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