Edinburgh is one of the most visited cities in Europe, a mix of fantastic architecture, friendly locals and fascinating history make it a unique place to visit. The price of accommodation in the city is in keeping with the high demand for Rooms in Edinburgh, this is especially true during the festival season of August.
On average hotels in Edinburgh have rooms for £ 100 per night during the peak season, this can be quite expensive if you are planning to stay a few nights in the city or if you are traveling in a group and require more than one room.
There are cheaper options such as hostels and bed and breakfasts which are situated throughout the city center and surrounding area but not everyone is comfortable with these types of accommodation.
An alternative the many people do not think of is to book a self catering apartment in the city. The price range of these does vary but you can get a one bedroom apartment from around £ 80 and 2 bedrooms or not much over £ 100 per night.
The standard apartment will have a lounge area, full kitchen and at least one bathroom. This give you both more space and more flexibility than a hotel room, for example you can cook your own meals which can save money. It also becomes more cost effective when you are traveling in a group of 5 or 6 people, to book a hotel may involve booking up to 3 rooms. Alternatively you can simply book a 3 bedroom apartment and save anywhere from 25% – 50% on the cost of a hotel room.
The location of the apartments are also quite flexible, many are in the city center ideal for those traveling on a vacation or a business trip with easy access to local transport links.
So now the disadvantages of self catering accommodation, well sometimes there can be a minimum night stay of 2 nights or more, so if you are traveling just for a day this could be a problem. Also in a hotel you often have access to a wide range of facilities such as a swimming pool and gym. There are not available in most apartments (although there are some that do offer leisure facilities).
Also some people like to be pampered on vacation, get breakfast prepared for them in the morning, spa treatments and room service. These are only available in hotel accommodation, apartments are more self service.
So which is better? Well they both have advantages and disadvantages and at the end of the day it depends on what you are looking for in accommodation. Apartments offer flexibility and can be cheaper for long stays and big groups, hotels offer a range of amenities and staff to assist you.
Whatever you decide there is an excellent range of apartments in Edinburgh and hotels in Edinburgh available at Rooms in Edinburgh.