If you’re headed to the capital of Scotland for work, there are a few things to keep in mind — location, business/meeting facilities, and atmosphere of a hotel. After visiting top hotels, boutiques, and B&Bs in Edinburgh, we compared how they stack up against each other to do the work for you. Take a look at our top picks for best business hotels in Edinburgh, and get booking! Also, we suggest staying an extra day or two for leisure.
While it doesn't look like much from the outside, the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa is a seriously upscale hotel with some outstanding facilities. The largest of its class in the city, the property has a six-floor spa, which includes an impressive rooftop infinity pool with views of Edinburgh Castle -- although the sauna and steam baths cost extra. The 269 rooms are suitably luxurious, with some great in-room tech and swanky bathrooms, some also overlooking the castle. As well as being the biggest hotel in Edinburgh, it's also one of the city's most expensive, but the Sheraton Grand does does deliver a luxury experience for the money.
The upscale, 132-room Dakota Edinburgh is a fabulously stylish hotel, seven miles from the airport, in what, from the outside, appears to be a forbidding black cube. Inside, the Dakota is a creative, modern delight with a tweedy boho vibe, lots of exposed brick, and one of Scotland's best-reviewed seafood restaurants. The decor throughout is aviation-inspired, with first-class attention to detail at mid-range prices. The location is a bit remote for tourists and avid sightseers, but great for business travelers.
The 143-room Thistle Edinburgh City Center, The King James, is an outpost of the British Thistle chain located in Edinburgh’s New Town. Convenient for business travelers and tourists, the upscale property is surrounded by offices and businesses, but just around the corner from popular Princes Street, a major shopping destination. The hotel aims to provide the “Ultimate Scottish Experience,” and serves some Scottish dishes in its restaurant, but there's a slightly dated, chain-type feel to the property, and the architecture and decor lack local character. Guest rooms are simple and clean, with flat-screen TVs and small but adequate bathrooms.
The 199-room upscale Roxburghe is a posh-feeling hotel in a fantastic location at the center of Edinburgh’s New Town, on the edge of historic Old Town. Stylish and sophisticated, the property embraces the building’s Georgian aesthetic with ornate woodwork, rich colors, and lush textiles, along with picturesque views of Charlotte Square and Edinburgh Castle. Amenities are superb, including an indoor swimming pool, a brasserie-style restaurant, and a full-service spa. Guest rooms are spacious, clean, and elegant, with sophisticated decor and modern bathrooms.
The 77-room Ten Hill Place Hotel is a modern upper-middle-range hotel owned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (with all profits going to training surgeons worldwide) overlooking a quiet square within walking distance of the Royal Mile. Rooms are comfortable and pleasant, if a bit generic, clad in earth tones and equipped with large beds, flat-screen TVs, and coffee- and tea-making facilities. Many have lovely views of Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park. An abundance of meeting rooms and conference facilities makes this hotel particularly popular with business travelers. There is a lovely, colorful wine bar serving light meals, as well as an elegant restaurant with an a la carte menu of locally sourced, seasonal fare.
Housed in an historic building built in 1892 that opened as the DoubleTree in 2014, this 138-room upper-middle-range hotel offers guests contemporary rooms with plush beds, a brasserie and bar, and an excellent location in the heart of Edinburgh just south of Castle Rock. Nearly all the city's major attractions are within walking distance, including Princes Street, Old Town, and Edinburgh Castle.
Housed in a two-floor historic building that was refurbished in 2004, the mid-range, 67-room Best Western Plus Bruntsfield is located in a pleasant residential area across from the large green expanse of Bruntsfield Links and the Meadow parks. It's almost like being in the country but is still close to central Edinburgh (there's a direct bus that stops near the hotel), and is a 10- to 20-minute walk south of major attractions. While it has no fitness center or other recreational facilities, the hotel does offer a good-quality brasserie and bar. Rooms are clean and contemporary, with comfortable bedding, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs, but no air-conditioning. Since it's outside the city center, rates are lower than they would otherwise be.
A mid-range, budget-friendly hotel in the West End, the five-floor, 282-room Premier Inn Edinburgh City Centre-Haymarket is conveniently located within a five-minute walk of Haymarket Station and the International Conference Centre. The hotel has a business center and meeting rooms, and guest rooms have been undergoing renovation as of 2015. A breakfast buffet is available for a fee, and there's a restaurant and bar, and free Wi-Fi. Room rates are lower than for comparable, more centrally located properties.
The 97-room, upscale Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace is built in adjacent, historic Georgian townhouses, retaining their stately atmosphere and many original architectural features. On the edge of Edinburgh’s city center, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s top sights without much traffic and noise. Guest rooms are huge and beautiful, with elegant period moulding, fantastic bathrooms, and, in some, views of the Firth of Forth. The Royal Terrace is a chain outpost that doesn’t feel like one, and a good option for either tourists or business travelers.
Holiday Inn Edinburgh City-West is a modern mid-range hotel in the Craigleith area across a busy road from the Craigleith Retail Park. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, and rooms are functional, clean, and quiet. Free Wi-Fi is offered, but it's often so slow that guests find it necessary to upgrade to faster Wi-Fi, which comes with a fee. The hotel is southeast of the city center -- it's within a five- to 10-minute drive or a 10- to 25-minute bus ride away from such attractions as Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle. Because of its location, rates are lower than what comparable properties would cost in the city center.