Forget New York, Vienna, Strasbourg you should go experience the winter festivities in Edinburgh this year.
The lights of the Christmas decorations sparkle like diamonds, cosy warm pubs with festive cheer, fabulous Christmas markets, the best shows and the streets smell of warm mulled wine drifting through the air. It truly is a magical atmosphere.
Here are our recommendations of places to stay in Edinburgh, if you use promotional code XMAS15 at time of booking you can save 15%, what’s stopping you? Why not make a night of it…
The Grassmarket Hotel, Old Town, Edinburgh
Located in the historic Grassmarket old town, the perfect choice for those looking for a place to stay with personality. The rooms at The Grassmarket aim to surprise and are packed full of little quirks we hope you will enjoy. While they have stayed true to our roots with plenty of Scottish elements, there are a few twists along the way to make your stay stand out. All bedrooms come complete with rainfall style showers, big comfy beds, bespoke toiletries that we think smell great and lots of other bits and bobs to have fun with, like the Sudoku wall and some unusual reading material.
The Inn on the Mile, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Situated directly on the Royal Mile, just off Princes Street. The Inn on The Mile offers an alternative luxury hotel experience in one of Edinburgh’s most prestigious historic landmarks. Hosting an intimate 9 beautiful fully refurbished boutique bedrooms ranging from the stylish ‘Mile’ bedrooms to the spacious ‘Royal Mile’ bedrooms, all with crisp and clean interiors and décor it is the perfect base to explore the city.
STAY Central Hotel, Old Town, Edinburgh
STAY Central Hotel is located in the heart of Edinburghs eclectic Cowgate, surrounding the famous Three Sisters bar and is a short stroll from everywhere. The bedrooms are arranged by size they go S,M,L,XL,XXL and then there is the private DORM, a room so awesome it can sleep up to 9 guests. They want to be known forevermore as the wee hotel in the middle of Edinburgh that blew your socks off.
Murrayfield Hotel and House, West End, Edinburgh
The Murrayfield Hotel and House is located in the west end with ample free parking, just a couple of minutes away from Edinburgh Zoo (and its giant pandas) and the Murrayfield Stadium, Murrayfield Hotel and House combines fantastic hospitality, outstanding value for money and second to none homemade food, served in the traditional, friendly pub kitchen.
With so much to see and do across St Andrew Square, East Princes St Gardens and the Royal Mile. The festival features a host of shows in the beautiful Spiegeltent, as well as ice skating, European markets and rides, including the Big Wheel and the 60-metre Star Flyer, with breath-taking views over the city. Runs from 18th November 2016 to 8th January 2017.
Virgin Money Street of Light
The stunning Street of Light is back in a new location on West George Street this year. It has over 60,000 stretched lights synchronised with specially commissioned recordings by choirs from across Edinburgh.
Are you a lover of all things Abba and a bit of a dancing queen? Then Mama Mia The Musical is the one for you! It’s coming to Edinburgh Playhouse from 29th November 2016 till 7th January 2017.
Revellers attending Edinburgh’s Hogmanay can expect a world-class festival atmosphere when the city comes alive with a packed three-day programme of events to welcome 2017. Live music and DJ sets featuring leading artists from Scotland and beyond will rock the Street Party with multiple music stages, giant screens and attractions located throughout the arena, set against the backdrop of the historic Edinburgh Castle.
Where to eat and drink:
Biddy Mulligans – Scotland’s most famous Irish bar.
Ghillie Dhu – For showstopping modern Scottish fayre and entertainment.
The Inn on the Mile – Pub classics in the heart of the historic Royal Mile.
The Three Sisters – Where you’ll find hearty grub and a lively atmosphere.
Southpour – Relaxed dining and drinking in the shadow of Arthur’s seat.
The Golf Tavern – Nestled on the edge of the Bruntsfield Links.
The Bothy – Great food and drinks a stone’s throw from the Zoo.
The Granary – Pub classics with a twist on the shores of Leith
Edinburgh is most certainly the perfect place to have some festive fun, get booked up now!