Best Budget Hotels and Hostels – Edinburgh

Our clients often call us up and ask us for advice on the best accommodation to book in Edinburgh. This is our answer!

So you’re planning a stag or hen party, or you’re just a group of friends visiting Edinburgh? Ether way, your plane or train tickets are booked, you’ve lined up that ever so important (and AMAZING) adventurous activity now is the time to knuckle down and find the accommodation.

Most of our clients are traveling with a large group and are working to a budget, so that they can spend more on the important stuff (beer, food and adventures). To help you along with your accommodation inspiration, here’s our favourite hotels and hostels in Edinburgh. 

Our Edinburgh accommodation top tips:

  1. Book Early– Edinburgh is super popular with tourists at all times of year (especially during The Edinburgh Festival and The 6 Nations Rugby). Book early as accommodation costs can skyrocket as you get closer to your date.
  1. Location, Location, Location– Think about the kind of place you want to stay. If you want to be right in the action, around the popular spots for stags and hens then somewhere like The Grassmarket or Rose Street will mean you can wander straight out of your accommodation into a bar. There is nothing worse than a 25-minute walk or a £25 taxi ride. Equally, if you fancy being just a bit back from the action then Waterloo Place, York Place and The Royal Mile are still close by with pubs and restaurants within walking distance.

Hotels in Edinburgh

As you would expect the main budget hotel chains have a number of offerings in the city centre. They are all cheap, cheerful, clean and central.

·      The Premier Inn and their newer Hub by Premier Inn offerings (more compact rooms) all get great reviews on Trip Advisor. For a central location, we would recommend: Princes Street, Rose Street, York Place, Royal Mile or Lauriston Place  – anywhere else and you would need too many taxis and these can be hard to come by on busy weekends. 

·      Ibis hotels have 3 central hotels – the cheaper Royal Mile and South Bridge options are close to The Grassmarket (pubs and nightlife) and theSt Andrews Square hotel that is more expensive but close to George Street (fancy food spots).

·      Travel Lodge has 4 central hotels that are cheaper than the Premier Inn and Ibis – Queen Street, Princes Street, Rose Street and another hotel at Haymarket. All would be good options for nightlife access though Haymarket is a bit further away from the action.  

Top Tips

Want to find the cheapest deals on rooms? We would recommend trying Trivago. It searches all the room rates across all the sites and then tells you the cheapest deal for the nights you want… 


Like hotels, there’s so many hostels in Edinburgh it can be hard to choose. Some stalwarts of the Edinburgh scene include:

·      Castle Rock Hostelis in a fantastic location and is a beautiful old building. This hostel was voted the best in Edinburgh and features on some of the best in the world. 

·      Budget Backpackers on The Cowgate is the easiest place to roll into after a night on the Grassmarket. 

·      Royal Mile Backpackers located half way down the royal mile in a great old building. 

·      There’s also Kick Ass Hostel close by that was again voted one of the best in Edinburgh. 

Other Options!!!!

Getting a big apartment or house is a favourite of many of our groups. There are so many options in Edinburgh from whole houses to serviced apartments. This often gives you more freedom and space to hang out. We find many of our groups choose to get take out pizza on one night of their hen or stag parties and this complements your own space perfectly. 

To find an apartment or house we recommend Air BnB, Edlets and Holiday Lettings which all have multiple options for big groups. There is often some weird and wonderful accommodation that will suit your trip perfectly! 

If you have any other questions, get in touch and we can hopefully point you in the right direction.

More information about a trip to Edinburgh

Check Out:

·      A Visit To Edinburgh…: here

·      The best breakfast spots in Edinburgh: here

·      Planning a Hen Party to Edinburgh: here

·      Edinburgh Stag Party Ideas: here

Who are Intrepidus Outdoors?

We are an adventure tourism provider based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We specialise lots of great outdoor activities including hill walking, canyoningcoasteering and canoeing. We deliver these adventures to lots of different groups but mainly stag and hen groups and adults visiting Edinburgh. At Intrepidus we also like to provide interesting and informative blog posts about our experiences of Edinburgh!

Intrepidus Outdoors

Intrepidus Outdoors specialises in Outdoor Activites Edinburgh. We are a adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh. We specialise in canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking and hill walking, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland and the North of England. The experiences that we provide take clients into some of the most exquisite, incredible and extreme environments the UK has to offer.

Mission Statment :

To deliver the highest quality adventurous experiences to entertain, thrill and inspire.

Outdoor Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

Our values reflect those of a business started by a small group of rock climbers and mountain bikers. The experiences that we have had adventuring, and our passion for the outdoors, has led us to choose a lifestyle dedicated to sharing our love for the outdoors with others. The approach that we take to the experiences that we provide, and the business that we run, is that of sustainability, and an unapologetic quest for quality.

For us at Intrepidus Outdoors, we recognise that our experiences kayaking in clean rivers, surfing on unpolluted beaches and climbing frozen waterfalls have contributed to who we are as people. Therefore, protecting the planet so that the next generation of adventurers can have their own experiences, is hugely important for us. We believe that for people, communities and businesses to make the choice to minimise their impact on our planet, they must first value the planet that we have. We feel that the best way for people to value our blue planet, is to have first hand quality experiences in nature. They can then see the beauty of a forest, feel the power of an ocean and learn to love what is outside our towns and cities, so that they then fight to protect them. We strive to through the products that we deliver make a small difference to peoples understanding of the impact that they have on our world.

Our experiences adventuring have made us who we are and Intrepidus Outdoors is a reflection of us. We provide real adventurous experience that we hope you will cherish.

Adventure Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

There are cities where stuff is happening all year round and where you will never get bored. Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of these cities. It’s an extraordinary place, full of history, festivals, impressive architecture and plenty of attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Not to mention that we are located on the door step of so many amazing adventures and outdoor experiences.

We would like to introduce you to this extraordinary city, giving you a full range of possibilities that can be found north of the wall! Edinburgh has a huge dose of beautiful history, world-famous festivals, fantastic attractions, adrenaline fuled expereinces and great food. Edinburgh is calling you and you simply cannot refuse its invitation.

There are a many outdoor and adventurous experiences to be had in Edinburgh. If you are a thrill seeker visiting Edinburgh and interested in a canyoning, coasteering or mountain biking adventure in Scotland, Get In Touch!

Outdoor Adventures Scotland

It’s no secret that Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From the rural coastlines to vast mountain ranges, we have it all.

Whatever kind of experience you’re after you’re sure to find it here, so we’ve put together an adventurer’s guide to Scotland to help get you started. Our guide breaks down all the outdoor activities Edinburgh has to offer and many more adventures to keep you entertained on your holdiay.

To read more check out our adventures guide to Scotland [here]

Check out our Trip Advisor, Youtube channel, Visit Scotland page and blog to hear about how others found their outdoor adventure with Intrepidus outdoors and to see what we do!


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