Budget Design Hotels in Edinburgh – your Motel One
Scarcely half a million people call Edinburgh home, making it compacter and cosier than many other European capitals. Nearly all its sights are within walking distance of our centrally-located Design Hotels. Both the Edinburgh Royal with its view of the castle and the Motel One Edinburgh Princes right in the old part of town make great bases for your explorations.
Edinburgh is made up of contrasts: between the Old Town and Royal Mile and its modern counterpart, the New Town. The Royal Mile is lined with neo-classical frontages and imposing columns, testament to Edinburgh’s storied history, while the geometrically laid-out new town reflects the precise planning and development of the 18th century.
From either hotel, you’re just minutes away from the cobbled Royal Mile, which connects the Castle and the Palace. At in fact around a mile long, it’s peppered with impressive architecture, seamed by countless narrow alleyways and hidden passages. Robert Louis Stevenson, of “Treasure Island” fame, once said, "There are no stars so lovely as Edinburgh street lamps,” and you’ll quickly agree if you tour the town in the evening.
Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obscura and Princes Street Gardens
A key symbol of the city, Edinburgh Castle on Castle Hill towers over everything literally and figuratively. Inside, you can find out about the world of Edinburgh gone by, enjoy the view across Princes Street Gardens, and jump at the the One O'clock Gun.
Follow the Royal Mile a while to the Camera Obscura tower where a living image of the city is projected onto a table, and visitors can wonder at interactive optical illusions as well as the great views from the roof terrace.
Should you be in the mood for a shop, head to the boutiques and department stores of nearby Princes Street after visiting the Old Town. Weather permitting, the parallel Princes Street Gardens are a nice spot for a stroll and a sit down.
Our Design Hotels are also within close reach of other sights such as Holyrood Palace, the John Knox House and the Canongate Tolbooth.