Where to stay during the Edinburgh Festival
This article is from 2020
Don't be a Fringe novice, book your Edinburgh Festival accommodation like a pro
Organising travel accommodation can be a minefield at the best of times. Finding accommodation for Edinburgh Festivals is a royal pain if you're not clever about it. The good news is, there are loads of options and still time to book. So if this is your first trip to Edinburgh during festival season and you're not sorted yet, don't worry, we're here to help with our guide of places to stay during the Fringe and where to find them. If it's not your first time, well here is that advice anyway.
The 2020 Edinburgh Festival runs from Fri 7–Mon 31 Aug and it's advised that you book Fringe accommodation and tickets to the hottest shows you really don't want to miss as far in advance as possible.
If you're looking for a place to stay that is quintessentially Edinburgh, AirBnB is a great bet for local digs with plenty of character. There's all manner of apartments, townhouses, rooms and mansions to choose depending on your budget. We found this affordable entire flats, private rooms for £60 or under. Or if you feel like it, you could even stay in this 'Quaint historic gate house' for £195 a night. There are loads of options still available during the Fringe period and more and more people open up their homes year on year meaning you're spoilt for choice.
It used to be the case that booking a hotel meant spending the most money but in Edinburgh you can find a small handful of budget hotels priced from £41. They sell out fast however, so book well in advance. But don't panic; there are over 3338 hotels in the city, so you're sure to find one to suit your budget.
If you're not looking to budget and would prefer to drop serious coin for a couple of nights' luxury accommodation during the festival, win over your loved one and generally make like a festival A-lister, Edinburgh has plenty of five star hotels with men in tartan waiting to open the foyer doors for you. The Waldorf Astoria, The Balmoral, Radisson Collection Hotel all come with the kind of trappings you'd expect from a world class establishment. Here's to champagne breakfasts every day of the fest.
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