The Old Town is a beautiful medieval district with a labyrinth of cobbled streets, whilst the neo-classical New Town houses 18th century Georgian buildings many of which are now hotels.
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New Town home of the so-called 'Pink Triangle'- the city's gay nightlife
hotels in this historic area that are within easy reach of the gay nightlife
two of New Town's most famous streets, renowned for boutique shops & hotels
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Located just off Princes Street in Edinburgh’s New Town, the area where Leith Walk and Broughton Street intersect is known as the ‘Pink Triangle’. The city’s main gay bars and clubs can be found here.
7.55 Very Good
based on 2203 reviews
Why this hotel? Near the gay scene. Popular choice. Very central. Free WiFi.
Great value and location. The Ballantrae Albany is perfectly located, next to the Pink Triangle gay village, and a few minute’s walk to the lively Princes Street and the Waverley train station.
Plenty of restaurants, bars and shops on George Street are nearby, as is the popular gay sauna Steamworks and other popular gay venues.
Housed in 4 connecting townhouses, guest rooms feature beautiful interiors, en suite bathroom, free WiFi, tea & coffee-making facilities, luxury towels and toiletries.
Why this hotel? Close to gay scene. Great value. Popular choice. Free WiFi.
Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s gay neighbourhood, the affordable Holiday Inn Express is a few steps from CC Blooms bar &club, Steamworks sauna, and a few minutes’ walk from the famous Princes Street.
Guest rooms feature free WiFi, en suite bathroom, cable TV and tea & coffee-making facilities. A great base to explore the Edinburgh’s attractions and nightlife.
7.27 Very Good
based on 1196 reviews
Why this hotel? Near the gay scene. Great for shopping & sightseeing. Free WiFi.
The historic Ballantrae Hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh, just a couple of minutes’ walk to Princes Street, Waverley train station. Great locationightlife and gay scene – Steamworks sauna in 5 minutes away.
The spacious, en suite guest rooms feature free WiFi, TV and tea & coffee-making facilities. The hotel has a 24-hour reception and an onsite bar. A Continental breakfast is served every morning. Excellent value for money.
based on 2080 reviews
Why this hotel? Great pool & gym. Excellent view. Free WiFi.
The Crowne Plaza Edinburgh is located in a terrace of Georgian townhouse on a quiet street, just a short walk from Princes St, The Royal Mile and the gay nightlife around Broughton St.
This excellent Scottish hotel blends traditional charm with contemporary luxury. Many guest rooms have fabulous views of The First of Forth or the hotel’s own private garden.
Onsite facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Excellent value for money.
8.79 Excellent - based on 3090 reviews
Why this hotel? Luxury option. Great location. Close to gay scene. Free WiFi.
Contemporary luxury hotel, set behind the 150-year-old façade of Lady Glenorchy Church in the heart of the ‘Pink Triangle’ gay village, a few steps from the popular CC Blooms gay bar.
The rooms at this award-winning hotel have floor-to-ceiling windows, flat screen TV and free WiFi. Some rooms have a balcony with wonderful garden or city rooftop views.
The Glasshouse is ideally located for the gay nightlife and is just a 10-minute walk from the famous shopping area around Princes Street – a gateway to most of Edinburgh’s historical landmarks.
The stunning Old Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to some of Edinburgh’s most famous sights, including the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Parliament Building.
Our recommendations in this area are in the area closest to Waverley Railway Station, and so with easy reach of the gay nightlife in the New Town.
7.67 Very Good
based on 10271 reviews
Why this hotel? Excellent Location. Close to major sights. Value for money. Free WiFi.
Jurys Inn Edinburgh enjoys a great location near the famous Royal Mile, just short walk from Waverley train station, which makes all the major sights in both Edinburgh’s Old and New Town very accessible by foot, along with the gay nightlife.
Guest rooms feature large comfortable beds, free WiFi and complimentary toiletries. Good value for money.
7.85 Very Good
based on 5204 reviews
Why this hotel? Excellent location. Great facilities. Value for money. Free WiFi.
Excellent 4-star hotel overlooking the Royal Mile. The Carlton is located next to Waverley train station, a 5-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street shopping, and within 10 minutes to the Pink Triangle gay nightlife.
Each large guest room has free WiFi, satellite TV, work desk and private bathroom.
We particularly like the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and a very nice spa which features a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and massage service. The hotel has its own restaurant and bar, although many dining options nearby. Popular choice on Travel Gay Europe.
Princes Street is Edinburgh’s main shopping street. There are hardly any buildings on the south side of the street, allowing stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and Old Town.
On the north side and running parallel to Princes Street is George Street is home to many luxury brands, stylish boutique shops.
based on 681 reviews
Why this hotel? Classic Scottish. Great for shopping & gay scene. Free WiFi.
A classic example of a great Scottish hotel. Originally built in 1775 as townhouses, the building was converted into a hotel in 1881 and has been remodelled several times over the past hundred years.
A £20 million renovation has seen The George transformed into a modern hotel that successfully blends modern styling with the building’s heritage. Each stylish guest room features modern en suite bathroom and the latest technology including flat screen TV and WiFi.
Location-wise, The Principal is just a few minutes’ walk from Princes Street as well as being ideally located for the city’s gay nightlife.
Why this hotel? Scottish icon. Great facilities. Luxury choice.
Known locally as “The Caley”, this luxury hotel in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre has recently completed a £24 million refurbishment to bring this Scottish landmark back to its former glory.
The Caledonian offers classic luxury guest rooms that feature works of art, marble bathrooms, plus modern features such as flat screen TVs and WiFi. Some of the more expensive rooms offer excellent views of Edinburgh Castle.
The hotel also features an award-winning spa with an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gym.
Located just a few steps from Princes Street, the hotel is ideally placed for exploring the city, and just a few minutes by taxi from “Pink Triangle”.
Why this hotel? Fabulous bar. Near the gay nightlife. Free WiFi.
One of the coolest hotels in Edinburgh. Le Monde features uniquely styled rooms, a few with colour schemes that may have you reaching for sunglasses.
But it’s not just about style. The spacious guest rooms feature flat screen TV’s, super king-sized beds and stunning bathrooms with rainfall showers big enough for two.
Hotel guests get access to two of Edinburgh’s most trendsetting bars and the Shanghai Club – one of the city’s most exclusive (straight) late-night venues, all of which are located at the hotel.
Location-wise, Le Monde is less than a 10-minute walk from most of the gay nightlife and even closer to Princes Street.
Why this hotel? Award winner. Stylish design. Central location. Free WiFi.
Awarded one of the ’25 Coolest Hotels in the World’ by Condé Nast Traveller. The stylish Rick’s hotel enjoys a great location in the Edinburgh city centre, a short walk from most of the gay nightlife, shopping areas and major sights.
With only ten rooms, it can be difficult to get a reservation during peak season. If you do, then you can expect elegant walnut headboards, angora and lambs wool blankets on the bed and custom-designed furniture. Excellent service and staff.
based on 2014 reviews
Why this hotel? Boutique choice. Excellent dining. Close to gay village. Free WiFi.
Stylish boutique hotel on the famous George Street near Charlotte Square. Tigerlily is home to an award-winning restaurant and fabulous bar – a great place to warm up for a night out.
Tigerlily offers uniquely styled rooms with comfortable king-sized beds, duck down quilts, free WiFi, power showers and the latest in-room entertainment.
Location-wise, the hotel is within easy reach of Edinburgh’s major tourist attractions and gay nightlife.