Gay Edinburgh • Hotels

Edinburgh is easy to explore on foot, so it makes sense to choose a hotel in the city centre, either in the New or Old Town.

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.

Our top Edinburgh hotels for 2017 are divided by area:

Leith Walk & Broughton Street

New Town home of the so-called 'Pink Triangle'- the city's gay nightlife

Edinburgh Old Town

hotels in this historic area that are within easy reach of the gay nightlife

George Street & Princes Street

two of New Town's most famous streets, renowned for boutique shops, restaurants & hotels


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near Leith Walk and Broughton Street

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.

Near the gay scene.

Ballantrae Albany Hotel4 stars

39-47 Albany Street, New Town, Edinburgh | map | distance

8.1 Very Good - based on 54 Agoda reviews

Why this hotel? Near the gay scene. Popular choice. Very central. Free WiFi.

Most booked 2015
Top 100
2016
Top 100

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.

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Close to gay scene.

Holiday Inn Express – Edinburgh City Centre3 stars

Picardy Place, Edinburgh | map | distance

7.9 Good - based on 25 Agoda reviews

Why this hotel? Close to gay scene. Great value. Popular choice. Free WiFi.

Most booked 2016
Top 100

Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s gay neighbourhood, the affordable Holiday Inn Express is a few steps from CC Blooms bar &clubSteamworks 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.

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Near the gay scene.

Ballantrae Hotel3 stars

8 York Place, New Town, Edinburg | map | distance

7.5 Good - based on 25 Agoda 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.

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Great pool & gym.

Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace4 stars

18-22 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh | map | distance

8.1 Very Good - based on 192 Agoda reviews

Why this hotel? Great pool & gym. Excellent views.

The Crowne Plaza Edinburgh is located in a terrace of Georgian townhouse on a quiet street, just a short walk from Princes Street, The Royal Mile and the gay nightlife around Broughton Street.

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.

Other facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Excellent value for money.

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Luxury option.

The Glasshouse5 stars

2 Greenside Place, Edinburgh | map | distance

7.9 Good - based on 9 Agoda 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.

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Hotel Indigo, Edinburgh
Modern design.

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh4 stars

51-59 York Place, Edinburgh | map | distance

4.7 Acceptable - based on 1 Agoda reviews

Why this hotel? Modern design. Great for shopping & gay scene. Free WiFi.

The contemporary, fashionable boutique Hotel Indigo is located a short walk from the best gay bars and clubs in the Pink Triangle and within easy access to the city centre and shopping around George and Princes streets.

Hotel Indigo features modern, superbly designed guest rooms with attractive colours and a vibrant atmosphere.

Each air-conditioned room features free WiFi, flat screen TV, a minibar with complimentary soft drinks and snacks.

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Edinburgh Old Town

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.

Excellent Location.

Jurys Inn Edinburgh3 stars

43 Jeffrey Street, Old Town, Edinburgh | map | distance

8.3 Very Good - based on 96 Agoda reviews

Why this hotel? Excellent Location. Close to the major sights. Value for money. Free WiFi.

Jurys Inn has an excellent location, close to Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile and just a couple of minutes’ walk from Waverley Train Station.  This 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.

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Excellent location.

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton4 stars

19 North Bridge, Edinburgh | map | distance

7.8 Good - based on 249 Agoda reviews

Why this hotel? Excellent location. Great facilities. Value for money. Free WiFi.

Most booked 2015
Top 100
2016
Top 100

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.

features bar, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, sauna, jacuzzi / hot pool, gym, free wi-fi | Updated: 12-15-2016

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George Street and Princes Street

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.

Classic Scottish.
The George Hotel stylish guestrooms
The George Hotel room
The George Hotel guestroom
The George Hotel lounge bar

The George Hotel4 stars

19-21 George Street, Edinburgh | map | distance

8.3 Very Good - based on 226 Agoda reviews

Why this hotel? Classic Scottish. Great for shopping & gay nightlife.

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.

Most recently, a £20 million renovation has seen The George transformed into a modern hotel that successfully blends contemporary styling with the building’s heritage.

The stylish guest rooms feature modern en suite bathroom and all the latest technology including flat screen TV and WiFi.

Location-wise, The George Hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from Princes Street as well as being ideally located for the city’s gay nightlife.

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Scottish icon.

The Caledonian – A Waldorf Astoria Hotel5 stars

Princes Street, Edinburgh | map | distance

8.7 Very Good - based on 114 Agoda reviews

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”.

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Le Monde Hotel, Edinburgh
Fabulous bar.
Le Monde Altantis Guest Room
Le Monde Paris Room

Le Monde Hotel4 stars

16 George Street, Edinburgh | map | distance

9.2 Fantastic - based on 14 Agoda reviews

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.

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Award winner.

Rick’s Hotel4 stars

55a Frederick Street, Edinburgh | map | distance

8.5 Very Good - based on 32 Agoda reviews

Why this hotel? Award winner. Stylish design. Central location.

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.

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Boutique choice.

Tigerlily Hotel4 stars

125 George Street, Edinburgh | map | distance

8.7 Very Good - based on 28 Agoda 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.

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Excellent value.

Royal Overseas League3 stars

100 Princes Street, Edinburgh | map | distance

8.3 Very Good - based on 7 Agoda reviews

Why this hotel? Excellent value. Great for shopping. Central location. Free WiFi.

The Royal Overseas League (ROL) is an organisation dedicated to improving understanding between people and to promoting the arts among young people of the Commonwealth.

They also run an excellent-value hotel in one of the most prime locations in Edinburgh.

The hotel offers very good quality guest rooms with free WiFi in the heart of Princes Street.  This, in addition to an excellent breakfast, makes The ROL difficult to beat.

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