Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most interesting old cities, full of history to the chagrin of some who might feel it is something of an open air museum. However the city has evolved socially and is very cosmopolitan with three universities and a thriving business and arts scene. Visitors to the city can hear the deafening sound of the guns going off at Edinburgh castle at one o clock or hear the deafening roar of the crowds at one of the city’s two top flight football clubs, close to some of the best Edinburgh hotels.
Nightlife in Edinburgh is excellent and there is a wide choice of venues and genres to choose from. Many of the clubs in the centre of town can be found in the cavernous basements of some of the city’s old buildings. The Caves and the Jazz bar are two such venues where clubbers can enjoy a nice relaxed atmosphere before heading off to one of the more mainstream oriented venues like the ever popular Po Na Na or the plush Opal Lounge on George Street.
The main attraction in Edinburgh is the city’s 800 year old castle. A miniature historical city in itself the castle has a number of things to interests visitors including the old palace, birthplace of king James VI, home to the mythical stone of destiny and the famous gatehouse and Portcullis gate. The royal mile has a number of old and new visitor attractions, the most notable and controversial being the new Scottish parliament building.
The choice of Edinburgh hotels is vast and ranges from good budget hotels to the most opulent hotels guests could wish to stay in. For an excellent three-star the Holiday Inn Express in the heart of the city centre is ideal and looks much smarter than its price would suggest, the hotel has a modest entrance on a grand Georgian terrace. The royal Terrace hotel is a good four -star with an interesting variation of suites, some of which are imaginative to say the least.
For visitors planning the trip of a lifetime the Sheraton Grand Hotel would be the hotel of choice. The five-star hotel has views of the castle, a choice of excellent restaurants to rival the finest in the city centre and an excellent spa for downtime between museums and evenings out. For fitness fanatics there are great facilities, including a gym that looks strikingly like a deck from the Starship USS Enterprise with its ambient blue ceiling dome, the Sheraton is one of the most opulent Edinburgh hotels.
Emily Collins works in the travel industry and writes articles based on the world’s top destinations and the latest holiday offers.