Airbnb is an online marketplace that allows users to both search for and list places to stay. With over 1,500,00 listings, properties are on offer in over 191 countries worldwide, Since it was first founded in 2008 the site has grown in popularity due to its simplicity and easy access for travellers.
The Edinburgh listings are very strong and offer everything from city centre luxury apartments to traditional period homes.
We have compiled some of our top picks, the ones we feel have the most character, the ones with genuine style and ones that have Edinburgh’s top attractions right on the doorstep.
- The one with the ‘wow’ factor
Full listing: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/860170
This classic, Royal Mile apartment is steeped in history and jam-packed with quirky features which are bound to brighten your day. Found on the top floor of an Eighteenth Century building, this one bedroom apartment is located within the heart of Edinburgh’s old town and within walking distance of popular tourist attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland. But beware, this central location does come with a noisy companion as the 1 O’clock cannon, fired from the castle battlements, rings out across Edinburgh.
Inside, the apartment is equally as magical as its historic setting. Floor to ceiling bookcases divide the living and dining areas, whilst original oak panelling line the walls. The bedroom is hidden away by a floor to ceiling hidden doorway and passage, which leads to this cosy space. At £100 per night, this romantic get away is perfect for a couples weekend break.
- The one with the mezzanine
Full listing: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3392332?s=TgkUqzaN
The space of this rental has been cleverly designed by its architect owner and makes use of a stunning glass mezzanine to incorporate additional valuable space to this Nineteenth Century townhouse apartment. It sleek style mixes modernity with home comforts.
Close to the West End of Edinburgh and the city’s new town, this rental is geared more toward cosmopolitan living than many of the other options on Airbnb. Just five minutes walk in any direction with take you the peaceful Dean Village, the waterfront of Leith or the hustle and bustle of Princes Street.
- The one on the mound
Full listing: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/6030112
This central luxury apartment in Edinburgh incorporates views of Princes Street into its style and design. Polished to the highest standard, this apartment has all the gadgets including flat screen TVs and iPod dock sound systems. It has two double bedrooms both with their own en suites and walk-in showers.
This space transforms traditional architecture into a modern living space for the city traveller without losing its characteristic charm. Its central location provides easy access to the Royal Mile, both old and new town and the world-renowned University of Edinburgh.
- The one in Leith
Full listing: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/882428
This city stop boast the rare addition of free parking, though you have to step out a little further to Leith to get it. Possibly the most quirky property on our list, this space includes two bedrooms, one traditionally Victorian, the other a converted loft space complete with its own free-standing bath and balcony. Though its hidden gem is its garden, perfect for winding down after a long day of sight seeing.
Leith has its own spots to offer including the Royal Yacht Britannia and countless waterfront bars and restaurants. This spot is still just minute’s walk from Edinburgh’s city centre as well as having numerous travel links with easy access to the A1 and the Edinburgh Bypass. This is the perfect stay for those looking to explore Edinburgh and beyond.
- The one with stunning views
Full listing: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/2464942
This is a central two-bedroom apartment, which overlooks the beautiful Holyrood Park. Sleeping a maximum of five guests this second floor, traditional apartment is a home away from home. Modern colourful decor greets your from your entrance and your stay is made sweeter by the on-street parking.
Within walking distance are many of Edinburgh’s most popular attractions such as Arthur’s Seat, the Royal Mile and the Scottish Parliament.
Are you looking for your next home to be a desirable and perfectly located luxury apartment that’s perfect for Airbnb-ing during those times when you’re away? Then it’s time you took a look at Quartermile – Edinburgh’s most desirable new district. Find out more by visiting http://www.qmile.com/luxury-apartments-edinburgh.