Where medieval meets modern, Edinburgh is filled with vibrant attractions, eclectic architecture, and scenic rolling hills. From exciting historic sites like the famous Edinburgh Castle to the artisan shops and gorgeous Gregorian buildings of New Town, Scotland’s capital is known for its enchanting attractions and Old World charm.
Read on for a list of the best Airbnbs in Edinburgh. To ensure that these Airbnbs are well rated and consistently outstanding, the majority of the rentals listed are presided over by superhosts, and they all hold Airbnb Plus status. For those unfamiliar with Airbnb, superhosts have a proven track record of providing exceptional hospitality while Airbnb Plus properties have been verified through in-person inspection. Each listing also features an abundance of modern comforts, including complimentary toiletries, TV, and Wi-Fi.
Luxurious City Center Studio
Kicking off our list is a stylish studio in the heart of the city.
Characterized by large sash windows, high-end furnishings, and sleek modern appliances, this apartment rental in Edinburgh offers a hotel-quality stay with all of the comforts of home. The efficient layout maximizes space with the double bed tucked away in a cozy nook surrounded by blue wood panels. Bright and comfy, the living area is furnished with a brown leather sofa and a marble dining table for two. There is also a full kitchen with white cabinetry and a spa-like bathroom with a rain-style walk-in shower and marble tilework.
Located on the old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Site, this high-end rental boasts an upscale historic setting filled with cafés, bars, and restaurants.
Abbeyhill Apartment With City Views
Rent an apartment in Edinburgh that boasts a convenient location and gorgeous rooftop views with this stylish one-bedroom abode.
The interior is bright and spacious with a cozy living room, a dining table for four, and a modern kitchen with shiny black cabinetry. There is also a private full bathroom with a tub, and guests have access to an in-unit washer. Lively indoor plants and eye-catching splashes of color make the home cheerful and fun, and the comfy window seat is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view. Ideal for a solo traveler or a couple, the apartment is furnished with one double bed, and a travel crib can be provided for an additional child.
The convenient location in Abbeyhill makes this a great choice for travelers looking to explore the Royal Mile. There are many local residents in the surrounding neighborhood, and around the corner you’ll find several great shops, including an artisan bakery, an Italian café, and a wine shop.
Classical Apartment on the Royal Mile
Decorated with oak paneled walls, classical portraits, and family heirlooms, this elegant Airbnb in Edinburgh reflects the charm of its historic city setting.
The studio loft is warm and welcoming with a cozy indoor fireplace, oak paneled walls, and wooden window shutters. Elegant antique furnishings tastefully combine with modern decorations, and guests have access to a modern full kitchen, a full bathroom, a washer, and a dishwasher. There are hundreds of books in the living room bookcase to choose from, behind which you’ll find the double bed tucked away in a hidden bed box surrounded by gorgeous wood paneling.
Set in the oldest part of Edinburgh, the loft is close to the historic Edinburgh Castle and several museums, restaurants, and coffee shops. Conveniently, the train station and airport links are also nearby.
Stylish Georgian Apartment
Set in the heart of historic Edinburgh, this ground-floor studio offers a bright and modern interior with high-end finishes.
The one-bedroom apartment has its own main door entrance and private hallway as well as a large and completely modern full kitchen and a marble full bathroom. There is also a spacious living room with a comfy sofa and a small bistro table, and a large full window floods the space with natural light. The bedroom is furnished with an elegant wooden dresser and a double bed with a memory foam mattress. One or two guests can stay in the apartment, and a travel crib can be provided for guests traveling with small children. Stocked with original photography, vintage magazines, and a great selection of books, the apartment offers a relaxing atmosphere that makes the perfect home base for exploring the city.
All of the rooms in this Edinburgh Airbnb overlook the surrounding gardens, and there are several local shops, cafés, bars, and restaurants nearby. Holyrood Palace and Park, Arthur’s Seat, the Scottish Parliament, and Princess Street Gardens are all just a short walk away.
Rustic Urban Retreat
This Airbnb in Edinburgh makes a comfortable and stylish home base for a solo traveler or a couple interested in exploring the city.
With exposed stone walls, wood accents, and fun splashes of color, the interior combines modern art with rustic details. The living room is furnished with a comfy sofa and a two-person dining table and offers a unique collection of vintage cameras and photography books. There is one separate bedroom with a king-size bed, an elegant wooden armoire, and a grand window with expansive hillside views. The full bathroom is marked by gorgeous white tilework and a deep soaking tub lined with wood panels. With modern appliances, a dishwasher, and a washing machine, the convenient kitchen is well equipped with everything you might need to cook a gourmet meal. Fresh bread, milk, butter, jam, tea, and coffee are also included.
The artistic home offers incredible views of Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano covered in gorgeous greenery. There are also several parks and walking paths in the area, and Portobello Beach is just a 15-minute bike ride away. The city center is within walking distance of the apartment as are its popular outdoor markets, bars, and restaurants.
Artsy Flat on St. Mary’s Street
For a centrally located apartment with modern amenities and unique comforts, check out this one-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom home.
Modern furnishings and vintage décor combine in the bright and open interior. The large living room features a comfy sofa, a small dining table, a Smart TV, and a stunning arched doorway that leads into the full kitchen. Marked by a bright turquoise accent wall, the kitchen offers a great selection of appliances, cooking supplies, and a washer. There is also a large bedroom with a double bed, a full bathroom with luxurious heated floors, and a convenient half bathroom. With luxurious features such as Egyptian cotton bedding and a complimentary bottle of prosecco, this impressive rental guarantees a relaxing and comfortable stay.
St. Mary’s Street is located right next to the Royal Mile and is within walking distance of the castle, Grassmarket, and Waverly Train Station. The convenient location and spacious interior make this one of the best Airbnbs in Edinburgh for checking out the city’s main attractions.
Quiet Flat in New Town
If you’re interested in a well-decorated rental in an exclusive neighborhood, check out this boutique-style vacation apartment for rent in Edinburgh.
The focal point of the one-bedroom, one-bathroom home is the stunning living area, which offers a comfy gray sofa bed, a wall-mounted Smart TV, and a gold-accented fireplace. There are several large windows in the room that look out toward the surrounding greenery, and the soft style and elegant décor create an ultra-comfy atmosphere. The bedroom comes with a king-size bed, a built-in wardrobe, a desk, and a second wall-mounted TV. Additional amenities include free private parking and a washer and dryer.
New Town is a popular high-end neighborhood characterized by Georgian architecture and cobblestone streets. The area is filled with lush botanic gardens, galleries, museums, local shops, parks, and river walks.
Musician’s Home in a Trendy Neighborhood
Situated in the bustling port district of Leith, this Edinburgh Airbnb makes a comfy and convenient stay for small families and groups of friends.
Up to four guests can stay in the two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo, which features a uniquely gorgeous interior and a private yard. The spacious living room boasts bright bay windows, a royal purple sofa, and a flickering gas fireplace, and the massive full kitchen is equipped with granite countertops and a large industrial-style wood dining table. In the master bedroom, you’ll find a king-size bed, an antique vanity, and a lovely chandelier, and the second bedroom is furnished with a double bed. Additional convenient features include a dishwasher, a washer and dryer, a heated towel rack, and free parking.
The vibrant and trendy streets of Leith are just a short walk away as are several bars and restaurants, New Town, and Waverly Station.
Stunning Old Town Apartment With Castle Views
For another charming vacation rental in Edinburgh, check out this classic one-bedroom abode overlooking Edinburgh Castle.
Characterized by Scottish-themed décor, vintage furnishings, and gorgeous sash windows, this cozy condo offers an authentic experience with royal views. The bedroom is furnished with an elegant vanity and a double bed, and the sofa bed in the living room makes the space suited for up to four guests. There is also one luxurious full bathroom and a full kitchen with a breakfast bar. The well-decorated living room features quirky artwork, a gorgeous red sofa, and a quaint window seat that makes the perfect place to admire the castle.
Located in the heart of Old Town, the condo is surrounded by fun festivities and famous sites that are available year-round. There is certainly no shortage of rich history and interesting establishments to explore on the streets of Old Town, and the Museum of Scotland and Greyfriars Kirkyard are just a short walk away.
Boutique City Center Apartment
Tucked away on the oldest street in New Town, this Edinburgh Airbnb offers a lively atmosphere and high-end amenities.
Light-colored furnishings, colorful artwork, and cheerful accents make this eclectic apartment bright and refreshing. Ideal for a single guest or a couple, the one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is furnished with a king-size bed. Elegant gold curtains and an artistic accent wall add to the luxurious feel of the bedroom, and the modern full bathroom is equipped with a heated towel rack. Common areas include a formal dining room, a full kitchen with a dishwasher, and a cozy living room with a royal purple sofa and a Smart TV.
Few short-term rentals in Edinburgh are better located for exploring the city. Guests can enjoy the Georgian architecture and wide-open space of New Town and take a short walk to popular Old Town attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens.
Refurbished Flat in a Georgian Building
This two-bedroom, one-bathroom Airbnb in Edinburgh offers a unique historic stay ideal for families and small groups.
Originally built in 1792, this centuries-old apartment was renovated to combine modern appliances and high-end furnishings with unique rustic accents. The gorgeous sitting room features an exposed stone wall and original doors and floor boards. A large serving hatch looks into the full kitchen, equipped with stainless-steel appliances and complimentary snacks and beverages. Each of the bedrooms is furnished with a double bed, and the luxurious bathroom boasts a heated towel rack and a walk-in shower. There is also a cozy dining area in the living room with a four-person table next to a grand set of windows with white frames.
The peaceful apartment is set on a quiet street in central Edinburgh but is just a short walk away from the lively attractions of New Town. Down the road, you’ll find several bars, shops, restaurants, and tourist attractions.
Traditional Mews House in the West End
For a traditional Airbnb in Edinburgh with a modern interior, check out this chic apartment on the edge of Dean Village.
With two bedrooms and one full bathroom, the space can sleep up to four guests. The larger bedroom is furnished with a queen-size bed, the second bedroom offers a double bed, and the bathroom is equipped with a luxurious vanity and a sparkling shower with a soaking tub. The living room is decorated with cool-toned neutrals and modern white furnishings, and the full kitchen boasts a full selection of stainless-steel appliances and pastel blue tiles. The focal point of the home is the unique mezzanine dining area, elevated above the living room and furnished with a four-person table.
Dean Village is a protected World Heritage site located within walking distance of the city center. The Water of Leith walkway is also nearby and will lead you to the trendy attractions of Stockbridge.
Contemporary Apartment Near the City Center
If you’re looking for a modern stay in a friendly residential neighborhood near the center, look no further than this lovely apartment next to Harrison Park.
The interior is exceptionally bright and well-decorated with cheerful artwork and lively splashes of color. Two guests can stay in the one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, which is furnished with a king-size bed. The open-concept living space combines a cozy sitting area with a Smart TV, a spacious dining section, and a chic full kitchen with white cabinetry. There is also an ultra-modern bathroom with a rain-style walk-in shower, and a heated towel rack. Additional amenities include a dishwasher, a washer and dryer, and private underground parking.
The location is friendly and convenient, making this a great Edinburgh Airbnb for guests traveling with small children. In addition to the park, Union Canal is also nearby, and the main attractions of the city center are just a short walk away.
Elegant Apartment in Historic Old Town
This rental apartment in Edinburgh boasts a sophisticated style that is sure to meet even the highest standards.
There are large windows in every room that provide fantastic natural light and rooftop views. With soft pastel walls, a marble fireplace, and a golden chandelier, the alluring living room is as stylish as it is comfortable. Sit back on one of the elegant light gray sofas as you warm up in front of the fire, watch a movie, or flip through one of the apartment’s books of artwork. The spacious eat-in kitchen is separate from the living room and offers modern appliances, a combined washer-dryer, and a lovely window seat. There is also one bedroom with a double bed and a modern full bathroom.
The historic building is set in the heart of Old Town, around the corner from St. Giles’ Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle. The surrounding streets are exploding with life and filled with many museums, shops, restaurants, and pubs.
High-End Victorian Flat
Wrapping up our list of the best Airbnb rentals in Edinburgh is another elegant stay with a designer interior and top-of-the-line amenities.
Original details such as ceiling roses and gold-frame mirrors add to the luxurious aura of this five-star accommodation. Soft blues and grays make the space calm and tranquil, and the premium furniture promises maximum comfort as you rest after a long day of sightseeing. The open-concept living area offers a sofa, a dining table, an indoor fireplace, and a Smart TV, and the connected kitchen features high-end appliances and a gorgeous silver chandelier. The larger of the two bedrooms comes with a king-size bed and a custom four-door wardrobe, and the second bedroom is furnished with a twin-size bed. Both bedrooms are bright and well decorated and offer premier comforts like memory foam mattresses and Egyptian cotton linens. There is one luxurious full bathroom with a rain-style walk-in shower and an L-shaped soaking tub, and the home is equipped with a Smart thermostat system.
The apartment is nestled in a historic corner building on Blackfriars Street in Old Town. Guests can walk just a few minutes to popular spots like the Royal Mile, and the nearby train station makes it easy to explore the city in its entirety.
That concludes our list of the best Edinburgh Airbnbs. No matter which accommodation you choose, you’re sure to be met with fantastic hospitality, stunning views, and a slew of enticing attractions to choose from.