Edinburgh Festivals: Where to look for last-minute accommodation

Looking for a bolthole in the capital during August can be a challenge - but plenty of options remain. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
Looking for a bolthole in the capital during August can be a challenge - but plenty of options remain. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
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Making last-minute plans to go to the capital in August? From boutique hotels to camping in the great outdoors, plenty of accommodation options remain on the table – but snap them up while you can

Self-catering apartments

A campsite in Ingliston set up during the Festival in 2013. Picture: Contributed

A campsite in Ingliston set up during the Festival in 2013. Picture: Contributed

Airbnb’s relatively recent arrival has given the capital’s accommodation options a welcome boost. For a week’s stay in an unoccupied house or flat in Edinburgh during August, the price ranges between from £90 to £200. For a private room, you might pay as little as £35. Eventful Stays.com provide a similar service. https://www.airbnb.co.uk/; http://eventfulstays.com/

Serviced apartments

Upmarket serviced apartments such as The City Bothy (£610 for a week’s stay) and The Knight Residence fill up quickly, and the majority are now sold out. Last-minute cancellations notwithstanding, you’re unlikely to find one. This two-bedroom penthouse apartment on Quartermile is one of the last available, and also one of the most expensive at more than £4,600.

Hotels

On hotel booking sites such as booking.com, most deals below £1,000 for a week’s stay for two will include student halls and whatever guest houses remain. Highly-rated hotels include the Malmaison in Leith for around £1,750, the Jurys Inn on Jeffrey Street at around £1,800, and the Roxburghe Hotel at just under £2,000.

Hostels

Cockburn Street’s Edinburgh Backpackers, one of the cheapest options available, offers accommodation in a 14-bed mixed dorm for seven nights for £185 – just over £25 per night. Rates for private rooms vary wildly; private student accommodation blocks such as Brae House, in Abbeyhill, would cost more than £700 for a double room for a week. (You’ll often find such accommodation in the “hostel” sections of websites.) Hostels such as Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls (around £57 per night) and Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel (around £53 per night) are ideal for single occupants looking for central locations. http://www.hostelworld.com/

Camping/Glamping

Based at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston, the camping and glamping complex run by Campingninja is accessible via bus and tram. For glampers, a festival teepee with two single beds costs just shy of £400; other options such as the glamping pods inch up in price. For campers, space for your own tent is available from around £200 for seven nights, or £15.00 per person per night. Pre-pitched tents – including two and four-person tents as well as a luxury bell tent – are also available. Some space has been allocated for campervans too. http://edinburghfestivalcamping.com/; http://hostivalonline.com/events-and-festivals/2013/02/04/edinburgh-fringe-festival/

• Quoted prices are for two adults sharing, unless otherwise stated

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