If you’re visiting Edinburgh with the kids in tow, these family friendly hotels offer the perfect base for exploring the city with the whole family, writes Gillian McDonald.
Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Located right in the heart of the Old Town, the Apex Grassmarket Hotel offers comfortable family rooms with views of Edinburgh Castle.
All kids under 17 stay for free (when booking a family room), and they’ll be kept entertained with TV and high speed wifi, welcome activity packs and their own signature Apex rubber
duck to take home.
Children under 12 can also eat for free in the hotel’s restaurant, accompanied by a paying adult, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Visit: 31-35 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS - apexhotels.co.uk/apex-grassmarket- hotel
Norton House Hotel
Country house hotel, Norton House, is located in peaceful surroundings on the outskirts of the city, and it’s ideally situated for getting to and from the airport.
Family rooms are available, including suites split over two floors, and kids under 12 stay for free.
Children are also welcome to use the swimming pool, there are extensive grounds to run around in and special kids’ menus are available in the restaurant.
Visit: Ingliston, Newbridge, EH28 8LX - handpickedhotels.co.uk/nortonhouse
Old Town Chambers
Old Town Chambers offers the best of both worlds, with the flexibility of an apartment and the luxury of a hotel.
The state of the art serviced family apartments are ideal for up to four people, and include an open plan kitchen, living and dining area as well as two king size beds.
Visit: Roxburgh’s Court, 323 High Street, EH1 1LW - lateralcity.com/property/old-town-chambers
The Rutland Hotel
Overlooking the West End, The Rutland Hotel is a family friendly boutique hotel.
The hotel (which is split between several adjoining townhouses) includes 12 bedrooms and nine apartments, and each townhouse can also be booked exclusively for large family
The rooms are kitted out with features such as cable television, wifi and Nintendo Wiis for the kids, as well as Nespresso coffee machines, waterfall showers and a fully stocked mini
bar for the adults.
Visit: 1-3 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE - therutlandhotel.com
Radisson Blu Edinburgh
Located on the Royal Mile, the Radisson Blu Edinburgh is just minutes away from all the main attractions in the city centre.
Children under 16 stay for free in family rooms (which also come with late checkout as standard), and those under 12 can also enjoy breakfast and dinner free of charge when
accompanied by a paying adult.
Upon arrival, every child receives a complimentary Global Explorers entertainment pack including games, colouring books and sweets on arrival, plus there are toys and mini bathrobes in the rooms, and Playstation 4 consoles available on request.
Visit: 80 High Street, EH1 1TH - radissonblu.com/en/hotel-edinburgh
Murrayfield Hotel & House
Offering affordable and stylish family accommodation, the Murrayfield Hotel & House includes 44 bedrooms, with a variety of single, double and family rooms.
Each bedroom is equipped with complimentary wifi, a flat screen TV, a rainfall shower, and in-room dining options are also available.
Visit: 18 Corstorphine Road, EH 12 6HN - themurrayfieldhotel.co.uk
Contemporary guesthouse, 94DR, welcomes families to stay in the Wee Dram room, which can be booked in conjunction with the adjoining rooms to create the perfect family suite.
Specially designed for kids, the Wee Dram comes complete with books, DVDs, games and an Xbox to keep little ones entertained.
Visit: 94 Dalkeith Road, EH16 5AF - 94dr.com
Ibis Styles St Andrew Square
The bright, quirky and modern design of the Ibis Styles hotel is sure to appeal to young travellers.
Family rooms offer comfortable and spacious accommodation, and guests can even enjoy an unlimited continental breakfast as part of the room rate.
Visit: 19 St Andrew Square, EH2 1AU - ibis.com
For a luxurious family holiday, head to the boutique guesthouse, 23 Mayfield.
Their Family Observatory room is a grand suite with views of Arthur’s Seat, stunning mahogany furniture and stylish, classic decor.
To keep kids entertained, there’s a telescope, flatscreen TV, Nintendo Wii and Xbox.
Visit: 23 Mayfield Gardens, EH9 2BX - 23mayfield.co.uk
Located close to the Meadows, the Bruntsfield Hotel is just a short walk or bus journey from many of Edinburgh’s family attractions.
Their comfortable family rooms are ideal for up to four people, with a king size bed for the adults and a bunk bed (in a separate bedroom area) for the kids.
The hotel’s restaurant, Bisque, has a children’s menu for lunch and dinner, as well as a breakfast buffet.
Visit: 69 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4HH - thebruntsfield.co.uk