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Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital city, is home to many cultural landmarks and tourist spots which attract millions of visitors each year. There are many hotels both centrally located and a short distance from the city, but if you’re looking for places to stay in Edinburgh where parking facilities are available, this isn’t always easy. This guide will summarise Edinburgh hotels with parking to ensure you can get into the city with ease.
While some of the hotels outside of the city have onsite parking, most of the Old Town and City Centre options direct guests to car parks nearby and offer a discount or charge an additional fee to look after your car for you.
If you are planning to do a road trip in Scotland, it might be worth considering taking public transport into Edinburgh and picking up your rental car after you’ve spent time in the city.
You may also like our guide to parking in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Old Town Hotels with Parking
1. Radisson Blu Hotel
Radison Blu Hotel is located on the historic Royal Mile (image) next to the cobbled street road and Old Town attractions such as St Giles’ Cathedral and John Knox House. It neighbours with some of the best Old Town pubs too.
Surprisingly considering its location, this hotel does offer guest parking for an additional cost of £12.50 per night.
Hotel parking at the Radisson Blu is based on the first come first served ethos so, if driving and parking in Edinburgh is a must for your trip, don’t think about booking for too long.
Radisson Blu includes a spa and fitness centre, bar and nicely decorated, air-conditioned bedrooms with free Wi-Fi.
Elevators are available at this hotel.
A seasonal menu can be found at the Itchycoo Bar and Kitchen which overlooks the Royal Mile.
2. The Scotsman Hotel
Overlooking Calton Hill and Princes Street Gardens, The Scotsman has been hosting guests 1905.
Each unique room in this Baroque-style hotel has curved corner window bays with scenic views of Edinburgh.
Rooms can be reached by elevator.
Guests with cars are offered a discounted rate at the multi storey car park at Edinburgh Waverley Station.
Drive up to the hotel, unload your luggage and follow directions to the car park which is 10 minute walk from the hotel.
Take the famous Scotsman Steps back to the hotel which have connected North Bridge and Waverley Station since 1899.
City Centre Hotels with Parking
3. The Balmoral Hotel
The 5-star hotel, The Balmoral offers guests a luxury stay in the heart of the city.
Famous for its afternoon teas at the hotel’s Palm Court and for the JK Rowling suite where the author finished the last Harry Potter book, The Balmoral has 167 rooms and 20 suites with elevator access.
Waverley Station and Princes Street Gardens are within a 5-minute walk.
The Old Town’s Royal Mile is just over the North Bridge.
One of the several places to dine within The Balmoral is the Number One Restaurant, which provides a fine dining menu.
For informal dining there is Brasserie Prince.
Small dogs are permitted. Find out more in our dog-friendly hotels guide.
The Balmoral offers valet parking so you can park outside of the hotel while you unpack your car.
Parking is £35 per night and is charged to your room account.
If you would consider staying outside of the city and are keen to try sleeping overnight in a castle, check out this guide to the best Scottish castle hotels near Edinburgh and beyond.
4. Kimpton – Charlotte Square
The Kimpton Charlotte Square hotel is located in the New Town, close to both Princes and George Street making it a great base for those who like to shop and dine.
Charlotte Square is where you will find striking Georgian townhouses including Bute House, the official residence of the First Minister of Scotland (image).
Air conditioned rooms are equipped with a TV, a complimentary treat box and fridge.
The Kimpton has accessible rooms with modified baths with bars.
There is an elevator for guests to use between floors.
The hotel has an indoor courtyard called The Garden where breakfast is served.
You can also purchase food and drink throughout the day and evening here.
It’s a wee oasis among the concrete streets.
In addition to The Garden, there is a grill restaurant called BABA.
Guests can use the leisure facilities including the gym, swimming pool, and spa.
Furry friends are welcome at the hotel. Dogs must be a maximum of 35kg (about 80lb).
Onsite parking is available but is limited and charged at £35 per 24 hours.
5. Malmaison Edinburgh City
Malmaison Edinburgh City can be found on St Andrews Square in the New Town, close to a tram stop and the upmarket shops on George Street and high street stores on Princes Street.
Rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom.
Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, bar, a 24-hour front desk and room service. Dogs are welcome.
A continental or vegetarian breakfast is served in the restaurant in addition to drinks in the bar.
Public parking is available nearby Q Park Omni (EH1 3AN) for £12 hours when the ticket is validated at reception.
There is also an expensive on street parking option charged at £3.80 per hour.
6. YOTEL Edinburgh
Rooms with AC range from queen to family sized and there are also suites with kitchens.
The hotel is accessible including an elevator and specially designed toilets.
YOTEL has a casual restaurant and bar called Komyuniti and a takeout cafe, Kohi.
There is a fitness suite for guests to use.
There is no parking onsite but guests can make use of a special £12 for 24 hours rate at the nearest NCP car park (EH1 2EW).
Let ‘Missions Control’ at YOTEL know if you are using the car park and they will provide a discount voucher which you present when leaving the car park.
7. Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Situated in a prime location near Calton Hill (image), Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh offers ensuite rooms with desk space in addition to complimentary WiFi, an on-site bar and free gym access.
Guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant, The Lantern Room, which serves both local and international dishes.
The Royal Mile and Old Town attractions are approximately 10 minutes away by foot.
Courtyard by Marriott does not have onsite parking but they partner with Q-Park OMNI to offer secure car parking for £12 per 24 hours, single entry only.
Edinburgh West End Hotels with Parking
8. Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian
Originally built in 1903 as part of Edinburgh’s central railway station, the building is pretty special and stands out at the bottom of Lothian Road
Air conditioned rooms have flat-screen TVs, an ensuite with designer toiletries, and unobstructed views of Edinburgh Castle. Pets are welcome at an additional cost.
The hotel’s Guerlain Spa offers a variety of treatments and leisure facilities including a steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, swimming pool and a gym.
There are lots of food and drink options including Peacock Alley’s afternoon teas, The Caley Bar’s bar food menu and the award-winning restaurant, Grazing by Mark Greenaway.
Concierge staff speak a variety of languages so there will always be someone on hand to help should you require it.
Private parking is available at an additional cost. Both valet and self parking cost £25.
The Caledonian also features in our guide to hotels with indoor pools.
9. The Dunstane Houses
The Dunstane Houses are set over two Victorian townhouses, Dunstane House and Hampton House, in Edinburgh’s West End.
This 5-star hotel is located 15 minutes from central Edinburgh, with a bus stop nearby that has links to both the city and airport.
Guests can park for free at the hotel or use the free street parking.
It is a 30 minute walk to Princes Street from the hotel or 10 minute bus/car journey.
These rooms are something else with original open fireplaces and stylish 4-poster beds.
Don’t be put off by the vintage vibes, amenities are modern and rooms contain flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and ensuite bathrooms.
Some also have freestanding copper roll-top baths for pure luxury.
The Dunstanes promote a home away home ethos, dogs are welcome to stay overnight too.
Leith Hotels With Parking
10. Malmaison Edinburgh
Malmaison Edinburgh coins the phrase ‘style on the seafront’ to describe its Leith waterfront boutique hotel.
Just behind the hotel is complimentary, free, parking for guests. It is not manned so you leave the car there at your own risk.
However, Gemma lived closed to The Shore and never had any issues parking her car.
While the city centre is easily accessed by bus, you might not want to bother going into town since there are so many cool things to do in Leith, Edinburgh’s hip neighbourhood.
This UK chain of modern hotels offers rooms in all shapes and sizes from standard to suite.
Chez Mal Brasserie serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and the bar is well stocked.
Gemma and her family stayed here during their wedding party weekend and her brother was ecstatic to get his picture taken with the Celtic football team who were also staying at the hotel.
As with its sister Malmaison in the city, dogs are welcome and there is a nice walk to Stockbridge along the Water of Leith.
Outside of the CityCentre
If you really require a parking space at an affordable price it is worth considering a hotel outside of the city centre with good public transport options.
11. Best Western Kings Manor
This is one of the best rated cheap hotels in Edinburgh with parking for those on a budget who need to drive.
Just 10 minutes away from Portobello Beach (image), Best Western Kings Manor in Edinburgh offers free WiFi, a swimming pool, gym, spa bath and tennis court.
Rooms have en-suites, air conditioning, satellite TV and can be accessed by elevators.
The Lauders Restaurant serves traditional continental breakfast and meals.
Pets are also welcome to stay, perfect for beach strolls.
Parking is free.
12. Prestonfield House
Just under 2 miles away from the Royal Mile, this luxurious 5-star hotel has romantic bedrooms, gardens and a fine dining restaurant.
Guests that book a stay at Prestonfield House do so to spend time at the hotel, enjoying the garden and dinner at The Rhubarb Restaurant.
The 18 luxurious bedrooms and 5 romantic suites will blow you away with their antique furnishings and lavish decor.
Parking is free for guests and public transport to the city centre is a 5-minute walk away.
Ev Ed writer, Ruth got married at Prestonfield House so it is an Ev Ed favourite. It also features in our guide to romantic places to stay in Edinburgh.
13. Village Hotel Edinburgh
Village Hotel Edinburgh is located close to Ferry Road at Crewe Road.
Buses into town take around 20 minutes.
Onsite parking is available but pricing is not straightforward.
According to Village Hotels:
Parking is free for up to 4 hours after which there is a daily charge of £5. Parking restrictions apply from Sunday 3pm through until Friday at 5pm. *4 hours free parking applies for vehicles entering the hotel at 3pm (no later) on Sundays.
Parking is complimentary after 5pm on Fridays until 3pm on Sunday.
This budget hotel has a popular family-friendly indoor pool, spa and wellness centre offering treatments. Gemma, Ev Ed, recommends the facial.
For a quieter stay without kids in the pool, consider booking midweek.
All rooms are fitted with en suites, air conditioning and flat-screen TVs.
There is a restaurant called Village Grill at the hotel as well as a Starbucks coffee shop.
Village Hotel Edinburgh is a 30 minute walk to the lovely upmarket Stockbridge (images) area where you will find a big cafe scene, nice walks and a Sunday farmers market.
Leith is another neighbourhood worth checking out for great food and independent shops.
14. Novotel Edinburgh Park
This 4-star Edinburgh hotel can be found just off the M8 motorway and is a 12-minute train or tram ride from the city centre.
Rooms include a large work area, TV, minibar, and free Wi-Fi.
There is a restaurant and bar area and guests have complimentary access to the indoor heated pool, steam room and gym.
Pets are also welcome for an additional charge.
There is onsite parking which guests pay for.
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About the Author: Eilidh has lived in Scotland her entire life and loves visiting Edinburgh with her family, especially during the festive period and when the Fringe Festival is on. As a University student, she is looking to travel more and experience new cultures in the future.