Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Where should I stay?



Finding a place to stay during the festival can be tricky. With prices for hotels, hostels, flats etc rocketing during August, it can seem almost impossible to find an affordable place to stay. Although it is a good idea to get looking early on in the year, it is still completely possible to find some great places to stay during your time at the Festival. Here are some great websites to have a look through:

If you are a performer or are staying for the duration of the festival and need a flat/house to rent:

Edinburgh Festival Rentals 
This site has a mixture of luxury accommodation in the city centre and cheaper places a little further away if you are on a tight budget.
For example there is a 1 bedroom flat that sleeps 4 people for £1600 for the whole month. This one is a 5 minute walk from princes street. You can view this flat here 
Then there is an apartment situated in the centre of Edinburgh that sleeps 4 people which is £3600 for the month. You can view this one here
***Call +44 (0) 131 221 1646 if you are interested***


Edlets
Edlets has a wide variety of different places to stay from flats to bed and breakfasts. Whether you are staying for a long or short time they will have something to suit you. It is also great for affordable places. You can enquire online or call +44 (0)131 510 0020 
If you need help and want to send a booking enquiry click here

Royal mile apartments
Royal mile apartments is a site with ‘’A selection of 6 Edinburgh apartments sleeping from 1 to 10 people’’ It is certainly the more luxurious selection of the bunch so far however there are deals on the website. ***July/August 2012 special offers*** Apartments available from £120 per night (minimum 2 night stay) Contact 01835823248 or email mail@royalmileapartments.co.uk for more info.



If you are just coming for a visit and are looking for a b&b/hostel:

Festival Beds

This website provides bed and breakfast accommodation in private home located in central Edinburgh and the surrounding area during the festival period.
There are 3 main types of accommodation on offer to the public ranging from ‘top’ to ‘economy’. A typical top range room can expect private facilities and en suites and are located within a 5 minutes’ walk of Princes Street. (The city’s main shopping area). A Mid range type of accommodation offers both private and shared facilities and is located a little further outside of the main city centre but near to plenty of bus links.  The last range is economy which is the cheapest option and is likely to have shared bathrooms and is also located just outside of the city centre.
To enquire and to get a quote call 01312251101 or email admin@festivalbeds.co.uk
 

Mansion Festivals
Edinburgh Festival rooms and apartments lettings office is located close to Fountain Park which is just minutes from the city centre. The Apartments are located on West Tollcross in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh. It is a purpose built student accommodation block, containing 331 bedrooms in arrangements of 4 and 6 bedroom flats.
It is ideal for tourists/ performers/ long or short stays or if you are on a tight budget and want to be close to the city centre. PRICES start from around just £19 a night.

To enquire or to book call 01313440938

***Be sure to check out the special offers page for great current deals***



Here is an option for a hotel if you are looking to come for a short visit

Mercure Edinburgh City- Princes Street hotel (3 Star ***)
‘’Ideally located in the centre of the city, Close to the Royal Mile and stunning Edinburgh Castle’
All Standard rooms come with Flat-screen TV, Internet access, ensuite bathrooms complete with showers and baths, and half of the rooms have beautiful views of Edinburgh Castle and Prince Street Garden.

Prices start from £70 (standard room) 




                                                      Tips


One of the best ways to find accommodation is to look through gumtree . There is a huge selection of flats and apartments in different price ranges and sleeping any number of people. It is a good idea to check regularly as it is frequently updated and landlords often find that people pull out, therefore great accommodation is put back on the site! 
Another tip is to keep in mind how great the public transport is in and around the city. Busses are a fixed price of £1.20 for adults (or passes are available for the month) and they run frequently all day. There is even a night bus every hour so no need to waste money on taxis! This means that if you are on a tight budget then you can look for flats/apartments further out of the city and be safe in the knowledge that there will be a bus to get you into the centre. 
Leith walk is also a great place to look for accommodation. It is located close enough to all the hustle and bustle of the fringe but is far enough away that you may find something cheap, try searching leith on gumtree.
Finally don't hesitate to contact people. You will often find that people who live in Edinburgh rent out rooms in their flats during the month. So if you know someone who knows someone in Edinburgh, give them a call!

We hope this post is helpful in finding you somewhere great to stay for the Festival! If you have any other tips or websites, please feel free to post them below!










 


Alternatively you can search and compare prices on all hotels in Edinburgh by using the following websites here:

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