A boom in hotel building saw Edinburgh's tourist capacity swell significantly since 2000, but you can guarantee the city will still be packed to the gills during the festival period (August) and over Hogmanay (New Year). If you want a room during these periods, book as far in advance as possible – a year ahead if possible. In general, it's best to book at least a few months ahead for accommodation at Easter and from mid-May to mid-September.
Hotels and hostels are found throughout the Old and New Towns; midrange B&Bs and guest houses are concentrated outside the centre in the suburbs of Tollcross, Bruntsfield, Newington and Pilrig.
If you're driving, don't even think about staying in the city centre unless your hotel has its own private car park – parking in the centre is a nightmare. Instead, look for somewhere in a suburb like Newington, where there's a chance of finding free on-street parking (even then, don't bet on getting a parking space outside the front door). Alternatively, stay outside the city and travel in by bus or train.
Edinburgh accommodation is slightly more expensive than the rest of Scotland, so the price breakdown here is as follows: – budget is less than £60, midrange £60 to £150, and top end is more than £150, based on the cost of a double room with bed and breakfast.
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