Novotel Edinburgh Centre

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Edinburgh Scotland (2022 Updated)

Edinburgh has a vibrant gay scene ‘the Pink Triangle,’ located around the top of Leith walk, just off Princes Street, Edinburgh’s main area of bars and clubs. Many gay friendly hotel Edinburgh are located close to the Pink Triangle.

Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.

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1. Alba House Edinburgh – Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh

Alba House
Alba House

This Victorian house is in large gardens and has easy access to Edinburgh’s city centre by bus. It offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, large rooms and fresh, home-cooked, traditional Scottish breakfasts.

Alba House has a quiet location less than 3.2 km from Edinburgh Waverley rail Station. A number of local buses run regularly from the stop outside the guest house.

The house was built in about 1860 and the large rooms mix original features with modern comforts. The individually decorated en suite rooms have central heating, TVs, hairdryers, radio alarm clocks, coffee tables, armchairs and tea/coffee.

Alba House is a beautiful detached listed Victorian Villa, situated in the Craigmillar Park Conservation area of Edinburgh. We offer comfortable, great value bed and breakfast. Alba House is a ten minute bus ride south of city centre and close to Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

This Victorian house is in large gardens and has easy access to Edinburgh’s city centre by bus. It offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, large rooms and fresh, home-cooked, traditional Scottish breakfasts.
Alba House has a quiet location less than 3.2 km from Edinburgh Waverley rail Station. A number of local buses run regularly from the stop outside the guest house.

The house was built in about 1860 and the large rooms mix original features with modern comforts. The individually decorated en suite rooms have central heating, TVs, hairdryers, radio alarm clocks, coffee tables, armchairs and tea/coffee.

Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh
Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh

The house is situated conveniently on the long busy road leading to Newington (where you can find several good restaurants) and the city centre via the North Bridge. The bus ride to the centre takes about 15 minutes, which is very convenient. The huge Cameron Toll Shopping Centre is quite close and provides whatever extra you need for your stay.

All rooms are very clean and tidy and all with character high ceilings etc the house having a good pedigree. The room are very large and comfortable , beautifully decorated with excellent shower room facilities.

The hotel has all the usual tea & coffee facilities, a fabulously comfy bed, great TV, free WiFi and the most superb bathroom.

Breakfast is served from 07.30 which is good for those wanting an early start. There is a good selection of cereals, yogurts, fruit juices and a full cooked Scottish breakfast to choose from, all delicious and beautifully presented.

The guest house is situated just 2 miles west of the city centre and there is an excellent bus service running right outside the hotel. It only takes about 10 minutes to get into the centre and the buses run frequently. It was handy that we could park the car here and use the bus each day instead as the traffic in the city centre can be quite chaotic at times.

The breakfast each morning was really lovely and there was plenty of choice. There was some lovely pastries and scones as well as a really wholesome cooked Scottish breakfast. It certainly helped set us up for the day!

If you are looking for a few days away in this beautiful city then we would highly recommend staying here.

How much does a room costs at Alba House?

Prices start 185$/night for the Superior Twin Room with Garden View.

This room is at the back of the house, looking out over the garden.

Where to book Alba House  – Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh – you can find the best resort deals in Edinburgh on Booking.com and Trivago.com.

 

2. Novotel Edinburgh Centre – Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh

Novotel Edinburgh Centre
Novotel Edinburgh Centre

5 minutes’ walk from Grassmarket, Novotel Edinburgh Centre features a hot tub and swimming pool. It offers spaciousmodern rooms with LCD TVs. Princes Street is a 10-minute walk away.

Each room provides a 32-inch LCD TV. Rooms also feature free Wi-Fi,a private bathroom, minibar, and tea/coffee facilities.

Guest can relax in Novotel’s sauna, or exercise in the modern fitness centre.

The 4-star Novotel Edinburgh Centre hotel is located in the heart of the Scottish capital. After a day exploring Edinburgh, recuperate in our heated pool & spa, and join us for cocktails and craft beers and contemporary cuisine in the Tap Kitchen & Bar. And when you’re ready to relax, discover the meaning of true comfort in our newly upgraded rooms

The Tap Kitchen & Bar serves American dining cuisine. Guests can experience Scottish cuisine with the property’s “Wee Menu”, which offers seasonal Scottish dishes. Cocktails and craft beers are also available.

Very convenient for the Grassmarket, with its bistros & speciality shopping, also near the night life and bars. Lots of eateries to choose from within a gentle stroll. The reception staff are very friendly and helpful and were always ready to help out with any questions we had.

The rooms in the hotel are stylish and functional, nice toiletries, decent hair dryer and easy to use temperature control.

The new room was nice and spacious for a city centre hotel with good bathroom and a comfortable bed. Rooms are cleaned every day unless you ask for them not to be and if you don’t have it cleaned they give you a £5 voucher to use in the bar.

Breakfast excellent but no fish choice.

The rooms are spacious and pool is a plus. The breakfast is very good in this hotel with the waffle self service machine. The staff are amazing and friendly.

Hotel is 20 minutes walk from Waverley Rail Station and only 5 minutes from the Grassmarket area. First impressions of the hotel were first class from the excellent friendly and professional reception members to all other staff members in the bar and dining room.

The location is great too- at Lauriston Place, less than 10 mins walk to the Edinburgh castle and less than that to the Grassmarket/Cowgate area. We got on the hop-on tour bus at Chalmers Street, just less than 5 mins walk away.

The other plus factor was the taxi call system – there is a call a taxi gadget at the reception.

It is in a really good location only a few mins walk from Lothian Road / Tollcross area and all of the restaurants within and around that area, but also only a few mins on the other side to the Grassmarket or Bristo Squ but there is also parking close by too. There is also a grocery store behind the hotel open till late if you need any supplies.

The staff were very helpful and friendly too and the rooms are quite comfortable and clean. The room’s ensuite has a separate toilet from the sink / bath / shower area which is unusual but also has its advantages if you need the mirror in the main sink shower room and there are other people staying with you in the room. The hotel is also surprisingly quiet too for being so close to the main entertainment areas in Edinburgh.

There is an excellent bar in the hotel too and if you have kids they are also welcome in there, they even have live music occasionally. This is definitely a great place to stay in Edinburgh.

Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh
Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh

How much does a room costs at Novotel Edinburgh Centre?

Prices start 250$/night for the Standard Queen Room with Sofa. Executive Room with Castle View is 320$/night with breakfast included.

The Superior Twin Room contains a queen bed and sofa bed or two single beds, en-suite bath or shower, large flexible work area, LCD TV, pay-per-view movies and internet access, broadband, hair dryer, iron, laptop safe, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities

Where to book online  – Novotel Edinburgh Centre  – Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh – you can find the best resort deals in Edinburgh on Booking.com and Trivago.com.

 

3. The Inn on the Mile Edinburgh – Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh

The Inn on the Mile
The Inn on the Mile

Situated on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh city centre, The Inn on the Mile offers an alternative luxury hotel experience of staying in one of Edinburgh’s most prestigious historic landmarks. Princes Street and Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station are 400 m away.

Rooms at the hotel are situated across three floors and accessed by stairs only.

Included in all bedrooms are a large flat-screen TV, work desk with free Wi-Fi and an iPod dock with ceiling in-built speakers. Guests can enjoy full tea and coffee making facilities, which come with Scottish delicacies. All bedrooms come with GHD hair straighteners as standard.

The Inn on The Mile located on The Royal Mile in the heart of the city centre, offers an alternative boutique and luxury hotel experience in one of Edinburgh’s most prestigious historic landmarks. Built in 1923 as the British Linen Bank, we have preserved, conserved and renovated our historical building into a place where you feel at home.

Hosting an intimate 9 beautiful, boutique fully refurbished bedrooms ranging from our stylish Mile bedrooms to our spacious Royal Mile bedrooms, our crisp and clean interiors and décor is the perfect base to explore our great city with an ideal location. Included in all our rooms are a self-lockable safe, iPod dock with ceiling in-built speakers, bathroom controllable speaker system and full tea and coffee making facilities which come with Scottish delicacies. All bedrooms also come with GHD hair straighteners as standard, large flat screen TV, iron with iron board and working desk area and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Our fully refurbished Inn on The Mile pub is a focal point on the Royal Mile, paying homage to our banking history with subtle twists from our past. Sample our flights of fine wines, pick & mix from a sensational selection or indulge in the finest liquid in the world with our whisky flights tailored to individual tastes.

Our menu at The Inn on the Mile kitchen is our pride and joy. We serve home cooked food prepared with love from fresh, locally sourced Scottish ingredients. All our meat, poultry and eggs are free range and traditionally reared, and our fish is from sustainable sources around the Scottish coast. Please be aware the hotel has no lift

Located on the Royal Mile at top of North Bridge, this is a wonderful place to stop for a drink (or a meal) as you stroll down the Royal Mile.

The Inn has a great location on the Royal Mile at South Bridge Street and is a short walk to the castle.

This hotel is only nine rooms located above a small pub. The entire building was once a bank. The exterior and the pub have kept the historic feel of the building but the rooms are modern and well furnished.

Room are lovely, huge bed, very comfy, and good extras like Hair Dryer/straighteners etc, and a lovely bathroom with huge walk in shower. Aircon/heating to control the temperature of your own room, flat screen TV, huge bed and space for 2 in the shower.

Crisp white linen on the bed, wooden floor and a beautiful white modern bathroom to top it off. Another huge benefit is the restaurant downstairs, a haven from the streets full of locals and travellers here to see the Edinburgh Fringe and the Military Tattoo.

If there is one downside, it is that there is no lift in the building.

This is a great small, boutique hotel slap bang in the middle of Edinburgh. My room was lovely with a great finish and the little touches of tasty tunnocks wafers, bottled water and an espresso machine made this stay really comfortable. The breakfast choice was vast and the poached eggs on sourdough with bacon set me up for the day.

The Inn on the Mile is a perfect location – right in the middle of the Royal Mile and walking distance to just about everywhere, including the train station. There are only a few rooms and reception is through the downstairs restaurant, but service is extremely friendly and helpful. the rooms are huge and beautifully appointed. Breakfasts in the downstairs restaurant excellent. The only recommendation would be to bring your earplugs as due to the location it is quite noisy, but the location and lovely rooms makes it worth it.

The rooms are set over three floors and the stairs are easy to navigate. The room itself was spacious, with all the necessities you would expect. The GHD straighteners and robe and slippers were a nice touch.

The beds were comfortable even though I found the pillows a bit hard but that is more personal preference than anything else.

Shower was easy to use and it was lovely and warm.

Breakfast is not included but you can add it to your bill at the end. The breakfast was huge and kept us going for most of the day. We decided to try the bar in the evening for food and we were not disappointed the food was delicious.

We would return again as the hotel is very centrally placed to see the sights of Edinburgh.

Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh
Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh

How much does a room costs at The Inn on the Mile Edinburgh?

Prices start 230$/night for the Superior Double Room.  The Executive Double  Room is 270$/night with breakfast included.

This very spacious bedroom is equipped with free Wi-Fi and an iPod Docking Station with built-in ceiling speakers, which can be controlled from the bathroom. It also features a flat-screen TV, a safe, GHD hair straighteners and tea/coffee making facilities

Where to book online  – The Inn on the Mile Edinburgh  – Gay Friendly Hotels Edinburgh – you can find the best resort deals in Edinburgh on Booking.com and Trip.com.

4. The Chester Residence Edinburgh – Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh

The Chester Residence
The Chester Residence

The Chester Residence offers stunning, stylish suites set in 5 Georgian buildings in Edinburgh’s West End within 900 yards of Princes Street shopping. Each suite boasts a large-screen TV with DVD selection, free WiFi and luxurious bathrobes. Guests can relax amongst chic décor, with comfortable sofas and sleek coffee tables. Each fully equipped kitchen offers a built-in oven with hob, a microwave, and a fridge for self-catering.

Kitchens also include dishwashers and a full range of cutlery, plates, and kitchen utensils. The luxury bathrooms have slippers, rain showers and Molton Brown toiletries. The Chester Residence consists of 5 Georgian town houses in the West End of Edinburgh. The art galleries, museums, shops, cafes and restaurants are a short walk away. The Chester Residence provides a full reception and concierge service. Apartments are serviced daily and breakfast can be served and enjoyed in the apartment each morning

The Chester Residence offers stunning, stylish suites set in 5 Georgian buildings in Edinburgh’s West End within 823 m of Princes Street’s shopping. Each suite boasts a large-screen TV with DVD selection, free WiFi and luxurious bathrobes.
Guests can relax amongst chic décor, with comfortable sofas and sleek coffee tables.

Each fully equipped kitchen offers a built-in oven with hob, a microwave, and a fridge for self-catering. Kitchens also include dishwashers and a full range of cutlery, plates, and kitchen utensils. The luxury bathrooms have slippers, rain showers and Molton Brown toiletries.

This stay was in a first floor 1-bed apartment on Chester Street. The location is perfect in my opinion. Just far enough away to be quiet but close enough to walk to Princess Street within a few minutes. Nearby parking is a bit of a problem if you have a car unless you get one of the 3 hotel parking spaces which at £25.00 per day does seem expensive but is convenient.

Both Rothesay Place and Chester Street are quiet locations in the West End, yet only a short walk to the center of town.

The apartment consist of two room apartment with kitchen, lounge, 2 ensuites and extra bathroom.

The accommodations is actually large serviced apartments –  as well as a bedroom plus an entrance hall, huge lounge with very well equipped kitchen area at one end, a lovely bathroom with underfloor heating and a second WC off the hallway.

The Chester Residence
The Chester Residence

Both living room and bedroom have flat screen TVs. Bedroom has an entire wall of closet space with iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and a large velvet-upholstered window seat/bench that was great for laying out all our suitcases. They offer a same-day laundry service (wash and fold) for a great price.

The main bathroom has a white cotton blind covering the plain glass window. The blind becomes see-through when used at night with the light on.

How much does a room costs at The Chester Residence Edinburgh?

Prices start 350$/night for the Luxury Apartment with Cinema – Rothesay Place. CLUB – Two Bedroom Deluxe Apartment is 355$/night with breakfast included.

Luxury apartment with a home cinema and a spa bath. Decorated with crystal-embossed Armani wallpaper, the apartment also features Molton Brown toiletries, a floating king-size bed, and private landscaped garden

Where to book online –  The Chester Residence Edinburgh  – Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh – you can find the best resort deals in Edinburgh on Booking.com and Trivago.com

5. Apex Grassmarket Hotel Edinburgh – Gay Friendly Hotel Edinburgh

In the vibrant Grassmarket area, the Apex Grassmarket Hotel has a sauna, a pool, a gym, an award-winning restaurant, and free WiFi for guests to enjoy. Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle are 15 minutes’ walk away.

The leisure facilities at Apex Grassmarket Hotel include Technogym fitness equipment and a swimming pool. Metro Bar & Brasserie offers seasonally rotating menus.

Each luxurious room has a widescreen TV, an en suite bathroom with shower and free luxury toiletries, and tea/coffee making facilities and bottled water.

Apex Grassmarket Hotel is located in Edinburgh’s vibrant Grassmarket. Nearby, you’ll find the characteristic Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Kirkyard and The Royal Mile, making this hotel the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to explore the city. Your room will be stocked with both essentials and added extras like complimentary Wi-Fi, luxurious Elemis toiletries and a 42” LCD TV. Choose a Deluxe or Family room and you’ll also get an Edinburgh Castle view to make your stay extra special. Kick-start your day with a refreshing swim in the hotel swimming pool or use the Technogym fitness studio, free of charge. Later you can try delicious cuisine at the hotels’ Metro Brasserie restaurant

The Apex Grassmarket is situated in a great location for exploring Edinburgh with some rooms having views of the Castle. You can walk to the Royal Mile and there are great views of the castle and many restaurants close by.

Great location, right across from a view of the beautiful castle. Pubs and restaurants just across the road which was handy for our weekend away. The castle view is amazing. Unbelievable. We felt like we had stepped back into medieval times.

Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Apex Grassmarket Hotel

The rooms are spacious and well kept although some bits can look a little tired. Always find them clean and welcoming, including the bathrooms. There is plenty of hanging and shelf space in the wardrobe for clothes, and space for toiletries in the bathroom. There are a kettle, iron, ironing board. fridge, safe, condiments tray, ear plugs, sewing kit and more in the wardrobe too! The condiment tray is awesome with hot chocolate included (most hotels only supply tea and coffee), Pringles, biscuits and jelly beans!

Location was perfect, walking distance to all the sights, restaurants, bars and cafes also, breakfast was good, renya was really friendly, attentive and professional, great asset for the hotel.

Last minute decision to book a 3 day break with my daughter in Edinburgh. Hotel came highly recommended by a family member. Grassmarket is a great location surrounded by a variety of places to eat out. Lovely twin room with 2 very large beds and a super en-suite. Elemis toiletries included and breakfast was very filling and fresh. Staff were very friendly and helpful too, especially at Reception and at Breakfast. I would not hesitate to return to this hotel.

The location was great, could walk all over Edinburgh with ease from here. The lobby, breakfast and rooms were all great. We had two queen beds one of which came in handy for putting our suitcases on. The bathroom was cool except I hate bath/shower combos – I wish more hotels had separate showers and baths! Nevertheless, couldn’t fault the place. Parking was behind the hotel and very tight and busy! Having said that, it’s nice to leave the car and walk everywhere you can and if you nab a parking spot I recommend you leave the car there if you can! We also got a free breakfast included on the first morning just accuse they were not busy so that was a bonus.

LGBT Friendly Hotels Edinburgh
LGBT Friendly Hotels Edinburgh

How much does a room costs at Apex Grassmarket Hotel?

Prices start 170$/night for the City Twin Room. The Superior Double Room is 200$/night with breakfast included.

This room includes a queen-size bed with view of Edinburgh Castle, a bath and/or walk-in shower, free WiFi and local calls. Additional benefits include a 42-inch flat-screen TV with Freeview, complimentary mineral water, tea and coffee making facilities, mini fridge and safe, iron and board.

Where to book online –  Apex Grassmarket Hotel  – LGBT Friendly Hotels Edinburgh – you can find the best resort deals in Edinburgh on Booking.com and Trivago.com.

 

 

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.