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Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. It is a centre of government, law: commerce, culture and tourism. Situated on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, its skyline is dominated by Arthur’s Seat, and by Edinburgh Castle. It became a royal burgh by the early 12th century and was formerly part of the county of Midlothian. Throughout the centuries the city was at the centre of political, religious and cultural events in Scotland. In the 18th century it was given the name ‘Athens of the North’, reflecting the astonishing cultural achievements of Edinburgh residents in Enlightenment society. Another less flattering nickname was ‘Auld Reekie’, which referred to the smoke produced by Edinburgh’s many chimneys. The city centre has two main parts, the Old Town and the New Town, now linked as a World Heritage Site. Edinburgh.

Novotel Edinburgh Centre is a "New Generation" modern hotel featuring stylish, contemporary design and wonderful facilities including an indoor pool. The hotel is located in the heart of the city on Lauriston Place near Grassmarket, and minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street. Edinburgh Hotel Breaks.

The Apex International Hotel is the largest in the Edinburgh portfolio. At the very hub of Edinburgh’s "Old Town" at the very heart of city centre shopping, entertainment and nightlife. All 175 bedrooms are contemporary many with fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle. The hotel also features the rooftop Heights Restaurant, Metro Brasserie and on-site complimentary car parking. Edinburgh Hotel Breaks.

Malmaison. Multi award winning super stylish hotel, bar and brasserie on the waterfront of the bohemian port of Leith. The hotel is just a short journey from the centre of town and all that the historic capital has to offer. Individually designed rooms with all the bits and some. Contemporary Brasserie and Bar serving great French food and affordable wines. Edinburgh Hotel Breaks.

Jurys Inn Edinburgh. Centrally located, right beside the Royal Mile, Jurys Inn is ideally located right in the heart of Edinburgh. With the International Conference Centre, Edinburgh Castle, and a host of other tourist attraction within short walking distance, not to mention, great shopping, theatres, art, museums, galleries and, of course numerous cafes and restaurants – it is the perfect choice for the business or leisure traveller.

Royal British Hotel. Centrally situated on Princes Street, with breathtaking views across Princes Street Gardens to the famous Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Hotel Breaks.

Holyrood Aparthotel, offers a welcome alternative affording comfort and space in a luxury "home from home" environment, whilst still offering a high level of service. Each apartment has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, lounge/dining-area and fully equipped kitchen and is ideal accommodation for families. The aparthotel is located centrally, close to Holyrood Palace.

Norton House Hotel. This imposing Victorian mansion set in 55 acres of lawns, parkland and meadows is a short distance from Edinburgh. Whist the original house has marble columns, a grand oak panelled staircase and period furnishings guests will discover the Norton House Hotel also offers luxuries with a more contemporary style. The choice of traditional or modern is also apparent in the bedrooms but whether guests stay in one of the traditionally styled self-contained suites or in one of the state of the art executive rooms the highest possible levels of comfort and service as well as modern features are available. Edinburgh Hotel Breaks.

Agenda. Newly refurbished in May 2004, Agenda is situated half way between the airport and the city centre. With 28 bedrooms, the modern design of the cafe bar/restaurant and contemporary dining without the fuss, Agenda is definitely the place to stay when visiting Edinburgh. Edinburgh Hotel Breaks.

The Menzies Belford Hotel is situated in a quiet area of the city, on the banks of The Water of Leith. Both central and modern, this hotel blends perfectly with one of the most cultural cities in the world and is just one mile from the famous castle. The hotel recently underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment to re-position it as one of Edinburgh's newest four star hotels. The Brasserie Restaurant offers carvery or a la carte meals and there is a choice of two bars and a free hotel car park. Edinburgh Hotel Breaks.

Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel. Set in acres of parkland, 7 miles to the west of Edinburgh, the Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club has been sympathetically developed around a glorious Georgian mansion. An ideal spot to be peacefully pampered, yet still within easy reach of the city centre and only 3 miles from Edinburgh airport.

Edinburgh Marriott. Offering a winning combination of comfort and convenience, the Edinburgh Marriott is the perfect base for an exploration of the stylish Scottish capital. With free parking and easy access to major routes visit Concorde at the Museum of Flight, or stay closer to the city centre with a trip to the Castle and Our Dynamic Earth. After a busy day, unwind in the Leisure Club before indulging in a bite to eat at the Mediterrano restaurant or Chat's Café Bar. Edinburgh Hotel Breaks.

Channings Classic is an outstanding town house hotel, located on a peaceful cobbled street overlooking tranquil gardens just a few minutes' walk from the city centre and all its attractions. All the bedrooms are individually decorated and designed for comfort and relaxation and have restored traditional period features. Discover the award winning Channings Restaurant where distinctive food is served with a warm and welcoming ambience or Ochre Vita, the new Mediterranean hideaway.

InterContinental The George is superbly located in the centre of this great cosmopolitan city and boasts two award winning restaurants and an atmospheric bar. All guest rooms are beautifully furnished and traditionally decorated imparting a warm and sumptuous atmosphere. The hotel is parallel to Princes Street, 5 minutes' walk from Waverley Street Train Station and just a 15 minute walk from Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Hotel Breaks.

Mount Royal Ramada. Set in the heart of this historic city, the Mount Royal Ramada has stunning views across Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh. A highlight of your stay at the Mount Royal will surely be dining in the Princes Restaurant and Bar offering panoramic views over the city. All en-suite rooms offer TV, telephone, trouser press, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities.

The Glasshouse occupies the 5th/6th floors of the Ormi Leisure Complex which is a new development just a few minutes' walk from Princes Street. Entrance to the hotel is through an impressive church façade which reveals an ultra modern interior with contemporary designed rooms and suites all of which have views either over the city or the Carlton Hill Folly. Most rooms have their own patios or terraces and the hotel also has the added attraction of a rooftop garden. Edinburgh Hotel Breaks.

MacDonald Marine Hotel. Locations barely come more spectacular than that of this grand turreted Victorian mansion, overlooking the Firth of Forth and an adjacent golf course. The sights of Edinburgh (including the Royal Yacht and Dynamic Earth) are well within easy reach. North Berwick boasts many local attractions including the famous bass rock. Edinburgh Hotel Breaks.

The Houstoun House Hotel. Set in 20 acres of private gardens the Houstoun House Hotel is within easy reach of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Bedrooms are equipped to a high standard and most enjoy garden views. The AA Rosette awarded restaurant is renowned for its food or enjoy a relaxing dinner in our informal steak house. Guests can enjoy the hotel's extensive leisure club and Uphall Golf Course is close by. Edinburgh Hotel Breaks.

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