by Mark Rebindaine  |  Published April 3, 2018

Serviced apartments are ideal for people looking for short or long-term stays. Equipped with a living room and a kitchen, they are spacious enough to allow guests to cook, eat and entertain without for-saking the principal benefits of a concierge service.

Spread over a series of hills with large parks and magnificent views over the river Forth, Scotland’s capital is a beautiful city. In its centre, lies the dramatic Edinburg castle and the surrounding Old Town where each year thousands come for the Fringe Festival. Many visitors look for short-term and long-term rentals in this area, especially around the Royal Mile – the main thoroughfare of the Old Town. Leith is another popular spot. This former industrial dock has a unique, maritime charm and a buzzing gastronomic scene.

Having compared all the main booking websites for short-let apartments, these are our top choices.

Book at has scores of serviced apartments on their books located throughout Edinburgh. For example, close to Holyrood Park, you can find short-term accommodation from £110 per night in the stylish Richmond Place Apartments. After clicking on Apartments, look for the word ‘Apartho-tel’ next to the establishment’s name. The cheapest rates are non-refundable so you need to be 100% sure of your trip. Alternatively, you pay about 10% more for the privilege of a full refund. Guests can only comment on their stay once they’ve a reserved so in theory, all feedback is authentic and in keeping with an honest approach, prices include taxes.
Originating in Manchester, is a hotel reservation website specialising in -as the name suggests- last minute, discounted reservations. Its design may not exactly win any awards, but it’s easy to use with each property having a detailed description, multiple photos and a map pinpointing the property’s location. In Edinburgh they have a huge selection of apart-hotels on their books, with 39 available on our last count. Discounted prices start at around £100 per night. The website pro-vides completely trustworthy feedback as only guests who have already their stay, are entitled to comment.

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Compared to leading sites like and, Citybase Apartments is in a different category, but it’s the only website fully dedicated to serviced apartments. Providing properties for short and long-stay accommodation, they have 26 serviced apartments with rates kicking off at around £85 a night in the Knights Residence. Users comments are universally complimentary about the customer service and the value of money found on the site.