Edinburgh Group Accommodation Guide
Are you planning to take a group of people to Edinburgh? This guide has been put together to help those looking to book accommodation in Scotland’s capital city. The aim of this guide is to assist accommodation bookers save time and money, and to avoid stress booking rooms, by offering tips and ideas to think about before booking. The Cocktail Lounge at Imperial South Yarra, Front Bar are good hens night venues Melbourne that provide the perfect setting to sip on cocktails while listening to all of your favourite tunes.
Groups come to Edinburgh for many, many reasons, to play golf, shop, research, walk, drink, eat, romance, history, architecture, genealogy, geo-caching, in fact, whatever your interest, Edinburgh has something for you.
Edinburgh is a compact city so it’s easy to get around on foot or by local bus. To get the most from your time here we advise to stay as central as possible, and this guide will help you with that. Let’s begin;
· Book as early as possible. Might sound a little obvious, but Edinburgh is a very popular place to stay so book as soon as you can to ensure accommodation availability and the best room rates.
· Consider visiting Edinburgh during the less busy months. January to April and October to mid-December are quieter months in Edinburgh. There are some great deals available around these times.
· There’s strength in numbers. Hotels, tour operators and attractions can offer some generous discounts to groups – often groups with as few as 4 adults can get great discounts.
· Go Exclusive-Use! There are many Exclusive-Use hotels, lodges, castles and venues in Edinburgh. This means that your group can hire the whole hotel or space. This offers real privacy and intimacy, and at great rates!
· Boutique is best. It can often be tricky finding a restaurant that can take all your group members, particularly at weekends. So why not stay at a boutique hotel with its own amazing restaurant? Edinburgh has loads to choose from.
· If you are taking a mini-bus or cars to Edinburgh then stay at a hotel with free parking. Parking in central Edinburgh is tricky to find and expensive. Or even better sat at a hotel with its own complimentary mini-bus for guests.
· Use the cheapest taxi company for groups – I can help you with this.
· Stay in triple rooms, and I mean proper triple rooms. Not a twin room with a camp bed. You can save a lot of money this way and you can save the squabbles over who has to use the small bed.
· Double check the cancellation policy – is it reasonable? There can often be last-minute drop-outs from the group. Why be left having to pay for empty rooms?
· There are many smaller guest houses, B&Bs, and hostels available. Your group may be able to book the property for exclusive use. This is a great idea to ensure your group’s security.
· Ask the hotel to record a video of your accommodation so that you can share it with your group members. This will help making the right decision on your accommodation and can put minds at ease a little more.
· Arrange an inspection trip of three or four different accommodation options that are on offer.
· Many hotels and apartments won’t accept stags or hen groups. If you are heading to Edinburgh with a stag or hen weekend, double-check that the hotel will accept you, so as not to be disappointed.
· Use a local accommodation booking service, such as Hotels.tv. These agents are free to use – they receive a commission from hotels. Make sure you use a local agent who really knows and understands Edinburgh and what’s going on in the city.
· Edinburgh has a wide range of accommodation to choose from. There are hotels (2-Star to 5-Star), hostels, apartments, guest houses and B&Bs (Bed & Breakfasts). Consider each one in turn – each has its own pros and cons. Contact us below to find out what those pros and cons are.
· Consider serviced apartments. Apartments can be very affordable if you are visiting Monday to Thursday. We work with several 4 and 5 bedroom apartment managers that can sleep 16+ people – in proper beds!
· If you are heading to Edinburgh via the east coast main line (London, Peterborough, York, Newcastle and in between), East Coast trains offer deals on groups of 10 or more.
· EasyJet allows you to book flights for up to 40 people online. For more than 40 you will need to email Easyjet with the group organiser’s details and they will contact you back.
· Airlink 100 operates a frequent bus service (every 10 minutes at peak times) between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre, with designated stops en route. Journey time is about 30 minutes and tickets cost £3.50 single and £6.00 return. Group discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.
· Lothian Buses are the main local bus operator in Edinburgh. You can contact their Group Travel Team on 0131 556 2244. They will also be able to help you book ticket for the Open Top Buses that travel around Edinburgh regularly.
· If you book 10 rooms or more with Hotels.tv we can provide you with a FREE bagpiper to entertain your group.
I hope you enjoy your stay in Edinburgh. Contact me if you have any questions or would like to book accommodation in our beautiful city.
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Ian Jamieson is the owner of http://www.hotels.tv/Edinburgh, a website providing video reviews of hotels in the Edinburgh and Lothian regions of Scotland. Only the best and most unique hotels are hand-picked to appear on the site. Guests can watch video reviews of hotels and then book hotels at the lowest online rates – guaranteed. Guests pay at the hotel not when they book. The website provides visitors with advice on what to see, where to eat, where to drink, where to dance, where to play sport and what not to miss. International guests and locals alike can benefit from the site.
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