It’s never quite Christmas without a trip to the markets. In towns and cities across the UK, November sees the huts arrive and the mulled wine begin flowing. Whether it’s the delicious street food, bone-warming drinks or handcrafted goods you go for, each offers something for everyone. But there are few better than Edinburgh’s effort.
Located at the historic heart of the city in East Princes Street Gardens, the Scottish capital’s Christmas Market oozes charm. Running from mid-November through until January each year, it’s certainly worth the trip. Of course, with so much else to see and do in Edinburgh, and with the city so picturesque at this time of year, you might want to make a mini-break of it.
Fortunately, there are hotels near Edinburgh Christmas Markets to suit all preferences.
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For a hotel near Edinburgh Christmas Markets, you can’t get closer than this. In fact, you might even have an aerial view of the city’s festive happenings from your bedroom. Located just over the road, you’ll really feel the atmosphere at Mercure Edinburgh City Princes Street. When you come in from the cold, the hotel’s rooms are the perfect place to unwind; each coming with a flat-screen TV, high-speed WIFI and a nice comfy bed. Ramp up the relaxation further, by paying a visit to the in-house bar & restaurant, Princes Dining Room. From afternoon tea to night-cap cocktails, the professional team are on hand to keep you happy. Throw in options like room service, breakfast and a late check-out, and it’s easy to see why this is such a great choice.
Cosy and contemporary, this is an excellent choice for a hotel near Edinburgh’s markets. Just a four-minute stroll down the road from all the festive action, you’ll find few hotels that are better located. On the inside, each room blends modern design and soothing colour palettes with traditional Celtic touches, for an authentic feel. When you’re not relaxing in your room, take advantage of the in-house restaurant, where you’ll find everything from quick brunches to long, lazy dinners on the menu. With breakfast included, WIFI throughout and a 24-hour reception, Ibis Styles Edinburgh Centre St Andrew Square has you covered.
At one end of Edinburgh’s world famous Royal Mile, this hotel’s in the perfect spot for an Edinburgh city break. It’s still little more than an eight-minute walk over to the festive fun, but with the added bonus that you’ll find yourself right in among the old town. On the inside, each room is decidedly chic and minimalist, with plenty of comfortable touches to make you feel right at home. Downstairs, FOGG’S @ IBIS ROYAL MILE serves up everything from fragrant soups to diner-style comfort food, meaning you won’t have to stray far if you get peckish. And with the option to add a late check-out or breakfast each morning, you can really work your stay here around you.