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Designated together with Edinburgh’s Old Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the New Town sprawls across the centre of the Scottish capital. It was built between the mid-18th and 19th centuries and is renowned for its beautifully-preserved Neoclassical and Georgian architecture.

The Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Railway Station at Waverley Bridge separate the Old Town from the New Town to the north, with Princes Street being the area’s most famous boulevard. Its big name brand stores face The Mound on which Edinburgh Castle lies, alongside the Scottish National Gallery and Royal Scottish Academy which nestle at its base. The New Town’s streets are laid out in a grid pattern to the north of here, including the former financial district of George Street, and are interspersed with green spaces that include St Andrew Square and the expansive Queen Street Gardens. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery can also be found on Queen Street, with an outstanding collection of portraits depicting only Scots, as well as housing the Scottish National Photography Collection. While most of the New Town’s original architecture has been carefully maintained, its buildings now house chic new restaurants, innovative bars and designer retail shops. More modern additions to the area include the indoor shopping mall at St James Centre on the New Town’s eastern side and Princes Mall which sprawls around Waverley Station.

Edinburgh’s New Town is just a short walk from Waverley Station which lies along its southern edge, from where there are train connections across the United Kingdom. Public buses ply Princes Street and George Street, while trams run along St Andrew Street in the district’s east.

Overcrowding in Edinburgh’s Old Town during the late 17th century spurred the idea of constructing a New Town in the fields to the north of Nor Loch which originally defined the northern edge of the city. The wealthy moved into the spacious Georgian homes of this newly developed area, leaving the cramped conditions of the Old Town surrounding Edinburgh Castle to the poor.

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Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
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New Town, Edinburgh
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Superb, 9.0
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Located within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh Bus Station, Apex Waterloo Place Hotel is a convenient base while visiting Edinburgh. It is conveniently situated in the city centre.

The Old Waverley Hotel

The Old Waverley Hotel
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New Town, Edinburgh
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Good, 7.7
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The Old Waverley Hotel offers modern accommodation in Edinburgh and is a short stroll from Edinburgh Bus Station. This elegant hotel is set in the heart of the city.

Motel One Edinburgh-Princes

Motel One Edinburgh-Princes
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New Town, Edinburgh
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Superb, 9.0
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This contemporary Edinburgh hotel is located within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh Bus Station. It is conveniently situated in the city centre.

InterContinental Edinburgh The George

InterContinental Edinburgh The George
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New Town, Edinburgh
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Fabulous, 8.8
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Awarded 2018 Regional Winner of both Conference Hotel and Wedding Hotel of the Year, The Principal Edinburgh George Street is a Grade II listed building set in the heart of Edinburgh. Surrounded by local bars and restaurants, it is a short stroll from Edinburgh Bus Station.

Mercure Edinburgh City - Princes Street Hotel

Mercure Edinburgh City - Princes Street Hotel
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New Town, Edinburgh
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Good, 7.4
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The hotel is situated in Edinburgh and is a short walk from Edinburgh Bus Station. It is conveniently located in the city centre.

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre
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New Town, Edinburgh
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Very Good, 8.2
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Just a 10-minute walk from Edinburgh Bus Station, Holiday Inn Express has a convenient location, making it an ideal base while visiting Edinburgh. It is conveniently situated in the city centre.

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
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New Town, Edinburgh
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Fabulous, 8.7
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This hotel in central Edinburgh was built in 1903 and recently refurbished to offer modern facilities and a comfortable stay. Featuring views of Edinburgh Castle, it also provides a variety of amenities, such as a sauna, valet parking and an indoor pool.

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel
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New Town, Edinburgh
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Fabulous, 8.8
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Within a two minute walk of Princes Street, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh, and underwent an impressive refurbishment in 2017. It was awarded 2018 Regional Winner of Brand Hotel and Style Hotel of the Year for Edinburgh & The Lothians.

Ibis Styles Edinburgh Centre St Andrew Square

Ibis Styles Edinburgh Centre St Andrew Square
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New Town, Edinburgh
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Fabulous, 8.8
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The hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh, a brief stroll from Edinburgh Bus Station. It also offers a 24-hour reception, meeting rooms and an all-inclusive meal plan.

Albany Ballantrae Hotel

Albany Ballantrae Hotel
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New Town, Edinburgh
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Good, 7.5
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Located within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh Bus Station, Ballantrae Albany Hotel is a convenient base while visiting Edinburgh. It is conveniently situated in the city centre.

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