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In Edinburgh’s New Town, the Elder York Guest House is 1640 feet from Princes Street. Located on the second floor, it offers easy access to the city’s sights and breakfasts. Accessed by stairs only, The Elder York bed and breakfast is located in a Grade-A Listed building so some rooms have period features. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, a TV and a private bathroom. The dining room offers a continental or full Scottish breakfast. Vegetarian and lighter options are available on request. The Elder York is located in the heart of Edinburgh. Waverly Railway Station is a 10-minute walk away and Edinburgh's main bus station is adjoining the guest house. Edinburgh Castle and the Scott Monument are all within 15 minutes’ walk while Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament and the Botanic Gardens are all less than 1 mile away.

This is our guests' favorite part of Edinburgh, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip.

Elder York Guest House has been welcoming guests since Oct 13, 2010

Property Highlights

Located in the top-rated area in Edinburgh, this property has an excellent location score of 9.7!

Breakfast Info

Continental, Full English/Irish

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Room Type
1 full bed
2 twin beds
2 twin beds
1 full bed
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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Edinburgh
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  • Warren
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    It was in a perfect location, the room was very clean and comfortable. The shower had the best pressure and warmest water I’ve ever had staying somewhere, big plus for me!!!! Breakfast was also really good. Murray was a great host, informative,...
  • Florence
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Murray was a wonderful host and really made us feel at home. He also made great suggestions for things to do. What a wonderful stay in a great location.
  • Heather
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Our host was wonderful and available to help if needed. He greeted us and gave us the lay of the land and scheduled a taxi for us the next morning. We also discovered a wonderful vegan restaurant in the basement level of the hotel that had...
  • Jane
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The breakfast was good. The room was nice. The man who runs it was very nice and also helpful.
  • Susan
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    We were so happy with our stay at the Elder York Guest House. Murray was the perfect host. Our sleeper train arrived early in the morning so we had asked if we could leave our luggage at the guest house. We arrived at the wrong address, and they...
  • Joy
    The Guest House was in a reasonably good location, not right in the city but close to the train station which was handy when we arrived and the bus station which we departed from. The building and our cosy room reflected the historical style of...
  • Sinaed
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Murray, the host, was amazing. He was so helpful, friendly and attentive. The room was super clean and the beds very comfortable. The location is ideal. It's a very short walk from the train station so you're close to everything. Breakfast was...
  • Brian
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Friendly and helpful staff. Murray was great! Convenient location walking distance from railway station, the old city and area restaurants. Comfortable room and bed. Excellent breakfast in delightful dining room was included in price.
  • Karen
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Elder York Guest House is in a perfect location to get around on the tram, train, bus and Hop on and off bus. Tram runs beside, bus station is on the other side of it and St Andrew Square is where tourist buses pick up. Train station is just about...
  • Kathryn
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Murray was wonderful! He carried our bags upstairs, recommended a fun pub for dinner, and told us the best way to get to the airport. The room was nice, the breakfast wonderful. Manageable walk from Waverly Station.

Property questions and answers
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  • Hi, We are arriving on Thursday evening, My partner was wondering if there is a hair dryer in the room. Thanks Shaun

    Hello, Yes, we have hair dryers. regards, Murray
    Answered on 3 May 2021

Hosted by Murray

Host Review Score

Elder York Guest House is run by proprietor Murray and his wish is to make your visit to Edinburgh enjoyable and memorable. We have an extensive network of contacts in the city, and can help you with directions, local information, arranging reservations in restaurants and guidance on sightseeing, should you need it. We pride ourselves on our personal service and attention to detail. A home from home!
Languages spoken: English,Polish

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Amenities of Elder York Guest House
Great facilities! Review score, 8.5

Most popular amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Electric kettle
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Baggage storage
  • Fax/Photocopying
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Polish

House rules

Elder York Guest House takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Until 10:30 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 3 and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Crib upon request

The number of cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

There are no extra beds available at this property.

All cribs are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in

Mastercard Visa American Express Cash Elder York Guest House accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

When booking 4 rooms or more, different policies and additional supplements will apply.

Please note that the guest house is located on the second floor and accessed by stairs only. There is no elevator at the property.

Payment is taken on arrival.

Please inform Elder York Guest House of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

License number: F

FAQs about Elder York Guest House

  • Check-in at Elder York Guest House is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM.

  • Guests staying at Elder York Guest House can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.8).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish

  • Elder York Guest House offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Room options at Elder York Guest House include:

      • Double
      • Twin
      • Quad
      • Single

    • Elder York Guest House is 2,950 feet from the center of Edinburgh. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • The prices at Elder York Guest House may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.