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Stay Central Hotel is just a 3-minute walk from the historic Royal Mile. Located in the Cowgate, this lively budget hotel is in Edinburgh's Old Town, within half a mile of Princes Street. It surrounds the Three Sisters bar, a pub and nightclub that hosts entertainment and lively events nightly. Dating back to 1621, the Stay Central Hotel retains many original features. Its rooms with attached bathroom each have a flat-screen TV and on-demand movies, an iPod docking station, tea and coffee-making facilities and a bathroom with a rainfall-style shower. Guests can relax outside the hotel, where there is an outdoor plasma screen and seating areas that are part of The Three Sisters cobbled courtyard, which attracts a diverse mix of locals and tourists. Within a mile’s walking distance from the hotel are Holyroodhouse Palace, Festival Theater and the National Museum. Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle can be reached in 10 minutes on foot.

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

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.

Stay Central Hotel has been welcoming guests since Sep 24, 2009

Property Highlights

Located in the heart of Edinburgh, this hotel has an excellent location score of 9.1

Breakfast Info

Continental, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan

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Room Type
9 bunk beds
3 twin beds
3 full beds
2 twin beds
1 bunk bed
1 bunk bed
1 queen bed
1 full bed
2 twin beds
1 full bed
2 king beds
1 bunk bed
4 twin beds
1 bunk bed
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Guest reviews


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  • Robert
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Room was great, staff was very friendly and helpful. The location next to the Three Sisters was incredible, and provided a great place to meet locals and chat after a day of sightseeing.
  • Niamh
    bed was so cosy really good location staff are so friendly 10/10 recommend
  • Michael
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Located in the heart of the action. Quick walk to Green Market and/or Royal Mile. Three Sisters bar on the grounds was a great place for a night cap.
  • Angela
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Lots of options as far as room types so we were able to get rooms to accommodate all of our extended family.
  • Angela
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Incredible location with cool modern vibes - they even had flat irons for my hair!
  • Kathryn
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    This hotel was wonderfully located in the center of town. We were within easy walking distance of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. Although located in a busy part of town, our room was tucked away and very quiet, with comfortable beds, a roomy...
  • Patricia
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The location of this property is excellent for enjoying all that Edinburgh has to offer.
  • Allison
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Very central location. Great staff. Immaculate cleanliness. Great attention to detail .
  • Sophia
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    One of our most favorite places we have stayed ever! The staff was SO lovely, the rooms were comfortable and clean, and the location was AMAZING!! We would stay here again in a heartbeat.
  • Elizabeth
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The central location is great for getting to Edinburgh Old Town,Castle etc. I walked to South St.David's St. In 20inutes easily to get the airport bus. Note: the fare is £4.50 to Edinburgh Airport ,they DON'T give change and they DON'T take credit...

Property questions and answers
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  • Hi, is it possible to store luggage with you before and after checkout and if yes, for how long? Thanks!

    Good Afternoon, thank you for getting in touch with us. We have a secured Luggage Room that all our guests are welcome to use both before Check-In and..
    Answered on 12 October 2021
  • hi do you need a form of photo I.d please?.

    No you do not
    Answered on 4 September 2021
  • Do you hv lifts to your higher floor rooms?

    Hi there, Yes, we have a lift that provides access to all floors. Best, John
    Answered on 3 August 2022
  • hi, we arrive at midnight, can we check in late?

    Yes our reception is 24/7 so you can check-in as late as you like!
    Answered on 18 August 2022
  • hi there. I'd like to know if you offer vegan option at breakfast. thank you!

    We do have vegan and vegetarian options available at breakfast. The STAY Central Hotel Team
    Answered on 10 January 2020
  • Hi, do you serve breakfast as early as 7am? Thanks

    Hi, Breakfast is from 8am until 11am, but if you let us know in advance we can organise a packed breakfast for you! Thanks, Alex & The STAY Central..
    Answered on 24 March 2022
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Amenities of Stay Central Hotel
Great facilities! Review score, 8.5

Most popular amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Room service
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Terrace
  • Bar
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Live sports events (broadcast)
  • Live music/Performance
  • Evening entertainment
    Additional charge
  • Nightclub/DJ
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Fruit
    Additional charge
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Baggage storage
  • Express check-in/out
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Hypoallergenic room available
  • Wake-up service
  • Hardwood or parquet floors
  • Heating
  • Packed lunches
  • Elevator
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
  • Bathroom emergency cord
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Upper floors accessible by elevator
Languages Spoken
  • English

House rules

Stay Central Hotel takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 3:00 PM


Until 11:00 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 not allowed.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Pets are not allowed.


When booking more than 4 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Mastercard Visa American Express Cash is not accepted Stay Central Hotel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

The cancellation policy shown on this page is based on an arrival time of 14:00 (GMT).

Payment is required at the time of check-in.

Please note breakfast is served in The Three Sisters bar, which is adjoined to the hotel.

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

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food and beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

This property is located in a busy area so guests might experience some noise.

FAQs about Stay Central Hotel

  • Room options at Stay Central Hotel include:

    • Family
    • Quad
    • Twin/Double
    • Double

  • Guests staying at Stay Central Hotel can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 7.3).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan

  • Check-in at Stay Central Hotel is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

  • Stay Central Hotel offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Evening entertainment
    • Live sports events (broadcast)
    • Live music/Performance
    • Nightclub/DJ

  • The prices at Stay Central Hotel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Stay Central Hotel is 650 feet from the center of Edinburgh. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.