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Sciennes

Sciennes (pronounced “sheens”), an area that once attracted outlaws, is now a district where many University of Edinburgh students study and horse about. The heritage of this area shifted from crime to religion to education, with several historic churches and prestigious schools dotting Sciennes’ landscape. Now a progressive area attracting new businesses and young residents, Sciennes holds onto its history proudly with stone houses whilst welcoming the youthful energy of university students. Many historic landmarks are designated with signs and documented stories, allowing interested travellers the chance to take the old with the new in one shot on their visit to Edinburgh.

  • Go out of the way to 16 St Catherine’s Place, which marks the location of the Dominican convent of Catherine of Sienna in Edinburgh, originally built on petition against the pope from war widows.
  • Explore the Sciennes Hill House where Scottish writers like Robert Burns, Edinburgh’s own Walter Scott, and other literary figures gathered for small talk and libations.
  • Stop by the old Jewish Cemetery in Sciennes, the first in Scotland, where several generations of families covering the nineteenth century have been laid to rest.

The nearest train stop is Waverly Station, a lengthy walk from the area, so railway travellers on their way to Sciennes may wish to take alternate transportation, especially in inclement weather. The Lothian Buses stop along Causewayside, Grange Rd., and other nearby locations. Sciennes is only 1.5 kilometres from the Edinburgh city centre, a 25-minute walk on a nice day, or a very quick bus or taxi ride. For those travelling with their own car, parking space is usually available centrally on Sciennes Road. Many of these attractions in the district are within walking distance.

Hotels in Sciennes

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From US$79

1 The Inn Place

4 stars
4.1 / 5 9 reviews

20-30 Cockburn Street Map

Stay 5 nights save 25%

With tasteful units strategically set a stone's throw away from major attractions, The Inn Place makes for a suitable starting point for exploring the heritage-rich Scotland capital. This Edinburgh... More

Would book again
Great hotel for the price. It fully met our expectations. The free internet worked really well, the bed was clean and very confortable. The room offered teas. The tea cups was not cleaned properly,...
7 Jan 2016
From US$72

2 Grassmarket Hotel

3 stars
4.4 / 5 15 reviews

94-96 Grassmarket Map

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The Grassmarket Hotel is excellently situated for those wishing to enjoy a city break. The Grassmarket area of the city, named after an ancient market place, is as bustling as ever with its pubs,... More

Perfect weekend away
I went to Edinburgh for the first time with my partner and could only afford grass market hotel for good location and reputation. And if was even better than expected, everybody was so friendly,...
23 Dec 2015
From US$84

3 Stay Edinburgh City Apartments - Royal Mile

4 stars
4.3 / 5 8 reviews

217 High Street Map

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Whether in Edinburgh for business or for leisure, discerning travellers find an ideal base in the top-notch facilities, elegant spaces and quality services of Stay Edinburgh City Serviced... More

Awesome trip
The hotel was located right on the Royal Mile and it was conveniently near all the tourist attractions. However,the hotel is located above several pubs so the noise level at night might be a...
23 Dec 2015
From US$113

4 Apex Grassmarket Hotel -formerly Apex International Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 37 reviews

31-35 Grassmarket Map

FREE WiFi

Situated in the centre of the old city with views over Edinburgh Castle, Apex Grassmarket Hotel- formerly Apex International Hotel makes for an ideal base for travellers in Edinburgh. The Camera... More

Not bad...not bad at all
The location of the hotel was great within walking diatance to the castle, royal mile and Hollyrood House. Reception staff very helpfull and polite. Only negative for me was the pillows were very...
15 Oct 2015
From US$60

5 Jurys Inn Edinburgh

4 stars
4.0 / 5 13 reviews

43 Jeffrey Street Map

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Positioned just off the famous Royal Mile and providing comfortable and high quality accommodations, Jurys Inn Edinburgh makes for an ideal place for travellers in a vibrant vacation in this part... More

Great view from the room. Big Room. Friendly staff.
The view from my room was great. Breakfast was rich and the staff was very helpful in anyway. Staff at reception and housekeeping was very professional and kind. The room was big and warm. In the...
29 Dec 2015
From US$72

6 Stay Central Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 14 reviews

139 Cowgate Map

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Stay Central Hotel is situated in an area known as Cowgate in the busy centre of this vibrant capital city. The National Museum of Scotland and the Edinburgh Festival Hall are in the close... More

Perfect rooms with untraditional decor
Fancy rooms for both business and pleasure visits including a very warm welcome at arrival.
5 May 2015
From US$128

7 Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

4 stars
4.4 / 5 11 reviews

80 High Street, The Royal Mile Map

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Boasting luxurious accommodation and cordial hospitality, the Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh is an excellent venue for leisure and business travellers. GeneralWith conference and banquet rooms that... More

Fab trip with friends!
Perfect location for everything. Very funny, very charming concierge in kilt, checked us in and we got upgraded. This impressed and amused our American friend to no end. All staff were very...
24 Sep 2015
From US$97

8 Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 26 reviews

61 Grassmarket Map

FREE WiFi

The Apex City Hotel Edinburgh is located right at the heart of the Old City on Grassmarket - an area famed for its vibrant restaurants and nightlife. On the doorstep are Edinburgh's must see... More

First visit but not the last
For our first trip to Edinburgh we wanted a hotel that was in easy walking distance of as many of the attractions as possible but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of a 24 hour city to...
11 Oct 2015
From US$107

9 Fraser Suites Edinburgh

4 stars
4.8 / 5 11 reviews

12-26 St Giles Street Map

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Fraser Suites Edinburgh invites chic business and holiday travellers to elegant urban retreat that features classy and stylish accommodations set right in the heart of Edinburgh. While in the... More

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10 Royal Mile Residence

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

217 Royal Mile Map

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oyal Mile Residence is a five storey Georgian building located in the heart of the cosmopolitan Royal Mile close to St. Giles Cathedral. This fantastic setting is steeped in history offering many... More

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