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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$95

1 The Inn Place

4 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

20-30 Cockburn Street Map

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Located in one of Edinburgh's finest old streets right in the centre of this beautiful city, The Inn Place boasts 27 newly built bedrooms. Some have spectacular views of the city and the olde... More

Great location
It just a short walk from A100 airlink bus dropped off however the road was steep uphill (careful for big luggage). It in the middle of Royal mile. During our stay the escalator (only one they...
25 Aug 2015
From US$144

2 Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 15 reviews

81 Holyrood Road Edinburgh Map

A quite haven, yet just a stone's throw from Edinburgh's bustling old city centre, the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Edinburgh provides ideal accommodation for those on vacation as well as business.... More

From US$135

3 Jurys Inn Edinburgh

4 stars
4.0 / 5 9 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

Enjoyable family trip
We were in Edinburgh for the International Festival. It was amazing atmosphere. So vibrant! The hotel is in excellent location, within walking distance of the city and the railway station. The...
25 Aug 2015
From US$113

4 Apex International

4 stars
4.4 / 5 35 reviews

31-35 Grassmarket Map

FREE WiFi

Situated in the centre of the old city with views over Edinburgh Castle, the Apex International Hotel Edinburgh is the perfect place for a city break. The Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is... More

Excellent location in Edinburgh
Nice hotel with friendly personell, centrally placed in the old town of Edinburgh. Excellent full scottish breakfast
4 Mar 2015
From US$68

5 Edinburgh First

3 stars
3.9 / 5 10 reviews

18 Holyrood Park Road Map

Hotel Edinburgh First provides budget-friendly bed and breakfast accommodations suitable for leisure travelers or corporate visitors visiting the Scottish capital. From this Edinburgh property,... More

great place to stay on a budget
Good value accommodation. Nice breakfast. A bit far from the city but still within easy reach by bus or taxi.
24 Aug 2015
From US$214

6 The Scotsman Hotel

5 stars
4.5 / 5 32 reviews

20 North Bridge Map

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The Scotsman Hotel Edinburgh is an ideal base for exploring the city's cultural, historical and renowned shopping facilities. Places of interest including the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland,... More

weekend break
Very friendly staff. Good location for train station. Clean tidy room.
1 May 2015
From US$99

7 Edinburgh City Hotel

3 stars
4.3 / 5 25 reviews

79 Lauriston Place Map

FREE WiFi

Surrounded by the very best Edinburgh has to offer, the Edinburgh City Hotel enjoys a central location in the Old City. The original building housing the hotel dates back to 1873, and it has been... More

First Edinburgh trip
Busy city during the Fringe and also very expensive. However the tripnwascgreatcand the hotel fantastic. Staff were very nice and helpful. One of our 2 rooms was small but that's usual for...
28 Aug 2015
From US$195

8 Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

4 stars
4.2 / 5 9 reviews

80 High Street, The Royal Mile Map

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

Edinburgh on your doorstep
I wanted to swap our AirB&B apartment in London with this hotel, it was clean, very comfortable bed with friendly and accommodating staff and is in the centre of town. With shops, eateries and bars...
25 Aug 2015
From US$115

9 Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 25 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

Great location, comfortable room but poor bar and limited parking
This hotel is located right in the middle of Grassmarket in Edinburgh which is ideal for exploring the city and a very nice location. The parking spaces were limited which meant that once you had...
3 Sep 2014
From US$162

10 Holyrood Aparthotel

4 stars
4.8 / 5 16 reviews

1 Nether Bakehouse Close Map

The Holyrood Aparthotel Edinburgh comprises 41 fully serviced modern and stylish self-catering apartments in the city centre, right on the doorstep of historical attractions and designer shops.... More

Wonderful Stay
Stayed for a night before leaving for our Scotland Highland tour. Hotel had kindly kept our luggages for 2 nights before we recheck in again. Rooms are spacious. Staff are friendly and helpful....
22 Apr 2015
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