Brilliance on a Budget: Our Top 3 Choice of 3-Star Hotels

Alba House Duthouse Lodge Hotel Ceilidh-Donia

After having checked out or Luxury Edinburgh Hotel and Budget Edinburgh Hotel pages, it should be quite obvious that the city of Edinburgh has plenty of residences that suit all kinds of budgets and preferences. It doesn't matter whether you're after a luxury weekend away, a family-oriented establishment, or simply a place to settle down either: the city caters for all kinds of travellers and passers-through with its eclectic mix of the lavish and the affordable. It is the latter of the two categories that we are dealing with in this particular article, which we hope will turn your attention towards what are, in our opinion, the very best 3-star Edinburgh hotels that money can buy. If you're after something a little more luxurious then our Top 3 4-Star or even Top 3 5-Star Hotels pages may be worth your consideration, but for an affordable yet still-impressive time away in the wonderful country of Scotland, our top 3 pick of 3-star establishments in the country's finest city may very be the motivation you need to go out and book yourself a well-deserved couples break or much-needed family holiday away.

1. Alba House

Alba House

The usual procedure with Bed and Breakfast hotels is to simply expect a certain minimum level of service and treat any extras as kind of a bonus. Alba House seems to be one of those places where merely offering acceptable service isn't the philosophy: only the very best 3-star experience will do, and this shows in every aspect of a stay at Alba House. Though this isn't anything like the luxuriousness of the 4 or 5-star establishments we have covered in other articles, Alba house is still a sublime place that has received overwhelmingly positive reviews (their TripAdvisor page has a rating of 100% with no negative reviews whatsoever). Set in a beautiful Victorian Villa that has been restored to its original magnificence, this B&B offers a total of 10 rooms for travellers looking for a place to stay. It has the charm and personal touch of a smaller establishment yet one look at the exterior fills you with a sense of grandness and historical admiration.

Aba House is itself located in a wonderful area known as the Craigmillar Park Conservation Area. Its relatively small size doesn't mean that it cannot provide guests with a variety of rooms spread over 3 floors: economy twin and double rooms are available as well as superior king/double rooms and also a family cottage for those travelling with more people in their party. All rooms have varying designs yet all share the same qualities: spaciousness, comfort, and cleanliness, as well as feeling modern and well-maintained. Alba Cottage is for the larger family and is situated in the garden grounds to the rear of the property.

Location wise, Alba House is situated within a convenient distance from the city centre and various local attractions, which can be viewed on a map from the location page of the website.

2. Duthus Lodge

Duthouse Lodge

Duthus Lodge is another Bed and Breakfast establishment whose grandness seems to defy the fact that is apparently still a 3-star establishment and not a 5-star residence. Duthus Lodge can be found in the West Coates area of Edinburgh and much like any good Bed and Breakfast, is located within a convenient distance of the city and its attractions. You will be hard pushed to find another 3-star establishment located within such a grand building with a ridiculous amount of character and wonderfully fertile surroundings to look at as you approach. The building is listed and was built in 1860, just to give you an idea of how much character and history it possesses.

Visitors can expect a full Scottish breakfast every morning of their stay there and all of the usual facilities such as tea and coffee, a desk, a colour TV, and free WiFi are all available for use. The 9 rooms in the house include double, triple, and family rooms, with double rooms also allowing for single guests as well. A quick visit to the Duthus Lodge website will allow you to gather more information, though booking can only be done by calling the hotel, though they offer a service whereby the call can be made free of charge.

3. Hotel Ceilidh-Donia

Hotel Ceilidh-Donia

These top 3 hotels were all close-calls for the top position, so the fact that Ceilidh-Donia is third is no poor reflection on what it has to offer. In fact, Hotel Ceilidh-Donia has a 96% rating on Trip Advisor and is ranked #3 in the Hotels in Edinburgh category below only the 5-star Chester Residence and Prestonfield House.

This hotel has seventeen fully-furnished rooms with modern decoration that offers variety and a spacious stay. Each of the rooms at Ceilidh-Donia offer en-suite facilities as well as flat-screen televisions, tea/coffee-making facilities, hair dryers, broadband, and docking stations. Its location is ideal for people trying to visit the sights of Edinburgh since the hotel sits a mere 1 mile away from the city centre. As well as the many local restaurants, one can enjoy a bar menu at the restaurant in the hotel, the design of which is extremely modern and seemingly more luxurious than you would expect from a 3-star establishment. The hotel bar is also a great addition that isn't necessarily expected from a 3-star hotel, allowing you to unwind and relax in a comfortable and welcoming setting.

If you wish to discover the room rates at the hotel then you can visit the Hotel Ceilidh-Donia rates page for more information and the facility of online booking. Comparing the same hotel across many comparison sites can also see you cutting an extra £10-£20 off your booking bill. Compare the Comparison Sites breaks down the list of sites to use when searching for the best deal and Travel Supermarket is probably the best of the bunch in terms of the amount of hotel deals available to compare.