Edinburgh
United Kingdom
By Keri Griffiths

Edinburgh, Scotland is, in my opinion, one of the friendliest and most fascinating cities in all of Europe. The Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid called it “a mad god’s dream” but I’m not sure if crazy is the best de-scription. I would call Edinburgh inspired, magnificent and tantalizing. Laying across a series of rocky hills and a dormant volcano, Edinburgh has weathered the many shenanigans of the Royal’s, fought for inde-pendence and demanded religious freedom. The streets are alive with centuries of mystery, mayhem and some of the most enthralling tales in Great Britain’s history.

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The crowing glory of Scotland has to be, hands down, Edinburgh Castle. High above the city, resting on the volcanic Castle Rock, this amazing fortress has survived wars, invasions and the turbulent efforts of Mother Nature. Since the middle ages, Edinburgh Castle has been the home of the Royal Family as well as the Scottish Royal Guard.  Actually, the Castle still is the home to Her Majesties Armed Forces and you can see the men and women that serve this great nation patrolling the grounds.

Walking through the mighty main gate and up the cobbled roads you are greeted by the battlements, complete with canons, and a breathtaking view of the city. WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends in-vesting in the audio guide; without it you will miss out on many of the titillating tales behind the sites you are seeing. You can hear about Queen Mary’s life in the castle and see where she gives birth to James 1, King of England. Check out the Crown Room and marvel at the wondrous Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny. There is even a dungeon for you to explore and check out the place where prisoner were tor-tured. Don’t forget to stop by the Witches Wall and see where women were burned at the stake for prac-ticing witchcraft.

When you leave the Castle you will walk down the famed “Royal Mile” which is considered by many to be the finest road in all of Scotland, and a top pick by WhatsCheaper.com. Shops mix seamlessly with an-cient history. On your way down the long hill stop by the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center to get a delicious taste of Scotland’s most beloved beverage. Afterwards, head under the city and into Mary King’s Close. Down here you will find a whole different side of Edinburgh and it’s hard to believe that people really did live down here in the 1600’s. Maybe if you’re lucky little “Annie’s” ghost will stop you and ask if you’ve seen her doll.

Right at the bottom of the Royal Mile is the Palace of Holyrood House, and WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends this attraction. It was originally built in 1128 and used as a monastery, but today it is the of-ficial Scottish residence of the Queen of England and her family. If these walls could talk they would tell us tales of murder, greed and many enthralling stories from the Royal families turbulent past. Mary Queen of Scots called this home from 1561-1567. This is where her second husband, Lord Darnley, brutally murdered the Queens secretary, David Rizzio, when he though his wife was sleeping with the poor man. Now a days, you can wonder around the state and take a tour of the Royal Apartments. Well, as long as Her Majesty or any of her family isn’t in residence.

Most people have heard of the Royal Yacht Britannia. The Royal family has sailed the world under her speed and have taken aboard some of the worlds most notable figures such as Nelson Mandela and Ghandi. A few years ago the ship was retired to Edinburgh’s port and opened to the public to enjoy the many wonders. Gold plated fittings, magnificent grand piano and friendly staff to help you with whatever you need

Few cities have made me feel as welcomed as Edinburgh did. This city can’t be missed so click on the above links to book you trip to Edinburgh Scotland with WhatsCheaper.com.

MUST SEE IN Edinburgh LIST:

  • 1. Edinburgh Castle
  • 2. Holyrood Palace
  • 3. Saint John's Cathedral
  • 4. Governor's House & Obelisk
  • 5. City Hall
  • 6. Stewart Monument
  • 7. Royal Yacht Britannia
  • 8. Royal Botanical Garden
  • 9. National Museum of Scotland
  • 10. Gilmerton Cove

Edinburgh EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Burns Night - January
  • 2. Edinburgh International Science Festival - April
  • 3. Beltane Fire Festival - April
  • 4. Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival - May
  • 5. Orkney Folk Festival - May
  • 6. West End Festival - June
  • 7. T in the Park - July
  • 8. Edinburgh Fringe Festival - August
  • 9. Bonfire Night - November
  • 10. Hogmanay - December

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Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
1 Festival Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
By Summer Brons

When your travels find you in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, be sure you choose a hotel committed to helping you make the most of your experience. The Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa is an ideal choice whether you're visiting Edinburgh for a relaxing vacation or to close a major business deal.
 
Located near the picturesque Edinburgh Castle, the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa underwent recent renovations to celebrate their 25th anniversary, which means all 269 guest rooms are fresh and ready to welcome weary travelers. Enjoy convenient proximity to shopping along the Royal Mile, touring one of the city's many fascinating museums, or exploring Edinburgh all on your own.
 
On-site, you'll find numerous creature comforts designed to wrap each guest in luxury. Stay productive in the well-equipped business center, take advantage of the 24-hour concierge service, work up a sweat in the fitness center, or a take a refreshing dip in the infinity swimming pool. You can even opt for a trip to the rooftop hydropool and thermal suite for ultimate relaxation indulgence. Better yet, enjoy a pampering treatment from the Sheraton's own One Spa.
 
When it comes to dining options, it shouldn't surprise you that the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa is ready to impress. Savor a meal at the charming Terrace or Santini restaurants, grab an afternoon smoothie from One Spa Cafe, and sip a nightcap with friends at The Exchange Bar.
 
Turn in at the end of a long day and enjoy the plush appointments of your private Sheraton guest room. Each room is equipped with a Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, electronic media hub, HD television, work desk, available wireless internet access, iron and board, coffee maker and mini bar, Shine for Sheraton bath amenities, hairdryer and even bathrobes and slippers. Luxurious suites are also available for those seeking an upgrade in their accommodations. Members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program will also receive credit for their stay at the Sheraton.
 
Your hotel should compliment your vacation, so ensure your time spent in Edinburgh is accompanied by a stay at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa. Book with WhatsCheaper.com by clicking (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel
Grosvenor Street Haymarket, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
By Jessica Howell

WhatsCheaper.com would like to welcome you to the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel!  Housed in a building that dates back to the 1860’s, this timeless treasure has a historic façade, modern interior yet retains its historic charm, making it truly one of a kind.  Although the interior has received a modern facelift, some of the original buildings unique features are still present.  Admire beautiful coving, ceilings and ornate staircases – you will feel like you have not just traveled to Edinburg – but back in time.  If you are searching for a hotel with character, then look no further than the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel.  

At the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel, there are several room options so that guests can choose the accommodations that are perfect for their trip to Scotland’s capital.  Choose from standard guest rooms with premium amenities; spacious suites for larger families; or deluxe rooms with superior amenities and exclusive access to other hotel features.  Regardless which room option you choose, all guests will enjoy sleeping in a luxurious bed wrapped in layers of fresh linens, cozy duvets and topped with plush pillows.  Enjoy cable TV channels and pay-per view movies on a crisp interactive LCD flat panel TV.  Stay connected with high speed internet and telephone with auto wakeup and voicemail.  Or pamper yourself in your spacious bathroom featuring delicious smelling bath amenities.

Looking for a place to enjoy authentic Scottish cuisine?  You only need to venture down to the Townhouse Restaurant where you can dine on a selection of Scottish favorites.  Bar 251 offers light breakfast options and daily specials, and is open all day.  

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City Centre
34 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AF, United Kingdom
By Barbara Harvey Abbott

The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City Centre is a 30 minute drive from the Edinburgh airport or 20 minute walk from the Waverly Train Station. If driving, parking is available at the hotel. This Double Tree hotel is perfectly located at the heart of the city and within easy walking distance of many of Edinburgh’s iconic and historic attractions. Guests can easily visit Hollyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament Building, Old Town, and the Edinburgh Dungeons. Or they can spend an afternoon shopping on Princes Street, located just a short stroll from the hotel. If guests visit in August the Double Tree is the perfect base location for patronizing the Fringe Festival with its vibrant atmosphere, world-class comedy, and performance that permeates the city for the month.

Guests can stay in either a guest room or suite. Both lodging styles are modern and stylish with soothing colors. Every room has all the amenities needed for guests to feel comfortable after a long day of exploring including the Sweet Dreams by Double Tree sleep experience, LCD TV, wireless high speed internet, and large desk with ergonomic chair. Deluxe rooms and suites offer extra space and incredible views of the Edinburgh castle so guests are inspired even before leaving their rooms.

Bread Street Brasserie, the hotel restaurant, contributes to the local cuisine with its focus on fresh, local, and quality ingredients. It offers something for everyone, including local beef and Scottish seafood. For guests with children, there are high chairs and children's menus available. To unwind after a long day of seeing the sites, the Monboddo Bar offers an extensive menu of drinks. If guests want to start or end their day with a workout, the fitness center is open 24 hours and offers cardio equipment and free weights.

On the day of check out, hotel staff can help guests arrange local area transportation to the airport. After the 12 p.m. check-out, luggage can be stored at the hotel while guests take one more opportunity to explore the capitol city before their departure time. The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City Centre is a beautiful and centrally located lodging, perfect for anyone looking for an ideal vacation. Booking is easy with WhatsCheaper.com (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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