Gay Edinburgh  Hotels

No trip to Scotland would be complete without a trip to Scotland's capital city. With a population of just over 477,000 it is a relatively small, compact city but contains many of Scotland's national institutions, it is the seat of Government and there are a large number of museums and major visitor attractions.

It is very relaxed city and large numbers of people still live and work in the city center (financial services). During the summer, the parks and open spaces are full of people sunbathing, enjoying a drink or have ice-cream (the sun does shine sometimes).

An architectural gem, the city enjoys UNESCO world heritage status as much for its buildings and vistas as its geographical location and imposing castle.

Edinburgh largely escaped destruction during the Second World War and as a result, it was chosen in 1947 to host a world-class cultural festival. Over the years this has flourished and has grown to become Edinburgh International Festival that we know today.  However, that is only part of the story; uninvited performers turned up and organized their own venues and ticket sales. The Fringe event has grown into one of the largest arts festivals in the world.

Edinburgh is truly a festival city; there are festivals and major events taking place throughout the year culminating in the week long Hogmanay celebrations to mark the New Year.

Edinburgh is easy to explore on foot, so it makes sense to choose a hotel in the city center, either in the New or Old Town.

The Old Town is a beautiful medieval district with a labyrinth of cobbled streets, whilst the neo-classical New Townhouses 18th century Georgian buildings many of which are now hotels.

Edinburgh has a vibrant gay scene "the Pink Triangle," centered on the top of Leith walk, just off Princes Street, Edinburgh's main thoroughfare.
All the bars and clubs are within the easy walking distance. Each one offers something different; so whether you want music, good food or somewhere to stay, you will find a place to suit you below where you will find a gay-friendly relaxed atmosphere.


Ballantrae Albany Hotel


39-47 Albany Street, New Town, Edinburgh

Located within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh Bus Station, Ballantrae Albany Hotel is a convenient base while visiting Edinburgh. It is conveniently situated in the city center.


Holiday Inn Express - Edinburgh City Centre


Picardy Place, New Town, Edinburgh

This relaxed hotel offers meeting rooms, a safe and an express check-in and check-out feature. Welcoming and professional staff are available 24-hours a day. Just moments from nearby bars and clubs, this 3-star hotel also allows guests to explore the best of the local nightlife.

The Glasshouse

The rooms at this award-winning hotel have floor-to-ceiling windows, flat screen TV, and free WiFi. Some rooms have a balcony with wonderful garden or city rooftop views.


Hotel Indigo Edinburgh


51 - 59 York Place, New Town, Edinburgh

This 4-star hotel provides chic accommodation in Edinburgh and is within walking distance of Edinburgh Bus Station. It is conveniently located in the city center. This luxury hotel provides a 24-hour reception, a concierge and meeting rooms. There is off-site parking for those with a car.

The Principal Edinburgh George Street


19-21 George Street, New Town, Edinburgh

Featuring views of Edinburgh, this stylish hotel is an easy walk from Edinburgh Bus Station. Only a short walk from Princes Street, it provides modern rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, and free wireless internet access.


Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian


Princes Street, New Town, Edinburgh

This hotel in central Edinburgh was built in 1903 and recently refurbished to offer modern facilities and a comfortable stay. Featuring views of Edinburgh Castle, it also provides a variety of amenities, such as a sauna, an executive floor, and an indoor pool.

Edinburgh Gay Bars



The oldest and most popular gay venue in Edinburgh. CC Blooms is a stylish bar & restaurant by day and a classy nightclub by night.

CC serves excellent cocktails and modern cuisine and offers a full wine and champagne list. The dance floor at the back of the venue is one of the most popular in town.


The Regent Bar

2 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh

Traditional gay bar in the Pink Triangle. The Regent Bar has a relaxed and informal environment, with no loud music or dance floor.

Planet Bar

6 Baxter’s Place, Edinburgh

Small gay bar in the Pink Triangle, with good atmosphere, reasonably priced drinks, a snooker table, arcade game and DJ’s on the weekends.


Victoria Bar

265 Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Mixed, cozy bar located on the edge of Gay Village. Victoria Bar serves excellent gin & tonic and offers a great selection of beers and a good playlist.

Edinburgh Gay Dance Clubs

CC Blooms

The oldest and most popular gay venue in Edinburgh. CC Blooms is a stylish bar & restaurant by day and a classy nightclub by night.

CC serves excellent cocktails and modern cuisine and offers a full wine and champagne list. The dance floor at the back of the venue is one of the most popular in town.


Infinity Nightclub

4 Picardy Place, Edinburgh

Scotland’s favorite gay-friendly venue. Formerly “Chalky’s”, this late-night bar & dance club attracts a fun, mixed crowd with drag shows and friendly vibe. Mixed crowd.

Edinburgh Gay Saunas

Number 18

18 Albert Place, Edinburgh

Long-running sauna for gay & bisexual men. Number 18 has been serving the local community for more than 20 years.

Facilities at include a large steam room, sauna, showers, private cubicles, lockers, XX TV and a café area serving drinks and snacks. Fresh towels and friendly service.

Best time to visit is between 1 pm and 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.


The Ballantrae Hotel


8 York Place, New Town, Edinburgh

Located in the heart of Edinburgh, The Ballantrae Hotel is a short walk from Edinburgh Bus Station, and just a few steps from nearby dining and nightlife options. It is situated a brief walk from Princes Street Gardens, the Edinburgh Playhouse, and Princes Street.


Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace


18 Royal Terrace, New Town, Edinburgh

This elegant hotel offers an express check-in and check-out feature, meeting rooms and 24-hour room service. The front desk operates 24/7 and the friendly staff can recommend places to visit and provide other tourist information.

Jurys Inn Edinburgh


43 Jeffrey Street, Old Town, Edinburgh

Conveniently situated, Jurys Inn Edinburgh allows for easy access to Edinburgh's popular hot spots. It provides 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms. Rooms at Jurys Inn Edinburgh are modern and feature a mini bar.


Hilton Edinburgh Carlton


19 North Bridge, Old Town, Edinburgh

The hotel is set amongst Edinburgh's popular tourist attractions, just a brief stroll from Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station. It features views of Royal Mile and offers a wide range of facilities, such as meeting rooms, a ballroom, and free Wi-Fi.

Le Monde Edinburgh


16 George Street, New Town, Edinburgh

This 4-star hotel offers an express check-in and check-out feature, meeting rooms, and room service. Welcoming and professional staff are available 24-hours a day. The hotel also has its very own nightclub, Shanghai Nightclub.




55a Frederick Street, New Town, Edinburgh

Set in the heart of the city, Rick's offers easy access to Edinburgh's popular retail areas and tourist attractions. It is situated a short stroll from Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle.

The Street


2 Picardy Place, Edinburgh

The Street is a well-known restaurant & bar for gay locals and visitors looking to take in the sights and sounds of Scotland’s buzzing Gay Village. Expect a crowded, casual, laid-back atmosphere.



22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh

Friendly café bar on two floors, located very close to Edinburgh’s Pink Triangle. Habana serves a great selection of beer, wine, spirits and cocktails with regular drink promotions.

Cafe Nom de Plume

60 Broughton Street, Edinburgh

Small café bar located upstairs, above Edinburgh’s LGBT Centre. Run by the same team behind the well-known Regent Bar. Not a gay venue, but definitely worth a visit. 


Paradise Palms

41 Lothian Street, Edinburgh

Not a gay venue, but definitely worth a visit. This quirky (think mismatched furniture and palm trees) bar/café/alternative artistic venue serves food, pours pretty much any sort of drink you could ask for, and features cutting-edge cabaret and music.

The Church of High Kicks @ CC Blooms

23-24 Greenside Place, Edinburgh

Gay party night at CC Blooms every Sunday from 6 pm to 11 pm. The party is hosted by a drag DJ and is a mixture of comedy, entertainment, music, and dancing.

The music ranges from disco, 80’s, 90’s and some high energy stuff thrown in. Fun avant-garde vibe, with promotions on drinks.

Edinburgh Gay Saunas



5 Broughton Market, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH3 6NU

Hot Scottish men let off steam at the aptly-named gay sauna – Steamworks.Facilities (5,000 ft²) venue include large steam room, 12-man spa pool, dry sauna, maze, power shower, free internet with webcam, TV and XX video lounge, massage service, vertical tanning booth and a café serving drinks & snacks.