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Double or Twin Room | In-room safe, desk, free WiFi, bed sheets
Quadruple Room | In-room safe, desk, free WiFi, bed sheets
Quadruple Room | In-room safe, desk, free WiFi, bed sheets
Standard Double Room | In-room safe, desk, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Stay Central

Stay Central

3.0 star property

4.0/5 Very Good

Top rated for staff & service (4.2/5)

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Breakfast available
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room service
139 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1LL

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationRoyal Mile3 min walk
  • Popular LocationPrinces Street3 min walk
  • Popular LocationEdinburgh Castle8 min walk
  • AirportEdinburgh (EDI)17 min drive

Room options

About this area


Stay Central is located in Old Town Edinburgh, a neighborhood in Edinburgh, and is near a train station. National Museum of Scotland and National Gallery of Scotland are cultural highlights, and some of the area's notable landmarks include Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Check out an event or a game at Murrayfield Stadium, and consider making time for Edinburgh Zoo, a top attraction not to be missed. Practice your golf swing on a nearby course, or enjoy other activities in the great outdoors, such as hiking/biking trails in the area. Guests appreciate the hotel's central location.

What's nearby

  • Royal Mile - 3 min walk
  • Greyfriars Kirk - 3 min walk
  • Princes Street - 3 min walk
  • National Museum of Scotland - 4 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 8 min walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) - 7 min walk
  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 17 min drive


  • Under the Stairs - 2 min walk
  • Cabaret Voltaire - 3 min walk
  • Let Me Eat - 3 min walk
  • The Piemaker - 3 min walk
  • The City Cafe - 3 min walk

About this property

Stay Central

3-star hotel in the heart of Old Town Edinburgh
Close to Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, Stay Central provides dry cleaning/laundry services, a bar, and more. Guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
Other perks at this hotel include:
  • Full breakfast (surcharge), ATM/banking services, and a front desk safe
  • An elevator, luggage storage, and a 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance and smoke-free premises
  • Guest reviews say good things about the central location and helpful staff
Room features
All guestrooms at Stay Central include perks such as air conditioning, in addition to amenities like free WiFi and safes. Guests reviews say good things about the comfortable rooms at the property.
Other conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Bathrooms with rainfall showers and designer toiletries
  • Coffee/tea makers, daily housekeeping, and desks


English, Polish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
Property is disinfected with electrostatic spray
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest accommodations are accessible via mobile device
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast
Reservations are required for the use of certain onsite facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • No onsite parking available

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast available for a fee daily 8:00 AM–noon: GBP 10.00 per person
  • 1 bar
  • Room service available

Restaurants on site

  • The Three Sisters Pub


  • ATM/banking services
  • Elevator
  • Front-desk safe

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • Bathroom emergency pull cord
  • Grab bar near toilet
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Bed sheets


  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower
  • Towels


  • iPod dock
  • LCD TV

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Free bottled water


  • Desk
  • Mobile key entry
  • Safe

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97% of travelers were happy with check-in
Check-in from 2:00 PM - 4:30 AM
Early check-in subject to availability
Early check-in fee: GBP 10.00
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM
Late check-out subject to availability
Late check-out fee: GBP 15.00

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children 18 and younger are not allowed at this property; All guests older than 18 are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

  • Fee for full breakfast: GBP 10.00 per person (approximately)
  • Early check-in fee: GBP 10.00 (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out fee: GBP 15.00 (subject to availability)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
No onsite parking is available
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed
Safety features at this property include a smoke detector
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

We should mention

Children 18 years old and younger are not permitted at this property
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms

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Frequently asked questions

Is Stay Central pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

How much does it cost to stay at Stay Central?

As of Sep 26, 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Stay Central on Oct 9, 2022 start from $113.37, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

How much is parking at Stay Central?

This hotel doesn't offer parking.

What time is check-in at Stay Central?

Check-in is from 2:00 PM - 4:30 AM. Early check-in is available for a fee of GBP 10.00 (subject to availability). Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at Stay Central?

Check-out is at 11 AM. Late check-out is available for GBP 15.00 (subject to availability).

Where is Stay Central located?

Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Mile, Princes Street, and National Museum of Scotland. University of Edinburgh and National Gallery of Scotland are also within 10 minutes. Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) is 7 minutes by foot and Edinburgh Waverley Station is 8 minutes.

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Stay Central and receive a full refund?

Yes, Stay Central offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Stay Central cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.

Overall score and ratings


Very Good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 310 out of 876 reviews
5 - Excellent 35%
Rating 4 - Good. 340 out of 876 reviews
4 - Good 39%
Rating 3 - Okay. 143 out of 876 reviews
3 - Okay 16%
Rating 2 - Poor. 53 out of 876 reviews
2 - Poor 6%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 30 out of 876 reviews
1 - Terrible 3%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



4/5 Good

ELSIE, Mississauga
Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The hotel is like a 3 minutes walk to Mercatt Cross and St. Giles Cathedral where tour company meets. The room is clean & air-conditioned and washrooms looks renovated. The only thing I did not like about our room is that the floor creaks when you walk and its kind'a noisy cause of the Three Sisters Pub beside the hotel. If you are a light sleeper, ear plugs is must but overall the hotel is quite nice. Breakfast buffet is adequate and staff are all so friendly.
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2022

4/5 Good

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Cute hotel for a stopover! The beds were comfy and warm, and the hotel was nicely appointed. The bathroom was showing some signs of wear and tear, and wasn't properly graded so the open concept shower caused water to pool across the room in odd ways. It was also quite noisy outside our window, but obviously not something the hotel can control. ☺️
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

3/5 Okay

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Disliked: Staff & service
Our stay was good, but they charged my credit card 3 times after we left for about $100. I have called 3 times and asked for the front desk to tell me what the charges for, but they haven't answered after a week. I'm frustrated and disappointed.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

3/5 Okay

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Stayed a total of 2 weekends. Had 3 different rooms If you were in a back room it x was great. If your room overlooked the 3 Sisters beer garden or back alley where they dumped the bottles IT WAS A NIGHTMARE OF NOISE AND STADIUM LEVEL MUSIC that went on until 3 Am Also, on both weekends the FIRE ALARM WENT OFF AT ABOUT 4 AM !! Nicely located , but if you need your sleep STAY AWAY !! Note- we asked for a room change to no avail :(
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2022

4/5 Good

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The room was small and noisy due to the bar/club next door. The bathroom was very nice with a working towel heater. The breakfast was very good.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Clean rooms great location
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great location, awesome staff. No complaints.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2022

4/5 Good

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great place to stay! Loved the quirky features. It was quiet, comfy and clean. The location was great and near to the main attractions. One downside, breakfast at £10pp is not great. There were no plates, sauces or staff when we arrived. We had to speak to the helpful receptionist for plates to put the buffet food on. My partner wanted some extra pastries which never came so we gave up. To get sauces we had to find them in the cupboards ourselves and the cooked items seem to have sat in the hot containers for some time. Maybe go elsewhere for breakfast but otherwise a great find and we would use the hotel again.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

1/5 Terrible

Kimberly, Winnipwg
Traveled with family
Poor customer service. There is a night club on premises not a lounge and it is extremely loud at night. The facility does. It honor agreements. Get everything in writing.
Stayed 3 nights in May 2022

4/5 Good

Business traveler, Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Really convenient
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2022