Stay Central

3.0 star property
3-star hotel with bar/lounge, near National Museum of Scotland

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Stay Central

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The Dorm | Living area
Front of property
The Dorm
Lobby sitting area
Snack bar

Overview of Stay Central


Very good

Property highlights

  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry facilities
  • Bar
  • 24/7 front desk
139 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1LL
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Breakfast available
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • Room service
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Front-desk safe
  • Snack bar/deli
  • ATM/banking services
  • Laundry service
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Luggage storage
Feel at home
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Elevator

Room options

Quadruple Room

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Twin Beds and 1 Twin Bunk Bed OR 1 Double Bed and 1 Twin Bunk Bed

Standard Double Room

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

Double or Twin Room

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed OR 2 Twin Beds


  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 Double Bed and 2 Twin Bunk Beds OR 2 Twin Beds and 2 Twin Bunk Beds

The Dorm

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Twin Bunk Beds

Executive Double or Twin Room

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed OR 2 Twin Beds

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Old Town Edinburgh
  • University of Edinburgh - 5 min walk
  • Royal Mile - 6 min walk
  • Princes Street - 9 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 10 min walk
  • George Street - 11 min walk
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 15 min walk
  • Murrayfield Stadium - 42 min walk
  • National Museum of Scotland - 1 min drive
  • Grassmarket - 2 min drive
  • St. Giles' Cathedral - 2 min drive

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 17 min drive
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) - 7 min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 8 min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 22 min walk
  • St Andrew Square Tram Stop - 11 min walk
  • Princes Street Tram Stop - 12 min walk
  • Haymarket Tram Station - 24 min walk


  • Dishoom Edinburgh - 10 min walk
  • The Devil's Advocate - 6 min walk
  • Ondine - 6 min walk
  • Whiski Rooms - 6 min walk
  • Kims Mini Meals - 9 min walk

About this property

Stay Central

Stay Central puts you in a great location, within just a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh Castle and Royal Mile. Free WiFi is an added perk, and guests looking to stay active can check out the nearby hiking/biking trails. Other highlights include a bar/lounge and a snack bar/deli. The property is just a short walk to public transportation: St Andrew Square Tram Stop is 11 minutes and Princes Street Tram Stop is 12 minutes.


English, Polish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Property is disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer
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.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 37 rooms
  • Arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - anytime
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children (18 years old and younger) not allowed
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No onsite parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast (surcharge) each morning 8:00 AM–noon
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Snack bar/deli

What to do

  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage


  • 1 building/tower
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk


  • Elevator
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Grab bar near toilet
  • Bathroom emergency pull cord

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • IPod docking station
  • LCD television

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Coffee/tea maker

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

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

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Mobile key entry

Special features


The Three Sisters Pub - Onsite restaurant. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately GBP 10.00 per person
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge of GBP 10.00 (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of GBP 15.00 (subject to availability)

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; guests can access their rooms with a mobile device; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.


Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
Guests can rest easy knowing there's a smoke detector on site.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

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Frequently asked questions

Does Stay Central offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Stay Central does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Stay Central?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Stay Central?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Stay Central?
No, unfortunately, but there's discounted parking nearby.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Stay Central?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - anytime. There's a charge of GBP 10.00 for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge of GBP 15.00 (subject to availability). Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Stay Central and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities such as hiking and practice your swing at the nearby golf course.
What's the area around Stay Central like?
Stay Central is a short 7-minute walk from Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) and 10 minutes' walk from Edinburgh Castle.



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2/10 Poor

James, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

The bad: wifi was almost nonexistent for our four night stay The good: staff, especially Cleo were really great! Convenient location, close to the Royal Mile.
Douglas, 4-night trip
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6/10 Good

Roger, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Donna, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Fun and CENTRAL!
Had a great time, very fun part of town, very friendly staff. Room worked perfectly for what needed, and the late night-music was not bothersome to us. The mold in the bathroom needed attention or we'd have given a higher rating.
Kristin, 1-night family trip
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6/10 Good

Good value and central, but noisy
The hotel is very centrally located and the discounted parking is a great deal. We loved the decor and the general funky ambiance but they provide earplugs for a reason. The club next door was very noisy!
Hilary, 1-night trip
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6/10 Good

Travis, 5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Hotel was good only complaint was car parking too far away!
Shirley, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Robin, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

My daughter, grandson and I had a wonderful time. It was so close and convenient to everything!!
Linda, 3-night family trip
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