Accommodation

We have not reserved any hotel rooms and there are plenty of hotels near the venue, some listed below. Edinburgh is a popular place to visit so we recommend you to book rooms as early as you can. However, the workshop is just after the famous Edinburgh festivals have finished, so we do not expect that it will be a problem to find a room. 

Detailed below are the hotels that the school of MACS at Heriot-Watt regularly uses for visitors to Edinburgh. This list is provided for information only. Any workshop attendee wishing to book one of these hotels should mention they are attending MACS/HWU for a workshop, and it is possible that in doing so they will be offered a reduced rate or a better room at the standard rate; however, this is entirely at the discretion of the hotel. This list includes an indication of the MACS/HWU rate.

Hotels near venue (recommended)

    • There are two Ibis Hotels in Edinburgh. The newest (opened Jan’14) is located near the University of Edinburgh and is on the site that the old AI department used to be (burned down in 2002)
    • Apex International, 31-35 Grassmarket -- B&B 
    • Apex City, 61 Grassmarket -- B&B 
    • MacDonald Holyrood on The Royal Mile -- Sun-Thurs 
    • Residence Inn by Marriott at The Quarter Mile, located in the area of the old Royal Infirmary, the accommodation is very central & in modern studio style, with a small kitchen area. Studio includes free tea/coffee/juice/pastries for breakfast collected from café area beside reception.
    • University Accommodation provides cheaper options. We would recommend Pollock Halls as they are close to the venue.
Other hotels
    • Apex European, Haymarket -- B&B 
    • Apex Waterloo, 23-27 Waterloo Place -- B&B 
    • The Roxburghe Hotel is located at the West End Charlotte Square/George Street.
    • Dalmahoy Hotel & Spa, is located on the A71 just along the road from Riccarton campus.
    • The Edinburgh Marriott, located on Glasgow Road near the Gyle shopping centre .
    • The Hilton at Edinburgh Airport is located right at the airport. B&B.
    • Edinburgh Novotel is located a very short walk from the Edinburgh Park rail station and tram stop enabling quick transit into the city.
    • The Royal Scots Club: On Abercrombie Place, (down from Queen Street) is an old style hotel and as the name implies is an old military style club open to all. It is part of a row of town-houses so there are no lifts, so not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties. 
    • Edinburgh Thistle Hotel and Grosvenor Gardens These are both located in the Haymarket area, both are family run accommodations. These hotels fill up very quickly due to excellent location, rates and friendly staff – people come back year on year at busy times such as the Royal Highland Show, the Edinburgh Festival and New Year Celebrations.