Edinburgh is coming alive as spring approaches, I swear there have been periods in recent days which could have passed for mid summer, and along with the sun come visitors from near and afar.

Edinburgh hotels and guest houses will be preparing for busier times already, and a walk along The Royal Mile this week will already show an increase in sightseers. It once was the case that Edinburgh’s tourist season ran for several of the best summer months but now it is an all-year-round affair with only a slight dip over the worst of the Scottish winter (although even then there is a separate influx for Edinburgh’s hogmanay celebrations).

Tourists and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding Edinburgh hotels to suit all budgets, and tastes.  Of course you can choose to stay in magnificent accommodation such as The Scotsman Hotel on North Bridge, but there are also many more affordable options in the form of hostels and guest houses across Edinburgh.

Visitors from overseas usually have the need to book in advance, but for those of you planning a trip from somewhere closer it can sometimes be left until the last minute, so be sure to book in advance where possible. As summer approaches the influx of visitors doubles the population of Edinburgh at it’s peak, so many as there are, available Edinburgh hotels become harder to find. This is especially true towards the end of summer, during Edinburgh Festival time.