Cheap UK Staycation in Edinburgh

Written by Karen Bryan

staycationI believe that having a travel and leisure element to your budget is a good thing, even if it’s a small percentage of your overall living expenses. I find one of the best ways to get the most from money is to take a UK staycation. At the end of last month we spent two nights at the Travelodge Edinburgh West End and only paid £12 a night for our room, purchased during the Travelodge Winter 2011 Sale.


Travelodge West End Edinburgh

While that Travelodge isn’t going to win any architectural awards, the hotel is in a quiet location, close the city centre, the family rooms are a good size and comfortable, sleeping two adults and two kids. There’s even free wifi in the Bar Cafe. At a money saving price of £12 a night for the room, it’s a low cost base for a UK short break.

We drove to Edinburgh for our short break, so paid an additional £3 a night to park at the hotel. However you could walk to the hotel from Haymarket Station in around 15 minutes, so could use the train if you found a cheap ticket.

You can pay for a Travelodge breakfast buffet which costs £7.56 per adult, kids eat free with an paying adult. One of the ways to save more is to take some food with you (especially if you travel by car) and prepare your breakfast in the room.

The hotel is situated on the Water of Leith, so you can take a riverside walk.  The Scottish Galleries of Modern Art (free to enter) are a five minute walk from the hotel. On the Sunday we ate lunch at Jimmy Chungs Chinese Buffet for £7 each.

I think that I’ve illustrated that you can enjoy a UK staycation without breaking the bank, if you look out for special offer/sales and travel off peak.

This article was featured in the February Thrifty Families Blog Carnival at Family Budgeting.