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Luxury Cabin (Houseboat - 2 double & 1 bunk bed) | Terrace/patio
Luxury Cabin (Houseboat - 2 double & 1 bunk bed) | 2 bedrooms, Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, down duvets
2 bedrooms, Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, down duvets

Overview of The Four Sisters Boatel

Entire apartment

The Four Sisters Boatel

4.0 star property
City centre apartment within easy reach of Royal Mile

8.6/10 Fabulous

14 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Parking available
  • Internet access
  • Pet-friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Non-smoking
  • Refrigerator
Lochrin Basin, Union Canal, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 9NY

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In Tollcross
  • Royal Mile - 15 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 17 min walk
  • George Street - 6 min drive
  • Princes Street - 9 min drive
  • University of Edinburgh - 12 min drive
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 15 min drive
  • Edinburgh Zoo - 12 min drive

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 27 min drive
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 11 min walk
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) - 23 min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 24 min walk


  • Kampung Ali - 3 min walk
  • Maki & ramen - 3 min walk
  • Mughal - 4 min walk
  • Yamato - 5 min walk
  • The Colony - 5 min walk

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire apartment to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

The Four Sisters Boatel

Featuring a marina, The Four Sisters Boatel puts you within a 10-minute drive of Edinburgh Castle. Guests looking to stay active can experience the nearby hiking/biking trails, kayaking and rafting. A terrace and a garden are other highlights, and apartments offer conveniences such as kitchens and washers/dryers. Fellow travellers like the central location.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe, Clean and Legal (Quality in Tourism - UK)


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance


  • Check-in time from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM
  • Express check-out available
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • There is no front desk at this property
  • Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours will receive an email with special check-in instructions and key retrieval information; your host will greet you
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 7:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

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


  • Up to 2 children (10 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room using existing bedding


  • Pets stay for free
  • Food and water bowls available

Property amenities


  • Near the beach


  • WiFi available (fee applies)

Parking and transport

  • Off-site parking for GBP 15 per day; discounts available
  • Street parking available

Family friendly

  • Children stay for free (see details)
  • High chair
  • Children's games
  • Children's toys
  • Children's books
  • Baby monitor
  • Bed rails
  • Corner guards
  • Stair gate


  • Fridge
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toaster
  • Electric kettle
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • Couples dining
  • Private picnics


  • Premium bedding
  • Down duvet
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Bed sheets provided
  • Select Comfort bed
  • Egyptian cotton sheets
  • Rollaway/extra beds: GBP 40.0 per stay


  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Dressing gowns
  • Slippers
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels provided
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

Living spaces

  • Dining room
  • Sitting area


  • 40-inch LCD TV with digital service
  • Pool or billiards table
  • DVD player
  • iPod docking station

Outdoor areas

  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • Washer/dryer
  • Laundry facilities
  • Near a laundromat


  • Heating


  • Pet friendly
  • Pets stay free
  • Food and water bowls are available


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Safe
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Luggage storage
  • Blackout curtains
  • Free newspapers (reception)
  • In-room massages
  • No housekeeping
  • ATM/banking services
  • Free food/drink shopping service
  • Corner/local shop

Location highlights

  • On the river
  • On the waterfront
  • Near the boardwalk
  • Near a train station
  • In the city centre
  • In the historical district
  • Near a hospital
  • In a state park

Things to do

  • Boating on site
  • Fishing on site
  • Marina on site
  • Rafting nearby
  • Power boating nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Casino nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Jet skiing nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Bike rentals nearby


  • 2 rooms
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Romance packages available

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • WiFi is available in guest rooms for an extra charge
  • WiFi is available in public areas for an extra charge
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Late check-in between 7:00 PM and 1:00 AM can be arranged for an extra charge
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for GBP 40.0 per stay
  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve high chair


  • Parking is available nearby and costs GBP 15 per day (300 ft away)

Hygiene & cleanliness

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

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; guest room doors are sealed after cleaning.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

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

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe, Clean and Legal (Quality in Tourism - UK).


<p>This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag and hen parties.</p><p>This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.</p>

Also known as

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Frequently asked questions

Does The Four Sisters Boatel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Four Sisters Boatel 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 that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Four Sisters Boatel?
As of 3 February 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Four Sisters Boatel on 13 February 2023 start from €252, including 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.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Four Sisters Boatel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, 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 The Four Sisters Boatel?
Yes, pets stay free. Food and water bowls are available.
Is parking offered on site at The Four Sisters Boatel?
No, unfortunately, but there's discounted parking nearby.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Four Sisters Boatel?
You can check in from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. There's a charge for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Express check-out and contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at The Four Sisters Boatel and nearby?
Have fun with on-site activities such as fishing and boating. Additional recreation nearby includes casino gaming. Enjoy amenities such as a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Four Sisters Boatel?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Mughal (4-min walk), Yamato (5-min walk) and The Colony (5-min walk).
Does The Four Sisters Boatel have a kitchen or kitchenette?
Yes, there is a kitchen, which also includes a coffee maker, a toaster and cookware.
Does The Four Sisters Boatel have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, each apartment features a balcony.
What's the area around The Four Sisters Boatel like?
The Four Sisters Boatel is located on the waterfront in Tollcross, a short 11-minute walk from Princes Street Gardens and 17 minutes' walk from Edinburgh Castle. The local area is central and popular with nature enthusiasts.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

Great location and stay. check in could have been earlier. Only down side was smell from toilet which is understandable though due to drainage. Shower and toilet external block was great and not far. 100% would stay again
Millie, 1-night trip with friends
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8/10 Very good

Enjoyed the experience. Would visit again. Owner very friendly. Only thing that let down slightly was the wifi and tv signal would have been good to have them at night but didnt unfortunately.
2-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Stephen, 2-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

A nice break away, we were a family of 5 and it was all a little cramped. That said a great experience for the kids and they are now asking about a boating holiday. Shower and EC were small (but expected as a narrow boat), mattresses were a little bumpy All in all a nice weekend break away, that was a break from the normal hotels we stay in - we would recommend for a city break
Martyn, 3-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Nice place, good location.
A different and quirky place to stay, well placed for the centre and definitely cheaper for a family as opposed to a hotel with the same space and facilities. My only criticism was that every single one of the provided DVD's we tried to watch (about 20 in all) was either so scratched it wouldn't work at all, or worked and then crashed once 20 minutes in. Overall great but just in need of a touch up.
Al, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A great location and lovely boat. Owners met us and showed us around. Something different compared to the normal city centre hotel, just a pity the rain stopped us sitting out on deck. Would recommend it.
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4/10 Fair

The lady was very helpful and the boatel was quirky. it wasn't clean however and several of the windows were broken so couldn't be opened and had sharp bits on the catch. It appears due a refurb. The roller blinds were dusty as were the skirtings and by the heaters/radiators. One of the roller blinds kept falling off and the knob on the door to the shower/wc room was loose (and fell off a few times). The bedding didn't feel clean, smelled odd and the rooms were dusty. The inside of the windows were dirty. There was a duvet squashed behind the sofa and another on the top bunk with no cover on it. We had 3 young children with us, one had to use a duvet without a cover on. There was noise from revellers at the nearby bar and on their way back from a night out- latest disturbances were 3am then 6am. I regret paying £180 (then £15 for parking) for the one night- didn't seem worth it at all unfortunately.
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A truly different awesome experience
Amazing stunning accommodation, Kids loved it!
Mr Burns, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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6/10 Good

Fun but a little disappointing.
We absolutely loved being in Edinburgh as it is a beautiful city. However we felt a little disappointed with the accommodation. The online photographs were taken quite a few years ago and the boat has now begun to look a bit to red. The door which albeit had a lock on, was not very secure when inside and this worried me having three children on board. Also it was extremely drafty beside the bunk beds as this is situated next to the door. This was due to the hatch above the door not quite fitting leaving gaps either side. However I am sure this could be fixed making the accommodation a lot warmer and safer. There is access to a shower and toilet block which was a god send as the onboard facilities are limited and as expected without space. In terms of what you get, go with the expectations of being on a boat, space is limited. The location of the boatel is ideally placed for local amenities with restaurants near by and a Tesco just round the corner. If you have young children bear in mind that the restaurants have outdoor seating which plays music late into the night. However I am sure the majority of people on these trips have older children that would enjoy being able to sit outside till late taking in the busy atmosphere of Edinburgh at its best. I enjoyed the experience of living on a boat and my children thought it was an adventure. For me personally though once was enough. Overall the holiday was that of mixed emotions a fun exciting yet tiring break.
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