There are two types of short-term let homes available to visitors.
Entire homes are largest number airbnb’s advertised in Old Town. these are properties where the whole flat/house is let on a short-term basis and owner does not live in.
Private rooms are single rooms let on a short-term basis in flats/houses owned and lived-in by the owner or long-term tenants. Many of these are bed and breakfasts.
These entire homes or private rooms, are available via many websites including airbnb, booking.com, flipkey, homeaway, housetrip, roomorama, tripping, vaystays, vbro, wimdu,
Today, almost one in 70 privately occupied homes in Edinburgh are now listed on Airbnb. Other homes are listed on some of the other websites listed above. The figures are significantly higher in Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Rachael Hamada gives more details in Concern as Airbnb Properties ‘Snowball’ Across Scotland. This article was published on 17th August 2017.