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Haystack Hostel
Haystack Hostel
Haystack Hostel
Haystack Hostel
Haystack Hostel
Haystack Hostel
Haystack Hostel

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8.8

Excellent

108 reviews

108 reviews

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9.5

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
Available
Walkable places
Multrees Walk

70 m

General Register House

100 m

Waverley Mall

120 m

Fexco

130 m

Photo trail

130 m

Popular landmarks
The Real Mary King's Close

430 m

Calton Hill

530 m

Edinburgh Old Town

540 m

Royal Mile Street

580 m

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

610 m

Closest landmarks
Bank of Scotland

70 m

Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre

120 m

connect@edinburgh

130 m

Pivo Caffé

210 m

Main post office

210 m

Haystack Hostel

5/3 West Register Street, New Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2AA - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Strategically situated in New Town, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Edinburgh Castle. This 4-star property is packed with in-house facilities to improve the quality and joy of your stay.

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Highlights

Located in heart of Edinburgh

Front desk [24-hour]

Airport transfer

210 meters to public transportation

Inside city center

Facilities

Airport transfer

Car park

Shuttle service

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Game room

Front desk [24-hour]

Check-in/out [express]

Luggage storage

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Edinburgh every 14 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.6
Distance to city center0 Miles
Location rating9.5
Nearest airportEdinburgh Airport (EDI)
Distance to airport10.6 km

Rooms available at Haystack Hostel

1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • Courtyard view
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Double Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 double bed
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Single Bed in Female Dormitory Room
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 bunk bed
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Bed in 6-Bed Female Dormitory Room
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 single bed
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1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 3-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 bunk bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Haystack Hostel?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Haystack Hostel?

Haystack Hostel is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 40 GBP. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hostel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Haystack Hostel also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hostel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Haystack Hostel has a car park right on site for maximum convenience.

Is breakfast offered at Haystack Hostel?

Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at Haystack Hostel.

What is the smoking policy at Haystack Hostel?

Haystack Hostel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

What restaurants are nearby Haystack Hostel?

Haystack Hostel’s neighborhood is New Town which includes popular restaurants such as Standing Order, The Guildford Arms and Amarone.

What popular shopping places are close to Haystack Hostel?

Located in the New Town area, Haystack Hostel is close to great shopping choices like Multrees Walk, Waverley Mall and ICE Retail.

What are popular attractions near Haystack Hostel?

Haystack Hostel is located in New Town area, which is famous for attractions such as Princes Street Gardens, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Princes Street.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Haystack Hostel?

Haystack Hostel is located within New Town, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Edinburgh Run Tours - Tours.

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What people love about Haystack Hostel

  • 8

    Very good
    Location

    "Ideally located in the city center : 2mn walk from Calton Hill, 10mn from Edinburgh Castle."

    Udomchith

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    September 29, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "It is clean and you can have good kitchen to use good location"

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    August 5, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "Just stayed one night for a city trip and it was good."

    Athina

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    May 9, 2022

Property ranking|Compared to 1,527 Edinburgh properties
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Location score
9.5/10
Service score
9.3/10
Value for money score
8.6/10
Cleanliness score
8.8/10
Better than
99
%
of Edinburgh properties
Better than
98
%
of Edinburgh properties
Better than
96
%
of Edinburgh properties
Better than
96
%
of Edinburgh properties
Overall rating:

8.8

Excellent
108 reviews
Cleanliness
8.8
Facilities
8.0
Location
9.5
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What travelers say they love:
Great hostel.
Imran from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
More about Haystack Hostel

More about Haystack Hostel

Haystack Hostel

Get the most from an urban escape in Edinburgh when you book a room at Haystack Hostel. Located right in the city center, Haystack Hostel saves you time and travel by letting you wake up right in the heart of the best neighborhood. Explore the genuine Edinburgh that most travelers never see, with a stay at Haystack Hostel -- located only 810 m from Edinburgh Castle.
Have a hassle-free trip while enjoying the services and amenities offered by Haystack Hostel. Keep up with all your communications easily with the hostel's free Wi-Fi. Getting from and back to the airport can be easily arranged with the hostel's airport transfer services. Shuttle services provided by Haystack Hostel makes it easy to plan your day trips, sightseeing, and more around Edinburgh.
Guests can enjoy convenient available parking right at the hostel. Front desk services including concierge service, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes can assist with your needs. Getting tickets for the city's best entertainment is easy through the hostel's ticket service and tours. Packing light is possible at Haystack Hostel thanks to the hostel's laundry service keeping your clothes clean.
Feeling lazy? In-room conveniences like daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your room time. For the comfort and health of all guests, smoking is not permitted anywhere within the hostel.
Enjoy the services offered at Haystack Hostel from the convenience of your guestroom. For your comfort, some rooms at the hostel are equipped with linen service. In some select rooms, you can find instant coffee and instant tea at your disposal. Haystack Hostel also provides a hair dryer and towels in bathrooms for select rooms.


Dining and things to do

Every day at Haystack Hostel begins with a delicious in-house breakfast. Do you prefer to cook your own meals? Then you'll love the in-house shared kitchen.
Haystack Hostel offers unique recreational opportunities for all guests. Get social at the hostel's library, games room and shared lounge and TV area, where you can meet other guests. Grab some last-minute needs or local souvenirs for yourself or those back home without having to go anywhere at the shops available right on-site.


Around the property

Haystack Hostel is the perfect spot to explore Edinburgh's fascinating cultural sights and attractions. Acquire some cultural knowledge with a day at Royal Yacht Britannia located 3.3 km away, where you can see famous works by local artists. The most famous landmark nearby is Arthur's Seat just 2.0 km away.


Reasons to stay here

Find some of the city's best deals here with rooms 97% cheaper than other options.
Ranking higher than 98% of the city's accommodations options, this is a great choice for location.
Staff and service here are considered high quality by past guests whose ratings put it above 98% of the city's options.

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Amenities and facilities
Very good
Facilities

8

Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

5 mentions

Breakfast

4 mentions

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Czech
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Game room
  • Pub crawl
  • Ticket services
  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Cashless payment service
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • First aid kit
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hotel room service app
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Kitchen
  • Shared kitchen

Services and conveniences

  • Concierge
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Elevator
  • Heating in public area
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shops
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room

Access

  • CCTV in common areas
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Shuttle service

Available in all rooms

  • Free bottled water
  • Hair dryer
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking
  • Shared bathroom
  • Wake-up service
Location
5/3 West Register Street, New Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2AA
Exceptional
Location

9.5

Airports

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
    10.6 km
  • Perth Airport (PSL)
    54.8 km

Public transportation

  • Edinburgh Train Station
    200 m
  • Haymarket Train Station
    1.9 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Holistic Health
    240 m

Shopping

  • Ocean Terminal
    3.1 km

Convenience store

  • Tesco Express
    420 m

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    60 m
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • The Real Mary King's Close
    430 m
  • Calton Hill
    530 m
  • Edinburgh Old Town
    540 m
  • Royal Mile Street
    580 m
  • Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
    610 m
  • National Museum of Scotland
    720 m
  • Edinburgh Castle
    810 m
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
    1.2 km
  • Arthur's Seat
    2.1 km
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
    3.3 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Bank of Scotland
    70 m
  • Multrees Walk
    70 m
  • General Register House
    100 m
  • Waverley Mall
    120 m
  • Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre
    120 m
  • Fexco
    130 m
  • connect@edinburgh
    130 m
  • Photo trail
    130 m
  • ICE Retail
    140 m
  • St James Shopping
    140 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Children 0-1 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 2 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-out until10:00

Getting around

  • Airport transfer fee40 GBP
  • Distance from city center0 Miles
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)30

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
  • Number of floors1
  • Number of rooms 34
  • Most recent renovation2011

Reviews of Haystack Hostel from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.8
/
10
Cleanliness8.8
Facilities8.0
Location9.5
Service9.3
Value for money8.6
High score for Edinburgh
Rating
9+ Exceptional (34)
8-9 Excellent (11)
7-8 Very Good (9)
6-7 Good (0)
<6 Below Expectation (3)
Time of the year
Mar - May (13)
Jun - Aug (14)
Sep - Nov (18)
Dec - Feb (12)
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10.0
Exceptional
CARMI from United Kingdom
Couple
Double Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 3 nights in March 2022

Perfect location”

The stairs looks exhausting at first but you’ll get used to it and 53 steps not that bad for a little exercise. Kudos to Rosie, she’s been nice to my request for early checkin though we didn’t get the chance to take advantage of it because we immediately set foot to exploring places Facilities are clean and decent for a hostel. We stayed in a double room and their shared areas are well maintained. Location is absolutely the best of them all. Just across the Waverley train station and you can reach everything by walking.

Reviewed March 31, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
Christoffer from Norway
Solo traveler
1 Person in 3-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in July 2019

Great place for cheap”

Easy check-in/out, very nice staff, big clean and nice showers, the rooms where nice and clean. They provide free towels and ear plugs and lock on the baggage storing in the rooms, and they have a kitchen. The rooms are a bit warm in the summer because the window don't fully open beacause of security reasons but otherwise fine.

Reviewed July 05, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Imran from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in November 2019

great budget hostel”

Great hostel...what you would expect for a budget hostel. Good, clean and great staff.

Reviewed December 29, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Michelle from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Great value ”

Staff were wonderful. Helpful...clean and tidy....Added bonus breakfast included..

Reviewed October 29, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
Ployfah from Thailand
Solo traveler
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 1 night in May 2019

Great place in a good location”

Very nice hostel in Edinburgh !! Quite clean and new.Comfy bed.just far away from Train station only 2-3 mins walk.Staffs are so kind and give good information.But it’s located on a 3rd floor with narrow stair so if you have a huge luggage might be a bit inconvenient.

Reviewed May 22, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Athina from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in May 2022

One night in Edinburgh”

Just stayed one night for a city trip and it was good. Very close to everything. Would definitively go back!

Reviewed May 09, 2022

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9.6
Exceptional
Kee from Malaysia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in October 2019

Excellent location with friendly staff”

The hostel is located just opposite the train station and has very friendly and helpful staff. The breakfast and free flow of tea & coffee were nice as well. The only difficulty could be for people with large luggage as need to walk up 2 floors of stairs but is not such a big problem.

Reviewed November 11, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
lee from Malaysia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 1 night in September 2019

Excellent location!”

Very central. 3 mins walk from tram station. Right behind princess street. Only set back is abit noisy as window needs to be opened for ventilation. Free towels and linen are provide. Breakfast with bread, cereals, coffee, teas are provided free as well. Good value for money!

Reviewed September 16, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Chattraporn from Thailand
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

Exceptional”

Great for backpackers. Near Waverley National Rail station just across the road. One thing to remark: the hostel is on the 3rd floor of the building with no lift, so you have to carry your own bag(s) up the stairs. Otherwise, everything is great. Neat and clean. Free breakfast, milk, and tea. The dorm room is kinda small but if you just want anywhere to sleep and go out sightseeing in Edinburgh during the day then it's totally fine.

Reviewed May 20, 2019

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8.8
Excellent
Siti from Singapore
Solo traveler
1 Person in 3-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in December 2019

Excellent”

So I was on a solo trip and only stayed here for 1 night because of my travel plans. The hostel is located on the 3rd floor of a building with no elevators, just spiral staircase. So decide on your choice of luggage wisely. Anyway, I booked a bed in a 3-bunk bed room. You need to pay a £10 deposit when you check-in btw. It will (supposedly) be returned to you upon check out. So, i got the top bunk as there were already 2 other guests in the other two. Bed was alright although if you're a tall person then you're bound to bang your head a few times. Locker was big enough for me to keep my 60L backpack so that's great. Toilet & shower is alright too. No complaints there. But I was disappointed with how the management handled my situation. When I checked in, I enquired about the possibility of leaving my luggage with them for 2days as I was heading to another part of Scotland & only needed to bring a small bag. The guy(1st) said it was okay to do so and it will cost me £5/day so it would be a total of £10 for me for the 2days. I told him I'd think about it and inform them upon check-out. The next morning, upon check-out at about 7-ish, I told the guy (a different person, 2nd) at reception that I wanted to leave my bag for 2 days. He told me it costs £10 & I paid him accordingly. BUT, I DIDN'T RECEIVE MY DEPOSIT MONEY UPON CHECK-OUT LIKE I WAS SUPPOSED TO. I was also in a rush and forgot about it until I was a distance away from the hostel. I thought I'd just settle the deposit issue with them when I return for my luggage. Unfortunately, when I returned to collect my luggage 2 days later, the guy at reception (a different person again, 3rd) couldn't find my deposit money in their stash. I explained the situation to him but there was a misunderstanding in which he seemed to think my deposit was used to pay for the luggage hold and informed me that it costs £5/day. I explained again to make it clear that I actually paid £20 in total - £10 fo deposit + £10 for luggage.

Reviewed January 06, 2020

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9.6
Exceptional
Gyuwon from Ireland
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in January 2019

it's very cool and amazing!”

Nice location , awesome and friendly staffs. although there aren't a lift, If I go again, I will choose here. Thanks a lot!

Reviewed January 20, 2019

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8.8
Excellent
Pui from Hong Kong SAR, China
Solo traveler
1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

Cheap, sleep, eat.”

Haystack Hostel is a floor Hostel. It is one upper level to The Baxter Hostel. There have no lift. Having a spiral staircase only. The location is very good in the city central, 1-2 mins walk to train station and bus station. I was book a 10+ mixed beds dorm for 3 nights, because the high review score and the free breakfast I choose here. Their breakfast is start at 6am. If you have you own travelling plan need to go earlier, that is a pos. The bed is one column 3 beds, bed high only enough you sleep and turn. I hited my head to the bed 3 times a day. The bed with reading light and 2 power sockets (with USB socket). Curtain provided on every bed. It’s good to block the sunlight and keeping private. The thing is the bed is odd smell. The wi-fi here is bloody slow like not working. I was use The Baxter Hostel’s Wi-Fi, because I was stay there a night. You could leave your luggage before check in and after check out. But there have limited staff, you need to wait until they are back.

Reviewed June 26, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Kaori from Japan
Solo traveler
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 1 night in August 2019

Very nice!”

I booked in the last minutes and arrived very late, The guy who checked in was very quiet type of the guy but very helpful and nice after all! If you leave for Waverly station, this place is right across the street! You can have perfect morning with no stress going to station after free breakfast.:)

Reviewed August 27, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Jennifer
Solo traveler
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

accommodating staff”

I had some trouble settling in, but the staff made sure my problems were resolved. The space is very nice, smaller than I expected. I was at the top of a triple bunk bed, which didn’t give me much space to sit up. However, the room came with a locker including lock and towels are free. I would stay here again.

Reviewed April 29, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
Jiwoo
Solo traveler
1 Person in 9-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 3 nights in September 2019

Exceptional”

Great location But three floors bunk was too high for me Except it everything was perfect

Reviewed September 17, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Chan from Malaysia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in September 2019

Very good backpackers hostel”

My experience is similar to other reviewers. Definitely value for money. Great location, and clean. Breakfast is provided, towels provided. Basically more than other backpackers hostel.

Reviewed September 24, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
tsui from Taiwan
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in January 2019

good location and friendly staff, free breakfast”

The staff was nice and helpful with everything. The location is absolutely perfect. Only 3 levels of beds makes the room too crowded,you can not sit on your bed without hitting your head on the ceiling.

Reviewed February 05, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Pichayapich from Thailand
Solo traveler
1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

Recommend!!!”

Good place with convenience location in the landmark of Edinburgh. Staffs were very helpful and nice. They also prepared towels for guests. All you need is your amenity kits and personnel toilet care

Reviewed July 29, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Budiman from Indonesia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 3 nights in September 2019

Room”

The shower and bathroom facilities were excellent, the only downside was the room which was to small for that amount of bed. It would be better for a 2 bunk bed not 3 bunk bed

Reviewed September 16, 2019

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8.4
Excellent
SONGPON from Thailand
Solo traveler
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in April 2019

Nice Location”

The location is fantastic. It's just 2-5 minutes away from Edinburgh's train station, and very easy to get around the city. The room is slightly small for six people, but I felt comfortable. (I am six feet tall) Although the hostel is not exactly like a capsule hotel, I felt a little bit like that) They also provide plugs and chargers for each bed, which is really great. The overall hostel is small but clean. Shower was OK. In addition, they also provide a simple breakfast (bread, milk and cereals), and staffs are friendly. I don't have any problems during my stay. However, the hostel is on the third floor, and it has no lift or elevator. So bear that in mind if you have a really heavy luggage.

Reviewed April 15, 2019

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