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Malone's Old Town Hostel Reviews

14 Forrest Road, Edinburgh, Scotland

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232 Total Reviews
  • 77%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 72%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 72%Facilities

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A little weekend getaway to Edinburgh was in order and we chose Malone's for their location. The atmosphere of the hostel was very friendly- there's a pub downstairs that is very happening and it's right in the centre of the old town. The staff are relaxed and helpful. The only thing the hostel is lacking is a common area, as the kitchen is too small to be used as that. Cleanest hostel bathrooms I've ever seen.


Staff were really great with suggesting places to go to eat and drink. Super friendly and knowledgeable. Also the bathrooms are really nice and clean which is a nice change!

  • 11th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I don't know why the reviews are so high for this hostel cause I thought it was awful. staff? what staff? nobody is hardly there, and there is very little atmosphere. I think the hostel is too expensive when down the street at the Budget Hostel is about half the price. The bar downstairs is pretty good but that's about it. The bathrooms are ok I guess but the rooms are covered in carpet and very little air flow. The few ppl of the staff I met were very friendly but hardly there.


The hostel is in a fantastic location. Even though it is above an Irish bar I had no issues at all with noise. The female bathroom was grea and always very clean. I stayed in the 4 bed mixed dorm and there was planty of room for luggage, plenty of power points and the beds were comfy. Breakfast was included cereal and toast ( no butter/marg tho?) I stayed during the last weekend of Fringe so it was expensive for a hostel but so was everywhere else. I would recommend Malones!


This hostel isn't awful, but they advertise they have a common area, and they DO NOT, and the hostel suffers incredibly. There is no vibe, no place to hang out (everyone crams into this TINY kitchen, but it doesn't work at all). It's not the cleanest place either (there was a beer bottle and water bottle underneath my bed that was from god knows when that wasn't ever picked up), and just really no vibe. Stay here only if the better hostels are booked.


A bigger communal room would be perfect


Stayed in a four bed room. great hostel overall. Clean, new facilities, great location, friendly people. The bar downstairs could get a little noisy at night, but it won't be much of a problem if you are not a very light sleeper.

  • 15th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • China
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Good location, half price meals at the pub are great value and really good food. Having a pub downstairs means the street is really noisy at night, pack earplugs. Good beds, clean showers. Really need block out curtains though, it's soo bright at 4am!! Breakfast is standard toast and cereal. No common room though the bar is a good joint to hang out. Good place, I'd stay there again.


Malones is generally a pretty good hostel. Nothing too fancy but the beds are comfy enough, the showers are hot and the wifi works really good. The bar downstairs is pretty fun and guests get half off their food and some drink specials as well. Really easy walking distance from the royal mile, castle and all that Edinburgh has to offer. Only downside is that the bar is pretty noisy, especially on Friday and Saturday night, so bring your earplugs.

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