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50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

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1252 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 81%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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good location, excellent bar


Great hostel. My room was above the bar so was a bit noisy at night. But other than that it is an amazing hostel


We had a twin ensuite. exceptionally clean, could not fault. Lovely shower, always hot water. Overlooked smoking area/courtyard for bar below but not too much of an issue with noise. There is a kitchen for guests to use which i don't think was obvious from the website. lots of utensils and again very clean. just off royal mile 10 mins from airlink last stop and 10 mins from grass market. Seems if you wanted to bring someone in with you there would be nothing to stop you as staff never checked..


Staff were excellent and happy to have quick yarn.


Decent enough hostel in great location. Rooms are noisy (old creaky floors and bunk beds, with over-the-street noise), breakfast is not included (available for about £5), kitchen is big but lacking crockery and cutlery, bathrooms are not very well laid out (everything gets wet in the shower stall as there's no shelf or anything), wifi is not available everywhere as advertised (only on the main floor). If coming from Waverley Station, to avoid a quick-but-steep uphill climb, go via North Bridge!!


Great location near the Royal Mile. Nice helpful staff, huge bar, clean rooms and great security. Very large hostel.


The internet is a joke ... free wi fi throughout the building.... translating to only works in the bar and drops in and out. you can get an upgrade for some money at the reception. it would be nice to have a kitchen as well even though the food in the bar is alright and reasonably priced. Seems to have a good stag/hen party income at the weekend


Excellent assistance!


PERFECT!! We stayed in the SCH Edinburgh for 3 nites. It is the perfect location to discover E. or just of fun. The hostel is clean in our room for 8 we had 2 showers und toilets which was quite handy. The bar look nice, though we did not use is. Stuff is friendly and helpfull. would go there again. Thanks u SCH


Nice stay there. It is clean and well-faciliated. The location is good, just one minute walk to the royal mile. Wonderful experence.

  • 17th Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • China
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Staff very friendly and helpfull

  • 15th Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)


Very friendly staff, excellent location, clean and comfortable. Rooms were also warm which I considered a real plus as I came from a hot climate.

  • 15th Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


the bar it the only lounge and therefore it isn't much of a bar. lots of people sitting on computers, sleeping, waiting and lots of under-age people (depending when you go)


As usually I can only give SCH * * * * * They are way ahead of the rest so, deffo top class


If could, please give higher level rooms to the people who need to wake up in early morning to attendent other tours in Scotland. It was a bad stay experience in the hostel for us as there was a bar very close to the room and music stopped until 2 am in the morning. Unfortunately, we needed to waked up at 6.30 am for highland trip.


This place is a must. The crowd is young, but it's still really nice.


we 4 booked a 4 people room and they gave us the whole 8 people room. It is so nice. The location is very good and the room on the third floor is not so noisy.


Great easy to get to modern hostel with great facilities in each room, although felt as though they needed a quick clean each day but maybe my room mates were just messy. Otherwise made up for by complimentary Scottish breakfast both mornings which was great. Felt as though the lack of communal chill out areas where you could BYO and make friends without the being 'in the bar' affected the hostel experience. Lockers were awesome and big. Staff very friendly.


My friends and I just spent one night in this hostel and it was really nice. Very well located with a private shower and WC. We were 6 people so we fix in one room all of us (party room!) Breakfast wasn't include in the price but it is worth to pay for it (just £5 and you start the day plenty of energy!). I would recomend ear plugs for a nice sleeping but I definetely recomend this place for visiting Edinburgh.


It would be helpful to warn people of the noisy bar in the basement. The noise made it almost impossible to sleep at night. Also, a reading lamp by each bed would be helpful.

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