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smartcityhostels Edinburgh Reviews

50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

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1159 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 78%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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Had the room for 4 people and thought it was great value for money. Very clean and excellent facilities. The hostel is also ideally situated close to the train station and the Edinburgh night life. Would highly recommend it.

  • 22nd Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


Well situated hostel in the heart of Edingburgh. A bit of noice from the city, but that's part of citylife. The room was nice and tidy. L. Buch, Denmark.


Very nice hostel. Only criticism is wifi accessibility in the room was poor. It was not consistently connecting and only has fair service when it was connected.


Terrific hostel. Rooms are spacey and clean, the bar is well equipped and has a great atmosphere. The location is great - the place is right in the city center next to the Royal Mile so it's great for exploring the city. Though if you are looking for shopping or traveling outside the city using public transport you may want to pick a place closer to Princess Street..


The walls between the rooms are a bit thin. I can still hear people yelling next door. But it could be that they are too noisy. Other things are great!


If you like lots of nice chubby girls, this is the hostel for you!

  • 26th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • All Male Group, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Great location, value for money. Probably the best hostel I've stayed in..

  • 24th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The floors were unbearably creaky and loud. The bathroom wasn't cleaned. The beds were not made either. The location is great for wandering around the city though.


This is a big hostel so lacking in some charm that smaller hostels may have but as far as huge hostels go this is a good one. It was very clean and the bar and restaurant area are really nice. It is also located right in the middle of the old town, one block form the main sights of the city.


Great place and great value for money. Close to bars, cafes, clubs and attractions. Each dorm has its own toilet and shower and they offer a pub crawl every night.


Nice place to stay in the old town of Edinburgh.


Very good hostel. Big bar and restaurant, clean room and friendly staff.


Rooms were clean, bathrooms were clean... Lift was working, the only annoying part were student groups running through the halls and basically acting their age!


stayed in a room with 3 snorers, was awful but i understand that is beyond control but when mice are running through your room and you can hear them scurrying at night it can be helped, i booked another night because i didn't have anywhere to stay. i managed to get a house and tried to cancel the last two nights and not even one was offered cash back.

  • 26th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


There is a bar downstairs, and a lot of young people staying there, it was a little bit noisy in our floor, with teenagers talking loud al though the night. But that was the only problem the location is the best, very good value for money, and great breakfast although it is no included.

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