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50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

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1215 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 81%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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Good place. The only place to get wifi that worked was the bar though. It can be annoying when you just want to be in bed at the end of the day and hang out on the internet. I did enjoy the 1pound coffee that they had, great cheap option to get a caffeine fix. They did have a few issues in my room with people in the wrong beds or double booking the beds. Always worked out because it isn't the busy season but could be bad in August. Still, GREAT hostel especially considering I spent a week there.

  • 12th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


This was my first time at a hostel but I was very pleased with the experience! The beds were solid and didn't shake and the rooms clean and decently sized! I had adequate room for my backpack in the locker and the locks were cheap! It was a little noisy at night but that was expected being next to the bar. I loved the location! We could walk everywhere! I would absolutely stay here again if I come back to Edinburgh!

  • 9th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The location is really good - just off the royal mile. athe staff is friendly and our 2-Bed private was clean, Deninately a place to stay again so a big thumbs up for the hosstel from Germany!


Despite my key card didn't work my last day before my check out, all rest was awesome. Excellent stay!


The wifi was inconsistent in the rooms. The hostel common room is a bar which is fine until it would get really crowded with students in the evening. It would be nice if there was a separate space just for people staying in the hostel who don't necessarily want to be drinking etc...


Awesome loxation with gd facilities at gd price. Recommended.


Smart City Hostel Edinburgh is an excellent accommodation option for the budget conscious traveller. Excellent facilities. Licensed bar and smoking terraces. Refreshing, dynamic vibe. The free wi-fi is quite slow and unpredictable, but high-speed broadband can be access for a fee. I would definitely stay at Smart City again. Perfect hostel experience for the more discerning traveller.


Really good hostel! I only spent one night, but worth it. Only comments is that Wifi need to be improved (really slow, only if you pay you can get a better one...). Heating was not on that night, and it was a bit chilly, but manageable. All in all, I like the atmosphere, and the room (I was in a 6bed room, but all for myself!) was really clean.

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