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50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

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81%

Rating
1230 Total Reviews
  • 82%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 75%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 79%Facilities

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80%

No hooks in the showers? How hard is that really?


80%

Very noisy until 1am due to being above the bar courtyard. A common room would be good, didn't feel comfortable going into the bar in the evening when everyone is in there for a night out. But otherwise a clean hostel in a great central location.


91%

The hostel is bang in the middle of the city. It probably offers the best value for money when it come to (haggis!) breakfast in town. The 4bed dorm are reasonably sized, nice bathroom and the hostel has got a nice lively bar. Many families which was great to see!


100%

Helpful staff. Great location. An ideal base for the Fringe. It is the second time I have stayed for the Fringe Festival.

  • 15th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


97%

very good location, breakfast a good deal


77%

You could do with a quiet room/ longe. They advertise one on the wall but it's adjacent tot he dining room, which is always busy and noisy. Also, your wifi is appalling. My friend had to get her money back after using the work station 'internet.'


89%

The fact that the lockers in my room didn't take a standard padlock was slightly annoying, especially as most seasoned hostellers will carry one. The room was secure though. That apart this was a great busy hostel close to everything. If you are looking for somewhere chilled then perhaps try a smaller one, especially during festival time but if not then you can't go wrong with this place. Desk staff were also very friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend!

  • 9th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


89%

Great location and facilities, would definitely stay here again. Only suggestion for improvement would be the wi-fi - I wasnt able to connect to it at all (except once when the hostel was very quiet) and lots of other people were having the same problem.


71%

Advertising that you have free wifi is somewhere between a wild exaggeration and a lie. For an extra 5 pounds you can have wifi.


100%

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)


80%

In a great spot for exploring old town. Having to go through the bar to get to the elevator to my room was not ideal. No common room in which to sit and get to meet other travellers was disappointing as the only place to sit was the noisy bar. More of a hotel than a hostel.


89%

Being from America and my first hostel expierence, I thoroughly enjoyed my time here! everyone was friendly, the breakfast was delicious and their late night bar nights are fun! everything was conveniently walking distance. there was lots of noise at night due to thin walls but being in a foreign city, sleep wasn't a priority for me!

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


80%

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.


77%

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.


86%

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..


94%

Even though I was only at this hostel for 1 night, I would definitely recommend it to others. The location is great, just off the Royal Mile, with clean rooms and great facilities.

  • 22nd Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

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!


77%

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)


91%

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)


74%

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.


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