Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Because you are making a Group Booking, there are additional Terms and Conditions that apply. Please read them and click 'I Accept' below to continue with your booking

General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 4 weeks prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

10% non refundabel deposit to confirm booking.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

The Haystack Hostel is perfectly located right in the centre of the city, between Edinburgh Old Town and New Town, and within a five minute walk to both the train and bus stations. Our staff are the friendliest in town, and we pride ourselves on having an excellent knowledge of the local bars, restaurants, clubs, historical sites, and attractions. We also have an extensive knowledge of the area surrounding Edinburgh, and the rest of Scotland. So whether you are just looking to explore our amazing city or you fancy going further afield for a trip to visit Scotland's lochs, islands, and highlands, just ask for recommendations!

We offer a full self catered kitchen, and a common room with board games, books, music, and a chilled out atmosphere. Our clean and comfortable beds all come with their own lights and charging points for both USB and UK plugs, and individual lockers to place your valuables. Our dorms range from 3 to 12 beds, with both mixed and single gender rooms.

We provide breakfast from 6am-10am for a small fee, and can provide towels (for a fee) to our guests.
Our reception is 24hr, so we are always available to help you out in whatever you need.


Free WiFi throughout the hostel.

Check in is from 15:00. If you arrive earlier you are welcome to store your bags at reception.

Check out is at 10pm.

The Hostel is smoke free; this includes use of e-cigarettes

Please remember to bring a valid ID. This includes passports, ID cards, driving licences, and residence permits. We cannot check you in without an ID.
Payments are taken 48 hours prior to your arrival.
48hr cancellation policy.
Please contact us directly for group bookings of 7 people or over. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.9

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 9.4

  • Facilities 9.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    21 Dec 2019
    Great stay, Thanks gang.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    10 Feb 2020
    Excellent hostel. Very clean and staff were very kind and accommodating. Only stayed one night but would definitely stay again.
    Australia, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    20 Jan 2020
    Very friendly snd confirtable, I just found the room too smaññ for 12 beds and I missed a bigger common area.
    Spain, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    09 Jan 2020
    This hostel was brilliant! A continuously great atmosphere with very helpful and friendly staff. The facilities were amazing; an accomodating, clean kitchen, and hot showers (you just have to find the right one). The long breakfast hours made for a flexible morning, allowing time for early risers and those who wished to sleep in. I will definitely be staying here when I return to Edinburgh!
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    30 Dec 2019
    Small cosy hostel with brilliant staff.
    Northern Ireland, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    13 Nov 2019
    A good place to stay, very central and at the same time quiet. Great staff, clean facilities. The only thing is that the beds are three storey, a little bit claustrophobic. I was in a room with 8 other women, was ok, but can't sleep much because of the flight schedules - one is coming, others going, talking. But I liked the place, I ve been to other hostel in the town before and prefer this one. And they give you free towels.
    Bulgaria, Female, 41+
  • 8.6


    07 Jan 2020
    Only stayed in this hostel one night, so I'm sure I didn't get the total vibe of the place, but my room and the bathroom were very clean - although really small. I didn't use the shower or kitchen so I can't say anything to those facilities. Overall, a nice stay but might be a bit squishy at times. There are other hostels in Edinburgh that are a little bigger, but it was a good stay other than that! Great location right next to the train station.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    06 Jan 2020
    Good & clean hostel with a great central location, it’s just very cramped!
    Australia, Male, 18-24
  • 6.3


    23 Oct 2019
    Very nice and helpful staff but the rooms could be cleaned a little bit more thoroughly. Great place if you want to stay in the city centre.
    Germany, Female, 25-30
  • 5.7


    11 Nov 2019
    The staff was very friendly and super helpful, but the rooms were cramped and looked like they were unfinished. The beds had no curtains and there were too many beds for such a small room. There was only one window that was hidden by a half wall and allowed for little airflow and natural light.
    USA, Female, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi