Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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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.

Book more than 3 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent 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 8.1

  • Security 8.2

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 8.1

  • Atmosphere 7.8

  • Cleanliness 8.6

  • Facilities 8.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    21 Sep 2022
    Really enjoyed my stay at Haystack! Was looking for a quiet, chill vibe and it delivered! Great layout in the rooms, lots of storage, plugs, clean new showers. The instructions were very clear check in and all of the staff were warm and welcoming! All ofEdinburghs sights are within walking distance and, as a solo female traveller, the location and security felt very safe. Would happily stay again!
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    17 Sep 2022
    The hostel facilities have clearly had a lot of thought put into them particularly given how compact the it is.
    Scotland, Female, 41+
  • 9.7


    01 Aug 2022
    Awesome hostel with a very cool twist! Only a 15 minute walk from city centre, very comfortable rooms and an amazing kitchen/living room.
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    11 Jul 2022
    It's a small place, but there's a lot of intimacy even in the 12 bed rooms. The showers and the kitchen are great and everything is extra clean. In the Hostel World page it says it has washing machine but it doesn't, which is not a big deal, to be honest. The place is great in general.
    Spain, Male, 31-40
  • 8.9


    17 Jul 2022
    Great hostel! Lovely if you want a quiet stay and don’t need crowds of people staying with you. Like most places in Europe could do with a fan or aircon!
    Australia, Couple, 31-40
  • 8.6


    20 Aug 2022
    No staff seen so would felt a bit insecure if stayed for a longer period. Beds were really unstabile and woke up everytime person underneath me turns around and was also worried if the whole bed is going to fall when I was going up. For one night just perfect and the location was superb, but would have not stayed for longer time.
    Finland, Female, 25-30
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    12 Sep 2022
    This was a nice and clean hostel. We had a private room which was spacious enough for two people. Bed and pillows weren’t great. The only other downside I will note is that it is very noisy, not from other guests but the back alley way. Trucks, garbage, deliveries etc from 4am on. Wouldn’t recommend if you aren’t a DEEP sleeper.
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 6.3


    01 Jul 2022
    The location was central but our room very loud because of the pubs near by and them bringing out the trash early in the morning. It was very hot in the room and if you opened the window very loud, so we didn’t sleep well. Every morning many hairs in the shower. The staff was friendly and there is a big, nice kitchen which wasn’t really clean.
    Germany, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 6.0


    02 Jul 2022
    Door to room open all the time! So be careful with valuables. Location good and easy check in and out. Can't say I saw anything in terms of facilities. A decent place to stay in general.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 5.4


    25 Aug 2022
    I would stay elsewhere next time. •Flront door to the building & roon 5 remains unlocked at all times. •The location is brilliant. •In my experience the staff were pretty quiet & didn't want to be bothered. We never saw then besides when vacuuming & they stay in the office upstairs in a different hostel, very strange. •No washing machine •Great kitchen but no bowls! •No common space •No kind of atmosphere at all! •HORRIBLE BEDS - the mattress corners sit above your head that's how sunken it is
    Australia, 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