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General Group Booking Terms

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  • 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.
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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? 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.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural 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.


Haystack Hostel

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

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 excellent knowledge of the local bars, restaurants, clubs, historical sites, and attractions. We also have extensive knowledge of the area surrounding Edinburgh, and the rest of Scotland. So whether you’re 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 3-12 beds, with both mixed and single sex.

We provide free breakfast from 6am-10am, and can provide free towels to 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.

£10 deposit is payable for the keys on arrival. This will be returned when you check out.

Payment on arrival can be by cash (GBP), credit, or debit card.

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 9.0

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 8.4

  • Cleanliness 8.8

  • Facilities 8.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    25 Aug 2019
    First hostel experience. I booked on the day of my stay for one night. The location is right across from the Balmoral Hotel but tucked away from the busy street. Walking distance to so many things to do and see. Showers and kitchen look super clean and updated. I stayed in a 9 bed all female dorm on the top bunk. Bar just downstairs and live music played until midnight on a Sunday. So loud as if band was in the hostel. At least the music was good. Still really enjoyed my stay would stay again
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    23 Aug 2019
    The hostel is fab and the location is perfect! We stayed here over the bank holiday weekend for fringe festival. The hostel was more expensive than usual, but actually one of the cheapest in Edinburgh and therefore great value for money. The staff were lovely, especially Adam who was super friendly and helpful. The free breakfast is great and the hostel is really clean. Thanks for a great stay, we will definitely be staying here on our return to Edinburgh!
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    28 Jul 2019
    Very good, super clean, nice and helpful staff, really exactly what you want in a hostel. ONLY complaint is that the bunk rooms really need some kind of ventilation. Even when it's 15 degrees out its almost too hot to sleep on the top bunk.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    28 Sep 2019
    Despite there were 4 bunkers in the room where each had 3 beds, the facilities were fine. The only issue was having 1 switch for the whole room which is a burden when you have came back from a great night because I had to switch it on. I met good people and the staff was helpful too. The breakfast was fine which consisted of bread, cereals, oats and milk and jam spreads however there wasn’t any protein provided, no ham or cheese at all. Overall, the location is good!
    Singapore, Male, 18-24
  • 8.9


    23 Sep 2019
    Literally in the best part of Edinburgh. Showers were a bit awkward, but other than that I had a good stay!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    15 Oct 2019
    The fact that the hostel offers free towels and a locker is enough for me to recommend it. I've been to a couple hostels at this point, and this was the first place that's ever done that. Staff was really nice. I forgot everyone's names, but there was a new girl that was able to help me with some info on the city, a Italian girl that helped me with figuring out the tram times, and a Scottish (?) girl that was very friendly and provided nice conversation and advice on haggis :p Nice place.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.3


    27 Aug 2019
    The hostel was very clean, in a good location and the free breakfast is a plus. Good value for money. The only downside is the location that is near the main street so it is not easy to go to sleep from all the noise however there are free earplugs. I would recommend it to people who can sleep even with the noise otherwise it might be difficult for you to have some sleep at night.
    Iraq, Male, 25-30
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    14 Aug 2019
    Fantastic location. Stayed in a 9 bed female dorm, there was lockers but they were fairly small and there was hardly any room for bags elsewhere, or even more than one person walking between beds at a time. Room got very hot even with the window open (during summer). Quite loud outside at night but that’s a non issue. No lift, about 5 flights of stairs with a heavy bag is doable but not ideal.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 6.6


    12 Sep 2019
    the bed sheets were awful! but overall it was good hostel!
    Sudan, Male, 25-30
  • 6.6


    16 Aug 2019
    Bedrooms were VERY cramped, window wouldn't stay open either so it was like sleeping in a sauna. Placed on the third floor of a building so not easily accessible with large luggage. Showers were nice and spacious, bathroom was OK. Didn't use the kitchen, but seemed like it had everything you needed.
    England, Female, 18-24
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • 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
  • Airport Transfers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi