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

Cancellations & Refunds

Any cancellation made more than 28 days prior to the arrival date will incur a booking charge of 5% of the total booking value. This charge will be deducted from the monies received and the remaining balance will be refunded within 28 days.

No refunds will be due for cancellations made within 28 days of the arrival date.

No cancellations will be accepted by telephone.

Groups may have to pay a damage deposit during check-in; the group leader will be held responsible for any damage caused by any member(s) of the group.

Additional Terms and Conditions

We require a 50% deposit of the total amount invoiced to be paid within 5 working days of the invoice date. Please be aware that failure to do so will result in the cancellation of your booking.

The second installment (the balance) is due at least 28 days prior to arrival on a date indicated by us. You must contact us before that date in order to successfully complete your booking.

We accept the following cards: Visa, MasterCard and Switch. A credit card payment sheet will be sent to you together with the invoice and must be returned by e-mail or fax. Alternatively you can also call us on +44(0)208 600 7500 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday. For bank transfers we require the bank's proof of payment to be sent to us within the 5 day limit and at least 5 days before the 2nd installment is due.

We do not accept payments by American Express or Laser cards.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Additional Info:

Groups under 18 years of age are at all times at the hostel manager's discretion and rooms cannot be shared with outside bookings.

Special minimum night stays and rates can apply on peak dates. Booking acceptance remains at the discretion of St Christopher's Inns.

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


St Christopher's Edinburgh Original

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  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Hostelworld says

St Christopher's Edinburgh is very highly rated here on Hostelworld for its location, and no wonder - it's just off the Royal Mile and across the road from Waverly Train station, making it ideal for those coming to Edinburgh by train from London and elsewhere in Scotland and Northern England. This hostel has friendly staff and bright, clean rooms with under-bed lockers; there's also a popular bar underneath with discounts for residents on food and drink.

Property Description

When visiting the medieval Scottish capital, there’s no better place to base yourself than in the heart of Edinburgh. Tucked away in the centre of the medieval Old Town, our hostel is just a stroll away from countless incredible attractions like Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish National Galleries and the Royal Mile. You can walk pretty much everywhere from here so it’s the perfect central location for backpackers.
Party in the hostel's new and improved Belushi’s Bar, make the most of hostel events such as Bar Crawls and Free Walking Tours and then have a good night’s sleep after a busy day. We’re across the road from Wavery train station and only a 2 minute walk away from some of Edinburgh’s best traditional pubs and bars in the medieval Old Town.

*Please note that we require an in date government approved - drivers license, passport or national ID card at check-in.

**Guests under the age of 18 must stay in a private room with guardians. They cannot share in general dormitory rooms with people who are not part of their own group or family. Under-18s are not allowed in the bars or pubs. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.5

  • Security 8.5

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 8.8

  • Atmosphere 8.0

  • Cleanliness 7.9

  • Facilities 7.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    21 Jan 2020
    Perfect in everyway clean tidy central wonderful bar opposite and value for money
    England, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    28 Jan 2020
    My stay in Edinburgh was very relaxing because of St. Christopher's Edinburgh Original. I was glad I had locker to secure my valuables and curtain on the top bunk bed so I do not disturbs others trying to sleep. The only thing I had a difficulties with is there is no elevator but I was traveling with a heavy luggage. Overall my stay was very satisfying!!!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    14 Feb 2020
    I had a nice stay here! It was right across the street from the train station, which was super convenient, but it also made it a little noisy late at night. The staff was really friendly and welcoming. It was a little difficult for me to get into my bottom bunk as I am pretty tall, but that was my only complaint about staying here!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    08 Feb 2020
    The staff make this place! Above and beyond! The accommodations were great, especially for the money. Fabulous location, quiet and yet only a short walk to most of the major attractions! You can’t go wrong with this hostel. Will never stay anywhere else in Edinburgh!
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    28 Jan 2020
    St. Christopher’s Inn (The Original) was in a prime location as you were able to explore so many parts of the city and not be too far away. The rooms were super clean and tidy, and the staff were so friendly. I would honestly stay here again in a heartbeat because of how good it was.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    24 Jan 2020
    Great staff and even greater location!! Right next to the main train station and has a delicious coffee shop next door. There was only one shower for a room of 12 girls so that was kind of rough. The breakfast spread is alright for a free breakfast. I didn't go to the restaurant but you get a 20% discount if you go there. Each bed gets 2 usb plugs but they have a light on them to show they get power and it bugged me all night, bring a sleep mask! Each bed also got privacy curtains, great idea!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    07 Feb 2020
    El lugar es muy cómodo, las pieZas grandes y espaciosas, hay salas para relajarse y el bar para actividades, me hizo falta una cocina para poder cocinar bien ya que solo tenía la “chill out room” que tenía tan solo un microhondas y algunos platos y cubiertos
    Chile, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    07 Feb 2020
    I had stayed at the st Christopher’s inn at Paris so I already had an idea in mind but sadly this place couldn’t be as happening as this. But having said that it was a good deal and worth the money I paid. There was a bar just opposite so it was nice to spend time there. However, this hostel should improve on more activities to help the people staying mingle and form connections. For me, it was good but could’ve been much much better.
    India, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    22 Jan 2020
    Staff were lovely, always willing to help with any queries. Massive bonus that the laundry was free. However rooms could be a little cleaner, the cleaner only changed the bins didn’t vacuum or wipe down sink or anything and the shower was quite gross. Also no real places in the rooms to put large items of luggage. Other than that would stay here again.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 3.7


    03 Feb 2020
    I felt very insecure there. I’ve been in many hostels, but that was a really bad experience because the atmosphere was awful. There were drunk guys in the common area and there was people having s*x in the dorm... I couldn’t sleep. The only good think is to be in the city centre and very cheap, but now I know that it isn’t worth it.
    Spain, Female, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Towels Not Included
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2019

    3rd, Hostel Chain

  • 2019

    2nd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2019

    1st, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2016

    1st, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2014

    2nd, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2009

    3rd, Hostel Chain

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St Christopher's Edinburgh Original says

St Christopher's Edinburgh is very highly rated here on Hostelworld for its location, and no wonder - it's just off the Royal Mile and across the road from Waverly Train station, making it ideal for those coming to Edinburgh by train from London and elsewhere in Scotland and Northern England. This hostel has friendly staff and bright, clean rooms with under-bed lockers; there's also a popular bar underneath with discounts for residents on food and drink.