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High Street Hostel

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8 Blackfriars St., Edinburgh EH1 1NE, Scotland
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Ranked #34 of 190 Specialty Lodging in Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great hostel experience here. Felt very safe and secure, clean facilities, decent beds, a large kitchen/lounge, and cheap breakfast. They let travelers leave their luggage in the main area if they arrive before check-in which is always nice. Most of the staff was friendly, some were exceptionally friendly and helpful, while a few felt unfriendly/not helpful when we asked questions.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely staff, and I felt safe the whole time I was here with all my possessions ect. Awesome location and great quality facilities! Best value for money! I would recommend this place to anyone. 10 minute walk to the new side of town and Old town at your doorstep, close to the free walking tour and Arthurs seat about a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a good hostel, nice people, nice staff, the rooms wasn't bad at all, the beds are good, not the best ones but still, you're coming to a hostel, really near to the castle, the city centre. The only thing not that good, the showers/toilets aren't entirely clean, the showers doesn't have windows they are like cabinets, for that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location, decoration and staff here are amazing. There are some problems, like the smell of corridors, the hard beds and old bathrooms - sometimes the water would be too hot or too cold independent of me. But for the price paid, I think it was more than worth it. I stayed in a room of four people with another... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The location is perfect. Right at the high street in the middle of old town. The staff is really nice and the included breakfast is decent. In winter are the rooms cold or get overheated. As building is really old and they have a lot of travelers the dorms smell! Showers are ok but could be cleaner. They offer a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The hostel was very good, clean rooms and wash rooms. The staff were also very polite and helpful however the 1st and 2nd floors were very smelly. I had to hold my nose while climbing the stairs to my room. Would have given 5 stars had it not been for the smell.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Stayed here with two friends on a weekend trip. The hostel was extremely clean, even the communal bathrooms and showers. The beds were comfortable and the prices very reasonable. The staff were approchable, easy to talk to and a bit of craic. The free breakfast is basic enough, but if you stay in the hostel you get a discount off... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The rooms are hostel type making the money you pay for. An English plug with non EU adapters is located near your bed. But the grateful staff can recharge your phone, ipad .etc free of charge at the deposit. The reception hall is really well decorated, with antique-medieval well chosen decorating objects with leather sofas for a relaxing rest while... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Loved that there was a plug right by my pillow so I could have my phone near me while charging. The room was quite small and stuffy, but it was only a 4 person room, so that's to be expected. Beds were quite hard. Restrooms small and pretty crowded - whole floor (~8 rooms?) had 3 toilets and 3 showers.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Me and my friend had a private twin room (batman and Robin!) We had a great time and the location of the hostel is perfectly situated just steps off the royal mile. Our only complaint was that our room was very cramped for us and our luggage and the beds were not the most comfortable. If you're young and looking... More 

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Staying in Old Town

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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