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The Hostel

3 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5DR, Scotland (Formerly Westend Hostel)
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It was nice stay with a group of 12 friends.. Could have been more cleaner and maintained. Breakfast is good. Owners are ready to adjust and are good. Location is the best since tram station is jst in front of you and all clubs are nearby.. Walking distance from City center.

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The room was slightly cramped with not a lot of room to put your bags but was not bad at all. I did read reviews before i went saying it was cramped but it was absolutely fine if your looking for somewhere cheap. The people at the reception desk were not particularly helpful on advising on things to do so... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staff were incredibly uninterested in helping. Staff leave at 11pm and lock down the entire hostel. Cannot use the lounge or receive assistance of any kind after this time. They do not reopen until 8am. Kitchen is also closed at this point. If you have a tour in the morning and planned to bring your own food, leave it in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I read the reviews on Trip Advisor before booking this place. I see a lot of bad reviews but still went ahead with it. It wasn't too bad, really. But when they say that the dorm room is really tiny, believe it. It was so damn packed. Well, fine, 16 dorm beds. Maybe it's meant to be packed. But no,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Terrible from start to end. No wifi connection at all, far away from the city centre and dirty bathrooms and showers. Also there's no 24 hour reception so we had unwanted visitors in our dorm - absolutely no security and had the worst night because of it. We've stayed at many other hostels and have never had such a bad... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

We have been backpacking for 6 months almost and have felt safe every hostel we've stayed at even the extremely cheap one's and had no problems at all. This was the only hostel in which we felt incredbly unsafe during the night there was no security whatsoever. There was no monitering who was entering the hostel and there were unwanted... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

"The Hostel" isn't exactly an extravagant name, nor is it an extravagant hostel. I stayed here two nights and found it an easy walk into Edinburgh's main town and surrounding attractions. It is literally across the road from Haymarket Station which is very convenient when you have to get back to Edinburgh Waverly for insterstate and international travel as it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

Nice hostel, clean in the bedrooms and bathrooms overall. Nice area for smokers at the back of the hostel. Only thing that annoyed me was unhelpfull staff and powerplugs that are only on one side of the room, so you'll have to sit on the ground next to it to charge anything, or spend time in the common room. Also,... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I booked for 1 night. Reception advised 'take any bed that wasn't made', so I did. I placed all my gear in such a way to avoid switching lights on when I arrived back later. I arrived back to find a couple in my bed. All my gear moved elsewhere, apparently on reception's advice. An argument ensued that nearly came... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

While there were many things I enjoyed about The Hostel, such as their security, closeness to transportation, decent beds (in a 3 person private room) and very clearly written information regarding rules and regulations, there were also some negatives. The shared bathrooms were very small. My friends used the showers here and said that the water literally trickled out of... More 

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