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Smart City Hostels Edinburgh

5.0 of 5 Hostel   |   50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh EH1 1NE , Scotland (Cowgate)
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fantastic location, right in between the royal mile and grassmarket street where some great pubs are located. Easy ten min walk to Waverley Station for airlink buses. The hostel itself was really big, bit confusing to get to the room at first! Big bar underneath which was packed and had a good atmosphere. I stayed in a 8 bed mixed... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This hostel is ideally located: small street linked to the Royal Mile. The price are interesting. However, if you want a quiet place, avoid to come here! The hostel has more than 600 beds, and a bar/restaurant on the ground floor. My room was on the 1st floor with windows on the terrace... So noisy. I am divided about the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

13 of us stayed for a hen party. Ideal location. Rooms are small but are ideal for one night stay and clean. Staff are very helpful. Only downside is the luggage room. This is a disaster waiting to happen. Anyone can access your bag and can get into it or remove it. It is full and luggage is dumped anywhere... More

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EdinburghSmart_city, Director of Sales at Smart City Hostels Edinburgh, responded to this review

Thanks very much for taking the time to review us. We are really glad you had a good time with us. You can keep your luggage in our fully secure locker facility, but I think you guys opted for the free facility where luggage keys are cut at reception and handed back to reception. You stayed peak season too when... More

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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in a twin room for 3 nights over the first weekend of the fringe. The hostel has an excellent location right in the centre of the old town - excellent for the various Fringe venues and the Royal Mile. Our room was located near to the bar/ restaurant and so could be a little noisy at times but... More

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EdinburghSmart_city, Director of Sales at Smart City Hostels Edinburgh, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We are really glad you had a good time with us. The free wifi has now been fixed by an engineer so the connection is much faster - we are sorry this wasn't the case when you stayed. Hope to see you again soon! Thanks Jayne @ SCH More

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the location of this hostels is good, and it's very close to the royal mile; Before checking this hostel, al is well and acceptable. However, the most important thing I need to complain is that I lost my luggage in this hostels. left my luggage in their luggage room when I check out, however ,when I returned to collect my... More

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EdinburghSmart_city, Director of Sales at Smart City Hostels Edinburgh, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing us. As I said on Feefo, we are so sorry this happened on your stay. Nothing else was taken from the luggage storage - perhaps someone got their bag mixed up with your bag and took it by accident. It's not something that is common here at the hostel. We are really very sorry that it ruined... More

Taipei, Taiwan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even in the sixth floor, very noisy at night . The WIFI is not available in the room. In the way from train station to hostel, people must to through a long staircase.

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EdinburghSmart_city, Director of Sales at Smart City Hostels Edinburgh, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. You stayed with us at our busiest time of year - the festival in Edinburgh. The city is buzzing all day and night and our bar will generally be louder at this time of year too. Reception would have been happy to move you rooms if you'd asked when you were with us and it was... More

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a hostel but they do have private rooms with en-suites, which I was very grateful for as I do not share well. Very clean, too, which is a plus. The Grove Street location is a little off the beaten path in New Town Edinburgh but extremely walkable to the city center, especially once you figure out the shortcut... More

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EdinburghSmart_city, Director of Sales at Smart City Hostels Edinburgh, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Not sure if it's meant for Smart City Hostels (hostel on Blackfriars Street just off the royal mile) or Smart@iQ on Grove Street nearer Haymarket - Smart@iQ is our seasonal property open in July and August only and is student accommodation the rest of the year round. Either way, both have private rooms and every room... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

V clean and very well presented. Staff were all friendly and the bar was excellent in terms of both food quality and food/drink prices. Free wifi throughout the hostel was nice as well (though a little slow on the weekend). Have stayed in a lot of hostels over the years and this one is definately near the top for me.... More

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EdinburghSmart_city, Director of Sales at Smart City Hostels Edinburgh, responded to this review

Thanks very much for taking the time to review us. We enjoy getting feedback. We are glad you have a good time with us. We had the wifi engineer out last week, so the free wifi should be a much better speed all round now. Cheers, Jayne @ SCH More

Oakland, California
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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I had such an amazing time in Edinburgh. It's a central location close to so many things. It's right off the Royal Mile. The staff is super friendly and really helpful when it came to nightlife recommendations. My friend and I stayed in a shared room and the two other girls we were with were super nice... More

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EdinburghSmart_city, Director of Sales at Smart City Hostels Edinburgh, responded to this review

We are very glad you've had a great time with us! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks for reviewing Cheers Jayne More

Porto Alegre, RS
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hostel is huge! There are various floors with many rooms. There is a free luggage room you can use before the check-in or after the check-out before leave the city. 2 lifts make it easy to get to your room. I stayed in a 4-bed private room. The bathroom was ok, but after a shower it became very wet.... More

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EdinburghSmart_city, Director of Sales at Smart City Hostels Edinburgh, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review us. We are glad you had a good time here with us in Edinburgh. Please do visit again soon Thanks Jayne More

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Address: 50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh EH1 1NE , Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Cowgate , Old Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Smart City Hostels Edinburgh 5*
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Located just off the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, Smart City Hostels, Edinburgh, redefines the hostel experience. Smart City Hostels is an award winning stylish five-star hostel with great facilities that make it the ideal choice for value accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh. Smart City Hostel's rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious and all have en-suite facilities. The hostel can provide private rooms as well as larger dorm style living so there really is something for everyone. Smart City hostels really is the ultimate urban retreat with Bar 50, a fully licensed restaurant and bar, with free Wi-Fi, Sky Sports, pool table, and a great atmosphere. There is also a 24 hour reception, no curfew, and all of Edinburgh's lively night scene and famed attractions on your doorstep. Smart City also offers fantastic City break deals, family and friend packages, group offers and stag and hen specials as well as seasonal offers. So what are you waiting for? Come and see for yourself why Smart City Hostels is the smart choice for your journey to Scotland's vibrant and historic Capital city. ... more   less 
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