We have just completed a week long holiday involving a 5 day trip into the highlands and a few days in Edinburgh. Our first night in Edinburgh at the beginning of the week was in a different hostel and to be quite honest we were not looking forward to coming back into Edinburgh if all hostels were going to be like the Belford. You can imagine my surprise when we were greeted by a gorgeous old heritage building, extremely helpful staff, free wifi (reception only), a large kitchen and garden area, clean rooms and even cleaner shower/toilet facilities. We were placed in a room on the 7th floor called Posh & Becks, which really helped the leg muscles as there are no lifts. The stairwell is redolent of the building's old life as a school but just adds to the character of the place. The room itself is tiny with a bunkbed (double on the bottom, single on top) and a really plush, comfortable carpet which makes it sometimes hard to shut the door. A nice touch is the outside wall is the old brick building, which has not been plastered over and adds to the ambience. The top bunk is quite hard and uncomfortable but the double bed is very comfy and hard to leave in the morning. The showers are good but having two taps to regulate the heat is a pain when most are used to power showers; however the cubicle was spotless and smelled clean. Towels are placed out for people to use for face washing which is a nice homely touch. The kitchen is massive and you can see it used to be a school by the size of it and the recreation area. The garden area (or smokers corner) is small but ok. All in all, adding in the computer room, the comfy reception area and the fact that you need to show a pass to enter the building ( and they'll store your luggage is your connection home/onwards is later than check out) and you have a hostel that is close to perfection. All you would need for total perfection would be a TV and a sink in the room. Keys are £10 deposit. Breakfast is available for £1.90
The smaller rooms have power sockets. The higher floors have less noise coming in from outside.
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