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Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel
Ranked #103 of 217 Specialty Lodging in Edinburgh
Reviewed August 6, 2011

Good location. 10 min walk from Waverley station. Quiet. It could have been a bit cleaner!

Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Edinburgh Metro on multiple days. When we booked the hostel, we booked through the website for one male and one female. We were under the impression that we would be together in a twin room.... only to that was not the case. We weren't in the same apartment.... we weren't even on the same floor! The employees basically shrugged their shoulders and said that the past couple of years they haven't had mixed dorms, and there was no way we could be together unless one of the two shared rooms became available.
A couple of the employees were nice, although not particularily helpful with our issue. One of the managers (Eva), was very rude to both staff and customers.
The hostel appeared clean, but I have my suspicions that it wasn't as clean as it appeared. One of my husbands room had a wardrobe that was a foot away from the wall, and the bed was mispositioned... wouldn't a cleaner have fixed that? Also, one of the doorknobs in one of the apartments was hanging by a single screw and as such, did not really work. It would have been a very simple fix.
Would we stay here again? Only if nothing else was available for a decent price.

Pros: Good location (right off of Royal Mile, walk to Waverly Station), private rooms for single people
Cons: Lack of security (the luggage storage room was accesible to anyone who asked for a key, and there was no employee keeping an eye on what they took), did not accomodate their customers, possibly unclean, many flights of stairs to climb, Wi-fi barely worked and was expensive

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2010

Booked this place way in advance to stay during the festival and although it took me a while to understand that the only way you could walk to the entrance of the hostel is not from the main road that I walked up and down thinking to myself I had gone mental.

Super super welcome, the staff are friendly and will store your luggage if you've come before check in. As it was my first hostel, I was concerned, but the section I was in had 4-5 rooms? Shared bathroom, kitchenette, 1 extra toilet - which came in super handy. The sheets looked scary, but it was clean, the rooms really are student dorms. The girls staying in the other rooms were friendly and awesome and even met one of the performers as well. You forget that performer will need a place to stay too.

But one of the best things of all, unbeknownst to me, my partner organised with the staff here and picked up my birthday cake as the cake store didn't deliver. The staff sang happy birthday and a massive bag was presented to me with a boxed birthday cake. It really was nice of them, and I obviously couldn't eat the whole cake so they got some too.

Location really was pretty central in Edinburgh and I didn't think my room was noisy at all during the night. No Tv, but the room was spacious enough and it was a little annoying that the mirror was in the hallway and not in your room but the fact it was a hostel and you can still lock up your own room was awesome. One of the best features.

Great value - I wish it was open longer than just the summer.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 21, 2008

I travelled to Edinburgh for the Fringe fest and it was perfect. The staff were really helpful (thanks Rachel!) and it was a FAB location. It is a private single room and the bathrooms were a good size and always clean. Linen was provided and towels were cheap to hire. The kitchen facilities were great (if you wanted to use them) and it was close to everything. Internet cafe, places to get nice food and all of the venues for Fringe fest were close if not just around the corner. I had a great time and would recommend this place for everyone!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 12, 2007

What a find!! This hostal is only available in July and August, the rest of the year it is dorms for the university. Although part of the “youth” hostal organization of Scotland, there were many, many people of all ages there including elderly and families with kids. Probably less than half were “youth” age and it was definitely not a loud partying type of place.. What is unique about this hostal experience is that the rooms are all singles, and they are lockable. They are arranged in “flats” with 6 rooms, two bathrooms and a full kitchen/sitting area. The kitchen has a large refrigerator, oven/stove, sink, pots and pans and dishes, etc, so you can cook entire meals, not just heat things up. When you check in you get two keys, one to your flat and one to your room. So the only other people who can use the bathrooms and kitchen are your flatmates, and no one but you can get into your room. The rooms are well furnished with bed, closet, desk, dresser and lamps. There are no TVs, phones or lift though. The flat is cleaned every few days, and the rooms are cleaned when you check out. The only complaint I had was that they give you a sleep sac thing instead of a set of sheets and I found it very uncomfortable. But if you are staying a week or so there is a discount type store about a block away that sells sheets for about £10 so you could just buy some and leave them and you would still save so much over any hotel or B&B in Edinburgh. The blanket and pillow were great. If you are going to be in Edinburgh in July or August this place is a steal.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 31, 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled solo
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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Address: 11/2 Robertson's Close, Edinburgh EH1 1LY, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Cowgate
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Ranked #103 of 217 Specialty Lodging in Edinburgh
Price Range: $62 - $305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel will open for almost two months this summer, taking over Edinburgh University's halls of residence on the Cowgate, to provide budget accommodation for visitors to Scotland's capital in July and August. Edinburgh Metro accommodation is in single rooms only, within private apartments of 4, 5 and 6 rooms available to book. Each apartment has shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, with reception open 24 hours. Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel is ideal for groups or individuals visiting the city. Wi-Fi during your stay: We do our best to deliver a free Wi-Fi service but apologise that connectivity, particularly in our rural locations, can be intermittent due to the level of our current broadband provision along with high usage when the youth hostel is busy. Please be assured we are endeavouring to improve where we can. We thank you for your patience and understanding. ... more   less 
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