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157 reviews
Guests rated this property 3.1/5 for cleanliness.


  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Breakfast Available
  • Bar


Explore the area

Popular LocationEdinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)8 min walk
Popular LocationUsher Hall12 min walk
RestaurantStation Takeaway1 min walk
RestaurantPlatform 51 min walk
AirportEdinburgh (EDI)13 min drive

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  • One Bed in a 14 Bed Mixed Dormitory

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    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Single Bunk Bed
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  • One Bed in a 12 Bed Mixed Dormitory

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    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Single Bunk Bed
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  • One Bed in a 21 Bed Mixed Dormitory (Triple Bunks)

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    • 1 Single Bunk Bed
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  • Room, Women only

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    • 1 Single Bunk Bed
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  • Room, Mixed Dorm

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    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Single Bunk Bed
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  • Room (Private Triple with shared bathroom)

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    • Sleeps 3
    • 1 Double Bed and 1 Single Bunk Bed
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  • Room (Private Room 5 Beds, shared bathroom)

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    • Sleeps 5
    • 5 Single Beds
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  • One Bed in a 18 Bed Mixed Dormitory

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    • 1 Single Bunk Bed
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  • Basic Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm

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    • 1 Single Bunk Bed
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  • Basic Triple Room

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    • Sleeps 3
    • 1 Double Bed and 1 Single Bunk Bed
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About this area


Located in Edinburgh's Haymarket neighbourhood, The Hostel is in the city centre and near a train station. Princes Street and George Street are worth checking out if shopping is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Princes Street Gardens and Calton Hill. Check out an event or a game at Murrayfield Stadium, and consider making time for Edinburgh Zoo, a top attraction not to be missed. Our guests appreciate the hostel's central location.

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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) - 8 min walk
  • Usher Hall - 12 min walk
  • George Street - 13 min walk
  • Murrayfield Stadium - 3 min drive
  • Edinburgh Castle - 5 min drive

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 1 min walk
  • Edinburgh (EDI) - 13 min drive


  • Station Takeaway - 1 min walk
  • Platform 5 - 1 min walk
  • La Bruschetta - 1 min walk
  • Go!Ninja - 1 min walk
  • Nomad - 1 min walk

About this property

The Hostel

Adults-only Edinburgh hostel in Haymarket, walk to Princes Street
Along with a bar/lounge, this smoke-free hostel has concierge services and laundry facilities. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, tour/ticket assistance, a garden and a TV in a common area are on-site. All rooms are shared and offer safes and showers. Other amenities that guests will find include hobs and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms are shared.
The Hostel offers 10 forms of shared accommodation with a safe and coffee/tea makers. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower. An iron/ironing board and hairdryers can be requested.

Property amenities


Available in some public areas: Free WiFi and wired Internet

Parking and public transport

No on-site parking available

Food and drink

Continental breakfast available for a fee daily 8 AM–9:30 AM: GBP 2.00 per person
1 bar

Things to do

Billiards/pool table

Family friendly

Laundry facilities


No lifts

Guest services

Concierge services
Front desk (limited hours)
Laundry facilities
Luggage storage
Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken





Smoke-free property
TV in reception

Room amenities


Blackout drapes/curtains


Hairdryer (on request)
Shared bathroom

Food and drink

Coffee/tea maker
Shared kitchen access


Iron/ironing board (on request)
Shared accommodations



Check-in between 1 PM and 11 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

If you are planning to arrive after 11 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival.


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children younger than 18 are not allowed at this adults-only property; all guests 18 and older are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property


Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Fee for continental breakfast: GBP 2.00 per person (approximately)
  • Late check-in fee: GBP 5 for check-in after 11 PM

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • No on-site parking is available.
  • Special cancellation policies or charges may apply for group reservations (more than 8 rooms for the same property/stay dates). Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

We should mention

Guests under 18 years old are not permitted at this adults-only property
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
Alcohol is not served at this property

Property is also known as

The Hostel Edinburgh
The Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
The Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Edinburgh

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at The Hostel and receive a full refund?
Yes, The Hostel offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to The Hostel cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Is this property pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at this property?
The Hostel doesn't offer parking.
What time is check-in at The Hostel?
Check-in is from 1 PM to 11 PM.
What time is check-out at The Hostel?
Checkout is at 10 AM.
Where is The Hostel located?
Located in Haymarket, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and Princes Street. George Street and Usher Hall are also within 15 minutes. Edinburgh Haymarket Station is only a 2-minute walk and Edinburgh Waverley Station is 27 minutes.

Guest reviews

Guest rating
5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor
Service and Staff
Property condition


  • Liked: Staff & service
  • Disliked: Cleanliness

Cramped rooms and small bunk beds that you can't even sit up in. I did not see any evidence of the rooms, bed sheets or bathrooms being cleaned during my 4-night stay at all. The bathrooms were freezing cold as they had no heating. Also, the keycards for the front door and rooms did not work (despite keeping them away from mobile phones). Would definitely not stay here again - this has put me off booking other hostels in the future. Would not recommend.

Stayed 4 nights in Jan 2020


  • Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, room comfort

You get what you pay for!

If you're looking for a cheap stay and great location this is it. Do not expect good service, a clean bathroom or a clean bed. The laundry service is awful, did get done after the second time I asked for it, didn't fold it, just shoved everything into a bag. The hostel was so bad that I booked another stay even though I lost everything I payed at this hostel. This was by far the worst hostel I stayed in, in over 6 countries.

Stayed 5 nights in Jan 2020


  • Liked: Staff & service
  • Disliked: Room comfort

A hostel that looks like a homeless shelter.

A very functional shelter like hostel that provides just the basics. The condition of the mattresses, duvets and pillows were poor (they were old and filthy)in rooms crammed with bunk beds (and an annoyingly loud bathroom door that kept banging loudly). The bathrooms faucets had not hot water but the showers were reasonably clean. The common area was restricted to the hours between 8am to 11m which was a bit of a drag. The only highlight of this hostel itself was the clean kitchen and the staff. Overall, not the best hostel I've been to in the UK!

Stayed 9 nights in Dec 2019

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

Exceptionally nice staff and decent conditions. All in all, a great stay

Stayed 9 nights in Sep 2019

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Staff & service, room comfort

Stayed 4 nights in Sep 2019