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High Street Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
Bright and cheery, the High Street Hostel is full of color and character. Plaid wall-hangings and upright full sets of knight's armor stand side by side with a giant draped rainbow and vivid splashes of paint. Located just off the Royal Mile (High Street), this hostel is literally within spitting distance of the Edinburgh Castle, the Waverly train/bus station, and a slew of the best restaurants and pubs in Edinburgh.

High Street Hostel is in great condition and is well staffed, with twenty-four-hour reception -- someone is always at hand to answer questions and to stash or retrieve one's valuables in/from a secure locker. Lodgers are given a pink slip with the details of their lodging information, which they must present to the receptionist each time the hostel is entered. Smoking is not permitted in the hostel. Wireless internet is available for free in the reception and adjacent sitting room, the leather sofas and chairs of which make for a comfortable place to rest after a trek through the city.

A relatively large hostel, High Street can be a great place to socialize and meet people. A large kitchen and dining room, equipped with a pool table in addition to tables for eating, bustle with people at all hours of the evening, with games and music growing louder as the night progresses. The sleeping accommodations are modest and clean, and the bathrooms are small and clean, with the exception of the larger bathroom on the ground floor near the kitchen, which is less well kept. Full Scottish breakfast is offered each morning for a small price, and tea, coffee, and hot chocolate are always available for free.

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Great hostel and staff High street has everything you need in a hostel and the staff were really helpful and accommodating. Great location as it is a stone's throw from the royal mile and very close to where a lot of companies (haggis and macpacker) pick up for their tours. Loved Edinburgh -- would stay here again.  , age 40, New Zealand ()
4   Great hostel Fantastic location right off the main drag. Friendly staff who helped with any need. Beds were slightly uncomfortable. Clean rooms. No complaints at all!  , age 23, Australia ()
3   Your Average Large Hostel Experience This hostel is ok for what it is, an old, large hostel. Yes, there aren't any outlets in the rooms, but there lots in the hallways, lounge areas, and kitchen. Yes, the WiFi signal is poor, but still manageable since they have installed some more routers, one for each level. The beds are ok but sleepable. The rooms and bathrooms are cleaned every day. The staff are friendly enough, but are mostly lodgers taking advantage of the discount rate for working there. Fine for eating, sleeping, and showering. The rest is only ok.  ()
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