High Street Hostel, Edinburgh

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High Street Hostel is located in the heart of Old Edinburgh, in a very busy area, and near many attractions. It is an affordable option for those on a tight budget and a good base for exploring the city.

The Location

The hostel is very well located, on a quiet side street in the very busy Old Edinburgh area. It is a very touristy area though, and at times we have found it to be a little too crowded with sightseers. Otherwise it is very central, near a bus station that connects to the airport, as well as the main train station. The closest tram station is within walking distance. It is also a short walk away from the New Edinburgh area, where several grocery stores can be found, as well as more affordable restaurants.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are unfortunately a little bit on the plain side, and not very inviting. The bare minimum is covered, however, the beds could be more comfortable and more attention could be spent on esthetics. The rooms are otherwise cleaned daily and there are lockers available, providing you bring your own lock.

The bathrooms are separated into shower stalls with sinks outside, and, separately, toilet stalls with sinks. This is practical, as nobody is blocking a toilet or shower they're not using. The toilets and sinks are clean, however, the shower stalls have an older, less well-maintained look. They are cleaned regularly, but some renovations or upgrades might be in order.

Common Spaces

There are several common spaces; the best looking one is by the entrance on the ground floor. There are people there often, but it is generally quiet, and travelers usually keep to themselves. There is a large common area in the basement, where the kitchen is also located. In our opinion, this area could also use a little upkeep, and maybe some renovations. While not dirty or actually falling apart, the whole area has a very lived-in look that cheapens the atmosphere. There are many people using the area though, and it is possible to socialize.
There is also a very large, well-equipped kitchen, which also could be kept cleaner, but we realize that the tidiness of this area is largely dependent on the people using it. Breakfast is served here every morning for a very reasonable fee. There is good Wi-Fi throughout the hostel.


High Street Hostel has a very central location that is very practical when exploring Edinburgh. It is a large hostel that can feel impersonal, but it is still possible to meet people in the common areas. While we find the look of the hostel to be lacking, we would still recommend it for the good location and fair prices.
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High Street Hostel, Edinburgh
High Street Hostel, Edinburgh
High Street Hostel, Edinburgh
High Street Hostel, Edinburgh
High Street Hostel, Edinburgh
High Street Hostel, Edinburgh
High Street Hostel, Edinburgh
High Street Hostel, Edinburgh
High Street Hostel, Edinburgh
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on Aug 5, 2017

Location and Contact


• From the airport:
• Take the blue bus no.100 (costs £3.50 and takes about 30 minutes) into the city centre and get off at Waverley Bridge. There is a bus every 10 -15 minutes from the airport.
• From there, walk away from Princes St. towards a small roundabout and cross straight over the roundabout onto Cockburn Street. At the top of Cockburn Street turn left onto the High Street on the Royal Mile and then cross over the traffic lights at Northbridge, continuing down the hill, we're the second street on the right - Blackfriars Street. We're on your right-hand side.
• From the bus station:
• At St Andrews Square, head up to Princes Street (the main shopping street in Edinburgh.) Turn left onto Princes Street and then take the first right at the Balmoral Hotel onto Northbridge.
• At the top, turn left at the Royal Bank of Scotland onto the High Street on the Royal Mile, crossing at the traffic lights but continuing down the hill, we're the second street on the right - Blackfriars Street. We're on your right-hand side. The hostel is open 24 hours. Hope this helps.



Address: 8 Blackfriars Street, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland

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Website High Street Hostel Edinburgh (if you know the URL of their website, let us know and we'll add it)
Phone Number: (0131) 557 3984
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Facilities and Amenities

Solo Traveller


City Tours

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


24 Hour Security

Board Games

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Evening Entertainment



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

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