High Street Hostel




The Hostelz.com Review

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.
by Monica
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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8 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland
55.949658, -3.185614 (accuracy not guaranteed)
(0131) 557 3984
(0131) 556-2981
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Great little hostel in great location
I stayed here for 3 nights and having been to Edinburgh before I just wanted a central location to base myself for more exploring of the city. The beds were comfortable and the area fairly quiet even though it's just off the royal mile. I stayed in a 4 bed dorm and had a ball. I highly recommend it.
Age 23, Australian
Affordable and clean place to stay in the heart of Edinburgh
Nice people, clean rooms and toilets, very clean kitchen area, all equipped for those who want to cook, and very good location. We also joined the pub crawl your they recommended and had an amazing time. Don't expect the most comfortable beds and you are good to go.
Age 34, Turkey
One of the best that I've ever stayed in
Likes -- Very friendly staff, laid-back atmosphere, excellent location, very clean, good kitchen, excellent common areas, good WiFi in the common areas, big rooms, good storage lockers in rooms, comfortable beds, wide flights of stairs, quiet at night. Dislikes -- No elevator for people with heavy luggage or WiFi in the rooms; it's a Class 1 listed building, meaning that they can't remodel it. Also, the doors squeaked, making it hard to go in and out quietly at night or in the morning. Would stay here again without a second thought. This is pretty much a model for what a hostel should be. Very, very good for its price.
Age 27, Canada
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
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
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.
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.
Andrew Stowe

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