St Christopher's Edinburgh Original, Edinburgh

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St Christopher's Inn - Edinburgh is one of many hostels from the party hostel chain, St Christopher's. It is a great place to meet other sociable travelers.

The Location

By far, the number one selling point of St Christopher's Inn - Edinburgh is it’s location. Situated directly across from Waverley station and also right next to the shuttle bus to the airport, St Christopher's Inn is the perfect hostel to stay at if you don't want to lug your bags too far. The bus station is also less than ten minutes' walk from the hostel. In terms of tourist sites, both new town and the Royal Mile are within walking distance as are many great nightlife spots. Plus, you'll never go hungry since there is a plethora of bars, restaurants, and cafes surrounding the area.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Though beds at St Christopher's Inn are considerably cheaper those in nearby hostels, the rooms definitely reflect this price point. Bunk beds are triple bunks so it can be a bit of a tight squeeze at times (watch your head!) and you won't be able to sit up in bed unless you're on the top bunk. On the plus side, there are curtains on every bed for privacy. Each bed also comes equipped with its own light and power outlet. There are lockers for storing luggage. Rooms vary in sizes, ranging from four beds to 24-bed rooms. If you don't like sharing with strangers, there are also a number of private rooms available. If you're lucky, your room will have a gorgeous view of Edinburgh.

There are ensuite bathrooms in the dorms which look shabby but are reasonably clean. In larger dorm rooms there are multiple private showers and toilets, ensuring you do not have to wait too long to use the bathroom amenities. For those on a tight budget: rejoice! This place also has laundry facilities where you can wash your clothes for free after 8pm.

Common Spaces

While there is a chill-out room with a TV and seating, it is dimly lit and lacks a social atmosphere. Therefore it is not overly inviting. However, it does contain a fridge to store food and has limited kitchen facilities such as a microwave and kettle. The luggage storage room is also located here, where you can store your bags (for a small fee). For a much more social vibe, try one of the two bars downstairs. There's Belushi's, the sports bar, where you can score cheap drinks and a discount off all meals just for being a guest. Otherwise, head to Jake's which often features live music acts. Jake's is also where breakfast is served until 9.30am every morning.


If you're searching for a high-end, luxury hostel, this is not the place. However, for those on a budget, St Christopher's - Edinburgh is great value for money. Beds are cheap, the staff is friendly, and guests are close to main tourist attractions and public transport systems in the city. Stay here for cheap, convenient, and laid-back accommodation on your travels.
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Staircase at St Christophers - an elevator is also available
St Christopher's facade - small but mighty
St Christophers
The Chill Out room/ kitchen
The Chill Out room + luggage storage at the back
18-bed dorm room with a few seats
dorm rooms contain triple bunks
18-bed dorm: each bed has privacy curtains
Dorm room at St Christopher's
Erin Staff Reviewer
Published on 2017-05-04

Right in the city and very affordable

This hostel has 3 story bunk beds but every bed has a private reading light, an international power plug and 2 USB plugs (sometimes they are worn out) but the best are the all around curtains so you have a kind of privacy. The bathrooms and showers are clean but a little small but manageable. They promote it as a party hostel because there are 2 bars downstairs but you rather wake up from snorting. But they offer free earplugs. Breakfast buffet seems sometimes included, sometimes not (4). There is no real kitchen, just a microwave, a big drinking water bottle and an electric kettle. This area serves also as lounge but is not very social. There are also paid lockers for early check-ins or late check-outs but in the rooms they are for free if you have an own lock. Oh and they have free to use washing machines, even dryers. You just need detergent, which you can buy from the reception for 1 or somewhere else. The Wi-Fi is offered by an external company and a little stubborn as you need to register everyday and sometimes or with some browsers the registration process doesn't work.


Edinburgh is a charming town, and St. Christopher's Inn is a charming hostel. Social, colorful, and friendly, it is definitely worth at least a night's stay.

The Location

The streets in Edinburgh tend to be steep and windy, so it is not fun to haul your luggage around while you're looking for the hostel. A quick trick to find St. Christopher's if the online directions aren't cutting it -- it is located right across the bridge from the clock tower (two easily identifiable landmarks once you're actually in the city). It is located close to several shops, bars, and restaurants and the bus from the airport drops you off about five minutes away.

Rooms and Bathrooms

What makes this hostel stand out from the others is that the rooms are actually well lit and colorful. The building is several stories tall with an elevator for convenience, so we had a remarkable view of the city (especially spectacular at night). The rooms come with various amounts of bunk beds that have personal storage boxes attached (bring your own lock) and enough room so it doesn't feel cramped. The beds and pillows are comfy. Several rooms include extra amenities such as a mirror, desk, or coat hooks. The bathrooms look rather new, yet basic and the shower has a removable head, which is convenient. Several guests, including our party, had problems with the key cards for the rooms -- they only worked sporadically.

Common Spaces

The restaurant and two bars downstairs make this a rather social hotel, though if you're feeling like some alone time, the hostel provide a limited room service-type menu you can order from. There is a different activity or theme every night at the downstairs bar (trivia games, open mic) and the drinks are reasonably priced. There is another lounge/TV room upstairs that is only accessible to guests. It has several booth-type couches, a large TV, and two computers with internet access (for a fee). However, this room lacks the brightness of the rest of the hostel. It is always dark and we were told by befriended hostel staff that it is the site of more than a few late-night hookups. One flaw is that there is no public kitchen, although when we needed to use a can opener, the kitchen staff were more than happy to help.


One additional feature that guests find helpful is the abundance of maps and tourism information throughout the hostel. Even better are the friendly staff who showed us all the fun nightlife. This hostel has about all you need, plus some.

Laura Yates

It was ok

St. Christopher's was my first hostel experience. It was average, made slightly better by it's convenient location (about 2 minutes from the train station). The rooms were clean enough (my 4 bed-room had a bathroom in it- nice). The bar seemed cool though I didn't spend any time in it. The staff was nice enough. It was satisfactory, nothing outstanding but I've definitely stayed in worse places.


Fantastic,very helpful staff. We had very clean room. Bathroom and toilet were always clean. Cleaning staff were pleasant and helpful. The location of the hostel is great, so close to everything. No problems with noise from other rooms. Bed linen changed regularly. Meals were good and breakfast was fine. No complaints.


The location is very convenient, near the train station and Princes St. The first room they put us in smelled like urine and was on top floor, up many flights of stairs, so we asked to change rooms and got a room that didn't smell so bad and was on the second floor. Would I stay here again? Probably.

Pippin, USA

The staff consists of an awesome lot, very friendly, and very knowledgeable about the area. This was by far the best bathroom situation I've seen in a hostel in the city (the ones in the sticks always have the best facilities bathroom and kitchen-wise). Not only was the shower very clean but we got our own bathroom in a room of four beds. So in other words, no shared bathrooms! That's huge, and as with all the St. Christopher places I've stayed in, everything was very clean. Again the staff are all cool, but the karaoke lady (they have karaoke on Thursdays) was a horrible mean-spirited person. And there was never anybody at the reception desk. However, in their defense, this isn't a hotel, and thus your messages are not their responsibility. If you go to Edinburgh, keep in mind two things: the city is awesome but the clubs suck something harsh. Just horrible. I actually had more fun during karaoke night at St. Christopher's. The only big problem I had with the hostel is that it was so busy, I didn't get that hostel bonding experience that makes the hostel experience so cool in other cities. Other than that, this place is an all right place to rest your head for a few nights.


This hostel is a great place to meet people and have a great time. The staff are travelers who will take you out on the town, and all of them are great people. There are great drink and food specials in the two bars downstairs. Words of advice: bring a towel, and there's no kitchen (so don't buy food expecting to store it), and don't be afraid of the bars, they are great fun 7 days/nights a week.


This is without a doubt one of the WORST hostels I've ever stayed at. The whole place felt dirty, and the bathrooms especially were nasty. The showers were those annoying push-button contraptions, and you couldn't even adjust the water temperature. The bedroom I was in was criminally overcrowded, perhaps literally so: I can't imagine the Edinburgh fire code would allow that many people crammed into a tiny room. The bunk beds were made of rickety old metal, the type where if you so much as cough you shake the whole bed, waking up the person sleeping beneath you. The lounge room was small and smoky, and even though they claim on this Web site to have satellite TV, they only got about three channels from what I could see. The staff were mostly indifferent. The reception desk was NEVER manned in the three days I stayed there; instead, there was a sign telling you that you had to go to the bar. So when my keycard was inevitably not working at the end of a long day, instead of having someone just fix it for me, I had to fight my way through the crowds of a bar, wait forever while the bartenders poured some drinks, and then FINALLY get them to recharge my keycard.

I stayed there originally because it looked like the cheapest option in town; their Web site advertised 10 per night. However, I found out on checking in that that's only the INTERNET price; in real life it's 13. I could have stayed in a much nicer place for 12!!!

I thought about giving this place two stars because it is admittedly in a good location, but there are so many hostels in Edinburgh in just as good if not BETTER locations that it doesn't even matter. In short, there's no reason EVER to stay here.


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You will love the bright, airy rooms and appreciate the friendly staff that knows all the great places to visit making your stay at St Christopher's Edinburgh a really great experience. And after a hard day's sight seeing, relax in the comfy chill out room overlooking the hubbub of shoppers and day-trippers on Princes St. and just watch the world go by. You'll need to recharge those batteries of yours for partying the night away either down in our own Belushi's bar or in one of the many pubs and clubs which can be found nearby.

Location and Contact




Address: 9-13 Market Street, Old Town, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland

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St Christopher's Edinburgh Original is part of the hostel chain St Christopher's Inns Backpackers Hostels

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Phone Number: +44 131 226 1446
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel



Luggage Storage

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby


BBQ Grill


Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments




Hair Dryers

Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Walking Tours

Wheelchair Accessible

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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