On Blackfriars Street in Edinburgh's historic old town. Right beside the Scottish Parliament, The Scotsman newspaper office, Dynamic Earth (a favourite with the kids), The Pleasance (for some great festival action) and across the road from the BBC and a Pizza Express. It's a three minute walk to the Royal Mile, five minutes to Princes Street, one minute to Holyrood Palace. Just moments from loads of bars and restaurants and in the other direction, Holyrood Park is a great place to clear the head and stretch the legs.
There are 620 bedrooms in a number of different configurations. The bigger the dorm the better the rate. You'll find dorms for up to 12, some family rooms, smartcitygirl dorms with full length mirrors and great hairdryers, and doubles - all ensuite with linen and towels included. Each bed has its own locker, which fits a medium backpack – you need your own lock. Inside the rooms are bright carpets, steel constructed bunk beds and light-coloured walls. In addition to the ensuite bathrooms there are communal bathrooms dotted around. Everything is very bright, clean and well looked after.
The courtyard and roof terrace are real bonuses in the summer and for smokers.
Eating and drinking
Smart City Cafe - breakfast is served here and it is open until 1am every day serving lunch, dinner, and snacks. There's a good selection of food for veggies, gluten free options and all the usual suspects too. Served in canteen, self-service style.
Bar 50 has just had a refurb and is the main meeting area, there is always a buzz about it. Pool tables, TV, karaoke and quizzes are also part of life in the hostel as well as free shows during August for the festival. Sociable and fun.
A large well equipped communal kitchen is available too.
Pool tables, karaoke, large screen TV.
Casual, laid back and efficient. There is 24 security and management and access to floors and bedrooms is by keycard so security is tight.
Who stays there
Young travellers, families, groups of friends, singles, anyone on a budget.
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
Pros & Cons
- Linen and towels included
- Lots of different sizes and configurations of rooms
- Smartcity hostel girlie dorms - with extras - excellent
- Price is great for this city and this location
- It is big