Recently refurbished, The Hostel offers bright, clean and spacious accommodation at a budget price in the centre of Edinburgh.


The Hostel provides affordable accommodation for tourists and backpackers wishing to explore Edinburgh. 

Located directly opposite Haymarket Station in the West End, The Hostel is only a 15-minute walk to the West End of Princes Street and just steps away for the local bus interchange. 

Edinburgh Castle and the famous Royal Mile are a must see and are easily accessible on foot or by public transport. Right on the doorstep, St Mary's Cathedral, a popular tourist landmark and within an easy 15-20 minute stroll is the infamous Grassmarket area which awards a  whole host of bars and restaurants.

History to the present day

Embracing the original Victorian features, The Hostel is a spacious building over two levels and many of the rooms have their own period features.

Food and Drinks

The Hostel offers free tea and coffee throughout the day and has fully equipped self-catering kitchen with dining room for guest use. The kitchen is open from 8.00am until 11.00pm.

Guests also have the opportunity to buy a daily continental breakfast which includes; cereals, toast with spreads, cordial, tea and coffee for only £3.00 per person.

Grounds and gardens

The Hostel has a beautifully refurbished outside terrace and garden and weather permitting, there are summer BBQ's between the months of May - August.

Other facilities

Important Information:

  • No Curfew - 24 hour access with key card security entry
  • Free Internet Access - 8.00am - 11.00pm
  • Hairdryers in public areas
  • Pool Table - available from 8.00am - 11.00pm only
  • Self-catering kitchen - available from 8.00am - 11.00pm only
  • Lounge with TV - available from 8.00am - 11.00pm only
  • Free luggage storage
  • Laundry - wash and dry for £3 - subject to availability after 4.00pm as the hostel's laundry is all done in-house and so is the priority

Long-term bookings are accepted up to a maximum of 2 weeks, with the option to extend subject to management approval.

Please note there are limited electrical sockets in the dormitory rooms. 

Children under the age of 18 are not permitted in our shared dormitory rooms.

All guests checking into the hostel must have a Photo ID in the form of a passport or driving license. Check in will not be permitted without sufficient photo ID

The hostel does not have lift access at the hostel, all rooms are accessible by stairs only.

Late Check in Fee - Any guests arriving after 11.00pm will be required to pay a £5 late check in fee on arrival to the member of night staff.  Please note this is a one-off fee of £5 per booking and not per person

The female dorm is only available for booking by females.


19th century buildings

Breakfast (at additional cost)

No parking onsite

No smoking

Minimum age 18

No Official Rating


Free broadband access (wired)

Private/enclosed garden

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture

Self-catering facilities


Sky Television

Book library

Luggage storage

24 hour security

Pool/snooker table

Linen included

Towel hire

Common room

Security lockers

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers

Clothes dryer

Washing machine


Central heating

Bicycle storage

Food and Drinks

Self-catering facilities

Continental breakfast (additional cost)



Nearby recreations

Beach (a short drive)

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Minimum age 18

The Hostel, Edinburgh - Reviews


Based on 5 reviews
Service 4.0
Rooms 3.4
Food 3.0
Website 4.0
Value 3.2
Overall Experience 3.0

have stayed in a number of hostels, this was the first one that had neither a mirror to look in or a sink, or even a socket to charge my phone. Hostel and room were very clean tho and ideally located, in it was not too far from main area.
Mrs Marlene G

Worth the price, free tea and coffee in the kitchen. Only thing I missed was chargers next to the beds
Miss Maja G

Much nicer than I expected a hostel to be
Mrs moira l

Travel Info

Address: 3 Clifton Terrace, Haymarket, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, EdinburghEH12 5DR, United Kingdom

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 23:00 (11:00pm) (no arrivals allowed outside this window)

Check Out: 02:00 (2:00am) - 11:00 (11:00am)

Late arrivals after 11pm will incur a £5 late check in fee (per booking, not per person).  The main door will be locked.  Please ring the nightbell for attention and our live int team will be able to check you in after 11pm.

Directions: By Rail:

The Hostel is located directly opposite Haymarket train station. Exit the station and cross over the road to Clifton Terrace.

From Waverley Station, the Hostel is located in the West End, approx 20-minute walk. Exit Waverley station and cross to the gardens side of Princes Street and catch LRT bus number 26 or 31 to Haymarket.  Tram and train tickets cost £1.70 single fare of £4.00 for a day ticket.

By Air:

From Edinburgh Airport guests can take the Airlink 100 bus or tram from outside the terminal building and depart at Haymarket Station. Buses and trams run regularly throughout the day and the bus throughout night from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre.

By Car:

There is no parking available at the hostel.  On street parking is available in pay and display bays which are payable between 8.30am and 6.30pm.  Parking is only free after 6.30pm each evening until 8.30am the following day and all day on a Sunday.  There is a 24 NCP car park located nearby at Castle Terrace, approx 15 minute walk.