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High Street Hostel

Hostel | 8 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1NE

90.2% Overall Rating

1441 out of 1547 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (21/09/2015)

Pam Robinson thinks…

"Staff and helfpfulness, Has everything you need and quirky. Great location. Beds comfy and linen and facilities basic but clean. Good value for money."

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  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Laundry service
  • Wake-up calls
  • Communal kitchen

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 2.88
  • Towel USD 0.30

What's Included

  • Linen

Important Information

We have a 48 hour cancellation policy (different conditions apply for August and Hogmanay – see below!). Cancellations must be made 48 hours before 10.30 am of the arrival date – otherwise they’ll be treated as no shows. No shows shall be charged the equivalent of the first two nights’ accommodation. – Guests cancelling outside of 48 hours prior to arrival will receive a refund of the full price minus the deposit. – We have a 28 days cancellation policy for any bookings in August. Please note that any bookings for AUGUST will be charged in FULL if not cancelled within 28 days prior to check-in date (before 10.30 am) Please note that there won’t be ANY REFUNDS for the whole of AUGUST when cancelled less than 28 days before check-in. In AUGUST any deposit paid is non-refundable.

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 14:00
Latest Check-out: 10:30

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Edinburgh?

Contact us directly

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Stay green- we are completely carbon neutral. Enjoy our easy-going vibe in our character-filled, city-center, historic hostel - dating back to 1564! - yet leave no carbon footprint. We offer Edinburgh's most environmentally friendly backpacker hospitality, and pretty cool with it! Read more

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About High Street Hostel

As Edinburgh’s original independent hostel, we’ve been helping backpackers sleep together since 1985. Offering affordable accommodation right in the heart of Old Town Edinburgh, we’re just a few minutes walk from Waverley Train Station.
Our historic 470 year old building was originally known as Morton House and belonged to the 4th Earl of Morton who was beheaded in 1581 for his involvement in the murder of Mary Queen of Scots' husband! In the present day however, our guests can enjoy our large common room, fully equipped kitchen, clean comfortable rooms and free WI-FI. Just step out of our front door to experience all the history and culture which Scotland’s capital city has to offer.
Rooms are cleaned daily and each bed is equipped with a locker for security and peace of mind. Our foyer lounge has free WI-FI so you can stay connected to your friends and family. Whereas our large main lounge is a perfect place to chill out, relax, meet other travellers, and play pool & other games. The nearby shops offer everything you may need so you can show off your cooking skills (or maybe lack thereof) in our fully equipped self-catering kitchen. You’ll also receive great discounts on food and drinks at some of Edinburgh’s best local pubs. Our friendly staff can offer you some great advice on what to see and do and where to eat and drink. They can also arrange for you to make the most of your time while you are Scotland and book you on a MacBackpackers tour to the highlands.
Please note that our check-in time is 2pm but guests are welcome to drop their bags off earlier and use the facilities the Hostel has to offer.
FREE Bed linen FREE Thursday Pub crawl
FREE Lockers with locks FREE Tuesday movie night and popcorn
FREE Coffee, tea and hot chocolate FREE Hair dryers
FREE Electrical adaptors FREE Wi-FI
FREE Book exchange FREE Maps and Advice
Towel rental for £0.20 Laundry service for £3.50
Burger Night Friday and Sunday £3.50 Sunday Pool tournament £1.00
Local food and drink discounts FREE daily walking tours
Breakfast for £1.90 Kitchen use and fridge space
No curfew Luggage and bike storage
Minutes from the bus and train

We also have two other hostels in the Old Town of Edinburgh; the small & friendly Royal Mile Backpackers and Castle Rock Hostel which has awesome views of Edinburgh Castle!

Go green and carbon neutral; Fifteen years ago we bought a 75+ hectare woodland that absorbs more than the total CO2 emissions from fuel used in our hostel and also the other properties in our small MacBackpackers hostel and bus company chain. We also try our best to re-cycle everything (with your help) and our electricity is all sourced from renewable, non-nuclear supplies. Stay with us for a great holiday and minimal environmental impact!

Accommodation Information

Please note we cannot accept bookings from under 18's

You will need photographic ID to sign in.

If you want to make a booking for more than 6 people or want to stay for longer than 14 days we ask you to please contact us directly beforehand or book though the groups department.

We have a 48hr cancellation policy. Cancellations must be made 48 hours before 10.30am of the arrival date. No shows shall be charged the equivalent of the first two nights’ accommodation.

While we try our best to allocate groups into the same room and ensure that guests have the same bed for their entire stay, this is not always possible and we may require guests to move rooms if their booking is for 2 or more nights. Also, we may need to split groups between multiple rooms if the hostel is especially busy.

Please note that our check-in time is 2pm but guests are welcome to drop their bags off earlier and use the facilities the Hostel has to offer.