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Light House Hostel Hostel

20 Gilmore Place, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Light House is a truly unique place to stay - our bright young team will welcome you to our beautiful Georgian townhouse bursting with character and charm. We have created a fusion of contemporary living space with good old fashioned family hospitality. Our guests often say it’s more like a family home than a hostel, with a laid back attitude and cosy friendly atmosphere. The Light House is the place to chill out and make new friends. We are only 15 minutes' walk to Edinburgh Castle. Read more

90% Overall Rating 197 out of 215 customers would recommend this property based on 215 reviews

Atmosphere 90%

Cleanliness 91%

Facilities 89%

Location 81%

Safety 93%

Staff 95%

Value 87%

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What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Luggage Room
  • Towel

Facilities

  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Airport Transfers
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board Games
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • DVDs
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Games Room
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Steam room
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone Fax Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included
  • Washing machine

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup 35.31USD

Important Information

Latest check in is at 10.00pm. Guest no show will result the charge of the full booking. If you are going to arrive after 10pm please ring ahead to inform us. The reception will be closed at 11pm and there will be no check in after 11pm. On arrival: a £10 refundable key deposit to be paid and balance paid in full. Please leave shoes on front Shoe Rack as no shoes in the Light House. BANK HOLIDAY WEEKENDS, SPORTS EVENT WEEKENDS, AUGUST, CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR BOOKINGS – IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because of high demand during bank holiday weekends, sports event weekends, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Christmas and Hogmanay, all bookings for these periods will need to be paid in full in advance. Cancellation policy for bank holiday weekends, sports event weekends, August, Christmas and New Year bookings is 14 days before arrival. Soon after you have made your booking, we will charge your credit/debit card or send you an online PayPal invoice to be paid to confirm your booking. Cancellation policy for bank holiday weekends, sports event weekends, August, Christmas and New Year bookings is 14 days before arrival

Check-in / Check-out

Earliest check-in: 15:00

Latest Check-out: 10:30

Policies

  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes Included

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Edinburgh?

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The Light House is a truly unique place to stay - our bright young team will welcome you to our beautiful Georgian townhouse bursting with character and charm. We have created a fusion of contemporary living space with good old fashioned family hospitality. Our guests often say it’s more like a family home than a hostel, with a laid back attitude and cosy friendly atmosphere. The Light House is the place to chill out and make new friends. We are only 15 minutes' walk to Edinburgh Castle. Read more

Shared Rooms

Deluxe 4 Bed Mixed Dorm

Sleeps 4

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Deluxe

Superior 4 Bed Mixed Dorm

Sleeps 4

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Superior

Superior 6 Bed Mixed Dorm Ensuite

Sleeps 6

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Grade

Superior

Deluxe 6 Bed Mixed Dorm

Sleeps 6

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Deluxe

Superior 10 Bed Mixed Dorm

Sleeps 10

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Superior

Superior 4 Bed Female Dorm

Sleeps 4

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Superior

Private Rooms

Superior Twin Private Shared Bathroom

Sleeps 2

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Superior

About Light House Hostel

Reception is open from 7am to 10pm and check in time is from 3pm to 10pm. If you arrive in the city before 3pm, please feel free to drop off your luggage and we will give you a map and introduction to Edinburgh, then come back after 3pm to check in.

We aim to provide a good night's sleep for our guests so that everyone feels refreshed the next day to explore the city or to continue with their onward journey. Therefore there is strictly no check in after 10pm. If you plan to arrive after 10pm, then please do not book with us. This rule can be extended to 11pm in case of delays in transportation. After 11pm there will be no entry until the following day.

The Light House is a loving, caring and sharing place to be - we donate 10% of our profit to a housing charity. So when you stay with us, you are also helping to provide homes for people in need.

We are situated in the artistic area of the city centre. Nearby are 4 cinemas, 3 theatres, a concert hall, a wide selection of restaurants, bars, coffee houses - and a co-operative super market that opens till 10pm for your essential supplies!

We have a spacious comfy lounge where you can relax and enjoy a wide selection of movies on our home cinema system with HD projector and surround sound. The communal living areas are clean and cosy providing a great space to relax and unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.

We have a fully equipped self catering kitchen including a dish washer...... so no need to wash up, Yey! There is also a large back garden where we host regular campfires and BBQs - so bring your guitars and best (or worst) singing voices and join us for a good old sing along around the fire; dancing is optional!

We provide all these free stuff:
Free breakfast consisting cereal, toast, jam, butter spread, chocolate spread, peanut butter, marmalade, tea and coffee.
Free tea and coffee all day.
Free Wi-Fi, free internet access on a desk top computer.
Free lockers, free towel hire, free linen.
Free power adaptor hire, free reading light hire.
Free ear plugs, free shower gel.

We operate a no shoes policy in The Light House to keep the house in spotless order, a shoe rack and slippers are provided at the entrance making it feel like a real home from home.

There is a no smoking policy throughout the hostel with smoking area in the front garden.

There is no curfew. However, we are not a party hostel, therefore the lounge and kitchen are locked at midnight and we request that guests be very quiet when returning after midnight, this is to ensure other guests who are sleeping are not disturbed.

Check-in is after 15:00 only - and till 22:00.
Check-out by 11:30.
Reception is open from 7:00 to 22:00.
Cancellation policy is 72 hours in advance.
Guest no show will result the charge of the full booking.

Under Age Policy:
Guests under the age of 15 must stay in a private room with a family member who is over 18. Guests aged 16 and 17 travelling alone must have a letter signed by a parent or a guardian giving explicit authorisation to travel alone, also they must provide a photocopy of their parent's/guardian's ID.

Group Booking Policy:
Maximum 10 persons per group. If your group is larger than this, please contact us first to discuss availability. Unfortunately we do not cater for stag and hen parties.

Bank holiday weekends, sports event weekends, August, Christmas and New Year bookings:
Because of high demand during bank holiday weekends, sports event weekends, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Christmas and Hogmanay, all bookings for these periods will need to be paid in full in advance. Soon after you have made your booking for these periods, we will charge your credit/debit card or send you an online PayPal invoice to be paid to confirm your booking. Cancellation policy for bank holiday weekends, sports event weekends, August, Christmas and New Year bookings is 14 days before arrival.

Accommodation Information

We have 6 bright and spacious rooms:
2-bed private room - with a double bed and a single bed.
4-bed dorm
4-bed dorm
6-bed dorm
6-bed dorm - with en-suite shower room
10-bed dorm

Location Information

The Light House is in the south west of the city centre - only a 15 minutes' walk from the Edinburgh Castle. We are located within the artistic neighbourhood 'Tollcross'. Nearby are many bars, restaurants, cafes, concert hall, 3 theatres, 4 cinemas and a co-operative supermarket that opens till 10pm every night for your essential supplies.

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 3 days before arrival. After this date, charges will be applied by the property up to the first nights cost of the reservation, unless otherwise stated in the property’s conditions. Deposits paid are non refundable.