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Hostel | 50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1NE

79.3% Overall Rating

1635 out of 1725 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (23/06/2014)

"When I had a problem in the middle of the night, the night staff were very helpful, kind and understanding. It was sorted out immediately."

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • 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
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 8.38

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

Please note guests under the age of 18 years of age must stay in a private room with guardians they can not share in general dormitory rooms with persons that are not part of their own group or family. Under 18s are not allowed in the smart city bar after end of food service. Any bookings for over 12 guests MUST be booked through our groups department.

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79.3%

Overall Rating

1635 out of 1725 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Smart City Hostels Edinburgh'

Atmosphere
68.8%
Location
92.8%
Facilities
77.6%
Cleanliness
72.8%
Staff
82.4%
Value
77.6%
Safety
83.2%
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88.6%
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Scott Miller

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

30 May 2013 Scott would recommend this property

Liked: The front-desk staff was always very friendly. The rooms were excellent and clean.

Disliked: The atmosphere was inorganic and there was only fri wifi at the bar. The bar felt more like a cafeteria and the atmosphere wasn't really conducive to meeting people.

88.6%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

27 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: clean!

Disliked: no

97.1%
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Stanislav Kapulkin

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

14 May 2013 Stanislav would recommend this property

Liked: Rooms are clean and nice.

Disliked: Wi-Fi is free, as written in description, but only in the Bar 50 - bar, that integrates with the hostel. So, there is no Wi-Fi in rooms.

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Kirby Munn

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

11 April 2013 Kirby would recommend this property

Liked: clean, modern and central to the city! The bar was also good and cheap!

Disliked: Not much

97.1%
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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

06 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: well decorated, gerat location and reasonable price

Disliked: check in time was quite late..

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture

03 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, good private room that was good value for money

Disliked: very noisy until after midnight on a Tuesday night!

71.4%
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Customer review

As a family with children

Business / conference

03 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Easy to come and go. Unfussy

Disliked: No hooks in room to hang coats etc

100.0%
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Jade Ford

Alone

City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

27 March 2013 Jade would recommend this property

Liked: As a 24 year old woman traveling on my own, safety, location, cleanliness and atmosphere are really important to me. This hostel was great. The rooms are secure with lockers, the staff was helpful, the location is within easy walking distance to everything in the city and the atmosphere of the Bar downstairs is great. I went mid week in the middle of March and still there was a lounge filled with travelers looking to have a good time (not too wild).

Disliked: I didn't dislike anything about the property. The only thing was that I had one bed in a five bed dorm and was put in with an Italian family of 5. I felt very safe obviously, but would have been nice to be with some girls my age instead

94.3%
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PETER MAGOWAN

With a large group / tour

Partying / nightlife

25 March 2013 PETER would recommend this property

Liked: all very good quality accommodation, bar and food

Disliked: some of the bar staff could be a bit friendlier.one girl in particular

91.4%
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Laney Lenox

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

15 February 2013 Laney would recommend this property

Liked: It was cheap, people were friendly. If you were down to party you could certainly find a party, but if you were down to sleep instead that was easy as well.

Disliked: I wish it had been a bit quirkier as far as the character and atmosphere goes.

88.6%
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Bettsy M Gonzalez A

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

06 February 2013 Bettsy M would recommend this property

Liked: I like the clean in every place in the build was excelent the Bar was very good. The place is big and very moderm.

Disliked: Not include the breakfast but is possible to pay for one and is good.

62.9%
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Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

30 January 2013

Liked: central, friendly

Disliked: very very noisy. nobody checks whether anyone complies with the rules. at 3pm, people stiil argued with each other. someone else was making telephone calls and refused to stop , at 3am. - other hostels have signs up, requesting people to be considerate. Here, no signs. if you don't intend to party all night and want some sleep, you better not come.

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Krzysztof Rychlik

Alone

City break

27 January 2013 Krzysztof would recommend this property

Liked: Comfy beds, friendly staff, good locations

Disliked: Nothing

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YASHODHAN ANSARWADEKAR

With friends / other travellers

Relaxation/spa
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

23 January 2013 YASHODHAN would recommend this property

Liked: Good location, amazing atmosphere in bar and lounge. Rooms are clean .

Disliked: Nothing to dislike.

82.9%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Shopping
Visiting friends or family

04 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The rooms were tidy and clean with adjoining bathroom facilities... Bar was amazing but a little expensive for breakfast etc. wifi :) modern design and location is very central to the city so good for sightseeing

Disliked: The staff didn't tell me any information unless I asked.. But I guess finding out is easy If you find the right info sign

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David Duggleby

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

03 January 2013 David would recommend this property

Liked: Nice, clean and secure.

Disliked: n/a

94.3%
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Andrew Tuson

Alone

City break

31 December 2012 Andrew would recommend this property

Liked: Clean and well located.

Disliked: Apart from the bar area, not a quiet place to mingle and get to know people. A lot of large groups there.

91.4%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

30 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: everything

Disliked: nothing

97.1%
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Joao Vitor Martins

With my spouse / partner

Partying / nightlife
Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture

29 December 2012 Joao Vitor would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent location, clean kitchen, rooms are good. Bar closes a bit early but its still a great choice to drink a beer before going out in the night.

Disliked: Joao Vitor left no negative feedback.

94.3%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

19 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, clean rooms and bathroom, central locAtion

Disliked: N/a

80.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

05 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, spacious, good facilities and value for money.

Disliked: Nothing really it was all fine.

97.1%
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Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

05 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Easy check-in and check-out. Felt safe. Staff was helpful. Rooms were very clean and shower was warm. Bar seemed nice although I did not visit.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

85.7%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

26 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location was really convenient. The bar had reasonably good food, drinks, and breakfast buffet at decent prices. Overall this hostel was fine and I would stay there again.

Disliked: These are a little nitpicky, but the bathroom in our room smelled moldy though it was clean. Internet cost one pound for 20 minutes, and if you log out before you use the entire 20 minutes you lose the rest of your time (they had free wifi in the bar though, if you had your own device). The staff did not go out of their way to be very friendly. Would have been nice if breakfast was included.

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constanza musso

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

26 November 2012 constanza would recommend this property

Liked: Everything. Very comfortable in all aspects

Disliked: Breakfast not included

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

18 November 2012

Liked: It's clean and modern, and they have a nice bar and nice bathroom facilities. The location is great, as well.

Disliked: There was no common room, other than the bar, which made the place feel more like a hotel. There was not really much coziness or sense of community, and the communal kitchen was locked after 11pm. Plus, the bar closes late at night. And unless you're at the bar, you have to pay for wifi. The worst part, though, was the sound. I was in room 108, which is right next to two outdoor patios. It's like having a room full of loud people talking next to you while you sleep--the sound just goes right through the huge window, and you can hear everything they say. I wasn't able to go to sleep until 4am. I asked the guy at the next to tell the people they needed to talk somewhere else, but he never did (even though he said he would). If the place is so poorly designed that I can hear people talking outside at 4am, they shouldn't let people talk out there that late! Also, while the location is great, it's centrality also means drunk people partying and screaming all night. Of course, it was a Saturday, so maybe it wouldn't be that bad other nights.