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Reviews of Smart City Hostels Edinburgh

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

84.6% Overall Rating

1627 out of 1715 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (03/03/2014)

"Very central. the breakfast was cheap and very good. The staff were very helpful. There were 2 showers and 2 toilets in the 8 bed dorm I was in, so no queues!"

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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 8.30

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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84.6%

Overall Rating

1627 out of 1715 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Smart City Hostels Edinburgh'

Atmosphere
78.4%
Location
96.8%
Facilities
80.8%
Cleanliness
78.4%
Staff
84.8%
Value
85.6%
Safety
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Katherine Tulloch

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

19 January 2012 Katherine would recommend this property

Liked: Loved how close the hostel was to everything. The bar was a really nice place to hang out and served a really nice breakfast!

Disliked: The reception staff were a little cold and disinterested at times

100.0%
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Serafin Patiño

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

19 January 2012 Serafin would recommend this property

Liked: Great place and people, one safety and light by each bed. All the details are perfect Awesome location !

Disliked: Pay for wifi, no shoower gel for the first two day

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
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Bart Ripperda

With my spouse / partner

City break
Visiting friends or family

18 January 2012 Bart would recommend this property

Liked: The location!! The bar (/common room) as well, the guest kitchen, there's a luggage room, the beds were okay, actually everything was good!

Disliked: Nothing! It wasn't noisy at all when we where there, but I can imagine in the summer it could be (when the terrace is open and people are having drinks there).

100.0%
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Liam Hardy

With my spouse / partner

City break

16 January 2012 Liam would recommend this property

Liked: Funky vibe and awesome bar staff, room was clean and very cosy. Breakfast is EPIC by hostel standards... 2 min walk to the best folk bars in town and 24 hour reception... Will definitely go back if I'm 'tup north again.

Disliked: expensive internet access

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 60%
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Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

13 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: In the middle of the city, close to all kind of transport.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Jaime Giddings

Alone

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

08 January 2012 Jaime would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel is more like a hotel. Great facilities and a cool bar down stairs. All up good value for money.

Disliked: There is not really a general common area for the backpackers. You are mixed with the locals so no lounge room as such. Although the bar is good.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

08 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

85.7%
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Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

08 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice location, bar in hostel

Disliked: It is nice hostel but don't expect friendly atmosphere

100.0%
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Filipe Gomes

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

03 January 2012 Filipe would recommend this property

Liked: very good bar and social areas

Disliked: Filipe left no negative feedback.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

03 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Brillant location and really helpful staff.

Disliked: The showers were not ideal

97.1%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

31 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Definitely recommend this hostel! Stayed in a private triple room, comfy beds, lockers, hairdryer, table, heater, window that opened and an ensuite. Free WiFi in the lounge/bar area, you could pay to have the WiFi available in your room. Also had a kitchen so you could prepare your own meals, although the hostel also had a restaurant and the prices were reasonable.

Disliked: The ensuite was good, only problem was the shower area was not separated from rest of bathroom and there was no shower curtain or shower tray and water from shower would flood the whole bathroom floor and a puddle of water would remain by the door and toilet. Could be a problem for the hostel in the future as carpet in room by the bathroom door looked water stained so water must be starting to seep from the bathroom floor.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

City break

30 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: Somewhat dirty sheets, smelly shower, stupid lighting in the bathroom

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture

29 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good room size, great location

Disliked: Shower holder not working

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

22 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendliness and helpfulness of the staff Location Cleanliness

Disliked: Safe and secure of luggage room.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 20% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

21 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: The staff Breakfast served only from 8 am onwards Unhelpful canteen staff, although cooked food was ready to be served even before 8 oclock(I had to catch a tour at 8 in the mornIng), canteen staff just ignored my request.

51.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

19 December 2011

Liked: The bed was a good size and a good distance from other beds. There was an individual light for the bed, but no socket.

Disliked: There was no communal area. There was a bar, but this was open to outsiders. There was no secure door between the hostel and the bar, so any outsider who came into the bar could easily have got into the hostel. You had to pay for the internet. The basin lights in the room came on automatically whenever anyone went near them, waking everyone up. The floor was very creaky whenever anyone walked on it. The room was very close to the road, so there was a lot of traffic noise. There was even noise from people talking loudly when they walked past. I was asked for my passport number even though I'm from the UK. Thankfully I had my passport, since I'd just flown in from spain, or I wouldn't have been able to get in. Breakfast wasn't included and would have cost a fiver if id paid for it.

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

Customer review

Alone

City break
Events / festivals
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

18 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: security, but should ensure they always have stocks of padlocks so full use can be made of the lockable cupboards

Disliked: really creaky floor boards and beds, 1st floor vey close to the bar.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

City break

16 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: everything

Disliked: almost nothing

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Samuel Jackson

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

12 December 2011 Samuel would recommend this property

Liked: Fantastic location, very clean, good price.

Disliked: Below average breakfast service.

94.3%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

12 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Hot showers and room en suite

Disliked: Bar wasn't open after hours for residents

100.0%
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Daniel Trotter

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

11 December 2011 Daniel would recommend this property

Liked: Great hostel, has everything you need and some. Modern facilities throughout, huge bar with comfy sofas to relax in, tidy rooms with two showers and two toilets (seperate) in each dorm. Handy location too.

Disliked: A quiet area to use skype on your laptop would be good

100.0%
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Jessie Tomkins

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

10 December 2011 Jessie would recommend this property

Liked: The bar was great! Cheap food, free wifi and friendly staff. The rooms were clean and spacious. There was lockable lockers in the room (just bring your own lock) and the beds were super comfy. The staff were really helpful when you needed anything and I found the room I was in too noisy so I got moved to a much quieter one and it was no problem.

Disliked: The rooms above the bar can be quite noisy at night due to loud music.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 20%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

10 December 2011

Liked: Location

Disliked: Too expensive for what it is

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

09 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Lovely clean room and friendly staff

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Edgar Gonzalez

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

09 December 2011 Edgar would recommend this property

Liked: good

Disliked: internet