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Reviews of Smart City Hostels Edinburgh

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

87.0% Overall Rating

1668 out of 1760 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (22/08/2015)

Mae Samuels thinks…

"Very modern place, clean and new rooms with plenty of space. Very friendly and helpful staff!"

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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
  • Bar(s)
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Outside area

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 7.65

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. Due to our kitchen closure for Christmas, our cooked breakfast will not be offered for the 24th- 26th of December 2014, apologies for the inconvenience.

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Group of 15 or more traveling to Edinburgh?

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87.0%

Overall Rating

1668 out of 1760 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Smart City Hostels Edinburgh'

Atmosphere
81.6%
Location
96.0%
Facilities
84.0%
Cleanliness
84.8%
Staff
90.4%
Value
80.8%
Safety
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97.1%
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Mae Samuels

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

22 August 2015 Mae would recommend this property

Liked: Very modern place, clean and new rooms with plenty of space. Very friendly and helpful staff!

Disliked: No included facilities like a kitchen, fridge, common room etc which is often handy for travelling backpackers

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Robert Batty

With friends / other travellers

City break
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

13 August 2015 Robert would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel was perfect for getting about in and around Edinburgh.

Disliked: Nothing to dislike!

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

As a family with children

Family Holiday

06 August 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Center of the city

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

03 August 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Easier to get to, great rooms, secure and the bar is a fantastic hub spot. Definitely recommend the place!

Disliked: Nothing

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

With a large group / tour

Sightseeing & culture

24 May 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel is well placed in the old part of Edinburgh.

Disliked: The rooms were not very clean and the restaurant in the courtyard is quite noisy after 11pm.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Sara Fernandes

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

13 May 2015 Sara would recommend this property

Liked: Excelent hostel!!

Disliked: Sara left no negative feedback.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Aimie Barnes

With friends / other travellers

City break

10 May 2015 Aimie would recommend this property

Liked: Nice rooms, good beds and block out curtains. Staff nice but very limited knowledge of sights in the city.

Disliked: Room next to bar downstairs, noisy when you are trying to sleep.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Lisa Dambach

As a family with children

Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture

06 April 2015 Lisa would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, and nice size rooms.

Disliked: Needs to be cleaner...my bare feet were very dirty from walking on the floor.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

01 April 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, spacious rooms

Disliked: wifi was not working, no ventilation in the room

91.4%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Daniel Pigatto

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

03 March 2015 Daniel would recommend this property

Liked: Good atmosphere.

Disliked: Bathroom not so good smelling.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

RICHARD GRANT

Alone

City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

23 February 2015 RICHARD would recommend this property

Liked: the staff are excellent, there is never any hassle just a warm friendly atmosphere. love meeting new people which this hostel offers in abundance. is always clean and warm.

Disliked: nothng all is excellent

100.0%
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Kellie Stewart

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Romantic getaway
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

09 February 2015 Kellie would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, safe, cheap drinks at bar downstairs. Great location. Friendly staff.

Disliked: Check out was 10am. It could have been 11am at least. Breakfast was a bit confusing and a let down. We were late though so maybe in peak times it would be better. We were also super hung over haha.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

felicity curwen-reed

With my spouse / partner

City break
Visiting friends or family

05 January 2015 felicity would recommend this property

Liked: It was really near the city centre and easily accessible. The breakfasts were yummy and good value for money.

Disliked: The wifi was really slow.

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

Liam Bednarski

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

07 November 2014 Liam would recommend this property

Liked: Good lobby and clean and crisp dining and chill out area

Disliked: Wifi was not as strong as I would have liked in the rooms themselves

85.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

EDUARDO HORACIO ARISMENDI

Alone

Partying / nightlife

04 September 2014 EDUARDO HORACIO would recommend this property

Liked: NEAR THE ROYAL MILE...!!

Disliked: THE PUB DOWNSTAIRS.....VERY CORWDED PLACE... NO PLACE TO REST, TO LOUNGE...

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

Valentina De Palo

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

01 September 2014 Valentina would recommend this property

Liked: Ottima la posizione centrale rispetto alla città e l'atmosfera presente in ostello e gli spazi. Anche se la stanza dove abbiamo soggiornato era un po' piccola (era da 4) era comunque pulita e ben servita. Staff cordiale e disponibile 24h/24h

Disliked: La connessione wi-fi era a scadenza, ma comunque presente non come in altri ostelli inglesi.

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

Padraic Cooney

With my spouse / partner

Visiting friends or family

29 August 2014 Padraic would recommend this property

Liked: Safe, good location

Disliked: Fire alarm went off 4 mornings in a row, staff told us check out was 11 then tried to bill us when they said it was actually at 10

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

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

28 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Safe, clean and light...in contrast to some dingier hostels in edinburgh. Great and reasonable restaurant menu with a bar that was lively but friendly and not rowdy. Staff lovely.

Disliked: Guest kitchen seemed small.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

subhash keshri

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

27 August 2014 subhash would recommend this property

Liked: Hostel situated on main city centre. very good for traveller to exploring the city. Neat and clean with good facility of wifi.

Disliked: nothing

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

RICHARD SILVESTER

Alone

City break

26 August 2014 RICHARD would recommend this property

Liked: Great location just off the Royal Mile, lockers in rooms, good breakfast, showers and toliets in room.

Disliked: RICHARD left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

25 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, just off the royal mile. Everything seemed clean, especially compared to other hostels I've been in. It was nice to have en suit showers and toilets. Shower gel was provided with a dispenser in the showers which was handy. Breakfast was good - the usual deal for a cooked breakfast - up to 6 items , plus unlimited toast. Free wifi is provided throughout the hostel.

Disliked: It had a slightly more 'hotel' rather than hostel feel to it, it seemed to be missing some of the atmosphere I often expect with a hostel. It would've been useful for more power sockets in the dorms. I had booked a 6 bed dorm but was put in an 8 bed, with free breakfast provided as compensation. The free breakfast was good but I would be wary about booking here again in case I got placed in a bigger form than expected. The rooms aren't carpeted so it can be difficult to move around quietly if you come back later at night.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Ryan Kearney

With a large group / tour

Partying / nightlife

25 August 2014 Ryan would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Location was perfect and close to the places we needed to be near the pubs 👍 the room was perfect for our group of 10. The bar had a lot of character. Great place 10/10

Disliked: Nothing

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

Nathan Hudson

Alone

City break
Events / festivals

23 August 2014 Nathan would recommend this property

Liked: Central, clean, popular, many facilities.

Disliked: I bumped into a gorgeous girl late Mon night in the lift and barely chatted her up, what an idiot.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Wendy Vassallo

Alone

Business / conference
City break

21 August 2014 Wendy would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff locker in room lifts spacious room wifi very central! kitchen n laundry facilities! Bar serving food!

Disliked: Noisy in the evening if you happen to hv a room overlooking the bar.

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

Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

20 August 2014

Liked: Great location for the Fringe festival.

Disliked: Noisy music every night, sometimes until 2am coming from the hostel bar, hard to sleep even with windows closed and earplugs in.