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The Hostel

04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Stayed here with a Stag do that I organised. The staff were really friendly and helpful, couldn't have asked for better service at reception. The rooms are basic, as to be expected in hostel accommodation. But it had everything we needed for an easy 2 nights stay in the city. The toilets and showers are shared but was fine for...

Thank Tom W
Reviewed 6 April 2017

The cheap place if you travel with a tight budget. The room was cold I had to sleep with a sweater. It was weird with the couples just making little tents with the bunk beds but The bathroom was small . 2 toilets and two showers from a loooot of people. the location was a little bit far from the...

Thank Cláudia P
Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 9 February 2017

The staff are absolutely amazing and quick to give excellent advice about Edinburgh. I stayed with my friend in a 12 bed room. The rooms are definitely tight, but you get what you pay for. The beds are pretty comfortable and the place is reasonably clean. They were painting while I was there so the place smelled funny. Bathroom has...

Thank Natalie M
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

The staff really make this place, especially Helen - she really helped me out with telling me where to go around the city by pointing out all the best places to go and see, and was also really helpful with any other questions I had. I actually asked if I could move rooms as I had a large suitcase and...

Thank AshleyJB18198
Reviewed 24 January 2017

I've stayed in alot of hostels in my time and this one is by far the best in the UK. There are almost too many positives to name. As a solo traveller it is ideal. The atmosphere is incredible and the communal spaces are great. Bathrooms were very clean!! I've never been in such a welcoming and comfortable hostel. What...

Thank Mariana C
Naas, Ireland
Reviewed 20 December 2016

7 of us in a 12 bed dorm. Unbelievable value for money and great location and the staff were lovely. Showers were deadly too! Bathrooms were very clean and it wasnt loud from outside at all either. Great for young people!

Thank Elizabeth B
Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 10 December 2016

Stayed here for one night with 9 lads on a boozy night away. Was grand for that but rooms are in fairly poor condition. Shared bathrooms with other dorms also. You also have to pay a £20 deposit, but we got it back no bother. Rules in this hostel are very flexible, is great for a lads night away, but...

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Dover, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I will be right honest and say right away that the thing that made this Hostel THE BEST EVER was the STAFF. We had an 8 person Costa Rican crew descending upon Edinburgh and our first friendly face we came upon was Adam! We all absolutely loved him! He was so nice, friendly and helpful that we can't talk enough...

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The_Hostel_Ed, Manager at The Hostel, responded to this review

Hi!! Thanks for staying with us at The Hostel and for taking the time to leave a review. We really enjoyed having you and your Costa Rican crew were awesome fun :) One of the best groups we have had. We all enjoyed meeting you. You are all welcome to stay with us any time :) Thanks The Hostel

Bath, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Stayed in this hostel with university friends for the weekend. The place was great, clean, warm, good location and comfortable. However, the best thing about this hostel is the staff, Helen, the woman working for the time we stayed was so helpful and patient with all of us! Thank you!

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The_Hostel_Ed, Manager at The Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for staying with us at The Hostel. We are really pleased you enjoyed yourselves with us. We enjoyed meeting you and you are welcome back any time. Come and see us soon! Thanks The Hostel

Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

The hostel itself is clean, loads of natural lights that sets you in a good mood automatically and loads of great people. The people staying there are real travelers. Very different to the other 7 hostels I stayed in in Edinburgh. I would always come again to this place! The staff is the most amazing part of the hostel though,...

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The_Hostel_Ed, Manager at The Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for staying with us at The Hostel and for taking the time to leave a review :) We are delighted you had such a fantastic time staying with us. We always try our best to make sure our guests enjoy themselves and its always great to hear feedback like this :) You are welcome back to stay with...

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West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theatres and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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Additional Information about The Hostel

Address: 3 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5DR, Scotland (Formerly Westend Hostel)
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > West End
Price Range: $19 - $327 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 16
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“take a warm pyjama”
49cl_udiap, 6 Apr 2017 | Read review
“I slept in a dorm with most beds full. It was warm, showers and toilets clean”
50katherinem, 3 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Luck of the draw. They may have rooms to sleep less people, which I'd advise!”
jesscb2016, 17 May 2016 | Read review
“best room for girls is room 5, quietest room is 10”
ashcatm, 16 Sep 2015 | Read review
“No room of this hostel it's worth it.”
715wednesdaya, 8 Sep 2015 | Read review
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