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Haggis Hostels
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Los Angeles, California
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150 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great value”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2011

It was definitely a great value and great location for the money, however the beds are the most uncomfortable things I've ever slept on. I had to sleep on the duvet and put a coat over me in order to fall asleep. The staff keep the place VERY clean and the breakfast (while confined to pastries and toast) was much appreciated.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Blake C
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2011

Loved it great place really clean and nice:) And the staff is really friendly go here you will miss out if you don't

Room Tip: All rooms are good
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2011

Real local knowledge cant be beaten and the manager here really knows edinburgh.
Safe place to stay Comfortable and amazingly quiet
Clean and efficient
excellent kitchen facilities
A very good ibrary also and I shall be back to finish the book on morningside if I can take myself away from the broons

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Island of Malta, Malta
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2011

Ive stayed in this hostel for 20 days and i dont regret 1 single thing. The hostel is very new, with a beautiful kitchen and the beds are comfy as well. The best thing about this hostel are the private showers!! AND the LOCATION!! its just a side road from Princes street.

I would deff. reccommand this hostel! The staff is very friendly too!

The only thing that you should be aware of is that internet is at a charge and its not exactly the cheapest hostel in Edinburgh, however having said that, I would rather pay something extra and stay in a clean place with great location than in any other place! Keep it up Haggis team!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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47 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2011

This was my first time staying in the hostel so I was not sure what to expect! Haggis is brand new (opened in August 2011) and you can tell because every IS new looking. The facilities were clean, our room was clean, the kitchen was clean (and high tech). Honestly, that is all you can ask for - cleanliness. It was quiet so I have no complaints about noise. Breakfast is set out in the morning - toast, croissants, bread buns, small pancakes. All very good when you are hungry!
Only complaint would be locker sizes. Very tiny. I suppose that you can just take your valuables and put them in there, but a normal sized backpack would not fit. We had a private room so it was not a big deal for my group. And the beds were a bit lumpy but I was too tired to really care but some of the friends did not like them too much.
Also you have to pay 2 pound for a towel.
Location = perfect! We were about five minute walk from the train station and we were just near the bridge that took us over to old town Edinburgh. it was great!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2011

I stayed at Haggis Hostels in Edinburgh for more than a week and I can attest to its quality, location and staff. It's a brand new hostel, having taken over the place from a previous hostel that apparently fell into disrepair and, dare I say, disrepute. In any case, the place is kept immaculately clean--the entire staff including the two owners, go to great lengths to inspect and clean the facilities daily. Even the owners themselves clean everything ranging from the lid of the garbage bin in the kitchen to the toilets and windows! It's obvious that the owners are committed to maintaining a quality, comfortable and safe (theres CCTV, if you're used to Big Brother watching you all the time and 24-hour reception) place to stay, which is superb for anyone, especially girls, traveling alone.

The kitchen is great for preparing healthy meals while traveling, and there's breakfast--toast, peanut butter, jam, croissants, English muffins, etc.--and free tea and coffee. Other amenities include clean and bright showers, free computers (you do have to pay 3 pounds for WIFI but unless you need to do something confidential, why bother when you can use their computers for free?). Other hostels charge at least 1 pound for 30 minutes if you use their computers. As an aside, I suspect that reviewers who didn't like the showers and the hostel itself must have stayed at the other hostel upstairs, because, as someone who doesn't share a washroom at home, I wouldn't have stayed at this place for as long as I did if the showers were dirty.

About the staff, they're incredibly attentive, helpful, approachable, and can tell you about things to do in Edinburgh and its outskirts, or help you book tours to the rest of Scotland. And then there's the location! You get an awesome view of the juncture of Princes Street and North Bridge (?) and you can easily get to Waverley station and all the major sites from the hostel.

There's a bar downstairs for those who are inclined, so it can get a bit loud on Friday nights (and the people in the hostel upstairs can be noisy) but that's not something the management can help. Generally, however, you can get a goodnight's rest if you're not the partying type.

Overall, Haggis Hostel is very cosy, totally comfortable and fab and I will definitely stay there next time I'm in Edinburgh! All the best to the owners with your venture and kudos for your efforts!

Room Tip: The rooms furthest from the kitchen are quieter.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Fibs A
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2011

Myself and two friends stayed at haggis hostels as we all done the bupa great Edinburgh 10k run for the first time. Find its far more sociable to stay in hostels than hotels. Cartoon artwork lines the walls up. Friendly staff greeted us and we were given a brief history of the place (don't get that in a hotel!). Room was perfect and beds are a good size which was good as none of us are small!! We were shown round and although none of us had any plan to cook the kitchen is brand new and shiny. The only downside to our hostel experience was deciding to take up the offer of guest discount drinks at bannermans. This was foolish the night before running!! On waking up groggy i didn't want to get up as the duvets are seriously comfy!! Headed to showers not sure what to expect as other hostel goers will understand.....was surprised to find brand new clean showers :-) Defo got my moneys worth in the shower!! Forced myself out to have the free brekkie. Filled up on pastries, toast and purchased some of their porridge.
Time to head off and staff were cool to keep our stuff till after our run.
Lovely clean place to stay and will defo be back to stay!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank steven m
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Property: Haggis Hostels
Address: 5 / 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 206 Speciality Lodging in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Haggis Hostels 4*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Haggis Hostel in Edinburgh. We are Edinburgh's premier affordable accommodation provider and Edinburgh s Best Hostel. With the most central location of any hostel in Edinburgh. We should be your first choice when looking for accommodation in Edinburgh. The hostel is in a newly renovated Georgian building (1838), and is fully equipped with all the facilities you need to make your stay in Edinburgh a memorable one. The hostel rooms are all clean and spacious, and are equipped with international sockets, so you don't need to go scrabbling around for an adapter just to charge your phone. If you're looking for the most friendly, comfortable hostel in Edinburgh, then you've found it. We've tried hard to think of all the things you'll need to make your stay a happy one, you can trust Haggis Hostels. We also specialise in exclusive hire and cater for groups offering full catering facilities, excursions and transportation. ... more   less 
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