Best hostels in Edinburgh

Best hostels in Edinburgh/Scotland

Are you heading to Edinburgh and look for the best place to stay for a reasonable price? We are here to show the best hostels Edinburgh city centre offers! Whether you look for a private room or for a cozy dorm for your travel group, check our selection and choose the best hostel in the capital city of Scotland.

Edinburgh is a very popular city among travelers from all around the world (around 13 million tourist comes to this city each year) due to the large offer of sights – especially the Old town, is Edinburgh is very popular and there is no wonder it has been signed among the UNESCO Heritage. You can find this wonderful city in the southeast of Scotland by the North Sea.

If you are not aware when visiting Scotland, there are some festivals during the year – the most popular are Movie festival (take place in June) or Military Festival, which takes place in August – if you are interested in some of the offered festivals, just look at this great website to check all festivals which are organized in Edinburgh:

Best hostels in Edinburgh

Due to its position is Edinburgh ideal to be visited during summer months if you prefer hotter weather, as well as during later Spring and earlier Autumn. But, winter is not so cold in Scotland, so if you used to cold and would like to avoid crowds, you can visit Edinburgh in Winter or before Christmas to be taken n the Christmas atmosphere. Be aware there is more windy weather during winter months!

The most popular sights you can find in Edinburgh are Edinburgh Castle with crown jewels and Stone of Destiny – the residue of the stone throne. You can visit the National War Museum of Scotland and walk through Royal Mile, which leads from the Edinburgh Castle to Holyroodhouse (Royal Palace). You can look at the beautiful city from the Observation tower with Camera Obscura and visit Saint Giles High Kirk of Edinburgh – famous gothic basilica.

Edinburgh is full of interesting historic buildings, memorials and you can also join markets in the city centre or visit galleries and museums like the National Museum of Scotland or the National Gallery of Scotland. And if you are tired of the sights, you can visit Zoo or Royal botanic garden!

Let´s now look at the best hostels in Edinburgh:

#1 Castle Rock Hostel


Castle Rock Hostel Edinburgh

Are you looking for a property you would have a great view of Edinburgh Castle? As the name of the hostel reveals if you choose this property, you will have it!  Also, thanks to the impressive location right by the historic city centre, is the Castle Rock Hostel very well evaluated by former visitors and one of the best-evaluated hostels in Edinburgh!

Former visitors also appreciate cheap and tasty breakfast, suitable property for solo travelers, a lot of common areas and spacious rooms. You can get to this property within 30 minutes from the airport if you go by car. One of the disadvantages is missing lift, so be aware of that if you are not so mobile to ask for a lower floor room. There is free wi-fi within the whole property, linen is also included in the price, but take your towel or you can hire one at the reception.

They’ve got double, triple, quadruple and dorm rooms with lockers to keep your bags secure. You’ll have clean fitted sheets and bed linen, plus a handy bedside locker and reading lamp. Bathrooms have hot power showers and hair dryers. Tea and coffee are free, so you can sit in bed with a cuppa while browsing the news. They’ve got a spacious kitchen, outdoor sun trap, and a big-screen cinema room – all over a lot of space to socialize with other backpackers!

#2 CoDE Pod Hostel – The Court


Code Pod Hostels - The court

Attractively situated in Edinburgh, CoDE Pod Hostels – THE CoURT is situated a short distance from attractions such as Royal Mile, National Museum of Scotland, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk. Breakfast is available every morning and includes continental and buffet options. Edinburgh airport is 10 km away.

The Asian-style pod concept is the main unique design feature combined with secure keypad entry systems which the name “CoDE” was derived from. This hostel is a former courthouse and jail transformed into a premium pod Hostel, features cool holding cells as private rooms, POD beds dormitories, an underground bar in our close and the original courtroom will boast high tech pods.

You can choose between dorms or private rooms, all are very originally decorated with style hard to find anywhere else! Female dorms are also available. There is no curfew, wi-fi is available within the whole property. Linen is included in the price, towels can be hired or you can take your own!

#3 Code Pod Hostel – The loft


Code Pod Hostels - The loft

Similar name, but different concept of the hostel represent Code Pod Hostel – The loft, situated n Rose street North lane, in the vibrant and beautiful city centre of Edinburgh.  THE LoFT is a fun, cool, relaxing place to stay and is the perfect location from which to explore and enjoy everything that Edinburgh has to offer. The hostel is within 10 minutes‘ walk of Edinburgh Waverly Railway Station, while Edinburgh Castle and the old town can be reached in around 15 minutes by foot.

This property offers rooms with bunk beds, a shared kitchen and a communal area. Each pod-style room at Code Hostel has a shower room and you can relax in bright communal areas. There is a tasty and cheap breakfast served every morning. There is a selection of mixed and female-only dorms in this property.

Fully equipped kitchen and communal area are intelligently laid out to ensure those who stay here can relax and unwind, and, if they choose to do so, meet and mingle with interesting new people, as part of their hostel experience. The offered penthouse apartment is a luxury private room with a double bed. It is designed with its own kitchen,  private bathroom and roof terrace with views of the castle. The big windows make this a bright room with views over the roofs of Edinburgh.

#4 Kick Ass Grassmarket


Kick Ass Grassmarket


Lively city centre location? Check. Fun pub crawls and karaoke? Check. Views of Edinburgh Castle from the windows? Check. Kick Ass Hostels is the place to stay in Edinburgh! The city’s quirky old town, historic castle and traditional pubs and cafés are right on our doorstep. Get your bearings on our free walking tour and then bond with fellow travelers over a pint in our on-site bar.

We’re right in the centre of Edinburgh. A quick 8-minute walk will take you to the famous Royal Mile, a buzzing, cobbled street lined with shops and cafés. It leads directly from the castle all the way down to the Scottish parliament, with museums, bars and bagpipe players along the way.

Choose from quad dorms for groups of friends, mixed rooms or female-only dorms. Whether you stay in a cool pod-style bed or opt for a traditional bunk-bed room, you’ll have free Wi-Fi, a USB port and your own bed light. There are spacious bathrooms on each floor, or you can choose an en-suite dorm. Linen is provided, so you can put that sleeping bag away in your private storage locker.

#5 High Street Hostel


High street hostel

High Street Hostel operates inside a historic 470-year-old building formally known as Morton House. As a result of recent refurbishments, this property can assure guests free wi-fi and personal power points with USB and bedlights next to every bed.  24/7 Hot showers, free tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and unrivaled ambiance are just a few factors combining to make your stay here at High Street Hostel a unique experience. If you do not have your own device to waste time on you can always use the PC in our reception area.

For the night owls, there is a 24-hour reception and lounge area to hang out with other travelers. High Street Hostel boasts the most relaxing and reverie packed atmosphere in all of Blackfriars Street, winning the Blackfriars Street hostel of the decade award 3 weeks in a row! If you don’t like to eat out, there is a fully equipped kitchen that would cause Jamie Oliver himself to quiver in fear at the thought of the storm he could cook up in it.

Important things to note for more scrupulous readers;
– The rumors are true, they do have a pool table.
– Showers and bathrooms are located on each floor and shared between the lads and ladies.
– They do not accept guests under the youthful age of 18 due to our fears of irreversible corruption as a result of interactions with the staff team. Also for legal reasons.
– They do not host stag or hen parties.

You can choose from mixed and female dorms as well as private rooms. Former visitors mainly appreciate the location, atmosphere and the basic but functional equipment of the rooms.

#6 Royal Mile Backpackers


Royal Mile Backpackers


Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is one of the most central locations in the city. Put your comfiest trainers on and join one of their free daily walking tours at Royal Mile Backpackers in Edinburgh. Even in winter – there’s usually a crackling open fire in our cozy lounge to warm you up when you return! After all that walking, you can fix yourself a hot dinner in their bright, open plan kitchenette/dining area.

In this property, they have female-only and mixed dorms. Heading out to explore the city? Keep your bag in the secure lockers for a small deposit. Sink down into the free sheets (you can rent a towel if you forget yours) and charge your phone using the socket near your bunk. Night owls can make use of the reading light, or use the free Wi-Fi for late-night scrolling.

Help yourself to free tea, coffee or hot chocolate and head to reception to ask for tips on Edinburgh’s pubs. The friendly staff can also book you on a tour to the Highlands. On lazy mornings, roll downstairs and get our continental breakfast for a small charge. Traveling solo? Grab a paperback from free book exchange if you’re up before everyone else.

#7 Light House Hostel


The light hostel


Situated in the artistic area of the city centre, nearby there are 4 cinemas, 3 theatres, a concert hall, a wide selection of restaurants, bars, coffee houses – and a co-operative supermarket that opens till 10 pm for your essential supplies!  The Light House is a truly unique place to stay – their bright young team will welcome you to our beautiful Georgian townhouse bursting with character and charm.

Former guests often say it’s more like a family home than a hostel, with a laid back attitude and cozy friendly atmosphere. The Light House is the place to chill out and make new friends, located only 15 minutes walk to Edinburgh Castle.

You can enjoy free Wi-Fi as well as free internet access on a desktop computer. Free lockers, free towel hire, free linen. Free breakfast. Free tea and coffee all day. Free power adaptor hire, free reading light hire. Free earplugs, free shower gel. You can choose from the female-only and mixed dorms.

The communal living areas are clean and cozy providing a great space to relax and unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. There are offered a spacious comfy lounge where you can relax and enjoy a wide selection of movies. There is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen including a dishwasher. There is also a large back garden where we host regular campfires and BBQs.

#8 St Christopher‘s Edinburgh Old Town


St Christophers Edinburgh old town

This brand new St Christopher’s Inns hostel in Edinburgh is close to everything you could possibly want to do in the city. Located in the beautiful Edinburgh Old Town, the new St Christopher’s Inns lies just across the road from Waverly Station and a short walk away from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. They’re only a 2-minute walk away from some of Edinburgh’s best traditional pubs and bars in the medieval Old Town. This is the second St Christopher’s Inns hostel to open in the Scottish capital, just opposite the original hostel.

this hostel boasts fresh airy rooms, brand new bathrooms and a contemporary look and feels throughout. You can find a mix of modern dorm rooms and private rooms which are all newly built and decorated. Each bed comes fitted with USB ports, plug sockets, and storage lockers. Did you know the hostel was once a former Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo office? There was even a top-secret military safe left behind that has now been transformed into a contemporary new private room.

Benefit from high spec FREE WiFi throughout the hostel along with 25% off food and daily drink deals & Happy Hour downstairs in Belushi’s. All beds are made upon your arrival with fresh linen.

#9 Edinburgh Backpackers


Edinburgh Backpackers


Edinburgh Backpackers is a friendly spot for a trip to Scotland, spread across four buildings in the heart of the city. Check-in is from 2 pm, but no worries if you get here early – we’ll keep your bag for free while you explore. Just ask at reception and we’ll point you in the right direction for a free city tour. We’ve got a café and two common rooms for friendly gatherings – relax with a movie in the TV room, or unleash your competitive side in our games room. Pool, anyone?

Our rooms are in 19th-century buildings on Cockburn Street in the city’s Old Town – known by locals for its quirky shops. Because of their age, there are stairs in each building and no elevators.  With free Wi-Fi, you can share photos that’ll make your friends back home wish they were out with you! Help yourself to free tea and coffee in the shared kitchen to help you wake up the morning after.

You can mingle in a mixed or female-only dorm, or treat yourself to some alone time in a private double, twin or quad. Pick a room with an en-suite for a little extra privacy. Our rooms have free linen, key card access and secure lockers (you’ll need £5 for a deposit in the dorms or £10 in the private rooms). Because we’re on a hill, you’ll get a great view across Edinburgh’s skyline: perfect for a selfie!

#10 Haystack Hostel


Haystack Hostel


Just 50 m from Edinburgh’s bustling Princes Street, Haystack Hostel is set in a renovated 18th-century Georgian building. It offers a 24-hour reception with free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped shared kitchen. Shops, bars, and restaurants surround Haystack Hostel, and Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station is less than 150 m away. Impressive Edinburgh Castle is only 0.5 miles’ walk.

With luxurious wooden triple bunks, the dorms are all equipped with individual power and USB sockets, reading lights, and bed linen. Shared bathroom facilities include large showers and separate men’s and women’s bathrooms.

The kitchen and dining area features a full range of kitchenware as well as integrated oven/hobs, fridge, microwave, toaster, and kettle. The lounge area provides additional space to relax and socialize. Secure luggage lockers are available for guests, alongside a laundry service and Wi-Fi access throughout the building.

14 thoughts on “Best hostels in Edinburgh/Scotland

  1. I like the sound of the Castle Rock Hostel as it is near to the Castle and would have great views. I have only been to Edinburgh once and would love to visit again. I have never really looked into staying in hostels before but you have given a great variety here of the best ones available and I will be sure to look into them in further detail. The prices and facilities look very good.

    1. Hello Louise!

      Thank you for visiting our website and for your kind comment! You are right, the Castle Rock Hostel looks great and we believe staying in such hostel would be a great experience. Edinburgh worths to visit for sure so if you ever travel to this city again, we will be happy if you choose some of the listed hostels!

      Thank you again for stopping by and we wish you all the best!

      Bye Renata

  2. Have you ever been to Edinburgh in winter? How can you say it’s not so cold in the winter? It’s practically next door to the north pole.

    I spent a summer and a winter in London. I didn’t like winter at all. I’m from Australia.

    I do have a Scottish ancestry however and would love to go. You make it sound worthwhile.

    You didn’t say anything about the military tattoo festival.

  3. This is just what we were looking for we are planning our trip to Scotland, and was wanting to know the best hostels in Edinburgh Scotland. You have given us a great list with everything we need to pick the right place for us to stay at. Do you have a list of pubs and places to eat that we may want to go visit. Thank you again as this website is just what we needed.

  4. I really appreciate this review.
    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful article with us. Your post is very informative for all people.

    I will be traveling to Scotland this summer with my friends. I would love to visit sights of Scotland. I think Scotland will be a good country to enjoy traveling with. Of the best hostels you have offered, Castle Rock Hostel is my favorite. The Castle Rock hostel looks good to me. I hope we enjoy it a lot. I will finally share my travel experience with you.

    Lastly I would like to say that those who read your post will know clearly about Scotland’s Best Hostels. They will benefit.

    1. Hello Tasmia!

      Thank you for your kind comment and for stopping by!

      Castle Rock hostel looks really great and we believe it is a great place to spend your nights in this amazing city.

      If you go to Edinburgh, we will be happy if you share your experience with the hostel you would choose.

      Have a great time during travelling and we wish you all the best!

      Bye Renata

  5. What a great list for Hostels in Edinburgh, what a beautiful city. I just mentioned to a friend recently, how I would love to visit or even live in Scotland. I have to see the Edinburgh Castle, I have never seen a real castle in my life. It’s now on my bucket list! I would love to visit the shops, cafe’s and especially the pubs on the Royal Mile. I would likely choose the Edinburgh Backpackers for the private room. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hello Tracy!

      Thank you for your kind comment!

      The Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel looks really awesome place to stay, especially in the private room, great choice of yours! If you would have the time and share your experience after returning back from Edinburgh, it would be very helpful, we also cannot try all the hostels we are showing:).

      Wish you all the best and thank you for visiting our website!

      Bye Renata

  6. I live in a village 2 two and a half hours drive from Edinburgh and I go into Edinburgh a few times every year. It has always been a challenge to get some accommodation. Thanks for this post, now I can go to any of these hotels. The royal mile Backpackers sounds inviting with its free tea, coffee and hot chocolate. 

    1. Hello Juliet!

      Nice to hear from you! We are glad to show some useful information to you, hopefully you will share your own experience later on!

      Thank you for your kind comment and for stopping by!

      We wish you all the best!

      Bye Renata

  7. Very good and informative post on how to find the best hotels in Edinburgh Scotland. You are obviously in the travel niche. As a customer when it comes to travel the number one thing I am looking for is deals and discounts. Travel is expensive and saving as much money as possible is always a plus. On your join newsletter banner I would advertise about deals and discounts. I believe this would give one more incentive to join your newsletter.

    1. Hello Ronn!

      Thank you for the great comment, we have adjusted the banner based on your opinion, you were right about that, absolutely! We appreciate your great insight and idea!

      Hopefully our post also give you some tips on accommodation in a hostel in Edinburgh and thank you for visiting our website!

      Bye Renata

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