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Reviewed 20 August 2015 via mobile

Friendly reception, warm feeling building. Easy to find room, everything very clean, decent showers and plenty of them, bathrooms clean and kitchen area nice and open with plenty of space to sit and relax. Great stay, will definitely return next year.

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Bergen, Norway
Reviewed 20 August 2015

Although in comparison to other countries the hostel does not get very cheap its one of the cheapest you can find on short notice in Edinburgh. The staff is very friendly and the place is quite nice and clean. The breakfast is a deal!! Rooms with 10 ppl can be a lot but i think there are smaller options. The...

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Seveso, Italy
Reviewed 13 August 2015

I stayed in this hostel with a friend for a weekend in Edinburgh after a Haggis tour. I was really impressed with the quality of the hostel: nice atmosphere, lovely staff (I only talked to two of them, Andy and Aisling, and they were both very nice to me), so close to the Royal Mile. The people who stayed in...

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 August 2015

The location of this place is great! Right on the Royal Mile and walking distance to train and bus station. The place seemed pretty clean but the whole place smelt slightly like pee. Thankfully I was only there for 2 nights so I didn't have to put up with the smell for too long.

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Reviewed 27 July 2015

Great hostel experience here. Felt very safe and secure, clean facilities, decent beds, a large kitchen/lounge, and cheap breakfast. They let travelers leave their luggage in the main area if they arrive before check-in which is always nice. Most of the staff was friendly, some were exceptionally friendly and helpful, while a few felt unfriendly/not helpful when we asked questions....

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Reviewed 27 July 2015 via mobile

Lovely staff, and I felt safe the whole time I was here with all my possessions ect. Awesome location and great quality facilities! Best value for money! I would recommend this place to anyone. 10 minute walk to the new side of town and Old town at your doorstep, close to the free walking tour and Arthurs seat about a...

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Reviewed 13 July 2015 via mobile

It was a good hostel, nice people, nice staff, the rooms wasn't bad at all, the beds are good, not the best ones but still, you're coming to a hostel, really near to the castle, the city centre. The only thing not that good, the showers/toilets aren't entirely clean, the showers doesn't have windows they are like cabinets, for that...

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Thank Camilo P
Reviewed 11 July 2015

The location, decoration and staff here are amazing. There are some problems, like the smell of corridors, the hard beds and old bathrooms - sometimes the water would be too hot or too cold independent of me. But for the price paid, I think it was more than worth it. I stayed in a room of four people with another...

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Frankfurt, Germany
Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

The location is perfect. Right at the high street in the middle of old town. The staff is really nice and the included breakfast is decent. In winter are the rooms cold or get overheated. As building is really old and they have a lot of travelers the dorms smell! Showers are ok but could be cleaner. They offer a...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 June 2015

The hostel was very good, clean rooms and wash rooms. The staff were also very polite and helpful however the 1st and 2nd floors were very smelly. I had to hold my nose while climbing the stairs to my room. Would have given 5 stars had it not been for the smell.

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to the heart of Edinburgh. Relax, as a result of recent refurbishments we can assure guests of FREE HOSTEL WIDE WIFI and personal POWER POINTS next to EVERY bed. Thrive in the backpackers atmosphere and meet people from across the globe. 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. High Street Hostel operates inside a historical 470 year old building formally known as Morton House. The resident, Earl of Morton, was beheaded in 1581, a consequence of his involvement in the murder of Mary Queen of Scots' husband. These days, we operate with less beheadings and more beddings.. Hah.. However don't be mislead. Though the hostel may be 470 years old we possess state-of-the-art facilities that will make you immediately question the present century. Welcome to the future, it comes with wifi. In conjunction with our next-generation building-wide wifi we have included personal power points next to each bed. With this combination you can maximise your time spent in bed watching films on your device instead of exploring this seemingly pre-historic city. NOTE: Do not panic. If you do not have your own device to waste time, on you may rent a tablet, or use the PC in the reception area. In regards to location, High Street Hostel is one of the most ideally situated hostels enabling travellers to step out of the door right into the heart of the city. As time goes by it seems we are becoming flanked by restaurants, pubs, and live music venues from all directions, explore the likes of which during our weekly pub crawls, trivia nights and other various events. For the night owls, we boast a 24 hour reception and lounge area to hang out before you embark on or after you wake from the sleep befit for a King of Scotland. 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! Enjoy a daydream in the lounge with the landscape mural or question your sanity in the reception with whatever dubious music choice the receptionist at the time entertains. Whatever your fancy, the team at HSH is here to ensure a fulfilling experience of UK's favourite city. For the frugal travellers, rest easy knowing our prices are the most competitive in the city. Not only this, but discounts are offered throughout the city to our guests for pubs to cafes to entertainment venues. If you don't like to eat out, we maintain 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. We have tables and chairs acquired from what was the local church so you may be inspired while impressing your friends or any new friends you might make during your stay with that one elaborately delicious and spiritually enlightening meal you know how to make. Sleep well knowing you may continue your lucid mental state come morning time by avoiding the hassle of embarking into the nightmarish cold weather and taking advantage of our £1.90 Buffet styled breakfast available until 10:30am. Important things to note for more scrupulous readers; -The rumours are true, we do have a pool table. -Showers and bathrooms are located on each floor and shared between the lads and ladies. -We do not accept guests under the youthful age of 18 due to our fears of irreversible corruption as a result of interactions with our staff team. Also for legal reasons. -We do not host stag or hen parties. We ask you to contact us directly before booking if; -You wish to stay for a prolonged period of time or any more than 14 days. -Your party/group/fellowship/bouquet of flowery friends is larger than 6 members. If you plan to have a busy day and don't want to spend hours drying naturally, we offer towel rentals for only £0.20 And why not take advantage of our laundry service costing £3.50 And clean a whole bag of socks. For our high rolling guests, enter the world of luxury as you step into the mahogany filled reception area where you can listen to or endeavour to play the smooth sounds of the piano while smoking your pipe on the antiquated rich leather couches we acquired from private sales across the globe. Disclaimer; we do not allow smoking inside the hostel under any circumstances. We do however invite you to pursue future diseases and lung problems by taking advantage of our smoking area conveniently placed outside, and accessible from, the lounge. We also have a fish tank Come have fun High Street Hostel ... more   less 

Additional Information about High Street Hostel

Address: 8 Blackfriars St., Edinburgh EH1 1NE, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Cowgate
Price Range: $22 - $124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — High Street Hostel 3*
Number of rooms: 159
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“Improve the staff during Hogmanay, it got understaffed during this date.”
pietroz344, 4 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Don't bother paying for a private room, book 4 beds in the dorm and get your own private corner away from everyone else.”
FlowerGypsy85, 28 Aug 2016 | Read review
“I stayed in "The Ice Cream Parlour" on the 5th floor, and it was just great !!”
robh484, 22 Jul 2016 | Read review
“The room on the side of the street was nice and quiet enough.”
Ljubljana-Sunshine, 20 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Beware that kitchen closes 11am-12:30pm and 12:00-6:30 am”
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