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High Street Hostel

8 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh EH1 1NE Scotland
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#24 of 314 Speciality lodging in Edinburgh
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
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Jake Carpenter wrote a review Jul 2020
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina8 contributions2 helpful votes
Pros: + cozy beds and hostel room (shelves, multiple pillows, blankets, every bed backed into corner, wooden beds, 2 outlets per bed) + great location, literally right on the middle of the Royal Mile, short walk to and from Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station + cool, cute, charming (decor, hole in the wall, room/bed themes, candy at reception, physical keys instead of key card) + laundry services + locker doesn’t require personal lock Cons: - bad buffet breakfast, have to wash own dishes - insufficient locker - bathroom outside of hostel room Price: $32/night
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Date of stay: March 2020
Dani F wrote a review Jan 2020
Leicestershire, United Kingdom7 contributions9 helpful votes
HSH has set the bar high for future hostel experiences. Such a cool venue (wall murals, vintage armchairs, musical instruments) you can tell they really take pride in making visitors happy! To keep it short and sweet, the beds were comfy, room was quiet & warm, you get 2 pillows!!, showers are hot with decent pressure, super friendly guests and staff. Would 100% stay here again!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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anonymoustipp wrote a review Jan 2020
Tipperary, Ireland13 contributions33 helpful votes
I stayed here for two nights - it was my first hostel experience and I was slightly worried that it would be too rowdy or not central enough. Happily, this hostel is right in the centre of the Old Town and near all the best tourist attractions. It is a very quick walk to the main shopping district - Princes Street. I was surprised by how quiet it was - this isn't a party hostel and those who were staying there were usually that bit older. Would recommend to people who want to see Edinburgh who are only using the hostel as a base to sleep and grab a quick bite.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: Pick the smaller dorm rooms.
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thebiggerdog wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom141 contributions68 helpful votes
Stayed three nights. Clean, hot showers, plenty of ammenities. I never had to wait for a shower, sink, or loo. Big kitchen, huge lounge, lots of seating, private areas. And location, location, location. Breakfast for only £1.90 includes cereal, toast, spreads, fresh fruit, juices, and free tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Meera P wrote a review Nov 2019
21 contributions41 helpful votes
I stayed at the High St Hostel for 2 nights and enjoyed my time there. I previously stayed at the sister hostel Royal Mile, but enjoyed the High St hostel more. It was a lot bigger, and more social. Big communal area downstairs to get to know other travellers and a kitchen to prepare your own food. The dorms were also quite good. I stayed in an 8-bed mixed dorm and was happy with my accomodation. The only issue I had was the bathrooms did not have power plugs so I could not plug the hair dryer in anywhere to dry my hair. Other than that, (and all the stairs, there are no lifts) I would recommend this hostel to backpackers wanting cheap, social accomodation.
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Date of stay: November 2019
Room Tip: Try get a lower floor room if you have heavy bags as you have to carry them up several flights of...
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Frequently Asked Questions about High Street Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to High Street Hostel?
Nearby attractions include National Museum of Scotland (0.3 km), Edinburgh Old Town (0.3 km), and The Real Mary King's Close (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at High Street Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and baggage storage.
What are some restaurants close to High Street Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Makars Gourmet Mash Bar, The Piper's Rest Public House, and Smoov Gelato Coffee.
Is High Street Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Edinburgh.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at High Street Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and German.
Are there any historical sites close to High Street Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Palace of Holyroodhouse (0.9 km), The Real Mary King's Close (0.3 km), and Gilmerton Cove (5.9 km).