3 Best Hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland – Dazzling Pods, Boutique Design and Castle Views

3 Best Hostels in Edinburgh - dazzling pods, boutique hostels and Castle Views
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If you’re planning a trip to Scotland, Edinburgh is a must-see city. And guess what? We’ve only gone and found the 3 best Edinburgh hostels to add even more sparkle!

Edinburgh is a truly beautiful city perfect for travellers that seek entertainment, history and seriously awesome Edinburgh hostels.

Planning to travel to other parts of UK? We have a detailed guide here to the best hostels in UK.

Our favorite hostels in Edinburgh are:

  1. Castle Rock Hostel - best for Backpackers
  2. CoDE Pod Hostels - THE CoURT - best for Couples
  3. High Street Hostel - best for Female Solo Traveler

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In this edition, we will introduce you to rooms with a castle view and the best party hostel in Edinburgh.

There are friendly staff and cosy rooms that will leave you wanting to stay forever!

Read: 26 FUN things to do in Edinburgh

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Edinburgh.

Spending more time in Scotland? You’ll no doubt love our epic guide to 19 best hostels in Scotland.

Looking for even more backpacker options? Check our selection of 5 coolest backpacker hostels in Edinburgh.

We also cover cheap hostels and backpacker hostels in Edinburgh. You won’t be asking where to stay in Edinburgh for much longer.

Quick Introduction to Edinburgh Hostels

Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 16€ up to 28€ per night.

This is a rough average to give you an idea. As prices always depend on season and holidays. We always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost at the place you are planning to book.

Getting to Edinburgh city center from the airport: The airport is very well connected with Edinburgh city center. The journey time to city centre is approximately 30 minutes by train, by tram or by bus (in light traffic). You will find bus service service into the city centre 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hostel Location and City Center: The city is relatively small. That includes the Old Town and the castle. All accommodations listed are hostels located near Edinburgh Waverley Station. It will take you maximum 20 min to walk.

No real need to worry about the location too much (unlike Paris or London).

Edinburgh Tourism Tax: Luckily for you there is currently no tourist tax in this city. However, there has been talk lately of creating a £1-2 per night tax in the future, so double check beforehand.

Budget: check out our Edinburgh budget travel guide.

🎁 New to Hostels? Read our guide to staying in a Hostel for the First Time here. We especially recommend reading:

The 3 Best Hostels in Edinburgh are …

Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Edinburgh.

  1. Castle Rock Hostel – best for Backpackers
  2. CoDE Pod Hostels - THE CoURT – best for Couples
  3. High Street Hostel – best for Female Solo Traveler

These are our favorite hostels in Edinburgh. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.

We added all hostels on our map. It helps you to plan and get a bigger picture of what to expect location-wise.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Castle Rock Hostel
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: High Street Hostel
🥳 Party Hostel:Kick Ass Hostels
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: CoDE Pod Hostels - THE CoURT
👫 For Socializing:High Street Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: CoDE Pod Hostels - THE CoURT
🎒 for Backpacker:Castle Rock Hostel
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Royal Mile Backpackers Edinburgh

1. Castle Rock Hostel (unique building, central location)

Fancy sleeping next door to Edinburgh castle?!

Yep, it’s actually possible at Castle Rock Hostel.

The palatial building is a wonderful blend of bubbly character, grandeur and backpacker vibes.

This is a wonderful backpacker hostel!

It was built back in 1846 so it’s no wonder the place is packed full of awesome detail and character. Some say it’s like staying at a museum (the fun kind)!

Book Castle Rock Hostel here

Check prices at:
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Castle Rock Hostel one of the best hostels in Edinburgh, UK

Castle Rock Hostel one of the best hostels in Edinburgh, UK

Castle Rock Hostel one of the best hostels in Edinburgh, UK

Some very important points about Castle Rock:

  • Strictly 18+ only
  • No hen or stag parties
  • 7-night maximum stay

This stuff may be a little dry, but it’s important. And by no means does it make the hostel boring!

Actually, you’re about to be blown away by how cool Castle Rock Hostel really is…

  • There’s a 24-hour reception
  • The FREE walking tour picks up here
  • Find art EVERYWHERE
  • Posh lounge w/ fireplace + piano
  • Linen included
  • WiFi throughout the huge building

Forget moody Scottish weather and head out to the patio area. Surely you packed the sun in your backpack, right?

We think you’ll love the spacious, sunny rooms that come with modern, simplistic design.

This is a great choice if you love attending events. There’s usually pub crawls, pool competitions and ceilidhs being organised here.

This sounds like one of those super fun hostels to us. And it is exactly that!

The Posh Lounge is a perfect place for digital nomads with a deadline. Or grab yourself a novel from the book exchange and settle down with a cup of tea.

Love music and that quiet hostel vibe? Chill out in the groove lounge where you’ll find comfy sofas and instruments for all.

And finally… cook up a storm in the fully equipped kitchen and enjoy a £1.50 continental breakfast. Phew!

Although this hostel is on a quiet street, the nightlife is literally around the corner. Where was the castle again? Oh yeah, just look out your window and you’ll see!

Castle Rock Hostel is the top hostel in Edinburgh for:

  • Backpackers
  • Solo-Traveller

This hostel is also near to piano dealers Edinburgh has to offer like Rimmers Music Edinburgh and Makin Pianos.

Book Castle Rock Hostel here

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Castle Rock Hostel one of the best hostels in Edinburgh, UK

2. CoDE Pod Hostels - THE CoURT

Nestled in the historical heart of Edinburgh, CoDE Pod Hostels - THE CoURT offers a twist on traditional accommodation, where the historic allure of a former courthouse and jail meets the sleek innovation of Asian-style pod sleeping arrangements. 

Architectural whimsy pairs beautifully with cutting-edge amenities and security features at THE CoURT. Think high-tech pod beds with secure keypad entries (hence the name “CoDE”)—all promising a snug, private, and wallet-friendly sleep.

Come morning, guests can fuel up with a smorgasbord of breakfast delights, ranging from continental to full-on buffet bashes. For the wanderlust-infected, Edinburgh Castle and the University of Edinburgh beckon nearby, with train and bus stations a mere hop, skip, and a jump away, ensuring a smooth transit to and from Edinburgh Airport.

Book CoDE Pod Hostels - THE CoURT here

Check prices at:
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Room in CoDE Pod – The CoURT - Edinburgh

Pods in CoDE Pod – The CoURT - Edinburgh

Guests can chill in repurposed holding cells turned cozy rooms, mingle in an underground bar nestled within a historical alley, or tuck into the futuristic pods set in the grand old courtroom.

At CoDE Pod Hostels, the commitment to guest satisfaction is ironclad. Spotless spaces, top-tier mattresses, and linens are the norms, not the exception. Plus, the staff’s bubbly “how may I assist you today?” demeanor guarantees a warm welcome, making it the perfect launchpad for those eager to conquer Edinburgh’s rich tapestry of attractions.

Location: Just a stone’s throw from legendary spots like The Real Mary King’s Close, the Royal Mile, and the National Museum of Scotland, this hostel plunges guests into the very core of cultural heritage and the lively thrum of city life.

A great choice for

  • Couples
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Dorm in CoDE Pod – The CoURT - Edinburgh

Common Space in CoDE Pod – The CoURT - Edinburgh

3. High Street Hostel

Tucked away in the enchanting core of Edinburgh, High Street Hostel offers more than just a place to sleep—it offers a time machine equipped with Wi-Fi! Housed in a building from 1564 that once belonged to the luckless Earl of Morton, this hostel marries the charm of ancient times with the buzz of modern hostel culture. 

High Street Hostel is a haven for the social butterfly. Whether you’re looking to mingle in the lively communal areas or seek solace in the peaceful internet lounge, there’s a spot for every mood. The sleeping quarters are communal too, kitted out with cozy bunks that come with personal safes, lockers, and nifty bedside features like USB points and reading lights. Round-the-clock hot showers in the communal bathrooms add to the friendly, shared atmosphere.

Culinary enthusiasts can whip up their own meals in the self-catering kitchen, while the party lounge is the perfect spot to bond over complimentary tea and coffee. The hostel’s social calendar is packed with pub crawls, trivia nights, and live events, making it a breeze to dive into the fun and meet new friends.

Book High Street Hostel here

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Dorm in High Street Hostel Edinburgh

High Street Hostel Edinburgh

Adhering to a strict no-under-18s policy and requiring advance bookings for larger parties, the hostel ensures a thoughtfully curated guest experience. With practical perks like towel rentals, laundry facilities, and a £10 key deposit, every aspect of your stay is smoothed over.

High Street Hostel doesn’t just promise a memorable stay —it invites you to live a piece of history while basking in the glow of modern amenities. Whether you’re chilling by the mural-adorned walls, challenging someone to a game of pool, or plotting your next Edinburgh escapade, this place makes sure your visit is as culturally rich as it is comfy. Step into a blend of Scottish heritage and contemporary comfort, and let High Street Hostel be your gateway to an unforgettable Edinburgh experience!

Location: Just a stone’s throw from the Royal Mile, you’re ideally placed to meander through Edinburgh’s historic lanes, with the majestic Edinburgh Castle a mere 10-minute walk away and a treasure trove of eateries, pubs, and cultural hotspots right on your doorstep.

This is one of the best hostels in Edinburgh for

  • Female Solo Traveler
Book High Street Hostel here

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Kitchen in High Street Hostel

People hanging out in High Street Hostel Edinburgh

What about the Best Party Hostels in Edinburgh?

Looking for a good time with new found friends at a great party hostel in Edinburgh? You’re in for a treat!

The motto at Kick Ass Hostels is ‘LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL’, and they certainly support this.

The facilities are modern with an added privacy element thanks to the sleeping pods. A cosy, quiet place to retreat at the end of the night.

This hostel is very near Princess Street and the Edinburgh Castle. The Waverley station is 1km away from it, so a 10-15 minute walk.

There’s a Kick Ass bar and cafe on-site – find

  • meals under a fiver,
  • cocktails,
  • daily bar events
  • beer pints for just £2 and
  • entertainment.

Pretty cool: stay at one Kick Ass Hostel and get free access to all the facilities at the other one, just minutes away!

Thanks Scotland for providing kick ass travellers with a super cool hostel in Edinburgh, we salute you!

Book Kick Ass Hostels here

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Kick Ass Hostels the best party hostel in Edinburgh, UK

Best Hostel in Edinburgh for Solo Travellers?

Safe hostels in Edinburgh are the first choice for solo travellers as they make socialising easy and fun.

As previously mentioned, we think the Castle Rock Hostel is a great solo traveller choice.

For the female solo travellers out there, let us introduce to another great option, the High Street Hostel.

There are female dorms ranging between 4 and 10-beds – how sociable are you feeling?

The lounge area has a pool table, games and plenty of space for mingling. As for the location, High Street is one of the many hostels in Edinburgh old town.

So remember, the best hostels in Edinburgh for solo travellers are CODE Hostel and High Street Hostel Edinburgh.

Good to know: Almost all properties you can stay in are hostels near Edinburgh waverley station. This is the main train station.

Discounts are offered to guests for the surrounding restaurants, pubs and local entertainment. Yippee!

This suddenly becomes an easy answer for where to stay in Edinburgh on a budget.

Book High Street Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

High Street Hostel one of the best hostels in Edinburgh for Solo Travellers

Cheap Hostels in Edinburgh

Of course, there are always cheap hostels in Edinburgh and really anywhere. However, and please stay with us here: We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel in Edinburgh.


The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Edinburgh.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Edinburgh
  2. Order the listing by price

Remember to read the reviews carefully.

You should keep a close eye on the “extreme” comments, meaning the best and worst reviews. These usually give you a pretty good insight what is awesome and what’s d’oh!

See here how to book hostels the smart way.

More Edinburgh hostels worth a mention

Well, if what we have up there is still not enough, we went extra mile to give you more options.

Here are more Edinburgh hostels that you might want to have a look at.

  • Royal Mile Backpackers Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel
  • Belford Hostel Edinburgh
  • CoDE Co-Living – The LoFT – Edinburgh
  • The Baxter Hostel

Royal Mile Backpackers Edinburgh

Great value for money? That’s Royal Mile Backpackers Edinburgh!

It has mixed and female dormitories. They have bunk beds and lockers, and guests can make use of laundry services, hairdryers and adapters. They do not have private rooms.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Laundry
  • Heating
  • Tours & Travel Desk

Location: Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is one of the most central locations in the city. Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, is a 10-minute walk away, while the 11th-century Edinburgh Castle is also a 10-minute stroll.

There you’ll be able to see the Stone of Destiny, used for the coronation of ancient Scottish kings. To get here from the airport, hop on the 100 bus for about 30 minutes and get off at Waverley Bridge.

Book Royal Mile Backpackers Edinburgh here

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Royal Mile Backpackers Edinburgh

Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel

Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel has two common rooms for friendly gatherings – TV lounge and playroom.

They have private rooms and dorm rooms. So if you want privacy, you can go for the private rooms. The room itself was small, yet comfortable.

It is a great value for its price.

You will love the kitchen facilities of the hostel which is pretty large scale with free coffee and tea round the clock and you can cook your own stuff as well. It also has a big common area that is perfect for meeting new friends.

Hostel Highlights:

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage

Location: Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel is just a few steps from Waverley Train Station, where the Airlink 100 bus will drop you off if you’re coming from the airport (it takes about 30 minutes)

Book Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel here

Compare prices at: Hostelworld

Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel

Belford Hostel Edinburgh

Wanted quirky accommodation Edinburgh has to offer? Well, this one is for you.

Belford Hostel Edinburgh is such a cool hostel because it was a former church. They have kept the gorgeous stained-glass windows which makes it extra special.

You’ll find Scottish and sporty memorabilia all over the common areas, from a caricature of Braveheart to artwork showing the National Anthem’s opening verse.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Book Exchange
  • Security Lockers

They have both private rooms and some with en-suites. They also have mixed and female only dorm rooms.

Location: Located in the center of Edinburgh’s West End, close to old Dean Village and the Water of Leith. You can get to the hostel easily from Edinburgh Haymarket station – it’s about a 15-minute walk away. If you’re heading to the hostel from Edinburgh Airport, jump on express bus 100 to Haymarket Station. It’s around a 30-minute journey.

Book Belford Hostel Edinburgh here

Compare prices at: Hostelworld

Belford Hostel Edinburgh

CoDE Co-Living – The LoFT – Edinburgh  (high tech modern design)

Is this one of the absolute coolest hostel in Edinburgh? We certainly think so!

CoDE Co-Living – The LoFT is a modern design hostel in the New Town of Edinburgh. It is modern in the sense of design and technology as well.

A fresh young design hostel meets tech-nerds, creating a geeky hostel in Scotland’s capital!

Book CoDE Co-Living here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

CODE Pod Hostel one of the best hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland

CODE Pod Hostel one of the best hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland

CODE Pod Hostel one of the best hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland

There are no bunk beds at CODE Hostel but fancy, modern pods which give you the privacy you’ve been hoping for in your search for a nice hostel.

Each pod has its own socket-outlet and lighting, so you can simply close your curtains and switch off.

Great design, comfy and filled with the basic facilities every traveller wants!

Read: 13 Creative Hostel Design Ideas to Steal

The room types include:

  • Female-Only dorm
  • Mixed 4-bed dorm
  • CODE penthouse (best apartment near Princess street!)
  • Family room

As for security? The entire place works on a code system so there are no worries about losing that darn key. Safe lodging without key hassles is just the perfect combo, don’t you think?

Those that have already stayed here rave about the staff – they’re simply amazing!

Please note: this hostel does not accept stag or hen parties.

The kitchen and communal area are strategically laid out for maximum comfort. Relax or mingle with new people here – the choice is yours! As for meeting people, it is not the best place to meet other travelers. For meeting and mingling, we recommend Castle Rock Hostel.

No need to get up early and search for food; CODE Hostel offers a free healthy breakfast each morning. It’s also really delicious. All the more reason to

“wake up and be awesome!”

Events are aplenty here and it’s possible to enjoy themed nights, whiskey tasting and much more.

To top it off, if you stay here you’ll be in a fabulous location. It is nearby Princes Street, where the main rail and bus stations are located.

So if you are looking for central hostel in Edinburgh, you just found your best best. Again, the city is relatively small anyways. You can easily walk to all major sights.

The bus and train are a few minutes walk, and the main sights are all close-by.

CODE Hostel is the best hostel in Edinburgh for:

  • Digital Nomads
  • Couples
Book CODE Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Reception desk at CODE Hostel The famous Pods at CODE Hostel Edinburgh

The Baxter Hostel (custom built + quirky)

The Baxter Hostel, with its tartan wallpaper, ancient oak floors and traditional Georgian panelling is the perfect place to stay if you wish to dive into the Scottish spirit.

The Baxter Hostel is the first boutique hostel Edinburgh experience. This custom built hostel wants you to laugh loudly, sleep deeply and quickly fall in love with Edinburgh.

That might be easier than you think! The Baxter is the new kid in town, a luxury boutique hostel. There is not a lot of boutique hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland so consider this one a big score.

Book The Baxter Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

The Baxter Hostel one of the best hostels in Edinburgh, UK

The dorm rooms range from 4-12 beds and it’s possible to choose a mixed or single gender room. There is no private rooms at The Bexter Hostel.

Read: Why Female Dorms? 7 Pros and 3 Cons

Whatever your choice, you’ll have a locker, free WiFi and a ready-made bed. Wahoo!

The staff come from all corners of Europe and speak many languages. The certainly love Edinburgh so be sure to quiz them on their knowledge,

What else?

  • The hostel is staffed 24/7
  • Free scrambled eggs w/ breakfast
  • Access rooms with a keycard

Want to hear something super cool? The Baxter Hostel has its very own app!

Written by the staff, it includes original itineraries and brilliant places to eat and drink. Not only that, but it has a very handy offline map of the city. This is super useful to have!

Baxter is a mere 5 min walk from the train station. Its central location means all of the main sights are close-by.

The Baxter Hostel is the greatest hostel in Edinburgh for:

  • Female solo-travellers
Book The Baxter Hostel here

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The Baxter Hostel one of the best hostels in Edinburgh, UK The Baxter Hostel one of the best hostels in Edinburgh, UK

7 Tips for exploring Edinburgh on a budget

We know, we know, you are worried about your expenses as Edinburgh is not precisely the cheapest destination in Europe.

Nevertheless, there are some trick to explore Edinburgh for the budget backpackers:

1. Free Things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has plenty to offer in terms of free attractions; take advantage of them. A few popular free things to do in Edinburgh are:

  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Writers’ Museum
  • Royal Botanic Garden
  • Scottish National Gallery
  • St. Giles Cathedral
  • Arthur0s Seat
  • Scottish Parliament

Make sure you also check with your hostel. Many places offer free walking tours, pub crawls (for an additional fee) etc.

2. Avoid visiting Edinburgh in August

During the month of August, one of the largest arts festival in the world – The Fringe Festival – takes place in the city.

This festival lasts three weeks every year in August.

Unless, you are planning to visit the Festival (which is amazing), avoid this month for visiting Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh accommodation prices skyrocket as the city receives massive amount of visitors.

And of course: If you plan to visit The Fringe Festival, then book as early as you can. The good accommodations are sold out quickly, and you may end up in not that pleasant hostels.

So, book ahead and grab a bed in one of the most fun hostels in the city.

3. Walk to explore the city

Edinburgh is an incredibly compact and walk-able city. Take advantage of that and explore it by foot ( it is always the cheapest way to get around, perfect for budget travellers).

Most attractions are located within Old Town and New Town.

Even Arthur’s seat (which offers a nice panoramic view over Edinburgh) is on a walk-able distance.

4. Public transport hack

If you want to save energy and use public transportation, bear in mind the day tickets.

A single ticket costs around £1.50, while a day ticket (which includes unlimited rides on buses and tram) is £4.00.

Make sure you calculate the rides you want to use to buy the best option.

5. Cheap food in Edinburgh

A lunch in a restaurant in Edinburgh cost at least £12-15. Prices for dinner are even higher, expect £15-30. So well, food prices in Edinburgh can be considered quite high.

How can you eat cheaply in Edinburgh?

5.1 Head to the Edinburgh University zone

There you can find a burger for £4-5. Score!

5.2 Grab a go-style meal

During the day, grab a go-style meal. There are several options in the Old town for less than £ 5.

A place in Old town with budget options is The Baked Potato Shop.

5.3 Consider eating at pubs!

Yes, pubs have cheaper meals ’cause they expect to make money on extra drinks. If you do not order any drink, you will just take advantage of cheaper meals.

Head to the Weatherspoon pubs. There you can get you can get a cheap and cheerful meal plus a beer for less than £7.

Among our favorites: The Standing Order and The Caley Picture House.

How to eat cheaply in Edinburg? Go to a pub

5.4 Cook your meals

We say it many times, the best tip to save money while traveling around Europe on a budget is cooking yourself. That is why hostels are a great idea.

Make sure you book a place with a fully-equipped kitchen.

All the hostels mentioned on this article offers a kitchen for the guests. Yet our favourite kitchen has to be at The Baxter Hostel because it is so homely.

6. Join a free walking tour

Sandeman’s Free Walking Tour covers Edinburgh’s main sights in Old Town, and delves into the city’s fascinating history.

Plenty of interesting tales, legends, and ghost stories are explained during the walking tour.

Make sure you join them!

Note: It is a tip-based tour, so it’s not really free, but still a great value.

7. Cheap(er) Drinks

Edinburgh is known also for its historic pubs and visiting them is a must do when visiting the city.

Nevertheless, pints and cocktails can add a considerable sum to your trip travel costs.

Plan well your visit to the pubs and go when they offer live music events.

Some places where you can sample slightly cheaper pints with live music are:

How to find cheap(er) pints in Edinburgh, Scotland?

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Edinburgh best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand, ask questions, and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Edinburgh put on a map + sights

Now it’s time to pinpoint your chosen great hostel on our handy map.

Not only that, but you’ll see all of the top sights Edinburgh has to offer including:

    • Edinburgh Castle
    • Edinburgh Old Town
    • Princes Street
    • Palace of Holyrood
    • Calton Hill
    • St Giles’ Cathedral
    • National Museum of Scotland
    • Scott Monument
    • Princes Street Gardens

What about things to do? Well we doubt you’ll get bored here.

Yet before you do anything else, check out our 5 Secret Tips for Edinburgh, Scotland. Then crack on and…

  1. Take a tour to Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands
  2. Check out the Ghostly Underground Vaults
  3. Join a Harry Potter Walking Tour

Why not make life easier and pre-book your Airport City Bus Transfer.

The most important thing: Do what you love and have fun!

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This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

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Light House Hostel Edinburgh

Update: This hostel has permanently closed. We’ve kept this content here for your information.

This hostel for believers and for those people who wants to experience something extraordinary because they follow Jesus’ teachings of compassion by offering friendship and a safe resting place for travellers.

Situated in the artistic area of the city centre, Light House Hostel Edinburgh offers a variety of bright and spacious rooms ranging from a 2-bed private room to a 10-bed dorm.

Hostel Highlights:

  • 24 Hour Security
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk

It is also good to know that they donate substantial portion of their profits to a housing charity so staying there is like charity and helping to provide homes for people in need.

Location: Light House Hostel Edinburgh is a 15 minutes walk to Edinburgh Castle.

Light House Hostel Edinburgh

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