Smart City Hostel - Edinburgh

50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 1NE  show map
 2 stars
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Smart City Hostel - Edinburgh

 Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in rooms

 Parking
 24-hour

24-hour reception

 Check-in/Check-out

Express check-in/-out

 Food/Drinks

Restaurant

Bar/Lounge area

 Meeting facilities

Business center

 No Smoking

Non-smoking rooms

 Child-friendly

Cribs/Baby cots

Overview

The 2-star Smart City Hostel is located in old Edinburgh, minutes away from Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens. Renovated in 2010, this hostel combines comfort with European architecture.

Nearby points of interest include a castle, a palace and a chapel. Dubh Prais treats guests with scottish and british meals and lies within 150 meters from the property.

Fast access to Turnhouse airport within 15 km is provided.

Rooms

Comfortable rooms come with a TV, heating, an in-room safe, a dressing area and a private kitchen. The rooms also have a carpet floor. Beds with lockers, bedding and linens are offered in rooms. Guestrooms feature access to en suite bathrooms. They are appointed with showers and power showers.

Eat & Drink

Guests are offered a vegetarian breakfast served in the café. The popular restaurant serves local meals in an unique atmosphere.

Services

The renovated property features a designated smoking area, a luggage storage, currency exchange, an elevator and parking.

Relax

A communal room with Wi-Fi and a kitchenette offers space and comfort.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hostel for free.

Guest Parking

Paid public parking is possible at a location nearby.

Year renovated:   2010.  Number of floors:   6.  Number of rooms:   132.

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Facilities

General

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking
  • 24-hour check-in
  • 24-hour reception
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • No pets allowed
  • Currency exchange
  • Luggage storage
  • Bicycle storage
  • Elevator
  • Rooms/Facilities for disabled

Services

  • Self-service laundry
  • Tours/Ticket assistance

Dining facilities

  • Paid breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge area

Meeting facilities

  • Business center
  • Computer rental

Children's facilities

  • Cribs/Baby cots

Leisure facilities

  • Television in lobby

Room facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Heating
  • Paid in-room safe
  • Kettle
  • Dressing area
  • Terrace

Bathroom

  • Private bathroom
  • Steam shower
  • Room toiletries
  • Hair dryer on request

Kitchen facilities

  • Kitchenette
  • Electric kettle
  • Shared kitchen

Room decor

  • Parquet floor

Policies

Check-in

  • from  3 pm

Check-out

  • until  10 am

Children and extra beds

  • All children under the age of 2 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • All children under the age of 2 may stay for free in a crib. 
  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 

How to reach hostel

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Hostel Address:

50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 1NE

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City Center
  • Edinburgh
    700 ft
Airports
  • Turnhouse (EDI)
    6.8 mi
  • Dundee (DND)
    35.4 mi
Train Stations
  • Edinburgh Waverley station
    1400 ft
  • Bus stop
    1400 ft
Restaurants
  • Blackfriars (cuisine: British)
    100 ft
  • Dubh Prais (cuisine: Scottish)
    500 ft
Parks
  • The Meadows
    1900 ft
Ski areas
  • Midlothian Ski Centre
    4000 ft
Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Year renovated:
    2010
  • Number of floors:
    6
  • Number of rooms:
    132

Rooms and availability

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Twin Room
Bed type: 2 Single beds or 1 Bunk bed or 1 Single bed
Size: 165 sq. feet
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  • Private bathroom
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1 Bed in 6 Shared Bedroom (Mixed)

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    Triple Room
    Bed type: 1 Double bed and 1 Single bed or Sleeping arrangements for 3 persons
    Size: 195 sq. feet
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      Dormitory Room
      Bed type: Bed in shared room or Beds in shared room
      Size: 485 sq. feet
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      Shared Dormitory, Multiple Beds

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        Quadruple Room
        Bed type: Sleeping arrangements for 4 persons or 2 Bunk beds
        Size: 345 sq. feet
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        Quadruple Room

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          Family Single Room
          Bed type: 1 Single bed
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          Family Room Double & Single Bed Ensuite

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            Private Quadruple Room
            Bed type: Sleeping arrangements for 4 persons
            Size: 345 sq. feet
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            Quad Room (private) Sleeps 4 Ensuite

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              How to reach hostel

              hostel Smart City Hostel - Edinburgh Edinburgh location
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              Hostel Address:

              50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 1NE

              Get directions
              City Center
              • Edinburgh
                700 ft
              Airports
              • Turnhouse (EDI)
                6.8 mi
              • Dundee (DND)
                35.4 mi
              Train Stations
              • Edinburgh Waverley station
                1400 ft
              • Bus stop
                1400 ft
              Restaurants
              • Blackfriars (cuisine: British)
                100 ft
              • Dubh Prais (cuisine: Scottish)
                500 ft
              Parks
              • The Meadows
                1900 ft
              Ski areas
              • Midlothian Ski Centre
                4000 ft
              Hostel information
              • Check-in:
                from  3 pm
              • Check-out:
                until  10 am
              • Year renovated:
                2010
              • Number of floors:
                6
              • Number of rooms:
                132

              Smart City Hostel Location

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              What's nearby

              Tourist attractions

              • edinburgh festival fringe - 400 ft
              • Impro Jam - 400 ft
              • Mercat Tours - 400 ft
              • Saint Giles' Cathedral - 400 ft
              • The 3D Loch Ness Experience - 700 ft

              Popular areas

              • City Center - 400 ft

              Places of interest

              • Hubbard Academy Of Personal Independance - 400 ft
              • Saint Patrick's - 400 ft
              • David Hume Statue - 400 ft
              • North Bridge - 400 ft
              • Saint Anthonys Chapel - 400 ft
              • The Tron Kirk - 400 ft
              • The Palace Of Holyroodhouse - 400 ft
              • Walk along the Royal Mile - 400 ft
              • bruntsfield evangelical church - 400 ft
              • Canongate Tolbooth - 700 ft
              • Canongate Kirk - 700 ft

              Shopping areas

              • Brass Rubbing Centre - 400 ft
              • Scottish Gems - 400 ft

              Amusement

              • the GRV - 400 ft
              • Greyfrairs Kirk & Churchyard - 400 ft

              Museums

              • Museum of Childhood - 400 ft
              • Scotch Whisky Heritage Tour - 700 ft

              Parks

              • Dunbars close garden - 400 ft

              Business areas

              • Scottish Gems - 400 ft

              Local attractions

              • St. Giles Cathedral - 5300 ft
                Royal Mile, Edinburgh
              • Parliament House - 5300 ft
                Royal Mile, Edinburgh
              • Royal Botanic Garden - 1.4 mi
                The Garden, Edinburgh
              • Holyrood Abbey - 5300 ft
                Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
              • Institut Francais D'Ecosse - 1.0 mi
                13 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh

              Near the hostel

              • St Cecilia's Hall Museum of Instruments - 200 ft
                Corner of Cowgate and Niddry Street, Edinburgh
              • John Knox House Museum - 600 ft
                43-45 High St., Edinburgh
              • The Museum of Edinburgh - 800 ft
                142 Canongate, Edinburgh
              • Surgeons' Hall - 1000 ft
                Nicolson Street, Edinburgh
              • Museum of Childhood - 600 ft
                42 High Street, Edinburgh
              • Canongate Kirk - 700 ft
                153 Canongate, Edinburgh
              • National Museum of Scotland - 1400 ft
                Chambers Street, Edinburgh

              Restaurants nearby

              • Blackfriars - 100 ft

                Address: 57-61 Blackfriars St
                Phone: +(44)0131 558 8684

                82% likes this, based on 51 reviews
                Cuisine: British

              • Wedgwood The Restaurant - 800 ft

                Address: 267 Canongate
                Phone: 0131 558 8737

                85% likes this, based on 977 reviews
                Price Range: USD 31 - USD 88

              • The Pompadour by Galvin - 1600 ft

                Address: Princes Street
                Phone: +44 131 222 8975

                75% likes this, based on 123 reviews
                Cuisine: French, British
                Price Range: USD 96 - USD 311

              • Dubh Prais - 500 ft

                Address: 123B High Street
                Phone: 0-131 557 5732

                83% likes this, based on 446 reviews
                Cuisine: Scottish

              • Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant - 1100 ft

                Address: 25-27 Cockburn Street
                Phone: 01312252832

                77% likes this, based on 422 reviews
                Cuisine: Asian
                Price Range: USD 10 - USD 25

              Hostel information
              • Check-in:
                from  3 pm
              • Check-out:
                until  10 am
              • Year renovated:
                2010
              • Number of floors:
                6
              • Number of rooms:
                132
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              Smart City Hostel Reviews

              Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Smart City Hostel

              Average guest rating

              7.0out of 10
              Very good
              Based on 234 reviews

              Guest reviews

              • Couple
                2.8

                Everything from my first step into the hotel to the last early morning out step is unbelievable worst experience

              • Group of friends
                7.8

                Conveniance to Prince street. Staff were very helpful.

                Mattress very thin and too hard.

              • Family with children
                4.2

                close to train station

                uncomfortable bank beds, my 12year old daughter sleeping on the upper bank had a hard time climbing down, bathroom smelled badly, we paid for 24hours wifi, at 23.00 although we were checking out the next morning at 10.00, only to find out in the morning that due to some problems with the electricity we had no wifi access, there was a fire alarm testing at 10.00 in the morning, that scared us, only to find out later that is customary on Thursday mornings, but we werent warned about it in the previous evening when we checked in, although there was a warning sign, but who would read signs at 23.00'.

              • Couple
                5.0

                good geographical location; qualified and accessible staff; many rooms thus many people and passages : facility to meet people from everywhere.

                many rooms thus many people and passages: very noisy; very average cleanliness (bathroom especially); to awake in the first makes it possible to have tepid water !

              • Family with children
                8.8

                Very central, fantastic location. Friendly staff. Clean rooms. Good value for money!

                Very noisy all through the night because of the bar.

              • Couple
                7.0

                Very good location.Just one minute away from the main street by walking. Employees are kind, friendly and helpfull.

              • Group of friends
                5.8

                The location, the bar and the price of drinks

                My constant request for shower gel never got fulfilled ;(

              • Group of friends
                9.6

                The hostel had everything we needed, and was excellent

                Quite loud late at night, but added to the atmosphere and we didn't really mind. Would have liked check in to be earlier or check out to be later

              • Single
                8.8

                The hotel was very safe. I was provided with a locker in my room that I could lock all of my belongings in and there is also a convenient locker storage area that you can use prior to checking in or out. The internet is 1 pound for 20 minutes and there are plenty of computers to use. The breakfast is cheap and good and the food in the bar area was also a great value. After a long day of sight seeing the bar is an easy environment to relax and meet people from all over. The hostel is also really well located on the Royal mile between the Castle and the royal residence. I would recommend this hostel to friends and would stay here again.

                The hostel is not super quiet, but it is exactly what you expect from a hostel. They only have one hair dryer and I was never able to check it out because it was always in use by someone else. While there were plenty of computers I did not like that it wouldn't allow me to use all the time I had purchased if my card ran under 5 minutes. Finally, they have a really nice charging center for ipods and phones...but one ipod charging station was broken and the other one was locked the entire time I stayed.

              • Group of friends
                3.8

                The only good thing about this hostel is its location.

                Check-in took longer that expected. The website said check-in was at 3 P.M. We were there at 3h45 P.M., only told that our private twin room was not ready yet. There were a dozen people waiting like us (only two employees at the reception). When we finally got into our room, surprise. Instead of twin beds, there were bunk beds and one sofa in the room. No table, no chair, and no tv (not that we cared about it!!!). The shower room was smelly, there were brown stains on my sheet. The door of the room was covered with brown tape (that's room 521, so avoid it if you can!!!!). As you can expect in hostels, it was noisy. But it wasn't nice being woken up at 3 A.M. by neighbours coming back from pubs or nightclubs. All in all, a rather bad experience that I would not like to repeat. So will definitely avoid when going back to Edinburgh.

              • Group of friends
                4.6

                Check in took 1h30 minutes apparently due to the volume of people turning up at 15:00 (the earliest check in time they allow.) they required Photo id to check in which is not mentioned on the booking info. The room stank from the shower trap and the room definitely was not the twin we thought we were booking (two sets of bunks in this one)

              • Couple
                3.8

                Took over 2and half hours to be checked in to a totally different one that we booked. Bedding and towels dirty/stained.

              • Single
                8.2

                The location of this hotel is excellent. When you come out from the hotel you will find that yourself are already in the middle of the old city. You can walk around the city just by feet. And there is an excellent restaurant nearby. The hotel is very clean and tidy as well. It is good for backpackers who travel to Edinburgh for shot stays.

                If the bed can be more comfortable that would be great. When people turns over it always makes lots of noises which influences others sleeping.

              • Older travelers
                6.6

                Warm dining room. Food fairly good and reasonable prices.

                Sales manager (Jane?) does not answer her phone at week-end. Why give the (mobile) number if it is not answered?

              • Group of friends
                8.8

                Location is really good! 100 meters from the royal mile and several clubs/pubs are even closer!

              How to reach hostel

              hostel Smart City Hostel - Edinburgh Edinburgh location
              Show big map »

              Hostel Address:

              50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 1NE

              Get directions
              City Center
              • Edinburgh
                700 ft
              Airports
              • Turnhouse (EDI)
                6.8 mi
              • Dundee (DND)
                35.4 mi
              Train Stations
              • Edinburgh Waverley station
                1400 ft
              • Bus stop
                1400 ft
              Restaurants
              • Blackfriars (cuisine: British)
                100 ft
              • Dubh Prais (cuisine: Scottish)
                500 ft
              Parks
              • The Meadows
                1900 ft
              Ski areas
              • Midlothian Ski Centre
                4000 ft
              Hostel information
              • Check-in:
                from  3 pm
              • Check-out:
                until  10 am
              • Year renovated:
                2010
              • Number of floors:
                6
              • Number of rooms:
                132