About About this youth hostel ....
Edinburgh Central offers 5 star VisitScotland accredited hostel accommodation in the heart of the city, close to major transport links and ideally positioned for exploring Scotland's capital. The hostel offers a wide variety of private rooms and shared dorm accommodation making it a perfect base for couples, families and solo travellers looking to explore and enjoy Scotland’s capital city on a budget. All rooms have en-suite facilities and individual lockers.
The hostel’s welcoming and vibrant communal spaces are perfect for relaxing and socialising. Our Café Bar is open from 7am to 11pm daily offering a wide selection of delicious food and drink. WiFi is free for all guests and other facilities include: a small but well-equipped guest kitchen, meeting rooms, laundry, secure bike storage and a luggage store for anyone arriving early and eager to head off right away to explore the city!
The hostel is just ten minutes on foot from Waverley railway station, the bus station and close to York Place tram stop. Parking near Edinburgh Central is possible, with on-street Pay & Display spaces in the surrounding area and at nearby Greenside Car Park (contact the hostel directly for more information).
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Facilities & Services
Open all year
Open 24 hours
16:00 - 21.00
07.00 - 10:00
We are happy to welcome you. Subject to availability: early check-in and late check out may be available for an extra £10 per room
07/12/2023Comfortable mattress. Warm room. Good shower. Great location. 10- 15 minute walk to city centre or cross street to tram and bus stops and convenience stores. Staff helpful and cafe/bar next to reception.
07/12/2023I had a comfortable stay here. The hostel was quiet and the staff were friendly and helpful. Communal areas were clean and well equipped.
05/12/2023The hostel was in a great location and the staff were very helpful. We enjoyed breakfast one morning and found the self catering kitchen to be well equipped and a good size for cooking at the hostel. The games room and cafe bar were a lovely area. The social space downstairs was also a good space.
04/12/2023Only stayed one night but can't fault anything. Place was super clean, beds comfortable, facilities great and staff really friendly and helpful. We had a restful night while visiting Christmas market which was within 15 minutes walk.
Family of 8 booked 2 rooms
01/12/2023The hostel was well-located and had excellent facilities. It offered a cool atmosphere and a pleasant living room.
29/11/2023Good value, pleasant stay, lovely breakfast, comfortable bed.
27/11/2023Lovely hostel, good location and perfect for our group stay.
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26/11/2023It was an SYHA hostel, it's always fine!
25/11/2023Great place to stay - comfortable beds, a spacious room, plus water pressure worthy of a jetwash
25/11/2023Near the tram and bus, plenty of coffee shops nearby. Clean and simple rooms with great security. Nice and polite staff. Will stay there again next time for sure.
18/11/2023We enjoyed our stay with you. The room was spotlessly clean, staff were friendly, helpful and professional.
17/11/2023Lovely hostel that is easy to get to by tram. Very grateful that my late check-in was no problem.
12/11/2023Great value accommodation for a group with all the facilities we needed, with a tram stop right outside.
11/11/2023Comfortable, clean, friendly and helpful staff.
04/11/2023Lovely hostel, more like a hotel, just outside city centre on the tram line. Clean, comfortable and quiet. Highly recommend
02/11/2023This is the 4th time I have stopped here, doesn't that say it it. Things are always very good, very clean , staff really friendly and all facilities excellent, I would always use this hostel if travelling/bike packing in Edinburgh.
01/11/2023Great staff and hostel. Wonderful experience. The staff was phenomenal in helping and assisting. Breakfast was great. The hostel is a 10 - 15 min walk to most tourist and shopping areas.
28/10/2023My stay at Edinburgh Hostel City Centre was fantastic! The value for my money cannot be matched. The tram stop is a two minute walk away, so getting here from the airport was a breeze! This hostel is perfect for individual travel, family, groups, etc.
27/10/2023Fabulous. Great staff. Clean. Excellent location.
20/10/2023Clean and freindly place.
19/10/2023Comfortable, clean rooom. Enjoyed our visit.
15/10/2023Warm, welcoming and perfectly located this hostel is great. The folks working there, Jess in particular, went above and beyond to help us with anything we needed. Have already booked our next stay.
09/10/2023Excellent in every way - what a location too!Ben F
27/09/2023Very comfortable rooms, great location.
21/09/2023Quick and efficient book in on out. Amicable staff and facility. A problem arose and was positively solved. Great location.
18/09/2023A great place to explore Edinburgh from. Rooms clean, facilities and staff excellent.
04/09/2023Staff very friendly and the room was clean. Good location - would stay again.
03/09/2023very happy with this hostel. Good location (right next to buses and a tram station), 25 minutes walk from the castle, restaurants and shops very close. Possibility to leave luggage before check in and after check out. Functional Private Room. We recommend
02/09/2023Great location and good facilities.
31/08/2023Very friendly and helpful staff, nice and safe atmosphere, no noise. Super location very close lap to the tram stop. Comfy beds. Excellent left luggage service.
Reasons to visit
More than just Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to one of the world's most famous summer festivals. One of the UK's most popular tourist destinations, Edinburgh boasts a plethora of world-class visitor attractions including a number which are free: the National Museum of Scotland, Royal Botanic Gardens, Scottish National Gallery, St Giles Cathedral, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish Parliament Visitor Centre. Many attractions also offer regular free guided tours.
From film locations to museums and galleries, fantastic shopping, a vibrant nightlife and fine or relaxed dining - you can even climb Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano! Add to this the spectacular surroundings of the majestic Lothians, or the opportunity to take a rail trip to the Scottish Borders, and you've got a recipe for an unforgettable break.
Whatever you're looking for Edinburgh has it in bundles and will have you coming back for more!
Some experiences not to be missed:
- Sunrise from Arthur's Seat
- The Forth Bridges and the new Queensferry Crossing
- Underground streets of Mary King's Close
- The Old Town and Royal Mile
- Lunch in the Grassmarket
- Royal Yacht Britannia
- Palace of Holyrood
- The Elephant House Café (famous from the Harry Potter films)
- Take in a free performance at the 'Fringe Festival'
- Whisky tastings!
Look out for free walking tours including: 'Old Town Tour ' and the 'Potter Trail' (muggles welcome).