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Royal Mile Backpackers - Edinburgh - Living room
Royal Mile Backpackers
8.5 Excellent
Old TownR399+
Free Wi-Fi
The Baxter Hostel
7.4 Good
New TownR3 019+
R3 019+
Free Wi-Fi
Haystack Hostel
8.2 Excellent
New TownR2 238+
R2 238+
Free Wi-Fi
High Street Hostel
8.2 Excellent
Old TownR382+
Free Wi-Fi
The Hostel
6.9 Good
West EndR312+
Free Wi-Fi
Princes Street Hostel
8.5 Excellent
New TownR1 996+
R1 996+
Free Wi-Fi
Cowgate Hostel
Old TownR1 111+
R1 111+
Free Wi-Fi

Edinburgh hostels near the city centre

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Most expensive month to stay with an average 146% rise in price.
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Top tips for finding Edinburgh hostel deals

  • If you are travelling on a budget, you might want to look for Edinburgh hostels that offer dormitories, as these are often cheaper than hotels and private rooms. It is also a great way to meet like-minded travellers, especially if you are travelling on your own, as you will have to share a living space with them. For instance, Haystack Hostel is one accommodation that has a 12-bed dormitory room and also a six-bed room. However, should you be travelling as a couple or in a pair and want more privacy, then you can also opt for a double room too.
  • For those that are travelling on a shoestring and want to save money, you should look at Edinburgh hostels that provide kitchen facilities for you to cook with. This is great because it means you don’t have to eat out all the time. One example of a hostel that offers self-catering is Code Pod Hostels The Court, which provides guests with a shared kitchen to use. In the kitchen, you can access stovetops and microwaves, so that you can cook up a feast. The hostel is also located only about a 4min walk from the supermarkets, so you’ll find it easy to fill up the cupboards for your trip.
  • If you have a disability or mobility issues, then it is a good idea to look for Edinburgh hostels that are accessible for all. For instance, St Christopher’s Edinburgh Old town – Hostel – has an entire unit that is wheelchair accessible. It has disabled access, so you will find it easy to enter and leave the hostel. When you are in the hostel, you will also have a roll-in shower as well as a shower chair, so that you are able to wash yourself with ease. Should you have any issues, you can also access the 24-h reception, where you will be able to find some help.
  • If you’re looking for a cheap hostel in Edinburgh, you should consider going during the low season. You’ll generally find lower-priced hostels in Edinburgh in March and February.
  • Hostel room prices vary depending on many factors but you’ll likely find the best hostel deals in Edinburgh if you stay on a Saturday. The most expensive day for hostel bookings is Friday.
  • If you want to ensure you grab a bargain, try to book at least 90 days before your stay to get the best price for a Edinburgh hostel.

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