Smart City Hostel - Edinburgh

50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 1NE  show map
 5 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

 Breakfast
 Food/Drinks

Restaurant

Bar/Lounge

 Meeting facilities

Business center

 No Smoking

Non-smoking rooms

Overview

The 5-star Smart City Hostel offers quick access to bars and restaurants in Edinburgh. The hostel was built in 2006 and refurbished in 2010. A designated smoking area, a luggage storage, currency exchange, an elevator and a business center are provided.

City Art Centre and Edinburgh Military Tattoo are located just 550 meters from the venue.

Edinburgh Waverley train station lies within a 5-minute walk.

Rooms

Aside from a private kitchen, heating, a dressing area and a separate toilet, rooms have beds with lockers, bedding and linens. The rooms also have a carpet floor. Smart City Hostel offers comfortable rooms provided with bunk beds and twin bunk beds. There are en suite bathrooms available.

Eat & Drink

In the morning, a vegetarian breakfast is served in the café. The popular restaurant serves local meals in an unique atmosphere. The stylish sports bar features a pool table and a terrace.

Services

Guests will have the use of laundry, 24-hour reception and 24-hour security.

Relax

There are Wi-Fi and a kitchenette available in a communal room.

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

  • Bicycle rental
  • Self-service laundry
  • Tours/Ticket assistance

Dining facilities

  • Paid breakfast
  • Restaurant buffet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Cafe

Meeting facilities

  • Business center
  • Computer rental

Children's facilities

  • Cribs/Baby cots

Leisure facilities

  • Leisure/TV room
  • Television in lobby

Room facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Central heating
  • Paid in-room safe
  • Kettle
  • Living room
  • Dressing area
  • Terrace
  • Rollaway/Extra bed

Bathroom

  • Private bathroom
  • Steam shower
  • Room toiletries
  • Washing machine
  • 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

hostel Smart City Hostel - Edinburgh Edinburgh location
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Hostel Address:

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

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City Center
  • Edinburgh
    200 m
Airports
  • Turnhouse (EDI)
    10.9 km
  • Dundee (DND)
    56.9 km
Train Stations
  • Edinburgh Waverley station
    400 m
  • Bus stop
    400 m
Restaurants
  • Blackfriars (cuisine: British)
    20 m
  • Dubh Prais (cuisine: Scottish)
    140 m
Parks
  • The Meadows
    560 m
Ski areas
  • Midlothian Ski Centre
    1.2 km
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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Bed type: Bed in shared room
Size: 45 m²
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Dormitory-style room with an en suite bathroom.

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    Bed type: 2 Single beds
    Size: 15 m²
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      Bed type: 2 Single beds
      Size: 15 m²
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        Bed type: 1 Double bed and 1 Single bed or Sleeping arrangements for 3 persons
        Size: 18 m²
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        Triple Room

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          Bed type: Twin beds
          Size: 15 m²
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          Twin Room En-Suite

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            Bed type: Bed in shared room or Beds in shared room
            Size: 38 m²
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            Dormitory for 6 people

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              Size: 38 m²
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                Quadruple Room
                Bed type: 2 Bunk beds or Sleeping arrangements for 4 persons
                Size: 32 m²
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                Quadruple Room

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                  Bed type: Sleeping arrangements for 4 persons
                  Size: 32 m²
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                    Family Suite
                    Bed type: 1 Double bed and 1 Single bed
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                      Bed type: Double bed
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                        Private Suite
                        Bed type: Sleeping arrangements for 4 persons
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                        Quad Room (Private) Sleeps 4 En-Suite

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                          Bed type: Sleeping arrangements for 4 persons
                          Size: 32 m²
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                          This private room has en-suite facilities and sleeps 1 to 4 people.

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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
                              200 m
                            Airports
                            • Turnhouse (EDI)
                              10.9 km
                            • Dundee (DND)
                              56.9 km
                            Train Stations
                            • Edinburgh Waverley station
                              400 m
                            • Bus stop
                              400 m
                            Restaurants
                            • Blackfriars (cuisine: British)
                              20 m
                            • Dubh Prais (cuisine: Scottish)
                              140 m
                            Parks
                            • The Meadows
                              560 m
                            Ski areas
                            • Midlothian Ski Centre
                              1.2 km
                            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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                            What's nearby

                            Tourist attractions

                            • edinburgh festival fringe - 100 m
                            • Brass Rubbing Centre - 100 m
                            • Impro Jam - 100 m
                            • Mercat Tours - 100 m
                            • Saint Giles' Cathedral - 100 m
                            • The 3D Loch Ness Experience - 200 m

                            Popular areas

                            • City Center - 100 m

                            Places of interest

                            • Saint Patrick's - 100 m
                            • Hubbard Academy Of Personal Independance - 100 m
                            • David Hume Statue - 100 m
                            • North Bridge - 100 m
                            • Saint Anthonys Chapel - 100 m
                            • The Tron Kirk - 100 m
                            • The Palace Of Holyroodhouse - 100 m
                            • Walk along the Royal Mile - 100 m
                            • bruntsfield evangelical church - 100 m
                            • Canongate Kirk - 200 m
                            • Canongate Tolbooth - 200 m

                            Shopping areas

                            • Scottish Gems - 100 m

                            Amusement

                            • the GRV - 100 m
                            • Greyfrairs Kirk & Churchyard - 100 m

                            Museums

                            • Museum of Childhood - 100 m
                            • Scotch Whisky Heritage Tour - 200 m

                            Parks

                            • Dunbars close garden - 100 m
                            • Rabbie's Trail Burners Ltd - 200 m

                            Local attractions

                            • St. Giles Cathedral - 1.6 km
                              Royal Mile, Edinburgh
                            • Institut Francais D'Ecosse - 1.7 km
                              13 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh
                            • Inverleith Park - 2.4 km
                              Arboretum Pl, Edinburgh
                            • Holyrood Abbey - 1.6 km
                              Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
                            • Royal Botanic Garden - 2.3 km
                              The Garden, Edinburgh

                            Near the hostel

                            • St Cecilia's Hall Museum of Instruments - 70 m
                              Corner of Cowgate and Niddry Street, Edinburgh
                            • John Knox House Museum - 170 m
                              43-45 High St., Edinburgh
                            • The Museum of Edinburgh - 220 m
                              142 Canongate, Edinburgh
                            • Surgeons' Hall - 290 m
                              Nicolson Street, Edinburgh
                            • Museum of Childhood - 160 m
                              42 High Street, Edinburgh
                            • Canongate Kirk - 190 m
                              153 Canongate, Edinburgh
                            • National Museum of Scotland - 410 m
                              Chambers Street, Edinburgh

                            Restaurants nearby

                            • Blackfriars - 20 m

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

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

                            • Wedgwood The Restaurant - 220 m

                              Address: 267 Canongate
                              Phone: 0131 558 8737

                              85% likes this, based on 977 reviews
                              Price Range: CAD 40 - CAD 116

                            • The Pompadour by Galvin - 460 m

                              Address: Princes Street
                              Phone: +44 131 222 8975

                              75% likes this, based on 123 reviews
                              Cuisine: French, British
                              Price Range: CAD 126 - CAD 411

                            • Dubh Prais - 140 m

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

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

                            • Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant - 320 m

                              Address: 25-27 Cockburn Street
                              Phone: 01312252832

                              77% likes this, based on 422 reviews
                              Cuisine: Asian
                              Price Range: CAD 13 - CAD 33

                            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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                            • Kirkcaldy hotels - 19 km
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                            • Inverkeithing hotels - 16 km
                            • Gullane hotels - 24 km
                            • Glenrothes hotels - 27 km
                            • Leith hotels - 3 km
                            • Broughton (Lincolnshire) hotels - 1 km
                            • Musselburgh hotels - 8 km

                            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

                            Individual 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
                              200 m
                            Airports
                            • Turnhouse (EDI)
                              10.9 km
                            • Dundee (DND)
                              56.9 km
                            Train Stations
                            • Edinburgh Waverley station
                              400 m
                            • Bus stop
                              400 m
                            Restaurants
                            • Blackfriars (cuisine: British)
                              20 m
                            • Dubh Prais (cuisine: Scottish)
                              140 m
                            Parks
                            • The Meadows
                              560 m
                            Ski areas
                            • Midlothian Ski Centre
                              1.2 km
                            Hostel information
                            • Check-In:
                              from  3 pm
                            • Check-Out:
                              until  10 am
                            • Year renovated:
                              2010
                            • Number of floors:
                              6
                            • Number of rooms:
                              132