Edinburgh Hostels

Scotland’s Top Hostels has three Edinburgh Hostels to choose from; Castle Rock Hostel, located beside Edinburgh Castle, High Street Hostel, one of Edinburgh’s oldest Hostels, and Royal Mile Backpackers, located on the famous Royal Mile of Edinburgh.

All three Edinburgh Hostels offer breakfast, laundry facilities, knowledgeable receptionists, as well as events every night of the week. 

Royal Mile Backpackers

Royal Mile Backpackers

Royal Mile Backpackers is a centrally located Edinburgh hostel with a HUGE personality. It’s the perfect base for exploring Edinburgh! ...
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High Street Hostel

High Street Hostel

High Street Hostel 8-18 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh EH1 1NE 9.2 / 10 as rated on Hostelworld Check Availability As Featured ...
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Castle Rock Hostel

Castle Rock Hostel

Castle Rock Hostel 15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW, Scotland 9.6 / 10 as rated on Hostelworld Check Availability Featured ...
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Reviews of our Edinburgh Hostels

Thoroughly enjoyed staying here

Thoroughly enjoyed staying here. Stayed for a total of three nights at different times in September of last year. Very clean and comfortable. The hosts are all friendly and trust worthy and it is safe to leave your bags there before your check-in time (which is hard to find at most hostels). LOTS of stairs. If you are handicapped, I do not recommend this place. But for anyone who doesn’t… Read more “Thoroughly enjoyed staying here”

Janna Peterson
High Street Hostel

Great hostel

Great hostel – the staff are helpful and friendly and the place is always clean. The kitchen is a great idea. In the rooms with 10 beds, it can be a bit noisy and busy.

Sarah Cleveland
Royal Mile Backpackers

Optimal hostel experience!

When I’m travelling and staying in a hostel, I’m usually looking for somewhere safe, comfortable, convenient, and cheap; any creature comforts are nice add-ons. One of the best things hostels can provide, though, is a sense of community, since many of the people travelling there have a lot in common. This hostel, like many, caters to young internationals and adventure-seekers, and it was so cool to get to know them!… Read more “Optimal hostel experience!”

Elise D
High Street Hostel

Excellent hostel in a really good location

Excellent hostel in a really good location, could walk to most attractions. Fully equipped and massive kitchen. Big common area. Breakfast was cheap and decent. Room was a little cramped. Didn’t have to wait for a bathroom or shower. Would stay again.

High Street Hostel

First off, the location of the hostel is amazing.

First off, the location of the hostel is amazing. It’s right next to the castle and has some amazing views of the city. The employees are incredibly friendly and there are organized events most nights. Tonight, I’m going to go Scottish dancing. The hostel itself is very cute. The vibe reminds me of a coffee house. People hang out here and interact with each other. Overall, I love this place.

Julia M
Castle Rock Hostel

Located near the Royal Mile, is in a central position

Located near the Royal Mile, is in a central position. Nice rooms, very friendly receptionists, kitchen available for everyone and full breakfast every morning at 1.90£. Showers are a bit small and could be better adding more space for clothes.

Paolo Molteni
High Street Hostel

Cool hostel in the centre of Edinburgh. Loved it

Cool hostel in the centre of Edinburgh. Loved it. Relaxed atmosphere, pool table, decent internet and kitchen. Rooms were a little on the stuffy side without the windows ope but that is my only slight complaint

Jack Roberts
High Street Hostel

Nice people

Nice people, tidy and cozy place. Has fireplace, great for winter!

Lucas Baldo
Royal Mile Backpackers

The most fun place so far!

First of all – the room has got themes!! Me and my friends stayed in the Avengers room, and me, being the swede, of course got the bed Thor. It was so much fun sneaking around watching all the doors with Sherlock, cursing and other themes. Minus for the stairs, but hey, what can they do about it?! The front desk provided a fun scavanger hunt that took us all… Read more “The most fun place so far!”

Castle Rock Hostel

I’ve made two trips to

I’ve made two trips to Castle Rock hostel and have had the same amazing experience each time. The location is excellent- you really can’t get closer to all the amazing things to see in Edinburgh. Staff is super helpful, friendly, and keep the place clean. Whether traveling solo or in a group, the common room and nightly activities allow you to meet fellow travelers and explore the city.

Castle Rock Hostel

You should stay here!

I stayed here for 4 nights. Excellent location, right in the heart of the city. 5 minute walk from the train station. On the main road in Edinburgh. Staff is super friendly. Gave lots of good suggestions and recommendations. Very kind and willing to chat. Cleanest hostel I’ve ever stayed in. Tidy and warm. Spotless showers. Fire to sit by with comfortable couches. Nice kitchen area. Quite quiet in the… Read more “You should stay here!”

Louise T
Royal Mile Backpackers

Rooms are fantastic

Rooms are fantastic, showers are very good, and the staff was very helpful. I’d highly recommend this hostel! Each person gets a locker, you can rent a towel for 50 pence, and they offer a £2 breakfast. It’s also located in the perfect spot – very close to lots of bars and restaurants

Sam Hicks
Royal Mile Backpackers

Review of Castle Rock

It was a nice place to stay at, even the big rooms, like the 16 people I stayed in, had some privacy, and I was able to enjoy my stay instead of worrying about the place.
Very clean, had enough bathrooms, good maintance, and nice staff.
A bit pricey in their added on services (hiring a towel for 1gbp, or breakfast for 2 something), but overall I would… Read more “Review of Castle Rock”

Alen Ríos
Castle Rock Hostel

Excellent staff

Excellent staff – one lady at the reception is really very polite and helpful – I am sorry I can’t remember her name. Clean rooms, very central location, good prices, I certainly recommend it to any visitors!

leonidas lio
Royal Mile Backpackers

Very beautiful and clean hostel

Very beautiful and clean hostel. Staffs are very kind and gentle. Location is very good.

Kuwano Yuta Kuwano Yuta
Royal Mile Backpackers

Amazing staff very polite and extremely helpful

Amazing staff very polite and extremely helpful and make you feel very welcome .. Very tidy place with cheap good breakfast, great location for tours, shopping, eating, and night life. Every night a event to get people together which I really enjoyed since I am a shy person at first. Events where extremely organized laid back and a lot of fun. Highly recommend this place definitely best place to stay… Read more “Amazing staff very polite and extremely helpful”

Ambrose Hartman
Castle Rock Hostel

Castle Rock Hostel is one

Castle Rock Hostel is one of the greatest hostels I’ve ever stayed at. Built with a warm and historic aesthetic, the building is incredibly decorated, comforting, and clean. The hostel itself maintains a social vibe with open lounge rooms and a large communal kitchen. The staff are out of this world – always welcoming and ready to assist. What’s more, the nightly planned events are (too much) fun. Shout out… Read more “Castle Rock Hostel is one”

Tori Blanchard
Castle Rock Hostel

An awesome hostel.

An awesome hostel. It offers an activity every day and the staff is really friendly. You can relax in the lounge or in the movie theater. The hostel offer free tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Room and kitchen were clean. The location is great. You can see the castle from the front door.

Simon Bedard seguin
Castle Rock Hostel

Very Nice. Friendly staff, lots

Very Nice. Friendly staff, lots of areas to sit, relax or engage in activities. Rooms are as expected, but the names are a nice personalisation touch. Activities are available daily, and I felt very comfortable to join in any time. Only con, would probably be the showers. There’s not enough space to change and stay dry when you finish, and the heads are not always maveuverable. If I were to… Read more “Very Nice. Friendly staff, lots”

Castle Rock Hostel

There’s nothing to complain about

There’s nothing to complain about this hostel. Everything’s perfect and do not change it. The hostel is the most beautiful of all accommodations where I’ve been so far. It’s cheap, friendly and the employees were always there as I needed. The hostel is generally clean. The hostel organizes party or events every night and you never get bored during your stay. If you don’t want to join, there are rooms… Read more “There’s nothing to complain about”

One of the best hostels in the world
Castle Rock Hostel

Nice staff, big hostel.

Nice staff, big hostel. Rooms are a bit small, and toilets and shower maybe short, but in truth I only needed to wait once in 3 nights.
Breakfast is £1,90 with fruit, cereals, toast with butter and jam. Quite nice for the price.
Only problem was a bit noisy street, with garbage truck a bit early

Adrián Salavera
High Street Hostel

Excellent Location

Excellent location! The rooms and the bathrooms are clean. The staff friendly and helpful. We didn’t like the fact that after the breakfast, we had to wash our dishes Some people were just pouring water so the dishes were dirty for the next ones.

Kelly K
Castle Rock Hostel

Amazing hostel

Amazing hostel. Nice environment, decent domitory, good shower and nice breakfast. The staff are warm-hearted and you can turn to them for any problems.

Peiran Shen
Royal Mile Backpackers

Nice enough place and not too expensive.

Nice enough place and not too expensive. The location is great and the staff are helpful. The facilities are surprisingly good including cosy lounge and kitchen area. The rooms were pretty sparse but that is to be expected.

Kyle Johnson
High Street Hostel

However for the location, friendly staff and low price it was worth it

Stayed during my UK trip. I was in the 8 bed dorm which was spacious and had two cosy sofa chairs in the room. Breakfast was only two pounds and you get cereal, milk, juice, bread with jams and nutella! My dorm was above a pub so it can get noisy a night. However for the location, friendly staff and low price it was worth it. They also had posters… Read more “However for the location, friendly staff and low price it was worth it”

Sam N
Royal Mile Backpackers

Absolutely wonderful place

Absolutely wonderful place. Basically the only reason not to stay here is if you’ve got a room in the actual castle, but assuming that you haven’t, this is the place to be. Lovely staff, big rooms with space if you need to reorganise your bag or whatever, a reasonable breakfast for 1.50 GBP every morning (though completely optional, the kitchen remains open if you want to buy your own cheerios… Read more “Absolutely wonderful place”

Teagan Gosling
Castle Rock Hostel

Located right on the royal mile.

Located right on the royal mile. No complaints, friendly staff, clean rooms/beds, clean toilets and showers. Laundry service also available for £4. Would recommend for anybody wanting to stay on the royal mile.

Anthony Lang
Royal Mile Backpackers

Absolutely fabulous place to stay.

Absolutely fabulous place to stay. It was like to stay at the home party but with huge respect to another person. We took shared room for women. Inside the room was clean, really minimum but honest equipped (remember it’s hostel), another girls were nice, friendly, cultural & quiet.
Hostel itself is located in a real heart of the Edinburgh. It’s not just accommodation-it’s the way to know, to experience… Read more “Absolutely fabulous place to stay.”

Absolutely fabulous place to stay!
Castle Rock Hostel

Incredible value, especially because of the location!

The hostel has a great vibe and atmosphere. People working there were very friendly and made us feel at home. Everything is clean and the interior is actually really pretty. We loved the open kitchen. The wifi could have been a bit better.

Tea B
High Street Hostel

This hostel was very nice!

This hostel was very nice! The rooms were very cozy and clean, the staff was extremely friendly, the common room was really fun, and the location was great! I would 100% stay here again.

Castle Rock Hostel

brilliant find right in the heart of Edinburgh!

brilliant find right in the heart of Edinburgh! Thank you for honouring my requests even in a really busy time. these guys have set up a really good Hostel (having run one in Sydney I know the difference). love the shower units, can have a shower even on the coldest day in there. the cleanliness was fine, what you would expect from a hostel (not a five star hotel) he… Read more “brilliant find right in the heart of Edinburgh!”

Debi Carmi
High Street Hostel

Can’t say much about the hostel except that it‘s the best one

Can’t say much about the hostel except that it‘s the best one we‘ve ever stayed in. We slept in a 8-bed-room and it was just as comfortable as a double room. Roommates were young an nice, hat good talks several times, in the room there are 2 chairs, a table, a big window with view to the royal mile and every bed has 2 socket plus 2 USB ports for… Read more “Can’t say much about the hostel except that it‘s the best one”

Leo Stempfl
Royal Mile Backpackers

Good social activities!

Good social activities! Good location. Beds and rooms are a little small, and the breakfast is just average. There was an unfortunate mix up with my check in, but the staff handled it extremely well! Overall a great choice

Kristen Barber
Castle Rock Hostel

One of the best hostels I have ever stayed in.

One of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. Great atmosphere. great location. Amazing space and very comfortable. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate for free. 😍

Gizele Magalhães
Castle Rock Hostel

Awesome hostel!

Awesome hostel! Prime location on Edinburgh with comfortable and spacious rooms. Each bed had an outlet and a light. The beds were spread out so I did not feel very cramped like I have in other hostels. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable of the city. I highly recommend!

Jody B
Castle Rock Hostel

Well decorated

Well decorated, great staff, comfy beds and everything you could need

Alasdair Hall
Royal Mile Backpackers

Cozy and very bohemian.

Cozy and very bohemian. The staff was nice. The room and the bathroom were clean. The rooms are spacious, so the number of people isn’t much of a bother. Great location, you don’t lose time going downtown because you are already there. BUT because of this and the number of people in each room I would recommend taking ear plugs with you, because things can get noisy. They have a… Read more “Cozy and very bohemian.”

Lucía Blanco Blanco
High Street Hostel

quaint hostel centrally located

Royal mile backpackers is a quaint hostel centrally located on the Royal Mile. The location is perfect for touring the city. The staff were friendly and very helpful. Breakfast costs 2£ and is simple but substantial (toast, cereal, fruit, tea, ect). The beds were comfortable and you also get a locker to store your things in. Overall a great place to stay.

Sarah Bauer
Royal Mile Backpackers

For sleeping very good

For sleeping very good. Price are normal. For extra charge breakfast like toast cereals juice. Coffee and tee are free. Disadvantahe i consider wc and toilet. But if you looking for cheap acommodation for sleeping it very ok.

Andrej Žiak Andrej Žiak
High Street Hostel

The best hostel you can

The best hostel you can possibly stay at, central location steps from the castle and the royal mile. Warm atmosphere, clean amenities, fun free events every night, fantastic staff, when you stay here you might not want to leave, I will definitely be back to Edinburgh just for this hostel.

Castle Rock Hostel

This was one of the best European hostels I went to!

This was one of the best European hostels I went to! It was a huge facility, themed rooms, wonderful 24/7 reception, great breakfast, perfect location.. overall I was so happy I stayed here!! Will absolutely come again 😀

Kirsten Reid
Castle Rock Hostel

Very friendly

Very friendly,clean,tidy,helpful great knowledge of the local area and events going on also central location great value for money.

Dharmapupil Myke
Royal Mile Backpackers

Nice small little place

Nice small little place at the edge of the city-center. Every room has a thematic .. my was “Gotham” it s mean that every bed has is own name like “robin” or “pinguin”, etc. You must pais 2£ if you wish have the breakfast from the hostel

Alain Crudenaire
Royal Mile Backpackers

Great place

I loved my stay at the royal mile, the people there were kindly and everything was very clean, and plus, i did the bar crawl, following the advice of the hostel workers and it was really awesome! I would come back any time.

Royal Mile Backpackers

What I expected

Everything I needed for a vacation on a budget and in a perfect location. CUTEST little breakfast nook in the dining room. WiFi was good throughout the day, slowed down in the evenings when everyone was there. Plenty of character in the lobby. There was a musty smell in my room, but to be expected in a building of that age.

Melissa Y
High Street Hostel

Perfect in every single way!

I booked this fairly last minute for New Years as I was late to the party, all my friends booked their accommodation earlier on. As all other reviews state, the location is just perfect. You are as central as it gets, prime location! The only staff member I saw was great, I forget his name but he tolerated my drunk talk in the very early hours! Would certainly go back.

Matt P
Royal Mile Backpackers

Best hostel I have ever stayed in

First off, great location. The Hostel is right next to the castle and the Royal Mile. It’s also next to some really good sit down places with great food. The hostel had great customer service and the workers very helpful and efficient. They had a lot of supplies on hand like shampoo or conditioner, converters, etc. I felt safe the whole time and the rooms/bathrooms were cleaned. The bathrooms were… Read more “Best hostel I have ever stayed in”

Emily A
Castle Rock Hostel