High Street Hostel

8-18 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh EH1 1NE

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About Us

We are Edinburgh’s original independent hostel !!! Opening our doors to world travellers as far back as 1985. Originally our building – Morton House – was the town-house of the Earl of Morton, he briefly ruled Scotland but was later beheaded due to his involvement in the assassination of the lover of Mary Queen of Scots. Since then Edinburgh has moved on a fair bit and so has our building too! With wifi, bedside USB sockets, self-catering kitchen, great showers and fabulous and friendly social areas we offer ideal budget accommodation set amidst some pretty ancient architecture. Even though we are a buzzing place, right in the city centre with a wonderful nightlife on our doorstep you can still occasionally see the Earl trudging disapprovingly through the hostel, holding his head in his hands!!!

Things to know while staying with us during COVID

As we open again it’s important to note how things have changed at High Street. Please take note of the new rules and changes at the hostel during COVID:

  • Reception open from 07:00-11:00 and 17:00-23:00
  • Breakfast will not be served
  • Private rooms for each group
  • Private showers and toilets for each group
  • No use of in house kitchen by guests
  • No hiring of towels 
  • No laundry services
  • Extra cleaning shifts daily 
  • Check in from 17:00
  • Masks are mandatory in common areas
  • No use of main lounge
  • No hot drinks 
  • Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations throughout hostel
  • No walk in reservations. Please book online.
  • No events
  • Touch points in hostel cleaned 4x per day

Things to Know

  • FREE Bed linen
  • FREE Thursday Pub crawl
  • FREE Lockers with locks
  • FREE Movie nights & popcorn
  • FREE Coffee, tea and hot chocolate
  • FREE Hair dryers
  • FREE Electrical adaptors
  • FREE Wi-FI in every room
  • FREE Book exchange
  • Breakfast for £1.90
  • Kitchen use and fridge space
  • No curfew Luggage
  • Bike storage
  • Minutes walk from the bus and train
  • Towel rental for £0.50
  • Laundry service for £4.00
  • Local food and drink discounts

Reviews

High Street Hostel - Edinburgh
5.0
Based on 165 reviews
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John Fraser
John Fraser
2020-04-18T22:20:33+0000
Friendly staff good kitchen and very clean
Elizabeth DePue
Elizabeth DePue
2020-03-08T14:46:31+0000
We stayed at High Street Hostel in May of 2018 and loved it! Yes, the twin room was tiny. But the location was perfect... and it was wonderful to stay in a building with so much history.read more
Master King
Master King
2020-02-17T15:33:23+0000
Bad costumers service Durty place Full of bugs High racisme
Sonia Schroder
Sonia Schroder
2019-07-10T21:47:30+0000
lugar agradable, limpio, seguro, amplio
Beth McNicoll
Beth McNicoll
2018-11-12T15:10:30+0000
I love it here. This place feels like home 🏠
Alann Thomazo
Alann Thomazo
2013-03-26T08:08:05+0000
Miki Loo
Miki Loo
2018-06-09T18:21:37+0000
Amazing place that you will never forget!
Jordyn Perreault-Laird
Jordyn Perreault-Laird
2018-05-03T03:46:38+0000
Cristian Fasoli
Cristian Fasoli
2018-01-31T15:25:32+0000
Alex Tarlia
Alex Tarlia
2018-01-29T18:56:06+0000
Fabian Celi
Fabian Celi
2018-01-08T19:49:25+0000
Janette Tam
Janette Tam
2017-06-05T09:56:50+0000
I was staying here for 2 nights. The bathroom and the linen are clean. Staffs are nice. Bathroom and toilet here are... shared between male and female. The hostel is very near the royal miles, many restaurants and shops beside, as well as a supermarket in 5 min walk.read more
Priscila De Lima Silva
Priscila De Lima Silva
2017-05-25T21:33:30+0000
Mary Dobbs
Mary Dobbs
2017-05-15T12:12:17+0000
Xavier Cini
Xavier Cini
2017-04-03T17:43:30+0000
Laetitia Daïdé
Laetitia Daïdé
2017-03-19T17:44:11+0000
Robert Bartl
Robert Bartl
2017-03-19T17:16:16+0000
Manuel Scheuermann
Manuel Scheuermann
2017-03-19T13:42:45+0000
Ben Jammin
Ben Jammin
2017-03-19T13:28:53+0000
Meg Birley
Meg Birley
2017-02-03T06:12:43+0000
Stayed here as a last minite decision on the 1st if Feb It was fine but just little bits like the reception area stank... of stale smoke and the showers weren't that clean. Bed was clean enough but the room smelt of something manky. I probably won't go back again seeing as there's such a choice in the city was just one of the cheapest. Staff were lovely and helpfulread more
Chutima Nutyra
Chutima Nutyra
2016-09-20T14:13:12+0000
戴吐司
戴吐司
2016-08-01T17:30:24+0000
Bea Møller
Bea Møller
2016-07-23T22:03:40+0000
Barbora Šmejkalová
Barbora Šmejkalová
2016-06-16T11:00:58+0000
Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson
2016-06-13T05:17:49+0000
Mapar Ramírez
Mapar Ramírez
2016-06-01T14:48:55+0000
Ed Blancmor
Ed Blancmor
2016-03-10T12:16:08+0000
Excelente lugar!! Muy limpio, personas amables, ampliamente recomendable!
Pie Verhulst
Pie Verhulst
2016-01-26T11:07:08+0000
Every things was perfect! Nice place and cool people. Good memories.
Robert Williams
Robert Williams
2015-11-19T12:13:30+0000
Lucia Iacovino
Lucia Iacovino
2015-07-27T19:49:34+0000
Philip Klinger
Philip Klinger
2015-06-05T17:35:07+0000
Helen Worland
Helen Worland
2015-05-20T16:13:29+0000
Some of the best - and most ridiculous - years 0 my life spent here! Legiondary!
Alex Midžić
Alex Midžić
2015-04-09T21:19:49+0000
Excellent location, helpful staff and relaxed atmosphere.
Devrie Donalson
Devrie Donalson
2015-02-03T00:10:59+0000
Verónica Rafferty
Verónica Rafferty
2014-12-25T05:49:17+0000
Sara Crossley
Sara Crossley
2014-12-23T00:14:48+0000
My absolute favourite hostel. I can't wait to return!
Jack Hughes
Jack Hughes
2014-12-22T22:41:15+0000
Absolutely amazing, ideal for Royal Mile shopping and heading to the castle. Deffo coming back someday 🙂
Bizzy Graham
Bizzy Graham
2014-11-25T11:11:17+0000
Corinne Kaufmann
Corinne Kaufmann
2014-11-10T13:31:16+0000
Staffan Kolhammar
Staffan Kolhammar
2014-11-04T19:48:21+0000
Thaís Marchis
Thaís Marchis
2014-08-18T09:15:54+0000
Hiroshi Shimizu
Hiroshi Shimizu
2014-08-01T18:02:57+0000
Alexandre Augusto
Alexandre Augusto
2014-07-09T16:42:34+0000
Dayvid Dario
Dayvid Dario
2014-07-06T19:31:17+0000
Seggio Dominique
Seggio Dominique
2014-06-26T19:05:15+0000
Elaine Silva
Elaine Silva
2014-06-25T20:12:18+0000
Mattia Giovannini
Mattia Giovannini
2014-06-20T21:55:08+0000
Juliano Gomes
Juliano Gomes
2014-06-18T23:24:09+0000
Christian Bos
Christian Bos
2014-06-17T17:42:05+0000
Miriam Barber
Miriam Barber
2014-06-16T10:22:05+0000
Tatalie HP
Tatalie HP
2014-06-16T09:35:37+0000
Vaniele Weinrich
Vaniele Weinrich
2014-06-10T00:06:59+0000
Vivien Heullant
Vivien Heullant
2014-06-04T19:07:17+0000
Becki Wood
Becki Wood
2014-06-02T18:40:06+0000
Love love love this place alma and Neil made it even better will miss you guys. Will post pics soon.
Lau Barbapapa
Lau Barbapapa
2014-05-31T12:41:02+0000
Paula Jones
Paula Jones
2014-05-09T11:47:59+0000
Barbora Red
Barbora Red
2014-04-12T11:44:17+0000
Awesome hostel, the best I've ever stayed in.
Krista BW
Krista BW
2014-03-29T22:50:00+0000
Maisa Mäntyvaara
Maisa Mäntyvaara
2014-03-23T21:41:45+0000
Sébastien Mathurin
Sébastien Mathurin
2014-03-03T08:51:54+0000
Ritz Linx
Ritz Linx
2014-02-20T16:11:25+0000
Melissa Van Sandt
Melissa Van Sandt
2014-02-15T19:57:23+0000
Alex Kilbee
Alex Kilbee
2014-01-25T12:34:42+0000
LoLa Parlagreco
LoLa Parlagreco
2014-01-13T13:41:50+0000
Samara Dumont Fadigas
Samara Dumont Fadigas
2014-01-12T16:15:26+0000
Beatriz Casselli
Beatriz Casselli
2014-01-12T12:03:48+0000
Excelente pase mi cumpleanos en el hostel marzo 2013 feliz 2014 a todo el staf ... !!!! han dejado un hermoso recuerdo tanto a mis hijos como a mi !read more
Nat Watt
Nat Watt
2014-01-11T02:25:52+0000
Federica Romeo
Federica Romeo
2014-01-10T11:36:06+0000
Aäron De Fruyt
Aäron De Fruyt
2014-01-10T08:58:39+0000
Constantinos Calaghan
Constantinos Calaghan
2014-01-08T21:11:59+0000
Paul Higgins
Paul Higgins
2013-12-28T04:23:28+0000
Hangeul  Lee
Hangeul Lee
2013-12-24T06:01:42+0000
Joyce Coelho
Joyce Coelho
2013-12-21T02:06:44+0000
Fernando Soares
Fernando Soares
2013-12-14T06:12:15+0000
Selma Bron-Jurrema
Selma Bron-Jurrema
2013-12-10T22:12:01+0000
Ricardo Almeida
Ricardo Almeida
2013-12-04T22:14:14+0000
Mathieu Deboffe
Mathieu Deboffe
2013-11-28T09:36:39+0000
Anne Kirstine
Anne Kirstine
2013-11-28T04:46:57+0000
Rebekka Lukkarinen
Rebekka Lukkarinen
2013-11-24T16:37:45+0000
Claire Elizabeth
Claire Elizabeth
2013-11-11T20:10:53+0000
Celinda Margutier
Celinda Margutier
2013-11-06T18:39:22+0000
Akane  Shiho
Akane Shiho
2013-10-21T11:05:33+0000
Soph Cr
Soph Cr
2013-10-18T14:07:32+0000
Matthew Tung
Matthew Tung
2013-10-16T20:52:08+0000
Melanie Ni Rhibheargh
Melanie Ni Rhibheargh
2013-10-13T21:08:03+0000
I found a little bit of myself that I never knew I had and that I still treasure in this place.. that thing is made up... of a number of beautiful people, some great parties, and fond memories of breakfast duty!read more
Sarah Gibbs
Sarah Gibbs
2013-10-13T15:20:46+0000
Cristina Montefiori
Cristina Montefiori
2013-10-12T17:59:17+0000
Sam Williamson
Sam Williamson
2013-10-07T17:55:08+0000
Pamela Kiely
Pamela Kiely
2013-10-05T17:37:39+0000
Leon Varga
Leon Varga
2013-10-04T17:37:41+0000
Montse Serra Romero
Montse Serra Romero
2013-10-01T11:51:58+0000
Montse Serra Romero
Montse Serra Romero
2013-10-01T11:51:57+0000
Clinton OD
Clinton OD
2013-09-29T21:21:06+0000
Lisa Brady
Lisa Brady
2013-09-29T12:36:58+0000
stayed for two nights there, loved it really nice place, and really helpful staff 🙂
Nathan Maiden
Nathan Maiden
2013-09-20T17:36:31+0000
Great place, great staff, I never want to leave
Loick La Plume
Loick La Plume
2013-09-20T11:09:12+0000
Benjamin Wolf
Benjamin Wolf
2013-09-11T09:47:29+0000
Lucía Retta
Lucía Retta
2013-09-04T12:26:45+0000
Kari Walker
Kari Walker
2013-08-31T22:51:34+0000
Sawyer Wang
Sawyer Wang
2013-08-31T03:19:08+0000
Aaron Goh
Aaron Goh
2013-08-28T18:26:19+0000
Theresia Wastlhuber
Theresia Wastlhuber
2013-08-16T21:14:39+0000
Sunny Von Der Sonnenheide
Sunny Von Der Sonnenheide
2013-08-15T14:28:08+0000
Pere Macià
Pere Macià
2013-08-15T13:58:17+0000
許大熊
許大熊
2013-08-14T15:31:59+0000
Nicolas Poirieux
Nicolas Poirieux
2013-08-13T20:45:40+0000
Kannan Malik
Kannan Malik
2013-08-12T14:56:28+0000
Chantal Niemeijer
Chantal Niemeijer
2013-08-11T16:27:49+0000
Kerry White
Kerry White
2013-08-08T09:52:08+0000
Anais Martin
Anais Martin
2013-08-07T12:58:03+0000
Stefan Weber
Stefan Weber
2013-08-02T12:29:22+0000
Aksel Wundrach
Aksel Wundrach
2013-07-27T09:41:54+0000
Fernanda Bierhals
Fernanda Bierhals
2013-07-19T23:07:15+0000
Margarita Vitalievna
Margarita Vitalievna
2013-07-09T13:44:37+0000
Aurelien Novak
Aurelien Novak
2013-06-28T10:12:15+0000
Robert Biro
Robert Biro
2013-06-22T16:48:22+0000
Jed Frost
Jed Frost
2013-06-22T00:17:12+0000
Flavia Effy
Flavia Effy
2013-06-20T10:55:31+0000
Julio Cesar Xavier de Almeida
Julio Cesar Xavier de Almeida
2013-06-18T03:25:00+0000
Pat Ti Bonnet
Pat Ti Bonnet
2013-06-17T11:44:30+0000
Isabella Carrera
Isabella Carrera
2013-06-16T20:57:17+0000
Fernanda Palma
Fernanda Palma
2013-06-11T00:11:33+0000
Eri Wallace
Eri Wallace
2013-06-09T01:41:53+0000
Jorge Marques
Jorge Marques
2013-05-30T17:43:15+0000
Simone Guttà
Simone Guttà
2013-05-29T14:22:05+0000
Mattia Bellini
Mattia Bellini
2013-05-23T20:00:36+0000
Courtney Willett
Courtney Willett
2013-05-22T03:06:01+0000
Sofia Weiberth
Sofia Weiberth
2013-05-21T16:07:51+0000
Cláudia Fusco
Cláudia Fusco
2013-05-16T20:34:12+0000
Natalia Canova
Natalia Canova
2013-05-16T02:16:51+0000
Marco Saez
Marco Saez
2013-05-15T14:50:19+0000
Katie Ratthavinij
Katie Ratthavinij
2013-05-02T16:27:37+0000
Nicola Brizzolara
Nicola Brizzolara
2013-05-01T18:34:13+0000
Rob Dunlop
Rob Dunlop
2013-04-27T19:48:08+0000
Tara Stewart
Tara Stewart
2013-04-26T23:40:57+0000
Cari Oliveira
Cari Oliveira
2013-04-25T14:39:42+0000
Таня Г.
Таня Г.
2013-04-17T17:01:03+0000
Really nice hostel, I will return!!
Maddy Wombat Stone
Maddy Wombat Stone
2013-04-05T16:24:59+0000
Sergio Limones
Sergio Limones
2013-03-14T03:08:12+0000
Dóra Roberta Perényi
Dóra Roberta Perényi
2013-03-13T16:02:10+0000
Diana Simmonds Maestú
Diana Simmonds Maestú
2013-03-11T19:44:31+0000
Sarang Jain
Sarang Jain
2013-02-23T11:35:34+0000
Gianluca Rossi
Gianluca Rossi
2013-02-20T18:00:06+0000
Gabrielle Sun
Gabrielle Sun
2013-02-19T02:43:59+0000
Guilherme Balbinot
Guilherme Balbinot
2013-02-18T14:35:41+0000
Vinícius T. Furlan
Vinícius T. Furlan
2013-02-18T03:22:44+0000
Sylvia Maria Affonso Silva
Sylvia Maria Affonso Silva
2013-02-14T11:29:59+0000
Timothy Latterner
Timothy Latterner
2013-02-11T15:55:13+0000
Maxime Massot
Maxime Massot
2013-01-19T17:18:48+0000
Jib Praosiri Charusalaipong
Jib Praosiri Charusalaipong
2013-01-12T21:15:48+0000
Tobias Schaller
Tobias Schaller
2013-01-10T19:36:16+0000
Agata Jarosławska
Agata Jarosławska
2013-01-05T15:50:06+0000
Carla Keiko
Carla Keiko
2013-01-03T15:48:19+0000
Denis Gómez Gómez
Denis Gómez Gómez
2012-12-18T14:50:28+0000
Ana Dominguez Gonzalez
Ana Dominguez Gonzalez
2012-12-13T10:54:14+0000
Oscar Martorell
Oscar Martorell
2012-12-12T23:09:44+0000
Krish Mo
Krish Mo
2012-12-12T00:39:49+0000
Yu Hsiang Wang
Yu Hsiang Wang
2012-12-10T16:01:14+0000
Mohammad Yasin Rume
Mohammad Yasin Rume
2012-12-09T19:17:46+0000
Amanda Louise Murs
Amanda Louise Murs
2012-12-08T19:43:35+0000
Kalina Paczkowska
Kalina Paczkowska
2012-12-08T09:29:35+0000
Sinclair Cohen
Sinclair Cohen
2012-12-08T08:29:20+0000
Charlene Woolley
Charlene Woolley
2012-12-06T21:44:18+0000
Barbora Losová
Barbora Losová
2012-12-05T23:31:28+0000
Laura Bortolaso
Laura Bortolaso
2012-12-03T22:10:51+0000
Jacqueline Connell
Jacqueline Connell
2012-12-01T23:13:49+0000
Vickie Pan
Vickie Pan
2012-11-21T04:08:36+0000
Chompoonut Nutsathapana
Chompoonut Nutsathapana
2012-11-21T02:37:03+0000
Kajsa Persson Lopez
Kajsa Persson Lopez
2012-11-18T16:28:34+0000
Veronika Briatkova
Veronika Briatkova
2012-11-16T19:44:29+0000
Jaume Jimenez Montoliu
Jaume Jimenez Montoliu
2012-11-12T12:53:44+0000
Patricia Anderson
Patricia Anderson
2012-11-07T00:00:21+0000
Jonathan Bouvrette
Jonathan Bouvrette
2012-11-06T21:20:37+0000
Antonio Rinaldi
Antonio Rinaldi
2012-11-06T15:05:14+0000
Gérard Trang
Gérard Trang
2012-11-06T09:34:22+0000
Sylvia Martinez Folch
Sylvia Martinez Folch
2012-11-05T13:24:59+0000
Eliza Day
Eliza Day
2012-11-01T20:37:35+0000
Nicholas Mingo Terribili
Nicholas Mingo Terribili
2012-10-30T16:37:26+0000
Patrick Schimmel
Patrick Schimmel
2012-10-30T13:12:20+0000
Serge Cornu
Serge Cornu
2012-10-26T18:28:41+0000
Flávio Piteira
Flávio Piteira
2012-10-25T16:14:36+0000
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Booking Policies

Strictly no stag or hen parties.
You will need photographic ID to sign.
Please note if you are booking for more than 5 people you need to contact us directly before making the booking.
Be aware that if you book for a group without contacting us directly, your reservation will be cancelled and you will lose your 10% deposit.
If guests are under the age of 18 you must contact the hostel first for the manager’s approval.
Our cancellation policy is 48 hours prior to 10:30am on the day of arrival. No-shows will be charged the equivalent of two nights stay.

Contact Us

Telephone:
+44 (0) 131 557 3984
Email:
highstreet@macbackpackerstours.com
Facebook:
/TheHighStreetHostel
Address:
High Street Hostel
8-18 Blackfriars St
Edinburgh
EH1 1NE
Scotland

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