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


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… Read more “Optimal hostel experience!”

Elise D

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.… Read more “Incredible value, especially because of the location!”

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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

+44 (0) 131 557 3984
High Street Hostel
8-18 Blackfriars St