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Pollock Halls

2-star2 stars
18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH16 5AY, United Kingdom

Hostel with restaurant, near University of Edinburgh
  • Free WiFi
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Restrictions related to your trip

COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.  Check restrictions for your trip.

Property renovations and closures

The property is closed between 5 November and 25 May.
  • Could not fault anything from booking in to leaving thankyouSep 2, 2019
  • Fantastic option for safe, clean accommodation- no frills but not expecting that from…Sep 1, 2019

Pollock Halls

from £75
  • Single Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Single Room, Ensuite
  • Twin Room, Ensuite
  • Twin Room (Single Use)

What’s around Pollock Halls


  • In Newington
  • University of Edinburgh - 16-minute walk
  • Princes Street - 20-minute walk
  • Royal Mile - 21-minute walk
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse - 22-minute walk
  • Grassmarket - 23-minute walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 28-minute walk
  • George Street - 30-minute walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) 31-min drive
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) 23-min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station 25-min walk
  • Newcraighall Station 10-min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 2,000 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • On-site parking is limited

  • Electric vehicle charging point on site

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Free full breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Golfing nearby
Working away
  • Conference centre
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Lift
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Coffee/tea maker
Freshen up
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
Be entertained
  • 32-inch TV
  • Cable TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Tourism Programme, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

Pollock Halls’s small print

Also known as

  • Pollock Halls Hostel Edinburgh
  • Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First Hotel
  • Pollock Halls Edinburgh
  • Pollock Halls Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Pollock Halls Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Edinburgh
  • Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First Hotel
  • Pollock Halls Edinburgh
  • Pollock Halls Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Pollock Halls Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Edinburgh
  • Pollock Halls Hostel
  • Pollock Halls Edinburgh
  • Pollock Halls
  • First Hotel Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh First Hotel
  • Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First Hotel Edinburgh
  • Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First Scotland
  • Pollock Halls - Edinburgh 1st


Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit and window guards on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless checkout is available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Pollock Halls

  • Does Pollock Halls offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Pollock Halls does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Is Pollock Halls currently open?
    The property is closed between 5 November and 25 May.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Pollock Halls?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Pollock Halls?
    Yes. Parking spaces may be limited. Electric car charging is available.
  • Are pets allowed at Pollock Halls?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Pollock Halls?
    You can check in from 2 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Pollock Halls?
    Yes, there's an on-site restaurant that offers British cuisine. The dining venue(s) will be unavailable from 9 September 2020 to 1 March 2021 (dates subject to change). Nearby restaurants include The Salisbury Arms (4-min walk), Cafe Cassis (6-min walk) and Southpour (7-min walk).
  • What is there to do at Pollock Halls and nearby?
    Pollock Halls has a picnic area and a garden.

Recent reviews

Very good 8.4 From 416 reviews

Very good 8.0
The only minor issue I had was that my room was next to the elevator, which the noise (not terribly loud, but distinctive when quiet) could be a bit distracting when trying to get to sleep.
gb3 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
The staff at reception and everywhere were very welcoming and pleasant. The breakfasts was superb better than a four star hotel
Mubarak, gb1 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10.0
Best place for a summer stay in Edinburgh
Extremely friendly and helpful staff
Brinder S, gb1 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Clean and tidy. Easy check in. Outstanding breakfast choice. Great value evening meal.
gb1 night trip
Good 6.0
Housekeeping needs improving
Check-in was friendly but didn’t give us enough information to find our room - it was lower ground which was never mentioned. Room was okay for the money - not our choice to be overlooked by a path and the road used for deliveries. We arrived mid-afternoon and fancied a cup of tea. But there were no tea bags. I went to reception to get some but they didn’t have any. They said some would be delivered later but they never were. The next day we left for the day and got back around midnight to find the door open! A pile of laundry had also been left in the corridor. We complained to Lawrence, a manager who said it was below the standards they expected! We didn’t take any chances and for day 2 we put the sign on the door to say they could skip housekeeping that day. On day 3 we left the sign off so housekeeping would visit but when we returned around midnight the room had not been touched. On day 4 we left the sign off again and went for a walk up Arthur’s seat. We returned about 3 hours later and the room had not been touched. When we were having a shower and preparing to go out for the day I heard someone in the corridor so I went out and it was housekeeping so I asked for our room to be cleaned, which it was after we left. Basically, housekeeping needs to be managed better. Breakfast was okay - a good variety but some things were a bit bland eg eggs, tomatoes. There was an ATM on site but it charged a £1 for withdrawing cash! The gardens were amazing - very exotic.
gb5 night trip
Very good 8.0
We were very happy with Pollock Halls and would recommend staying here, especially during the Festivals when everywhere else is ridiculously expensive. The bar was friendly with good, pub food. However, the breakfast was exceptional! Plenty of food and plenty of choice - really impressive! The only criticism is that there was no wi-fi signal in the bar/restaurant - somewhat surprising at a halls of residence.
Muna, gb2 night romance trip
Good 6.0
wifi reception is very poor in rooms
wifi reception is very poor in rooms
VENKAT, gb2 night business trip
Very good 8.0
easy access to facilities, good value for money. easy access to public transport. Friendly accomodating staff.. Didn't like our room was at the rear of resturant and deliveries from 5.30am very noisey so woke us every day. we understand this is essential but should have been given choice for a noisy room at a discount.
gb3 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
The room was clean and comfortable. It was very quiet and we had no problem having a good night sleep. Although the restaurant is quite crowded and a little noisy the breakfast buffet is second to none with an excellent choice of food on offer. It is very good that you can park your car for free and it is a short bus ride to the centre of Edinburgh. It is also possible to walk if you are feeling energetic.
gb2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Secure & comfortable accomodation with restsurant &bar for meals to suit most budgets. Besutiful grounds. Close to city centre with frequent Lothian buses - tap your card and you'll be charged only the best possible fare for each whole day. Outstanding!
gb4 night trip

Pollock Halls