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a&o Edinburgh City

Old Town Edinburgh hostel with restaurant and bar/lounge

  • Free WiFi
From
£25

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50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE, Scotland, United Kingdom
7.6.Good.
  • good thing about this hostel is the location very central , walking distance to the…

    Sep 11, 2021

  • My bed had no curtain round it and no shelf/place for glasses and phone

    Sep 7, 2021

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser

Guests rated location

Walkable
Convenient
Safe
Shopping
Dining options
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 132 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk

Feel at home

  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lift

What’s around

  • In Old Town Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Vaults - 2-minute walk
  • Royal Mile - 2-minute walk
  • Princes Street - 2-minute walk
  • Museum of Childhood - 2-minute walk
  • Festival Theatre - 4-minute walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

Guests
  • One Bed in a Dorm Room for 4 people
  • One Bed in a Dorm Room for 6 people
  • One Bed in a Dorm Room for 8 people
  • One Bed in a Dorm Room for 10 People
  • One Bed in a Dorm Room for 12 people
  • Twin Room
  • Family Room (Single over Double)
  • Quadruple Room (4 people)
  • Triple (Bunk Bed & Single)
  • Basic Shared Dormitory, Women only
  • Single Room
  • Private Dorm Room Ensuite

Location

50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • In Old Town Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Vaults - 2-minute walk
  • Royal Mile - 2-minute walk

What’s around

Landmarks

  • In Old Town Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Vaults - 2-minute walk
  • Royal Mile - 2-minute walk
  • Princes Street - 2-minute walk
  • Museum of Childhood - 2-minute walk
  • Festival Theatre - 4-minute walk
  • Surgeon's Hall - 4-minute walk
  • City Chambers - 5-minute walk
  • Parliament House - 5-minute walk
  • Real Mary King's Close - 5-minute walk
  • City Art Centre - 5-minute walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) 18-min drive
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) 5-min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station 7-min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station 26-min walk

At a glance

Size

  • 132 rooms

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-anytime
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Express check-out

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

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

Children

  • No cots (infant beds)

Pets

  • Pets allowed (dogs only)*

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Snack bar/deli

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities

Facilities

  • Lift
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Assistive listening devices available

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Polish
  • Spanish

In the room

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

More

  • Daily housekeeping

Special features

Dining

Bar 50 – This pub serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 6.8 for adults and GBP 3.4 for children (approximately)
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge of GBP 10 (subject to availability)
  • Late checkout can be arranged for an extra charge of GBP 10.00 (subject to availability)

PetsPay at property

  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of GBP 10 per pet, per night
  • Service animals exempt from fees

Hygiene & cleanliness

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; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Policies

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property accepts major credit cards, Visa, Mastercard, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

  • Smart City Hostels Safestay Hostel Edinburgh
  • a&o Edinburgh City Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • a&o Edinburgh City Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Edinburgh
  • Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile Edinburgh
  • Smart City Hostels by Safestay
  • Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile Hostel
  • Safestay Royal Mile Hostel
  • Safestay Royal Mile
  • Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile
  • Safestay Edinburgh
  • Smart City Hostels Safestay Hostel
  • Smart City Hostels Edinburgh
  • a o Edinburgh City
  • a&o Edinburgh City Edinburgh
  • Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile
  • a&o Edinburgh City Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • a&o Edinburgh City Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Edinburgh
  • Smart City Hostels Safestay Edinburgh
  • Smart City Hostels Safestay
  • Safestay Edinburgh Hostel
  • Smart City Hostels by Safestay
  • a o Edinburgh City
  • a&o Edinburgh City Edinburgh
  • Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile

*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges

FAQs

  • Yes, a&o Edinburgh City does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, dogs are welcome. There's a charge of GBP 10 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.
  • You can check in from 3:00 PM - anytime. There's a charge of GBP 10 for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 10 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge of GBP 10.00 (subject to availability). Express check-out is available.
  • Yes, there's an on-site restaurant, Bar 50. Nearby restaurants include Patisserie Valerie (3-min walk), Ciao Roma (3-min walk) and No.1 High Street (3-min walk).
  • A&o Edinburgh City has a garden.
7.6.Good.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Good for the price

    For the price it’s really good, a private en suite room for less than £25 is great. Having a fan in the room was nice as it was a warm night. Was quiet and genuinely felt safe. I’d recommend it to anyone that’s on a budget and needs somewhere safe to sleep. I stayed in the twin bunk bed room.

    Aaron, 1 night trip, Jun 15, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Best value accommodation in Edinburgh by far...

    It was great i stayed there 13 years ago when Iit was under different management the place is better than before the staff were friendly the bar staff were very helpful and friendly the atmosphere was out of this world. ..i highly recommend this place to anyone. ..😊😊😊

    Simon, 2 night trip, May 18, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Price and location 10!

    Maria, 1 night trip, Sep 20, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    First time, staying in a hostel. Pleasently surprised. Good central location jusy off the royal mile. Very reasonably priced. Good sized rooms with comfy beds and ensuite shower and toilet facilities. Good bar and food down stairs. Would stay again.

    Liam, 2 night business trip, Dec 15, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Centrally located just off The Royal Mile and convenient for Edinburgh Waverley Station. Staff were friendly and helpful.

    4 night trip, Dec 10, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Great location on Cowgate, close to nightlife and station (if you know the shortcuts up the steps!)

    1 night trip, Sep 26, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    it was ok to stay one - two night but i think I cannot stay any longer. it was quite noisy out if the door with teenagers and someone try to open the door of my room.

    1 night trip with friends, Sep 13, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    The only bad thing is that it is such a struggle to get to the rooms from the reception. You have to go through many doors, the pub, stairs. It is cool when you don’t have big luggages to bring with you.

    1 night family trip, Sep 12, 2019

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  • 4.0.Fair

    Not sure if I'll be back again

    I've stayed in Safestay many many times and always have returned because of the great location and that it's usually so easy / hassle free and calm at nights. This time though I had the upper bunk and somebody below me kept poking and lifting my mattress the whole night. I was angry but so, so tired and tried to sleep, but now regret not making a scene about it. What kind of person does somethings like that?

    1 night trip, Sep 5, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Amazing place very clean

    Juan C, 3 night trip, Aug 17, 2019

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