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Haystack Hostel

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Basic Double Room | Free WiFi, bed sheets
Basic Double Room | Free WiFi, bed sheets
Basic Double Room | Living area
Free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Haystack Hostel

Haystack Hostel

4.0 star property
Upmarket hostel, steps from Edinburgh Visit Scotland Information Centre

7.4/10 Good

50 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Shared kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
The price is £68
Price available on 5/2/2023
5/3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2AA

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In New Town
  • Royal Mile - 7 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 13 min walk
  • Princes Street - 1 min drive
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 4 min drive
  • George Street - 7 min drive
  • University of Edinburgh - 7 min drive
  • Edinburgh Zoo - 19 min drive

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 33 min drive
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) - 3 min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 4 min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 25 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)


  • Pep & Fodder - 2 min walk
  • Dishoom - 2 min walk
  • Deli Fresco - 3 min walk
  • The Ivy on the Square - 3 min walk
  • Zest - 4 min walk

About this property

Haystack Hostel

Haystack Hostel puts you 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Royal Mile and 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Edinburgh Castle. The comfortable beds and central location get good marks from fellow travellers.


Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Slovak, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 6 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions
  • This property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival. For more information, check local advisories before you book.

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival. For more information, check local advisories before you book.

Required at check-in

  • Cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No on-site parking


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • No stag or hen parties

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea in a common area


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Library


  • Czech
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Heating
  • Electric kettle

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Stovetop
  • Oven
  • Cookware, dishes and utensils


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Cash deposit: GBP 10 per stay

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Local area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

Social distancing measures are in place.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
<p>This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag and hen parties.</p><p>Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.</p><p>Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.</p> <p>This property does not have lifts.</p><p>This property accepts credit cards.</p>

Also known as

Haggis Hostels Hostel Edinburgh
Haggis Hostels Hostel
Haggis Hostels Edinburgh
Haggis Hostels
Haggis Hostels Edinburgh, Scotland
Haystack Hostel Edinburgh
Haystack Edinburgh
Haystack Hostel Edinburgh
Haystack Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Haystack Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Edinburgh

Frequently asked questions

Is Haystack Hostel currently open?
This property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival. For more information, check local advisories before you book.
How much does it cost to stay at Haystack Hostel?
As of 3 Feb 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Haystack Hostel on 5 Feb 2023 start from £68, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Does Haystack Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Haystack Hostel 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.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Haystack Hostel?
This property confirms that social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Haystack Hostel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Haystack Hostel?
Sorry, there's no on-site parking at Haystack Hostel.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Haystack Hostel?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Haystack Hostel?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Haystack Hostel and nearby?
Recommended spots to visit include St. Andrew Square (2-min walk) and Calton Hill (4-min walk), along with St. Giles' Cathedral (7-min walk) and Edinburgh Visit Scotland Information Centre (7-min walk).
Are there restaurants at or near Haystack Hostel?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Deli Fresco (3-min walk), The Ivy on the Square (3-min walk) and Zest (4-min walk).
What's the area around Haystack Hostel like?
Haystack Hostel is in New Town, a short 3-minute walk from Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) and 13 minutes' walk from Edinburgh Castle. Travellers recommend the hostel for its central location.







Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities


2/10 Poor

Anna, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Gemma, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Centrally located
Very positive iexpeeience in general. staff very helpful. Clean hostal. Cleanliness and considerate travelers.
rossana, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Friendly, helpful staff and central location.
Excellent location - very central. The many stairs up to the hostel are a slight drawback if you are carrying heavy bags although staff are extremely helpful in every respect and offered to carry my bags down stairs the day I was leaving. Comfortable kitchen. Nice to have breakfast included. Staff were fantastic and looked up bus routes for me and advised me on whether to catch the bus to the festival events etc. Mattresses on bed were a bit saggy.
2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Can't beat this location
Friendly and helpful staff. They could recommend places to go and things to eat. The shower rooms are shared but there are many bottles of shampoo and body washes left behind from other travelers for new guests to use. Mattresses are from IKEA, and not the greatest to sleep on, but my experience meeting new mates and being in close proximity to everything made my stay here very memorable. Would come back again!
Jimmy, 4-night trip
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6/10 Good

1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Good position
This is the first time I've stayed in a hostel so didn't really know what to expect so overall not a bad experience
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

Basic and convenient but need improvement
It's a really basic hostel. I was a bit surprised by the run-down condition of the building at first but the overall stay was pleasant enough. However, the bed condition must be improved. I am very used to hostel bunk beds but this one was exceptionally wobbly. The room is very small so if you get caught up in loud crowd you will suffer. I was lucky enough to stay with quiet, respectful girls. Kitchen and shower is well-equipped and clean and the breakfast is also very basic. If you catch a good deal on price then it's fair value for money. The location is extremely convenient and that alone gives you the reason to try out this hostel.
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8/10 Very good

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8/10 Very good

Clean overall, but small rooms
Clean bathrooms, clean rooms, but the rooms were crammed. Very helpful and friend staff though. Very convenient location, right in city center between Old Town and New Town. Overall good experience
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