Belford Hostel

6 - 8 Douglas Gardens, Edinburgh, EH4 3DA, United Kingdom

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  • Families50
  • Couples35
  • Solo62
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    I would NOT reccommend this hostel.

    The "rooms" consisted of 3 extremely squeeky bunk beds. Any movement whatsoever would cause the entire bed to screech loudly, echoing throughout the entire converted church. The sound echoed throughout since the "rooms" had no ceiling--they were office cubicle style walls that stopped just above the top of the top bunk. As a converted church, the place had cathedral ceilings. The combination caused ANY noise to echo throughout the entire place.

    While supposedly Belford has no curfew, my friends and I came back to find our key worked for the front door, but our individual cubicle-room had been locked! (We were the only ones staying in that room, so it wasn't another occupant locking us out.)

    In addition, this hostel is significantly farther from the tourist areas than other hostels in a similar price range. Stay here only if EVERYWHERE else is booked full.

    I stayed here in the spring of 2003.

    Unique Quality: Unique style--converted church.

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    One of Hoppo's - Converted Church - Belford


    Looks great, what a lovely building to stay in - a converted church.

    Hoppo are another well established company running a number of hostels, so they know what they are doing.

    I haven't stayed a night here so cannot comment on the beds. Its very much got the backpacker feel - a strong mix of hormones, youthful liberation and excitement. A gathering of young minds in adult bodies! I'm just a bit old in the head now.

    Unique Quality: Recently added security to the front door, so its harder to get in unless a guest lets you in. Has anyone ever questioned someone trying to get in a hostel? Its all very hoppo happy. At least the security is there, should it be needed.

    Its a good part of town to be, near Haymarket, so close to good social life but off the main drag.

    A typical backpacker hostel - great if you fit in or want to fit in.

    Directions: Near Haymarket / West of Princes Street - A good part of town.

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    Belford Hostel


    about £15??

    Unique Quality: The hostel is inside of an old church!!! Is that unique or what?! There are only walls in the rooms, when you look up, there's the high lovely-painted church-roof!!! It was a bit weird, but alright! There's also a pub downstairs.

    Directions: I don't remember the exact address (could it be Belford Rd?), but it's not too far from the main road (Princess St).

  • We stayed at the Belford...


    We stayed at the Belford Hostel for 5 days. It's reasonably priced, run by great people and is far enough from Prince's Street to be a little quieter. We walked from the Belford to Prince's Street (downtown) in about 10 minutes. If you're there for a bit and not used to walking, I'd recommend catching the buses instead. :)
    We went for Hogmanay, which was a little more than usual (it also included a pub crawl and Street Party passes). I think the standard rate is 26 GBP/night.

    Unique Quality: It's in a converted church, which is cool right off the bat. It has laundry facilities (2 washers and 2 dryers). There's a bar and a pool table downstairs. The best quality of the Belford is the helpfulness of the people who work there.

    Directions: It's outside of 'downtown'. To be honest, I can't recall the address. :(

More about Belford Hostel

Decent hostel

by joits about Belford Hostel

One of the most unusual hostels I've stayed in that's for sure. It used to be an old church which was then converted into a hostel. Basically the main room was divided into several cubicles where they crammed about six beds. There also is no roof, just the main church roof high above. This means that it can be quite noisy as sounds travel quite easily. Lucky for me I was dead tired having just arrived in London and then taking another train up to Scotland and so all the noise had no effect on me. Its not really that noisy, but you still can hear whispering, laughter, etc.

If you've never stayed in a hostel, it an take a bit to get used to it. You share your room with a bunch of strangers who may decide to change right in front of you. There's a few showers for the whole hostel to share. Same thing for the restrooms. They have double rooms but they are a bit pricey.

The hostel is located about 15 - 20 mins from Edinburgh's city centre (note the spelling of "centre", we're in Europe after all). Or if you are too lazy to walk, you an take the train (nearest trainstation is Haymarket I think) or a bus. Like any hostel, its quite fun to stay here because there's people up 24 hours. Just go down to the common room and play some pool and meet people from all over the world. Or just chill out in the TV room, there's a DVD player or you can just watch some British telly.


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Address: 6 - 8 Douglas Gardens, Edinburgh, EH4 3DA, United Kingdom