Bruntsfield Youth Hostel
Lovely Location - Big Roomed Bruntsfield HI
Your typical HI hostel, run by the Scottish YHA.
I love the location, on Bruntsfield Links (Park) but the hostel suffers from being busy, used by coach loads and having big rooms.
I prefer to use HI Hostels in Edinburgh for reasons of security, safety and sleep. Its a personal choice. However, there can be lots of guests avoiding talking to each other. Depends on the staff breaking the ice.
My memory is of a hot, sweaty, stale room, remenicent of the tropics - which suited the Aussies in my dorm - but I wasn't happy that they kept closing the old sash window (it only opened a few inches, for security) and the smell was horrid. The radiators were on full, in that institutional boiler "on or off" way, stewing me in others BO. 20 other bodies. I felt they all hated the cold, and hated me for opening the window. Ahh, aussies, so happy when sober in Britain. Not.
Unique Quality: I understand the old managers have left now, since my last stay. Since hostels are 50% the people who run them, thats a good thing, but I don't know the current team running it. I tend to shy away from foreign school parties nowadays, to avoid the noise and cigarettes.
A Good choice of accommodation if you want better cleanliness, a professional organisation and staff in uniform. Security and night time rstrictions are very welcome for sleepers too. Entry is via a locked front door and a code lock beside reception - significant for safety and valuable property (what isn't when travelling?).
Tends to be the second option - with SYHA Eglington being more popular for its smaller rooms. This may also refelect the previous cranky staff at Bruntsfield.
Directions: Bruntsfield Links - Very Good Area - Recommended.
Explore the Links, Cinemas and Morningside - Nice areas to live. Posh.
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