Only one night- but thanks to it's fantastic location (just next to the bus station and in the strict centre) it may be just the place to go in case you've just arrived! Plus- it's open 24/7.
As the place is on the top floor (4th I think) and no elevator, it was a bit tiring, but not impossible to get there in the end. The service is very nice, place quite original and definatelly youth-targeted :)
Conditions were... satisfying, not Ritz maybe, but very comfy double beds will do for exhausted backpackers!
Was too hot when I was there as the sun was shining on the roof all day long... That doestn't happen often there though :P
Unique Quality: The place is a labirynth if you're not used to the long corridors chattered by fire-door. Everything covered in graffiti'alike drawings, signs, etc.
Makes a nice impression- for me a bit like a commune, part of which I have never been, but that might had been it. And the showers ;)
Directions: strict centre, 50m from the bus station, but you have to look at the map- it's a small street :)
This backpackers is run by Hoppo, who also run the Belford Hostel - so they've been around a while, and are expanding.
The best thing about the hostel is its staff - very helpful, friendly and just what you want - relaxed but with a brain!
The kitchen is really too small, so if you want to cook to keep costs down - this is a warning, but off season this'd not matter.
Entry is through glass doors into a lobby and reception - and they use a buzzer so staff can see who comes in. this gave me confidence, if not being much protection, I don't know.
After reception, you head up stairs to the rooms. Its all very impressive - the building - must have been something expensive once - offices or apartments.
The beds are good bunks - the showers were in need of attention with leaks but this was two years back and i assume its now sorted.
Location is excellent - cobbled streets, night life - all close at hand. Maybe too close for some?
Unique Quality: They have additional accommodation near by in flats - more money but privacy and double beds - so you can have your own flat for a week - well worth it in my book!!!
Its very close to everything, yet the street is quiet - and loads of good / odd shops!!
Hostel owners run a bar adjacent - good for chatting and is a sort of living room - cool and sophisticated - but can get busy with groups - but a nice touch. I guess this is how they make additional money, and why the self catering kitchen isn't a priority.
If the same management team are there - it'll be good. Managers name was Brad.
Directions: Cockburn (pronounce this one!!! - its Coh-burn ;-) thats English for you!)
Cockburn Street connects High Street / Royal Mile with Waverley and Princes Street - yet its quiet.
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Address: 65 Cockburn St., Edinburgh, EH1 1BU, United Kingdom