Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score No Data
Good For Business
Old - Friendly But A Bit Worn - High Street
High Street is well run, by the Macbackpacker group (Castle Rock, Royal Mile etc) and is a big hostel - but it was a bit neglected when I went there (it is leased from an adjacent hotel, and the lease was up, with no certainty about its future).
So, I assume it being still in use, has more long term security now, so I hope its had the necesssary money spent to bring it back up to its original standard. It must have, surely?
Unique Quality: Its a sort of groovy starting point for touring Scotland on the bus tours, student-like in its decor and ambiance - painted walls and throws, plants and posters.
A down side for me was the small kitchen - with the business using it too to provide a breakfast service and burgers etc.
Its a kind of lazy backpackers hostel - suited for that sort. The "student" who isn't too adveturous, wants to join in and party, save money for the better things in life (makes sense).
I'd recommend it - I think its ok for what it is.
However, I didn't like the large % of guests being "long stay" types - with their bunk beds decorated and made all homey. The place felt a bit dominated by them and so cliquey. (This is true of most of the big, city hostels). I felt excluded from them - and its a community that doesn't sleep nights - being foreign students working on "working holiday visas", they seem to want to let of steam at night.
If this worries you - head for the SYHA hostels. Mind you - its more of a winter thing.
Directions: Just off High Street / Royal Mile
High Street Hostel
Unique Quality: I haven't stayed there for some years now since there is an age limit (26 or so) but remember it with fondness. The location is great. Step out and you are in the Royal Mile! I also found it fun that the dorms where themed and so where the beds. I have therefore slept in 'lion' in the animal room, 'makerel' in the fish room etc. There is also a 'psycho' room. In the lobby there is a huge blackboard where the staff try to write what goes on in town and where.
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