Haystack Hostel
5/3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh - Scotland, EH2 2AA, United Kingdom
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5/3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh - Scotland, EH2 2AA, United Kingdom
Just 50 metres from Edinburgh’s bustling Princes Street, Haystack Hostel is set in a renovated 18th-century Georgian building. It offers a 24-hour reception with free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped shared kitchen. With luxurious wooden triple bunks, the dorms are all equipped with individual power and USB sockets, reading lights, and bed linen. Shared bathroom facilities include large showers and separate men's and women's bathrooms. Shops, bars and restaurants surround Haystack Hostel, and Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station is less than 150 metres away. Impressive Edinburgh Castle is only 0.5 miles’ walk. The kitchen and dining area features a full range of kitchenware as well as integrated oven/hobs, fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle. The lounge area provides additional space to relax and socialise. Secure luggage lockers are available for guests, alongside a laundry service and Wi-Fi access throughout the building.

Hotel Services and Facilities

Free WiFi Free parking Free breakfast Pet friendly

Hotel facilities

  • Free Internet Available
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Internet In Public Areas
  • No Smoking Rooms/Facilities
  • Games Room
  • Laundry
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Family room
  • Internet services
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Library
  • Heating
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Ticket service
  • Luggage storage
  • WiFi
  • Shared kitchen
  • Lockers
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • WiFi everywhere
  • 24-hour security
  • Self Laundry
  • WiFi available in all areas
  • laundry room
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Tickets to attractions or shows
  • Breakfast options
  • Pub crawls
  • Walking tours
  • Key access
  • Smoke alarms
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Fire extinguishers
  • No single-use plastics
  • No single-use toiletries
  • Towel change upon request
  • Towels changed upon request
  • Carbon monoxide source
  • Single-use miniature toiletry bottles (including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, moisturiser, hand soap)
  • Guests have the option to reuse towels
  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus
  • Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with WHO guidelines
  • Room is disinfected daily
  • Rooms sealed for guest after cleaning
  • Social distancing in dining areas
  • Food can be delivered to guests room
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
  • Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed
  • Hand sanitizer in room and common areas
  • Process in place to check health of guests
  • First aid kit available
  • Contactless check-in/check-out
  • Cashless payment available
  • Social distancing rules
  • Mobile app for room service
  • Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas
  • Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning
  • Physical distancing in dining areas
  • Food can be delivered to guest accommodation
  • Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas
  • Physical distancing rules
  • All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized
  • Guests can opt-out of accommodation cleaning service
  • Physical distancing rules followed
  • Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay
  • Access to health care professionals
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stayed in May, 2020
Guest Score 9 out of 10
Wonderful
Excellent location, central and walking distance to everything you want to do in Edinburgh. Staff were very pleasant and eager to help. Rooms were comfortable, Wi-Fi worked well, breakfast was good, showers were warm. Rooms were value for money. No complaints, would definitely stay here again.
Not that I didn't like it, but be aware that you need to climb three floors of tight stairways to access the hostel - if you have a large suitcase with wheels you're going to have a rough few minutes getting it up there.
stayed in March, 2020
Guest Score 8 out of 10
Very Good
Friendly staff, always ready to help :) Thank you! Great location, spacious shower rooms, everything was clean
stayed in March, 2020
Guest Score 10 out of 10
Exceptional
stayed in March, 2020
Guest Score 6 out of 10
Pleasant
Great location, good bed
Very noisy at night. The common room is in the middle of the rooms and the walls are paper thin.
stayed in March, 2020
Guest Score 10 out of 10
Exceptional
Everything
Nothing
stayed in March, 2020
Guest Score 7.9 out of 10
Good
Very welcoming staff Cleanliness Location
Noise
stayed in March, 2020
Guest Score 9 out of 10
Wonderful
stayed in March, 2020
Guest Score 10 out of 10
Exceptional
Beds were comfy and private. Shower rooms were huge. Was located close to everything, less than 10 minutes walk to all the shops and tourist attractions.
The stairs haha
stayed in March, 2020
Guest Score 7 out of 10
Good
Very friendly staff, curtains on the bed were amazing !
Breakfast was very very simple, lots of stairs to get to the hostel. Last day we had to wait for ages to check out because didn't know where the guy from the reception was.
stayed in March, 2020
Guest Score 7 out of 10
Good
Enough room to move around at bedroom, diner room and showers! Employees were really nice and helpful!
In the room it was quite hot, dispute not every bed was filled.
stayed in March, 2020
Guest Score 10 out of 10
Exceptional
stayed in February, 2020
Guest Score 10 out of 10
Exceptional
stayed in February, 2020
Guest Score 7 out of 10
Good
Friendly staff, nice kitchen for making meal
Bunk beds were 3 stacked what leaves barely space to sit for taller person.
stayed in February, 2020
Guest Score 8.3 out of 10
Very Good
stayed in February, 2020
Guest Score 7 out of 10
Good
No curtains in bunk beds.
stayed in February, 2020
Guest Score 8 out of 10
Very Good
The hostel's location is perfect for my work, the reception is open 24 hours, which is great for my late check-ins. The beds are comfy, the showers are clean and maintained. Everything else is superb.
Breakfast is always a disappointment and I've never eaten despite my several stays at Haystack. There is not much selection, bread is cheap and often old, the cereals boring and not a big selection, too. The kitchen is small as well as the men's bathrooms, so you have to wait if people take a while.
stayed in February, 2020
Guest Score 8.8 out of 10
Excellent
stayed in February, 2020
Guest Score 7 out of 10
Good
I had a nice enough stay for the night.
By the time I arrived, personal lockers were taken by other visitors.
stayed in February, 2020
Guest Score 10 out of 10
Exceptional
Fantastic hostel - my favorite in my 6-country backpacking trip to Europe this past January. The room was cozy and beds clean and comfortable, the shower room was surprisingly spacious, toilets were clean (though a bit small), the free breakfast was good, and the guy at the front desk and friendly and knowledgeable. The location is also great if you’re taking the Airlink 100 from the airport to its last stop, Waverley Bridge. Just walk about 5 mins to find this hostel on a well-lit, major street.
It’s about 3 flights of stairs up a relatively steep and slippery staircase. Wasn’t a problem for me because I just had my backpack, but would not recommend for anyone with heavy luggage or trouble going up a lot of stairs. Also, I can see this hostel being less comfortable when it’s at full capacity because the rooms are very small and packed - 3 bunk beds on stop of each other rather than the standard 2.
stayed in February, 2020
Guest Score 7 out of 10
Good
Location, price, vibe.
The heat in the rooms, unbearable
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Haystack Hostel

5/3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh - Scotland, EH2 2AA, United Kingdom