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Where To Stay In Edinburgh On A Budget

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Dotted around the world are havens of culture, fun, and excitement. As unusual as it may sound, these havens happen to be hostels. Where else can you stay overnight and grasp a true sense of the city in which you are exploring? Those on a budget can save the extra pennies, meet new friends, delve straight into a community atmosphere, and yet, also enjoy a sense of autonomy by choosing their own map. Here, we round up some of the best hostels in Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel

Book into the Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel if you are seeking five-star accommodation on a budget. With 270 beds on offer, this place has enough room for larger groups, families, or those who like to meet new people. Those who are opposed to sharing should look into the private rooms, though naturally there are multi-share options too. A huge bonus with this buzzing hostel is the en-suite bathrooms – this way, all the terrifying hostel bathroom-sharing stories can be extinguished! Situated in a prime location near the train station, Royal Mile, city centre, theaters and main attractions, this spot is a strong contender.

Cost From: £13.50

Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel, 9 Haddington Pl, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 524 2090

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Smart City Hostels By Safestay

Smart City Hostels provide some of the most appealing hostels around the world, and the Edinburgh location is second to none. Situated in the Cowgate, this hostel is a top pick for those set on exploring some of the most historic sites of the city while being close to such a vibrant nightlife hub. Expect a full bar, self-service restaurant, personal lockers and free Wi-Fi. This place is contemporary cool, gargantuan in size, and has a fantastic selection of snooker tables, internet areas and phone-charging boxes. The bonus is the picturesque heated rooftop terrace and a contagious party atmosphere.

Cost From: £15

Smart City Hostels, 50 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 524 1989

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Royal Mile Backpackers

Royal Mile Backpackers is the ultimate budget accommodation option. If the frills and fluff of hotels leave you unfazed, you will be over the moon here. The location couldn’t be more perfect, as it is nestled in between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Step onto the Royal Mile and find myriad bars, clubs, pubs, restaurants and shops to entertain for a lifetime. Those who like a dorm room atmosphere and basic bunk beds will be perfectly satisfied. This little firecracker of a place certainly has some spark and is always full of vivacious individuals who are up for exploring the city. Enjoy a Scottish-ism of an open fire in the cosy chilling lounge, and budding chefs can make use of the large communal kitchen. Save some cash, enjoy the vibe, and explore Scotland.

Cost From: £14

Royal Mile Backpackers, 105 High St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 557 6120

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Argyle Backpackers

Argyle Backpackers is an absolute beauty when it comes to hostels, and has been pleasing travelers since 1989. Consider this a more sophisticated place to stay, as the atmosphere is very relaxed and not as party-orientated as others. Still, the digs are clean, comfortable and chilled, and once more, an abundance of interesting people walk through the doors every day. Those who like creature comforts will be delighted with the rooms that have flat screen televisions. The conservatory sports a piano and the gorgeous garden is a dream retreat. Marchmont is a quieter area of town close to Bruntsfield, and finding fantastic restaurants nearby is a walk in the park.

Cost From: £33

Argyle Backpackers, 14 Argyle Pl, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 667 9991

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St Christopher’s Inn

St Christopher’s Inn is a modest hostel with no airs or graces. Situated in a Victorian townhouse, this one really is in the heart of the city and is even a stone’s throw away from the Royal Mile, Princes St Gardens, the train station and the Edinburgh Dungeons (to list a few). The rooms are bright, the linens are free, and travelers can decide between en-suite and shared bathrooms. The complimentary continental breakfast is a huge plus. Party people can celebrate too, as this place is perfectly positioned near an abundance of bars, clubs and intriguing venues. Why not start the day with a stroll through the wondrous artworks at the Scottish National Gallery, which is just a few paces away?

Cost From: £82

St Christopher’s Inn, 9-13 Market St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 226 1446

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Belford Hostel

Belford Hostel is the epitome of quirky and cool: after all, it is not every day that you can stay in a 19th century converted church. The private rooms and dorms mostly have shared bathrooms, although some do offer private alternatives. Adventurers can enjoy the buzzing bar complete with a dartboard and pool table. The garden in the courtyard is the perfect spot to plan out your wanderings while chatting among fellow travellers. Wanderers should consider this unique choice, as it is just a hop, skip and jump away from Princes Street and The Gallery of Modern Art. The cherry on top is the original stained-glass windows, which are a heavenly touch.

Cost From: £35

Belford Hostel, 6-8 Douglas Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 225 6209

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By Tori Chalmers