High Street Hostel
As Edinburgh's original independent hostel, we've been helping backpackers sleep since 1985.
Offering affordable accommodation right in the heart of Old Town Edinburgh, we're just a few minutes’ walk from Waverley Train Station.
Our historic 470-year-old building was originally known as Morton House and belonged to the fourth Earl of Morton, who was beheaded in 1581 for his involvement in the murder of Mary Queen of Scots' husband!
In the present day, however, our guests can enjoy our large common room, fully equipped kitchen, clean comfortable rooms and free Wi-Fi.
Rooms are cleaned daily and each bed comes with bed linen and is equipped with a free locker for security and peace of mind. Bed linen is free and towels can be rented for only £0.20.
Our foyer lounge has free Wi-Fi so you can stay connected to your friends and family. Whereas, our large main lounge is a perfect place to chill out, relax, meet other travellers and play pool and other games.
Guests are welcome to use our electrical adaptors, hair dryers and book exchange, all for free. There’s also free coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
The nearby shops offer everything you may need so you can show off your cooking skills (or maybe lack thereof) in our fully equipped self-catering kitchen.
Laundry service is available for only £3.50. We also have luggage and bike storage.
You'll also receive great discounts on food and drinks at some of Edinburgh's best local pubs.
Our friendly staff can offer you some great advice on what to see and do and where to eat and drink. We can also arrange for you to make the most of your time while you are Scotland and book you on a MacBackpackers tour to the highlands. We have free maps and advice as well as free daily walking tours.
Just step out of our front door to experience all the history and culture which Scotland's capital city has to offer.
There’s always something going on around here. Thursday is our free pub crawl and there’s also free movie nights with popcorn! Why not check out our £3.50 burger nights on Fridays and Sundays? Or our weekly £1 pool tournament? You can also get breakfast for only £1.90.
There’s no curfew!
We also have two other hostels in the Old Town of Edinburgh: the small and friendly Royal Mile Backpackers, and Castle Rock Hostel which has awesome views of Edinburgh Castle!
Go green and carbon neutral! Fifteen years ago we bought 75+ hectares of woodland that absorbs more than the total CO² emissions from fuel used in our hostel and also the other properties in our small MacBackpackers hostel and bus company chain. We also try our best to recycle everything (with your help) and our electricity is all sourced from renewable, non-nuclear supplies. Stay with us for a great holiday and minimal environmental impact!
Please note that we do not permit guests under the age of 18. ID is required at check-in. No stag or hen parties, please.
Please see our Must-Read Hostel Info below before booking.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- 24 Hour Reception
- 24 Hour Security
- Age Restriction
- Bicycle hire
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Breakfast Not Included
- Card Phones
- Common Room
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free WiFi
- Hair Dryers
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- Internet Access
- Jobs Board
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Late check-out
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Security Lockers
- Luggage Storage
- No Curfew
- Outdoor Terrace
- Pool Table
- Reception (limited hours)
- Safe Deposit Box
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Towels For Hire
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 2 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Hostel InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
Please note NO under 18's allowed in the hostel.
We do not accept booking of six or more people via Hostelworld.
Please note that our bathrooms are unisex (but with private cubicles of course).
Please note different cancellation policy for the month of August and New Year's bookings below.
Outiside of those dates, we have a 48hr cancellation policy. Cancellations must be made 48 hours before 10.30am of the arrival date. No shows shall be charged the equivalent of the first two nights' accommodation.
Please note that our check-in time is 2pm but guests are welcome to drop their bags off earlier and use the facilities the Hostel has to offer
– Guests cancelling outside of the cancellation period to arrival will receive a refund of the full price minus the deposit.
- HOGMANAY (NEW YEAR'S EVE): For any bookings over Hogmanay (New Year's
Eve) we will charge you the full amount on the 1st December. Should you
book after the 1st December the whole amount will be charged within 24
hours after booking. Once this payment has been taken, no refunds will be
- AUGUST: For any bookings in August we will charge you the full
amount 14 days before arrival. Should you book less than 14 days before
arrival the whole amount will be charged within 24 hours after booking.
Once this payment has been taken, no refunds will be given.
- If you do not show up on the date you booked for your reservation will
be cancelled unless you've notified us directly about your late arrival.
DirectionsShow MapHide Map
From the airport:
Take the blue bus no.100 (costs £3.50 and takes about 30 minutes) into the city centre and get off at Waverley Bridge. There is a bus every 10 -15 minutes from the airport.
From there, walk away from Princes St. towards a small roundabout and cross straight over the roundabout onto Cockburn Street. At the top of Cockburn Street turn left onto the High Street on the Royal Mile and then cross over the traffic lights at Northbridge, continuing down the hill, we're the second street on the right - Blackfriars Street. We're on your right-hand side.
From the bus station:
At St Andrews Square, head up to Princes Street (the main shopping street in Edinburgh.) Turn left onto Princes Street and then take the first right at the Balmoral Hotel onto Northbridge.
At the top, turn left at the Royal Bank of Scotland onto the High Street on the Royal Mile, crossing at the traffic lights but continuing down the hill, we're the second street on the right - Blackfriars Street. We're on your right-hand side. The hostel is open 24 hours. Hope this helps.