Light House Hostel
A beautiful Georgian townhouse with character, charm and a home cinema. Close to the city centre and Edinburgh Castle.
The Light House Hostel; a beautiful Georgian townhouse dating back to 1832, is situated close to the west end of Edinburgh in the artistic neighbourhood of Tollcross. Nearby are 2 art-house cinemas, 3 theatres and a concert hall. We are only a short walk to the city centre and Edinburgh castle.
The Light House is a truly unique place to stay, bursting with character and charm. Now under new management, we have created a fusion of contemporary living space with good old fashioned family inspired hospitality. Our guests often say it’s more like a family home than a hostel, with a laid back attitude and cosy friendly atmosphere. The Light House is the place to chill out, relax and make new friends.
We host regular campfires and BBQs in our large back garden so bring your guitars and best (or worst) singing voices and join us for a good old sing along around the fire; dancing is optional! Or if it’s too wet outside you can relax in our spacious comfy lounge and enjoy a wide selection of movies on our home cinema system with HD projector and surround sound.
We have a fully equipped self catering kitchen including a dish washer......so no need to wash up, Yey! We offer a free breakfast and complimentary tea and coffee all day, high speed Wi-Fi, access to a desk top computer, free lockers, linen, towels and shower gel. We operate a no shoes policy in The Light House to keep the house in spotless order, a shoe rack and slippers are provided at the entrance making it feel like a real home from home.
We offer a variety of bright and spacious rooms ranging from a private
2 bed room to a 10 bed dorm. Each room has a double bed to accommodate couples or families. Any guest under the age of 18 can stay in the private room with a family member who is over 21. The communal living areas are clean and cosy providing a great space to relax and unwind after a busy day of sight seeing.
There is a no smoking policy throughout the hostel with smoking area out front. We are not a party hostel, so the communal areas are locked at midnight to ensure every guest gets a good night’s sleep.
Please be aware there are different booking conditions for August and New Year due to the Fringe and Hogmanay festivals; ask for details. We offer excellent long term and low season rates.
Check-in is after 15:00 only - and till 22:00.
Check-out by 10:30.
Reception is open from 9:00 to 22:00.
Cancellation policy is 72 hours in advance.
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- 24 hour security
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book exchange
- Breakfast Included
- Cable TV
- Common Room
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free Wifi
- Games Room
- Hair Dryers
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- Outdoor Terrace
- Reading Light
- Safety Deposit Box
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Tours Travel Desk
- Towels Included
- Washing Machine
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 3 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.
CHECK IN AFTER 15.00 ONLY AND TILL 22.00HRS.
RECEPTION IS OPEN FROM 9.00 TO 22.00HRS.
On arrival: A �10 returnable key deposit to be paid and balance paid in full. Please leave shoes on front Shoe Rack as no shoes in the Light House. Any child under the age of 18 must stay in a family room.
AUGUST & NEW YEAR BOOKINGS - IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because of high demand during the Edinburgh International Festival and Hogmanay, all bookings for August and New Year will need to be paid in full in advance.
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Please note that there are two number 20's on the street! It is not the first one which is a shop at 20 Lochrin Buildings. The Light House Hostel is 100 meters further along - we have a front garden with a red telephone box!
The Light House Hostel is very near the well known landmark: The King's Theatre, in Tollcross.
Once you get to Tollcross, just ask people to direct you to the King's Theatre. As you stand at the King's Theatre front door, Gilmore Place is the street directly opposite you and The Light House Hostel is about 100 meters along the street. Just look for the house with a front garden and a red telephone box!
From St Andrews Square Coach Station
[Taxi] : Cost around £7. Journey time around 5 minutes.
[Bus] : Cost £1.50 single. £3.50 day ticket. Journey time around 10 minutes.
From the coach station, ask directions to go to the Scott Monument on Princes Street which is a 5-minute walk. At the Scott Monument, look for the west-bound bus stop for 10, 11, 15, 16 which will take you to Tollcross.
From Waverley Rail Station
[Taxi] : Cost around £7. Journey time around 5 minutes.
[Bus] : Single ticket: £1.50. Day ticket: £3.50. Journey time around 10 minutes.
From the Waverley Rail Station, ask direction to go to the Scott Monument on Princes Street which is a 5-minute walk. At the Scott Monument, look for the west-bound bus stop for 10, 11, 15, 16 which will take you to Tollcross.
From Edinburgh Airport
[Taxi] : Cost around £22. Journey time around 20 minutes.
[Airlink 100 Bus] : Cost £3.50 single, £6 Return. Journey time 30 min. Frequency: every 10 min.
Ask the driver to let you off at Queensferry Street, cross the road and go to top of Lothian Road, where you can then either walk (15 minutes) or take a Bus 10, 11, 15, 16 to Tollcross (5 minutes).
[Bus 35] : Single ticket: £1.50. Day ticket: £3.50. Journey time 50 minutes.
This takes you directly to Tollcross. Ask the driver to let you off at Tollcross and then ask people for directions to the King's Theatre.
The Light House is in the west end, located within the artistic neighbourhood 'Tollcross'. It is only a short walk from the castle and city centre and has many bars, restaraunts, cafes, theatres, concert hall and cinemas near by.