Where to stay in Edinburgh: Smart City Hostel

Posted on 11. Jul, 2012 by in Europe Travel, Reviews, United Kingdom

I was kind of in trouble when I decided I wanted to go to Edinburgh. For some reason I phased out on the whole “high season” and “Queen’s Jubilee” events and planned my visit without booking my accommodation.

And then there was nothing left for yours truly. I am a greedy travel blogger, and I couldn’t fathom the idea of paying full price when I have gotten to used to work for a complimentary stay (I am so going to hell for saying this). I was just about to type in my credit card number when… Hostelworld came to my rescue!

Hostelword offered me a three night stay at Smart City Hostel in Edinburgh. Considering how amazing my stay had been at the Generator Hostel, I had high hopes for this stay as well, and needless to say I wasn’t disappointed.

Smart City Hostel’s location

The location couldn’t be better. Just a stone’s throw from the Royal Mile (literally - if you throw a rock from the Royal Mile I’m quite certain it would land in the hostel’s reception). That enough should be a good reason to book there, but also keep in mind that there are tons of bars, restaurants and shops nearby, it’s very close to the train station, and there’s a very handy Tesco on South Bridge. So location-wise, the Smart City Hostel is perfect.

Smart City Hostel’s rooms

My room

I was assigned a dorm for the length of my stay, but to my great surprise, I had it to myself! The room was perfectly fine for me, but I can imagine it would be a little bit tiny for a group of 6. Nonetheless, the ample locker space and the working desk were very handy, as was the big window that reminded me just how cool a sunset is in Edinburgh - at 11:30PM!

The bathroom was ensuite and was spotless, with a precious lock on the door (many hostels don’t have that).

My only concern is that there wasn’t any individual power sockets for each bed, nor was there lights in every bunk. I think these two things are really essential for the comfort of not just the traveler but to the other people in the room as well. No bickering over who gets to charge his camera first!

Smart City Hostel’s common areas

The heart of the hostel really is in the Bar 50. That’s where you get breakfast, where you can check your email and where you can sing the night away with cheap drinks and a fun crowd. You can even take the party outside with on the HUGE outdoor terrace! The bar is open all day and is always fun to hang out at.

Breakfasts are probably heaven sent. Scratch that. Definitely heaven sent. Have you ever been to a hotel where you can get sausages, eggs, BACON, fruits and hashed browns for breakfast? I didn’t think so. Well, Smart City Hostel provides just that - including haggis!

The kitchen was functional, but could use more utensils and cookware. There weren’t any scissors, for example, and these things can come in handy at times. But other than that it was all good!

My verdict

If you intend on booking a hostel in Edinburgh, then Smart City Hostel is the best choice, period. With rates starting at £16.00, you won’t get better value for your money anywhere else in the city. I strongly recommend staying at Smart City Hostel!

Disclaimer: my stay was sponsored by Hostelworld. As always, all opinions are my own (although they may have been influenced by bacon).

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