Haystack Hostel

4.0 star property
Upscale hostel, steps from Edinburgh Visit Scotland Information Centre

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Haystack Hostel

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Free WiFi, bed sheets
Property entrance
Fridge, microwave, oven, stovetop
Bathroom sink

Overview of Haystack Hostel

7,4 out of 10 Good
7,4/10 Good

Property highlights

  • Airport transfer
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Non-smoking
  • Child-friendly activities
5/3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2AA
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Airport shuttle
  • Area shuttle
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Arcade/game room
  • Library
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Concierge services
  • Luggage storage
  • Limited hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
Feel at home
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Arcade/game room
  • Hair dryer

Room options

Basic Double Room

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Edinburgh City Centre
  • Princes Street - 1 min walk
  • George Street - 4 min walk
  • Royal Mile - 7 min walk
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 7 min walk
  • University of Edinburgh - 13 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 13 min walk
  • Murrayfield Stadium - 44 min walk
  • National Museum of Scotland - 2 min drive
  • Grassmarket - 3 min drive
  • St. Giles' Cathedral - 3 min drive

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 30 min drive
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) - 3 min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 4 min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 25 min walk
  • St Andrew Square Tram Stop - 3 min walk
  • Princes Street Tram Stop - 7 min walk
  • Haymarket Tram Station - 26 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)


  • McDonald's - 1 min walk
  • Starbucks - 2 min walk
  • The Newsroom - 2 min walk
  • Costa Coffee - 2 min walk
  • Guildford Arms - 1 min walk

About this property

Haystack Hostel

Haystack Hostel puts you in a great location, within just a 10-minute walk of Princes Street and Royal Mile. This upscale hostel is also within a short drive of Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Zoo. Public transportation is just a short walk: St Andrew Square Tram Stop is 3 minutes and Princes Street Tram Stop is 7 minutes.


Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Slovak, Spanish, Welsh

Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 6 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No onsite parking


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • No stag/bachelor or hen/bachelorette parties

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea in a common area


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Library
  • Arcade/game room

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Heating
  • Electric kettle

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Stovetop
  • Oven
  • Cookware, dishes, and utensils


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Cash deposit: GBP 10 per stay

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

Social distancing measures are in place.


This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
This property does not have elevators.
This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Haggis Hostels Hostel Edinburgh
Haggis Hostels Hostel
Haggis Hostels Edinburgh
Haggis Hostels
Haggis Hostels Edinburgh, Scotland
Haystack Hostel Edinburgh
Haystack Edinburgh
Haystack Hostel Edinburgh
Haystack Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Haystack Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Edinburgh

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Haystack Hostel?
This property confirms that social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Haystack Hostel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Haystack Hostel?
Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Haystack Hostel.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Haystack Hostel?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Haystack Hostel?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Haystack Hostel and nearby?
Haystack Hostel has an arcade.
What's the area around Haystack Hostel like?
Haystack Hostel is in Edinburgh City Centre, a short 3-minute walk from St Andrew Square Tram Stop and 13 minutes' walk from Edinburgh Castle.







Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

I only spent 1 night there in a private room but it was very clean and the people I talked to were very friendly.
Dominic, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

I never expected that it’s accessible to all the area roaming around Edinburgh I never used of public transportation even though is only 2 minutes besides bus and train stations. Staffs are all friendly.
Kriscelle, 2-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Anna, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Gemma, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Centrally located
Very positive iexpeeience in general. staff very helpful. Clean hostal. Cleanliness and considerate travelers.
rossana, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Friendly, helpful staff and central location.
Excellent location - very central. The many stairs up to the hostel are a slight drawback if you are carrying heavy bags although staff are extremely helpful in every respect and offered to carry my bags down stairs the day I was leaving. Comfortable kitchen. Nice to have breakfast included. Staff were fantastic and looked up bus routes for me and advised me on whether to catch the bus to the festival events etc. Mattresses on bed were a bit saggy.
2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Can't beat this location
Friendly and helpful staff. They could recommend places to go and things to eat. The shower rooms are shared but there are many bottles of shampoo and body washes left behind from other travelers for new guests to use. Mattresses are from IKEA, and not the greatest to sleep on, but my experience meeting new mates and being in close proximity to everything made my stay here very memorable. Would come back again!
Jimmy, 4-night trip
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6/10 Good

1-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

8/10 Very good

Good position
This is the first time I've stayed in a hostel so didn't really know what to expect so overall not a bad experience
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

Basic and convenient but need improvement
It's a really basic hostel. I was a bit surprised by the run-down condition of the building at first but the overall stay was pleasant enough. However, the bed condition must be improved. I am very used to hostel bunk beds but this one was exceptionally wobbly. The room is very small so if you get caught up in loud crowd you will suffer. I was lucky enough to stay with quiet, respectful girls. Kitchen and shower is well-equipped and clean and the breakfast is also very basic. If you catch a good deal on price then it's fair value for money. The location is extremely convenient and that alone gives you the reason to try out this hostel.
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