Just 164 feet from Edinburgh’s bustling Princes Street, Haystack Hostel is set in a renovated 18th-century Georgian building. It offers (not 24h reception) with free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped shared kitchen. With luxurious wooden triple bunks, the dorms are all equipped with individual power and USB sockets, reading lights, and bed linen. Shared bathroom facilities include large showers and separate men's and women's bathrooms. Shops, bars and restaurants surround Haystack Hostel, and Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station is less than 492 feet away. Impressive Edinburgh Castle is only 0.5 miles’ walk. The kitchen and dining area features a full range of kitchenware as well as integrated oven/hobs, fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle. The lounge area provides additional space to relax and socialize. Secure luggage lockers are available for guests, alongside a laundry service and Wi-Fi access throughout the building.

This is our guests' favorite part of Edinburgh, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip.

Haystack Hostel has been welcoming Booking.com guests since Nov 3, 2011

Property Highlights

Located in the top-rated area in Edinburgh, this property has an excellent location score of 9.6!


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Travel Sustainable Level 1
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Guest reviews


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  • David
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The location was perfect for getting around the city and traveling on the train.
  • Louise
    the accomodation, kitchen and sitting area were excellent
  • Louise
    accommodation do the kitchen and the bathroom were excellent le lounge is not conformtable but the place and accomodation for relaxing and tea in the kitchen is excellent.
  • Eden
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    It felt homey and clean!! I really appreciated the quiet atmosphere and the privacy of the bunks so that it still felt personal despite it being a common space.
  • Vanessa
    the location. so close to the station and also city center
  • Elilmbt
    It was excellent, a small hostel with big rooms. The fact that the hostel isn't big made it feel very cozy, and it being a small hostel didn't make it cramped at all, just the right size. The room I was in was very spacious. The lockers were quite...
  • Fernanda
    The place is super clean, the location is amaizing and the staff is super friendly. My friends and I felt always safe and comfortable.
  • Sarah
    Such friendly staff. So central. Very clean. Would stay again
  • Meggy
    United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
    - location is great, very close to the train station and basically to everywhere! - the hostel is clean and the staff was very helpful too
  • Ikrame
    Location is perfect to walk around the city and to get the Airport bus. Very clean and comfortable, staff was nice too !

Property questions and answers
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  • Is the "shared" bathroom shared with the whole hostel or just this dormitory?

    Thank you for your message
    Answered on 13 August 2021
  • Can I use my own sleeping bag?

    No you cannot, thank you for asking. Kind Regards,
    Answered on 8 December 2019
  • Are sheets and towels included?

    Yes they are
    Answered on 15 November 2019
  • At what time is breakfast served?

    Thank you for your message. Please check our for all answers to your questions. Kind Regards,
    Answered on 26 December 2019
  • if I need to leave before check out time, is this okay?

    Yes of course, you can leave anytime before check in time.
    Answered on 10 February 2022
  • Hi, My flight arrives at 23.30. Is there any chance I could check-in at midnight or shortly after, please? Many thanks

    Hi Thank you, it is quite late and we cannot guarantee check ins past 9pm. Thank you for your understanding.
    Answered on 18 October 2021
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Amenities of Haystack Hostel
Great facilities! Review score, 8.2

Most popular amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating
  • Hairdryer
  • Shared kitchen
  • Walking tours
  • Bar crawls
  • Game room
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Lockers
  • Baggage storage
  • Fax/Photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Tour desk
  • Express check-in/out
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages Spoken
  • Welsh
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

House rules

Haystack Hostel takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


Until 10:00 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children over 16 are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Pets are not allowed.

Maestro Mastercard Visa UnionPay credit card Cash Debit card Haystack Hostel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Photo identification issued by the government (passport, drivers license or a national identity card) is required from all guests on arrival.

A key deposit of GBP 10 is required.

Please note that all guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian, and stay in a private room with their own party only.

Guests under the age of 18 cannot be accommodated in the shared dormitories.

When booking for 7 people or more, different policies and additional supplements will apply.

The property is located on the third floor, with stair access only. As a result, it may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food and beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

It's not possible to stay at this property for coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine purposes.

Please inform Haystack Hostel of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

FAQs about Haystack Hostel

  • Haystack Hostel offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Game room
    • Bar crawls
    • Walking tours

  • The prices at Haystack Hostel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Check-in at Haystack Hostel is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • Haystack Hostel is 2,150 feet from the center of Edinburgh. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.