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“Great base for Edinburgh” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Safestay Edinburgh
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Adelaide
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Great base for Edinburgh”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

Stayed before and after a tour and you can't beat the location, especially for Haggis Tours. The place is very tidy, rooms comfortable and clean. About the only thing I could fault is water from the shower getting all over the floor in the ensuite but that's better than no shower pressure! The bar area is quite spacious and free wifi a bonus. Good mix of age and nationality staying made it good fun.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AdelaideGringo
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EdinburghSmart_city, Director of Sales at Safestay Edinburgh, responded to this review, 9 February 2012
Hi,

Thanks for your review.

We are glad you had a great time with us. The point you have made about has been noted - we are looking into dorm refurbishment in the near future.

We look forward to seeing you again soon, should you visit Edinburgh again.

Thanks,

Jayne @SCH
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Island of Malta, Malta
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

One of the better hostels I've been to. It's clean, has no unpleasant smells and for £14 pp a night represented great value – you go to a hostel for a place to stay, after all. Service was friendly whenever we needed it, and the luggage room was made available for us. I wasn't too impressed by the breakfast (some of the warm items were not so warm anymore), but we got a free breakfast through a deal they had on Facebook. Would definitely go again if I needed somewhere to stay in Edinburgh.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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EdinburghSmart_city, Director of Sales at Safestay Edinburgh, responded to this review, 9 February 2012
Hi,

Thanks for your review.

We are glad you had a good stay with us and are sorry your breakfast didn't live up to expectations. Perhaps we can rectify this on your next visit, if you visit again? Do let me know if you plan to return - jayne@smartcityhostels.com.

Thanks,

Jayne @SCH
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Sunshine, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

Easy to find (great location), great newish looking rooms with large lockers(I stayed in 6-bed dorm with ensuite). Competitively priced. Reception staff very helpful and buffet breakfast was great. Reasonably priced laundary facilities as well were a bonus. Wi-fi free in bar which is good but a bit overpriced for in room, but overall a great place to stay!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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EdinburghSmart_city, Director of Sales at Safestay Edinburgh, responded to this review, 9 February 2012
Hi,

Thanks for your review. It's always good to get feedback.

We are glad you had a good time here and hope to see you again soon.

Thanks,

Jayne @ SCH
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

Decided to use a hostel in Edinburgh and this one looked and sounded good, and so it was. The Bar was great with drinks at a fab price compaired to a lot of other bars we tried while in the city. Room was a good size and clean and the location was just perfect for seeing the sights of Edinburgh. If back in scotland will be happy to stay here.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sandra R
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EdinburghSmart_city, Director of Sales at Safestay Edinburgh, responded to this review, 9 February 2012
Hi there,

Thanks for taking the time to review us. We are really glad you had a lovely time wiht us and look forward to seeing you again soon if you are back in Eidnburgh.

Thanks,

Jayne @ SCH
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

Having only read these reviews below after my stay i can only imagine that the few people below were expecting to stay in a 5 star HOTEL! Not a 5 star HOSTEL!

I can't fault anything with Smart City. There were zero problems checking in, sure i had to wait about 5 mins while the people in front of me checked in, but im not such an ego manic that i expect to swan to the front of the que. The shared room i stayed in was lovely and clean, and yes i stayed over new year when it was insanely busy but i had no issues with people or noise etc.

The bar was amazing! Yeah it was really busy, but it was New Years eve! I waited for quite a bit for food, but the staff were very apologetic and nice about it. The bar on site was actually one of the nicer ones i visited during my trip, when i was there the bar staff especially were in great spirits! Brody, Steve and Lizzy were great fun, making my friends and i feel part of the gang by chatting to us at the bar etc.

A great feature is the guest kitchen, so we could cook for ourselves and one thing if i have to mention a negative would just be that the floors make a noise while you walk on them, which isnt great for coming and going late at night.

All in all i had a blast staying here and so did my friends. We will be back in the near future and really look forward to it!

Thank you!

Room Tip: If you are high up and facing Blackfriars Street, you get an amazing view of Arthur's Seat!
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank chris b
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EdinburghSmart_city, Director of Sales at Safestay Edinburgh, responded to this review, 9 February 2012
Hi there,

We are so pleased you had a great time! It's amazing that you have taken the time to review us positively - we really appreciate it.

I'll be sure to let Steve, Brodie and Lizzie know you guys had a good time with them.

We hope to see you back soon.

Thanks,

Jayne @ SCH
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Additional Information about Safestay Edinburgh

Property: Safestay Edinburgh
Address: 50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh EH1 1NE, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 213 Speciality Lodging in Edinburgh
Price range (per night): RM107 - RM909
Hotel Class:5 star — Safestay Edinburgh 5*
Number of rooms: 132
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just off the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, Safestay Hostel, Edinburgh, redefines the hostel experience. Safestay Hostel is an award winning stylish five-star hostel with great facilities that make it the ideal choice for value accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh. Safestay Hostel's rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious and all have en-suite facilities. The hostel can provide private rooms as well as larger dorm style living so there really is something for everyone. Safestay hostel really is the ultimate urban retreat with Bar 50, a fully licensed restaurant and bar, with free Wi-Fi, Sky Sports, pool table, and a great atmosphere. There is also a 24 hour reception, no curfew, and all of Edinburgh's lively night scene and famed attractions on your doorstep. Safestay also offers fantastic City break deals, family and friend packages, group offers and stag and hen specials as well as seasonal offers. So what are you waiting for? Come and see for yourself why Safestay Hostel is the smart choice for your journey to Scotland's vibrant and historic Capital city. ... more   less 
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