It was the worst (and most expensive) accommodation during my Scotland trip. We got a dark room in the basement with a small window below the street-level. So it was almost impossible to get fresh air. Pesonnel was very unfriendly, after we coplained. The owner of the place (Robert) is a terrible person. On their website you can´t find any photo of any room, you see only the TV-room and the kitchen, that look very terrible in real life!
I stayed in this hostel but it was a big regret. There is absolutely no hygiene, everything is messy and dirty. The manager is something like crazy and a liar. At least but not last, i have even seen mouse in the room. Isofar as the hygiene conditions, it was not a surprise at all. It is my opinion : don't even think no go there except it you want to live a hard adventure.
Completely agree with last review,we stayed there on the 10th August and it was absolutely disgusting,no locks on doors,no hot water,lots of Health and Safety issues,Fire hazards etc,
When we came back home I immediately contaced Edinburgh Tourist Board,Edinburgh Town Council and the Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade.
Fire Brigade were sending an inspector immediately.Council have attended and raised quite a few issues and I have been advised place is Listed building so cant be pulled down(which it should be)but is to close for complete refurbishment
Yuuk....Smelly, foul, dingy basement 'hostel' with grease running down the kitchen walls and dodgy stains on blankets. Described as a 'smoking lounge' while it rather looks like that a fire devastated the lounge and left 1 inch of black dust everywhere. The place is run by a greedy chain-smoking manager (Robert), who has obviously never heard of the word 'hygiene' and who takes random bookings before turning people down at the door!!! The place is such a stinky health hazard that it is hard to believe no-one has questioned its existence to this day. My advice to the local Environment Hygiene Department, this place should be closed down ASAP. You have been warned - we had not. AVOID AT ANY COST!!! Read other reviews about this place, you will see for yourself...
This is a place run by people who know they will never see you again. Its not close; don't believe what they tell you. The owner will use any trick to squeeze more $ out of you, he is a liar. Its clean, but it looks really dirty because there is't a straight wall, the place is falling appart and every object seems old and dirty. Very serious cigarrette stink in the reception area. The long stay guys are losers, no social life. There is often nobody at reception. A general dishonest approach to the whole thing. There are very good hostels near the castles, much better run and with an active social life. Stay away from these guys.