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Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile

2-starThis establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.
50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1NE, United Kingdom

Hostel with restaurant, near Royal Mile
  • Free WiFi
  • Collect stampsYou can collect™ Rewards stamps here
Bar is awesome
Best value for money
Good internet service

Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile

from €28
  • One Bed in a Dorm Room for 4 people
  • One Bed in a Dorm Room for 6 people
  • One Bed in a Dorm Room for 8 people
  • One Bed in a Dorm Room for 10 People
  • One Bed in a Dorm Room for 12 people
  • Twin Room
  • Family Room (Single over Double)
  • Quadruple Room (4 people)
  • Twin (Bunk Bed)
  • Triple (Bunk Bed & Single)
  • Standard Room, Multiple Bedrooms
  • Basic Shared Dormitory, Women only
  • Single Room
  • Private Dorm Room Ensuite

What’s around Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile


  • In Old Town
  • Royal Mile - 2 min walk
  • Princes Street - 2 min walk
  • Grassmarket - 7 min walk
  • University of Edinburgh - 9 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 11 min walk
  • George Street - 11 min walk
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse - 12 min walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh (EDI) - 33 min drive
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 5 min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 26 min walk
  • Newcraighall Station - 11 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 132 rooms


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-anytime
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Express check-out
Guests will receive smart lock details.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Continental breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Working away
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Elevator
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Assistive listening devices available
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Polish

In the room

Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


Bar 50 - This pub serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile’s small print

Also known as

  • Smart City Hostels Edinburgh
  • Smart City Hostels by Safestay
  • Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile Edinburgh
  • Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile Edinburgh
  • Smart City Hostels by Safestay
  • Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile Hostel
  • Safestay Royal Mile Hostel
  • Safestay Royal Mile
  • Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile
  • Safestay Edinburgh
  • Smart Hostels Hostel Edinburgh City
  • Smart City Hostels Edinburgh
  • Smart City Hostels Edinburgh Hotel Edinburgh
  • Smart City Hostels Edinburgh Scotland
  • Smart City Hostels Safestay Hostel Edinburgh
  • Smart City Hostels Safestay Hostel
  • Smart City Hostels Safestay Edinburgh
  • Smart City Hostels Safestay


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Optional extras

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of GBP 10.00 (subject to availability)

Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 6 per person (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile

  • Are pets allowed at Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM to anytime. Check-out time is 10 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge of GBP 10.00 (subject to availability).
  • Are there restaurants at or near Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Salt Horse (1-min walk), Zara (1-min walk), and Pilgrim (1-min walk).

Recent reviews

Good 7.6 From 275 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Great, safe and 'within' proximity location for those who want to explore old or new town. Quick walk to the train station and bus to the airport. Clean rooms with locker, eating and a variety of rooming options. Have stayed there before and quality continues. Would definitely stay there again!
ie2 night trip
Good 6.0
I probably was expecting more!
Very friendly, accomodating & lovely staff both in reception & bar. Unfortunately, I moved twice upon my request but both times I had no charger near my bed (some have), poor mobile phone signals when in the hostel but very strong as soon as u stay out. Wifi signal blocks most of the sites I’m visiting so, the need for my own but low signal made it difficult. Dirty plates, glasses n rubbish was left uncleaned for 3nights I was there even after I reported it to bar & reception staffs on 2nd night (I was expecting it would have been cleaned d 2nd day but it didn’t happened). Sinks are located outside of the bathrooms making it awkward to do anything discretely (no privacy) esp when others are asleep. No lights for the sink sides also making it worst at night when u don’t wanna wake the others.
Efren, ie3 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Amazing place very clean
Juan C, gb3 night trip
Fair 4.0
Not sure if I'll be back again
I've stayed in Safestay many many times and always have returned because of the great location and that it's usually so easy / hassle free and calm at nights. This time though I had the upper bunk and somebody below me kept poking and lifting my mattress the whole night. I was angry but so, so tired and tried to sleep, but now regret not making a scene about it. What kind of person does somethings like that?
gb1 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Great location and very reasonable. But, don't use the ATM in the lobby. I did not get my money!!
Gillian, gb1 night trip with friends
Very Good 8.0
Good, needs some facility improvements
I think the hostel must have just opened because there were some obvious things lacking. The bathrooms didn't have trash bins, the tiny fridge in the kitchen is barely sufficient for 5 people, let alone the entire hostel, and there weren't any places to store your groceries or dried food. When I finally checked out a few days later, bins were in some of the restrooms, so I think they are just catching up and some of those lacking areas may improve. The rooms are very small, and definitely live up to their holding cell feel. Our door handle broke and we were actually locked in the room! Fortunately, someone had a phone and could call for help. You couldn't hear our banging or yelling past the loud music and corridors- talk about an immersive experience! But the door handle was fixed immediately. The clothes washer and dryer are very small, placed essentially in a closet, and it didn't dry my clothes completely but wouldn't keep drying because the detector registered it as dry enough. The facilities were very clean, new, and stylish. The beds were relatively comfortable with good lighting and blackout curtains. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly - honestly the best hostel staff I've experienced. It's the perfect location. I love old town, and you can basically get anywhere walking 15 minutes. It can get a bit loud (might just be because I stayed during Fringe), but the staff gave me earplugs when I asked. I recommend if you plan to eat out mostly or for short stays
Sarah, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Bargain in central Edinburgh
I have now stayed here with a group of school children and also on a family trip for a concert in Edinburgh Castle. This is a hostel so don’t expect luxury but it’s clean, friendly, safe and centrally located. The staff are friendly, the bar is a relaxed area. The clients appear to be young people but it has a great atmosphere and the staff were very helpful. I’d definitely recommend but remember to bring your own towels-it’s a hostel.
Derek, gb1 night family trip
Very Good 8.0
The good thing about this place is that its located at the heart of Edinburgh. I was pretty impressed with the cleanliness. The bar was descent. The bad thing about the place was that there was no charging point for each bed. There were only 3-4 for 10 people. Also they had no drinking water facility.
rasesh, gb2 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Edinburgh Safestay, just off Royal Mile
We stayed at this hostel hotel for 2 nights as a lower priced alternative to conventional hotels. We were preparing to embark on a 3 day Highland bus trip with Haggis Tours, which was a short walk up the hill to the Royal Mile. We had a private 3 person bunk bed room, with en-suite washroom. The room was small, particularly with luggage for 3 people, but we were able to manage for 2 nights. Towels were provided with the room, do no need to rent them, as in other hostels. We ate breakfast at the hostel (~£6 each),and it was satisfactory. There were many school trips using the Safe-Stay when we were there, so it was quieter to have breakfast when the cafeteria opened at 7, before the school kids descended on the food line.
Scott, ca2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
It was perfect!
us1 night trip

Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile

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