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a&o Edinburgh City

2.0 star property
Hostel with restaurant, near Royal Mile

7.6/10 Good

789 verified Hotels.com guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Non-smoking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 24/7 front desk
The price is €39
Price available on 03/07/2022
50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1NE
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Garden
  • Snack bar/deli
  • ATM/banking services
  • Vending machine
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • TV in a common area
For families
  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lift
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Social distancing
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In Old Town Edinburgh
  • Royal Mile - 2 min walk
  • Princes Street - 2 min walk
  • Festival Theatre - 4 min walk
  • St. Giles' Cathedral - 5 min walk
  • National Museum of Scotland - 6 min walk
  • University of Edinburgh - 6 min walk
  • Edinburgh Dungeon - 6 min walk
  • Grassmarket - 7 min walk
  • Camera Obscura and World of Illusions - 9 min walk
  • Scotch Whisky Experience - 10 min walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 38 min drive
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) - 5 min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 7 min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 27 min walk

About this property

a&o Edinburgh City

A&o Edinburgh City offers a fantastic location, putting you a short five-minute walk from Royal Mile and Princes Street. You can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge, and the restaurant is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat. Other features include a snack bar/deli, a terrace and a garden. Fellow travellers say good things about the helpful staff and location.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 132 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until anytime
  • Express check-in/out
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

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


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed (dogs only, 1 per room)*
  • Service animals welcome
  • Specific rooms only*


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:00 AM–10:00 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Snack bar/deli


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities


  • ATM/banking
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Lift
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Assistive listening devices available

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Polish
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hairdryer (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.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 7.60 for adults and GBP 3.80 for children (approximately)
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge of GBP 11 (subject to availability)
  • Late checkout can be arranged for an extra charge of GBP 11 (subject to availability)


You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in or check-out:
  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of GBP 11 per pet, per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property accepts major credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Smart City Hostels Safestay Hostel Edinburgh
Smart City Hostels Safestay Hostel
Smart City Hostels Safestay Edinburgh
Smart City Hostels Safestay
Safestay Edinburgh Hostel
Smart City Hostels by Safestay
a o Edinburgh City
a&o Edinburgh City Edinburgh
Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile
a&o Edinburgh City Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
a&o Edinburgh City Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Edinburgh

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Property conditions & facilities



4/10 Fair

Noise from all sides.
Room 206 was directly over the bar which was loud and since our room was hot and stuffy - and not because of the weather - we had to open a window to air it out a bit. Thank goodness we had flown in that morning and were exhausted from not sleeping on the overnight flight or sleep would have been impossible. Until at 3:15am, when the fire alarm went off. Then stopped. Then went off again. 5 times. The person at the front desk just said well you can see there is no fire. What? Not all fires are obvious. There was no attempt to make up for the issue at checkout. “Just email feedback@. And since our room wasn’t the £39 hostel rate but almost $200, it’s harder to overlook the issues. Always ask for a room with an odd # if you don’t want to hear the revelry all night long. And hope there aren’t any fire alarm issues.
Amanda, 1-night family trip
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6/10 Good

Kenneth, 2-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

Antony, 1-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Michael, 2-night trip with friends
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8/10 Very good

Penelope C, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

It was amazing. The place was clean, beautiful and had everything a backpacker could ask for. The staff was friendly at A&O hostel, making the experience complete.
Denzil, 2-night trip with friends
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2/10 Poor

Not disabled friendly
Arrived at 3 am on Sunday 8 th of May 2022 and my flight was 3 hours late from Crete and had a job getting into the building as there was no buzzer and had to attract a security night guard to get into the building where the hostel is situated. I was sent an email stating that a lower bunk was reserved for me and when I got to room 108 bunk 7 had been taken by a fit young man . I was forced with back trouble and arthritis to climb to a top bunk numbered 10 which isn’t a good idea if your disabled. Only stayed 4 hours and hurt my back getting out of bunk 10 and had to jump 2 feet getting out of it . This hostel was formerly run by safe stay who did a much better job than A&O hostel in Edinburgh does. Paid for somewhere that was friendly for disabled people to sleep and didn’t get what I paid for by a selfish person. So promised a place to sleep that a disabled person and wasn’t given it as promised by email . Friendly staff but promises were not kept and I left the hostel with an injured back and very little sleep and pains in my legs . Could do much better .
Joanne Alice, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Niamh, 1-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Quick overnight stay.
It started going wrong when the receptionist was more interested in taking a personal call which meant I stood for almost 10mins before being checked in, she did apologise. Charged extra for bed linen was a shock ! Room was unclean, yet they moved me quickly to another one. Only two lockers for a 4 bed dorm? Luckily only two of us were there. No power points or lights at the bed. I respect it was a Friday night, our window overlooked the courtyard which in turn was where the bar was. Even with the window closed, it was pretty noisy right up til 0130, not helped by being on the 1st floor. I did get a comfortable sleep eventually and the room stayed at a reasonable temperature all night. Didn’t have breakfast, shower facilities adequate, yet a bit of detail into cleaning wouldn’t go amiss. I’d hesitate to stay here again. Stayed in much better places in Edinburgh for cheaper prices, and they don’t have added extras that are thrown at you on check in!
Marti, 1-night trip
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6/10 Good

Anthony, 1-night trip
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