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a&o Edinburgh City

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Free WiFi, bed sheets
Free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of a&o Edinburgh City

a&o Edinburgh City

2.0 star property
Hostel with restaurant, near Edinburgh Castle
7.6 out of 10 Good
7.6/10 Good

837 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pet-friendly
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry facilities
  • 24/7 front desk
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
  • Water dispenser
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Tour/ticket assistance
Feel at home
  • Children stay free
  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Old Town Edinburgh
  • Royal Mile - 3 min walk
  • University of Edinburgh - 6 min walk
  • Princes Street - 9 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 11 min walk
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 13 min walk
  • National Museum of Scotland - 1 min drive
  • Grassmarket - 2 min drive
  • St. Giles' Cathedral - 2 min drive
  • Princes Street Gardens - 2 min drive
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse - 2 min drive

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 29 min drive
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) - 5 min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 7 min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 27 min walk
  • St Andrew Square Tram Stop - 12 min walk
  • Princes Street Tram Stop - 13 min walk
  • Haymarket Tram Station - 29 min walk


  • Salt Horse - 1 min walk
  • The Tron - 3 min walk
  • Bannerman's Bar - 4 min walk
  • Royal Mile Tavern - 2 min walk
  • The City Cafe - 2 min walk

About this property

a&o Edinburgh City

A&o Edinburgh City puts you in a great location, within a short 10-minute walk of Royal Mile and University of Edinburgh. 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. Public transportation is only a short walk: St Andrew Square Tram Stop is 12 minutes and Princes Street Tram Stop is 13 minutes.


English, French, Hungarian, Polish, Spanish

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-out available
  • 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


  • Children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • 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
  • Water dispenser

Travelling with children

  • Children stay for free (see details)


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


  • ATM/banking
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Bike parking
  • At least 80% of food locally sourced
  • Vegetarian dining options
  • Annual offsets purchased for at least 10% of carbon footprint
  • Humane treatment of captive wild animals
  • Locally owned and organised tours and activities
  • Local artist showcase
  • At least 10% of profits reinvested in community and sustainability
  • Local culture and ecosystem education
  • 100% renewable energy
  • Double-glazed windows
  • At least 80% of lighting from LEDs
  • Comprehensive food waste policy
  • No plastic coffee stirrers
  • No plastic drinking straws
  • Water dispenser
  • Reusable cups only
  • Reusable tableware only


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

Room amenities

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Hairdryer (on request)

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Bulk dispenser for toiletries
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products provided
  • LED light bulbs
  • Water-efficient showers only
  • Water-efficient toilets only

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 approximately GBP 7.5 for adults and GBP 3.75 for children
  • 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)


  • 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.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business or profession.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
This property uses solar energy, plus eco-friendly cleaning products.
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

Frequently asked questions

Does a&o Edinburgh City offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, a&o Edinburgh City does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at a&o Edinburgh City?
As of 6 June 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at a&o Edinburgh City on 2 July 2023 start from €61, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at a&o Edinburgh City?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at a&o Edinburgh City?
Yes, dogs are welcome, with a limit of 1 per room. There's a charge of GBP 11 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.
What are the check-in and check-out times at a&o Edinburgh City?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - anytime. There's a charge of GBP 11 for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 10 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge of GBP 11 (subject to availability). Express check-out is available.
What is there to do at a&o Edinburgh City and nearby?
A&o Edinburgh City has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near a&o Edinburgh City?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant, Bar 50.
What's the area around a&o Edinburgh City like?
A&o Edinburgh City is in Old Town Edinburgh, a short 5-minute walk from Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) and 11 minutes' walk from Edinburgh Castle. Travellers recommend the hostel for its walkable location.







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10/10 Exceptional

K Mona, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Comfortable and quieter than expected for sleeping.
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Nelanie, 1-night trip with friends
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6/10 Good

Yngve, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

good location, right in the city center, clean enough and fresh bed of the minuses there were not enough charging points there was an unpleasant moment, the cleaning staff mistakenly took away a soft toy along with bed linen (the people thought they left), but then everything was very quickly decided and given back
Yulia, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Better communication
Clean and friendly staff. Great to have a toilet and shower room actually in the room, all be that the shower room was very small. The only bad thing which I could say was that despite two emails and several calls which no one answered, no one got back to me to see if my request of a lower bunk would happen, I have mobility issues. I was pleased that a lower bunk request was accommodated once I got there but as said, no one got back to me to actually inform me. Better communication would be better. And can someone please answer the phone!
Antony, 4-night trip
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2/10 Poor

I could be fine with being charged extra for bedsheet and pillowcase. The lack of charging ports(2) in the room is disgustingly am I charge my devices against the rest of 10 people? I find it shocking that a hostel doesn’t provide or sell padlock, tho they kindly have a safety locker for guests, charging by hours. There is no communal area for work or casually meeting people.
Jannis, 3-night trip
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6/10 Good

Clean room, poor breakfast
Room was clean , toilet was nice. Top bunk was the noisiest ever. Breakfast was a rip off , better off eating out for a cooked breakfast.
Iain, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great location. More than what I expected for the economic price. Super clean and organized. Nice stay!
Lucia, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

One of the very best hostel in town.
The place is clean ,spacious and really good value for money. Highly recommended.
Dr Mimi Thongporn, 1-night trip
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