After looking for a cheap stay in Edinburgh we decided on the Belford hostel (the cheapest in Edinburgh!) and only after booking we noticed all the negative comments the place has got but went ahead anyway, I mean how bad can it be.
Many of the negative reviews focused on cold and noisy rooms but the room we stayed in and many others I saw now had roofs, which made the rooms quiet, warm and toasty thanks to a marvelous little heater. Only downside would be that the beautiful roof and atmosphere of the church is gone slightly but you can't have everything.
Staff were friendly also, the Aussie workaholic behind reception who seems to work all day everyday was really cool.
Only complaint would be that we bought food for ourselves and cooked in the kitchen and when a friend of ours was looking for cling-film one of the staff (maybe the manager) came over and told us off for raiding the cupboards and was attacking us for stealing food! when that clearly was not the case. Her attitude was awful, like she wanted to fight with someone so maybe she just had a bad day? I've worked in hostels before and could not imagine treating guests in such a way.
Other slight downfalls where you have to strip off before you enter the shower (might be uncomfortable for some) and freeze for a few minutes hammering at the button to get water out before it gets warm.
Also there is no room keys and the door code never changed during our stay so its more than possible anyone could come in if they knew this code.
But if your looking for a cheap stay in Edinburgh with character then its really worth the 6 pounds.
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- Also Known As:
- Belford Hotel Edinburgh
- Belford Hostel Edinburgh, Scotland