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“Good stay, but needs a lot of work” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Malone's Old Town Hostel

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Malone's Old Town Hostel
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Edmonton, Canada
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34 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Good stay, but needs a lot of work”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

I stayed here for 4 nights in July 2013, and had a really good time, but I just can't give it a rave review as there are far too many little improvements that need to be made first.

The positives:
- Location is perfect. Walking distance to everything, close to grocery stores, and there's a great bar downstairs
- Good price/value
- Comfortable beds, spacious rooms

The negatives:
- Only one light for the entire dorm room. The dorm rooms are big, but there's just the one overhead light, which is inconvenient with people coming in at all hours of the night.

- No common room. The kitchen seats 6 people, so you can't really hang out there either. People do socialize in the dorm rooms, however.

- Kitchen does not have a stove or oven, and there's just one tiny bar fridge for the whole hostel, but that fridge also has all the milk and breakfast stuff, so there's no room to store personal food

- No signs in the kitchen, telling people to wash their own dishes. They really need to put signs up in the kitchen, telling people to wash and dry their own dishes. Also, they should have a few more tea towels in there so that people can actually dry their dishes. There was just one, dirty looking dishcloth during my 4-night stay there.

- Tiny, dysfunctional showers. The shower stalls are small and the showerheads are not movable, so you have to stand close to the edge of the stall to properly rinse. Then, even with the bathroom doors closed, the shower curtain continually blows in on you, unless you weigh it down with something, so it always touches you, which is sort of gross.

- No shampoo or soap in the showers

- The rooms are not thoroughly cleaned often. I stayed in the 12-bed mixed dorm. It was clean when I got there, but by the end of my stay, there was a lot of visible lint, hair, etc. on the black carpet. I don't think they vacuum that more than once a week, and they really need to.

- If you are on the 'first' floor of the hostel, you can hear the singing/debauchery from the pub downstairs. But they do turn off the music and noise around 1am

- Clueless staff. As others have mentioned, the hostel seems to be an after thought to the bar downstairs, and I agree with this fully. There is hostel staff working there during normal business hours, but after that, it's actually the bar staff who let in new guests and tell them the rules and whatnot. And the bar staff (through no fault of their own) have no idea what they're talking about or doing. I heard staff tell new guests that breakfast started at 630am, 7am, 730am, 8am, various times for check out, etc. One night, there was a girl who works in the bar downstairs folding the clean linens on the kitchen floor. She wasn't sure what she was doing or why she was folding laundry when she was hired to work in a bar, and I'm not so sure why either. They should just make a general Information for Incoming Guests sheet that they can give to all the new arrivals at the hostel.

- No security. You have to ring a buzzer to be let in... or you can just walk in through the bar downstairs, no questions asked. People rarely lock the door of the dorm rooms, so the rooms are pretty much open to the public. There are small lockers to store small valuables, but nothing for your big bags. Also, the small lockers are located right opposite the entrance to the dorm rooms, so if someone is trying to get into their locker, you often accidentally open the door right into them.

So overall, I had a good stay here, but as you can see from the list, there are a lot of improvements that could and should be made.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

great place 2 stay very clean showers and rooms comfy beds and a nice clean little kitchen and very friendly staff.great place 2 stay when on a hen party. lovely pub with live music and food its worth a stay and very good value.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

Stayed here for my hen weekend in may extremely clean. Central. Everything in city centre within walking distance even in heels. Secure. Staff very helpful and friendly. Showers hot. Beds extremely comfy. Definitely recommend highly. Can't wait to return.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

Took out 3 rooms for a party of 24. The staff were excellent and arranged dinner and breakfast in the pub below. The rooms were clean and well laid out. Perfect location too, right next to the Grassmarket. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ken M
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

Stayed three nights with friends. Really clean and well kept rooms and bathrooms. Friendly staff. Good prices. Even though it's above a bar, the hostel is quiet. Great location - right in the city centre. Would highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aachen, Germany
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26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013

This place is brand new and therefore the carpets are clean, the rooms are newly furbished and the bathrooms are clean as well. The bathrooms are also single sex.
On the other hand there is no stove in the kitchen, there is no common area (only four chairs in the kitchen) and the place is right above of the pub. Therefore it was very loud after the pub closed at 1am and also before the noise was hearable through the walls and floors. In all common areas (hallway, kitchen and bathrooms) it was very cold. Our group didn't sleep well at this place. But I cannot judge if that was due to the hostel or just coincidence. When you're staying at the hostel, you get a discount on drinks in the bar, which was really worth a visit. As mentioned before they don't have a stove but the menu is displayed in the "kitchen". I don't like this way of "recommending" the pub food downstairs...
The staff needs to learn a lot though. I had the impression that they tried to welcome you warmly but they miss out on explaining you the place. They basically collect your money. Another thing to criticize is the security. The hostel can be accessed through a door next to the pub but you don't get a key for that door. So you need to ring the bell. They other way to enter is through the pub. The door was open during our whole stay so every pub guest can enter the hostel. The dorm rooms don't lock when slammed. If another guest doesn't lock the door after leaving, the dorm stays open. Small lockers are located in the room. Typical hostel breakfast was included. One bed in 12 bed dorm: £15.

I would stay at this hostel for not more than one night. It's sufficient if you arrive late, want to have a pint and want to leave early again.

Room Tip: Bedroom one is on the 1st floor closest to the pub. Bedroom 2 could be better. Can't say anythin...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Anne765
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2013

Upon arrival at Malone's we were welcomed, or rather not welcomed at all. We were not asked anything about our journey, if we managed to find the place OK, all the usual welcome courtesies you would expect. We were immediately told that we had to pay £5 deposit for our key and £5 deposit for our bed linen, which is when we were handed a sheet, duvet cover and pillow case. We explained that we wanted to pay in cash so asked if we could pay the £10 deposit, drop our bags in the room then head to a cash machine, which was literally two doors over. No was the answer we were given, we had to pay in full there and then! So we lugged our bags back downstairs and thought about leaving, but sadly we didn't!

Back in reception and our stay paid in full, I enquired where the lockers were and what time breakfast was. There were no lockers and no breakfast was the answer. So why are these two things stated on your website I asked!!

So finally in our room, which was as bland as bland can be. White walls, white bunk beds and bright white fluorescent lights! There were no cupboards, coat hooks, bedside tables, individual reading lights, paintings, art work etc. We made up our beds, which to me could quite possibly be the worst way to start a trip away from home, then headed to the washrooms...

These were exceptionally clean, but extremely odd in style as there were four showers, four sinks and only two toilets for all the dorm rooms to share. Whilst in there I overheard a conversation between the man who had checked us in and the young cleaner who was polite and exceptionally friendly, but was getting shouted at for 'costing them money.' Once again I was getting an awful vibe for this place.

So to wrap-up, the cleanliness of the hostel had completely dropped by the time we checked-out with blocked toilets and water all over the shower room floor. The hostel is also not secure as anyone from the bar below can walk through into the hostel, as we experienced when we checked-out and someone was wandering around looking for their bag that they'd left in the bar the night before.

On the plus side the heating worked and was on the whole duration of our stay, but does this make the hostel worth a stay, I think not!

Room Tip: Do not stay here!
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Hanna M
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Property: Malone's Old Town Hostel
Address: 14 Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QN, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 214 Speciality Lodging in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Malone's Old Town Hostel recently made it as Lonely Planet's 'top pick' as a budget hostel in Edinburgh. A clean, cosy hostel located in the heart of Edinburgh's historic and beautiful old town. As well as being close to top tourist attractions such as the National Museum and the Castle, it is also above one of the area's most popular bars, Malones Irish Bar. Choose from a large 10-12 bed or smaller 4 bed dorm and be welcomed into our cheery little place! ... more   less 
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