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Pollock Halls

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This place will definitely remind you of your dorm days in college, but the rooms were clean, the location is relatively convenient to central Edinburgh and right next to Arthur's Seat, and the free breakfast is excellent. The staff at reception were often confused, but they were always friendly and tried their best. I would recommend this place to people on a budget, but the rooms are small so don't try to share with anyone that you're not really close to!

Pollock Halls are University of Edinburgh dormitory rooms that are rented out, therefore do not expect fancy accommodations. The room is good size, clean, with a single bed, desk, closet, shelves, and plenty of outlets, and there is good Wifi. There are 2 bathroom in the hall for 6 or 7 rooms, one with a toilet and shower stall and the other with a toilet and bathtub shower, along with a sink in the bedroom, so getting cleaned up was no problem. The included breakfast is convenient cafeteria style with plenty of choices with eggs, bacon, sausage, potato, tomato, beans, cereals, breads, yogurt, fruit, coffee/tea. The area is residential and I felt safe, and my room was quiet. If you prefer grass and trees outside your window instead of buses and cars, then this is a good choice.

Well I had no choice but to stay here, as it was booked for me, and when I say this I mean it....NEVER AGAIN! The beds were dirty and well used, the carpets were disgusting and dirty. The bathroom is taken from a hospital, the toilet seat was broken the windows were dirty and the whole room smelt of..... sweat and body odours. I WOULDNT KEEP MY DOG IN HERE! Horrible!

I attended a 4 day conference in Edinburgh and was invited to stay at Pollock’S Hall Residence in an en-suite twin room. I admit that I did look elsewhere when I learned that I would be staying in a student dormitory, but june being high season in Edinburgh, I soon gave up and prepared myself mentally for the worst. Upon arrival, my worries were quickly dissolved. While being basic, the room was quite well appointed, with storage space, a comfortable twin bed, a coffee tray, TV, complimentary internet and a window that could actually be opened. The bathroom was certainly small, but functional, and in fact just as good as those I have seen in many 3 star hotels. Being in a student residence, there are additional advantages: There are a several pantries, each assigned to a limited number of rooms, which are excellent rooms hang around or have a snack. The large windows and nice views make these pantries very welcoming. On the campus is a restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast was included in my rate and was of the “full Scottish” type – so delicious that even my wife abandoned her usual bread and jelly diet in favor of poached eggs, ham and cheese (I never saw her do that in a 5 star hotel, which is quite a feat). On one evening, I tried dinner, which was also quite good. There also is a bar, which closes at 9:30 – makes sense, after all, we’re on a university campus! The only gripe I have with the restaurant is that it’s quite noisy. The crowd is quite interesting – students, conference attendees, and a few budget travelers. A word on the location: the campus is not located in the city center, but a 30 minute walk south. For those who wish not to walk, there’s bus line 14 going right to the city center. Getting from the airport to the hotel requires first a 30 minute ride on the Airlink 100 (buy tickets in advance on the internet) bus, and then either a short cab ride or bus line 14. The campus is quite close to Arthur’s seat, a prominent mountain peak (actually a former volcano). On one afternoon I climbed up and quite enjoyed it. Had I stayed in another hotel, I would certainly have missed this attraction. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Pollock’s hall.

Beautiful place to stay, very convenient rooms if you have a conference there. They are just small dorm rooms but they are serviced and clean and tidy. Plus the breakfast was and excellent addition and it's not too far from the centre of Edinburgh.

My husband & I stayed here on 9th June we were attending Saint Etienne concert which coincided with the Robbie Williams concert meaning it eas very difficult to find somewhere to stay at a decent price. However my husband found this and we were not disappointed. Decent size twin room very clean. The breakfast was great sooo much choice from hot & cold dishes and everthing was kept very well stocked by staff. Quite a few tea & coffee machines too which meant you didnt need to queue for long. It was also only a short walk to Queens Hall where the concert was so perfect location for us.

It's the middle of the night and I'm sitting up on my lumpy mattress, resting against two incredibly flat pillows and dreading my 6:00am alarm, as constant noise surrounds me for a second night in a row. The reception staff are in a completely separate building so dorm room guests are left "unsupervised", creating a late-night party atmosphere. You may get lucky because my first couple of nights were relatively quiet, but when it's noisy, it's noisy. The only reason I gave it a 2-rating (and not 1) is that it's relatively close to attractions (walkable to almost everything), backs up to Arthur's Seat, and the food in the cafeteria was good (although breakfast could use a bit more variety).

The hotel is nearby Arthur's seat and in my opnion one of the best views of Edinburgh. The rooms are very basic, but clean and good. The breakfast is very good. A lot of fruit, yoghurt and a lot of different cereals, sausages, bacon, different kind of eggs, etc. There is something for everyone. The price for the rooms are quit expensive, but maybe it's because it's Edinburgh ;) The wifi is great tho!

I've stayed at Pollock Halls for a few summers now and love it. It's very clean and the food is lovely - lots of it as it's a buffet. As a single traveller I always feel very safe there. The only criticism is that the beds are not very comfortable, but all in all very good value for money.

This is an off campus dorm for the University of Edinburgh. Although it is not near the downtown (historic) area, it is on the bus line that will take you to town center. There are plenty of restaurants around. When we were there, the elevator wasn't working, but normally there would be an elevator available for upper floors. You have your own bathroom. The staff was friendly and breakfast comes with the room (dorm style -- in a cafeteria). We really enjoyed our stay.

18 Holyrood Park Road Edinburgh Scotland

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Royal Commonwealth Pool
  • Free full breakfast
  • Free in-room wired Internet
  • Free parking

Located in Newington, Pollock Halls is adjacent to Royal Commonwealth Pool and within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights like University of Edinburgh. This 2000-room, 3-star hostel has free breakfast and a bar/lounge, along with free self parking. Located centrally in Edinburgh, it's also close to Arthur's Seat and Palace of Holyroodhouse.


Free full breakfast is included with your stay. Entertain your taste buds with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café.


The 2000 rooms have coffee makers. Guests can stay connected with free wired Internet. Free toiletries are also included.

Property features

Pollock Halls features free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and laundry facilities. If you drive, put free parking to good use. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with luggage storage and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a garden, a picnic area, and a gift shop.

Room options

Single Room, Shared Bathroom

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Twin Room, Ensuite (single occupancy)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

72% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 549 reviews