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Pollock Halls

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My Partner and I stayed at Pollock Halls this weekend, whilst I did have reservations with it being student accommodation, it wasn't as bad as I had thought it might be. The room was basic and for some reason had a cot in it (random). We did ask for it to be removed but no one come for it. It was fine for one night. The breakfast was really good despite the plastic plates and catered for gluten free. The staff were really lovely, so all in all it was not as bad as I had though it might be.

My partner and I recently stayed at this venue for one night. The accommodation was clean with TV, wifi, kettle with tea and coffee making facilities. The buffet breakfast was served in a dining hall, however it was a fantastic breakfast, better than we've had in other hotels. The walk to the centre of the city is roughly 15-20 minutes.

Pollock Halls is a collection of student residences at the University of Edinburgh, and they offer a variety of living options during a visit to Edinburgh. If you're looking for luxury, this isn't your ideal spot, but if you want a comfortable, clean, well-located place to sleep, this is it! Think back to your university dorm and you'll have a sense of what to expect: spartan, but utilitarian. There's a bed, a closet, lots of shelves and a desk, along with free WiFi. It's not a luxurious place to spend the day, but if your schedule is packed with sightseeing or Fringe Festival shows, it's perfect. Breakfast is served in the conference centre dining hall, and food is plentiful, although not gourmet. You can enjoy a hot, Scottish breakfast or a cold continental version or a mix of both. You can also sit down and chat with people from all over the world who are visiting Edmonton, just as you are. I met a number of participants in the world-renowned Fringe (theatre) Festival and other visitors, too. Across the room, I could see sailors from the Indian Navy, there to participate in the summer's Military Tattoo. Everyone was friendly and happy to exchange stories and recommendations. From the halls, it's a 20-minute walk to the Royal Mile or a shorter bus ride; buses come by frequently and also take you to the main train station. You're away from the madness of the tourist crowds, but near enough to take part in the action. Staff are very accommodating and the reception centre is open 24/7. If you are checking out early, they're happy to provide a packed breakfast, and there are items such as hairdryers available if you've forgotten yours. So, basic, but welcoming, comfortable and convenient -- as well as inexpensive. What's not to like?

The room was unclean and tiny. I was bitten several times by bugs. The wall of the room was very thin. Very noisy. The reception staff was very very rude!! How could staffs of hotel ridicule a customer? Shocking!!

36 of went to edinburgh for the fringe and split up into various hotels are consider mine was the best , the rooms were good the breakfast was superb I would recommend the facility to all the rooms were very clean and the shared bathroom was very clean

I settle into a comfortable chair to read one of several newspapers in the light and spacious reception area, but can't concentrate due to an incessant high-pitch beeping. There's a control panel by the main door and everytime I'm in the reception area it's beeping constantly irrespective of whether it's early morning or late night. There can't be a fire risk alarm situation every second of every day all across the campus, surely! The amiable and informative staff are used to it, but I can't help wondering if it should be considered a health and safety issue (tinnitus, anyone?). I've stayed twice so far this year so it isn't an isolated incident. Apart from that, Pollock Halls boast clean, comfortable student accommodation (some en-suite and some shared) about a mile from the Royal Mile, well-served by public transport. Previous reviews tend to be positive and mostly accurate, although a recent review entitled 'Fantastic Value, Comfortable and Clean, Can't be Beat' stating incomprehensibly and innaccurately that it's a '15-minute walk to downtown Glasgow and near "Holyrood" hill' shows that sometimes these reviews need to be taken with a pinch of salt.

The only good thing to say is about the location! The rest... Well... It is cleanish, the beds are terrible and tiny, the shower has no pressure, the breakfast room is incredibly noisy. I just hope it is cheap!

We were pleasantly surprised to find this student accommodation exceeded expectations. A modern block of en suite bedrooms. Card keys gain access to external doors, lifts, stairwells, communal kitchens and study bedrooms. There are also coin operated launderettes, a games room and spacious communal lounge. Excellent wifi. The main negative was the very LOUD fire alarm going off quite early in the morning. Luckily it was a probably a false alarm, and we had still not got sufficiently respectable to vacate the room by the time it was silenced. My other criticism is the quality and comfort of the single beds. Adequate, but could do better. In all other respects I was seriously impressed with Pollock Halls, booked through Expedia. They offer all that the traveller requires, which is more than your usual hotel or B&B. Location is delightful for a stroll up Arthur's Seat or the Salisbury Crags, as well as within walking distance of restaurants and the royal mile. Excellent views from some rooms. The grounds are beautifully planted and maintained, with the picturesque university building in the main photograph a feature, tourists are confined to more modern facilities. Reception is very professional. Vehicle access is manned by helpful security personnel, who advised us where to park our motorcycles. We were fortunate to get a covered bay in the bicycle shed, others were parked in the open, but safely away from other vehicles. Breakfast is served in a nearby building. Self service, exceptionally wide selection of food suitable for all cultures, impressively well organised to cope with huge numbers. Convenience store adjacent to breakfast room.

Our "budget" room here out-classed every other hostel and hotel room we stayed in during a three-week tour of Iceland and Scotland. Couldn't have been more impressed. Large, modern, clean rooms. Great reception, well-staffed and always willing and able to convey good advice. Rooms were just super efficient, in the best sense. The price was more than reasonable. These are terrific college dorm rooms. I've been in others (off-season) in the U.S., and these are several cuts above. Laundry was easy to do in the basement. Breakfast included was a bit "industrial" but still .... 15-minute walk to downtown Glasgow and near "Holyrood" hill.

I can highly recommend this accommodation; slick service, clean, friendly, set in the most beautiful surroundings. Room bookings include a self-service breakfast, that caters for absolutely every taste.

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 597 reviews