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West End Hotel - Hostel

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Hotel-like atmosphere with a clean dorm (female only). Dorm room was small but area is residential and quiet. Few minutes walk from city centre and close to Haymarket station. Inexpensive breakfast available.

Stayed here while attending the Military Tattoo in August. At about a mile and a half walk from the castle, it's not exactly super close. The rooms are nicely apportioned, though already showing signs of wear, the carpets weren't amazingly clean, and we had issues with some things working correctly in the room. Expensive, but on par with others in Edinburgh. Service was okay, but not anything special.

Ended up stuck in Edinburgh for a night after getting lost in Waverly train station and missing the last train! Found the West End Hotel and got a bed for £14 (think a room was £70 something, which is probably reasonable on a week day having checked around). I did get a little lost trying to find it after my phone died (it's in a very pleasant residential area just out of the city centre); but the next day i found it to be about a 20 min walk from the station. So far enough you don't have any drunks singing outside all night but only a short stroll to go and get merry yourself. Hotel/ hostel itself is also very pleasant. Nice and clean in this grand old former-apartment building (I'm assuming). Staff were all very lovely and great fun, particular shout-out to Aussie lad from reception/bar (Michael i think?) who checked us in and served us most the night. Don't know if he was gunning for sales or for tips but he was definitely earning both, and whilst I was gone before breakfast in the morning the restaurant looked very nice when it was all set up the evening before. Didn't actually get much sleep after going out for dinner and coming back to a snorer in the bunk one over but not exactly the hotels fault, and I'd hopefully be back again.

Make sure you don't get a room on the top floor of you have heavy cases as no lift and four flights of stairs was a joy! Friendly staff and nice bar. Clean room and good shower. Breakfast was chaotic if you came late! Untidy....Food ok though

To see Leona Rae and food. All excellent, food is large portions and bar is reasonably priced. Staff very friendy, decor is really good. Would recommend as live music on a Friday and Saturday night and relaxed atmosphere.

Found this place on google as the nearest place to where we were called and managed to get a table within ten minutes. We only had burgers and a drink but the burgers were delicious and the staff were friendly. I would return.

I've been at this hostel all three times I've been to Edinburgh and really like it! I've lived in dorms all three times and they are clean and nice. The only bad thing is that it's a bit of a walk to get to the royal mile, but otherwise it's great! It is also a great way to meet new people and you get discount on food and drinks at the bar downstairs, where they often have live music.

I've stayed in the dorm room at this hostel several times and always enjoyed myself. It's a beautiful building with clean rooms, friendly staff, and a cosy bar area that hosts a great pub quiz. My only quibble with the West End hotel dorm room is that the plug sockets aren't near all the beds, but it wasn't enough to stop me staying several times!

Very nice hotel with friendly staff. I went with a group of 24 15-16 year-olds on a school trip, and they accomodated us fine. Also, the hotel's situation is very good, as it is only 10-15 minutes away from the city centre. The only problem was the Wi-Fi, that only worked after one o'clock in the morning, when everyone had gone to sleep. Apart from that, everything was very, very nice.

We were driving from England to meet friends who had flown to Edinburgh and booked a room in one of the dorms in this hotel. They paid about £8 per night, and we paid £45 for the room including breakfast each. The hotel was spotless, the rooms were decent size, the breakfast was good and they had free wifi on each floor. The bar is also the reception, which is manned most of the time. I was able to grab some snacks from there too, which was really helpful as we were waiting around for something for a while (nothing to do with the hotel). Staff were friendly and it's about a 15 min walk from the royal mile. The downside was parking which was silly expensive and you could only park for 4 hours maximum. This is nothing to do with the hotel, the whole of Edinburgh has ridiculous parking prices that would make me consider getting the train if I visit again.

Room options

Double Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Quadruple Room

Full 1 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Shared Dormitory, Women only, Ensuite (8 beds)

Twin 8 | Sleeps 1

Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm, Ensuite (10 bed)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

82% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 288 reviews