Hostel of the Month – Haggis Hostel (Edinburgh, Scotland)

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On every trip I’ve been on since I started travelling 7 years ago I’ve always chosen hostelling as my main method of accommodation. It’s the most affordable way for a solo traveller such as myself to travel and it’s also the easiest way that I’ve found on the road to meet other travellers. I owe some of my best travel experiences to some of the amazing and unique hostels I’ve stayed in. For that reason I thought it would be cool to feature a hostel every month (that I’ve previously stayed in) and that I think is pretty awesome.

Today I thought I’d start with a hostel in my home city of Edinburgh, Haggis Hostel. I stayed at Haggis Hostel a while back when I needed some city centre accommodation for a night out. These were my thoughts on the hostel;

Top Location


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Location for me has always been the most important thing (after safety and cleanliness) when it comes to hostelling or in fact staying in any type of accommodation. Haggis Hostel has one of the best locations you’ll find anywhere in Edinburgh for close proximity to literally just about anything you would want to do in the city. It’s one of the main reasons why I wanted to highlight the hostel here today.

Situated on West Register Street just 1 minute’s walk from Princes Street (the main shopping street in Edinburgh), you’re also only 1 minute’s walk away from Edinburgh’s Waverly Train Station. Waverly is the main train station in Edinburgh with direct connections to London and every other major city in the UK. You’re also only 5 minutes walk from the main bus station at St Andrew’s Square.

Other attractions and important streets no more than a 10 minute walk away from Haggis Hostel include;

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • The Royal Mile (Old Town High Street)
  • Hollyrood (The Scottish Parliament Building)
  • Main nightlife areas such as the Cowgate and George Street.
  • Arthur’s Seat
  • Calton Hill
  • Princes Street Gardens

Super Clean

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Probably the main thing people are looking for when they book a hostel is for it to be clean. Back in the day when hostels had a bad reputation this is what often put people off booking one. However, in the last 10 years hostels have really come on tremendously. Haggis Hostel is one of the new breed which has cleanliness as a major priority. When I stayed here the whole place was spotless. That included key areas such as the bedroom, bathrooms, and kitchen.

Friendly & Helpful Staff

The staff at Haggis Hostel are really super friendly and helpful – something that you always want when you book into a hostel. They kind of exemplify why I always prefer staying in hostels over hotels regardless of my budget on any particular trip. For me (as a general rule) hostels seem more geared up and prepared to give you local destination advice than hotel receptions do. In a good hostel like Haggis you’ll typically be given a free city map and provided with some recommendations on what to do, where to go out etc should you require it. Hotels for me rarely do this and it’s one of the reasons why I much prefer hostelling personally.

All the basics covered…

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The above things for me are 3 stand-out reasons why I wanted to highlight Haggis Hostel in this particular post, but it’s also important to mention that Haggis do also cover all the basics. These include;

  • 24 hour reception
  • Fully equipped kitched (including 2 full ovens and hobbs)
  • Free breakfast that includes crumpets, croissants, fresh fruit, Scottish jams, and porridge.
  • Common room
  • Power showers
  • Wifi internet access
  • Towels and bedding
  • Laundry facilities

Price

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For a bed in a standard mixed dorm room at Haggis you’ll typically find prices starting from around £18 per night. For a bed in a female only dorm room prices typically start at around £22 per night.

– If you’re interested to find out more about Haggis Hostel you can do so by clicking here and it will redirect you to the Booking.com website where you can also make a booking should you wish to.

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3 Responses to “Hostel of the Month – Haggis Hostel (Edinburgh, Scotland)”

  1. Nicole says:

    We were totally looking at staying at this hostel when we went to Scotland. Alas we chose the premier inn. But I do love hostels. They’re amazing. 🙂

  2. Thomas says:

    This hostel looks pretty decent! If I were traveling alone or with some friends I could see myself staying there but not with the wifey and kids though. They are cheap too!

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