Barely a year and a half old, Smart City Hostel is located at the bottom of a hill just off the Royal Mile. It is following the way of newer hostels, with the shiny, modern look. Unfortunately, this means that a lot of the vibe that makes a hostel so much fun is lost to glitz and glamour. Catering mostly to large groups with 622 beds in summer, they also offer winter student accommodation. There is a licensed bar and the Smart City Café, a small meeting room and a great outside area for BBQ’s, in summer the chef cooks up a great feast there. All the rooms are en-suite, shower gel and shampoo are provided, on the girl’s floors there is also lotion and conditioner.
Smart City Hostel also caters to the disabled with 3 rooms fitted for the handicapped, along with elevators, in addition to family rooms with TV’s to keep the little ones entertained.
I would recommend this hostel for groups but as a lone backpacker it is a little sterile and it might be hard to meet people.
50 Blackfriars Street
0870 892 3000