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Stay Central Hotel

Edinburgh, Scotland

If you want something more stylish and better equipped than a hostel – more flighty, flexible and just plain bonkers than a traditional guest house or budget hotel – the this wildly imaginative, full-on fun palace is for you, especially if you want to bring your friends.

Location

8 / 10

The Cowgate: clubs, bars, cafés, the Grassmarket, the Old Town. Just navigate down the hill from Greyfriar’s Bobby and keep to the left.

Style & character

9 / 10

This is the sort of place that positively demands you let your hair down. Real out-of-the-box thinking combined with a strong sense of style and commitment to fun has resulted in the ultimate urban crash-pad. All polished cement, brash bold graphics and rough-chic, quirky furnishings, this is East London comes to East Scotland.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

The fun starts before you even get in the door - just outside is the Three Sisters pub - big, brash and noisy with a vast beer garden courtyard. Inside, reception is a colourful hive of activity and a place to hang out, with board games, papers, books, information, coffee/tea/beer/ice cream - even t-shirts, and relentlessly cheerful staff on hand. You can hire a bike, join in the twice-weekly running club or try the urban gym on Saturday morning if you’ve ever fancied giving parkour a go. There are discounts on parking.

  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room service
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

9 / 10

The 37 rooms on four floors in a range which even the hotel says are difficult to categorise. From straightforward doubles, through to quads, six-bedders and even a private dorm (complete with ping pong table and dart board), the look is simple, sometimes slightly silly, but always sharp. Furnishings and facilities are not scrimped on - rooms come with all the necessities, including lots of fun little extras, and quality as good as you will find in any hotel: extremely well-stocked mini-fridges, safes, big LCD TVs, tea-making and coffee-machines, iPod docks, hair straighteners and dryers. Smart bathrooms are tiled in black and white with good drench showers and in-house branded toiletries.

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Food & drink

7 / 10

You can have breakfast downstairs or delivered to your room. There’s ‘in-room snacking’ too, available 24-hours.

Value for money

8 / 10

Double rooms from £45 in low season; rising to £300 in high. Breakfast excluded (£10 per person). Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Yes.

Family-friendly?

Yes, but don’t expect them to sleep.

139 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JS.
0131 622 6801
Rooms from £ 59 per night
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