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1 room, 2 adults

Pollock Halls, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

3-star3 stars
18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH16 5AY, United Kingdom

3-star hostel with restaurant, near University of Edinburgh
  • Free WiFi
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  • Good facility in handy location. Student type accommodation so not everybodys cup of tea…Sep 1, 2019
  • Fantastic option for safe, clean accommodation- no frills but not expecting that from…Sep 9, 2019

Pollock Halls, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

  • Single Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Single Room, Ensuite
  • Twin Room, Ensuite
  • Twin Room (Single Use)

What’s around Pollock Halls, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


  • In Newington
  • University of Edinburgh - 16 min walk
  • Princes Street - 20 min walk
  • Royal Mile - 21 min walk
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse - 22 min walk
  • Grassmarket - 23 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 28 min walk
  • George Street - 30 min walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 35 min drive
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 23 min walk
  • Newcraighall Station - 10 min drive
  • Slateford Station - 10 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 2,000 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Electric vehicle charging point

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Free full breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Golfing nearby
Working away
  • Conference center
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Elevator
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Coffee/tea maker
Freshen up
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
Be entertained
  • 32-inch TV
  • Cable TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping

Pollock Halls, Edinburgh, United Kingdom’s small print

Also known as

  • Edinburgh First Pollock Halls
  • Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First Scotland
  • Pollock Halls Hostel Edinburgh
  • Pollock Halls Hostel
  • Pollock Halls Edinburgh
  • Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First Hotel
  • Pollock Halls Edinburgh
  • Pollock Halls Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Pollock Halls Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Edinburgh
  • Pollock Halls
  • Pollock Halls Edinburgh First
  • Pollock Halls House
  • Pollock Halls House Edinburgh First
  • Edinburgh First Hotel
  • First Hotel Edinburgh
  • Pollock Halls - Edinburgh 1st
  • Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First Hotel Edinburgh


Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-out is available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Pollock Halls, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

  • Does Pollock Halls offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Pollock Halls does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Is Pollock Halls currently open?
    The property is closed between November 5 and May 25.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Pollock Halls?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff wear personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Are pets allowed at Pollock Halls?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Pollock Halls?
    You can check in from 2 PM to midnight. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Pollock Halls?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that serves British cuisine. Nearby restaurants include aizle (7-min walk), Voujon (7-min walk), and Cask and Barrel (8-min walk).

Recent reviews

Very good 8.4 From 419 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Best place for a summer stay in Edinburgh
Extremely friendly and helpful staff
Brinder S, gb1 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Could not fault anything from booking in to leaving thankyou
gb4 night business trip
Very good 8.0
The only minor issue I had was that my room was next to the elevator, which the noise (not terribly loud, but distinctive when quiet) could be a bit distracting when trying to get to sleep.
gb3 night trip
Very good 8.0
in a quiet area but really close to city center and all major tourist attractions, really excellent budget accommodation, amazing buffet breakfast
us2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
The staff at reception and everywhere were very welcoming and pleasant. The breakfasts was superb better than a four star hotel
Mubarak, gb1 night trip with friends
Good 6.0
Housekeeping needs improving
Check-in was friendly but didn’t give us enough information to find our room - it was lower ground which was never mentioned. Room was okay for the money - not our choice to be overlooked by a path and the road used for deliveries. We arrived mid-afternoon and fancied a cup of tea. But there were no tea bags. I went to reception to get some but they didn’t have any. They said some would be delivered later but they never were. The next day we left for the day and got back around midnight to find the door open! A pile of laundry had also been left in the corridor. We complained to Lawrence, a manager who said it was below the standards they expected! We didn’t take any chances and for day 2 we put the sign on the door to say they could skip housekeeping that day. On day 3 we left the sign off so housekeeping would visit but when we returned around midnight the room had not been touched. On day 4 we left the sign off again and went for a walk up Arthur’s seat. We returned about 3 hours later and the room had not been touched. When we were having a shower and preparing to go out for the day I heard someone in the corridor so I went out and it was housekeeping so I asked for our room to be cleaned, which it was after we left. Basically, housekeeping needs to be managed better. Breakfast was okay - a good variety but some things were a bit bland eg eggs, tomatoes. There was an ATM on site but it charged a £1 for withdrawing cash! The gardens were amazing - very exotic.
gb5 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Nice One
Pollock Halls is amazingly well managed - friendly staff, thoughtful facilities, green policies and extremely cheap for what it provides. The students who are the usual residents are so lucky in having such a well-run campus (given that over a thousand people can be in residence), All the staff, whether gatekeepers, gardeners. reception or kitchen staff (free breakfast included!!!!) are so friendly. The place is a great example to all other such establishments. Well done,Pollock Halls!
Mike, ie2 night trip
Good 6.0
wifi reception is very poor in rooms
wifi reception is very poor in rooms
VENKAT, gb2 night business trip
Very good 8.0
very good
Great place to stay. Considering it is student accommodation it is very good and an excellent breakfast.
Gillian, gb1 night trip with friends
Very good 8.0
Would stay again.
Excellent service on arrival, even arriving late at night. Room was better than expected, clean and quiet. Only let down was a older shower with poorish water flow. I was told the breakfasts are good but didn't try for myself. Would definitely stay again.
gb1 night trip

Pollock Halls, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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