Hostels in Edinburgh

Belford Hostel

If you are looking for fun and a totally unique experience. Spend a night at Edinburgh’s Belford Hostel. Once a Church but now converted into a great backpackers hostel this place is cool. Set in a 19th century historic church building with original features such as stained glass windows and high ceilings.  Belford Hostel is Scotland’s Funkiest Church and a great place to stay.

Belford hostel features a resident’s bar and outdoor Barbeque area for exclusive use of our guests, the entrance to which is adorned with a humorous Braveheart caricature and the patriotic starting verse to the Scottish national Anthem. Decked with sports memorabilia from all corners of the world, it’s a great place to meet fellow travellers. We have a darts board, a pool table and a big screen which is great for watching movies and live sport. Oh, and the good news is there’s always a drinks special on offer.

The hostel is centrally located in the West End of Edinburgh city centre only a short walk to Princes Street, the Old Town.  If you are going to Murrayfield Stadium for the rugby this is the place to be.

Our dormitory accommodation provides a gothic feel within the old church hall complete with stained glass windows! Dorm sizes range from 4-10 beds and we can sleep up to 98 guests. Private double and twin rooms are also available.Check-in time is from 1pm. Check-out time is 10am. Photo ID required at check-in

Any guest under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (over 21) and must not be in dorm rooms.

Belford hostel is ideal for groups or individual travelers.  We can sleep up to 98 persons in Group Sized Dorms and Small Private Rooms.  In keeping with our 3 Star status the hostel has fantastic facilities such as free WIFI, Guest Kitchen and games room. Try out our Stainless Steel Kitchen areas, cool lounge, Games Room, and our famous Bar.


Ever stayed in a converted Church ? Then come stay with us and experience Belford Hostel !

Expect a very unique experience sat Belford Hostel.  The hostel operates in a lively converted church with Gothic vibes.  Belford was one of Edinburgh’s original hostels offering quality budget accommodation for students and backpackers. The hostel has a great location which is just A short walk from Princes Street Shops, attractions and the funtastic New Town nightlife. Centrally located in the beautiful West End  right beside the beautiful Dean bridge and village.

Belford Hostel offers a very unique experience and has some great facilities and services such as :

We offer free WiFi
Every bed has a double power plug for your phones and computers
Free locker to use during your stay
Every guest will receive a door key (10.00 deposit taken)
Private double and twin rooms are also available
We offer a left luggage service on departure
Art Lovers will love the decor
Please note that we do not permit stag parties
Our dormitory accommodation is located within the old church hall complete with stained glass windows! Dorm sizes range from 2-10.

We operate a private residents bar and outdoor BBQ area for the exclusive use of our guests. It’s a great place to relax and unwind after a hard days travelling or sightseeing, and an ideal spot to meet fellow travellers. We have a darts board, a pool table and a big screen which is great for watching movies and live sport. Oh, and the good news is there’s always a drinks special on offer.

Hostel Area

Belford hostel has a terrific location just minutes from Edinburgh’s bustling West End area.  Situated between Princes Street and Edinburgh’s historic old town you can walk to all the major attractions in minutes.

Transport Links
The Hostel is located between Edinburgh Haymarket and Waverley Rail stations.  Both stations are about 10 minutes walk. Take a short stroll to Princes Street.  Then have lunch right underneath the castle which sits on a dormant volcano.  Maybe exit the Gardens at Castle Terrace and take a 2 minute walk into the Grassmarket and Edinburgh’s historic old town.

Find just a  short walk away.

  • Edinburgh’s trendy West End Area – 5 Mins
  • Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle -15 Mins
  • Grassmarket party zone with it exclusive shops, bars and restaurants- 10 mins
  • Princes Street – 5 Mins
  • Fountainbridge where you will find Edinburgh Quay and its boats and barges – 15 Mins
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre – 10 minutes
  • Holyrood Palace and Dynamic Earth exhibition – 20 mins
Belford Room Layouts
Belford Hostel is centrally located in Edinburgh’s West End just 5 minutes walk from Princes Street.  Located just across the  ancient and beautiful Dean Village and Water of Leith.  Available layouts include 4/5/6/8/10 Bed Dorms and Private Twin/Double and 2 Bed Bunk Room.


Check out our ‘Vital Statistics’ before you book to find out if Belford Hostel is a match for you or your group.
  • LOCATION 85% 85%
  • VALUE FOR MONEY 100% 100%
  • GREAT FOR GROUPS 100% 100%
  • FUN 100% 100%
  • STAFF 100% 100%
  • 24 hour entry
  • Free Wifi
  • Bar area with Pool table
  • 10 mins from Rail station
  • Cafe 
  • Fresh Bed Linen 
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Cheap Breakfast available 
  • Free Lockers 
  • Central Heating
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities 
  • Lockable bedrooms
  • Laundry Facilities 
  • Common Room 
  • Luggage Storage
  • Towel Hire 

You may cancel your booking up to 72hrs hours before arrival. Less than 72hrs notice the first night will be charged.

Groups must provide more that 1 months notice of cancellation or amendments.

Check-in time is from 2pm. Check out time is 10am

***In the event of a no-show (non arrival) without cancellation you will be charged the full amount.***

***Photo ID (Drivers Licence, Passport) is required to check-in to the hostel. If you are unable to produce photo ID on arrival we will not honour your booking.***

The Serious Stuff
Due to our guests being of an adult age we do not accept under 12’s in our dormitories.

10 key deposits per person are required at check-in.

Debit Card Charge GBP 0.50 Credit Card Charge – 2%

Groups of six or more people may be subject to a GBP 20 per person security deposit, which will be refunded upon departure, pending a room check and appropriate behavior.

Smoking is now illegal in all public places; thus, the hostel is 100% non-smoking. There is a minimum charge of GBP 50 if you smoke in this hostel.

During the month of August/Rugby/Bank Holiday Weekends/Easter/Hogmanay The hostel will charge your card the full amount one month before arrival. If you will be arriving in less than a month the charge will be made within 24hrs. Cancellations – 1 month > 14 days before arrival we will retain 25% or the first night – Less than 14 days notice no refund will be given.

If your card is declined your booking will be cancelled.

Hogmanay Special Please Note: For All Hogmanay Bookings, your credit card will be charged the full outstanding amount shortly after the booking is made. Cancellations made more than 14 days before the arrival date will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made less than 14 days before the arrival date shall not receive any refund.

If your card is declined your booking will be cancelled.


Belford hostel provides customers with:

  • All Bedlinen
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Lockers
Groups of more than 8 persons are required to pay a refundable security deposit of £20 per person on arrival. The deposit will be refunded on departure provided there has been no damages or behavior problems
Group bookings edinburgh hostels

Whether you need Meals, Airport transfers, packed lunches, tours or anything else just let us know. We have 12 years experience of helping groups make the most of their time in Edinburgh. We only use the very best providers in the city. Arrive with no surprises.

At Belford Hostel we can comfortably accommodate groups of up to 98 persons. Sorry but we do not accepts Stag or hen Parties. We regularly welcome large summer groups of all types and sizes to Edinburgh Scotland. Language, student, sports groups and famailes are all welcome.  We do accept student groups with persons under the age of 16.


We are group booking specialists and we aim to provide a very personal service.

Just let us know the size of your group, the type of room layouts you require. We will get back to you within 24 hours with a great option, tailored to meet your specific needs. Even better if we can’t accommodate your group at ‘Belford Hostel’ we will send an alternative option.

Belford Hostel