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4.5 out of 5

"The dorm rooms were the best deal in town. We heard about them through a student friend of mine. Many pros - Pollock Halls is close to the bus lines. ... " More

By a verified traveler on Wed 22 Jun 2016

Hotel Description

Eco-friendly hostel near University of Edinburgh

City center stay

Your stay at this Newington hostel places you within 2 miles (3 km) of University of Edinburgh and Princes Street. Royal Mile and Palace of Holyroodhouse are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Free breakfast

A restaurant and a bar/lounge are featured at this hostel. Guests will appreciate free perks like full breakfast and WiFi in public areas. A garden, a picnic area, and luggage storage are also on offer.

Free WiFi, cable TV

In addition to TVs with cable channels, the 2000 guestrooms offer free WiFi and coffee/tea makers. Other amenities include showers and free toiletries.

Twin Room (Single Use)

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Single Room, Ensuite

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Twin Room, Ensuite

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Single Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Pollock Halls ratings based on 2 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Pollock Halls

Everyone (1) Other (1)
5 out of 5

Best deal in town!

Pros: Staff was great, treated us like family. Everyone we met was knowledgeable, friendly, pleasant, helpful. Eat at the bar, best steak & ale pie!!
Cons: Wee spider on ceiling in room, but that was OK, he was just hanging out, too!!
Location: Commonwealth Pool up the street (Bus Stop into town). The Ale House was stifling hot, so we wandered down the street for other places to eat.
The dorm rooms were the best deal in town. We heard about them through a student friend of mine. Many pros - Pollock Halls is close to the bus lines. Breakfast was the plentiful and terrific, recommend eating at the bar instead of the buffet at night. The steak and ale pie was fabulous! Could eat it every night. The staff was more than accommodating, everyone at the front desk was knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and went out of their way to make sure everything was right. The only cons (and there were just a few) - I booked the room with the bathroom down the hall, and the bathrooms got a little dirty from time to time. But there was always at least one bathroom available, I never had to wait. The room doors squeaked, so I knew when my neighbor was coming and going. But other than those wee items, I highly recommend Pollock Halls for single travelers!! Best bargain in town.

Posted by , from Washington DC on Jun 22, 2016

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4 out of 5
Convenient place to stay, just basic rooms but also a bar, cafeteria, and places to fix your own meals. Easy transportation to the town center, buses, taxis.

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015

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Renovations + Closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from September 9 2020 to March 1 2021 (dates subject to change):

  • Dining venue(s)

The property is closed between November 5 and May 25.

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Free breakfast is served. WiFi is free in public spaces. The eco-friendly Pollock Halls also features gift shops/newsstands, a garden, and a picnic area. This Edinburgh hostel is smoke free.

  • 2000 guestrooms or units
  • Full breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Charging station for electric cars
  • Conference center
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Wedding services available
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Gift shop
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Parking (limited spaces)

Transport

  • Train station: Edinburgh Waverley Station (2.9 km / 1.8 mi)

Room Amenities

Pollock Halls offers 2000 accommodations with coffee/tea makers and complimentary toiletries. Televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include showers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Toiletries (free)

Food & Drink

Guests are served free full breakfast.

Pollock Halls has a restaurant on site.

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 11:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash

Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash. For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards in each accommodation. 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.

  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Security system
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Property does not follow sanitization practices of any association
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Debit cards
  • No gap period between guest stays

Hotel Names

  • Edinburgh First Pollock Halls
  • 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
  • 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

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Tourism Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.