Stay Central Hotel in Edinburgh is a trendy, unique and newly refurbished luxury hostel turned hotel located along Cowgate St in the Old Town. Being very appropriately named, as it is indeed situated in a ‘central’ location, only a short stroll from the Royal Mile plus many more of Edinburgh’s landmarks, booking a room here would ensure a comfortable stay.
Arriving at the hotels entrance I was straightway impressed. There was a little outdoor courtyard and patio area to walk through before reaching the lobby entrance, and inside was a wall-sized map of the world – with pins from previous guests’ hometowns. Such a cool idea!
The hotel features a bar downstairs, that is open from early in the afternoon until late in the evening and of course in the morning to supply breakfast to guests. Although not free unless included in your room booking, their breakfast menu lists very traditional Scottish meals plus a dinner menu tailed to suit everyone. Staff are exceptionally friendly and sociable and each night of the week, the bar holds ‘special event’ nights that can be enjoyed – and from the comfort of your own hotel!
With a total of 37 rooms and room sizes ranging from S to XXL, with the option of a dorm room or private bedded, it is safe to stay there is a room for everybody. I was lucky to snag a XL room and I was stunned by how spacious the room was with a generous amount of room to move around in, and just like the lobby, the rooms were decked out in some ultra funky interior and design.
The cleanliness throughout was immaculate and beds were comfortably soft for sleeping – one of the best I’ve ever slept on even! The room facilities were very pleasing, featuring a flat screen LSD TV, an iPod dock and speakers plus multiple power point plugs across the room to charge up electronics. Wi-Fi was also free and accessible within rooms and everywhere outside with no connectivity problems. In the bathroom, they supplied a little fold out clothes heater, which was very handy to heat socks up before heading outside in the cold or before bed!
The hotel supplied guests with a complimentary array of flavoured teas, coffee and chocolates plus generous bathroom amenities including beautifully handmade soaps in the bathroom. Furthermore, I absolutely have to mention the shower which was by far my most favourite feature of all! The overly large and spacious shower was the topping to the cake, with a rainforest style shower head and beautifully designed glass doors, decor and tile mosaic, made a very special touch. It would be fair to say it felt like 6 star treatment, in what is only a 3 star ‘budget’ hotel.
– The hotel offers running, cycling and gym clubs that run on specific days and times of the week, and they can be enjoyed by anyone staying at the hotel.
– With a chance to hash tag the hotel, in the lift is a ‘selfie’ tag and mirror that is enjoyed by many of the visitors during there stay.
– Check out is a 11am, however if you aren’t a morning person, simply ask staff if they are able to extend your check out time to a bit later (if no one is checking in that same day).
– Room service is available 24 hours a day! So if you need any snacks or miss breakfast, you can order straight from your room.
This funky little place was an absolute delight to stay at and I will most definitely be back again next time I find myself in Edinburgh. With generous sized rooms and room facilities to friendly and helpful staff and in an excellent location, Stay Central is definitely a hidden gem in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Booking a room here would ensure a positive, comfortable stay but most importantly, if you are looking for accommodation that feels like your home away from home, this one is for you!
Thanks for having me Stay Central!
Stay Central Details
Address: 139 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JS
Phone: 0131 622 6801