Ratings based on 483 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.1 out of 5
95% of guests recommend
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.2 Service & staff
3.8 Room comfort
4.1 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
3 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Seattle, WA

Decent hotel for the price.

Posted Jul 18, 2014
Location: Not many restaurants/pubs nearby, you'll have to walk a little bit if you don't want to eat in the cafeteria.
Note it is a dorm, so you are paying for a 'dorm experience.' The main downfall was the mattress being very uncomfortable. I asked for an extra blanked to sleep on top of, that seemed to solved the problem. Also, the door to the stairs slams a lot with people coming/going. That being said, Pollock Halls isn't too far off the beaten path. It's an easy 15 min walk to the Royal Mile and numerous bus lines close by. The staff is SUPER friendly and helpful with directions or any of your needs. For my first time traveling to Edinburgh, and by myself, Pollock Halls offers an affordable way to see the city!
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Adelaide, South Australia

Misleading - not what was expected!

Posted Jul 17, 2014
Pros: Location.
Cons: Read my comments above.
Location: Walking/hiking; photography; historic city centre; bus tours of the city.
The accommodation is basically student dorms, located within a university. There are uni students around the place, which is fine, as long you know what you're in for. The room is off the corridor, and the separate shower and toilet rooms are also off the corridor; the toilet/shower are shared facilities. Your room only has a hand basin. The single bed is child size, not adult (I am over 6ft). The dorm is confusing at first, with multiple wings, poorly labelled and no map or explanation was given. The meals are held in a big room that is shared by both guests and students; noisy and frantic; like being back at school! Food was buffet style, often kept out too long (e.g., the bacon was hard; the hash browns dry). Juices tasted like cordial, very sugary and watered down. Location was great though.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from t

Decent place. Enjoyed the stay

Posted Jul 16, 2014
Security is great! Breakfast was plentiful and tasty. Room was a standard college dorm room, clean with plenty of power outlets. Great wifi coverage throughout the campus.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from london

Good service.....

Posted Jul 15, 2014
It was a good experience... Rooms were alright.... The best part was the breakfast, lots f varieties..n good menu....loved it!!!!!!!
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from England

Really good stay

Posted Jul 12, 2014
Pros: Location. Breakfast. Friendly staff.
Cons: Room wasn't really special, but student accommodation.
Efficient check in. Lovely friendly staff. Great breakfast - lots of variety and open early to late. Car parking space. Reasonably priced. Got upgraded. Very happy.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Lovely friendly people. Awesome cooked breakfast!

Posted Jul 9, 2014
Pros: The cleanliness and the awesome cooked breakfasts. It was also very close to the city centre.
Blissful. Reminded me of university halls but without the exams or study!! :)
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler from HNL

Paper thin walls, converted dorm.

Posted Jul 6, 2014
Pros: price, parking.
Cons: Walls are too thin - space guests out better. Have a curfew on pantry usage. Clean rooms better.
Location: 30-40 minute walk from downtown edinburgh.
Cheap hotel with parking - what could go wrong, right? WRONG. If you're traveling you might as well pay a little more to stay somewhere comfortable. The staff was great for the most part except for one instance which I will explain in a bit. Rooms were small, but the bathrooms were not shared (you have to pick this, they also have some shared bathroom options) so it was ok. What was not OK was the cleanliness of the rooms; when we arrived we were very disappointed. The hallways were full of used towels that were discarded by other guests (and not cleaned up for a full day). The room had "gifts" from previous occupants under the bed. The comforters and bed covers were tattered. The best part of the rooms were the bathrooms - they were clean! The worst part was the walls and doors. We were situated next to the pantry which sounds great - microwaves and kitchen available nearby... However, other guests at the "dorm-hotel" decided to have a party or meeting in the pantry until 3 am a few nights in a row. The walls are so thin that we could hear doors banging every few minutes. Now here was my issue - I called up the front desk to ask to have a changed room that wouldn't be so near the pantry but was told nothing could be done! They didn't even ask the pantry occupants to keep it down and it was past MIDNIGHT - that was very disappointing. We could also hear other guests in their hotel rooms talking, or walking through the hallways.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Turkey

A good stay at Pollock Halls

Posted Jul 4, 2014
Pros: The breakfasts - a large range of foods.
Cons: The shower room/toilet has no rail for a towel.
Location: The place is convenient for waling in the Queen's Park and on the ─░nnocent Railway, but also for getting into town. Lots of shops nearby
The price was very good with breakfast.The room was comfortable- a little bit noisy - I could hear a lot of voices especially in the first few days.The staff were always polite and helpful.
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Bit mislead

Posted Jun 30, 2014
Pros: Very friendly and helpful staff
Cons: More comfortable bed. Better shower facilities
Please be aware that this is not a hotel as such but is in fact a university halls of residence.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by Harrison from canada

Unpretentious accommodation

Posted Jun 30, 2014
Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
Location: Within easy access to Princes Street, the Royal Mile and the castle by public transport or walking, Pollock is alongside Holyrood Park and great walks
Tasteful bedroom in a university hall of residence with ample bath and shower rooms and toilets down the hall make for an ideal stay near the heart of Edinburgh. Huge buffet breakfast is included in the laughably low B&B rate. In addition the conference centre boasts a gourmet restaurant and a friendly pub with great food. What more could a traveling sightseer ask for?