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Pollock Halls

2 out of 5

4.1/5 Very Good

Guests rated this property 4.2/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Business Services
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment

Explore the area

    Popular LocationNational Library of Scotland9 min walk
    Popular LocationHolyrood Park14 min walk
    Popular LocationUniversity of Edinburgh16 min walk
    AirportEdinburgh (EDI)33 min drive

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  • Twin Room, Ensuite

    4.6/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 196 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 2 Twin Beds
    More detailsTwin Room, Ensuite
  • Single Room, Shared Bathroom

    4.6/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 86 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Twin Bed
    More detailsSingle Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Single Room, Ensuite

    5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 105 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Twin Bed
    More detailsSingle Room, Ensuite
  • Twin Room (Single Use)

    Room amenities

    • 108 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    • 2 Twin Beds
    More detailsTwin Room (Single Use)

About this area


Located in Edinburgh's Newington neighborhood, Pollock Halls is in the city center and near a train station. Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Festival Theatre are cultural highlights, and some of the area's notable landmarks include Royal Mile and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Looking to enjoy an event or a game? See what's going on at Murrayfield Stadium or Musselburgh Racecourse. Spend some time exploring the area's activities, including golfing.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • National Library of Scotland - 9 min walk
  • Holyrood Park - 14 min walk
  • University of Edinburgh - 16 min walk
  • Arthur's Seat - 20 min walk
  • Scottish Parliament - 4 min drive

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 8 min drive
  • AirportEdinburgh Airport (EDI) - 33 min drive


  • The Salisbury Arms — 4 min walk
  • Cafe Cassis — 6 min walk
  • Southpour — 7 min walk
  • Aizle — 7 min walk
  • Voujon — 7 min walk

About this property

Pollock Halls

Eco-friendly Edinburgh hostel in Newington, near University of Edinburgh
This smoke-free hostel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a conference center. Free full breakfast and free WiFi in public areas are also provided. Other amenities include laundry facilities, a 24-hour front desk, and wedding services. All 2000 rooms offer free WiFi, coffee makers, and TVs with cable channels. Showers and free toiletries are also available to guests.
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.

Awards and 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.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Limited onsite parking
  • Electric car charging station on site

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities


  • ATM/banking services
  • Elevator
  • Front-desk safe
  • Gift shop/newsstand

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English

Business services

  • Conference center


  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Free toiletries
  • Shower


  • 32-inch TV
  • Cable channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker



Check-in from 2 PM - midnight
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and 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.

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

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

Property is also known as

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

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Pollock Halls and receive a full refund?
Yes, Pollock Halls offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Pollock Halls cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Is Pollock Halls pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Pollock Halls?
Limited spots are available.
What time is check-in at Pollock Halls?
Check-in is from 2 PM - midnight. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
What time is check-out at Pollock Halls?
Check-out is at 11:00 AM.
Where is Pollock Halls located?
Located in Newington, this eco-friendly hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Commonwealth Pool, University of Edinburgh, and Princes Street. Royal Mile and Palace of Holyroodhouse are also within 1 mi (2 km). Edinburgh Waverley Station is 23 minutes by foot.
Very Good
Rating 5 - Excellent. 333 out of 983 reviews
5 - Excellent 34%
Rating 4 - Good. 476 out of 983 reviews
4 - Good 48%
Rating 3 - Okay. 133 out of 983 reviews
3 - Okay 14%
Rating 2 - Poor. 32 out of 983 reviews
2 - Poor 3%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 9 out of 983 reviews
1 - Terrible 1%




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Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

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Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2020

5/5 Excellent

Business traveler
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Fantastic option for safe, clean accommodation- no frills but not expecting that from student accommodation. For somewhere to sleep and explore Edinburgh is perfect!
Stayed 3 nights in Sep 2019

5/5 Excellent

Business traveler
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Best place for a summer stay in Edinburgh
Extremely friendly and helpful staff
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2019

4/5 Good

Traveled with partner
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We were very happy with Pollock Halls and would recommend staying here, especially during the Festivals when everywhere else is ridiculously expensive. The bar was friendly with good, pub food. However, the breakfast was exceptional! Plenty of food and plenty of choice - really impressive! The only criticism is that there was no wi-fi signal in the bar/restaurant - somewhat surprising at a halls of residence.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2019

4/5 Good

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Adequate and affordable. beautiful setting in a beautiful city.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2019

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