Edinburgh's facility-laden central youth hostel is a great budget base for the city. 

Bang in the centre of Edinburgh, this is a flagship hostel of the Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA), and as such it's big, extremely well turned-out and full of facilities. It offers no fewer than 271 beds in all, divided between shared dorms and twin- and doubled-bedded private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. It's light, spacious and contemporary throughout; there's a large reception area, a restaurant serving food all day, from excellent breakfasts to decent evening meals, and a bike store – plus it's only a ten-minute walk from Waverley Station. The only downside is you have to pay for the wifi.

All in all this is a great place to stay in Edinburgh on a budget – for hostellers and city-break visitors alike. And if you want a modest option for staying in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival – this is perfect (though you'll need to book ahead, like everywhere in Edinburgh at that time).

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