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Safestay Edinburgh to open in summer 2016

11 April 2016 by
Safestay Edinburgh to open in summer 2016

Premium hostel brand Safestay will be opening in Edinburgh's Old Town this summer.

The 615-bed property, which has been operated by Starboard Hotels since 2009, was sold to Safestay for £14.9m last year.

It is currently undergoing a phased refurbishment and rebranding programme while trading as Smart City Hostel by Safestay.

Safestay Edinburgh has 132 rooms and offers a combination of en-suite private and mixed bunk-bed dorm rooms.

The hostel, located off the Royal Mile, was rescued from administration in 2009. It operates as a hybrid-student/hostel model which sees some rooms leased to Edinburgh University as single-use accommodation during term time.

In the peak summer season, it is converted into multi-bed rooms.

The hostel occupies the listed building, Blackfriars House, as well as a modern extension. The interior has been designed by Black Box Interiors and pays homage to Scotland's heritage.

Safestay Edinburgh joins Safestay London Elephant & Castle, Safestay London Holland Park and Safestay York as the fourth property in the brand's expanding portfolio.

Smart City hostel in Edinburgh set to sell for £14.9m >>

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