A Labour of Love
At 5 West Register Street…

Stepping into the 5 West Register Street premises for the first time was like jumping back in time. Those stairs we were climbing were used for decades by the members of the ROAB (Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffalos), a Members club founded in the C19th for honourable and patriotic British gentlemen. Cigars, suits and war medals were commonplace back in the day and our goal was to replace them with backpacks, smartphones and city guides. In order to achieve that, we had to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

For more than a year, we ripped up floors, built beds, and covered the walls with the finest paints and wallpapers. Little by little, our six dorm hostel came together. After months and months of hard work, we could finally enjoy adding the finishing touches: hanging the paintings by Handiedan – an amazing Dutch artist – in the corridor and placing the Portuguese-inspired tiled tables in the living room. Once our lounge was complete we felt like the gentlemen of that might even enjoy this place and stop by for a whisky, someday.


Located in the heart of Edinburgh, The Baxter Hostel, with its traditional Georgian panelling, tartan wallpapers and ancient herringbone oak floors is the best place to stay to dive into the Scottish spirit. Just a few steps from Princes St, we’re within easy walking distance from all the main transport links and tourists attractions – including the Castle, The Royal Mile and Arthur’s seat. From the handmade, solid bed frames to the complimentary free range scrambled eggs at breakfast, everything is our hostel is made with love.

To ensure all of our guests have the best experience, our hostel is staffed 24/7. Our hosts are always around to help with anything and make you feel safe and at home. Coming from every corner of Europe, our hosts speak many languages but all share something in common: A deep passion for Scotland and Edinburgh. Go ahead and let them help you get to know Edinburgh!

Come and crash in style at Edinburgh’s best boutique hostel and see for yourself what the magic is all about. So, why not book me now?