£2.3m expansion for hostel

Published: 15 October 2019

A successful hostel for young backpackers in Edinburgh will almost double in size as part of an ambitious expansion into a second prime city centre location.

The popular venue is expanding as part of a £2.3m investment by parent company, Beds and Bars.

St Christopher’s Inn has been a fixture on Market Street for almost 20 years, welcoming hundreds of thousands of young travellers to the Scottish capital. Now the hugely popular venue is expanding into a historic building on the opposite side of Market Street, as part of a £2.3m investment by parent company, Beds and Bars.

Keith Knowles OBE, the founder and CEO of Beds and Bars, which operates backpacker hostels and bars in 9 cities and seven countries, said: “Our hostels and bars have never been more popular.

St Christopher’s Inns have proved a hit with travellers from all over the world with their promise of safe and secure accommodation at great value prices. There is also a huge emphasis on providing a fun and unique experience for young guests from the funky décor to the association with Belushi’s Bars, which are also part of the group.

Edinburgh has always been one of our consistently most successful venues and it’s brilliant that we are able to invest so heavily in what is a fabulous city. As well as being in a superb location, this new venue in Edinburgh will have some of the most eye-catching rooms we offer anywhere in Europe.

Keith Knowles OBE, founder and CEO, Beds and Bars


In Edinburgh, the new venue – a historic former fruit market which later operated as the offices of the Royal Military Tattoo for many years – will boast 18 rooms, from private two bed, en suites to dorms shared by up to 12 people.

In total, the new hostel at 32-38 Market Street will offer 139 affordable beds, adding to the 180 beds that St Christopher’s Inns already operates at its existing site at 9-13 Market Street. A bed in the hostel can cost as little as £9.90 per night for a shared dorm sleeping space (inclusive of a free continental breakfast and wifi) in low season, with a private double en suite as low as £48 per night.

While the bulk of the Edinburgh investment will be in the new venue, the original hostel will also benefit from a series of improvements and upgrades, including a revamped reception, chillout and breakfasting area.

Designed by Michael Kalman from Leas Architects, the project commenced in September 2017 with construction work beginning in July 2019, led by the main contractor, Sharkey.

Mr Knowles said: “We won’t stop innovating and pushing the boundaries of what guests can expect from a hostel – and the launch of our new Edinburgh venue is definitely the highlight of our 2019...”

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