You know you are getting on a bit when your favourite phrase is, ‘back in the day…’  Well one of our new supporters, Smart City Hostels is an example of how much things have changed since my back packing days back in the late 90s.  Backpackers hostels back then (back in the day) were not the sort of accommodation that you might choose for a romantic city brake with the wife or girlfriend.  That said they were fun, bustling and friendly places where you got to meet like minded people from all over the world – many of those I met have remained firm friends to this day.

What Smart City Hostels Edinburgh have done is retained all the good bits and added to them to make the experience of hostel life even better.  All their rooms for example have en-suite facilities and there is free wifi running throughout the building (unlike a certain 4 start hotel I stayed in recently where they charged £3.95 per day…).  Their mix of both private and dorm rooms allow the flexibility to cater for individuals, couples or groups – and yes it is the sort of place that you might book to explore a bit of Edinburgh with your better half!

Even better for us is that they are taking their environmental commitments seriously and making good progress towards their goal of a Gold Standard award from our friends at the Green Tourism Business Scheme.  There is a bit more information about this innovative business on our Eco Hub so check them out here:  http://www.trees4scotland.com/listings/smart-city-hostels/