For those looking for a more unique place to stay overnight, I might have just found it in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Behold the Vault Room, an old secret safe transformed into a themed room in the newly opened St Christopher’s Inn, Edinburgh Old Town hostel.
The fact that Edinburgh is slightly haunted, staying overnight in an old vault sort of adds an extra charm to the city.
But don’t worry, the ghosts that haunt the city won’t be able to lock you in overnight as the original six-inch thick steel safe door, a feature in the room, isn’t able to move as it’s been welded down.
But how did the Vault Room come about in the first place?
Apparently, when St Christopher’s Inn took over the new Edinburgh location, they had no idea that the vault was even there in the first place.
After opening the vault, they soon discovered that only an old shoe remained.
Rather than removing the vault, they thought it would be more fun (and more comfortable, I’m sure) to turn it into a unique themed room.
The new hostel was formerly a fruit and vegetable market, and it’s thought that the vault was used to store each day’s earnings when the city’s greengrocer industry was booming back in the day.
The Edinburgh Old Town hostel is easy to find as it’s located across from the Original Edinburgh St Christopher’s Inn hostel, above Belushi’s. It’s a short walk away from Edinburgh Waverley train station.
This isn’t the first time that I’ve stayed in a unique room at a St Christopher’s Inn hostel. I also checked out their latest capsule hostel at St Christopher’s At The Village, London Bridge.
The Vault Room is cosy with many facilities
The room itself is rather cosy and the vault measures in at 3.2 square metres which is perfect for fitting in a double bed for two people to share.
You have a flat-screen TV to enjoy a movie in bed within the vault itself.
Then outside the vault, you have an ensuite bathroom with towels on offer. The room is a private room that you will have all to yourself to enjoy.
Also, within the room, you will find a kettle with two mugs and a selection of coffee, tea or hot chocolate to choose from that you can enjoy while relaxing in the Vault Room. Perfect for a bespoke experience with your mate or a loved one.
The room has a unique vault design with safety deposit box wallpaper, wanted posters and tasteful furnishing to make it feel authentic like it was still in use from back in the day.
If you’re feeling lucky, you can also find an internal safe in the room and you will need to work out how to crack a code and break into safe to win a surprise (best to speak to the staff about this one).
How to book your overnight stay in the Vault Room
Remember, if you want to book the Vault Room for yourself, you must act fast as it’s a one of a kind concept room and very popular. So, once you have your dates confirmed for Edinburgh, be sure to book asap to avoid disappointment.
But don’t worry if the room is booked, the hostel has 139 beds on top of that.
The easiest way to book your stay at the Edinburgh Old Town hostel is to use the St Christopher’s Inn app or website.
Always book your room directly to get the best price, you won’t find it cheaper anywhere else.
Also, if you book directly, you get a free breakfast included, which is a nice added bonus.
Plenty to see and do around the city of Edinburgh and Scotland
Edinburgh is a charming city with lots to see and do. Start by visiting Edinburgh Castle, walk down the Royal Mile or head to Princes Street Gardens. Then enjoy a whisky or two at the Scotch Whisky Experience and enjoy a plate of the popular Haggis at the Royal McGregor.
For those brave enough, hike up to the top of Arthur’s Seat for one of the best views looking over the city.
Edinburgh is also a great starting point for exploring the Scottish Highlands and the rest of Scotland.
Glasgow is another city you can alternatively visit and only a short train ride away. Whether you head to Edinburgh or somewhere else in Scotland, you will have plenty of things to do.
Would you stay overnight in a vault-themed room?
Would you stay overnight in a vault on your next trip to the city of Edinburgh, Scotland?
Let me know if you would! Also, what is the strangest place you’ve stayed overnight? Feel free to send me a tweet over at @traveldaveuk
Feel free to watch my video review of Edinburgh
I’ve put together a quick video of my 24-hour visit to the city of Edinburgh as well as my stay in the Vault Room at St Christopher’s Inn, Edinburgh Old Town hostel. Feel free to give it a watch and have a great trip to Scotland.