Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel
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Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel

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3.5
#18 of 54 hostels in Edinburgh
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
2.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.4 of 5 bubbles
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3.3 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel has one of the best locations in the city. We have 4 seperate buildings and cater for a wide variety of travellers. We have single, double, twin and quad private rooms (standard & en-suite). We also have 11 dormitories ranging in size from 6-14 beds. Our main building has free WIFI, games room (with pool table), TV Lounge (Sky TV), dinning room and fully equipped kitchen. Each guest is given their own entry key and all dormitories have free lockers (deposit required).All our staff are Backpackers, so we have in depth knowledge on the best and cheapest things to see and do in this amazing city. Our reception is operated 24hrs a day, so someone is always on hand to help with any questions. If you want great value for money and a friendly welcome, Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel is the place to stay!
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Laundry service
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Non-smoking rooms
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2.0 of 5 stars
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Centrally Located
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65 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BU Scotland
478Reviews6Q+A49Room tips

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Rebekah S wrote a review Jun 2021
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I would not stay here again. The free WiFi did not work at the far end of the room where I was placed and my phone got no signal. There was an issue with another guest screaming and banging lockers at 4am this made me feel I unsafe as a solo female traveller, I ch as need accommodation due to this incident. The bathroom a were clean and the bins in the rooms emptied daily. The kitchen facilities were unavailable to use.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Poppy W wrote a review Jul 2023
4.0 of 5 bubbles
As a solo female traveller the location was perfect, just off of the royal mile with a variety of pubs and nightlife a minuets walk away to avoid long walks home alone. Location just up the stairs from the market street exit to Edinburgh Waverley was also ideal. Free luggage storage on day of arrival and on the way home for a fee. Room and bedding very clean. Lockers too skinny for me, unable to lock away full bag. Remember to bring own padlock as they are quite expensive to rent. Staff were very friendly and communal areas were nice. Toilets/showers were quite small but did the job and seemed clean and the same could be said for the kitchen. Overall enjoyable experience and I would go back.
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Date of stay: June 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Towels cost £1 to rent Padlocks cost about £6
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lde457 wrote a review Mar 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I last stayed here five years ago and it was perfectly adequate then, but this time myself and my friend slept in one of the separate buildings a little further down the street. It was brilliantly adequate - nothing special, but perfectly clean and comfortable and just what we needed. OK it's a bit noisy, but what do you expect from such a well-positioned hostel in the middle of a busy town? You can just wear earplugs... The staff were friendly and welcoming and it was all fine.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Ted S wrote a review Sept 2022
San Francisco, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Overall: 8/10
Value for cost: 10/10
Location (to downtown): 12/10
Transit: 10/10
Room(private): 9/10
Room(bunk): 7/10
Common Areas: 7/10
Gym: n/a
Breakfast: n/a
Restaurant/ Bar: n/a
Vibe (community/bar/work): 7/10

For a hostel with a low price, this place is fantastic. Oh sure, you can get a fancy bed down the block at the Hilton but you won’t be any closer to the sights and I would be amazed if the service was one bit better than the awesome staff here.

Stayed in both bunk and private rooms and while the bunks are basic, with a ton of stairs, they’re done well enough. Nice blankets, good lockers, power by every bed.

The private room I had was in a different building and more like a guesthouse than a hostel. Shared a small but functional kitchen and very nice bathroom with just one other room while my room was plenty large enough to not mind a few rainy hours hanging out.

Downsides: The bunk building bathrooms could use some work and while there were some nicely done community areas, the vibe for my stay was far more groups than mingle, though their organized pub crawl looked to be a good attempt at breaking that. Also, is a lot of stairs to keep going around and most certainly not accessible.

Upside: location, staff, cost, staff again.

Tip: They have full service laundry for 7£ for a small bag if you’re on a longer trip.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Private rooms are with the few extra pounds. You can always use the community room.
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Talya M wrote a review Sept 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The hostel bathrooms, showers, and room (we stayed in a four person private room) were all very clean and well maintained. The private 4 person rooms are up on the top floor (up 110 stairs which was a challenge after completing the West Highland Way) and the rooms were a bit warm, but otherwise relatively spacious and comfortable. The location is great, near the Waverly Train Station, Shuttle to the airport, and all the main tourist attractions in town. I will say we could hear all the street noise from our room even up on the top floor but as long as you arent a light sleeper, then no concerns.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Manjula L wrote a review Jun 2023
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Do NOT book this Hostel via other sites such as Hostworld etc. I have booked via Hostelworld with the terms and conditions that i could cancel the booking free of charge until 3 days before arrival. Also the confirmation mention that the payment would be on arrival, but apparently this hostel makes up their own rules and charged me on my visa card 1 month before arrival (this is not mentioned anywhere). I had to cancel my booking (because of my mom passed away) which i did the 1.5 week before the 15th of May and the hostel is refusing to do refund because the have their own rules which are not mentioned at all at Hostelworld. Very bad and poor service of these people.
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Date of stay: May 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Stiina wrote a review May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Besides the excellent location in Old Town (a few minutes from the train station) this place has a great cozy atmosphere and lovely staff. The receptionist made us feel welcome right off the bat. The facilities are modern and clean, lots of cool backpackers coming through so you're never alone🥰
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vincent W wrote a review Aug 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sergio and his team were very helpful in facilitating my five days at the Edinburgh Fringe.....hostel less than 100 metres from the Royal Mile. My clean room was on third floor - kept me fit. For four nights I had eight bedded room to myself, toilet and showers adjacent. Hostel must have arrangement with local bakers and Tesco. Kitchen overflowing with loaves, rolls, croissants, Danish pastries, noodles, eggs, cheese and posh sandwiches. In five days I spent less than £10 on food. Ample well equipped common room, separate TV lounge and mercifully no piped Muzac disturbing conversations. Looking forward to returning next year with my wife and teenage daughters.
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Ask for the room in photo at top of this page..!
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Michael wrote a review Jun 2024
Neath, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I feel like I've just been released from a Turkish Prison.

I was booked into a 14-bed accomodation and ended up in an 8-bed which is much smaller, 4 ricketty, wobbly metal bunk beds, hardly any space between each one. It's hard to get down off the top bunk without shaking the other person below. Luckily I've lost weight recently or id be on the floor and the bunkmate would be no more. Abysmal beds.

The room was so small it was stuffy, so the window was always left open a crack. And the busy street may as well have been walking through the bedroom it was so loud. Excruciatingly loud, thank god for earplugs that gave some respite.

There doesn't seem to be any respectful quietness after a certain time, with loud guests shouting and even stamping up and down the stairs.

Guests in the room I had were up and down most of the night so, of course, naturally, the bedroom door was a loud closing one..

I have probably slept about 7 hours the last two nights.

Showers were okay, not much space to change or put your stuff when showering though.

There's a common room but unlike the previous hostel I stayed in, no tea coffee etc.

If, like me, you'd once wondered what sharing an overcrowded prison cell was like, come stay here!

The stairs are a killer too, request a lower floor if you have to stay here. But I doubt they listen to requests when they can't put people in the right cell.
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Date of stay: June 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: I saw a bloke sleeping in a tent in a doorway, I was jealous. Unless you're coming in a big...
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Val H wrote a review Dec 2023
Redhill, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous stay for my husband and I in a very clean annexe part of the hostel. Full working kitchen with table and chairs. Our double bedroom was very comfortable, clean, warm and well decorated with a tv. Shared bathroom (2) and separate toilet. The location is superb, just off the Royal Mile, but two things to bear in mind. Firstly there are quite a lot of steep stairs, the building is old with character and so single pane windows. The street below has cobbled stones with tall buildings each side - so great acoustics for hearing all noises and it’s a vibrant city so it’s rarely peaceful. It wasn’t a problem for us but earplugs essential for lighter sleepers I’d say. Great value for money and ideal for the nearby Christmas Matket and seeing the lights in town, at the castle and the superb trail of lights at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens. A short, albeit steep walk up from Waverley train station. Loved our stay here we managed to pack a lot into a short stay due to the location.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: 3 nights free park and ride at Hermiston. Buses £2 per journey - tap debit card. Night bus...
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Answer from Rachael S
Driffield, United Kingdom28 contributions4 helpful votes
Not sure as I used the train to get into Edinburgh, you'll have to ask them I'm sure they could help.
Answer from Jill Connolly
Dublin, Ireland36 contributions16 helpful votes
Hey, I'm not actually too sure we checked in during the day but I'm sure if you ring ahead they can figure something out😊
Answer from TheWonderingScot
Glasgow, United Kingdom11 contributions34 helpful votes
How on earth would I know? I don’t run the hostel. Maybe email them and ask?
ALau85 asked a question Jul 2017
Brooklyn, New York27 contributions4 helpful votes
Hi, Are the laundry facilities self service or is laundry done by staff? How much does it cost? Thanks!
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Hi Alau85 Laundry servies are carried out by staff leaving you free to head out and enjoy the day. Washing takes 3-4 hours at a cost of £7. All items are washed, dried and folded. Safe travels
JessJJ_5377 asked a question Apr 2017
Chichester, United Kingdom65 contributions54 helpful votes
Are there any hairdryers provided? Thanks
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
There are free hairdryers located in the communal female bathrooms. If you are staying in a private room you can borrow a hairdryer from reception for free, you just need to pay a £5 deposit
Michael wrote a tip Jun 2024
Neath, United Kingdom6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"I saw a bloke sleeping in a tent in a doorway, I was jealous. Unless you're coming in a big group, avoid. Request lower floor!"
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Cruiser26000519610 wrote a tip Jan 2024
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you have problems with stairs then this is not for you"
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Val H wrote a tip Dec 2023
Redhill, United Kingdom40 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"3 nights free park and ride at Hermiston. Buses £2 per journey - tap debit card. Night bus reliable too"
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Poppy W wrote a tip Jul 2023
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Towels cost £1 to rent Padlocks cost about £6 "
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Diane76011 wrote a tip Apr 2023
Arlington, Texas7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"So close to everything important, worth a stay."
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PRICE RANGE
€85 - €182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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edinburgh backpackers hotel edinburgh
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandEdinburghOld Town
NUMBER OF ROOMS
28
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Which popular attractions are close to Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel?
Nearby attractions include National Museum of Scotland (0.4 km), Edinburgh Old Town (0.3 km), and The Real Mary King's Close (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and baggage storage.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Makars Gourmet Mash Bar, Solti, and Howies Waterloo Place.
Is Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Edinburgh.
Are there any historical sites close to Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Real Mary King's Close (0.1 km), Palace of Holyroodhouse (1.1 km), and Gladstone's Land (0.3 km).
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