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The Hague, The Netherlands
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great location and lovely building (nice combination of old and new). Very friendly staff. The rooms are basic, but if all you're looking for is a bed then it is perfect. Safe, with lockers for your belongings (even if you have a large bag).

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Dundee, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

The design of the hostel was very artsy with graffiti and colourful walls, not really what I expected from watching the photos online. Staff was friendly and helpful. And the location good. The only thing that bothered me was that you couldn't bring your own snack and drinks to the common areas.

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are pleased you found our staff helpful and friendly. Our guests are more than welcome to bring their own food into the hostel and eat it in the Chill our area upstairs or the Self catering kitchen provided for our guests. We just ask guests not to eat their own...

Reviewed 1 week ago

Just home from a group trip in Edinburgh. We're a college sports team and older members begged me to book this hostel, claiming that two years ago it was amazing place to stay. Well nothing has changed. Just as I had been promised by my team mates the place was awesome. Always buzzing with people and a great little bar...

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey . Thank you so very much for your very kind words. We are so very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. We all try really hard to ensure our guests have an enjoyable experience when staying with us and it makes all worthwhile when we receive such awesome feedback. Thank you again and hopefully we will see...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Shared a 4 bed female dorm and it was pretty good. Had own personal lamp and charging station and large lockers in the room. Also had a sink in the room which was handy for brushing teeth etc. Good location, although loud at night but that's to be expected at a place with a bar!

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi we are pleased to hear you liked our hostel and appreciated the extra facilities in the room and that you liked our great location. Thanks for taking the time to review us . We hope you will stay with us again when you next visit Edinburgh. BB Crew :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For 6 pounds a night I shouldn't really complain! Staff were friendly and gave me quite a bit of help. Security was clearly a massive priority for the owners, with key cards and ID and cameras. The decor was also nice and funky. Unfortunately ,however, wasn't able to connect to wifi the whole time, and the second day there was...

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi there thank you for taking the time to review us. We did experience a power cut on the last day of your stay . It was an external problem that we unfortunately had no control over and other businesses in the area also experienced this problem. Our water pumps where also knocked out by this problem resulting in no...

Newport, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good hostel for a first timer! Situated in a great location for my time in Edinburgh, for the Hogmanay. Staff were friendly and gave good advice. The hostel was always impeccably clean and there was a decent menu to choose from to eat, and at a good price. Would stay again.

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your very kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time to review us and have posted such positive comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with and that you will stay again. BB Crew :)

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 December 2016

I have stayed here 3 times in 2016 and its brillaint. Cheap beds awesome staff nice food at the bar clean showers and bathroom with hair dryers Only 2 sterling for a key deposit You would be crazy to stay anywhere else in Edinburgh

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey thanks for the awesome review . Its always a good sign when our guests come back time and again. We really appreciate big time you taking the time to review us and giving such cool feedback. See you back soon KA Crew :)

Bangalore
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Its a happening place to be. Clean and well maintained. Situated in the center of the city and easy to commute elsewhere. The rooms were clean but you need to share the restroom. I would highly recommend this place.

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for the great feedback. We are so happy here at KickAss Hostel to see such positive comments and that you have highly recommended us to our future guests. Thanks again and hopefully we will see you back again soon KA Crew :)

Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

They have good facilities such as a common kitchen, and a chill-out room. There is a pool table where you could play for free as well as a cafe downstairs if you fancy some food but don't want to leave the hostel. The showers are clean although the stalls could be a bit small. They're also divided up into male...

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey Ashley. Thank you for the great feedback and the awesome 5 star rating. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you have taken the time to review us. We really appreciate the great comments and we hope that you will stay with us again when you next visit our cool city. BB Crew...

Gambellara, Italy
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Great Hostel to stay, close to the downtown and royal mile also got something for the entertainment like snooker and an amazing bar. Bedroom not bad with your personal drawer where you can put your stuff. Really recommend!

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and that you have taken the time to write such a cool review. We hope you will stay with us again on your next visit to our great city. BB Crew :)

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
With over 250 beds, and located in the heart of beautiful Old Town, Budget Backpackers is one of the best places to stay in Edinburgh! All of the amenities you need including free linen, free hot showers, a self catering kitchen, and a bar/cafe! Budget Backpackers is one of the best located hostels in the city, being only a 10 minute walk from Waverly Train Station, a 2 minute walk from the Royal Mile, and the breathtaking Edinburgh Castle practically on our doorstep! There is also always something happening within the hostel, with weekly Wii and Pool Competitions, Quiz and Movie Nights, Free Walking Tours 11am daily Monday to Saturday, Whether you want to see the sights, make friends, party it up, or just relax, Budget Backpackers has everything you need to make your stay in Edinburgh memorable! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Budget Backpackers

Address: 37-39 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JR, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Cowgate
Price Range: €14 - €57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Budget Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 300
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“Get a lower floor if you have problem with stairs; also for better wifi.”
  • view of castle from front of hostel
  • private rm with shower, shared bathroom
  • night view of castle from front door of hostel
 of 5 bubbles eccartwright, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The rooms facing the street can be noisy (especially during festival season), pack earplugs.”
 of 5 bubbles sarahgI8590TZ, 24 Aug 2016 | Read review
“do not take one of the 6 bed rooms”
 of 5 bubbles MusaIocosa, 16 Aug 2016 | Read review
“The 30-bed room is cool and cheap. Don't hesitate about it.”
 of 5 bubbles 451firasa, 20 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Try to get the first floor there's no lift”
 of 5 bubbles johnmP4535LA, 4 May 2016 | Read review
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