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Highland Backpackers Inverness

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24 Rose Street, Inverness IV1 1NQ Scotland
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#54 of 76 Speciality lodging in Inverness
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Being THE closest to the train and bus stations (check the map if you don’t believe us!), only 5 mins walk from the heart of Inverness and next to a free overnight parking, we offer by far the best location. With a fully equipped kitchen offering free tea/coffee/milk/sugar and storage room for food, a spacious and comfy lounge with a guitar and a piano for your use, free wifi, a complete daily cleaning, freshly cleaned sheets, informations about the area’s points of interest, weekly activities such as movie nights and pub crawls and one of the cheapest nightly rate in town, you can be sure that you’ll get most out of your money.

You’ll find adaptors, hair dryer, iron, DVDs and video games at the front desk.

Our best asset is our team; you will get to know the passionate live-in young backpackers who love this place like their own home. Our team even counts a Scottish tour guide, offering low cost day trips to the Isle of Skye or Loch Ness on his time off.

If you’re looking for a laugh and a friendly atmosphere, don’t look any further!

Inverness provides an excellent base to explore the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The city has many attractions, including the museum and art gallery, Inverness castle (with the Castle Garrison Encounter Exhibition) and of course the legendary Loch Ness Monster around the corner! Inverness is also home to some of the best award winning live music bars in Scotland and also restaurants providing amazing food and value.For all you Outlander fans, Culloden Battlefield and the Clava Cairns (inspiration for Craigh na Dun) are a short bus ride away. There are also many tours offered by various companies that explore Inverness, Loch Ness, Glen Affric and many other places of interest. Find more informations at reception.

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Mrs Mitchell wrote a review Jan 2020
4 contributions6 helpful votes
Don't bother booking, it has closed down without notice, still no sign of a refund yet & no reply to my emails to booking.com. Very angry !!! I was forced to book at short notice, a more expensive hostel that was too far to walk to, so had cost of a taxi to pay as well.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Patrick Estillomo wrote a review Dec 2019
Legazpi, Philippines3 contributions2 helpful votes
Literally thirty seconds away from the bus station and a five minute walk to the city center. Rooms were adequately cleaned. You get a bed, duvet, and a pillow. Rooms had ample heating for the cold weather. Bathrooms and common areas could use a little cleaning. Staff were very friendly.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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saratravels19 wrote a review Nov 2019
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I put off writing this review because I wanted to forget the experience, but need to share because it can prevent the same or worse happening to others. On check in, the staff were nice enough and let me know the hours (closed 11 pm - 8 am). I asked for an upgrade to a private room but they said they were just a hostel (think that meant dorms only) - fine. No mention of anyone onsite during the night. So around 1:30 am a drunk guy gets into the dorm, which isn’t news in a hostel. The whole room does the usual funny “lights out, time to sleep now” routine multiple times in a friendly way, but we do it so much it’s now 2:30 and not funny. He’s also hitting on the girls which is not making anyone more comfortable. He starts throwing food and beer around the room and into people’s things, messing with a girl’s laundry and underwear, etc. - it got weird. He’s yelling in our faces at this point, falling down repeatedly on the beer that now covers the floor, slamming chairs and beds against the wall. So the other girl leaves and it’s me and another guy trying to talk him down (I really didn’t want to leave to have my underwear rifled through honestly). Calming down is not happening, and I know the hostel’s closed, so I threaten to call the cops. Still pretty scary at 3:30 am or so and cops are called. Cops show up and grab the guy, and hostel staff show up. Definitely wish I’d known they were around before and grateful they’re back, though would’ve been nice to know at check in as it would’ve been worth risking my stuff to get them involved rather than the cops. For whatever reason the hostel staff take the non-drunk guy out of the room also which seems unfair but whatever. They offer me another room, but at this point at 4+ am with my stuff all spread out and a room to myself, I say it’s fine if I can just quickly clean up the sticky floor and food. The hostel staff woman brings me a bucket and offers to clean, but I just do it myself because I want to sleep. Other hostel staff man comes in complaining to me that he’s up in the middle of the night so they can mop my floor, and hostel staff woman and I fill him in and he apologizes. I say it’s fine and as long as I’m assured the door locks, I’ll just call it a night. They assure me, I lock the door, and finally get to sleep alone in the room with 3 hours before I need to be up. And I wake up to find drunk, dangerous dude sleeping IN THE ROOM WITH ME. I’m obviously panicking, glad he didn’t hurt me, but also wanting to get the F out of there before he wakes up and can hurt me. I get downstairs and ask the same hostel staff woman how in the world he’s in there. She has no clue - they didn’t even know he was back. How does that even happen with security codes to the building in a place where their one job is that they provide a safe bed for the night?! I’m obviously pretty upset with that development, and want to again get the F away from there. I ask for a refund, which at only 15 or so pounds is apparently a very long process as the money has to go through their corporate office, then my tour company, then the company I booked the tour through and etc. At this point basic service and safety standards are on the floor, so I’m at a loss. The same hostel staff man returns and starts yelling at me - what? He says he doesn’t know what I want (um, keep me safe?), that they re-called the cops on the guy, that they offered me another room (what exactly would that have solved given they don’t have private rooms?), and what would I suggest. I told him I knew little about running a hostel, but maybe functioning locks and changing security codes would help, especially when someone is violent? This guy is then shouting that I’m what’s wrong with “people” (guess they get a lot of guests complaining they’re in physical danger?) and he needs to talk to corporate about how to counter my negative review. I wasn’t even thinking about a review, just probably would’ve been fine with a sincere apology, refund, genuine assurance they won’t do this to someone else, and getting out of there quickly. He’s also still yelling about mopping the floor at 4 am — guess he doesn’t remember I did that, not them? Both the hostel staff woman and I are trying to calm him down to no avail. I’m still trying to get over the cliche of a man yelling at me about how being in physical danger is somehow my fault, and I don’t know what happens when drunk guy wakes up because the staff can’t keep me safe, so I leave. It’s been a couple of weeks, and they haven’t reached out with an apology, refund, or anything. Basically people like violent drunk guy happen (it’s just a reality at all dorm hostels around the globe), but THE STAFF HERE WILL NOT KEEP YOU SAFE from those people (that’s the part that is not a reality at all hostels). I’ve stayed in hostels all over, and can honestly report I’ve never been put in such a scary situation by hostel staff than in Scotland of all places. So pay the extra pound or two to stay anywhere else - it’s not worth the risk. B&Bs are surprisingly reasonable, as are some small towns slightly farther away especially in the off season.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Room Tip: Avoid at all costs unless you want to sleep with one eye open
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maz3374 wrote a review Oct 2019
aberdeenshire12 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nights during the busy weekend of the local marathon. Great location! Room(4) for us 4 friends was small, but adequate. There was a unit to place bags and shoes on, with a hanging rail but no coat hangers. Room was grubby and battered. Lockers only 2 of which the doors weren't kicked in. At least 4 power sockets to charge phones etc, but one was damaged and did not appear safe. We were missing a light bulb which staff did change for us. No extra pillow available. Sheets, duvets and pillows were not clean or fresh. When we stripped our beds, as a courtesy to them upon check out, we really wished we hadn't mattresses were disgusting. We brought our own towels, but had we hired, I'm not sure to what standard they would have been? Windows in room and kitchen were not lockable or on safety catches, and we were looking onto a flat roof, so could have easily gained access. Curtains were 2 strips of opaque fabric on a pole, keeping out no light, and the pole fell down under the slightest provocation. Kitchen area was really well equipped. Thanks for tea/coffee etc. Lounge/communal space also really cool with plenty to occupy a traveler. Wifi in common areas only. not in rooms. Bathrooms, 2 showers and 2 small loo rooms per floor. Bathrooms weren't as bleak and dirty as the bedrooms, in my opinion. There are some leftover toiletries in a basket on the window sill, which is handy to know. Shower was electric and altho the dials were not quite correctly placed, once you got it going it was fine. In summary they appear to have invested in communal areas a little, but not in the rooms at all. everything was battered and broken. Invest in some better fixtures and fittings, a lick of paint, clean uniform bedding, adequate curtains or blinds, secure lockers, and better wifi, and you would have a 110% better traveler experience and could reasonably charge more.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Lucy Meyer wrote a review Sep 2019
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This is one of the worst hostels I've ever stayed in. Everything is dirty and smelly. People sometimes don't flush in the bathroom, they don't clean their dishes properly, leave sanitary wrappings laying around, the bathroom and shower are covered in mold and worst of all is the smell of old blood from the open bins in the first floor. Absolutely disgusting! The beds are also horribly uncomfortable, as I'm writing this, there are several bedsprings pressing in my back. Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about Highland Backpackers Inverness
Which popular attractions are close to Highland Backpackers Inverness?
Nearby attractions include The Malt Room (0.3 km), Breakout Games (0.3 km), and Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop (0.2 km).
What are some restaurants close to Highland Backpackers Inverness?
Conveniently located restaurants include Milk Bar, Coyote's Inverness, and Miele's Gelateria.
Is Highland Backpackers Inverness located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Inverness.
Are there any historical sites close to Highland Backpackers Inverness?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Inverness Castle Viewpoint (0.5 km), Inverness Town House (0.4 km), and Market Cross (3.0 km).