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Budget Backpackers

37-39 Cowgate, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
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  • 83%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

Hostelworld says:

Budget Backpackers is in the lively Grassmarket area, surrounded by bars and cafés and within walking distance to sites around central Edinburgh. The hostel features quiet, clean and comfortable rooms and highly praised pub crawls and walking tours. Guests have told us there's 'lots of common areas to meet people if you're travelling on your own' and that they 'recommend it for people who are looking to party and meet people'. We've noticed that several of their guests have returned to stay there again and again.

Property Information:

Please note that guests at our hostel must be at least 18 years of age. Proof of age is required at check-in.

Awesome location....free wifi..free city tour..free pub crawls

We’re in an awesome location, just a stone’s throw away from the famous Edinburgh Castle, right in the heart of the famous Grassmarket area. We’re also just five-to-10 minutes’ walk from the bus and train stations and the famous Haggis Tour routes. It’s no wonder our four-star hostel was voted the No.1 hostel in Scotland for February 2012.

Our facilities include free Wi-Fi, Internet access, a free city tour, free pub crawls, free bed linen, free in-room lockers, free tourist info and free luggage storage if you arrive before check-in starts.

We have an all-new, kick-ass cafe and bar with great-value meals available.

Reception is open 24hrs and there’s no curfew. Security is also great, with electronic swipe cards for all rooms, CCTV throughout and security passes issue to all our guests.

Our funky designer rooms were designed for your maximum comfort, with private bed lights and free lockers for every bed. There’s no crowded rooms here – our dorms are spacious.

We keep it clean – all of our rooms are cleaned every day. Our bathrooms and kitchens are also constantly kept clean. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness.

Our friendly staff are the best; they are friendly and will tell you all the best places to go – and more importantly, where not to go!

We have very modern facilities, with a large self-catering kitchen and hot showers. There’s also a treehouse chill-out room.

Our motto is 'live life to the full', and we mean it. So what are you waiting for?!

Please note that we do not permit stag or hen parties.
Best For: Events, Meeting People

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  • Hostelworld Guests Say

    Overall I was happy with the hostel
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      Anonymous, Cyprus, Male, 25-30
  • Latest Review

    This is a very good hostel, maybe the best I have ever seen. The bar downstair is very lovely and the location is closed to Edinburgh Castle, exactly very good for a visit in Edinburgh. I enjoy this journey.
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      garwing, China, Male, 25-30
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  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Bar
  • Board games
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cafe
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • DVD's
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Games Room
  • Hairdryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Internet Access
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Mini-Supermarket
  • PlayStation
  • Pool Table
  • Reading Light
  • Restaurant
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing machine
  • Wii

Hostel Awards

  • 2012 Hoscar Winner
  • 9th
  • Worldwide Extra Large Hostel
  • 2008 Hoscar Winner
  • 1st
  • Country Winners Scotland
  • 2012 9th Worldwide Extra Large Hostel
  • 2008 1st Country Winners Scotland

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes Included

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy.
Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay, unless otherwise stated below (see 'Things to Note' information).

Things to Note

We only accept groups of up to eight people via Hostelworld. Please note that this hostel has a strict age limit of 18 and over. Any customers arriving who are under this age will unfortunately not be allowed to stay because of Scotland’s strict licensing regulations and will be charged for the first night accommodation. We will contact you at the time of booking for the CVV code in order to verify the card.

Budget Backpackers Located at 37-39 Cowgate, Grassmarket, Edinburgh.
Budget Backpackers
Edinburgh EH1 1JR 37-39 Cowgate, Grassmarket
85% 4276
55.9478060 -3.1930303
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