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Budget Backpackers Reviews

37-39 Cowgate, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland

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85%

Rating
4307 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 78%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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77%

Cold showers!!! Not fun... Not ideal to have cold showers in Scotland. It wasn't just a one off, not once did we get hot water over the four days we were there. Other then that... Good location, cleanliness could be improved eg. Bedrooms. Staff were friendly enough and wifi was good.

  • 2nd Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Narissa . Thanks for your review . We have checked out the showers looks like faulty boiler . this has now been fixed . Please note because our boilers are in the basement if customers are using shower on the 02nd or third floors it can take a minute or so for hot water to reach these levels but defo hot water always on tap 24/7. Thanks for your good comments regarding staff and wifi. We are also boosting our clean team to ensure high levels of cleanliness are maintained. BB Crew :)

94%

Great hostel with excellent staff...the best location possible in edinburgh, near the castle and main atractions.


97%

I would like to thank a girl named cathrine i think her name was, who worked in the reception, from new zealand, she helped us in any way possible, so a big thanks to her and we will most definitely recomend this place!

  • 1st Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


86%

Clean hostel and fun...Alright location. Good bar attached for meeting people and fun free pub crawl organised by the hostel. So it's good for the solo traveller or groups. Staff are helpful and decent security with lockers inside the rooms. Also powerpoints next to beds and wifi reaches the rooms which is always helpful. Would stay there again.


89%

Very good hostel, good location and a very good sleep. Comfortable beds in the spacious 6 bed dorms. Toilets and showers were kept clean all day and there was hot water all the time. The common area could be better, as usual alot of people just glued to their phones and laptops so not much interaction. Good fun with the staff at the bar though and the kitchen was huge with plenty of space and utensils. Security was very good. Very safe place and close to great bars!


77%

Showers were cold. Overheated dorms and no air circulation. Quirky and clean cafe/bar area. Lovely NZ staff!

  • 28th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


91%

Young and funny atmosphere with big respect of convivence between people.

  • 25th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Spain
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


89%

Realy good place in the center of the old town. The staff was very friendly. The food at the longe bar is great for the price.


91%

Staff was very friendly and warm welcoming. The accoutrements was excellent, colorfoul and modern. Hostel is situated in centre of Edinburgh!


86%

Good location. Wicked cafe and chill out room. Only issue with our stay was there's no hot water on our entire 4 night stay.


74%

The four-person room was well insulated from the noise of the rest of the hostel, but being on the first floor with single-glazed windows, the noise from the street was quite loud and I found it impossible to sleep without earplugs. The mattress was rather uncomfortable, but it was roughly what you'd expect.

  • 10th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


100%

Rooms, bathrooms, kitchen, staff and location were all fantastic. Cheap price as well. Would never stay anywhere else in Edinburgh!


77%

No kitchen available for quests (or maybe it's hidden really well), distracted staff making mistakes during check-in (solved, but it made a bad first impression). Apart from that - great place, conveniently located, quiet at night, no queues to common toilets/showers.


97%

Great hostel highly reccomend would stay here again.


97%

That was my esconde time there, so, I chose because really like and enjoyed each time, nice atmosphere, relax, nice shower and localization.


94%

Great hostel. Great location just down from the Royal Mile. Clean facilities, and luggage lockers were great.


83%

Very friendly staff and great bar/dining area! Pretty good value for money


94%

Fantastic location, clean good-size bedrooms, plus a kick-ass bar !


80%

Very nice hostel and most of all very nice staff!!


83%

The hostel facilities were clean and secure,but some of the lockers are broken. The main selling point is the hostel's location- minutes away from many Fringe venues. However, there were problems with the management of my booking. One mix up meant that my bed sheets were cleared mistakenly due to the room becoming overbooked. My pyjamas therefore disappeared and were only recovered after I rooted through the laundry. Although the staff were very understanding, this was a blight on my stay!


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