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37-39 Cowgate, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland

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4448 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 83%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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Best hostel I've stayed in lately. Great atmosphere, super helpful staff, a place to feel at home away from home!! Would have loved to stay a while longer! Special thatks to the staff for making this a memorable trip!


Hostel was pretty bog standard, would say the location is great but the toilets and showers weren't. Good security with swipe cards etc & lockers in each room.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Fiona. Thanks for your review. Yes thank you our location we also think is probably one of the best in Edinburgh. We note your comments on our bathrooms and this area in now getting our full attention to ensure any issues on this front are eliminated. All reviews are important to us to enable us to continually make every effort to ensure the best possible customer experience for our customers. Thanks again BB Crew :)


Great place to stay! You can pay by card in the bar, which is great if you are leaving the country next day and dont have much cash on you :) Wifi is quite bad in the room, but at least it gets you out of the room to meet with real people ;)

  • 14th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Czech Republic
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Michaela Thanks for the great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us :) BB Crew


The location isn't in the center of it all, but was still reasonable and close to nightlife. The rooms and bathrooms were average, but reasonably spacious. Great atmosphere and people were pretty open to chat and all friendly. Only complain is that our room had a view of a creepy open outdoor area with dumpsters in it.


Great hostel, nice vibes, great chill out/bar area and café. Staff were friendly and helpful, walking tour was good too!

  • 3rd Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Really friendly hostel, in a nice location yet still a slight walk to main attractions. The staff were great! Slightly pricey for a double room with a shared bathroom however.


The hostel had a great common area to meet other backpackers. The floors could have been a little cleaner - the floors in my room were very sticky the whole time I was there. Otherwise, the hostel is in a great location.

  • 30th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great atmosphere. Staff are nice and helpful. Good to have a secure room to let people arrive early to store their luggage.

  • 27th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great location, friendly staff and a nice bar. The hostel parties are in the other hostel but it is less than 5 minutes walk. Internet works decently for a hostel and in the room as well. Showers a bit small but clean. Would stay again.

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