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Budget Backpackers Reviews

37-39 Cowgate, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland

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4021 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 83%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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Great Hostel, happy staff, free walking tours and pub crawls cheap cafe and place to hang out and meet new people.


Awesome hostel! Every staff member is really nice and fun to party with! Lots to do there I recommend the free pub crawl lots of messy fun!


TOP: - mattress cover - free walking tours, pub crawls, daily events - chill out room - clean bathrooms - slide doors in shower stalls - living area only accessible by magnetic card - nice and inventive decoration (kick ass café!) - dishes seemed to be regularly washed in dishwasher by staff - security pass: rules, closest Tesco, discount for drinks and meals - free food box FLOP: - mattresses: we had back-ache - kitchen towels didn't seem to be clean - only small bowls - only one small kni

  • 3rd Nov 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The thing I liked the most was the food/bar. Had many food and drink options and was quite cheap. Loved the food I ordered!

  • 1st Nov 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Loved my stay at the hostel, and I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Edinburgh, the staff are very friendly and the free pub crawl and city tours are a huge bonus.


It was a nice vibe but it is a party hostel. You're not going to sleep well here. They were all friendly and the cafe and bar was cheap. Nice walking tour too.


Good hostel in a really good location. Cafe facility was excellent.


My friend and I went to one of the free pub crawls and everyone was super friendly. The only thing is that we spent 1.5 hours at the first pub, but other than that it was amazing.

  • 24th Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Very nice hostel in Old Town right near the grassmarkets. Old building but modern interior. Clearn facilities. Cheap Laundry! Only 1 pound for wash and 1 pound to dry. Breakfast is not included but they have some cheap options at the bar/restaurant. The area with free WiFI could have some more seating. Usually very packed. They have organized pub crawls nearly every night. Good environment to meet people. Large Kitchen facitities. Would stay again for sure.


Very big and Good location!!!


This is a masive hostel! Almost all the time very crowded, specially with people who is staying there for long time. Please consider that you have to pay for anything extra: towels, computers, and evrn for luggage storage you will have to pay. The staff is mostly friendly but not really helpful if a situation or special circumstance arises. For my preferences, there are much better options in Edinburgh!!!


Stay was absolutely wonderful. Staff was super helpful and very active with getting guests involved with things around town.


Nice atmosphere, the free pubcrawl was great and crowded even on a monday night! Great dining room and other facilities. The only negative thing was that it was sooo hot in the dorms, even if the Windows were open (this was in the midlle of october).

  • 21st Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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