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Caledonian Backpackers

3 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PA, Edinburgh, Scotland
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  • 80%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 82%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

Hostelworld says:

Caledonian Backpackers is in a very central part of the city, less than 10 minutes' walk from Edinburgh Castle. The hostel features spacious, clean rooms, a sound-proof chill-out room and has been very highly praised by Hostelworld guests for being 'a shining example of what hostelling should be'. One traveller told us 'the staff were friendly and so helpful and went above and beyond to help with directions, tips of places to go, how to get there, maps, things to do and just generally quite nice'.

Property Information:

Our Hogmanay Bash is now arranged - Bands:

Little Love
Friendly Vibes
Carbona Not Glue
Black Cat Bone
Mean Reds
No Quarter
Logans Close
Three Days From Retirement
DJ Devine
We are preparing lot of fun and parties.
Please note that we strictly only permit guests above the age of 18. This is because we have a liquor license for the entire building, so the law states we cannot allow under-18s in, and we do not make exceptions. For the security of all guests, everyone is required to produce government- issued photo ID to check in.

Thank you for choosing us as your Edinburgh Hostel. We understand that a hostel can make a big difference in your enjoyment of a city and we love Edinburgh so much we have made sure our hostel will give you the pleasure you deserve.

We are located in the city centre, so however you arrive, you will be able to walk to us, unless you arrive by plane, for which there is an airport bus which will bring you to our door.

Our rooms are centrally heated and come in a variety of sizes. We will have your bed made and ready for you, so you don't have to mess with that stuff. We have made available a number of female-only dormitories and our other dorms are mixed-sex. The prices vary by day and room size so you will have to check. Weekdays are usually discounted, so you can get some good bargains if you stay midweek.

You can arrive anytime you want. We have a room you can leave your luggage in if it's too early to go to your bed. We'll probably even let you go in for breakfast if you arrive before noon. Yes, that's correct, our breakfast goes until 12 noon, which is also our check-out time (Please note that for groups over 12 people check out time is 10am) It turns out that if the boss is a traveller who hates getting kicked out of bed early, everyone benefits.

Naturally, our reception is open 24 hours a day, but we also have a bar and cafe open 7am until 1am, 3am or 5am, depending on our fullness. And in this bar/café we have couches, pool tables, and board games for you to play.

We have computers around the place for you to use, and throughout the building we have Wi-Fi available, even in your bed. And all this is at no extra cost to you. Yes, the boss is a bit of a geek, too, who makes sure the Wi-Fi is always fast.

Security-wise, we have the aforementioned 24-hour receptionist manning the door, as well as a key-card system to ensure no one gets access to your room. Inside the room we have lockers, for which you will need your own padlock. (We sell them at reception as well.) By using your own padlock, you know no one else has access to your locker. Of course, we also will look after your passport in our reception safe, or lock up your laptop (we have lockers with power points available). And on check-out, you can leave your bag in the storage room until your flight/bus/train is ready for you, and you can hang around the hostel too if you want.

Maybe you’ll visit our beanbag cinema, where you can choose from a selection of 150 movies on the big screen, or you can cook up something in the kitchen, which is always open as well, and has an oven, microwave, hotplates and fridges, and some lovely tables to sit around. Overlooking the castle, you might enjoy sitting in our relaxing 'Cucumber Room' while reading a book from the free book swap library.

There is a supermarket a minutes’ walk away, so you could cook yourself a cheap meal for dinner, but we have breakfast covered for you. It’s a simple breakfast, hostel style, with filtered coffee, tea, orange drink, toast with vegemite, chocolate spread or jam, corn flakes, muesli or Weetabix. If you want a cooked breakfast, you could go to Wannaburger next door and get a pancake breakfast or a full bacon and egg fry-up for just £4.95.

If you don't want to cook, there are heaps of restaurants and take away joints around. Just ask for ideas from reception or the bar.

Although we’ve focused on what you can do in the hostel, there are many great things on offer in Edinburgh. In the evening you should do a ghost tour, which costs about £8, but gives you a great insight into the murky history of this historic town. By day you can do a free tour, and see the best of the sights in Edinburgh. Ask at reception for more details on how to join these tours, or even find out about the excellent day tours into the highlands.

We now accept Stag and hen parties as well as large groups from 12 people to over 100 so get in touch for quotes.

Hopefully, you’ve seen that we’re trying to provide exactly the environment we would like when we travel. It is what hostels were designed for, where they are different from hotels. Please, whoever you choose to stay with, do enjoy your stay in Edinburgh.

Please read our Things to Note below before booking.
Best For: Central Location, Meeting People

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  • Hostelworld Guests Say

    Absolutely deadly spot :)
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      Anonymous, Ireland, Female, 18-24
  • Latest Review

    The staff in the reception wasnt that receptive than other hostels. The internet didnt work very well, the heating wasnt on in the middle of the winter. The light inside the room was almost dead and I could not see even once the bar opened. The shower was good.
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      Anonymous, Germany, Male, 18-24
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  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Bar
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Common Room
  • DVD's
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Games Room
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool Table
  • Postal Service
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire

Hostel Awards

  • 2012 Hoscar Winner
  • 6th
  • Worldwide Extra Large Hostel
  • 2012 Hoscar Winner
  • 1st
  • Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh
Hoscar Nominations
  • Nominee 2013
  • Worldwide Large Hostel
  • 2012 6th Worldwide Extra Large Hostel
  • 2012 1st Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh
  • 2011 Most Improved Hostel

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  • Age Restriction
  • 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

Now, for some more of those rule things.. As mentioned before, you must be over 18 years of age to stay. This is because we have a liquor license for the entire building, so the law states we cannot allow under 18's in, and we do not make exceptions. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the building. You must go outside to smoke. Even if its cold and raining. We require government issued Photographic ID for anyone entering the hostel. If you want to share a dorm, we want to know who you are. If you can't provide it, you can't stay. You should bring your own padlock, or you can buy one for £2.50 from reception. We have towels available for a 50p cleaning charge. Linen is supplied free. Frequently asked questions about the hostel: *Do you have a curfew/lock-out? - No. We think they are inconvenient and don't believe in them! *What time is check-out? - You can check out anytime but you don’t have to until 10am. *Do you provide bed linen? - Yes. Every person is provided with fresh linen so you can leave your sleeping bag at home! *Do you provide towels? - No, but you can rent one for the modest price of 50 pence. *Do you provide breakfast? - Yes. A simple breakfast is included in the price of your accommodation. Served from 7a.m. until 11p.m. *Is there a key deposit? - No, but all keys need to be returned at check-out. *Do you have internet access? - Yes.We have several computer terminals and they are FREE to use! *Do you have Wi-Fi? - Yes, and it's also FREE!...you don’t even need a password. *Do you have lockers? - Yes.You need to bring your own padlock or rent/buy one here for £2.50 *Do you have luggage storage? - Yes. We have a free luggage storage room *Do you have a kitchen? - Yes. There is a large self-catering kitchen equipped with all your cooking needs right at your disposal!

Caledonian Backpackers Located at 3 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PA, Edinburgh.
Caledonian Backpackers
Edinburgh EH2 4PA 3 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PA
81% 5748
55.9504012 -3.2087373
Caledonian Backpackers
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