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Caledonian Backpackers

3 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PA, Edinburgh, Scotland


  • 64%Value For Money
  • 66%Security
  • 87%Location
  • 73%Staff
  • 64%Atmosphere
  • 53%Cleanliness
  • 60%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:

Edinburgh is famous for its warm and friendly welcome and we more than match this at Caledonian Backpackers. Our location right in the heart of Edinburgh ensures that you are never far from various city centre attractions. The world – famous Edinburgh Castle provides a beautiful backdrop to our hostel.

Caledonian Backpackers provides more than just a bed for the night, we aim to provide our guests with a unique Scottish experience.

We have a full schedule of entertainment on offer. Sunday nights guarantee a taste of Scotland. Grab a dram of Whisky and tuck into the traditional Scottish meal of haggis, neeps and tatties to a backdrop of Scottish folk music. We also go international on Tuesday and Saturday nights with an evening of Salsa, free for guests. We don't stop at this, we arrange open mic nights every Wednesday and provide a professional set up. To keep you hydrated while you jam, we drop the price of Tenants lager to £1.50, the cheapest pint in town! If that's not enough, you’ll be pleased to hear our bar has a 24-hour licence, cheap drinks, pool tables and an amazing atmosphere guaranteed.

Our bright, newly decorated lounge is the perfect place for functions or chilling out and taking advantage of our free book swap library. We also provide high speed wi-fi throughout the entire building and free computer facilities so you can check out what’s on offer in the city.

You’re well covered when it’s time to eat. Our kitchen facilities ensure you’re well fed for the day ahead. We offer a free breakfast for all our guests, served from 7-11 am every day. Our spacious kitchen is kitted out with an oven, microwave, fridge, freezer and plenty space to sit, eat lunch and make new friends. As you’ll know there’s no shortage of quality restaurants and cafes in Edinburgh. Alternatively, pop next door to the supermarket and make the most of our self catered kitchen, you can cook up a treat with fellow guests.

Our rooms are centrally heated and come in a variety of sizes. You don't have to worry about making your bed, that's taken care of. The majority of rooms are mixed sex but female only dorms are available. Prices vary by day and room size so have a look online or give us a call before you book.

Our reception is open 24/7 and our friendly reception staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Check in opens at 2pm and check out is at 10am, but our common areas are open round the clock so you are more than welcome to chill or grab a drink if you arrive early or are looking to soak up our award winning atmosphere.

We take the safety of guests and their belongings very seriously so safe storage is provided free of charge as well as a key-card system to access rooms. The rooms are fitted with lockers, so either bring your own padlock for these, or rent one at reception for a small deposit.

There are many attractions on offer in Edinburgh. There are loads of organised tours. You can hop on and off an open top bus to see all the main attractions in a day, or by night you can give yourself a scare on Edinburgh’s famous ghost tour. We recommend taking in a birds eye view of the city up our very own volcano, Arthurs seat. There is much more on offer, just bounce down to reception and ask for more information.

We now accept Stag and hen parties as well as large groups from 12 people to over 100 so get in touch for quotes. We have a range of parties including cocktail classes, pole dancing and still life painting. We aim to please!

For those arriving by plane, Edinburgh's new trams will drop you seconds from the hostel. Alternatively you can catch the airport bus. (See Directions)

We strive to create the environment we’d hope for when we head off on our travels. We’re passionate about the hostel, and equally as passionate about Edinburgh.

We do hope you make a booking and join the Caledonian Clan.

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

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  • Hostelworld Guests Say

    I absolutely loved this hostel. The facilities were enjoyable (bar, pool, READING ROOM). Not to mention the practical location of the Caledonian Backpackers, near the Prince St. and so close to the Castle. The rooms were warm and big enough, the showers/toilet are clean, the lockers in the room are really good idea and you can put lots of things in it. The breakfast may seem really simple from the outside but finally it's just enough (tea, bread, chocopaste, jam, ...).
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      Anonymous, Belgium, Female, 18-24
  • Latest Review

    This was a really sketchy hostel honestly. It worked. Perhaps book a private room.
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      Anonymous, USA, Female, 18-24
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  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Bar
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Common Room
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Games Room
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool Table
  • Postal Service
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Vending Machines

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
  • 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

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. The rooms have lockers but you need to bring your own padlock (or buy one in our reception). You can also rent a towel for £1, but that's not all: you can rent hairdryers, the iron, or adaptors here as well! We take is £5 cash to make sure you check-out in time, so if you return your key before 10am you will receive your deposit back. You can storage your luggage for the whole day if you need to, and it's only £1. A basic continental breakfast is included in the price and you can cook in our kitchen (just remember to wash your dishes so everyone can enjoy cooking there!) Reception is 24 hours so you will always find someone here to help you and willing to receive you!

Caledonian Backpackers Located at 3 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PA, Edinburgh.
Caledonian Backpackers
Edinburgh EH2 4PA 3 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PA
67% 6046
55.9504012 -3.2087373
Caledonian Backpackers
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