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Caledonian Backpackers

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


  • 72%Value For Money
  • 73%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 79%Staff
  • 72%Atmosphere
  • 63%Cleanliness
  • 63%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:

The RES-erection

Out with the old, in with the new and improved.

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. With the best views of Edinburgh’s cultural and historical castle. Our newly decorated lounge/function room, has the best views, from midday the sun sits in this room, giving it a vibrant and relaxed feel. The best view of Edinburgh’s main street (Princes st) and castle. Check out our free book swap library next to our lounge/function room.
We also have an English teacher on site so if you are here for a while and want to learn English, which is FREE for residents and only £5 an hour for non-residents.

Now with two new fabulous boilers just put in, heating is not an issue here.
Fibre-optic broadbrand, just installed, here we don’t wait for streaming. You could not get a better connection then this. With our free to use computer room, you can keep in contact with the rest of the world, at any time!

Here we have Daily Entertainment from Salsa to Comedy Nights. With are newly refurbished bar, why not come check out our daily entertainment for free, with our cheap- ass prices, and our 24hour licence, to residents. This is where the craic can be found and where the party is really at!!!!! If not our bar, try our lounge room which is totally kitted out with the comfiest couches, pool tables, and board games for you to play. You can cook up a storm in the kitchen, which is open from 7am until 11pm daily, and has an oven, microwave, hotplates, freezers and fridges, and some lovely tables to sit around.

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 or the tram can be got from the airport to a stop just around the corner from us. (See Directions)

Our rooms are centrally heated with our toasty new boilers 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 24hour reception, to assist or help out with any queries or just to check-in. We have a room where you can leave your luggage, for early arrivals or a late departures, which is secure. We'll probably even let you go in for breakfast if you arrive before 11am on your check in day. Yes, that's correct, our breakfast goes from 7am until 11 am and is FREE. Check out time is 10am, so you can always drop your bag and grab some breakie. Check in starts at 14pm.

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 have some padlocks in reception, for a £5 deposit to be returned to you on day of departure. Of course, we can also look after your passport in our reception safe, or lock up your laptop.

There is many shops and supermarkets just seconds or 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 coffee, tea, toast with vegemite, chocolate spread or jam, corn flakes, muesli or Weetabix. If you don't want to cook, there are heaps of restaurants and take away joints around. Just ask us here at 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. We have a range of epic parties which include cocktail classes, burlesque classes, pole dancing classes, Still life painting etc. Want to know more or book, drop us a line at reception@caledonianbackpackers.com

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

    This hostels was really cool, great location, very short walk to the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle etc. staff were helpful and the rooms were big, and the bed was very comfortable.bar was big and cheap as well! And had a really neat quiet area with the floor littered with pillows and bean bag chairs, very chill. Would stay here again.
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      Anonymous, Canada, Female, 18-24
  • Latest Review

    This is a very basic hostel in a great location. The staff is friendly or silent. The place is clean but looks grungy and has broken toilets and spotty hot water. You'll get pretty much just cheap bread and jam for breakfast. It seems like locals on hard times are staying there, too. If you need a bed, the location is great and the price is decent. If you want a fun, safe hostel with a lot of youthful life to it, you might find a better hostel in Edinburgh.
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      Anonymous, USA, All Female Group, 25-30
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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
73% 5814
55.9504012 -3.2087373
Caledonian Backpackers
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