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Edinburgh Backpackers Reviews

65 Cockburn St, EH1 1BU, Edinburgh, Scotland

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3920 Total Reviews
  • 79%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 75%Atmosphere
  • 72%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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A little outdated.


location is awesome, staff was helpful along the way


great place great city


This hostel is very centrally located, and the room I was in seemed to be recently renovated. However the male bathroom seems to be half completed (there was no shower door at all). I was in a separate building and i only saw one other person the whole time I was there. The kitchen is quite small but the staff seems nice enough. I woke after 2 days covered in bites, the manager had the room checked for bed bugs but said there was none. Offered free breakfast but i had to catch a train.


This was one of the worst hostels I've stayed in and yet the most expensive one. The windows were not double glazed and very close to a busy street so it was very noisy all night (noisy drunk people mostly). The room was small and smelly. The corridor was dirty and smelly as well. I kept being bitten by insects that I could not see (midges in February? Or maybe bed bugs); I counted ten bites and they were very itchy. The shower temperature was hard to adjust. The bedding was not very clean.


Very dirty and poor and bad furnished. Only location was excellent.

  • 7th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Czech Republic
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


I booked a private double room just for a short stay before I moved into a flat. The room was quite big with its own kitchen. The only disadvantage was that the private rooms were on the top floor and there was no lift. I am very grateful to the guys at the reception who helped me with my very heavy luggage.


Had a delicious Scottish breakfast

  • 2nd Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


great location and nice staff. lockers in the rooms are nice. bathrooms iffy and not always hot water. good wifi. a pretty standard hostel, good value for the money.


no hot water in the shower, though it was only for one morning...

  • 1st Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Greece
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Nice location. Decent value for the money. Could have been a bit cleaner but overall happy with my stay.


Friendly staff, relatively safe (they provide a locker for a £5 deposit that you get back when you check-out) and great location. The toilets were cleaned at least every day and were in decent conditions, considering they're shared. For the price, there was not much we could have asked for, being good at providing the most basic facilities, which is what a backpackers' hostel is about. Would recommend to a friend and probably will return.

  • 31st Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Italy
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


We stayed in an ensuite private double room (penthouse 3) and it was wonderful! Our room was huge (with a private kitchen, sofa, desk, 2 armchairs...). There were lots of stairs, but as we didn't have any luggage with us (just our backpacks) that wasn't a problem at all. Location is excellent! In the middle of Old Town, next to the station, near all the main attractions. Staff is very nice and it's a great place to meet people. Definitely great value for money!

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