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Sandra's Backpackers Hostel Reviews

24 Princes Street, Caithness, Thurso, Scotland

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186 Total Reviews
  • 69%Value For Money
  • 60%Security
  • 78%Location
  • 70%Staff
  • 68%Atmosphere
  • 55%Cleanliness
  • 64%Facilities

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We had an absolutely fantastic time at Sandra's. The owners were so accommodating and friendly, really made the stay fab. Some comments mentioned that there was a problem with booking but we didn't experience it at all! If anyone is going up as far as Thurso I would definitely recommend this fab little place.


They had never heard of hostel world and claimed they didn't have our booking!

  • 20th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Over good hostel. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The ensuite shower and toilet was very appreciated. The TV in the kitchen as well. The mattresses are however a bit old and could be changed. The cafe downstairs and the discount we get is also great. I would stay there again.


As a repeat visitor to Sandra's, everything is just as great as it was in 2007! Still sports a huge kitchen with two sides to allow for more than one group to cook at once. This time, coming by car, I was happy to have free parking close by. Internet access was okay, but the router needed resetting periodically (unable to get online).


A new experience going into a fish and chip shop to check in and then having the staff close the shop while we were shown our room and the facilities


not clean very bad bedding

  • 2nd Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


Despite a note on the wall declaring that sheets were changed after each use, mine were not clean and had someone elses hairs in the bed on the 2nights we stayed . The upper Bunks were extreemely dificult to get in and out of .The shower was a trickle and drain was blocked. The door would not lock. It was not a nice place to stay. The Hostel is above a chip shop and smells like it. Our bikes had to be left outside in a smelly dirty back yard.

  • 28th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • All Female Group, 41+
  • (1 review)


Found the reception (in the chip shop downstairs) and the staff were very helpful. Showed us where everything was and in particular, the laundry, which we definitely needed! Not a big dining area by any means, but wasn't cramped either. Only negative point for us was the mattress (double underneath the bunk in the four berth upstairs). Well overdue for replacement and didn't get a very good sleep.


Not bad at all it was enough for sleeping but not more.

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