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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Edinburgh Backpackers

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  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, procedural changes have had to be made to operate in accordance with the guidelines set out by the Scottish Government.
To minimise face to face contact, and maintain social distancing, our Reception will be open from 09.00 - 14.00.
Please wear masks and use hand sanitiser before entering!
All bookings will be charged 48 hours prior to arrival, and instructions regarding collection of keys and location of rooms will be emailed at time of payment.
An additional £10 key deposit will also be charged to your card at this time. This will be refunded within 24 hours of the return of the keys.
If your card is declined, your booking WILL be cancelled.
We have a 48 hour cancellation policy – if you wish to cancel, you must give us 2 days notice before your arrival date.

Check in: from 2pm

Check out: before 10am

•We do not accept Stag or Hen bookings. If you book a Stag or Hen party, your booking will be cancelled/you will be refused check in.

•No under 12's in our hostels under any circumstances.

•No under 18's in our dormitories, all 12-18 year olds must be booked into a private room with an adult.

•Please note Edinburgh Backpackers does not have storage for bicycles.

The Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel is a fun hostel aimed at young and young at heart backpackers looking to enjoy themselves in Edinburgh. We have 4 separate buildings comprising of a variety of dormitories and private rooms, in the very best location in Edinburgh! We pride ourselves on our friendly and helpful attitude and are always on hand to give recommendations of our favourite attractions, historical sites, pubs, clubs, restaurants and local businesses.

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*Due to the historical nature of our buildings, we have a lot of stairs and no elevator - be prepared to climb!
*Best location in town
*Lockers available in all dormitories, cash deposit required
*Key card access for dormitories, cash deposit required
*Free luggage storage prior to arrival
*£3 all day luggage storage upon departure
*Free WIFI throughout all our buildings
*Free tea and coffee in shared kitchen (kitchen currently closed in accordance with Covid-19 Government guidance)

Our clean and comfortable dormitories range in size from 5 beds to 14 beds. All of our dorm rooms have power points for every guest, key card access (cash deposit required) and security lockers (cash deposit required).

We have 20 recently renovated private rooms spread across our 4 buildings. The options available include singles, doubles, twins, triples and quad rooms. Not all room types are available as en-suites.

In our main building we have a fully equipped self-catering Kitchen, with everything you need to keep yourself fed on a budget. (Kitchen currently closed in accordance with Covid-19 Government guidance)

Our 2 common rooms are a great place to meet fellow travellers. We have a games room with pool table and darts board and a TV/dining room with Sky TV, book exchange and board games. (Common areas are currently closed in accordance with Covid-19 Government guidance)

•No under 12's in our hostels under any circumstances.

•No under 12's in our hostels under any circumstances, no under 18's in our dormitories

•All under 18's (no under 12's) must be booked into a private room with an adult.

Please note Edinburgh Backpackers does not have storage for bicycles.
We do not accept Stag or Hen bookings. If you book a Stag or Hen party, your booking will be cancelled/you will be refused check in.

Special event bookings

* August / Rugby / Bank Holiday Weekends / Easter /Hogmanay etc.
* The hostel will charge your card the full amount one month before arrival.
* If you will be arriving in less than a month the charge will be made within 24hrs.
* Cancellations - Once you have paid in full, no refunds will be issued.

We accept all major credit/debit cards.
Card Charges for non-European Economic Area residents and Business/Corporate Accounts
Under £25.00 - £0.50

'Non-refundable bookings' will be charged within 24 hours of the booking being made and as stated, are non-refundable!

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Edinburgh Backpackers is a friendly spot for a trip to Scotland, spread across four buildings in the heart of the city. Check in is from 2pm, but no worries if you get here early – we'll keep your bag for free while you explore. Just ask at reception and we'll point you in the right direction for a free city tour. We've got a café and two common rooms for friendly gatherings – relax with a movie in the TV room, or unleash your competitive side in our games room. Pool, anyone?


Our rooms are in 19th-century buildings on Cockburn Street in the city's Old Town – known by locals for its quirky shops. Because of their age, there are stairs in each building, and no elevators. It's just a few steps from Waverley Train Station, where the Airlink 100 bus will drop you off if you're coming from the airport (it takes about 30 minutes). Stroll downhill from us and you'll be on Princes Street – the heart of Edinburgh's shopping area – in minutes. Wander uphill to find yourself on the historic street, The Royal Mile, with the castle at the top.

Rooms and Dorms

You can mingle in a mixed or female-only dorm, or treat yourself to some alone time in a private double, twin or quad. Pick a room with an en-suite for a little extra privacy. Our rooms have free linen, key card access and secure lockers (you'll need £5 for a deposit in the dorms, or £10 in the private rooms). Because we're on a hill, you'll get a great view across Edinburgh's skyline: perfect for a selfie!

Extras and activities

We're just up the hill from the Cowgate, Edinburgh's best nightlife street, so you won't have far to go for a pub crawl with your new travel buddies. With free Wi-Fi, you can share photos that'll make your friends back home wish they were out with you! Help yourself to free tea and coffee in the shared kitchen to help you wake up the morning after.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.4

  • Security 8.7

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 8.1

  • Atmosphere 7.6

  • Cleanliness 8.6

  • Facilities 7.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    01 Jan 2021
    Can't fault the place on anything, staff were incredibly friendly, my room and bathroom was very clean, I would definitely stay with them again, good job guys
    South Africa, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    18 May 2021
    Great location and really great staff. Sergio was super helpful and sorted everything out.
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    17 May 2021
    Location, entry with no human interaction due to Covid, and the room itself was great value. The room was clean and comfy, with some noise from the outside street, though that has to be expected. My only, and major issue was that there was no electricity to my en suite shower, or the shared shower in my hall. Coupled with the fact my en suit sink was blocked, I had to use the communal bathroom to hand wash. Absolutely puzzling why there are no working showers.
    Scotland, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6


    05 Dec 2020
    Great value private room! I got an upgrade to a bigger room so it was such a pleasant surprise. The check in was with a lockbox so very COVID safe. My whole stay there was no need to interact with anyone. The kitchens and shared spaces were closed too but I managed with a kettle in my room. No luggage storage either during this time but I was able to find alternatives nearby. The room was spacious and comfortable other than being really cold. Location is right in the old town so very central.
    Finland, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3


    27 May 2021
    Friendly communication by staff when I forgot to return my key and pleasant and comfortable bed!! May visit again when I am I. EDINBURGH next. Only thing was everything seemed to hyper covid secure, no kitchen no breakfast ordering option of any kind. Understand this in the present pandemic, however with sealed packaging this could perhaps be circumvented, or with some inventive solutions.
    Finland, Male, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    18 Oct 2020
    Overall it was a great experience , location great and the room had the bathroom inside the room . so very pleased . Sergio the manager helped me a lot which I truly appreciate as I arrived at 7:30am to Edinburgh after 8hours bus trip and thanks to Sergio I could have my room ready . the lady who was working those two days was very rude , I found her outside the hostel on working hours smoking . She denied for me to leave the luggage 15 min in the hostel and was very unfriendly in general .
    Spain, Female, 25-30
  • 5.4


    29 May 2021
    Put in a different building in a room without windows, not as per the images on the website listing. Dark and unpleasant.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 4.3


    29 May 2021
    - VERY noisy outside - lights VERY dim - NO VENTILATION!! - TOILET HAS TO BE FLUSHED SEVERAL TIMES TO WORK - shower control finicky, either ice or scalding hot - The noise from inside. The stairs and the guests walking outside - the mattress is horrible. My back was killing me - reception closes at 2 pm and there's no number to call in case you have an emergency - we paid £57 for this, which compared to the £45 we paid at Premier Inn the night before, feels like theft.
    Lebanon, Couple, 25-30
  • 3.4


    31 May 2021
    Is ugly, disgusting and there is not people to help you in the daily needs, like issues with the room
    Mexico, Male, 25-30
  • 2.0


    30 Dec 2020
    Awful. I was scared.
    British Virgin Islands, Female, 31-40
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi