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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."

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Edinburgh Backpackers

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

PLEASE NOTE that from December the 27th until January the 2nd (both included), a minimum stay of 3 nights is a must to book with us.

Check in: from 2pm (reception open 24 hours )

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 cirumstances.

•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
*24-hour reception
*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

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.
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.

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

•No under 12's in our hostels under any cirumstances, 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 8.6

  • Security 8.9

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.1

  • Atmosphere 8.1

  • Cleanliness 8.4

  • Facilities 8.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    07 Dec 2019
    1st time staying in a hostel but wont be our last after this stay. We stayed in a double room which was clean comfortable and had everything we needed. Toilet was next door to room eith fully equipped kutchen just opposite. 2 bathrooms were on next floor up about 10 stairs, we had no issues throughout our stay and would recomnend you try it.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    04 Dec 2019
    Loved the ambience of the room. The room and the bathroom were very well maintained. And the staff were also very friendly.
    India, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    25 Nov 2019
    Brilliant palace highly recommended
    Scotland, Male, 41+
  • 8.0


    06 Dec 2019
    Couldn't possibly be a better location, and very clean. Staff were a bit distant, but gave helpful info when asked. I would stay again. Downsides are that there are 4 floors but no lift, and that there was a group in the dorm across the hall who were having a room party until well past midnight on the Saturday. I asked the staff member on duty to speak with them at about 11pm as they were much too loud but either he didn't, or he did but they didn't listen - and he didn't check back.
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 8.0


    06 Dec 2019
    Great Location for city centre.
    Ireland, Female, 25-30
  • 8.0


    23 Nov 2019
    Great value for money if you need a place in the center. It is 1 minute walking from the Royal Mile. Great and friendly staff. The living room was cold, as the heating was turned off, they turned it on later, but 2 mini radiators take a long time to heat up such a large room, wearing warm clothes saved my day. It would be great if a curtain could be added in the shower room, there is enough place, otherwise your clothes easily get wet from the powerful enjoyable shower head. I will be back.
    Netherlands, Male, 41+
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    23 Nov 2019
    I didn’t get to see the main building as there were no beds, so I ended up in one of the dormitories in the building opposite. Cleanliness acceptable, but zero atmosphere, felt like I was in a bunker. I had to leave first thing at checkout so can’t comment on the main one. Not an unforgettable stay but fair.
    Italy, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    23 Nov 2019
    The Backpacker's Hostel us in a great part of town and the staff were very helpful and friendly. The room itself was small, yet comfortable. One issue was that the duvet was rather thin and there were no other blankets. Before we worked out how to turn the heater on, this looked like it would be a problem. Also luckily it was no too cold when we were there. Does the duvet get changed to a thicker one in winter? Or are more blankets supplied? If not this needs considering I think.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 6.9


    29 Nov 2019
    The location of the hostel is really good, close to all the major attraction. Staff are good too and speaks English. We were 1st week of December and it was quite cold but the room heater was not working for our room and the building is quite old that it makes thing worse. Although they arranged a small heater but it was not enough for the room. But it is value for money. pretty cheap therefore I do not expect more facility.
    India, Male, 25-30
  • 6.3


    23 Nov 2019
    It's the little things that add up to make staying at this hostel a frustrating and tiring experience. No elevator, no shower curtain, changing area in showers gets wet because of drain placement, the water either burns your flesh or turning you into a popsicle, not enough outlets in dorm rooms, dorm beds very basic (no reading lights or outlets). It felt quite cheap for the money, and while the location is good there are much better hostels in Edinburgh for the same price
    USA, Mixed Group, 25-30
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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
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 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