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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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Princes Street Backpackers East

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  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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Property Description

Princes Street East caters mainly for independent, international backpackers between the ages of eighteen and thirty. Bear in mind, however, that this is only the core group; any traveller (over 18) with a valid international passport and a desire to have a good time is welcome here!

When we say independent, we mean it! You'll find NO lockouts or silly curfew rules here! The staff are always doing their best to provide our guests with a friendly, easy-going and creative atmosphere. And you'll often find one or more of our residents jamming away on their guitar, or collecting others to join them in a night out on the town!

There are 77 steps up to our funky little place (and no elevator) so please keep this in mind when filling your backpack. Our comfortable dormitories hold between four and twelve persons. We also have three double rooms, ideal for couples or persons who desire a little more privacy. You'll find ample toilets and showers (no shortage of hot water here) conveniently located on all three floors. And during your stay, why not take in one of over 500 movies available to you in our Video lounge?

You'll find most of the snack goods you'll want for the film, as well as any toiletries you may need during your stay, in our resident shop. We also have a self-catering kitchen (including free tea/coffee), refrigerators for residents' use, a large dining area, laundry facilities, a payphone, free Internet access and lots of great pictures on the walls.

All the staff (and Manager) are backpackers themselves, so you can be sure that we will look after your needs.

24 Hour Everything
No Curfews or Lockouts
Free Tea and Coffee
Long Term Rates
2 Common Rooms
Fun staff - all backpackers themselves
On Site Shop
Fast Internet access
Wireless Internet throughout the hostel
Video Room (over 500 videos & DVD's)
Lockers for each person large enough to hold a backpack
Lots of Fun!!!

Please Note: We do not accept groups, or anyone under 18. Please also remember to bring your passport or ID card with you. View House Rules


We're an easy-going bunch of backpacking fanatics here at Princes Street Backpackers East, which gives our hostel a nice relaxed vibe. Stop by the common room (you might catch us jamming on the guitar) to meet other travellers, mostly aged 18 to 30. Free Wi-Fi's on tap to update your mates on your Scottish adventures. Our video lounge is the place to catch a movie. With a collection of over 500, there's plenty to choose from. We'll also show you around Edinburgh's historic sites and hidden gems on our free walking tour, and treat everyone to dinner on a Sunday!


We're right in the heart of the city, 3 minutes' walk from Waverley Train Station where the Airlink 100 bus drops off. It takes under 30 minutes from Edinburgh Airport. If you're arriving by coach, the bus station's a 7-minute stroll away. The Royal Mile's just 8 minutes away and leads you to the castle, which is 13 minutes away. For food and drinks, walk 9 minutes to Rose Street where you'll find great pubs, whisky bars and lively clubs.

Rooms and Dorms

Choose to crash in our mixed dorms to get right into the hostel spirit. All bunks come with sheets and shared bathrooms, and you can hire towels. Travelling as a couple? A private double room gives you a bit more personal space. Large backpacks can be kept safely in our lockers.

Extras and activities

Our on-site shop is the place to pick up snacks or any toiletries you might not have packed. You can save cash by cooking for yourself in our shared kitchen, where you'll find free tea and coffee too. Sign up for trips to the Highlands at our tour desk, then grab a free map of the city and explore the old and new towns. You can stay out late as we're a curfew-free 24-hour hostel. Bear in mind it's a 77-step climb to reach us in our traditional tenement building!

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 7.2

  • Security 7.9

  • Location 9.2

  • Staff 8.2

  • Atmosphere 6.8

  • Cleanliness 7.0

  • Facilities 6.9

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    16 Nov 2019
    Good place to stay.
    Scotland, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    30 Oct 2019
    Perfect place to stay! Very good staff!
    Russia, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6


    24 Nov 2019
    Room was warm and clean, it was not the most quiet though. Thru the window I heard people drinking on the street. Internet was working and the price was very good. I will stay there again for sure :) Thank You
    Poland, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.3


    30 Dec 2019
    Staying here for Hogmanay was great because of the location and proximity to the street party.
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    22 Nov 2019
    Four flights of stairs is a lot to walk up with luggage, although this isn't the hostels fault. The atmosphere was pretty bleak which seems strange as it is an affordable hostel but otherwise not a bad place to stay!
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 6.9


    26 Oct 2019
    The staff was nice, but a bit disorganized. I liked the room, nice renovated bathroom, but in the kitchen couple of things didn't work (oven, hob, the kettles were very dirty inside). You could at least put there some information what doesn't work. I didn't like that the heating was working only in the late evening, so it was freezing in our room till maybe 9 or 10 pm. There were a lot of hair in the bedding, so I'm not sure if it was washed. Hanging cords in the corridors looked dangerous
    Poland, Female, 18-24
  • 5.7


    30 Dec 2019
    To be honest, and I know I stayed over the Hogmanay period so the price would be higher, but paying 180 for three nights was a joke in this place. There’s no communal chill out room only a dining room where half the chairs are ripped up or broken. The staff wouldn’t allow me to shower on my final day even though I was saying I’d re deposit £5 for a towel. Also, at 4am I came back to find the front door LOCKEd At a 24 hours hostel. I waited for 45 minutes knocking and calling the front office.
    Ireland, Female, 18-24
  • 5.4


    30 Dec 2019
    I did not appreciate the lack of wifi in the building. The rooms were okay but my friend found a lot of loose hairs in her bed. The bathrooms did not have any soap in them and the floors entering the showers were constantly soaked, therefore making it not enjoyable to shower. This hostel also costs a lot of money considering the layout and lack of wifi and supplies.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 5.4


    08 Nov 2019
    Biggest complaint was cleanliness - bedding wasn’t clean at all, hair in it and smelled terrible. Upstairs there was only one toilet/shower between all the rooms which was frustrating.
    Scotland, Female, 25-30
  • 3.4


    11 Nov 2019
    This is the worst accommodation I been in all those years. It’s not value for the money you pay. Paid 1 or 2 £ more and stay somewhere else. -de worst is that they don’t change the bed covers and any bed lines! You don’t need to be a professional to find out how dirty the bed covers are. i ask the receptionist to give me clean bed lines. And she said that for that room wasn’t any bed lines available.. all of them where cover met thousand hair from previous guest😷. -not lift, bad smell etc
    Netherlands, Male, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Dryer
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Fax Service
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Wake-up calls
Food & Drink
  • Mini-Supermarket
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Wi-Fi