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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

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.


Royal Mile Backpackers

Book more than 3 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

************At the moment all bookings will have exclusive occupancy of the room due to COVID19. (This might change without further notice in accordance with the situation and the Scottish government guidelines.) Please book the correct amount of beds for people in your group.

You will receive an email prior to your stay with our new COVID measures in place. Please note - we cannot be used as a quarantine address as we do not have the facilities to accommodate this. If you travel from a country on the quarantine list, your reservation will be cancelled upon arrival. Currently we can't offer breakfast but our guests have access to our self-catering kitchen. Face covering is obligatory in our common areas. Please email with any inquiries.*****

Please note we accept over 16's only and only groups up to 6 people.
We charge all non-refundable bookings within 24 hours for the full amount.

Smack, bang in the middle of town, you won't find a better location than the Royal Mile!
In our small and friendly hostel with an open plan kitchen and dining area, making new friends is easy. There is plenty of space to chill and chat with staff and guests in our cosy lounge area with an open fire. Our dorms are all light and bright and our bathrooms are clean and spacious.

The hostel also offers Wifi, free tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Our friendly receptionists can offer you some great advice on what to see and do and where to eat and drink during your stay in Edinburgh. They can arrange for you to make the most of your time while you are in Scotland and book you on a MacBackpackers Tour to the Highlands. We aim to make your stay with us as pleasurable as possible - here is a wee list of what else we have to offer:

Clean bed linen
We accept cash and credit cards
Receptionist available to help you during opening hours (7am - 11am and 5pm - 11pm)
Minutes’ walk to the bus and train station
Tour booking service and advice
Free walking tours
Kitchen/Dining area open 24 hours
A Continental breakfast is available from 7-11am for £2
Laundry service - we do it for you for just £4
Towel Hire - 50p
Secure lockers in rooms
Free Wi-Fi
Free tea and coffee
Free use of electrical adaptors
Book exchange
Free hairdryers and -straighteners for use
Local Food&Drinks discounts
24hour access after check-in

Step outside and be at the centre of it all.


WE HAVE A MINIMUM AGE OF 16 YEARS. Sorry - no children! For guests under the age of 16 you must contact the hostel first for manager's approval.

We have a maximum stay of 14 nights – sorry, no long-term accommodation.

Please bring a government issued photo ID for the check-in.

This property has a 2 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal up to the first two nights of your stay. Different conditions apply for August and over Hogmanay!
- HOGMANAY (NEW YEAR'S EVE): For any bookings over Hogmanay (New Year's Eve) we will charge you the full amount on the 1st December. Should you book after the 1st December the whole amount will be charged within 24 hours after booking. Once this payment has been taken, no refunds will be issued.
- AUGUST 2019: For any bookings for August 2019 we will charge you the full amount 14 days before arrival. Should you book less than 14 days before arrival the whole amount will be charged within 24 hours after booking. Once this payment has been taken, no refunds will be given.

If you do not show up on the date you booked for you will be charged according to our cancellation policy and your reservation will be cancelled unless you've notified us directly about your late arrival. View House Rules


Put your comfiest trainers on and join one of our free daily walking tours at Royal Mile Backpackers in Edinburgh. Even in winter – there's usually a crackling open fire in our cosy lounge to warm you up when you return! After all that walking, you can fix yourself a hot dinner in our bright, open plan kitchenette/dining area. We're a friendly bunch – get to know us on our free Thursday pub crawl. We'll also sort you out with discounts on local food and drink places.


Edinburgh's Royal Mile is one of the most central locations in the city. Step outside our door in August – the Edinburgh Festival season – and you'll find all kinds of street performers, from bagpipers to clowns. Holyrood Palace, the Queen's official residence in Scotland, is a 10-minute walk away, while the 11th-century Edinburgh Castle is also a 10-minute stroll. There you'll be able to see the Stone of Destiny, used for the coronation of ancient Scottish kings. To get here from the airport, hop on the 100 bus for about 30 minutes and get off at Waverley Bridge. We're a 7-minute stroll from there.

Rooms and Dorms

We have female-only and mixed dorms here at Royal Mile Backpackers. Heading out to explore the city? Keep your bag in the secure lockers for a small deposit. Sink down into the free sheets (you can rent a towel if you forget yours) and charge your phone using the socket near your bunk. Night owls can make use of the reading light, or use the free Wi-Fi for late-night scrolling.

Extras and activities

Help yourself to a free tea, coffee or hot chocolate and head to reception to ask for tips on Edinburgh's pubs. Our staff can also book you on a tour to the Highlands. On lazy mornings, roll downstairs and get our continental breakfast for a small charge. Travelling solo? Grab a paperback from our free book exchange if you're up before everyone else.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.3

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 8.5

  • Cleanliness 8.8

  • Facilities 8.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    20 Feb 2020
    I have stayed in more than 50 Hostels, Royal Mile Backpackers is one of the best. I liked everything about it. Excellent location, wonderful staff, friendly, clean and homey. I would recommend it for everyone, all ages. You will be very happy you chose this Hostel to stay in Edinburgh.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    09 Jan 2020
    A superb location and a great price. Place was clean with plenty of hot water in the shower. The staff were especially charming and helpful. Highly recommended
    Ireland, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    02 Nov 2019
    This hostel is in a perfect spot - so close to all the bars, restaurants and shops of the old city, and just a few blocks from the train. The staff are lovely and it's a great place to hang out by the fireplace if the weather is gross (as it often is in Edinburgh). Not too noisy, but I was there in the off season.
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    19 Jan 2020
    Great small hostel. Good facilities. Friendly and helpful staff. The mixed dorm was large enough but noisy at night. Windows facing the Royal Mile and lights from shops coming in at night but it didn't bother me much. Earplugs and eye mask a must for me. Room a bit stuffy if windows shut in winter. (I opened them and problem solved) Towel to hire for 50p, decent breakfast for 2 pounds, free coffee tea and cocoa all day long makes this hostel great value for money. I definitely recommend! :)
    Malaysia, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    22 Nov 2019
    Great value for money right in the centre of Edinburgh only 5 mins from Edinburgh Waverley. Staff were lovely and cooking facilities great. Only problem (a rather large one) was the music from a pub below going on to the early hours. Obviously this can’t be helped but it was loud.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    14 Jan 2020
    Cosy hostel, nice vibe, friendly staff, great location! It's not very big, modern or like a party hostel, if you're looking for anything of that, but good to feel like at home in a friendly atmosphere. They do different events every evening so it's easy to socialise and have some fun. Also they organize tours around Scotland's most beautiful places. I really liked that all rooms and beds have names which is quite amusing and gives some character to the hostel! Many thanks to staff! :)
    Latvia, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    15 Jan 2020
    It’s a nice but small place. Looks like a flat, with a front desk, living room, kitchen and I think 10 or less rooms. I stayed in a 10 bed female room. The bedroom was big but beds a bit uncomfortable. I couldn’t sleep well. For £2 you can have breakfast with cereals, milk, bread and fruit. tea or coffee for free! I’ll recommended only because has a very good location!
    Chile, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    25 Nov 2019
    Nice hostel right in the old city. It felt kind of weird having to show the paper to all the separate staff until they know your face. Otherwise it is very nice. One of the ladies was super nice!
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    01 Nov 2019
    There's only two female showers so you got to be early and be quick. It's not the cleanest so one night was enough. Staff is great but the system is a little annoying where you have to carry the little green ticket around with you.
    Malaysia, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    18 Jan 2020
    The hostel was very easy to find in centra l position f ft om Waverley staff tion on and over bride.. There wasbit of humour with rooms and beds staying in all female dorm.. Bedding coukd havd dfone with being fresher and rooms alittle dated however value for money and very cheap breakfast which made my stay as was staying for work purposes.. Showers were clean and fine as lsilo. And hostel had historical feel t o it in general.. Which added to homliness.. Also hair dryer use was free
    England, Female, 41+
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Flexible NRR
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities


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