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  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
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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 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Please note we accept over 18's only and only groups up to 4 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 FREE WI-FI, 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 (6.30am-3am)
Minutes’ walk to the bus and train station
Tour booking service and advice
Free daily walking tours
Free pub crawl every Thursday night (not during the Fringe festival)
Kitchen/Dining area open 24 hours
Continental breakfast selection served 7am -11am for a small fee
Laundry service - we do it for you for just £4
Towel Hire - 50p
Secure lockers in rooms (£10 key deposit)
Free Wi-Fi
Free tea, coffee and hot chocolate
Free use of electrical adaptors
Book exchange
Free hairdryers and -straighteners for use
Local Food&Drinks discounts
24hour access
Luggage storage on the check-in and check-out day and bicycle storage available across the road at High Street Hostel

Step outside and be at the centre of it all. Guests also enjoy the benefit of access to the lively, bustling High Street Hostel with its wide range of facilities.



WE HAVE A MINIMUM AGE OF 18 YEARS. Sorry - no children! For guests under the age of 18 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. We also require a key deposit: a £10 note or a government issued photo ID.

Any booking over Hogmanay (New Years Eve) includes the ticket for the street party.

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

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.3

  • Security 9.3

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 8.7

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 8.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    04 Oct 2019
    Awesome stay!! Easy to get to and very welcoming atmosphere and staff were amazing. Would defs stay again when I'm back in Edinburgh 😁👌
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    23 Oct 2019
    good staff good location joined the Macbackpacker 3-day-trip at the reception i highly recommend to join locker in the room clean they have another hostel called castle rock hostel which is much bigger then this one you can have a look
    Hong Kong China, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    24 Oct 2019
    We loved our stay here at Royal Mile Backpackers. We were not expecting much since it was so cheap, but for how affordable it was, we though it was great. I felt very safe there, and the location is hard to beat! We walked everywhere around the city. Only downside was the small kitchen and living space, but can't complain too much!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    23 Oct 2019
    I stayed at the royal mile backpackers for two nights and it was a very good experience. The rooms are clean and the beds are well spaced out and comfy (stayed in an 8-bed all girls room) and the lockers with the key besides the bed was a great touch. The atmosphere is lively and there’s a book corner of you want to do some quiet reading. I went on a Wednesday night and a Thursday night and they directed us to a Scottish dance on wed and a free pub crawl on thur. Overall, would recommend.
    Sri Lanka, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    18 Oct 2019
    Staff was very nice, and friendly. Hostel was small, but cozy. Clean, and the place had a lot of character. Lockers were small, it only fit my overnight bag in it, just to note. Fantastic location, and for sure worth the price. Thank you for a great stay!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    19 Oct 2019
    Suitable abode for the night.
    Scotland, Male, 41+
  • 8.6


    07 Oct 2019
    I’m used to staying in party hostels so it took a bit of adjusting to get into the vibe of this one, but it ended up being just what I needed! Laid back atmosphere and well equipped kitchen, the staff were also super friendly and helpful (I tend to ask a lot of questions and they didn’t seem to mind at all). Great location, cozy rooms.. Beds + Showers were alright but ya can’t have it all! Shoutout to Lisa and Chloe.
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 8.3


    20 Oct 2019
    Great location and nice facilities- beds were very sturdy and kitchen was organized and clean! Felt comfortable and secure in the rooms (and there were individual security lockers). The atmosphere was the biggest issue- most of the events advertised by the hostel were put on by outside groups or other hostels, and most people didn’t attend them so it wasn’t a great place to meet people as a solo traveler. Staff were friendly but not super helpful with advice/recommendations
    USA, Female, 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

    29 Oct 2019
    Just fine for the price.
    Chile, Female, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities