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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 14 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic 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 9.4

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 9.1

  • Facilities 8.7

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    10 Sep 2019
    Very excellent. Quiet place with female dorm and bathroom available. Everything here is set up perfectly. Look for a Thai lounge/restaurant and the Royal Mile/ Macbackpackers stairwell is tucked back in a hidden slip between 2 walls; one full set of steps to entry reception desk and only 4 more steps to female room. Old town is right outside the front entrance on the Royal Mile Rd.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    13 Aug 2019
    Perfect - many small touches to think of everything you'd need. As far as backpacking hostels go, you won't find better.
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    11 Sep 2019
    Very good hostel and the staff makes that happen. I was in a mixed dorm, pleased with that, no problems at all. Great cooking facilities, can store luggage before and after check out. The only thing I didn't like (but I'm an old lady) was the noise from the street cars. But it's on the Royal Mile so I get used to it after the second night.
    Bulgaria, Female, 41+
  • 9.7


    11 Sep 2019
    good location, safe and clean. Could leave luggage the day before check in and after check out. Nice and quiet, smaller hostel but hosts events with bugger sister hostels which is cool.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    15 Aug 2019
    Excellent hostel, all in all. Right on the royal mile, so everything is only a short walk away. I stayed here during the Fringe, so there was always a pretty constant noise from the street, whether its party goers at night or the trucks in the morning. Although it wasnt an issue for me, I can imagine it may be an issue for light sleepers. The beds are super comfortable, with non-squeaky frames. Can highly recommend staying here.
    Australia, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4


    14 Aug 2019
    Great hostel. Expensive during festival season but they all are.
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 9.1


    15 Sep 2019
    This was my first time in a hostel by myself and I was super worried! However, I had no need to be worried as this place was lovely! The staff we are very kind and helpful and there was everything that you might need. It was perfectly placed also and I will definitely be coming back another time.
    Scotland, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    14 Sep 2019
    Nice hostel, good location and good price. Quite small and quiet if that's what you're after.
    Estonia, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    21 Aug 2019
    Perfect location for visiting the Festival. A couple of lovely friendly staff and a couple of not so friendly ones. As you have to talk to them to show them your green card (for security), this is a bit tricky. Bed was ok. Facilities not the best but functional.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 6.9


    10 Sep 2019
    It is what it is. Rooms weren't amazingly clean. Facilities looked like they got forgotten about unless it was the morning clean (then they looked good) only found one member of staff to have a welcoming and friendly approach. Also while I understand the self catering facilities aren't huge, most of the space was taken up by staff food which meant there wasn't much room for guests to put they're food there (think I saw about 2/3 boxes guest labelled). My guess is because staff live on site.
    England, 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