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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
  • 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 9.2

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 9.1

  • Facilities 8.7

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    29 May 2019
    This hostel has everything you need plus an amazing location! The staff were all very friendly and helpful. If you are there on a Wednesday night I would recommend going to the Ceilidh dance night. It was so much fun and you get to meet so many people!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    26 May 2019
    This hostel is absolutely brilliant. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. Some of the rooms are small but they are all clean and cozy. I loved the room themes, I was sleeping in Hogwarts. You have to pay for breakfast but you get your money’s worth. The toilets were always clean. The hostel overall is in an amazing location. If you’re staying in Edinburgh and don’t want to spend too much money, this hostel is the way to go. I’ll definitely be returning next year.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    13 May 2019
    Absolutely fantastic staff, all of the ones I encountered. They’re more than happy to help, store your luggage and suggest places to go and things to do. The hostel is small, welcoming and friendly. Everything is really clean and they have Women’s only bathrooms. Free tea, coffee, milk AND soy milk! The kitchen is well-equipped and there’s a breakfast option for £2 and the towel hire is £0.50. Would definitely recommend!!
    New Zealand, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    06 May 2019
    Great location right on the royal mile. The hostel was set up to have everything you might need, and the communal spaces were super cozy. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We felt right at home here, would 100% stay again if we were in the area!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    30 May 2019
    Great hostel! Very homey, very clean, and superb location! There is a bar downstairs, but I didn’t find it too noisy to sleep. I really liked the calmer, less party vibe of this small hostel. Would highly recommend!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    14 May 2019
    Really good hostel overall! Location is as good as it gets and price was great as well. Staff was mostly very friendly and the atmosphere was somewhat social. My only complaints are that our room (middle earth) was weirdly very smelly. Maybe this was due to having six bodies in a very small room but I had to steal air freshener from the bathroom to temporarily fix the problem. Also the showers were pretty small. Other than that, zero complaints!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    26 May 2019
    Location was great and being a small hostel it was quite cosy. You could purchase breakfast for a great price and staff were helpful when asked. Only down side was that the water pressure in the showers was quite poor. Overall a great experience!
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    19 May 2019
    Great location and value for money. I was a bit apprehensive about staying in a hostel as I am more mature than usual hostelers. However, it was absolutely fine. I was the oldest in the dorm but still managed the top bunk, lol. It was noisy at night from the street but that's only to be expected on The Royal Mile. Take earplugs if noise bothers you.
    Scotland, Female, 41+
  • 8.0


    10 Jun 2019
    Great location right on the Royal Mile, staff were friendly and helpful. Rooms themselves were quite narrow but clean and tidy
    Canada, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    17 May 2019
    +Very nice staff, good prices (50p towel rental) and cute room+bed names. Location is incredibly convenient. Cosy lobby with fireplace. - Tired, needs renovating (especially the bathroom) Beds have no curtains. Location, need windows open for ventilation but you will get a lot of street noise (not too surprising). No social events (could be wrong on this). Overall, good enough for a short stay but come prepared (eye mask and earplugs recommended). Probably better elsewhere in Edinburgh.
    England, Male, 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