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Royal Mile Backpackers

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3302 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Hostelworld says

Hostelworld travellers rate Royal Mile Backpackers very highly for its location and it?s little wonder why ? it?s located in the very centre of Edinburgh on the pedestrian section of the Royal Mile, close to the Castle and Waverly Train Station. Guests have told us it?s ?nice and cosy and full of character...this hostel really makes you feel at home?. We like that the laid-back, friendly and helpful staff provide a number of thoughtful extras like shelves in the showers, hooks to hang clothes on and power sockets by each bed.

Property Description

Smack bang in the middle of town, you can’t get closer to the action than Royal Mile Backpackers. Our comfortable accommodation looks over Edinburgh’s most iconic street – with attractions, bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs on your doorstep.

Join us for backpackers’ events 7 days a week, from lively Pub Crawls to traditional Scottish dancing. We accept travellers aged 18+ to book with us for an exciting, energetic stay.

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 comfortable as possible - here is a wee list of what else we have to offer:

Clean bed linen
Daily Breakfast for £3 from 8am until 10:30am
Cash and credit card payment
Receptionist available to help you during opening hours (8am - 11am and 3pm - 10pm)
Easy access to the bus and train station
Tour booking service and advice
Kitchen/Dining area open 24 hours
Towel Hire for Free
Secure lockers in rooms
Free Wi-Fi
Free tea and coffee
Free use of electrical adaptors
Free hairdryers and straighteners for use
Local Food & Drinks discounts
24hour access after check-in
Book exchange

Step outside and be at the centre of it all.


WE HAVE A MINIMUM AGE OF 18 YEARS. Sorry - no children

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: For any bookings for August 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.

Reviews & Ratings

3302 Total Reviews
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Latest Reviews

Apr 04, 2024
Staff were amazing and very personable! The common areas were SO cute, clean, and the overall atmosphere was very friendly! Would definitely recommend this hostel!
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Female, 18-24
Mar 26, 2024
Pretty good hostel! Location could not be better.
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Male, 18-24
Mar 22, 2024
Location of the hostel was amazing- straight in the city centre. Overall fairly clean, with regular cleaning checks of common areas done, such as bathrooms. Kitchen was small but sufficient with all key appliances. Common areas were a bit small but it also meant it was easy to meet people. The stairs aren’t nearly as bad as the review make it seem.
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Female, 18-24


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free City Maps
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Common Room
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Adaptors
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Cooker
    • Reading Light
    • Hair Dryers For Hire
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Flexible NRR
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Towels for hire
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities



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