Aberdeen Youth Hostel, Aberdeen

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Good, clean facilities

Fellow patrons annoying, loud and obnoxious, kitchen clean, look for 1st floor showers (great) 4th floor shower no water ...

Accommodating and warm reception, great for groups!

fan 100
Age 40 | Scotland

Horrible place

It is horrible place, dirty, every room stinks, looks like never been cleaned properly? wouldn't recommend to stay there.



I have stayed in this hostel during the high season where it serves as an average rundown overpriced typical Scottish hostel. My recent visit in the low season however revealed that it appears to be run also as an asylum centre. Most of the clients staying were from nigeria and some appeared to be homeless. As expected most of these people had low levels of hygiene and manners which made my stay a horrible experience. What's more as already mentioned the hostel is hugely expensive and many of the utilities are not working. On top of this the internet access is two pounds/hr!!. I would recommend to anyone particularly those in the possession of expensive items or electrical goods that it would be much wiser to stay in B&B you would pay only a tenner more if not less.


Awesome! 4 stars

I stayed in the Aberdeen youth Hostel in October 2007. The guy on the front desk was really funny and helpful -- funny i remember him so clearly. The rooms were nice and the facilities were good -- i really enjoyed my stay there.

New Zealand

I stayed in August 2005 as budget B&Bs are virtually non-existent in this city. Front of office very helpful and friendly but we had a shared room for partner and myself and the ladies toilets and facilities were on the next floor. Lots of smokers milling around the front of the house and smoke wafted in through the common areas, not so great. Good internet facilities. Lots of outside noise at night from both the corridors as well as the walkers on the gravel outside our room. Bunks were very, very small. Very good drying room.


I stayed in the Aberdeen youth hostel this past summer in July and it was pretty good considering it was only my second hostel. It was pretty clean and the people were really nice. The guy at the front desk was awsome -- he was really nice too. I would definitely go back to that hostel anytime.


Aberdeen Youth Hostel, gray and made of granite like every building in the city, is large and institutional but provides comfortable accommodation at very affordable prices. It is also the only hostel in Aberdeen. Located in a peaceful, upscale neighborhood on Queens Road, the hostel is quiet and slightly secluded.

An easy ten-minute walk down a single street, however, leads to Union Street and the plethora of bars and restaurants that litter this central artery. For those people less inclined to walk, the 14 and 15 buses stop on the street directly outside of the hostel three or four times every hour (until 11 or 12 at night) and carry passengers to any stop along the length of Union Street for about 2 pounds.

A reception desk on the first floor of the hostel is manned (or womanned as the case may be) twenty-four hours a day. There is a pay phone in the reception area and a host of maps of the city and the surrounding areas. A TV and sitting room lies adjacent to the reception where internet can be accessed for a price.

Lodgers are given a key code to access the rest of the hostel, and through this security door one finds a very large, superbly equipped kitchen complete with cubbies for food storage and a long dining room. Continental breakfast is offered each day for a small price. A quiet lounge near the kitchen is perfect for reading peacefully or working on laptops. Laundry service is available for a price in the basement, and a luggage locker there can be used to store gear that doesn't fit in the room.

Bedroom sizes vary but are not cramped or overly crowded. Rooms are well kept and very clean, and smoking is not allowed in the building. Bathrooms on each floor have several toilets and several showers. Overall, the hostel is very international and hearing five or six languages spoken in the kitchen during dinner time when everyone is busy cooking is not at all unusual. The social atmosphere can be fun if some effort is applied, but language barriers may inhibit the interactions. It is also not surprising to encounter families residing in the hostel temporarily or people of a wide variety of ages.

Andrew Stowe

Well, I went there because I have been told by the tourist information center that there were no B&Bs available at that time. But once I got there it was quite nice for a hostel, but I wouldn't say a 4-star hostel. The bathrooms were a bit messy but the rooms were tidy and the kitchen was ok. People at the reception were very friendly, like everyone else in Scotland. Again, I do think there should be some concern about the quality of people that they admit to it. Some of the residents were freaky in terms of being psychologically unstable, not in a harmful way at all, but it somehow reminded me of my foundation course at the psychiatry hospital.


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Our private double bed ensuite was perfect for the two of us, very clean, and a great value for money!

The hostel is perfect for people who are eager for some down time to themselves. Fairly close to the main strip of you dont mind a bit of a walk, but perfect for bus transportation as the stop is right in front!


Honestly Im disappointed with my stay. Pros are: good kitchen, decently clean (Although I am suspicious of the carpet in the room as well as the dirt underneath the mattress). However, for being called a Youth Hostel there was absolutely nothing to attract youth at all. No atmosphere what so ever, no events. The whole place was completely silent and there was hardly even a common area to meet others. Dont come here if you are a solo traveller or just enjoy meeting others. More like a hotel.


Staff was nice. Bus stop right in front an grocery store close by.


Very good


First room I had did not look like it had been cleaned. Hair on the bathroom floor and linens that had stains all over them (very gross). The bed was also very uncomfortable and the springs kept jabbing me in the side. When I mentioned my concerns to the front desk they were more than happy to accommodate me in another room which I felt was considerably cleaner. The hostel should seriously invest in buying new beds for the rooms however as the current ones are VERY worn out.


The rooms were very nice, spacious and comfortable. The kitchen and dining hall were also quite big.


Liked: Very clean rooms, nice kitchen Didn't like: No wifi makes it easily the worst hostel around, added to the fact that it is a fair ways away from downtown.


Nice Hostel, Clean, safty. Good Breakfast


The room was good, toilets and showers nice and clean, helpful and friendly staff.


Liked: atmosphere and space Didn't like: far from city center


Liked: I liked the historic nature of the place, pretty and historic neighborhood, good kitchen and TV lounge. Didn't like: Not enough electric outlets, location was distant from downtown.


Liked: Nice old building Didn't like: Rather expensive for what you get, far from the centre, Internet didn't work


Liked: Location Didn't like: too expensive for a hostel


Liked: Lovely old building yet kept in a good condition. A good bed to sleep on and the living room was beautiful and clean. The bus stops right next to the hostel and I could walk to the city center easily (without luggage) Didn't like: The bathroom could be in a better shape. Some carpet on the floor were torn and corners weren't clean.


Liked: Large kitchen Didn't like: Far away from the city center, +/- 30 minutes walk



This four star youth hostel is located in the desirable west end of Aberdeen with excellent transport links to the city centre. Refurbished in 2018 and highly commended by VisitScotland, it’s an ideal choice for leisure and business travellers alike.

The hostel offers guests comfortable private en-suite rooms as well as spacious shared accommodation with private lockers for those exploring the city on a budget. Guests can opt for a continental breakfast, served daily in our café, or choose to prepare their own food in our well-equipped self-catering kitchen. The café also serves hot and cold drinks and a selection of confectionery and muffins throughout the day.

Relax in the large, bright, bay-windowed lounge, which has a wood-effect stove and wall-mounted television; or in the comfortable quiet room if you’re just looking to chill, chat or read up about Aberdeen’s must-see locations. Other facilities include free WiFi, excellent laundry and drying facilities, secure bike storage and free car parking to the rear of the building.

The hostel also offers meeting facilities for up to 50 with flexible catering packages available; ideal for groups and organisations looking for meeting space close to central Aberdeen.

Our quieter location is a pleasant 20 minute walk along a tree-lined road to Union Street - or hop on the number 11 bus for a short journey to the city centre.

The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.

Location and Contact


• Bus: take X17 to Queens Road. On Union Street take the number 11 bus to Queens Road
• Airport: take 727 bus to city centre bus station then X17
• Car: N or S, turn off Anderson Drive (A90) at roundabout and follow signs for B9119 City Centre



Address: 8 Queens Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

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Website Aberdeen Youth Hostel Aberdeen (if you know the URL of their website, let us know and we'll add it)
Phone Number: +44 (0)1224 646988
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)


Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons



24 Hour Security


Book Collection/Exchange

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Airport Pickup

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 21 days

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 07.00-10.00 and 15.00-23.00

Size: Large (60-100 beds)


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