Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel, Edinburgh

Old Town
8.3
9,229 Reviews
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Excellent location, ok facilities, no lift for 5 stories!

This place was good value for money. The location is super convenient right in the old town and a 2 min walk to the Airlink bus. 24h reception, very friendly staff. Atmosphere was so-so. Facilities were ok/clean, but could do with a facelift. Wifi free and worked well!

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gagalichen
2015-09-16
Age 30 | German

Friendly, very central, nice accommodation

Perfect to stay near the royal mile, stayed in private rooms, very quiet, common room a bit smelly and crowded. Staff friendly and helpful, very nice cafe with discount for backpacker for breakfast.

Carola
2015-05-04
Age 46 | German

The Worst Hostel of Edinburgh

It is the worst hostel I have ever been in my life. Don't go there, if you can choose another accommodation. Rooms are very cold (because they often don't turn on the heating) and the beds are uncomfortable.

Gian
2013-03-25
Age 22 | Italy

Not great

Location was fantastic, staff were friendly, however we were bitten while asleep and found insects in our bed. While we were well accomodated for the remainer of our stay once we reported this, staff did not seem very concerned about the risk of an infestation. Can't really recommend it because of this.

El
2012-07-03

Is it worth the compromise of that little piece of luxury?

This place can't be faulted for its location; however be fully aware that if you require a good nights sleep then maybe it's not for you. Great place to stay if you use it as 'just a bed to sleep in i will be out all day and most the night!' but be prepared for a barely lukewarm morning shower, a creaky bunk bed, the odd drunken song & cheer coming from the giant echoing stairway for an early awakening. Be sure to pack your ear plugs!

Anonymous
2012-02-06
London, England

Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel is centrally located and within easy reach of all transit options to and from Edinburgh. Staff are friendly and helpful.

The Location

The hostel is located just off the Royal Mile on Cockburn Street, and is a five-minute walk from Waverley train station. Most of the tourist sights of Edinburgh are within walking distance, as are an array of restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, and shops.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorm rooms have as many as ten beds (bunk beds) but are reasonably large and do not feel cramped. There are lockers available in the dorms. Private rooms are also an option (on the top floor). Rooms can be quite cold when the outside temperature drops, but warm blankets are provided. Bathrooms are communal (one for men, one for women) and are spotlessly clean. There is, however, nowhere to leave your stuff while showering (save one paltry hook just outside the shower stall, and there is nowhere private to towel off or get dressed after showering. Access to the hostel and rooms is by key card so very secure (just dont lose your card or youll lose your deposit). Reception is twenty-four hours.

Common Spaces

The kitchen is well supplied and there is ample storage space for your food. There are two other common rooms, one with the TV, computers (with internet access), seating area and tables to eat. The other functions as a game/party room, with pool table and bar stools. There is no Wi-Fi provided by the hostel (but it can sometimes be accessed from the signal of the cafe downstairs). Books can be exchanged. Because of its central location and its many long-term residents (here on temporary working holiday visas), it tends to be a sociable, party hostel.

Summary

The hostels location is ideal for travelers or anyone on a working holiday in Edinburgh, within easy reach of all entertainment options and tourist sights. The hostel is not accessible for anyone with mobility issues, as there is no elevator, and all dorm rooms and common areas are located on upper levels via a large central staircase.

canuckatlarge
2010-12-13
Canada

Mostly good

Stayed at EBH for five weeks and it has its pros and cons. Biggish kitchen with lots of fridge space. No can opener. Comfortable mattresses and very thick curtains on big windows. No ladders for top bunks and bedbugs in first bed i had. Good water pressure in showers. Hot water runs out mid-morning way too often. Fantastic atmosphere in common rooms. The stairs are a bastard but you get used to them. And the special deal for breakfast at the Southern Cafe is pretty sweet even if you do have to pay for your coffee separately. Overall, a good hostel and good value for the money.

Penny
2007-06-24
NZ

Outragous price! 42 for a twin room just one night! Couldn't believe it when i saw the room, tiny dark and dingy! like a ferry cabin and bunks were noisy and shaky. female bathroom ok but men's was rough, no mirror and tiles coming off the wall.

staff were indifferent too! wish i'd complained but we were only there for one night and couldnt be bothered to make a fuss.

Jess
2007-05-21
UK

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Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel Reviews from the Web

I liked the room but I roasted at night because the cover was too warm. This is even with the window open. I could not sleep for half the night because I was too hot. They should provide a lighter cover for folks like me. It is too cool to sleep with no cover and too hot to sleep with the cover they provide. I have often had this problem in hostels.

dallashabbott352
2022-08-05

Stayed in private room located just down the road from the hostel. Fantastic location and great facilities. Private and spacious. Would stay again

ajbenson3901
2022-08-03

Would never stay there again. Rooms are incredibly stuffy and get really hot. The bathrooms are very limited and almost always dirty with no toilet paper. The wifi doesnt work in parts of the building so youre stuck without internet unless you eat up data.

aHE3frQzAKUanPJ0
2022-07-30

For the money you get a phenomenal location on a really cool street right next to *the* coolest street! Overall very positive experience. Great bathrooms, great facilities, great staff

marcusisaacberns1961
2022-07-28

The location is so nice! Staff of the hostel is very nice! Hope come back again!

DGYFWANG4384
2022-07-26

The hostel was really great for what we were looking for. Perfect location, easy access, great staff. My only real complaint was that it was so loud inside the building with people above and below, and the steps were loud from the door up to the rooms. It wasnt outside noise as expected, it was all other guests stepping in the hallways.

Overall I do recommend this place.

osullivannora177661
2022-07-26

Perfect location in the middle of Edinburgh. Our private room also had a small kitchen attached to it ! Would totally recommend to anyone thinking of visiting Edinburgh.

startlight9088575
2022-07-25

Very friendly and welcoming member of staff showed me to the annex next door. Comfortable room

Anonymous
2022-07-24

The room was a bit small for 8 people, and the window was stuck ajar, leaving the room too hot in the afternoon, and too loud at night. The location of the hostel was perfect however, it was located right on the Royal Mile. The shared bathrooms were clean enough, however it was too small and therefore sometimes really crowded.

a5vIGWJsFRpmE98P
2022-07-22

All good very friendly great staff.. facility's were very clean and location was perfect

p_donegan9309
2022-07-22

The room was really noisy. I heard every creak of every stair and every door slam, and it was a really loud slam. The noise from the street right outside the window was beyond a joke. I heard shouting, screaming, singing and even talking word for word. The noise went on and on until the small hours.

I also contacted your office about the incorrect info on your website and i was fobbed off with lame responses that could have been written by the work experience kid.

I have email trail to prove it

louisekent2016
2022-07-20

Was really happy with this hostel, one of the best I've stayed in. Location is ideal, a few minutes from Waverly station and a quick walk to the castle and Mound. I got a cheap private room (in the separate building) which was bigger than I expected and very quiet. I had a small issue with the shower suddenly stopping, but it eventually worked. If you're staying in the main building, you'll be able to take advantage of the book/TV room and common areas, kitchen, many outlets, wifi etc.

lauriewinks1974
2022-07-20

Stay was fine, bathrooms were fine, staff were fine decent place to stay in Edinburgh (location is prime) but yeah, just fine

temearab
2022-07-18

Quick stay to go to a gig. Cheap n chearfull room. Staff great. Access through side door a bit basic as beside a take away so there was some rubbish about. Brilliant location five minutes away from station. Cheers.

neilcummings6860
2022-07-17

During my stay I found that there were a good amount of older people staying here so it didn't have a super social vibe. Other than that, it was mostly clean and in a great location!

byarsl991755
2022-07-16

Excellent service and the staff really nice

komireles9258
2022-07-16

Edinburgh Backpackers was fantastic! Great location, extremely friendly staff and very nice facilities. I will definitely stay here again if I get the chance!

ipaltemail5866
2022-07-15

Two backpacking travelers stayed for 3 nights. The location is secure and comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked but small. There is no lift in the building so be prepared for some stairs. Location is right on the royal mile! Would stay here again!

emailtodanielle2398
2022-07-15

The locker did not worked

juditnovertorg7229
2022-07-14

In heart of Edinburgh. Good stay.

wetherhaven
2022-07-13

Description

The Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel has it all. Location, friendly staff, comfortable beds, affordable prices, an international and lively atmosphere and did I mention a superb location. Situated in a 18th century building in the heart of the historic Old Town on Edinburgh's funkiest Street, our hostel is located 50 metres from the Royal Mile and less than 2 minute's walk from the Train station and airport shuttle bus. This means we're perfectly positioned in the middle of Edinburgh's many attractions and wild nightlife.

We have bright, clean and spacious dorm rooms and a few private rooms, which are located in our main building, and some have magnificent views down Cockburn Street or over the Edinburgh skyline. We also have a large number of other private rooms housed in self-catering apartments in two separate buildings on the same street. These tend to be a bit quieter and are quite popular with couples or small groups

The Hostel has a 24-hour reception and there is no curfew so you are free to explore the city until all hours in the morning. We also have a large self-catering kitchen, pool room, chill out room with Sky TV. If you don't feel like cooking there is café/bar attached to the Hostel called the Southern Cross Café. Come here for a relaxing drink, or to do some emailing on the Internet. We have an extensive menu and a wide range of drinks to offer. All Hostel guests also receive a 15% discount off their food bill.

Location and Contact

Location

• The Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel has it all. Location, friendly staff, comfortable beds, affordable prices, an international and lively atmosphere and did I mention a superb location. Situated in a 18th century building in the heart of the historic Old Town on Edinburgh's funkiest Street, our hostel is located 50 metres from the Royal Mile and less than 2 minute's walk from the Train station and airport shuttle bus. This means we're perfectly positioned in the middle of Edinburgh's many attractions and wild nightlife.
• We have bright, clean and spacious dorm rooms and a few private rooms, which are located in our main building, and some have magnificent views down Cockburn Street or over the Edinburgh skyline. We also have a large number of other private rooms housed in self-catering apartments in two separate buildings on the same street. These tend to be a bit quieter and are quite popular with couples or small groups
• The Hostel has a 24-hour reception and there is no curfew so you are free to explore the city until all hours in the morning. We also have a large self-catering kitchen, pool room, chill out room with Sky TV. If you don't feel like cooking there is café/bar attached to the Hostel called the Southern Cross Café. Come here for a relaxing drink, or to do some emailing on the Internet. We have an extensive menu and a wide range of drinks to offer. All Hostel guests also receive a 15% discount off their food bill.
• Directions:
• From the Train Station take the exit to Waverley Bridge. When you are on the street turn Left and continue for one hundred metres and there will be a small roundabout. On the otherside of the roundabout is Cockburn Street. Head up the street to Number 65. We're right next to the Southern Cross Cafe.
• From the Airport Shuttle bus. Turn left when exiting the bus. Head along the street for 100 metres and there will be a small roundabout. On the otherside of the roundabout is Cockburn Street. Head up the street to Number 65. We're right next to the Southern Cross Cafe.
• Driving? Follow directions the the Royal Mile (High Street) and turn down Cockburn Street (one way traffic).

Map

Map

Address: 65 Cockburn Street, Old Town, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland

Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel Edinburgh www.hoppo.com
Phone Number: +44 131 220 2200
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Facilities and Amenities

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Towels

Bar

Board Games

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Food/Restaurant

Gameroom

Hair Dryers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

TV

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Large (60-100 beds)

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