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