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Princes St East Backpackers

5 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH22AA, Scotland
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The hostel was very clean, the reception staff very kind and the room, so comfortable! I don't give them 5 points because of the stairs... When you're tired of walking you don't want to go up 5 floors stairs. But aisles are nice with all those graffiti! really good ambiance! I've loved it

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The location of this Backpackers is great and there is a 24 hour reception. The trek up the stairs is good for travellers looking to maintain their cardio and physical well-being and the people I ended up sharing a dorm with were sound. I say you get what you paid for and if you aren't overly high maintenance, then you... More 

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County Laois, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

I recommend going out to one of the bazillion bars close by drowning your sorrows and returning thinking it's fantastic :p Ah no, this hostel is super cheap and what you get pretty much matches what you pay. We were there in high season and stayed for about 11 or 12 pound each a night. There is a long stair... More 

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KL, Malaysia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I found it funny that they stuck a piece of paper at the reception asking people not to expect too much or complain because this is a backpackers hostel. Well I have been traveling the whole of Europe from East to West and stayed in many not so good hostel (over 30) but this one takes the cake. First NO... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I didn't have too many problems with this hostel, although admittedly I only stayed for three nights, and my six bed dorm remained unoccupied by others during that time, meaning I had little interaction with people besides the ones I was travelling with. The location is fantastic, but the rooms are nestled in a labyrinth of corridors and the winding... More 

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I stayed here at the beginning of the week our private room was ok for the price we paid, the staff were friendly enough if you make the effort first. You can get a good night sleep, but the rooms don't have curtains so blinky's are needed. Weekend ear plugs are definitely a must the noise from the pub goes... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My friend and I were struggling to find accomodation for the Fringe Festival, and reluctantly opted for this Backpackers Hostel. First thing is the climb to the reception is 77 steps whilst carrying your bags. Reception is pretty rough with some pierced and tattooed dude taking the advance payment of £33 per night each plus £5 deposit for the keys.... More 

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Alicante, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The first fact that appealed to me from this hostel was the location. It's in the city centre, opposite Waverley Station and the tourist office and very close to the Royal Mile. That was the main reason that made me opt for this backpackers. I must admit my first contact with this hostel was a little overwhelming. I didn't know... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I stayed at this hostel because it was cheap and I needed to stop traveling for a few days and sort things out. I chose the WRONG hostel. I made friends with a few of the long term guests, the rest were extremely rude and mean people, which is what the staff is comprised of. This is what you can... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We stayed here for 1 night whilst visiting Edinburgh over the weekend. The best thing about the hostel is 1) the price, and 2) the location. Beds can be secured for under £15 per person per night, if booked in advance. The hostel is just off of Princes Street, with views of the castle, and the Royal Mile / Holyrood... More 

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Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.

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