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Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel

65 Cockburn St., Edinburgh EH1 1BU, Scotland (Old Town)
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Ranked #96 of 179 Specialty lodging in Edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    2.5 of 5 stars
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London, England, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my first trip to Edinburgh and I am sure it will not be the last. Coming from London to see the Pandas at the zoo. The hostel is easy to locate and friendly staff to call on, should you get lost and need directions. I arrived very earlier on my check in day but was allowed to leave... More

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Brno, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed four days with two kids (4.5 years & 1.5 years) in a four bed private and got exactly what we expected — cheap basic accommodation in a good location (Royal mile & Waverley just two minutes of walk away). Our room was in the uppermost floor so it was quite an exercise to get all the stuff up... More

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Stirling, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stayed for a week. Centrally located to many attractions with in walking distance. The staff was very friendly and had lots of information to share with tourist about deals we may not have necessarily known about w/out their tips. Even though I was booked in room with 12, the way it's laid out allowed me a tad bit of privacy... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The accommodation itself is very basic, but fine. Cheap, but you don't get anything special for your money! Staff were predominantly friendly and helpful. Building is older and a bit outdated and in disrepair in some areas. Feels very low budget, though of course, it is! My bed was broken which was a bit annoying. Main complaint would be the... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us stayed in an eight bed dorm. The dorm was basic but it was exactly what I was expecting due to the cheap price. What makes this hostel great is the city centre location and the relaxed vibe you get from the hostel. The staff are polite and informative and there is a lounge games room and kitchen.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in a private double room for 4 nights at Edinburgh Backpackers. The location of the hostel was great, just off the Royal Mile near St Giles Cathedral. The room itself was neither horrible nor great. It was a decent size and the bathroom although small had a decent shower. We had friends staying in the main building and... More

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Cork, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hostel building we stayed in were quiet old and in disrepair, rooms were clean however. MASSIVE ISSUE: We were charge for repair to a door we didn't break, in a building that has lots more problems than broken doors. We were not notified of the issue until a couple of days after our departure. I personally locked the door in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've stayed here a couple of times now and of recent some renovations have been done and the place looks great!! The staff have always been extremely friendly and helpful. The location is honestly one of the best! Right in the heart of the city and walking distance to EVERYTHING!! There's wifi through the venue and the stairs are great... More

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I wish to thank the hostel for letting us changing the date of stay despite our no show after the booking. The triple room with shared bathroom was clean , spacious and even come with an attached kitchen. We are so glad to have found this place and definitely will recommend my friends to book for this hostel. They even... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I arrived at 9pm and left the following morning at 7am so I may not be the best judge but I thought it was really nice. Just off the royal mile, it was the perfect location for a quiet and hidden away hostel but still close enough to all the shops and sites. The facilities were perfectly fine and I... More

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Address: 65 Cockburn St., Edinburgh EH1 1BU, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel has one of the best locations in the city. We have 4 seperate buildings and cater for a wide variety of travellers. We have single, double, twin and quad private rooms (standard & en-suite). We also have 11 dormitories ranging in size from 6-14 beds. Our main building has free WIFI, games room (with pool table), TV Lounge (Sky TV), dinning room and fully equipped kitchen. Each guest is given their own entry key and all dormitories have free lockers (deposit required).All our staff are Backpackers, so we have in depth knowledge on the best and cheapest things to see and do in this amazing city. Our reception is operated 24hrs a day, so someone is always on hand to help with any questions. If you want great value for money and a friendly welcome, Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel is the place to stay! ... more   less 
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