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Caledonian Backpackers

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3-4 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PA, Scotland
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This hostel has great intentions, but just lacks to make it a great environment. I understand hostels aren't your typical five star hotel, but I felt this hostel was just terrible. The place was dirty, stained carpets, and dust everywhere. Even the inside of the lockers had stains and was overall unpleasant. When I went to take a shower there... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is unbelievably dirty. You arrive at the hostel, cigarrete buds litter the entrance. You go up a set of dirty stairs, to arrive at a dirty room, with a stained carped, windows that haven't been cleaned in years, bedsheets that seem to have survived several world wars and walls that are mouldy. Speaking of mould, wait till you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed at the Caledonian backpackers for a few nights! Great hostel and at an amazing price! The rooms were nice and warm and beds were super comfy! The staff were very friendly and very accommodating- they defiently made me feel at home! The salsa nights on Saturdays was so much fun! And after learning some moves had a few drinks... More 

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Ioannis Jack P, General Manager at Caledonian Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Lulu, Thanks a lot for your great review, we had quite the party in the bar and I am glad to know that you enjoyed our hostel. I hope you will visit us again for more and more fun! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

There was one of the terrible experiences I have ever had. everything in my room was dirty and they didn´t clean it. I do not recommend this Hostel at all. You have other better hostels in the city. Chek first the reviews always.

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Ioannis Jack P, General Manager at Caledonian Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Loren, I have to apologise about your bad experience. Our staff members team was not top notch at the time but we are much more organised now so I hope you will visit us again. That is the only way for us to amend for your bad experience now that things are sorted, and give you a brand new... More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This hostel was an absolute shambles. When we arrived, we arrived into a room with no working lights and only two lightbulbs on one wall, which was barely suffcient to light half the room. The heating didn't work, and I was frozen the whole time I was there. The bathrooms were even colder, they smelt awful, never had any toilet... More 

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Ioannis Jack P, General Manager at Caledonian Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Morag, the way you feel is completely understandable since our facilities back then were not functioning properly. All your issues have been addressed though as we are trying every day to improve the hostel. The heating is back on, wifi is stronger than ever, and our staff is finally working as a team. The only way to truly apologise... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This hostel is dirty, dilapidated, unsafe, and quite franky weird. The wifi does not work, the rooms are FILTHY, the sheets were stained and seemed like they hadn't been washed before we arrived. The carpets haven't been cleaned for months, and the staff are rather strange. There was a nice Australian lady at reception at times however.The key cards didn't... More 

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Ioannis Jack P, General Manager at Caledonian Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Emma, I am sorry about all this but at that time we had a lot of rooms without proper heating and our wifi was very weak. Basically our heating was fixed around mid February and our new optic fiber line for internet went on a bit after that so the place is much more enjoyable than it was before.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I wanted to pre-book but the receptionist said there were plenty of beds available. We got to Edinburgh on Saturday early morning but could not check in our rooms till 2pm. We were allowed to keep our bags in a locked cupboard as well as have breakfast in the kitchen. When we did check in, there was a bit of... More 

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Ioannis Jack P, General Manager at Caledonian Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks for your review, but I have to apologies about the wifi and the mix up with your beds amd I can only hope it didnt ruin your mood while you were here. At the moment our team is much more organised and our wifi is top-notch so I hope you will visit us again and enjoy your stay... More 

1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I didn't even get to this hostel. I booked it in October 2014 for new years for myself and three friends. I saw it on Hostelworld.com, as a four bed dorm at £10 per person per night - thinking that was overly cheap I rang to confirm. I was told it was advertised wrong, it was their fault, but if... More 

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Cork, County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I came here with a big group, we stayed in a mixed dorm which worked out very well! The Hostel had everything I needed, a fine big kitchen, showers were lovely and the bar is great and opens literally whenever a few people are drinking which is perfect especially for our last night which was amazing. I met 2 other... More 

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Ioannis Jack P, General Manager at Caledonian Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Charlie, Thanks a lot for your review, as you mentioned in your comment the place is getting better indeed so we hope you will visit us again and have an even greater time than your last visit :D More 

Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I would not recommend this hostel to fellow travellers. Judging by the website and the VERY EXPENSIVE prices over NYE, I was expecting a topnotch hostel with clean amenities, internet access, entertainment rooms and comfortable dorms. This is the reality: * The amenities were cleaned sporadically, and not thoroughly at all * The supposed cinema room is a storage room;... More 

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Ioannis Jack P, General Manager at Caledonian Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Sarah, I am really sorry that we didnt provide the proper facilities for you to enjoy your stay, but your words are true. There were times without heating and wifi, bad communication between the Caledonian Staff team and many many more problems. However slowly but steadily we address all the issues and at the moment we have a much... More 

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