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Caledonian Backpackers

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3-4 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PA, Scotland
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  • 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Where to start. Despite phoning and changing our booking to 1 day, we were met with confusion when we arrived. Some how the checking in process took in the region of 20 minutes for 5 of us. Room unclean, floor in dire need of vacuum, windows stuck open at bed level (lots of noise and cold air), no clean sheets... More 

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Island of Anglesey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked here after being let down by another place - we didn't check trip advisor before booking, as we went on word of mouth recommendation! And thank god we didn't trip advisor as its a powerful powerful tool. If you're looking for a hotel with everything - don't come here. If you're looking for somewhere to lay your head at... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When booking this hostel I tried to ignor the bad reviews as the location was great but soon on arrival I realised I should have heeded others advice. My leather jacket was taken from my room whilst I slept, I reported this to reception and instead of being helpful the manager got defensive and angry raising his voice to a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked a 12 female dorm. Staff kind. Very cheap and in a great position in front of the castle, with a locker next to your bed but very confused place and common bathroom unable to be used.. Leave the breakfast in the common kitchen please! Starbucks is in front of!!! Of course if you are a couple you cannot... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Very dirty and neglected. Not enough facilities (namely 1 WC for over 40 users). Friendly stuff and a good location but it does not make up for the dirt and the feeling of unsafety. Fire alarm went of a few times at night.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We booked our hen activities through henedinburgh.com which is linked to this hostel as our activities like pole dancing and cocktail making were based here in their dingy brown bar! Our activities didn't happen, they scammed us out of £27pp for 11 people for a cocktail master class that was just us sat at their bar while they poorly mixed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The service provided was great and the staffs were very friendly, an ideal place for a backpacker. Location wise is brilliant as located in the City Centre. Tourist attractions are easily accessible. It's best recommended for shopping lovers.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

My friend and I have been backpacking for 3 months now and can easily say this is the worst hostel we've ever stayed in. The beds as extremely uncomfortable and the rooms are filthy! The walls clearly haven't been washed in years. The bathrooms are disgusting.. You can also see right through the showers.. No elevator.. Wifi never works. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I was traveling for the first time alone and had not much money. Back then, 4 years ago the service was really nice and the atmosphere as well. I slept in an 8-bed-bedroom, it was a bit loud, but ok for the price. There is a kitchen where you can cook your own food and the hostel is located very... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I have been coming to this hostel for the past 5 years, loving the lively atmosphere, the great staff, the decent price and the fantastic location. I hadn't been back in a while and almost wish I'd stayed away! The place is nothing like it used to be: junk strewn in every corner, a pillow that smelled so much that... More 

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West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighborhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theaters and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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