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Budget Backpackers

37 - 39 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JR, Scotland
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Ranked #53 of 190 Specialty Lodging in Edinburgh
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Absolutely terrible. We had a three day booking that was reduced to 2, and thus paid for two nights. On the second night we found that not only had someone moved into our room, but had our belongings moved to a locker below. The name of the receptionist who made the error was David (night of 22/7/15). The other receptionists... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had such a jam at this backpackers. It was affordable and had so many perks included in the price - free pub crawl, themed party nights, free walking tour, etc. The atmosphere and the staff are fun and inviting. This is definitely the best place to stay for young people who are keen to meet new people and have... More 

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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31 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We liked this hostel for the location and bar. Breakfast is paid but good. They forgot my girlfriend's breakfast but when they brought it out they apologized which made it ok because we are Canadian eh? Can be a bit loud at times but the beds are comfy. Staff is nice and helpful. Unisex bathroom with shower stalls which never... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks Max for the great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and took the time to review us . Hopefully we will see you back again soon BB Crew More 

Aiken, South Carolina, United States
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16 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pros: I was able to sleep for a reasonable 5-6hrs, decently clean room, safe, "interesting", EXCELLENT LOCATION Cons: really bizarre spot, obnoxious colours, narrow hallways, maze to find the room. - bed was hard as a rock - our "private room with double bed" ended up being a dorm room with bunk beds, no ensuite despite considerable increased charge. -... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

HI Reba Thank you for taking the time to review us . Thanks for the great comments regarding our Location and our room safety and cleanliness. We are sorry the hallway colours did not meet with your approval . We have tried to keep the hostel fun and funky , hence the colours. Our mattresses are hotel standard and we... More 

Inverness, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed at Budget Backpackers Edinburgh for a couple of nights for my mates Stag Doo and found it was everything we needed! My first experience of staying in a hostel and I would certainly go back. Ideal location within walking distance of pubs, pubs and more pubs. The facilities were clean/well maintained and the staff were very accommodating. I would... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank Martin for the great review. We always appreciate customers giving us such positive feedback and hope you will visit us again soon. BB Crew More 

Cambridge, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like pubs and I like hostels - but I think I like them more apart that combined. The bar was nice - but the hostel was always loud. So if you need a place to crash hard after a night on the town - this may not be the hostel for you. I should add, there were some negative... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Thank you for your review. We are pleased you found our staff helpful. Sorry that having a bar in the hostel was not your thing. We only put it in a couple of years ago after customers requesting they would like the hostel to have a bar. We hope you enjoyed your otherwise enjoyed stay and that you will... More 

Windermere, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect for meet people! I arrived the Thursday at 10 am. I was supposed to check-in at 1 pm ... so I was earlier.. don't worries, you ,will have some lockers for you ! Just follow the footprint :D thanks a lot to all staff but a big thanks to David J. Member of staff Who recommand me the k!ck... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Wow what a cool review . Thanks a million . :) :) More 

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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32 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the place,it has a restaurant and list of events in the city. Its pretty much in the city so you can walk around and see the city. People are really nice, good for short and long stay. I stayed there for one night with three of my girlfriends but we had a mexican and a Portuguese . We... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks Suzzanna for the great comments. We are pleased you liked our cafe and had a general great time while visiting our beautiful city BB Crew :) More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I booked this as we planned for a full 30 day vacation to Europe this summer. We needed to stretch our money a bit and the strength of the pound vs the dollar meant cheaper accommodations. We could not be more happy with our decision! The location is perfect for exploring Edinburgh. We booked a 2 twin... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey Ryan its good to hear you enjoyed your stay with us in a private room. We do try our best and it is always so encouraging for all our staff when customers give us such positive feedback. We hope you will visit us again soon and are enjoying the rest of your trip round Europe BB Crew :) More 

London
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Budget Backpackers is the perfect base for a visit to Edinburgh, very central. The hostel itself has a fun atmosphere, really helpful friendly staff. We never ate in so did not see the kitchen but really liked the common area - Has lots to do from PCs in the reception area to board games and pool table by the bar.... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Thank for your great comments . Sorry if one of the showers had problems but we have now actioned a full appraisal of all the showers to ensure they are all working ok . Good to hear you otherwise had a great stay with us in the private room you booked and we hope to see you back again... More 

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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