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Budget Backpackers

37 - 39 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JR, Scotland (Cowgate)
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

For a hostel, it was very good. It had great facilities such as well equipped kitchens, bar and cafe, internet access, lockers for luggage etc. I stayed in a 10-bed dorm and it was not too bad. A bit smelly at times but overall the room was warm, beds were not uncomfortable and bed linen was clean. I agree that... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The location of this hostel is fantastic - right near Grassmarket and close to lots of pubs and restaurants. The staff were helpful enough but when I complained about there being no hot water, we were not offered an apology or empathy and told to show at the other end of the building. The bar was cheap enough and the... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed with my boyfriend in a 6 bedroom dorm and one of my friends stayed in a 30 bed dorm. We stayed over August so the price we paid was double (about £28 each per night). We stayed 4 nights. The showers were always hot. The beds were comfortable and had a shelf and a plug each which was... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The room stunk as soon as we walked in, complained to staff who did nothing. Staff where so unfriendly and unhelpful and didn't seem to know anything about Edinburgh itself and generally did all they could to make the stay unpleasant. There was never any hot water for a shower in the whole 5 day stay, we where two females... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Lilly Thank you for your review. We take all reviews very seriously and have now actioned a full investigation into your comments. Our staff are normally very helpful to our customers so it would be very much appreciated if you could contact us directly so that we can identify any staff members that did not meet the normally high... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

location is wonderful , right in the middle of edinburghs old town. lots of great pubs close by. laid back atmosphere. the room was bright and spacious and the staff were very friendly. cant really go wrong staying here

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi There Thank you for your very kind words reviewing us in such a positive way. We really do try our best and most of the time we get it spot on so thanks again for your awesome review. KAH Crew More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

Our stay at this hostel was very average. The staff were friendly & it is in an ideal location however after returning to my room after a day out I found that the cleaners had moved all of my belongings off my bed & remade it for a new guest even though it was not me who was due to... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We have had this problem a couple of times in the past. We are now rolling out a bed number system next week so that this problem does not happen again, sorry that you were inconvenienced by the cleaners thinking your bed was empty. Your review has prompted us to action the bed number system immediately.... More 

Medellin, Colombia
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4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

It is a hostel. Do not expect more, but the hostel can surprise you. It is perfectly located in the City Center, near the Castle and The Grassmarket. It was walk distance to all the amazing this located in the City Center (Princess Street, the National Library of Scotland, the National Museum...). I tried the 2, 8 and 30 beds... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Great location for your money - about a 5 minute walk from the royal mile. Lots of facilities here, and definitely has the backpacker vibe. I was visiting for a long weekend with a friend so not totally in the travelling mentality (!) and it was still an enjoyable stay. The hostel was clean and bathroom facilities good - I... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I stayed at the Budget Backpackers a few years ago on my first ever solo trip and had a great time! It's very affordable and in a great location, which is enough of a reason for me to stay there. Yes, it can be very loud, and the rooms aren't pretty, but for the amount of time I spend in... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Considering I paid very little to stay, it makes sense that the place was below the standards of other hostels I've been in. The sheets they give you are clean, but I don't know when or if they wash the bedding - ie. the duvet and pillow that each person gets. The rooms were musty and smelled like old locker... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi there CM We are so very sorry your stay with us did not meet your high expectations. We do wash all the bedding and it also gets replace every 6 months to ensure a high standard. We are a very busy and popular hostel so bedding can get worn very quickly. Our mattresses are hotel grade standard to ensure... More 

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Address: 37 - 39 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JR, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Cowgate , Old Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 300
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