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Budget Backpackers

37 - 39 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JR, Scotland (Cowgate)
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Ranked #48 of 181 Specialty lodging in Edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Leuven, Belgium
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We dont usually stay in hostels, but as we were on a budget trip this sounded like a good option for Edinburg. The rooms and facilities were clean and the hostel was very well located nearby everything. Also the young environment was energetic and they gave free walking tours and popular pub crawls. If you need a hostel in Ediburg,... More

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Oslo, Norway
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We will stay here next time we go to Edinburgh - for sure. Very good location. Friendly staff - all of them! open 24 hours - free wi-fi. Tidy, clean. Super brakfast at "kick axx cafe". Nice bunkbeds. Value for money.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The window in our 6-bed room had a restricter, which allowed to leave only ~20cm gap. The room was full, the night was warm and long story short we had to leave in the middle of the night just because we couldn't breathe. But the worst part was the reaction of the staff when I expressed my anger next morning... More

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london
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in a four-bed dorm and enjoyed our stay. It was pleasantly quiet and comfortable during our four night stay. We were lucky to have other considerate dorm-mates. Facilities were great. The hostel is in the heart of the city which made everything within walking distance.

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Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Budget backpackers was a great stay, the hostel was large, clean and well kept, we were given our sheets right out of the dryer when we arrived. The kitchen was large and slightly dirty, but one of the cleanest ones I've seen in terms of hostel kitchens. There was tons of storage space, and you can pick up your own... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I stayed there for two nights and from the minute, i walked in the door, to the minute i left, i felt like i was a problem for one member of staff in particular from Australia. Every time i asked her a question about anything, she was abrupt, bad mannered and obnoxious.She was obviously suffering from a hangover both days... More

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BudgetB, General Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for your review. We are really pleased you enjoyed our level of cleanliness and location but we are so sorry one of our staff was not friendly and helpful. This is very unusual as our staff are employed and trained to be as friendly and helpful to all our guests. It is very important to us to receive... More

Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I had been living there for two months and it was pretty good but not great. I liked that it was in the city centre and I could easily go to castle or clubs and cleanness of rooms was also wary high. The thing is that staff was not so good at their daily work. Sometimes I had to wait... More

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London, United Kingdom
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180 reviews 180 reviews
11 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

the hostel is quite near to castle and most of the attractions. i was given a room in another building where there were only rooms and washrooms, without kitchen or tv room. all these facilities were only available in the main building. although it is in a good location, on saturday night, the street was busy, everyone was partying. the... More

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Sarnen, Switzerland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This was one of the first hostels I ever stayed at, and it was a lovely experience! It's very easy to meet new people, as the atmosphere is very friendly. The rooms are really clean, the common area is cosy, and the small bar/ restaurant offers tasty food for a good price. The hostel also offers free walking tours -... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I didnt like this place. Im a solo traveller and found it quite frustrating actually. Its in a good location, however everything is expensive - towel hire, locks, laundry. It has no atmosphere and it smells like a hospital. Some of the staff are lovely but most of them are not. the pub crawl they do was crap, im sure... 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): $
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
With over 250 beds, and located in the heart of beautiful Old Town, Budget Backpackers is one of the best places to stay in Edinburgh! All of the amenities you need including free linen, free hot showers, a self catering kitchen, and a bar/cafe! Budget Backpackers is one of the best located hostels in the city, being only a 10 minute walk from Waverly Train Station, a 2 minute walk from the Royal Mile, and the breathtaking Edinburgh Castle practically on our doorstep! There is also always something happening within the hostel, with weekly Wii and Pool Competitions, Quiz and Movie Nights, Free Walking Tours 11am daily Monday to Saturday, and our infamous Pub Crawls Monday to Friday kicking off in our very own bar! Whether you want to see the sights, make friends, party it up, or just relax, Budget Backpackers has everything you need to make your stay in Edinburgh memorable! ... more   less 
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