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Budget Backpackers

37 - 39 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JR, Scotland (Cowgate)
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Ranked #49 of 185 Specialty lodging in Edinburgh
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Firstly it took half an hour to checkin when there was only 3 other people waiting. The staff were very friendly but take sarcasm and trying to be funny a bit far to the point where it is annoying, especially when its raining and you've just gotten off a flight and just want to check in. The place is a... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stayed in the hostel for 3 nights during the Fringe festival. The hostel location in really good, most of the staff was pretty friendly and the common areas are comfortable and clean. More showers would have been handy, but it wasn't such a big deal. The room window couldn't close completely and in the morning there was some noise... More

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Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The staff is really friendly and always willing to help! The rooms are clean, but their distribution is not the best, but its OK!!! About the lockers... You need a heavy gauge padlock, and they didn't have any for sale... The toilets are clean, and they service it at least twice a day (I saw them doing it)... I believe... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed her for four nights during the Fringe. Amazing location, discount for really great food in a local pub and friendly staff. Stayed in the thirty bed dorm but the way it was divided made it feel a lot less crowded, lockers were provided and the room was clean. No real criticisms other than the street outside was noisy at... More

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Perth, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in the hostel for just a night - it was ok. The location is really good & central - very close to the Royal Mile. The staff are pretty friendly & helpful. The room we stayed in was just across the street from the main hostel. The room was large and clean-ish - the bed was ok. The... More

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for 2 nights whilst visiting for the Commonwealth Games (getting the train to Glasgow for the day as hostels and hotels in Glasgow were extortionate!). We only paid £22 each per night, which was a great price! There was 4 of us and we stayed in a private dorm on the first floor. We found both the... More

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Joanna . Thanks for the awesome review it makes our work all worthwhile when we get such good reviews BB Crew More

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

This is hostel is not very good, the only advantages of it are that there is a bar and that is in the city centre. The bathrooms are not very clean and I suffered of cold showers every night I stayed.I enjoyed the location of it, but the stuff is not very efficient, specifically one spanish female on the bar.... More

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi John Thank you for your review . we really appreciate your comments and we are sorry you felt you did not get the normally excellent customer service we usually manage to provide . We have addressed this matter with our bar manager. We have also managed to identify two of our showers valves that are faulty and only give... More

Halletts Cove, South Australia, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here with 3 other friends in a 4 bed dorm. After coming from a shocking hostel in Glasgow we were so relieved when we arrived at the Budget Backpackers in Edinburgh. We checked in easily and the staff were friendly. The common room area had computers available for use, as well as a bar/restaurant area which was all... More

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New York City, New York
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8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is fine. The location is phenomenal. The wifi is annoying in that the code changes every day but it is free and does work in the rooms. The shower turned off after 5 seconds unless you held the faucet down like a sink. It was clean and quiet. Looks like a dorm.

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3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The room for 6 people was "good" and clean enough. I didn't like the fact that the room lacked of fresh air flow. The showers and toilets were very clean and always available. The location of the place is great considering that the city requires a lot of walking around.

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Address: 37 - 39 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JR, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Cowgate , Old Town
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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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