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Sandra's Backpackers

24/26 Princes Street, Thurso, Scotland
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Sandra's Backpackers
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's not the worst place ever, but nothing is done beyond the bare minimum. The rooms are cramped, the doors are dodgy (other reviewers seem to have had much worse horror stories), the mattresses are about two fingers thick, and the smell is less than fresh. The staff seemed to be at breaking point, and gave us worse-than-incorrect information about... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed there two nights at may day weekend. The rooms are not very clean but you've got a free breakfast included in the price. Overall I can recommend this to couples or people travelling alone. In my opinion it's not suitable for families with small childrens.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

After reading the reviews on here we were dubious. BUT! It's a hostel, not a hotel, not a fancy guest house or boutique b&b! So just don't stay here if that is what you are looking for! Who cares if you have to check in in a chip shop?! The room was clean and the kitchen area is big and... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

All the negative reviews about the filthy and smelly state of the pace are true so I'm not bothering to detail that. I stayed in room 3 at the top of the fire escape,a room which is accessed by 2 doors, an outer leading directly onto the stairs and an inner which opens into the room. When I arrived the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Stayed two nights in October en-suite double room clean and with a tv. well equipped kitchen facilities and wifi/tv common room.well situated in centre of town its not luxurious but is a backpackers hostel at the end of the day and is half the price of other Thurso accommodation.staff friendly basic diy breakfast (toast /cereal)provided and unlimited tea/coffee all day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Hostels are always a gamble, but if you're in a bind and desperate to put your head down - normal decision making paradigms in terms of room & board go out the window. Yes, checking in at a chip shop is incongruous but we turned up out of the blue (11 of us) and were accommodated well enough. The place... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The dodgy looking takeaway doubling up as a 'hostel reception' would have been enough to put me off, but arriving unbooked we had little choice. I was hoping from the '4' star rating that it would be ok. The mattresses in our room were clearly very old and very lumpy. The en-suite bathroom door lock was faulty and almost impossible... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

My husband and myself were booked in for a few days.we got put in a very small room with no window but a skylight.tryed to sit on bed but to high for me,so had to get help up and I ended up banging my head cos the bed toppled to the side.its un safe.i have a shunt in side of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The owners (our hosts) were really helpful and kind to wait for us despite arriving very late in the night from Aberdeen. This location is great for value for travellers exploring the NE Highlands. The self-service breakfast (included in the price) is a plus.

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Oslo, Norway
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

One of the worst places I have ever stayed. We booked a small double room and the size was tiny as expected, what we did not expect was a bunked arrangement with a double below and single above. This meant my husband had to crawl over me to get out of bed to use the toilet, almost impossible to do... More 

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