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Sandra's Backpackers

24/26 Princes Street, Thurso, Scotland
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  • Location
    4 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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Brasov, Romania
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127 reviews 127 reviews
94 hotel reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the worst hostel I have ever encountered. Its sits above a chip shop.The chip shop is as dirty unkept unheigeinic and disgusting as the hostel itself and the same owners appear to own both which probably explains why . The look of the shop brings on the conculsion it is nothing but a fire hazzard and the hostel... More

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Larbert, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent two nights at this disgusting place at the conclusion of a cycle trip of the north west coast of Scotland. We used independent and SYHA hostels the entire route to keep costs down, and found all other hostels to be clean, well located and excellent value for money. The conclusion of the cycle meant spending the penultimate night in... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Booked for 7 nights but when I got there they had only entered me in for 6 nights. The staff are very friendly though,but the place could use a little bit of a face lift. The price though was great as it was half the price of everything else in Thurso. Very close to all the shops and train station,taxi's... More

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Ramsgate, Kent
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

From the name, and the picture (of the chip shop) we weren't expecting luxury. That said, it was pretty good; and excellent value for money,, especially considering the free (rather basic, and DIY) breakfast. And free unlimited tea/coffee etc, free wifi. Our room was small, but clean and otherwise OK.

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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

If you know what to expect from a backpacker's hostle, you will be alright. If not, you are in trouble. Bread and cereal for breakfast, bed OK, clean, but smelled musty, hosts very helpful, room small, hot water plentiful. Fish and chips across the street wonderful--get the salmon!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

First impressions, was that it seemed dirty. However on closer inspection it was just about acceptable. The good points were free wi-fi internet access, a free light breakfast and 10% discount on hot take away food downstairs. Your don't have much choice in this part of Scotland. Overall 6 out of 10

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South Florida, Florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 hotel reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

My room with an ensuite bath was certainly dusty and dirty. The bunk beds seemingly purchased used from an old prison, the mattresses old and of the cheapest sort possible, the worst springy evil mattress conceived by man. Linens clean, but well used. No towels (use your own) My toilet was broken, the soap dispenser broken, the TP holder broken,... More

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Gothenburg, Sweden
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

-You check in at the chip shop downstairs. Not expected, but it works fine, so nothing wrong with that. The hostel is situated on two levels, one with a common room with free breakfast, wifi and a (slow) computer, as well as some rooms. Our room was on the upper level. -Ensuite room, the plumbing was loud, but everything fine.... More

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Address: 24/26 Princes Street, Thurso, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Thurso
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