First of all, for all you European travellers: you will see everywhere that this hostel gets very good reviews. It is important to know that this is to UK and not continental norms. This is a very good hostel to UK norms because it has separate beds rather than the pigeon holes you will find in London for example, the beds have real mattresses rather than a layer of foam on a wooden board, there is space to walk around your bed and put your luggage, you have a locker that you can actually lock, and the room does not smell and does not have mold in it.
This is a lot more than you will find in a lot of city hostels around the UK. Nevertheless, they do not even come near the standard of hostels on the continent for the same price - the kind of en-suite 4 bedded rooms that could be your bedroom at home. Keep this in mind when you book.
Despite this hostel being a lot better than a number of hostels I have stayed before, for the reasons mentioned above, there are quite a few reasons why I disliked this hostel.
- Staff. When I arrived, reception staff ignored me for 10 minutes. I understand that they can be busy with something else, but they could at least greet their guests.
- Noise. This is the only hostel I have ever stayed in where the management is responsible for the noise. I had read quite a few complaints about this before I booked, but I did not appreciate how bad it was until I actually slept there. On my first night (Friday), I stayed out late. When I came back after 01:00, the noise from the music in the bar was beyond human imagination. I went to see what was happening there. The answer: nothing at all. There were only 3 guys there, playing pool, but for some reason the bartender found it necessary to play music for the entire neighbourhood to hear. I then went to the dormitories. Almost all the other guests were already in bed, hiding under the blankets, desperately trying to get some sleep, but the noise from the music downstairs made that impossible. The music went on until the early hours of the morning. Next evening, same story: less than 5 people in the bar, music for the entire street, and a dormitory filled with sleepless guests. I cannot understand how the management cannot see that their guests are not interested in their bar and their music. They go out in the city, and when they come back, they want peace and quiet and they want to sleep. So please, turn down the music and stop bullying your guests.
- Bathroom. Way too few toilets and showers for the number of guests. They are too small, too.
- Facility management/maintenance. During my first night, the central heating in our dormitory heated the room to a tropical temperature. I went down to reception in the morning to report that it was unhealthily warm in the dormitory, and that somebody was going to faint in that room if they did not do anything about it. They said they knew and would repair it. Next night, same story.
In summary, if you are travelling to Edinburgh on a budget, this is probably a decent place for the amount of money you spend, but beware that your nights are going to be uncomfortable, and before all, realise that this hostel, like its competitors, is nothing like the hostels you are used to on the continent. In order to get a continental hostel standard of accommodation in UK cities, you probably have to pay about 4 times this price and book into a bed & breakfast or hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Backpackers hostel with shared dormitory accommodation located in the city center of Edinburgh. Our common areas are designed to provide everything you need, with a late, cheap bar with pool tables, a cinema, free internet computers, including free laptop use, free wifi and a kitchen so you can cook, as well as heaps of couches, board games and a generally great vibe. Our rooms are basic dormitory rooms with shared facilities, lockers for each bed (you need a padlock), clean linen and key card door access. We have a 24 hour reception, our included breakfast is served from 6am to 12pm, and checkout time is at 12 too. Our reception will provide any information you need about the city, as well as tour advice and will even organise highland tours for you. Edinburgh is a beautiful city, and we hope you enjoy your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Caledonian Backpackers Hotel Edinburgh
- Caledonian Backpackers Edinburgh, Scotland