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Royal Mile Backpackers

Traveler (38)
Room & Suite (13)
Dining (3)
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Certificate of Excellence
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travelers talk about
“sister hostel”(8 reviews)
“cozy hostel”(6 reviews)
“royal mile”(55 reviews)
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What's included
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Rooftop Bar
Fitness center
Pets Allowed
2 Star Hotel
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Location and contact
105 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SG, Scotland
6.8 miles to Edinburgh Airport
253 restaurants are within a 0.25 mile radius
0.2 miles from Edinburgh Old Town
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place is at a prime location on the Royal Mile and has a comfortable interior. It’s not a particularly big hostel but I think that works in its favour, gives quite an intimate feel to it. Pretty decent value for a room, I paid...More

Thank Tom B
Response from Birgit N, Manager at Royal Mile BackpackersResponded 2 days ago

Hi Tom, we're glad you had a great stay with us at the Royal Mile Backpackers - thanks for the lovely review. We hope to see you here again some time!

Reviewed June 3, 2018

Location is the key word for this review. Conveniently located in the middle of the Royal Mile, just 10min walk from the castle and Waverly Train Station; there's also a public car park around the corner. Clean and tidy, with a functioning self-catering kitchen. Breakfast...More

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Response from MacBackpackers, Manager at Royal Mile BackpackersResponded June 4, 2018

Hi there, thanks for the great review - we're glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Sorry about that stairs - it's hard to avoid them anywhere in Edinburgh. We're kind of lucky only to be on the first floor and not any higher. We...More

Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the smaller hostels I have stayed at. The location is a bit confusing to find at first but trust Google maps and look for the sign that’s posted just outside. You walk up the stairs on the left and there you’ll...More

Thank Cat N
Response from Birgit N, Manager at Royal Mile BackpackersResponded June 6, 2018

Hi Cat, sorry for the late reply. Thanks you so much for the lovely review - we're glad you had a good time here with us at the Royal Mile Backpackers and hope to have you here again some time! Btw - we talked to...More

Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

My first time in a hostel and it was really good! I paid £13 for 1 night and then £2 for a breakfast. Staff helpful and friendly. Definitely good value for money. I'm coming back in one week after my road trip 😊

Thank Delphine B
Response from Birgit N, Manager at Royal Mile BackpackersResponded June 6, 2018

Hi Delphine, so sorry for the late reply! Great to hear you enjoyed your stay with. thanks for sahring and please come back some time.

Reviewed March 21, 2018 via mobile

I really enjoy this hostel, it’s located in the royal mile so is near everything! The kitchen has everything to cook and the rooms were ok. The bathrooms are clean properly - definitely I would stay again or in any of the other two from...More

Thank Florcita88
Response from Birgit N, Manager at Royal Mile BackpackersResponded March 26, 2018

Hi there, thanks so much for the lovely review and great rating. We're happy that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to having you here again some day!

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Certificate of Excellence
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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$16 - $71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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$16 - $71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Traveler (38)
Room & Suite (13)
Dining (3)
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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"If you enjoy sleeping in a quiet room, ask for one which is not on the street. The windows are old and High..."
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"There is no lift so be prepared to take the stairs. If that is a concern consider requesting a lower floor."
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"No nos dejaron elegir habitacion"
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"excellent location, tidy, clean, power points, lockers, safe"
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