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Budget Backpackers

37 - 39 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JR, Scotland
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice and central. Only a short walk away from a great selection of pubs as well as the Edinburgh castle. The staff were Friendly.Shared a 4 person room and that was great! Nice and spacious and the beds had individual lights, power points and 2 usb plugs which was great. Kitchen is nice and big and the showers were actually... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While this hostel has good facilities and clean dorm rooms, the thing that let it down was the awful free walking tour they offered. I have been on a few walking tours and this was a waste of time. The guy turned up late, he was hung-over and so boring. He didn't know half the names of the places he... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your great comments on our hostel facilities and clean dorms. We are sorry that you did not enjoy the free walking tour. We provide this tour to enable our guests to get their bearing once they arrive in our beautiful city. Its not designed to be a historic tour but we appreciate what you say and we are... More 

Groningen, The Netherlands
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

When we arrived, the people at the reception were very friendly. They pointed out some good car parks and when they found out that we are Dutch, the guy put on a Dutch song in the lobby which was fun! Rooms are very pleasant, with comfy beds and soft pillows. The multiple USB chargers next to every bed is also... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey thanks for the awesome review. It means so much to us for our guests to enjoy their stay with us and its is so very much appreciated when they make the effort to write a review with such great feedback . Thanks a million and we hope to see you back soon. BB Crew :) More 

Quezon City, Philippines
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21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Budget Backpackers is a nice hostel. The place is well-maintained and the staff is friendly. However, during night time, neighborhood gets rowdy and noisy due to partying/drinking. Plus, don't forget to bring your own toiletries... Anyway, the location is great and nearby to most of the tourist spots in Edinburgh (they also offer a free walking tour).

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Thank Patrick S
BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for all your positive comments . We are pleased you found our staff friendly and our hostel well maintained. We are located in the very heart of the old town beside all the tourist attractions , cafes and bars and and sometimes it can get a bit noisy outside at the weekends late at night. We do have rooms... More 

Province of Pavia, Italy
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in this Hostel in July for two night and I was so happy to stay there. The place is clean and the staff is so kind and welcoming. I slept in a room with six beds and the people who I met were so good. The common bathroom was clean. The building is situated in a strategic position,... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your very kind words . We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and found our staff helpful and our facilities comfortable and clean. We hope you will stay with us again on your next visit to our beautiful city. BB Crew :) More 

Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The front desk guys were great and very helpful. The hostel is in a great location, near grass market and the royal mile. The beds were good and they have a cafe downstairs that had decent coffee. The only thing I didn't love was that the showers are real tiny with no place to really put your shampoo and such.... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey Thanks for all the great comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and found our location on point and our staff helpful and friendly. All our showers should have shower hooks but thanks for giving us the heads up that there was none in the bathroom you used. We have instigated a full survey off all... More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Budget Backpackers was great! Everything from the kind men who worked the desk to the clean bathrooms and dorms, we enjoyed it! We booked two beds in a 4-woman room, and our roommates turned out to be really great and we connected on a lot of levels! The bar downstairs and the hangout room were both enjoyable. We only stayed... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and found your time with us comfortable and friendly . Hopefully we will see you back again soon. BB Crew :) More 

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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I arrived on 6th July very late and the night's staff was very very friendly and cool guys. I stayed at mixed room which is very nice as well. Place very clean and good atmosphere. Just a receptionist guy in the morning was very rude when I was asking him a question. He was just answering " I don't care... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review us. Good to hear most of our staff where friendly and helpful. We are sorry that one of our staff failed on this front and we have passed your comments onto our customer service team to ensure this does not happen again. Good to hear you found our hostel clean with a good... More 

Portland, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is pretty neat. I stayed in a four bedroom room with three other girls. I loved the treehouse room, really neat to sit up there at night. I did see a mouse scurry across the floor up there but what can you expect? The one problem I had was noise, there is lots of street noise around at... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi there thanks for the positive comment. We are pleased you found our hostel pretty cool and loved the Tree House. Thanks for letting us know about our little furry friend. We have contacted our specialist team who are on the case to hunt down and remove from our premises. We are very centrally located so there can be noise... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed here heaps over the last two months and there's a reason I kept going back to them; they are literally the best. The staff are all amazing whether you want to know where the cheapest food is, where the best Haggis is found or whether you simply want to know what bus you can catch to Uni and they... More 

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BudgetB, Manager at Budget Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your coolest review ever. We are all smiling after reading your review. We all try our best to make our guests feel really welcome and it is so nice to get such great feedback. Thanks again and hopefully we will see you back again soon BB Crew :) :) :) More 

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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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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, 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 

Additional Information about Budget Backpackers

Address: 37 - 39 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JR, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Cowgate
Price Range: $24 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Budget Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 300
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