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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Decent hostel in a good location - close to bars but also only a short walk from city centre. Located by some nice cafes too. Hostel is basic as expected. Standard bunk beds and good showers to share between around 6 - 8 people. Good breakfast area, but maybe some of it could be self serve to speed the process up. Free wi-fi too.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank LCowgill
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

I stayed here for a couple nights while travelling around the UK. This place was clean, the food was good, and best of all, the people were tons of fun. Everyone was very interested in meeting new people and exploring the city. Nightly activities and bar crawls were great! I highly reccommend this hostel to anyone travelling in Edinburgh.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank greenkoala22
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

We stayed here for a recent stag do. It was everything I expected it to be and more. The staff were very helpful and professional and the hostel environment was very relaxed, clean and friendly.

It has been a while since my backpacking days but this place suited our needs perfectly. We were in a 20 strong group of friendly lads who had reservations about staying in a hostel. However the price for 3 nights was so cheap that by staying here it allowed us more money to spend on 'cultural activities'!

We had 3 dorms that were clean and spacious. Bathrooms are shared, but I found them to be very clean and plentiful. The best aspect of this hostel was the bar/ cafe. This was ideal to meet in the morning for breakfast, and to meet before going on a night out. The Jenga game also proved popular with the over 30s.

Would definitely recommend this for a cheap option for friends or younger couples to stay when visiting Edinburgh.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank nickysmithy
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

I enjoy staying in hostels as not only is it affordable but you also get to meet people from all over the world. Staying in Budget backpackers was a pleasant experience. We stayed in a mixed 6-bed dorm room.

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The room was clean and had individual lockers
Clean bed and sheets
Friendly staff
Great cafe! Reasonably priced as well
TV/Games room was an added bonus
Vibrant interiors
Great location

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Had to buy a £5 padlock for the locker! (Always bring your own!)
Only 1 bathroom to share between 6+ people (although quite spacious)
Loud snoring!! Although I know the hostel is not responsible for that!

Overall, I think I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

Room Tip: 4 and 6-bed dorm rooms are best. also, bring your own padlock!
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alisha K
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Recently stayed here with friends. Ideally not what we were used to in regards to sleeping and rooms. Dorms accommodate 6-8 people but bunk beds uncomfortable. But wasnt expecting much else. Clean establishment with clean bathrooms. Excellent social vibe in the bar which has comfy sofas. Ample bench and eating area with Food been available from early breakfast right through to tea time. I take my hat off to the staff.They work long hours and were very polite people and helpful. Would recommend if you're a group of decent folk looking for budget accommodation. Hostel won't tolerate loud groups.Rules of the hostel respectfully abided by and enforced. Security good. Key cards needed to access dorms and always someone on front desk.Games and pool tablein downstairs communal area and bar. TV in bar. aLL in all I enjoyed the social vibe but just wasnt really accustomed to Hostel life. First time I've ever stayed in a Hostel but I'd say Budget back packers is one of the best.

Room Tip: Dorm close to bathrooms are better.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Jonathan R
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