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Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel
Sammamish, Washington
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51 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great location and free pub crawl!”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Location was perfect - it was easy to walk to with large packs from the train station bus stop (we took the bus shuttle from the airport). It is just off the Royal Mile and near tons of fun pubs and good spots to eat.

They offered a significant discount off food from The Royal Mile pub (just a 2 minute walk from the hostel) which ended up saving us tons and money and made the hostel significantly better value than surrounding options. They also offered a free pub crawl which was quite fun and they showed us some really sweet pubs we otherwise wouldn't have guessed to walk into.
The hostel has an enormous kitchen which is available to use for a limited number of hours per day (we never used it thought). They also offer a cheap breakfast option which includes cereals, toast, jams/spreads, juices, etc. that is probably worth it compared to other pub options. There isn't a grocery store nearby the hostel.

The rooms were adequate. They do have lockers for each bed and they are plenty large to contain all of your belongings. There are only 3 showers for all of the shared dorm rooms and we ended up waiting a few minutes for a shower, but nothing worth a negative review.

The staff were helpful and nice (and they have free sweets at the front desk). There is wifi in the common rooms which works well. Luggage storage on the way out is a bit scary as it is in the main room which every guest will be walking right by on the way to the guest floors, plus all bags are in a ginormous pigpile and you just trust that noone thinks your bag is more attractive than theirs.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2013

This place is crawling with bed bugs...DO NOT STAY HERE!! We stayed here for 3 nights and each night just progressively got worse. On our last nights stay, we told the reception who clearly just didn't care. Even though we asked for new cleaned sheets it made no difference and in the morning had even more bites! I actually found 2 bed bugs in my bag as we were leaving. We have made several complaints since, but the staff are useless. They are very quick to pass the buck and say its not them, but its so obvious where this problem started.
We paid £80 a night for a private ensuite room and to come home bitten to shreds is ridiculous!!
We were in room 1 (private room) If your staying here....GOOD LUCK IS ALL I CAN SAY

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2013 via mobile

This hostel has the perfect location ~ 1min from the train station and the Royal Mile. The staff are friendly and helpful. The place is very tired and could do with a good vacuum, it is also quite noisy but this is due to its central location. However we would stay again as it was just what we needed, a comfy bed in the middle of town.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2013

The hostel is incredibly well located, just a few steps away from the Royal Mile (the big promenade that links the Edinburgh Castle with the Hollyrood Palace), so the location couldn't be better.
The problem there was the dirty. There were always trash and leftovers all over the hostel, the bathrooms had a terrible aspect and the room smelled unbelievably! The carpet was disgusting, the duvets and pillows smelled like swet and there was absolutelly no air circulation. I don't recommend it, except if you don't mind about staying in a really dirty place.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2013

We stayed in this hostel after reading a few reviews and because the cost was on the lower side of what else we had found. The location is good (just up the steps from Waverley Station) and central for site-seeing, shopping and a night out. It was my birthday so we wanted to make the weekend a little special so opted for a private ensuite room. The person at check in was lovely and made us feel welcome but then we were told our room was in another building which didnt make us too confident! The room was clean but very small for two people- it only had the two beds in the room (which touched forming a claustriphobic L shape and very little floor space to move around. The bathroom was also very small which made two people trying to get ready for a night out very difficult! The beds were comfy however we were on the main corridor so throughout the night / early hours of the morning, we were kept awake by people coming back and also walking past us to use the bathroom! Also, every time the water was used there was a very loud clunk which kept waking us up especially in the morning. Also the checkout time of 10am is also somewhat inconvient, especially as they charge £3.00 for luggage storage!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Porto, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2013

>We had some trouble finding a room to stay because everyhting was full that weekend but we were lucky to find this place (unfortunetely just for 1 night)... I can only talk about our room that was a private one; it was great, very spacious, it a was a studio, with kitchen, etc. and it was cheap!
The staff was nice and the location is perfect!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2013

We spent two nights in this hostel on a rainy weekend. We got what we expected, a typical hostel with a very helpful staff and located very close to the main attractions, bars and restaurants. I can recommend it to every backpacker on a trip to Edinburgh.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel
Address: 65 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BU, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #64 of 206 Speciality Lodging in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel has one of the best locations in the city. We have 4 seperate buildings and cater for a wide variety of travellers. We have single, double, twin and quad private rooms (standard & en-suite). We also have 11 dormitories ranging in size from 6-14 beds. Our main building has free WIFI, games room (with pool table), TV Lounge (Sky TV), dinning room and fully equipped kitchen. Each guest is given their own entry key and all dormitories have free lockers (deposit required).All our staff are Backpackers, so we have in depth knowledge on the best and cheapest things to see and do in this amazing city. Our reception is operated 24hrs a day, so someone is always on hand to help with any questions. If you want great value for money and a friendly welcome, Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel is the place to stay! ... more   less 
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