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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Edinburgh Backpackers Hotel Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel Scotland