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“Excellent location and amazing value”
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Argyle Backpackers
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14 reviews
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“Excellent location and amazing value”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

We stayed for 3 days and had the best time. It is a backpackers so you have to expect it to be a bit busy, at times noisy and not too luxurious but it was neat, clean and full of character. The bathrooms were kept clean and there were no queues for showers or toilet. I loved the stairs and the shared lounges and kitchen. Edinburgh city was a short walk through the park so super convenient. The staff were a range of nationalities and very happy and helpful. Loved this place and will definitely stay there again!

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Quiet, comfortable, good location, helpful staff. Perhaps a minor annoyance was the bed which was very creaky so I imagine people enjoyed knowing my every movement. The shower was fine in my view.

The best aspect of the hostel is that there is a good degree of freedom, I didn't feel like it was over-regulated like some other hostels can be. This made it feel like a home away from home :-)

Room Tip: The second building at number 4 Argyle place is quieter than the already quiet main building.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 22 July 2013 via mobile

The hostel is located near the Meadows, wherefrom it takes about 15-20mins to walk into the center of the town. We payed 25 pounds per person per night and stayed in a double room. We were quite disappointed by the hostel: the shared bathroom was clean, however the shower didn't work properly, the room was run down (holes in the walls etc.): as we were on the top floor and the building was quite an old one, it was about 35 degrees hot in our room, and we couldn't do anything about it. The room was also next to a busy road, so we were woken up by 7 in the morning, because of the traffic (no mention of that in the website!) When we arrived, we were conducted into another house, which was far more run down and shabby than the one which was presented on the internet. For almost the same price, you would be able to get a very decent ensuite room in a cozy B&B. Not recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Stayed here three nights whilst waiting to move into my flat, so wanted somewhere quiet on the weekend, and away from party-goers. Definitely a good place to stay if that's what you want too. The room was very clean, comfy and warm. However the showers are terrible, they want to save water but you have to run the shower for ages before you get any lukewarm water, which in chilly Edinburgh, is not the best... Also the staff seem to be running around like headless chickens, booking people in wrong rooms etc.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

Stayed here for a few days before and after my trip with Haggis tours and although you can't fault that it's quiet , clean and has good kitchen and bathrooms I just fond it lacking something ! They have 2 houses and I was in the second house and just felt out of sight out of mind ! The main house seems very lively and good vibe , so that was my only gripe !!!!
It's not in the main part of city But really not too much of a walk and also the neighbourhood is very nice and quiet and has lots of shops , cafe and bar !
Good wi fi ,,,,, very handy .....

Room Tip: If taking a double ask for the rooms on first floor and towards the back of house ! Quiet towards th...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

generally okay, rooms and bathrooms were clean enough however shabby decor and rude staff really let this place down. its seemed like my quires were a waste of their time which made us feel out of place and unwelcome.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

this hostel is the place you want if your a traveler on a budget.
you get real city center location and total zen out bliss.

it made our stay in edinburgh pretty amazing. so here is the good stuff.

1 free everything
2 pretty good location close to shops and sights and still quiet enough
3 unreal views of scotland
4 friendliest place in scotland we stayed

and the not so good

1 reception is not open 24 hours but you can organise anything with reception but it would be nice to have it anyway without asking
2 some noisey guests (but this it not the hostels fault) but they need to deal with them.

Room Tip: they dont have fitness centre or swimming pool, but i didnt know how to not click them
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Argyle Backpackers
Address: 14 Argyle Place, Edinburgh EH9 1JL, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #47 of 204 Speciality Lodging in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Argyle Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our quiet, friendly, clean, 4 star hostel offers a wide range of facilities and services including free wi-fi with additional access to our sunny garden. We are located beside Edinburgh's Meadows Park where most attractions are only a short distances walk. We offer several rooms that can accommodate 4 to 6 people as well as various private rooms that include: doubles, twins and triples beds. We are student friendly! For students it is only a short distance to travel to Edinburgh University Campus and Napier University's central campus. Additionally you will find by staying with us that everything you need is close by. The area offers various organic food stores, locally owned shops, supermarkets, cafes and pubs. ... more   less 
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