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Hostel | 39 Cowgate, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1JR

94.7% Overall Rating

1687 out of 1761 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (21/04/2014)

Ilaria Taglioni thinks…

"Excellent and cheap drinks and food. Big, spacious, bright, clean room. Friendly and helpful staff. No carpet in the rooms. 24 hours reception. Fun games. Free city tour and free pub crawl."

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Bar(s)
  • Café
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Luggage Room USD 1.68
  • Towel USD 0.84

What's Included

  • Linen

Important Information

Please note this hostel has an 18 year age restriction. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU NEED TO BOOK 8 PEOPLE OR MORE YOU MUST CONTACT THIS HOSTEL DIRECTLY TO MAKE THE BOOKING. Please note all Group bookings (over 8 people) must adhere to the Hostel Group Booking Policy also must be 2 nights minimum stay at the weekend.

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94.7%

Overall Rating

1687 out of 1761 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Budget backpackers'

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97.1%
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

City break

23 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good location

Disliked: As always with youth hostels in the city centre there were lots of loud drunk people on the streets in the night which made sleeping quite difficult.

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Ilaria Taglioni

With friends / other travellers

City break

21 April 2014 Ilaria would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent and cheap drinks and food. Big, spacious, bright, clean room. Friendly and helpful staff. No carpet in the rooms. 24 hours reception. Fun games. Free city tour and free pub crawl.

Disliked: No ashtrays anywhere outside the building :(

97.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Juan Antonio Pedreño Aguado

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

21 April 2014 Juan Antonio would recommend this property

Liked: Es perfecto, muy amables, muy céntrico, limpio y ademas muchos españoles para ayudar.

Disliked: Todo me ha gustado

88.6%
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Katharina Keck

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

09 April 2014 Katharina would recommend this property

Liked: they had a bar downstairs and were offering a free walking tour which was great the pub crawl wasn`t too bad either :)

Disliked: nothing in paticular

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Ritesh Jha

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture

07 April 2014 Ritesh would recommend this property

Liked: Very comfortable and worth for your money. Staff are very friendly and you feel like home.They arrange get together for everyone in evening @9pm which is really fun but as majority of guests are from US or Europe (White), Asian or African may not find it to enjoy maximum.

Disliked: The rooms are divided into 2 floors which probably is made of wood. So when someone walks up stairs it created loud noice which makes you uncomfortable while you sleep or talk to someone.

91.4%
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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

07 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great atmosphere, cheap, friendly staff (some of which enjoy drinking quite a lot especially when leading the pub crawl, ample amount of showers in mixed restrooms, however, but that never was a problem. Great choice of inexpensive breakfast and lunch as well as drinks at the bar. Great place to socialise, free Wi-Fi, well stocked kitchen, big rooms, comfortable beds, laundry room, free, informative walking tours and pub crawls, great value for money. All in all a pretty damn awesome place to stay when in the fine capital of Scotland.

Disliked: The lockers seem to be made of tin. It wasn't really problem for my 12kg or so rucksack but it could be troublesome for larger and or heavier luggage. Windows can't be opened in some rooms and yet there is still a stream of air coming in somehow...

97.1%
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Rodrigo Liffourrena

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Partying / nightlife
Visiting friends or family

03 April 2014 Rodrigo would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were brilliant!

Disliked: Rodrigo left no negative feedback.

85.7%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Jerry Luty

Alone

City break

03 April 2014 Jerry would recommend this property

Liked: flexible

Disliked: no hot water - cold showers!

91.4%
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Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

28 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: A lot of bathrooms, never had to wait to shower etc. Large lockers for every bed. Super nice mattress. There's a glow-in-the-dark thing by the bed where you can hang i.e. glasses, extremely convenient.

Disliked: Standard hostel shower, i.e. tiny and no possibility to put your stuff anywhere (not even to put the shower gel somewhere reachable inside the shower). Cranny building with lots of heavy fire doors, so it's a bit annoying to carry a large suitcase around.

97.1%
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Business / conference
City break
Sightseeing & culture

25 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff is very friendly and energetic and the rooms are spacious and nicely decorated. Plus, the food they serve is very tasty!

Disliked: Besides some other people to share the room with we had a mouse visiting...

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Emily Muscroft

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

25 March 2014 Emily would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, friendly welcoming staff, fun events, had a blast here!

Disliked: My room smelt a bit odd but that's it!

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

21 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Best located, really nice stuff, good bathroom facilities - defnitly coming back!!!!

Disliked: A mirror in the rooms would be perfect ;)

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Work / volunteering

20 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the nachos

Disliked: no crabapples

97.1%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

18 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I loved this hostel! It was in a great location in Old Town Edinburgh, really close to main attractions and great pubs. The free pub crawl offered was really fun and the free walking tour was great too. I stayed in a 4 bed room and we all had plenty of space, each bed also had their own shelf and light and there were outlets right by the beds too. There was a sink in the room too which I really liked. The atmosphere downstairs was really fun, we stayed and got a drink downstairs before we went out at night and met some really cool people.

Disliked: The showers never really got that hot. I don't know if that is a problem that can be fixed, but if it is they should definitely look into it!

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

16 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Atmosphere, staff, activities

Disliked: Nothing

94.3%
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QUANG TRAN

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

12 March 2014 QUANG would recommend this property

Liked: very clean

Disliked: QUANG left no negative feedback.

97.1%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

04 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was very youth-oriented and clean. It was a great place to stay.

Disliked: Nothing

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture

03 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very inexpensive, with helpful staff. Luggage storage is available for 1 pound in secure lockers.

Disliked: It was very loud, despite there being signs all over telling people to be quiet after 11pm... I went to bed around midnight and it was pretty loud. I got a bit lost finding it, but that's because the map I had was slightly incorrect.

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

01 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Budget Backpackers was the best hostel I have been in so far in the UK. It was bright with fun decor, the staff were incredible, there was food/drinks from their bar that was actually considerate of backpackers' budgets, they had great common areas and free pub crawls (in affordable and cool pubs/club that were also close to the hostel, so you always felt safe making your way home). And unreal prices for a bed!

Disliked: The showers were cold- but that's unfortunately common in hostels

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Daniela Neves

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

27 February 2014 Daniela would recommend this property

Liked: It's right in the town center, great location. Easy to find. Very clean and the rooms are very well organized and with original decoration. Staff is very friendly and helpful. 5*

Disliked: We could have wifi in the rooms

The property's response is...

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Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

26 February 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: cheap and good healthy food options in the cafe downstairs. Because there were places to party, the rooms were then quiet with people silently on laptops and smart phones. Easy to sleep.

Disliked: The window didn't open so the room with 50 people in it was really stuffy. Really stuffy. Stunk like a locker room, smelled like old socks.

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

21 February 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendliness of staff and great atmosphere. Lots on offer to do during the stay.

Disliked: The showers were cold and toilets weren't disgusting but could do with cleaning more frequently as so many people use them. Although a dislike it wouldn't put me off coming back because they weren't horrid.

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Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

12 January 2014

Liked: location

Disliked: noise especially after midnight

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Claudio Otavio Gil

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife

07 January 2014 Claudio Otavio would recommend this property

Liked: Atmosphere, confort.everything is very good. Value for money for sure!!

Disliked: A Australian staff return 4 euros of a deposit of 2 keys, but we paid 6 euros of deposit.

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

01 January 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, lots of resources, great cafe, cheap food, clean rooms

Disliked: Cold shower and you have to rent the towels (still for cheap)