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

88.5% Overall Rating

1712 out of 1789 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (28/07/2014)

"colourfull and friendly comon room, lots of bathrooms, young and energetic hostel crew!!!!"

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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 1.69
  • Towel USD 0.85

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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Group of 15 or more traveling to Edinburgh?

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88.5%

Overall Rating

1712 out of 1789 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Budget backpackers'

Atmosphere
88.0%
Location
92.0%
Facilities
87.2%
Cleanliness
79.2%
Staff
92.0%
Value
89.6%
Safety
91.2%
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97.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

29 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: .

Disliked: .

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

28 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: colourfull and friendly comon room, lots of bathrooms, young and energetic hostel crew!!!!

Disliked: bathrooms could be cleaner;)

97.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife

23 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very good stay, thank you.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Thomas Moran

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

20 July 2014 Thomas would recommend this property

Liked: The staff is very friendly and helpful. The room itself was very clean and the decoration was cool. The kitchen was clean, spacious and well equipped.

Disliked: It was a big party place, very noisy at night. People screaming in the hallway in the middle of the night. The shared bathrooms did not seem clean at all.

97.1%
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

City break

07 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Our room (4 bed dorm) was pleasantly quiet and comfortable for a hostel in the heart of the city.

Disliked: None in particular

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Jonathan McHardy

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

05 July 2014 Jonathan would recommend this property

Liked: Staff friendly, room was clean and quite large, location was awesome.

Disliked: Jonathan left no negative feedback.

91.4%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

30 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Spacious rooms, organized activities for backpackers, lounge, Internet fast everywhere, individual lights, rule that says 10PM quiet hours

Disliked: Mattresses and pillows not good, bathrooms could be cleaner

97.1%
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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

27 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel is best for the young crowd. Free pub crawls can be great for breaking the ice, but if you're looking to get a good night sleep, the rambunctious groups spilling out onto the streets from the nearby pubs past midnight could pose a problem. I was up at 2:30am one morning and couldn't get back to sleep until 4:00am. I'm sure a pair of earplugs would help. I loved that they provided free wifi, and the common rooms/kitchen facilities were quite comfortable, and the lockers in the room were big enough to fit my rolling carry-on bag.

Disliked: Can get a little noisy, but not much else to complain about.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

27 June 2014

Liked: .

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Kathleen Zuk

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

25 June 2014 Kathleen would recommend this property

Liked: From the minute we walked in, we knew we would like it. The staff was very welcoming, and were good at getting everybody involved in their activities. The pubcrawl is a must! Would definitely recommend staying here!

Disliked: The bathrooms could use a bit more cleaning.

100.0%
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Sankara Narayanan Raveekumar

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

13 June 2014 Sankara Narayanan would recommend this property

Liked: Very friendly and lively atmosphere, service was very good, good location as it was very close to the major attractions and the rooms were great.

Disliked: Nothing at all.

85.7%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

05 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Kick Ass Cafe!

Disliked: The bathrooms weren't very clean and the lights kept going out while I was in the shower.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

MAURICIO PEIXOTO DOS SANTOS

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

04 June 2014 MAURICIO would recommend this property

Liked: Really nice hostel with a great atmosphere. The walking tour and pub crawl were good for integration with other travelers.

Disliked: MAURICIO left no negative feedback.

54.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Family Holiday

19 May 2014

Liked: The location was central and an easy walk to main attractions.

Disliked: The heat didn't work and our room was always freezing.

100.0%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

19 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the general atmosphere and got on welll with the backpackers i met

Disliked: some of the showers wouldn't heat up properly

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Jessica Ursel

Alone

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

17 May 2014 Jessica would recommend this property

Liked: This was an Amazing hostel! The staff were excellent and extremely helpful. The facility was very clean (rooms, bathrooms and common area). I always felt very welcome and safe.

Disliked: Nothing, Experience was great!

88.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

02 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location is perfect - just 15 minutes' walk from the train station, and a few minutes' walk from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. The rooms are spacious and clean, and have lockers.

Disliked: The size of the hostel itself was actually a downside for me. The place is enormous, and I had to walk through numerous hallways to find the kitchen. Because it's so big, and because the common area on the first floor is so loud, it becomes difficult to meet people outside of your room. Furthermore, though I understand it's a large hostel, free tea and coffee would still be nice, instead of having to pay for them in the cafe.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Rui Jorge Viegas

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

27 April 2014 Rui Jorge would recommend this property

Liked: Location and cool place.

Disliked: False Fire alarm all the night.

100.0%
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arno-tobias justen

As a family with children

Sightseeing & culture

26 April 2014 arno-tobias would recommend this property

Liked: Good Location

Disliked: nothing

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Kwang Siong Tan

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

24 April 2014

Liked: Nice and artistic atmosphere, affordable food, available of kitchen and chilling zone, free wifi in room

Disliked: lights in room can be improved...the price is a little bit high during easter

97.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

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.

100.0%
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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%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

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

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

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.