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Caledonian Backpackers

Hostel | 3 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 4PA

73.1% Overall Rating

1300 out of 1434 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (19/05/2015)

"The great architecture of the building in itself (high ceiling and cool wall painting) and the fact that it was also a bar and was open 24/7."

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  • 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
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Bar(s)
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 0.76

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

Important Information

We have a 24hr reception, with no curfew Check in time is from 2pm Check out is at 10am We can not accept guests under the age of 18 as we have a licenced bar Photo identification is essential on arrival Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building Now, for some more of those rule things.. As mentioned before, you must be over 18 years of age to stay. This is because we have a liquor license for the entire building, so the law states we cannot allow under 18's in, and we do not make exceptions. You should bring your own padlock, or you can buy one for £2.50 from reception. We have towels available for a 50p cleaning charge. Linen is supplied free. Frequently asked questions about the hostel: *Do you have a curfew/lock-out? - No. We think they are inconvenient and don't believe in them! *What time is check-out? - You can check out anytime but you don’t have to until 10am. *Do you provide bed linen? - Yes. Every person is provided with fresh linen so you can leave your sleeping bag at home! *Do you provide towels? - No, but you can rent one for the modest price of 50 pence. *Do you provide breakfast? - Yes. A simple breakfast is included in the price of your accommodation. Served from 7a.m. until 11p.m. *Is there a key deposit? - No, but all keys need to be returned at check-out. *Do you have internet access? - Yes.We have several computer terminals and they are FREE to use! *Do you have Wi-Fi? - Yes, and it's also FREE!...you don’t even need a password. *Do you have lockers? - Yes.You need to bring your own padlock or rent/buy one here for £2.50 *Do you have luggage storage? - Yes. We have a free luggage storage room *Do you have a kitchen? - Yes. There is a large self-catering kitchen equipped with all your cooking needs right at your disposal!

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 14:00
Latest Check-out: 10:00

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Edinburgh?

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Shared Rooms Help! A shared room (typically a dorm) is a bedroom which you share with other people from the property. The number of beds in a room is shown in the room name, e.g. ‘5 Bed Dorm’, and you can book as many as you need. Some properties have male only dorms and female only dorms.

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4 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

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Private Rooms Help! A private room is a room that is not shared with other people from the property – in other words, you book and pay for all the beds in the room. If you are traveling alone, for example, but want to book a double room, you must pay for two people in order to book the whole room.

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About Caledonian Backpackers

The RES-erection
Out with the old, in with the new and improved.

Thank you for choosing us as your Edinburgh Hostel. We understand that a hostel can make a big difference in your enjoyment of a city and we love Edinburgh so much we have made sure our hostel will give you the pleasure you deserve. With the best views of Edinburgh’s cultural and historical castle. Our newly decorated lounge/function room, has the best views, from midday the sun sits in this room, giving it a vibrant and relaxed feel. The best view of Edinburgh’s main street (Princes st) and castle. Check out our free book swap library next to our lounge/function room.
We also have an English teacher on site so if you are here for a while and want to learn English, which is FREE for residents and only £5 an hour for non-residents.

Now with two new fabulous boilers just put in, heating is not an issue here.
Fibre-optic broadbrand, just installed, here we don’t wait for streaming. You could not get a better connection then this. With our free to use computer room, you can keep in contact with the rest of the world, at any time!

Here we have Daily Entertainment from Salsa to Comedy Nights. With are newly refurbished bar, why not come check out our daily entertainment for free, with our cheap- ass prices, and our 24hour licence, to residents. This is where the craic can be found and where the party is really at!!!!! If not our bar, try our lounge room which is totally kitted out with the comfiest couches, pool tables, and board games for you to play. You can cook up a storm in the kitchen, which is open from 7am until 11pm daily, and has an oven, microwave, hotplates, freezers and fridges, and some lovely tables to sit around.

We are located in the city centre, so however you arrive, you will be able to walk to us, unless you arrive by plane, for which there is an airport bus which will bring you to our door or the tram can be got from the airport to a stop just around the corner from us. (See Directions)

Our rooms are centrally heated with our toasty new boilers and come in a variety of sizes. We will have your bed made and ready for you, so you don't have to mess with that stuff. We have made available a number of female-only dormitories and our other dorms are mixed-sex. The prices vary by day and room size so you will have to check. Weekdays are usually discounted, so you can get some good bargains if you stay midweek.

You can arrive anytime you want, we have 24hour reception, to assist or help out with any queries or just to check-in. We have a room where you can leave your luggage, for early arrivals or a late departures, which is secure. We'll probably even let you go in for breakfast if you arrive before 11am on your check in day. Yes, that's correct, our breakfast goes from 7am until 11 am and is FREE. Check out time is 10am, so you can always drop your bag and grab some breakie.

Security-wise, we have the aforementioned 24-hour receptionist manning the door, as well as a key-card system to ensure no one gets access to your room. Inside the room we have lockers, for which you will need your own padlock. We have some padlocks in reception, for a £5 deposit to be returned to you on day of departure. Of course, we can also look after your passport in our reception safe, or lock up your laptop.

Accommodation Information

There is many shops and supermarkets just seconds or minutes’ walk away, so you could cook yourself a cheap meal for dinner, but we have breakfast covered for you. It’s a simple breakfast, hostel style, with coffee, tea, toast with vegemite, chocolate spread or jam, corn flakes, muesli or Weetabix. If you don't want to cook, there are heaps of restaurants and take away joints around. Just ask us here at reception or the bar.

Although we’ve focused on what you can do in the hostel, there are many great things on offer in Edinburgh. In the evening you should do a ghost tour, which costs about £8, but gives you a great insight into the murky history of this historic town. By day you can do a free tour, and see the best of the sights in Edinburgh. Ask at reception for more details on how to join these tours, or even find out about the excellent day tours into the highlands.

We now accept Stag and hen parties as well as large groups from 12 people to over 100 so get in touch for quotes. We have a range of epic parties which include cocktail classes, burlesque classes, pole dancing classes, Still life painting etc.

Hopefully, you’ve seen that we’re trying to provide exactly the environment we would like when we travel. It is what hostels were designed for, where they are different from hotels. Please, whoever you choose to stay with, do enjoy your stay in Edinburgh.

Location Information

Caledonian Backpackers
3 Queensferry St
Edinburgh EH2 4PA

Caledonian Backpackers is located in the West End of Edinburgh, just under the castle. We are in the city center, at the end of Princes St, which is a very beautiful shopping street, with the castle and gardens one side and shops on the other. The main tourist sights are all within a very close walking distance, and if you want a nature walk, you can do that within 5 minutes too. Pubs and clubs are everywhere and restaurants of every type can be found within a 10 minute walk.

Free walking tours of Edinburgh leave from the Royal MIle every day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, which is a beautiful 15 minute stroll past the castle and Princes St gardens.

One of the great things about Edinburgh is that everything is within walking distance, and somehow, no matter how much "fun" you have, you can always find your way back to the hostel. However, in case you get lost and need directions, we are located on a corner which also has The Caledonian Hotel, which is a 5 star Hilton, so local people know it better than us, so it might be better to ask for directions for that. A taxi from anywhere in the central city will cost about £4 or £5.