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Caledonian Backpackers

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

63.0% Overall Rating

1326 out of 1486 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (24/09/2015)

"quite crazy looking location, lot's of graffiti, old ragged mixed furniture Just in case you have missed being a student - here you can! ;-)"

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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 0.75

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?

Contact us directly

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Edinburgh is famous for its warm and friendly welcome and we more than match this at Caledonian Backpackers. Our location right in the heart of Edinburgh ensures that you are never far from various city centre attractions. The world's famous Edinburgh Castle provides a beautiful backdrop to our hostel.

Caledonian Backpackers provides more than just a bed for the night, we aim to provide our guests with a unique Scottish experience.

We have a full schedule of entertainment on offer. Sunday nights guarantee a taste of Scotland. Grab a dram of Whisky and tuck into the traditional Scottish meal of haggis, neeps and tatties to a backdrop of Scottish folk music. We also go international on Tuesday and Saturday nights with an evening of Salsa, free for guests. We don't stop at this, we arrange open mic nights every Wednesday and provide a professional set up. To keep you hydrated while you jam, we drop the price of Tenants lager to £1.50, the cheapest pint in town! If that's not enough, you'll be pleased to hear our bar has a 24-hour licence, cheap drinks, pool tables and an amazing atmosphere guaranteed. Read more

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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.

6 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included

8 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included, Self-catering

6 Bed Dorm - Female only (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included

12 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included

8 Bed Dorm - Female only (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included, Self-catering

4 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included

12 Bed Dorm - Female only (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included
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.

2 person (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included

About Caledonian Backpackers

Our bright, newly decorated lounge is the perfect place for functions or chilling out and taking advantage of our free book swap library. We also provide high speed Wi-Fi throughout the entire building and free computer facilities so you can check out what's on offer in the city.

You're well covered when it's time to eat. Our kitchen facilities ensure you're well fed for the day ahead. We offer a free breakfast for all our guests, served from 7-11 am every day. Our spacious kitchen is kitted out with an oven, microwave, fridge, freezer and plenty space to sit, eat lunch and make new friends. As you will know there's no shortage of quality restaurants and cafes in Edinburgh. Alternatively, pop next door to the supermarket and make the most of our self catered kitchen, you can cook up a treat with fellow guests.

Our rooms are centrally heated and come in a variety of sizes. You don't have to worry about making your bed, that's taken care of. The majority of rooms are mixed sex but female only dorms are available. Prices vary by day and room size so have a look online or give us a call before you book.

Our reception is open 24/7 and our friendly reception staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Check in opens at 2pm and check out is at 10am, but our common areas are open round the clock so you are more than welcome to chill or grab a drink if you arrive early or are looking to soak up our award winning atmosphere.

We take the safety of guests and their belongings very seriously so safe storage is provided free of charge as well as a key-card system to access rooms. The rooms are fitted with lockers, so either bring your own padlock for these, or rent one at reception for a small deposit.

There are many attractions on offer in Edinburgh. There are loads of organised tours. You can hop on and off an open top bus to see all the main attractions in a day, or by night you can give yourself a scare on Edinburgh's famous ghost tour. We recommend taking in a birds eye view of the city up our very own volcano, Arthur's seat. There is much more on offer, just bounce down to reception and ask for more information.

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 parties including cocktail classes, pole dancing and still life painting. Drop us a line at reception@caledonianbackpackers.com. We aim to please!

For those arriving by plane, Edinburgh's new trams will drop you seconds from the hostel. Alternatively you can catch the airport bus. (See Directions)

We strive to create the environment we would hope for when we head off on our travels. We're passionate about the hostel, and equally as passionate about Edinburgh. We do hope you make a booking and join the Caledonian Clan.

Please read our Things to Note below before booking.

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.