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Caledonian Backpackers

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

81.3% Overall Rating

1294 out of 1422 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (18/02/2015)

"Location is pretty good. Fortunately spent most of the weekend in a beer-induced delirium which reduced the effect of the unimaginable horror that is this hostel."

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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 0.77

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

Important Information

We operate a 24-hour reception and we do not have a curfew. Check-out: 10:00am We do not accept guests under the age of 18. This is a non-smoking property. Photographic identification must be presented at check-in. 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: 12:00
Latest Check-out: 10:00

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Edinburgh?

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Hogmanay is going to be big at Caledonian! Entertaiment for every night starting with free dram whisky on arrival, Haggis supper for free, DJ and bands all nights!

Enjoy free fast internet and free breakfast from 6am to 12 midday. Our check out is 10am. In the middle of the city, you can enjoy your stay in Edinburgh without hassles or extra costs. We have a cheap bar with pool tables, Wii, and other games, a cinema, full kitchen and will even lend you a laptop if you need. Welcome to Edinburgh, it is a truly beautiful city, and our job is to make sure you leave with a smile on your face and good memories. 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)

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8 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

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6 Bed Dorm - Female only (Shared bathroom)

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12 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

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8 Bed Dorm - Female only (Shared bathroom)

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20 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

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4 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

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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

** Only people over 18 years of age may stay at Caledonian Backpackers.
** Please ensure you bring photographic identification to check in, such as a passport or drivers license.

We are easy to get to, and you can check in anytime. If your bed isn't ready, then you can leave your luggage in our lockup and use the hostel facilities. Our receptionists are there 24 hours a day, and will help you with anything you need, from booking tours to sightseeing ideas.

Internet access is very important these days, so we have made sure we have a super fast connection, which is available throughout the hostel , even in your bed. It is free to use, and if you need one we have have laptops available as well as other computers located around the place you can jump on, all at no charge.

Breakfast is always a nice thing to have before you start your day, so we provide a simple all you can eat breakfast each morning. By simple, we mean cereal (Corn Flakes, Weetabix, muesli), Toast (jams, Vegemite, chocolate spread), Coffee (filtered), Tea and an orange drink. Sorry we do not do a cooked breakfast, however you can get one at Wannaburger just next door.

And at the end of your day you want to relax and meet friends. Our bar is just the place, with 2 pool tables, a Wii console and board games. There are couches to relax and the drinks are cheap. Next to the bar is our Cucumber room, where you can sit and watch the world go by or read a book with beautiful castle views. Otherwise you can enjoy our Beanbag Cinema where you can choose from over 100 movies.

For dinner, you can eat out at one of the many restaurants and pubs around us, or you can bring your food back and eat it in the bar, or order it in. Alternatively, we have a full kitchen available, and the supermarket is around the corner, so you can cook for yourself.

We also have a coin operated laundry, so you can do your washing while uploading your photos on our fast internet. Backpacker style.

Accommodation Information

We have mostly dormitory accommodation, with rooms of different sizes. 4, 6, 8, 12, 20 or our massive 38 bed dormitories are available. All of your bed linen is washed after each guest and the bed is made for you (Duvet cover, bottom sheet, pillow cases). We have new mattresses which are super thick and comfy.
Towels are not included but we can supply you with one for a 50p cleaning charge.
Security is important, so our rooms have keycard access, which means the keys expire at checkout, so no keys are "floating around". Every bed has a locker (600hx305wx460d mm), which you can lock with your own padlock, so you can be absolutely sure nobody else has access. (If you need to get a padlock we sell them for £2.50).
We have female only dormitories as well as mixed (co-ed) dormitories.
Our bathrooms are not in the rooms, but are all available with hot water 24 hours a day very close to your room. They are cleaned at least 3 times a day.

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.