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Reviews of Caledonian Backpackers

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

85.8% Overall Rating

1269 out of 1393 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (11/03/2014)

"Location and staff. You are provided with plenty of areas to relax and to have social life."

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

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 0.84

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

Important Information

Due to road works here are the directions to reaching us. You get off the bus at the Hope Street/Westend stop. When you get off the bus, turn left and walk around Ryan's Bar. We are right across the street from there ** 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.

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85.8%

Overall Rating

1269 out of 1393 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Caledonian Backpackers'

Atmosphere
86.4%
Location
95.2%
Facilities
82.4%
Cleanliness
80.8%
Staff
87.2%
Value
88.0%
Safety
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85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

simon Plume

With a large group / tour

Partying / nightlife

14 April 2014 simon would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: Choice of beer at the bar

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Manny Ameh

Alone

Work / volunteering

24 March 2014 Manny would recommend this property

Liked: Location and Price

Disliked: Not too clean, and paying for a locker when it was advertised as part of the total package put me off a little. Plus street noise depending on the room you stay in can be a turn off.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

11 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location and staff. You are provided with plenty of areas to relax and to have social life.

Disliked: Although it was low season, the hostel was full of damned teenegers running, drinking, making a rumble and pissing oneself off during all night. I couldn't sleep until 5 in the morning both nights Unfortunately, this hostel is not a good choice if you are tired and only want to have a rest.

100.0%
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J v Morton

Alone

Business / conference

14 February 2014 J v would recommend this property

Liked: Always my first choice for Edinburgh! Efficiently run , friendly and relaxed.

Disliked: Nothing.

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

Alan Jackson

With a large group / tour

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

12 February 2014 Alan would recommend this property

Liked: Its location; having a bar

Disliked: Only having bottled beer; loud music in the bar

40.0%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 40% Safety - 20%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

19 January 2014

Liked: Location is ok. Wall art is funky.

Disliked: General atmosphere quite unfriendly. There seemed to be creepy guys just lurking in the corridors quite frequently... Not really going anywhere just standing there watching whatever we were doing. Staff also quite rude. Bathrooms had really nasTy smell and filthy! Stains on the bedding... I am sure for the price you can find much better hostels in Edinburgh!

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

18 January 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was a very nice stay in Edinburgh. The hostel is well decorated, there is free unlimited breakfast (toast/tea/coffee) and the sanitories were alright. The atmosphere is very friendly. I really recommend it !

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

02 January 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Close to everything, great staff, clean.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Francesco Piccinini

Alone

City break

27 December 2013 Francesco would recommend this property

Liked: Atmosphere and cool decorations!

Disliked: ---

100.0%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

08 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Welcoming staff, colourful decor, nice atmosphere

Disliked: Bit noisy from pub at night.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

02 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location, price

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

02 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The localization

Disliked: Nothing

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

Lovisa Eriksson

With friends / other travellers

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

30 November 2013 Lovisa would recommend this property

Liked: We loved everything about it! It was a great place to stay for a weekend vacation with a perfect location and very nice staff. The rooms were nice, cool and the beds very comfortable!

Disliked: Lovisa left no negative feedback.

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

Ivana leko

Alone

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

30 November 2013 Ivana would recommend this property

Liked: It is the best place for alone outgoing travelers and i suggest it to all. There is no possibility that you will have a bad time, hostel is big, clean,with free great breakfast,has everything you need. And the staff is extraordinary!

Disliked: There is a spot between the window and the table in the middle ,oposite the bar that hasnt been cleaned :P

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

Zhenguang Tian

With friends / other travellers

Relaxation/spa

21 November 2013 Zhenguang would recommend this property

Liked: they have a good kitchen.

Disliked: WIFI and toilet were soso.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Hamidreza Moezivafa

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

15 November 2013 Hamidreza would recommend this property

Liked: Breakfast

Disliked: Nothing really, Almost everything was average.

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

christophe schouwey

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

15 November 2013 christophe would recommend this property

Liked: It is a extremely beautiful place, with the walls covered in an incredible variety of paintings. The Video room is fantastic, there are different styles of common spaces so you'll find what you like. Unlike many hostels in Scotland, they provide free Internet if you do not have a laptop.

Disliked: I was a bit cold in the dorm and they told be they would not turn the heating system because it was not Winter yet.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

15 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: good location and cheap

Disliked: we slept in a huge room with a lot of people

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

Amanda Leahy

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

14 November 2013 Amanda would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff

Disliked: Amanda left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

13 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very social, great common areas! Lovely helpful and friendly staff. Good wifi throughout hostel, great breakfast for free! Very easy to get to from train station/airport etc and walking distance to major attractions and shops etc.

Disliked: Not enough bathrooms for area I was in. The girls bathroom was not exactly dirty, but it wasn't clean either. Only 2 power points for a 6 bed dorm and the lockers in the room were all broken so unable to lock stuff up within the room.

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

Lucia Brosova

With my spouse / partner

Visiting friends or family

13 November 2013 Lucia would recommend this property

Liked: Late check out

Disliked: Seem a bit scary with weird painted walls

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

06 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly atmosphere, good location and free breakfast

Disliked: I stayed 4 days and the dormitory room was never cleaned

54.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 20% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture

02 November 2013

Liked: It is cheap.

Disliked: - Staff. On my arrival, they were 2 members of staff at the desk who completely ignored me for about 10 minutes before even acknowledging my existence. I understand reception staff can be busy with other things at times, but they can at least greet you when you come in. - Noise. This is the first hostel I have ever stayed in that actually creates more noise than its guests. I had read this in reviews, but I did not appreciate how bad it was until I actually slept there. In the evenings and nights, there are about 3 guests in the bar, but the music is extremely loud and can be heard in the dormitories. At the same time, in those dormitories, guests are wearing ear plugs and hiding under the blankets, desperately trying to get some sleep. The hostel management appears completely unable to understand that their guests have no interest in their bar - they either go out in town or come back and want to sleep. - Bathroom. Way too few toilets and showers for the number of guests. They are too small too.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

17 October 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nothing special to say, it's on hostel

Disliked: Nothing special to say, it's on hostel

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

Jessica Field

Alone

Work / volunteering

13 October 2013 Jessica would recommend this property

Liked: Great atmosphere - full of easy going travellers. It has an awesome bar that's perfect for socialising. I was in Edinburgh for work, but this hostel actually made my trip fun! Going back next week :)

Disliked: The toilet facilities on the second floor are fine, but I went to some others near he bar and they left a lot to be desired. Also, the street can be quite noisy. I don't mind as I can sleep through anything - but it might be annoying for some!