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Reviews of Princes Street East Backpackers

Hostel | 5 West Register Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2AA

78.2% Overall Rating

219 out of 268 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (27/09/2013)

Rafael Marques thinks…

"Very close to the city center, actually it is in the city center. It is possible to go by feet in every major attraction in the city center and nearby region."

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Fax
  • Wake-up calls
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Onsite shop(s)

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 1.68

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

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78.2%

Overall Rating

219 out of 268 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Princes Street East Backpackers'

Atmosphere
79.2%
Location
89.6%
Facilities
68.0%
Cleanliness
72.0%
Staff
88.0%
Value
78.4%
Safety
72.0%
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71.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
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Customer review

Alone

City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

11 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Family like environment

Disliked: Their bed and pillows were rather disgusting

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

LETICIA RUSCHEL SANTOS

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

25 March 2014 LETICIA would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent location and very good atmosphere.

Disliked: Too loud at night because of a pub close to the hostel.

100.0%
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Rafael Marques

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Family Holiday
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

27 September 2013 Rafael would recommend this property

Liked: Very close to the city center, actually it is in the city center. It is possible to go by feet in every major attraction in the city center and nearby region.

Disliked: Nothing, very good.

100.0%
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Muhammad Rahman

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

16 September 2013

Liked: friendly and good crowd

Disliked: couldnt sleep due to overnight music in pub at 3rd floor

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

Sheri Freestone

With my spouse / partner

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

21 July 2013 Sheri would recommend this property

Liked: It was right around the corner from the train station, which was nice for us since we arrived by train, don't know how close it is to the airport, though... There is a pub right next door where you can eat and get some drinks. There is a café right around the corner, and they give you a discount for staying at the hostel, and they have good food. The showers on the main floor appear to be better (although I never actually used them), but the one by our room was all right, too. It is also very centrally located, and therefore an easy walk to almost everything, especially main attractions. The wifi is free, although it doesn't work in the rooms. There is a big kitchen and dining area where you can eat and hang out.

Disliked: The hostel is on the... fourth floor? And just like most of Europe, there is no lift/elevator, which I believe they mention in the description, but still doesn't make all those stairs any more enjoyable. Plus, once you get up to the actual hostel, you still have to go up and down more stairs to get to the rooms. Also, I understand Europe doesn't really do air conditioning, but maybe they could at least put a fan in the room?? That's what they did in Amsterdam. The mattresses are thin and hard and not very comfortable. I know it's a hostel and I'm not expecting luxury, but the beds in France, for example, were much more comfortable.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

13 July 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Really nice paintings all over the place, very agreeable

Disliked: Lots of stairs, a bit difficult with a lot of luggage

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

Martin Križan

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

10 July 2013

Liked: location

Disliked: it doesnt look nice

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

Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

07 July 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Exactly how it describes itself. A budget backpackers hostel. In a great location.

Disliked: That's a lo-o-ng flight of steps up to the hostel.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

23 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I loved all the artwork on the walls, it made the atmosphere seem more relaxed. The toilets and bathrooms were functioning well and were clean and tidy. Same goes for the rooms.

Disliked: The bed I was sleeping in was a bottom bunk, but it was very close to the top bunk, so I kept hitting the top bunk every time I turned around!

51.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 20%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Emma Fargher

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

18 June 2013

Liked: Location was very central.

Disliked: Beds were old and falling apart, lots of the showers and toliets were broken, only 2 showers per floor, with mildew in the showers.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

23 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location was great.

Disliked: There are a LOT of stairs, no free wifi.

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

Kelly Igoe

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

20 May 2013 Kelly would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel had great character and very kind and friendly staff.

Disliked: Nothing!

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

14 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It is really near waverly train station, so it is convenient for us. The stay is also cheap for an Edinburgh stay. The staff were very helpful and price is competitive.

Disliked: It was really noisy at night. There was pub music in the background despite it being midnight. The climb up the hostel was also exhausting as it is on the 5th story. The toilets and shower cubicles are also quite a distance away from the room we stayed. We have to enter and exit some doors and go up and down some flight of steps to reach the washrooms.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife

30 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was really quiet when I got there, so I got the room to myself. Luxury when you've been traveling awhile,

Disliked: The stairs with luggage are a killer.

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

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

28 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location in town centre and food restaurants; interesting intense grafitti decor, clean showers and toilets and good hot water showers

Disliked: No free WiFi; payment required. Provides coffee and tea but no milk; difficult street to find (West Register Street does not come immediately off Princess St); locker provided but need to bring your own padlock. My mattress was of a very noisy material which made lots of sound when I got into it, disturbing other people. The bunks for room L (all female), the ladder to get to the top bunk was jammed against the window and the other end against the locker, so needed some gymnastics to get to the top. Also, top bunks had no side railings so probably this is a huge falls risk. Also, the famous long winding staircase needed to get to the top (and then somemore) so don't bring heavy luggage!

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Lucy Ikin

With friends / other travellers

City break

14 April 2013 Lucy would recommend this property

Liked: Good location although if were travelling alone or female only would be nervous about coming home alone. Very good value for money in an expensive city and very friendly staff, was able to enter the property late without hassle!

Disliked: Nothing

25.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Kirby Munn

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

11 April 2013

Liked: not much at all

Disliked: it wasn't clean, the bathrooms were dirty and the whole place just seemed creepy

45.7%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 20%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 20%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

02 April 2013

Liked: It is located near the city centre.

Disliked: The rooms are very conjested & very bad atmosphere.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Silke Schmid

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

24 March 2013 Silke would recommend this property

Liked: Good for people who are looking for a party place. But if you want to sleep well you should look out for a more quite place!

Disliked: Very noisy.

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

Alexander Scott

Alone

Visiting friends or family

16 March 2013 Alexander would recommend this property

Liked: Good location, very convenient with regard to travel. Facilities are rather basic, but that's as expected. It's aimed at people who are more concerned with economy than unnecessary frills, and delivered on that basis. Bonus points for the assorted artwork covering just about every wall surface from the street door in! I didn't end up spending very much time in the hostel, as I was out with friends until quite late, but their tolerance of irregular hours is very commendable.

Disliked: Four flights of stairs to reception, and then more between there and the dorms, could get a bit wearying after a while!

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

Carson Ramsay

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

07 November 2012 Carson would recommend this property

Liked: Staff let us us sleep in TV room until our beds were ready, we arrived super early. Check in isn't until 2pm so it was nice they let us stay. Not sure about other reviews but we found everything was very clean and accommodating. Free Sunday supper too! There was always a free, hot shower, we never had to wait for others. Stayed three nights and the staff even helped us figure out how to get to our hostel in Paris. Def recommend :)

Disliked: Having to deal with messy travellers within hostel who don't clean up after themselves. Nothing about the hostel was a dislike.

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

Sylviane Hoareau

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

28 October 2012 Sylviane would recommend this property

Liked: Staff is very nice and helpful

Disliked: Sylviane left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

11 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location is great; close to everything, New town and old town. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Convenient lockers provided.

Disliked: The unpleasantness of my stay here was mostly the fault of the other guests. The cleanliness of the hostel did leave something to be desired. The common areas lacked warmth. Would stay here again for a stopover, but not for the 4 nights I originally stayed.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

24 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: OK for one night only

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

Omar Manuel Mercado Casillas

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

10 July 2012 Omar Manuel would recommend this property

Liked: great location, very helpful and friendly staff, great price

Disliked: Omar Manuel left no negative feedback.