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Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel

Hostel | 65 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1BU

79.2% Overall Rating

127 out of 153 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (28/07/2013)

"The location is on Cockburn road.. just off Royal mile.. so it is very convenience.. although they describe the direction to the hostel.. but when i came out from the bus station, i can't find the street signs to know…"

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  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines

Purchasable Extras

  • Luggage Room USD 4.68
  • Breakfast USD 7.73
  • Towel USD 1.56

What's Included

  • Linen

Important Information

We have a 48hr cancellation policy. Late cancellations shall be charged the equivalent of the first nights accommodation. No-shows shall be charged the full amount of the reservation. During the month of August, the hostel will charge your card the full amount one month before arrival. If you will be arriving in less than a month the charge will be made within 24hrs. Cancellations - 1 month > 14 days before arrival we will retain 25% or the first night - Less than 14 days notice no refund will be given. If the card is declined your booking will be cancelled. Special Event Booking: 14 - 16 November Rugby: Please Note - The hostel will charge your card the full amount 1 month before arrival; if under 1 month, within 24hrs of booking being made. Cancellations: - 1 month > 14 days before arrival we will retain 25% or the first night - Less than 14 days notice no refund will be given. If your card is declined your booking will be cancelled. Special Event Booking – Hogmanay Special (28th December - 4th January). Please Note: For All Hogmanay Bookings, your credit card will be charged the full outstanding amount shortly after the booking is made. Cancellations made more than 14 days before the arrival date will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made less than 14 days before the arrival date shall not receive any refund. If your card is declined your booking will be cancelled. There is a 10 GBP key deposit for all guests. We accept all major credit/debit cards, but do charge a minimum 50 pence transaction fee, with a credit card charge of 2%. Photo ID (drivers licence, passport) is required to check in to the hostel. If you're unable to produce photo ID on arrival we will not honour your booking. Check-in: 2pm. Check out: 10am. Private Rooms – For all private room bookings the hostel will charge the first night to confirm booking 24 hours before arrival. Groups of six or more people may be subject to a GBP 20/person security deposit which will be refunded upon departure, pending a room check and appropriate behaviour. Smoking is now illegal in all public places; thus, the hostel is 100% non-smoking. There is a minimum charge of GBP 50 if you smoke in this hostel.

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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Edinburgh Backpackers is a vibrant international hostel ideally located in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Read more

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About Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel

The Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel has it all. Location, friendly staff, comfortable beds, affordable prices, an international and lively atmosphere and did we mention a superb location. Situated in a 18th century building in the heart of the historic Old Town on Edinburgh’s funkiest Street, our hostel is located 50 metres from the Royal Mile and less than 2 minute’s walk from the Train station and airport shuttle bus. This means we’re perfectly positioned in the middle of Edinburgh’s many attractions and wild nightlife.

We have bright, clean and spacious dorm rooms and a few private rooms, which are located in our main building, and some have magnificent views down Cockburn Street or over the Edinburgh skyline. We also have a large number of other private rooms housed in self-catering apartments in two separate buildings on the same street. These tend to be a bit quieter and are quite popular with couples or small groups

The Hostel has a 24-hour reception and there is no curfew so you are free to explore the city until all hours in the morning. We also have a large self-catering kitchen, pool room, chill out room with Sky TV. If you don’t feel like cooking there is café/bar attached to the Hostel called the Southern Cross Café. Come here for a relaxing drink, or to do some emailing on the Internet. We have an extensive menu and a wide range of drinks to offer. All Hostel guests also receive a 15% discount off their food bill.

Hostel facilities include:-

Cable TV
Pool table and darts
E-mail and internet access
Southern Cross Café (Special Discounts for all residents)
Self-catering kitchen
Hot showers
Free linen
Secure storage for valuables and luggage
24 hour reception
Pub crawls

Secure car parking facilities are located just a 5 minute walk from the hostel. Reception is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and there is no curfew so you can make the most of the many pubs, clubs and restaurants nearby.