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Within moments of disembarking our train in Edinburgh, we saw two drunks staggering around, struggling to keep themselves upright (only one succeeded, and only because of the two friends she had supporting her). Ultimately, we learned that there is perhaps no better image to characterize the city. Our arrival in Scotland was one of the more …
Meeting a group is Scotsmen the first night who were all together for the holidays finally all back together in Edinburgh. Many beers later I was shown the deliciousness of the national dish- haggis. It was perhaps the best insight into Scotland and the most fun I've had in a while getting to know complete strangers. Edinburgh is a beautiful city …
Not sure where i left off on my last entry, but it's been a fun experience. Before my sister got to the hostel i decided to take a quick nap before doing anything. Since i had gone to the pub crawl the night before i decided i wanted to sit in the hostel bar and enjoy some live music and drinks. Decided to do some laundry as well! When sitting in …
Finally in Edinburgh after a long day of traveling!!! The hostel atmosphere is great, but im thinking i like the one i stayed at in London better! I got all set up and came down for dinner. In the cafe they were serving pasta with pesto sauce, garlic bread and salad. Pretty good meal, can't complain. Met another Australian named Adam. We decided to …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBudget Backpackers Edinburgh
The staff here were so helpful with organizing accommodation and helping me print things off and photocopy documents. They were definitely life savers. The hostel is clean, but the internet is not always great and it is really big, so a bit hard to meet people. Excellent location
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Historical Traveler Reviews Budget Backpackers Edinburgh
Disclaimer: We stayed in the new part of the hostel - didn't even realise there was an older, crappier building :-(
We stayed at the hostel for one night on either end of a tour. The first night was great! Stayed in the new building in a quiet quad in the back. Great room, amazing beds, good shared bathrooms with 4 lockable showers. The new building is one of the better hostels I've stayed at. Having 'guaranteed' we would stay in the same building on the way back, we were very disappointed to be put in the old building. They are trying to renovate, but it is nowhere as nice as the new. The duvets are appaullingly dirty - don't use them! We were facing the street, which is VERY noisy with people out celebrating well into the wee hours of the morn. The room was clean, the bathroom was horrible (one between 2 rooms of 4!). It was dirty and tiny. I would advise that if you're booked in the old building, beg and plead for the new - otherwise find some place else! Staff are very friendly though.
Avoid the old building
whatever you do, stay in the new building. It is clean, comfortable and excellent value. If you get posted to the older building across the road, it is a whole differnet experience. I think my mattress was older than me (I'm 32) and when i laid on it, I swear something bit me so I slept on top of the mattress.
Just stick the new building, beg if they say your bed is in the old building.
This was my first hostel experience and from some reviews, I was apprehensive of this hostel. When arriving, the staff was courteous. My sister and I bugged the staff numerous times about places to see, tours to take, places to eat and they answered every question and didn't seem to mind or act like we were annoying them in anyway with our curiosity. One staff member (All I remember is that he is originally from Canada) recommend a tour and my sister absolutely loved it and wanted to thank him for helping set it up.
I stayed here over the December holidays, after checking on tripadvisor and doing all my research. I was put into the older building across the street from reception, which I thought would be fine/quieter at first, since it was a lot smaller than the main building. Unfortunately, I was soon proven wrong.
Ok, here are "pros": good central location to the old town area, nice kitchens & showers in the newer bldg., helpful cleaning crew.
Cheap & cheerful
If you're looking for a cheap, clean and cheerful hostel, this is the one. Stayed here twice and would recommend it to anyone.
A decent place to stay
First of all I've to say that I stayed in much nicer hostel, but most of them have been outside the big cities and were small, familiar hostels. Anyway, as these are not easy to find (if at all) I have to say that the Budget Backpacker is a decent place and I would probably stay there again on my next trip to Edinburgh.
The location is pretty good especially when staying only for a couple of days as most of the sights are in walking distance.
I stayed in a 4 bed female only dorm which was clean and a reasonable size. The lounge was pretty comfy and big, the kitchens were o.k. as were the bathrooms. They could have been cleaned more often though.
Laid-Back and Cheap - Perfect For Students!
The hostel isn't 5-star, but it's great for students on a budget. The staff were friendly and hip and had lots of help with tourist information. The rooms were comfortable, if a bit cramped for 6 people, and the bright colors made it feel more hang-out, and less institution-ish. Within walking distance of the Edinburgh Castle and other attractions. The bathrooms were corridor and unisex but forgiveable; the communal kitchens, its best feature, are best for long-term occupants. The only downside was when they conveniently "misplaced" our room key and tried to charge us for another.