• Laptop Charging Lockers
    Jan 30th, 2010 by gurustu

    In the bar we have some lockers available where you can charge you phone or laptop securely. There is no cost, but you have to ask the staff to open them for you.

    Self Catering Kitchen
    Jan 30th, 2010 by gurustu

    We have a wonderful self catering kitchen with an oven, hotplates, microwave, fridge/freezers and lots of tables and chairs so you can save money by cooking for yourself. Around the corner there is a supermarket to do your shopping. In the kitchen we have recycling bins, so we do ask that you use them.

    Bean Bag Cinema
    Jan 30th, 2010 by gurustu

    Sometimes while traveling you just want to chill, so we have created a bean bag cinema, with a great sound system and projector, featuring movies you can select with a remote control.

    Linen Supplied
    Jan 29th, 2010 by gurustu

    We supply your linen. Each bed receives a fresh bottom sheet, pillow case and the cover on the duvet is changed between every guest who stays in the bed. Towels are available to rent for 50p.

    What Others Say
    Aug 17th, 2009 by gurustu

    Thanks to the greatness that is the interweb, people now leave comments about backpacker hostels which help other people pick their hostel. Its better than the stuff the hostel owners say because its real, man. So we are going to leave a selection of them here. We admit, we may leave out some, ahem, not so wonderful reviews, or we may add them, and add our own comments. Hopefully they will give you a good idea about us.

    Aug 17th, 2009 by gurustu

    Natalie has left the following review

    I liked that there were large lockers available in the rooms – ive found so far most hostels have a tiny locker available for your valuables, and the rest of your luggage sits out in the room. The kitchen is large and looks well stocked, free wi-fi is appreciated, good location to city centre, and friendly staff. Cleanliness is average expected for hostels i think.

    Thanks Natalie, its nice to hear you liked the large lockers. I made sure we got the biggest we could, although some people still find them too small!!! You should see the sizes of some luggage. I’m glad you like our kitchen, we have just purchased some new tables, so it is going to look fabulous! Cheers.

    Aug 17th, 2009 by gurustu

    We received this review from Chris in England…and you thought we wouldn’t put negative stuff here…

    1. I was unhappy at the use of disposable bowls and plates for the breakfast. Having placed recycling bins in the kitchen (GOOD) you then countered this by unnecessarily using disposables. It would be quite easy to encourage people to bring plates and bowls from the kitchen, as I did, and then to wash them up. 2. Everywhere was very hot, especially the kitchen. Could the windows not open further. 3. Hostel generally too noisy.

    Thanks Chris for the comments. It is true that it sucks to be using disposables, but we are so busy at the moment we couldn’t keep up with washing bowls. I wish we could get everyone to be good like you and wash your own, but alas it would just result in lots of complaints, and dirty bowls everywhere. We have come up with a plan to extend the breakfast times, which will reduce the rush and allow us to wash the plates and use less disposables.

    As for the heat, Edinburgh buildings were designed for the cold weather. Unfortunately we cannot open our windows any further, as the council has insisted they remain closed to a certain level so that people cannot climb out, or throw things out the window. Unfortunately these things really do happen if they open fully. We have started opening them a bit more in the bar when it is supervised, but the good news is the hot weather doen’t last long around here.

    Yes, noisy. That is from people having fun and enjoying the hostel. We openly admit we are not a quiet hostel.

    Cheers for the comments..every suggestion helps.

    Finding Us
    Aug 16th, 2009 by gurustu

    We are located in the West End of the city center of Edinburgh.

    Our address is 3 Queensferry St. If you ask anyone where the Caledonian Hotel is, it will get you to our corner, as we are across the road from it (but no relation). Also, most people know the bars, so ask for Ryans Bar, that’s across the road too. Although we are officially on Queensferry St, basically we are located where Princes Street becomes Shandwick Place.

    Unfortunately there is a lot of road work going on at the moment, as they are installing Trams into Edinburgh, and that’s a big job, so it can be confusing to walk around. Ask the locals, they are very nice people and willing to help.

    Thanks to google, you can now look at that corner to get an idea of what you looking for. Click here to see it.

    From The Airport
    Aug 15th, 2009 by gurustu

    From the Airport

    The bus from the airport to the hostel.
    The bus from the airport to the hostel.

    If you are coming from the airport, the take the airport bus (its the big blue double decker-number 100). For only £3.50 they will bring you straight to us. Get off the bus at the Hope Street/West End stop.(Make sure you listen to the announcements) You can get more information at http://www.flybybus.com/.

    Get off the bus and turn left and then right to go around Ryans Bar. We are across the road from that.

    If you don’t get off at the right stop, don’t worry, it only means you have to walk a little bit. Just get off at the final stop and turn right off the bus. Turn left at the end,  onto Princes Street and walk until you reach a big four way intersection, where you should see the Santander Bank. Other things on the corner are Ryans Bar, The Rutland Hotel, a church, and a department store called House of Fraser. The 5 Star Waldorf Caledonian Hotel is across the road too. We are located above the Santander bank, and our doorway is to the right of it, just after Mathers Bar.

    On Street Parking
    Aug 14th, 2009 by gurustu

    Parking in Edinburgh can be challenging, so we have researched some options for you.
    First, the good news.
    You can park on the street for free after 6:30pm each night until 8:30am, Monday to Saturday.
    And the bad news….after those times it’s expensive and a hassle.

    Edinburgh has been divided into zones by the council, and the on street parking prices are dependent on the zones. The council has a FAQ page here.

    We are in the “Central Controlled Parking Zone”, and parking here is controlled from 08.30 to 18.30 Monday to Saturday. The cost to park is £2.20 per hour, and the maximum time you can park in any bay is 4 hours. What is interesting, however, is that if you buy a ticket after 18.30, then the time you purchase will be for the next day. So, if you park at 7pm in the evening, and pay £6.60, you will be able to stay until 11.30am the next morning. If you park at 18.30 Saturday night, you should be fine until 8.30am Monday morning, or later if you pay. The closest on street parking near us Melville Street.

    Melville St - The closest place to park on the street near the hostel.

    For cheaper parking, you can continue down Queensferry Rd.
    If you travel about 1km away, the parking becomes cheaper, £1.40 per hour.
    If you travel about 2km down the road, then the parking is free.
    A bus back, should you require it, (Route 41 from Queensferry Rd) will be £1.20 each way, and it stops outside our front door.

    To use the machines, you need to insert coins and press the green button, then display the ticket on your window.

    Naturally, you must always check the signs wherever you want to park. Do not park on double yellow lines, resident permit bays or in disabled bays. Some information about parking rules can be found here.

    From The Train Station
    Aug 14th, 2009 by gurustu

    Edinburgh has 2 train stations, Waverley and Haymarket. Waverley is usually the last stop, but both are about the same distance from us, which is about 800m.

    From Waverley Station

    To find us after your train trip just follow the signs from the station to Princes Street, then turn left onto it. Walk about 800m and you will find the intersection which I tried to describe above.

    From Haymarket Station

    Its about the same distance to each train ststion, so its your choice which one you use. From Haymarket turn right and follow then left at the corner, which should take you onto Shandwick Place. Walk down that about 800m until you find the corner listed above with the bank, and turn left onto Queensferry St to find the hostel.

    From The Bus Station
    Aug 13th, 2009 by gurustu

    Buses coming from London or Glasgow or anywhere else will stop at the bus station in the east end, which is about 10-15 minutes walk away, but it is a pleasant walk. Get off the bus and turn right to go up the escalators, which will get you to St Andrews Street. Turn left on that, heading to Princes Street. At the end, turn right onto Princes Street and walk until you reach a big four way intersection, where you should see the Abbey Bank (soon to be Santander Bank). Other things on the corner are Ryans Bar, The Rutland Hotel, a church, and a department store called House of Fraser. The 5 Star Caledonian Hotel is across the road too. We are located above the Abbey bank, and our doorway is to the right of it, just after Mathers Bar.

    By Car
    Aug 12th, 2009 by gurustu

    Oh, no…why are you traveling to Edinburgh by car. You are going to make your life very hard you know.

    If you arrive by car, then the news is all bad. Really, you should consider public transport, it’s better for the world, and a city like Edinburgh prefers it. Cars cannot get near our entrance, I’m sorry to say, too many buses run past. And parking isn’t available anywhere near us for any reasonable prices.

    The best option is to park at one of the city’s ParknRide stations, and catch the bus back into the center of town, where we are. The cost is a bus ticket (£1.20) You can read about them here.

    Otherwise, you will have to pay for parking usually. The streets have free parking after 7pm at night normally, until 7am, but you must never test the parking inspectors. They are a private company that will book you if you are one minute late. If you want to park in a secure undercover car park, it will cost about £20 overnight. Street parking usually costs from £1-£2 per hour.

    More information about parking from The City Of Edinburgh Council here.

    Park overnight at the airport and catch a bus back

    Another more secure option is to use the long term parking at the airport, which costs about £8 a day, plus a bus ticket back to the city from the airport(£6 return). You probably wont need the car while you are in Edinburgh. The best prices for this option are found by booking ahead here, where there are more details and maps.

    Sorry we couldn’t offer better options, it’s one of the only disadvantages of being a hostel located in the city center.

    Is it possible to book a hostel bed without a credit card?
    Jun 3rd, 2009 by gurustu

    Most people travel with a credit or debit card, but some people still don’t. Personally I wouldn’t even try backpacking without at least a debit card. Its best to link it to another account, so you can keep most of your money in the other account and transfer it into your debit card when you need it. That way, if anything happens to your card, the most you can lose is what you have in the card account.
    But, I digress, if you have chosen not to do it this way, then the only other option is to make a booking using paypal, on our booking page. Other than that, you cannot make a booking. We apologise for this, but we have found that without the fear of paying for a bed for not arriving, many people make bookings and then fail to show. Even when people have begged us to allow them to book into our hostel without a credit card guarantee, and we have allowed them, then they haven’t shown up. Its unfortunate, but we cannot afford to have empty beds, so we must, absolutely must, have a credit card/debit card or paypal for a booking.

    Is it essential to book in advance?
    Jun 3rd, 2009 by gurustu

    Its often a worry for the backpacker about whether to book their accommodation in advance. We want to maintain our freedom to stay longer in a fun place, but we also don’t want to arrive in a city and not have a bed. So here I offer some guidelines…
    1. If you are arriving on a weekend, particularly late in the day or at night then book ahead.
    2. Check the hostel’s cancellation policy. If they have a 24 hour cancellation policy with no penalties, as most do, then you should be safe, because you can cancel if you change your mind…but do remember to cancel, you don’t want the first night charged to your credit card because you forgot.
    3. Look out for festivals and sporting events, which fill hostels fast. Check the hostel’s website for a calendar. Always book ahead if you can for these events. In Edinburgh, during August we have the world famous Fringe Festival. The city will be full, so if you haven’t booked ahead you could be without a bed.
    4. If you haven’t booked ahead, check the availability page the night before you leave, and see if there are plenty of beds available. You can usually book on the day of arrival now as well.

    So basically, if you are coming to Edinburgh on a Wednesday in February, then you definitely will not need a booking. If, however, you are arriving in July or August you probably should book ahead.

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    All guests must be over 18 years of age.
    We will not let anybody under 18 enter the building.

    All guests are required to provide government issued photographic identification to check in. Check-in will not be allowed without it.
    Caledonian Backpackers Hostel Edinburgh :: Phone +44-131-226-2272
    3 Queensferry St, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, EH2 4PA