• 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.

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    All guests must be over 18 years of age.
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    Caledonian Backpackers Hostel Edinburgh :: Phone +44-131-226-2272
    3 Queensferry St, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, EH2 4PA