Bus Station Backpackers Edinburgh Hostel
30a Dublin Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Bus Station Backpackers Edinburgh Hostel Reviews
Cool Hostel...BUT... Dec 27, 2007
Bus Station Backpackers is situated in a quiet neighborhood in Edinburgh's New Town a few blocks away from Princes Street Gardens and not far from St. Andrews Bus Station and Waverly Train Station.
In fact I had a hard time finding the entrance. You have to go down a short flight of stairs to get to the doorway.
Steve and his wife, forgot her name, not only own and run the hostel but share their home. The space really has a warm lived in feel to it possibly due to personal touches in decorations which Steve and his wife had acquired in their own worldly travels. Plus they are very knowledgeable of the area and lead pub crawls if there is enough interest from the guests.
The kitchen, dining, and common room all share the same space. The common room has comfy slouchy sofas where you can curl up with a cup of tea (included) and watch a movie on a HUGE flat screen TV that hangs on the wall. The dining table is of modern design with tall backed chairs. The kitchen well stocked with cooking utensils and appliances.
The best part of the hostel are the amenities included. Free continental breakfast buffet, INTERNET ACCESS, bed linens, and cable TV and DVDs in the common room.
However, the mattresses need changing because they were not very comfortable. The carpet needed heavy duty cleaning. Lockers would be a nice addition even though I felt my belongings were secure without them.
The bathrooms need upgrading. The bathroom sink and shower drains drained oh so slowly. And my BIGGEST gripe was the lack of continuous hot water especially when showering!!! Totally NOT COOL!!!
Overall, my stay at Bus Station Backpackers was enjoyable mostly due to my interesting hostel roommates and the hospitality of Steve and his wife.
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