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Argyle Backpackers

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Individually furnished, free WiFi
Individually furnished, free WiFi

Overview of Argyle Backpackers

Argyle Backpackers

4 out of 5

3.8/5 Good

Guests rated this property 3.8/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Business services
  • Laundry

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationUniversity of Edinburgh9 min walk
  • Popular LocationPrinces Street15 min walk
  • Popular LocationEdinburgh Castle20 min walk
  • AirportEdinburgh (EDI)31 min drive

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About this area


Argyle Backpackers is located in Edinburgh's Newington neighbourhood. Princes Street and Royal Mile are worth checking out if shopping is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's popular attractions can visit Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and Royal Botanic Garden. Check out an event or a game at Murrayfield Stadium, and consider making time for Edinburgh Zoo, a top attraction not to be missed. Guests appreciate the hostel's quiet location.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • University of Edinburgh - 9 min walk
  • National Library of Scotland - 11 min walk
  • Greyfriar's Bobby - 12 min walk
  • Princes Street - 15 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 20 min walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 8 min drive
  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 31 min drive


  • Cafe Artista - 5 min walk
  • The Birchwood - 6 min walk
  • Peter's Yard - 7 min walk
  • Nanyang - 9 min walk
  • August _21 - 9 min walk

About this property

Argyle Backpackers

Victorian Edinburgh hostel in Newington, walk to University of Edinburgh
Along with a microwave in a common area, this hostel has a fridge in a common area and dry cleaning. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, laundry facilities, a computer station and a library are on-site. All rooms are individually furnished and offer free WiFi and showers. For a bit of entertainment, TVs come with digital channels, and guests can also appreciate conveniences like fridges and microwaves. Bathrooms are shared and housekeeping is available on request.
Argyle Backpackers offers 18 forms of accommodation with shared/communal kitchens. Each accommodation is individually furnished. Fridges and microwaves are provided. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower.

This Edinburgh hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Digital televisions are provided. Housekeeping is offered on request and hairdryers can be requested.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi and wired Internet

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave
  • Fridge


  • Library
  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • Catalan
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Business services

  • Computer station


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • Designated smoking areas
  • Fireplace in reception
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Heating


  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower


  • 14-inch TV
  • Digital channels

Food and drink

  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Fridge
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Hob


  • Individually furnished
  • Safe (surcharge)

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Check-in from 2 PM - 8:00 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:30 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 9 AM - 9:00 PM
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
If you are planning to arrive after 9:30 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • An in-room safe is available for an additional fee

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash
Safety features at this property include a smoke detector

We should mention

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms

National rating

This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.

Property is also known as

Argyle Backpackers Hostel Edinburgh
Argyle Backpackers Hostel
Argyle Backpackers Edinburgh
Argyle Backpackers
Argyle Backpackers Hotel Edinburgh
Argyle Backpackers Edinburgh, Scotland
Argyle Backpackers Edinburgh
Argyle Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Argyle Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Edinburgh

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Rating 5 - Excellent. 33 out of 164 reviews
5 - Excellent 20%
Rating 4 - Good. 86 out of 164 reviews
4 - Good 52%
Rating 3 - Okay. 32 out of 164 reviews
3 - Okay 20%
Rating 2 - Poor. 12 out of 164 reviews
2 - Poor 7%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 164 reviews
1 - Terrible 1%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Travelled with family, Travelled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2019

4/5 Good

Travelled with group
Liked: Staff & service, room comfort
My friend and I had a slightly underwhelming stay, fine for the most part but even for a hostel our twin room left something to be desired. Not even a bin in the room which we thought was odd and a pretty standard thing. Dirty walls and a plug socket that was hanging off. Two single beds positioned one in front of the other against the wall, without much space to move. For winter, the duvets were extremely thin, but the girl at the desk was very accommodating when I asked for another. Towels, hairdryer etc are also provided if you ask. We just felt it was a shame because the rooms themselves let the experience down- there was dirt and dead flies in one of the communal bathrooms, there wasn't even a little sense of comfort or character in the bedroom, there was incense burning somewhere so the place stank of it. Ive stayed in a wide range of hostels, hotels, airbnbs and I'm generally easily pleased, but sadly nothing about this place left me with any kind of lasting impression or the desire to go back. It's difficult finding anywhere in Edinburgh that delivers on both affordability and homeliness/cleanliness so while it just about did the job for two nights, we didn't find ourselves wanting to hang about the place any more than we needed to.
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2019

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Good stay clean room and bathroom lovely service great prices
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2019

3/5 Okay

Travelled with family, Travelled with partner
Disliked: Amenities, property conditions & facilities
Excellent location, very small rooms, we had one room with a faulty lock, not very clean, no service at reception before 9 o’clock, broadband connection kept coming and going, dirty kitchens, some of the issues were resolved after we posted first impressions on Expedia. We will not return.
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2019

4/5 Good

Stayed 3 nights in Oct 2019