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Overview of Argyle Backpackers

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Individually furnished, free WiFi
Individually furnished, free WiFi

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 LocationPrinces Street15 min walk
    Popular LocationRoyal Mile16 min walk
    Popular LocationEdinburgh Castle20 min walk
    AirportEdinburgh (EDI)32 min drive

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Double Room

4.1/5 guest room rating
  • 19 sq ft
  • City view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

Triple Room

4.6/5 guest room rating
  • 21 sq ft
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Double Bed and 1 Twin Bunk Bed OR 1 Twin Bed and 1 Double Bed

Single Room

5/5 guest room rating
  • 21 sq ft
  • City view
  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Twin Bed

Twin Room

4.7/5 guest room rating
  • 21 sq ft
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 Twin Beds OR 1 Twin Bunk Bed

About this area


Argyle Backpackers is located in Edinburgh's Newington neighborhood. Grassmarket and Princes Street 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
  • Princes Street - 15 min walk
  • Royal Mile - 16 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 20 min walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 7 min drive
  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 27 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 refrigerator in a common area and dry cleaning. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, laundry facilities, a computer station, and a library are onsite. 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 refrigerators and microwaves. Bathrooms are shared and housekeeping is available on request.
Argyle Backpackers offers 18 accommodations with shared/communal kitchens. Each accommodation is individually furnished. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include showers.

This Edinburgh hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Digital television is provided. Housekeeping is offered on request and hair dryers 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

  • Dry cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Library
  • No elevators

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 lobby
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Heating


  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower


  • 14-inch TV
  • Digital channels

Food and drink

  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Stovetop


  • Individually furnished
  • Safe (surcharge)



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
If you are planning to arrive after 9:30 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
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
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at 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

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Argyle Backpackers and receive a full refund?
Yes, Argyle Backpackers offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Argyle Backpackers cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Is Argyle Backpackers pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
What time is check-in at Argyle Backpackers?
Check-in is from 2 PM - 8:00 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
What time is check-out at Argyle Backpackers?
Check-out is at 10:30 AM.
Where is Argyle Backpackers located?
Located in Newington, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of The Meadows and University of Edinburgh. Grassmarket and Princes Street are also within 15 minutes. Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) is 21 minutes by foot and Edinburgh Waverley Station is 22 minutes.

Overall score and ratings



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

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

4/5 Good

Traveled 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

Traveled 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

Traveled with partner, Traveled with family
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

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