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Argyle Backpackers

4-starThis establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.
14 Argyle Place, Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH9 1JL, United Kingdom

Upscale hostel within easy reach of University of Edinburgh
  • Free WiFi
  • Staff friendly, Especially the first girl we met at reception.Nov 21, 2018
  • The hostel was ok. We had a double room shared bath. Room itself was clean enough,…Jun 20, 2018

Argyle Backpackers

  • Double Room
  • Single Room
  • Triple Room
  • Twin Room

What’s around Argyle Backpackers


  • In Newington
  • University of Edinburgh - 9 min walk
  • Grassmarket - 14 min walk
  • Princes Street - 15 min walk
  • Royal Mile - 16 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 20 min walk
  • George Street - 24 min walk
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 29 min walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 31 min drive
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 20 min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 28 min walk
  • Kingsknowe Station - 10 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 18 rooms
  • Arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time 2 PM-8:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 10:30 AM
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.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms

Payment types at the property

  • Cash
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Barbecue grills
  • Microwave in a common area
Working away
  • Computer station
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas
Languages Spoken
  • Catalan
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

In the room

Things to enjoy
  • Individually furnished
Freshen up
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Be entertained
  • 14-inch TV
  • Digital TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stovetop
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils

Argyle Backpackers’s small print

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


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a smoke detector on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Optional extras

Safes in guestrooms can be used for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Argyle Backpackers

  • Does Argyle Backpackers offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Argyle Backpackers does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Argyle Backpackers?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Are pets allowed at Argyle Backpackers?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Argyle Backpackers?
    You can check in from 2 PM to 8:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:30 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Argyle Backpackers?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Cafe Artista (5-min walk), The Birchwood (6-min walk), and Peter's Yard (7-min walk).

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.0 From 92 reviews

Very Good 8.0
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.
Erin, gb2 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10.0
Good stay clean room and bathroom lovely service great prices
Karin, gb2 night trip with friends
Good 6.0
Just ok
Very rude person at the front desk when I wanted to get my deposit back. Noisy neighbors who woke me up at 5.45
Mathias, gb1 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Not disappointing!
Great service. Affordable private room (public bathroom). The bathrooms weren’t well-maintained and not very clean so I didn’t feel comfortable taking a shower there. Pro tip: Be sure to bring your own towels! I had forgotten about that! Location isn’t bad. Lots of stuff within a 20-30 minute walk, including great restaurants and city center and everything. But it was hard to locate.
us1 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Ok hostel, just depressing
Stayed here for 1night. The hostel is a bit depressing, just got no character. I couldn't stay here for any great length of time. Don't get me wrong the hostel is clean and tidy with 2 homely kitchens and a TV lounge. It's like going to your grandmother house that's the best I can describe it. The hostel is a good 15min walk from the city centre across the meadows
gb1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
We will be back! Clean and comfortable
The staff here were really friendly and helpful and definitely made the stay here worthwhile. As a hostel you usually expect small and cramped places but there were two lovely kitchens and a lounge to meet your friends and if you're not a high maintenance hotel visitor and just want a nice clean bed for the evenings then this is the place to go! A 10 - 15 minute walk to a main area of the City means the location was fantastic and quiet in the evenings. Where I will be staying again for any future trips to Edinburgh!
Bryony, gb2 night trip with friends
Very Good 8.0
Provided what we needed.
I have never stayed in a hostel before. I have to say my experience was good. I did not have high expectations. Room was clean bed comfortable. Shared toilet and showers ok. Shared kitchens ok, a little rough around the edges. Comfortable large light and airy living room. Mixture of travellers, ourselves visiting grandchildren, simple and straightforward meeting anxiety greeting.
Cindy, gb4 night romance trip
Very Good 8.0
Cozy and affordable!
Cozy little flat with a few stories of space. Multiple bathrooms and kitchens, with a nice little patio out back. Good wifi, and showers, as well as a nice and helpful staff. Would definitely visit again! BONUS there is an awesome Pub right across the street and we even bumped into the owner of the Hostel there!
Cole, us2 night romance trip
Fair 4.0
Rooms were warm, clean and basic. Walls were thin so you could hear people talking quite cleary. The door lock didn't feel secure, asked reception if someone could look at it but was flimsy and did not make for a good nights sleep. It is a good location but wouldn't stay there again.
gb2 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Ein Backpacker Hostel wie in den 80igern. Küchenbenutzung, gemeinsame Aufenthaltsräume und Garten. Sehr nettes
Andrea, de7 night trip

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