The Baxter

5/2 West Register StreetEH2 2AAEdinburghUnited Kingdom
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About The Baxter

Situated in New Town near Edinburgh Castle and the Playhouse Theatre, The Baxter is a boutique hostel with a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi.

Dorms at the Baxter accommodate between four and 12 guests. Each dorm features custom built bunks with a personal night light, shelf and power socket. Guests also benefit from an individual locker. The four-bed dorm has a private en-suite while others offer access to shower rooms.

The hostel features a lounge with a sound system and a daybed. Guests access this non-smoking property with a secure keycard. Padlocks and towels can be hired.

Breakfast is included. Plus, guests can use the communal kitchen or visit local dining spots such as the Forth Floor Bar and the Conan Doyle.

The hostel is a few minutes’ walk from Princes Street and Edinburgh Waverley station, one mile from Holyrood Park and within three miles of the Royal Yacht Britannia.


5/2 West Register Street, EH2 2AA, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(1315)031001 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

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Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Central heating
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Internet
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Room safe
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

Clean and comfy dorms

Guests are complimentary about the standard of the dorms at the Baxter, often describing them as warm, comfy and clean. The extra touches such as the individual power socket and light are appreciated. The only slight negative is that some guests mention it was tricky getting into the higher bunks.

Nice breakfast

The free breakfast goes down a treat with guests and, while fairly basic, is more than the tea and toast offered at some hostels. Guests mention that the staff prepare freshly cooked scrambled eggs upon your arrival in the kitchen and also note that tea and coffee are available all day.

Well located

The location of the Baxter is a particular highlight. You'll be able to walk to the popular Princes Street in just a few minutes and there are plenty of local transport spots (buses and trains) to help you explore further afield.

Negative Reviews

Some extra costs

Although guests tend to be of the opinion that the hostel offers good value for money, those on a very tight budget should be aware that some extra costs for a padlock and towel hire are likely. Plus, if you want to leave luggage for a while after check-out, there is a small hourly charge per bag.

No private rooms available

Whereas some hostels offer private single and double rooms, there are no private rooms available at the Baxter. The nearest option is the four-bed dorm which is okay for a small group but means a couple wanting privacy will pay double.

Limited bathroom facilities

Guests mention that there are only four showers in the property, one of which appears to be regularly broken. This can lead to some queues and delays in the morning. Also, guests comment that there should be more toilets.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 479 reviews across the web
8.7 /10
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8.7 out of 10 based on 479 reviews