Surely not the best place I have ever stayed in, but well - there are surely worse places. It's a low-budget backpacker hostel and one of the cheapest places to stay in Inverness. Eastgate Hostel is located in the third floor of a Victorian building. The rooms were quite basic but clean and the location in the pedestrian zone (in front of a shopping mall) was great as well. The only real drwaback was the shower, especially the fungus on the ceiling and in the corners. With exception of this, however, toilets and showers were as clean as you could expect in such a hostel. If you want to save some money and like the chaotic-messy atmosphere of a small backpacker hostel, that should be the place for you. However, if you want anything which goes beyond a basic bed in a dorm, there are plenty of alternatives in Inverness.
BTW, if you have stayed in the "Bath Backpackers" hostel in Bath you will recognize some of the decoration. Regarding quality and atmosphere, both hostels are quite comparable.
Directions: In front of Eastgate shopping mall at the eastern end of the pedestrian zone. Close to the train station and Inverness College.
We stayed at the Eastgate Backpackers Inverness in a private room 2 nights. After experiencing another bad accommodation in Glasgow we thought that that was the worst one....until we saw the Eastgate Backpackers in Inverness.
The room was tiny, barely having space to open the door, sheets were not clean and beds were not done when we arrived. Besides the automatic locking system meant that there was a lot of noise when doors were shut. Walls between rooms or bathroom are so thin that you can hear everything. We could not sleep there. The price is too high compared with what this backpackers offers you.
Computer was incredible slow. Kitchen too dark. And so on. We started to be depressed when we saw the room and wondered how someone can charge such an amount for the conditions it offers.
Don't go there unless really
I stayed at the Eastgate Backpackers Hostel in October, when there is obviously less tourism going on. Notwithstanding this, I bumped into some excellent people, and the few other guests managed to give me some free and perfect advice about Inverness.
The hostel is divided into separate rooms which affords lots of privacy, and each room has a theme. I was in the Canada room - a bit of home in Inverness.
The hostel kitchen is one of the cleanest I've seen, and the shower facilities are sparkling and probably cleaner than your shower at home!
The hostel is less than 5 minutes walk from the bus and train stop - it took me just over 4 minutes 30 seconds. Even better there is a grocery store accross the street, as well as a large shopping mall to buy travel goods, etc.
Not only would I recommend this hostel, I'd go as far as saying that looking at any other option in Inverness is futile. If you are travelling as a couple, ask for one of the private rooms - which means you will get the same privacy as in a hotel, for lots less money!
Unique Quality: This hostel actually has some unique decorations and themes. Better yet, it is clean clean clean and clean again.
Directions: Other side of the M&S at the Eastgate Mall
Cigerette smoke in the only communal / eating room
I have to say, though this place isn't dreadful, its the one most likely to cause disappointment. So I see it as a "last resort".
A good place if you are super-chilled out and have no fears of theft or hassle, if you smoke and don't cook. If you are not fussy, this place will do.
Unique Quality: I felt the staff hadn't a good enough understanding or motivation to look after this place - I think their expectations are low and they cannot see it as the poor hostel it is.
After all, it has a great location and is well marketed, so I assume makes good money. Why change?
Security concerned me - with doors unlockable. The central location and noisy drunks (inside and out) left me with an unsettled night. (I'm 6'2" tall, btw).
Rooms were too crowded - obviously shoe-horning people in, and some bunks were wobbly. Under investment all around.
Cleaning was basic and staff interaction poor.
The promoted bbq and beer garden were non-existent.
But worst for me was the rubbish kitchen - very poor - and the lack of dining area (except the smoky lounge).
Not good - too risky - there are better places!
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Directions: Opposite eastgate shopping centre - end of pedestrianised High Street.
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Address: 38 Eastgate, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, IV2 3NA, United Kingdom