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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Staff were friendly and helpful. Hostel was warm and cosy. Rooms were clean and adequate with their own ensuites. Several takeaways close by and short walk to train station and Tesco. Rooms are arranged in 3 areas so good for groups.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed staying at Sandra's Backpackers as part of my tour of Caithness. Hygiene and the cleanliness of the place has certainly improved since my last stay in October 2015, particularly in the kitchen and bathrooms. I thought both the owners were friendly and allowed me store my bags in the kitchen prior to getting the train back to Inverness. It...

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Alberta
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Twin ensuite room with bunkbeds. Window in ceiling. It was very clean and although we had to continually press the shower button, the water was plenty hot. Didn't find the man overly friendly but the other guests were. Not much character, quite plain and basic, but for £42 for the room, we were OK with that. Nice to have stuff...

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Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

I booked this thinking it was a bed and breakfast for me and my wife as I had work the next day on the Orkney Islands, after a seven and half hour drive we were eager to have a shower and changed to get something to eat, when we got there had to knock on side door as reception was...

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Thank Paul C
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Good value for a private room wiht breakfast included. Fully equip kitchen, with decent sized dinning room for size of hostel. Close to everything in town. Great stay until alarm started ringing at 6:50 am and when we called reception they didn't do anything about it except put a towel over it until we checked out at 10. Ruined what...

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Thank Danny M
Reviewed 19 September 2016

I opted for the £42 room so I could have a little privacy and not have to share with other people. The bed was comfy, the pillows were comfier! The en-suite bathroom was very nice, clean and the shower was actually hot! There was communal huge kitchen area with a variety of cereal with milk etc in the fridge. Cooker...

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Ashford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Stayed here with 4 friends on the first night of our charity JOGLE cycle ride. We weren't expecting luxury and therefore were not disappointed. The rooms are basic and whilst not spotless, were not too bad and met our needs. The kitchen/dining room area was clean and tidy with a good selection of basic breakfast items available ( ie Cereals,...

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 September 2016

This was my second time in a hostel, and as I am no expert readers will use their discretion when reading this review. Sandra's is situated in the centre of Thurso, close to all the local emenities. The hostel is made up of several floors, my friends and I were in a 4 bed dorm on the top floor with...

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Dundee, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 July 2016

I stayed here with my boyfriend for one night last week when I visited John O'Groats, We stayed in a private double which was very clean, had a great bathroom with a good shower and even a TV on the wall by the bed. Man who welcomed us was very friendly and we were able to borrow towels etc. Kitchen...

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 July 2016

As other people have said, this hostel is dirty. Someone has said that deep cleaning is needed, but tbh, even just a surface clean would help it a lot! My bed sheets had stains on them, the bathroom had hairs on the walls and mould on the tiles. The kitchen was filthy. Other people had commented on the manky cereal...

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Address: 24/26 Princes Street, Thurso, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Thurso
Price Range: $29 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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“Room J1(£42 double bed) was quite loud, don't recommend for light sleepers.”
  • Comfy bed, comfy pillows. Excuse the mess had been riding for 22 hours!
  • TV in room. Hand for scale lol :)
  • Nice, clean, tiled bathroom. HOT shower!
 of 5 bubbles LifeOfBike, 19 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Sandra's is not wheelchair friendly, if you want a cooked breakfast, bring your own.”
 of 5 bubbles Mariner500, 2 Sep 2016 | Read review
“I would go for a double private room - clean with own bathroom for a relatively cheap price. No view though.”
 of 5 bubbles Jadey1988, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
“the private en suites if you can drown out the noise from the taxi rank”
 of 5 bubbles Glasgow95, 1 Jan 2016 | Read review
“double rooms en suite with tv are best value(£38/night for room)”
 of 5 bubbles ex-submariner, 20 Oct 2014 | Read review
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