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37-39 Cowgate, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland

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4493 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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Unfortunately, sometimes the water coming out of the shower was quite cold and it was already switched to the maximum temperature.

  • 4th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Cold showers!!!


First experience of a hostel and was only chosen as a cheap alternative to a long airport drive. Cannot fault the value for money, location and facilities. Private 4 bed room was ideal for our purposes. Staff were helpful. Imagine this place is a hit with the under 30s!

  • 3rd Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


This hostel was awesome. Not only are the staff friendly, but they're willing to help with anything. The bar downstairs was great, the food was great, and the atmosphere was even better! They have a kitchen and a chill out room and the rooms were big. If you want a cheap and fun hostel in a good location then this is the hostel for you.


Great location, amazing staff, clean premisses. Would definitely come back.


Ok when i arrive the staff was extremely helpful and nice, it was a girl and she told me where to go and what to do; but the staff at night was kinda rude. Other thing that really bothered me is that i payed for a 4 bed female room and at night when i was about to sleep a guy entered the room and took the only bunk available and i was like wtf. The next day i realized that one of the other beds was taken by another guy.. that pissed me off because i payed more to be in a female room.


the showers didn't have hot water at all! and also there wasn't a place to put your shampoo and etc in it. other wise it's all was ok! nice beds and enough sockets for everyone!


I had very few criticisms of the hostel: 1. The staff is great - but they arent helpful when we have a problem with something in the room because they cant leave the reception desk. 2. I stayed in the room for 5 days - it was never cleaned. 3. The toilets though usable - didnt look like they were cleaned often.

  • 24th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • India
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The bedroom itself was stuffy and grungy, and I avoided it except for sleeping. The common rooms were decent, though. The staff did not seem very informative, helpful, or interested, and it seemed like everything cost extra money (using towels, locks for the lockers, storage, breakfast, adapters, etc).


This hostel was the best that i've ever been so far!


The showers are all cold and doesn't work very well. Everything costs extra money, such as padlocks, luggage storing and printing. Location is good, but I wouldn't recommend it.


Excellent hostel! Helpful staff, good food at the bar, great atmosphere. It's been the third hostel of my trip so far. It was the cheapest one, which worried me at first, but it was the best one! I'd recommend it to everyone!


Only one street away from steps to Edinburgh castle and next to the entrance to the graveyard,this hostel has an incredible location. There are key cards to get beyond the lobby and into your room, and there is 24 hour check-in. This hostel is fun, adorable, and has so much personality. Our stay was filled with friendly people, comfortable living space, and delicious food from the kitchen!


Best hostel I have stayed. They are very organised, specially with food in the kitchen. They provide food boxes so that the guests can have their food organised and identified. Cleanliness in very good. Furniture very good. Nice chill out room and bar. They have signs inside the bedrooms asking for silence after 10pm. Real hostel experience almost perfectly done except from the shower that wasn't warm enough!


Great and clean and happy staff


Great hostel, etc...ONLY downside is that room 7 windows don't block any cold air.


Staff were awesome! Loved the vibe and location of the place. Food was great. Only down side is the internet changes every morning so you have to get the new password.

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