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37-39 Cowgate, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland

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4830 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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In a PERFECT location. Near pubs, clubs, restaurants, Greyfriar's Bobby, and in Grassmarket, where you can get a great view of te castle! Hostel had a good atmosphere, a bar, a pool table, and wifi. Bring your own padlock- it's expensive to rent one for the lockers. Also, towels must be rented, and if you need the Internet on one of their computers, it's a pound per 30 minutes- Just a heads up. Overall, great stay and really nice staff! Recommend it!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for the great Review and you positive comments on out location and good to hear you had a great stay. We don't hire Padlocks and the price paid of £4 is for the purchase of a padlock . We do not make any profit on our padlock but they are a little bit higher in price as we provide high quality padlocks to ensure high levels of security. Customers can of course bring their own padlocks. Thanks again for giving us a great review BB Crew :)


I had a great time in the 2 floor dormdorm. The hostel has an excellent bar and serves good food for reasonable prices. The music they play is also the best of any bar iveI've ever been to, everything from rjd2 to the avalances to Lou Reed - it really makes for a good ambiance. Overall the only disappointment was that i was stuck with a corner top bunk right by the door where a security light on the other side makes a constant loud buzzing sound.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for the awesome review. Sorry about the Buzzing Light . We have reported to our maintenance team to have it replaced . We hope you will come back soon . BB Crew :)


This place was great value for money. Very central in a great area. Friendly staff and reasonable prices. Bathrooms were tiny but no other negatives really. Beds were pretty comfortable for bunks and nicely spaced in the room. Would revisit this place for sure


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  • 1st Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Azerbaijan
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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