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Castle Rock Hostel

15 Johnston Terrrace, Edinburgh, Scotland
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  • 91%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 98%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 91%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 90%Facilities

Hostelworld says:

Castle Rock Hostel is in an ideal location just beside Edinburgh Castle, up the hill from Grassmarket. This carefully-decorated hostel has clean, spacious, themed rooms that our guests have described as 'lovely and warm', as well as a large kitchen and multiple lounges, so there's plenty of space to meet others or find a quiet corner. Hostelworld travellers have said 'the staff are wonderful and great at answering questions and giving advice about what to see and do (and not) in the city'. We like their popular, highly praised walking tours and pub crawls. They don't accept guests under 18.

Property Information:

Castle Rock Hostel is fabulously located right beside Edinburgh Castle! Our palatial hostel offers wonderful character, with a mix of grandeur and a backpacker vibe!


Enjoy being in Edinburgh's best location & being at the very heart of the city. We are just a stroll from the bus, train and the airport bus and a 1 minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, 1 minute from the Royal Mile & 1 minute from the Grassmarket. We are in a relatively quiet street but the city's wonderful, late night-life is also just around the corner – ideal!

Built in 1846 and turned into a backpackers hostel in 1997, we have packed this grand old building full of art, character and antiquity. Some people say it is more an art gallery or museum than a hostel. We think you will love it with our bright, sunny and spacious rooms and great facilities like FREE Wi-Fi, a movie room, a delightful patio and a fire place for those cold winter nights as well as plenty of room to kick back and relax or join in the fun with other travellers.

Our receptionists will always give you a friendly welcome and can help with any questions about what to see in Edinburgh or about travel around Scotland. We aim to look after you totally so you can have the best holiday possible. Here's a list of more that we offer…

Truly superb location under the castle ramparts
Open 24 hours every day of the year
Bed-side lockers in all rooms
24 hour Safe for total security.
Vibrant atmosphere with a choice of lounges
Pick up point for a Free city walking tour
Big lounge with Jukebox, pool table, piano, free tea & coffee
Luggage storage
Free hair dryers

ART everywhere!
Big screen movie lounge with both Scottish and mainstream movies
Internet lounge with Wi-Fi
Posh lounge with piano and fire place
Hot and powerful showers
Unisex bathrooms (with locked cubicles)
Large self-catering kitchen
Breakfast for only £1.50
Laundry service £4.00
Clean bed linen (with properly fitted sheets)
MacBackpackers tours pick-up point
Sunny and cheery patio
No hidden charges
No Stag or hen parties
Minutes from the bus and train
Fabulous views over the city
Scottish owned - backpacker run
We also have two other hostels in the Old Town of Edinburgh; the small & vibrant Royal Mile Backpackers and the historic High Street Hostel, Edinburgh’s original independent hostel!

Go green and carbon neutral; Fifteen years ago we bought a 75+ hectare woodland that absorbs more than the total CO2 emissions from fuel used in our hostel and also the other properties in our small MacBackpackers hostel and bus company chain. We also try our best to re-cycle everything (with your help) and our electricity is all sourced from renewable, non-nuclear supplies. Stay with us for a great holiday and minimal environmental impact!

Just a few reminders;
Please note if you are booking for more than 5 people you need to contact us directly before making the booking
Be aware that if you book for a group your reservation will be cancelled and you will lose the 12% deposit.
If guests are under the age of 18 you must contact the hostel first for the manager’s approval.

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  • Latest Review

    We enjoyed our stay at the hostel which is in a very good location for visiting Edinburgh. The one main thing we would like to change is to get better mattresses, but then we are somewhat older than the average hosteller.
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      Anonymous, England, Male, 41+
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  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Jobs Board
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Security Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool Table
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire

Hostel Awards

  • 2016 1st Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh
  • 2015 1st Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh
  • 2014 6th Worldwide Extra Large Hostel
  • 2014 1st Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh
  • 2013 1st Worldwide Extra Large Hostel
  • 2013 1st Best Hostel by Country Scotland
  • 2013 1st Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh
  • 2012 5th Worldwide Extra Large Hostel
  • 2011 10th Worldwide Large Hostel
  • 2011 1st Best Hostel by Country Scotland
  • 2010 1st Best Hostel by Country Scotland

Hoscar Nominations
  • 2016 - Worldwide Large Hostel
  • 2015 - Worldwide Large Hostel
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  • Age Restriction
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 2 day cancellation policy.
Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay, unless otherwise stated below (see 'Things to Note' information).

Things to Note

SPECIAL CANCELLATION POLICY FOR NEW YEARS / HOGMANAY: All New Years / Hogmanay reservations must be canceled 7 days in advance prior to 2pm on the arrival date to receive a 90% refund. If it is less that 7 days in advance, NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN. FAILURE TO SHOW WILL RESULT IN THE FULL AMOUNT OF YOUR RESERVATION BEING CHARGED. OVER 18 ONLY - Sorry, no children. No stag/hens parties allowed. If you would like to book more than 5 people you need to contact us directly before you make the booking. Be aware that if you book for a group your reservation will be cancelled and you will lose the 12% deposit. All guests must provide some form of identification (either passport, drivers licence or national ID card) at check in. Cancellations must be notified before 2pm, 2 days before arrival, otherwise the first night will be charged ***AUGUST CANCELLATION POLICY: August bookings must be canceled at least 7 days prior to 2.00pm on the arrival date. If bookings are canceled within 7 days, the amount equal to the first night will be charged. No shows will be charged the full amount of the booking. **ROOM TYPES: Please note: when booking private double rooms please bear in mind the room has 1 double bed.

Castle Rock Hostel Located at 15 Johnston Terrrace, , Edinburgh.
Castle Rock Hostel
Edinburgh EH1 2PW 15 Johnston Terrrace
92% 8099
55.9483828 -3.1957983
Castle Rock Hostel
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