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Cowgate Tourist Hostel Reviews

96 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland

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79%

Rating
2662 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 72%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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77%

This is a decent hostel, and definitely fine for the price. The best part was the awesome kitchen. The rooms were a bit sparse but the beds comfortable. The showers weren't great though. However, the staff were really helpful and friendly throughout our stay so that's a definite plus!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you pointing out the positives in your stay. We are not perfect but I am glad you found the staff helpful and you are right....the kitchens are awesome! We have 10 of them :)

77%

Beds we're very springy and loud. The toilets we're hard to flush, the shower temperature was either scolding hot or ice cold, the kitchen couch was always dirty, no wifi in reception which was weird. But good wifi in the rooms, super close to the grass market and discounts at local pubs. Would stay again!

Owner Comment (Hide)
The wifi in the rooms are different to the reception but there is FREE WIFI in both and we have a computer in reception as well. The building is old and a little quirky and improvements are always being made. I am glad to hear you would stay again and we hope you do :)

91%

Wonderful hostel with wonderful people. We enjoyed the stay here and would love to take it again if plan to come again. Thank you!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Your wonderful!! :) Please come to see us again one day!

94%

I found it as my second home. It is a very good hostel to stay which gives you a safe and quickest access on most of your wants. Moreover I found the staff and especially the reception lady, very welcoming, helpful and cooperative. The facilities provided are awesome and fairly covered on the amount charged. Though I expexted a discount on booking it for 11 students for 3 days. Overall, wonderful hostel! Thanks cowgate for your services! Best!

Owner Comment (Hide)
You guys make me smile :) It was great to have you have you and makes me so happy that you felt like this could be your home :)

100%

Gostei muito,quartos limpos e cozinha equipada.Banheiro em ordem e chuveiro quente.


86%

We had a very good experience at the hotel. We can easily recommend to stay at Cowgate Hostel.

Owner Comment (Hide)
We would easily have you come back :) Thank you

89%

It's a very nice hostel with friendly and helpful staff. We got lots of tips for our nights out and had a very nice time there. We stayed in a twin private which was located within an apartement shared with 2 other rooms (also twin privates?). Location was great, we could walk everywhere and a lot of pubs and clubs are just nextdoor. Still it was not too loud at night. And yes: a mini pig would definitely awesome and attract more people ;)

Owner Comment (Hide)
I am so glad you are on board with the pig in reception idea! I am yet to convince the owner but I will never give up! I am so glad you enjoyed your time here and the apartment you had was a mix of 2x6 bed dorms and 1xtwin that you had. Location is Fab and Chloe is fantastic at giving you all the best places to go! We all love this city so much and want you to explore as we do :)

80%

It was great to stay at Cowgate:) my room was very clean and the kitchen was nice! Everyone was friendly and i really enjoyed making new friends here :)

Owner Comment (Hide)
This makes me smile :)

77%

We had 2 different rooms, the first was on the other side of the building and was a lot better than the one in front, more quite, cosy and cleaner. The kitchen and bathroom where cleaner. The hostel is in the club-area and there was a lot of noise in the night.

  • 19th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
The rooms at the back or sides are quieter as it can get noisy some evenings. If we have space at the back we will place people there.

60%

This isn't a hostel so much as a long-term stay. My bunk was in an apartment filled with people moving to Edinburgh. There were 3 rooms with 6 bunks sharing one bathroom. Budget backpackers across the street was much better in terms of 'hostel environment'

Owner Comment (Hide)
In the winter in the city you will find a lot of hostels accommodate long term guests looking for work in the city. This is very normal. Budget backpackers also have there own long term hostel which is different to ours so I am sorry you were not happy here but I must explain it is a hostel for tourists, however in the winter season it may feel like we have more long term than tourists.

86%

Well, the location is perfect. The hostel is inbetween the pubs and next to the city centre. The bedroom was okay for that prize. I think their were to less toilettes for so many people. But all in all, the personal was very friendly and helpful.

  • 6th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your fair review :)

100%

Very good place for your stay in Edimburgh! Cheap and confortable.The staff is amazing and so friendly!

Owner Comment (Hide)
So happy you had a great time! We try very hard to be amazing :)

71%

For what we paid a night, this better than I expected. The room was clean and we encountered no issues during our stay.

  • 1st Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
This makes me happy :)

83%

It was very comfortable and I had a nice welcomed. The facilities was more clean than I expected for the price so it was really good.

  • 29th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Mauritius
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
We do a big clean of the hostel everyday! Thank you for noticing :)

49%

Cowgate Hostel is in a good position and the staff is kind, but the room and the sheets smelled very bad (i couldn't sleep for many hours). Security and location are quite ok, but really i have been glad to have only a onenight booking

Owner Comment (Hide)
I am glad you found the staff kind, please ask us if you have any concerns and we will solve this for you :)

86%

If you like to party and go out then it's the right place to stay- Very close to many pubs and clubs.. ( if the windows are open can get a bit noisy) ..our room, the showers and toilets were clean. Each appartment has his own kitchen so you don't have to share it with all people in the hostel.. we were quite happy staying in this hostel!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Each apartment ha its own kitchen which is unique to us as we have 10 of them :) and as you saw they are all cleaned every day with smiles :)

80%

It smelled musty and was rather dark. The sheets seemed clean though, and the staff was friendly.


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