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65 Cockburn St, EH1 1BU, Edinburgh, Scotland

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82%

Rating
4566 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 98%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 77%Atmosphere
  • 72%Cleanliness
  • 74%Facilities

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80%

Good hostel: perfect position just off the royal mile, nice and clean rooms and helpful staff. Only remark is that wifi was lacking in the building where our room was located


74%

Great location, friendly staff. The girl's bathroom got crowded pretty frequently and the toilets ran out of toilet paper a couple times, among other things (basically the showers/bathrooms weren't that great). Also I was a little bit annoyed that we had to pay £3 to store our luggage on the day we were leaving so we could do some sightseeing. Almost every hostel I've stayed in has always offered to do so for free.

  • 23rd May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


74%

Location was great, right in the old town seconds from the royal mile. Rooms were fine and each bed had two outlets to charge electrics. Only complaint is the cleanliness of bathroom. If you are staying for a few nights and don't need to shower it's perfect but if staying there long term id look for a cleaner place.


69%

The single rooms in a separate building are small but decent value for money given the central location. However, it was very dirty with old ash and breadcrumbs on the windowsill next to the bed, a broken blind and single glazing, so a lot of noise came from the alley until the small hours. The shared kitchen is in another building, which is a bit inconvenient. They should add a microwave and kitchen sink to the little kettle room.


89%

Great friendly helpful staff at the front desk.

  • 20th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


83%

It's a good backpackers. All the staff were easy to get along with. The beds were good and facilities were interesting, which gave the place character. Being right in the heart of the old town was fantastic, and it's very close to the train station.


86%

Me and my girlfriend stayed in a private room for a night before catching a plane early the next morning. We arrived and checked in and the friendly receptionist took is to our room which was across the street from the main building, and right on the Royal Mile. The room was one of two in a flat, and it was furnished with a spacious bed and a good size table. We had to leave at 4 in the morning but reception is open 24 hours so this was no problem, a great overnight stay.


71%

Very well located in Old town, close to main places to visit. Many pubs and restaurants close to the hostel. Rooms and beds are well enough to sleep well after a day spent at wondering around in Edinburg. Showers and toilettes are clean. Staff is nice and kind. There a safe parking at 5 minutes from the hostel to live your car or your motorbike. For breakfast there's a café nextdoor with 15% discount for hostel recidents. Just a bit noisy on Saturday night but acceptable.

  • 16th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


94%

The hostel was great. It was in a central location, right off of the royal mile. The staff was super friendly and helpful with anything. Overall, a fantastic experience.

  • 15th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


51%

This hostel is in a fine location but was absolutely disgusting. The bathroom was covered in hair, dirt, and wet nastiness. It smelt revoliting like throw up the whole time.. I couldn't shower there because it was that gross. The common area and game room were also disgusting. Most of the other guest were very old. The bedrooms weren't as bad. The only upside is it was cheap so I guess you get what you pay for. The photos are deceiving. I would not recommend it.

  • 15th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello, thanks for your feedback, as you know we had a major leak while you were here caused by another traveller blocking the drain and leaving the taps on, it was fixed within a few hours but the water damp takes abit more time to dry out. I'm sorry about the inconvienance caused but it was out of our control. As for your comment about the others guest being old, we welcome all travellers of all ages. Try talking to them, they will have better stories and experiences than most. We all get older

66%

We where never told that our room was going to be located in another building.


83%

This was very close to the train station and within walking distance from everything we wanted to see. The dorms were typical but the bathrooms were definitely not the greatest. We only stayed for one night and were able to keep our bags behind the desk for the day even after we'd checked out. Breakfast is not included but is pretty inexpensive at a nice cafe next door. Overall would recommend.


100%

Left my kindle and they are sending it to where I'm staying in London! Great stay overall as well.

  • 14th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


94%

We stayed in the separate building off a close, and loved it. We felt like a local coming and going. The bathrooms were very large with awesome hot showers. We did not need to use the kitchen, which is in the original building. The room was very warm as were the blankets. The window was thin so we could hear everything on the street, but it wasn't bad. We got cable tv as well. My bed I could feel all the springs but my friend had no problem with hers.


100%

Stayed in the Red Door part of the hostel, across the street, but it was an absolutely amazing stay! Couldn't ask for anything better. The staff were welcoming and helpful, bathrooms very clean, right in the heart of the Old Town and it wasn't even that noisy!


100%

Great staff!!!


83%

Had a really great time. Most of the staff was very friendly and helpful. Very wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend this hostle to young people traveling and wanting to meet other unique travelers.


66%

We booked a night in a private room, but were in a different building to the rest of the hostel/facilities (kitchen, laundry etc). The room itself I imagine was a converted storage room?? directly under the stairs and next to the front door. Very dark and dingy. The noise of people climbing up stairs at all hours to the dorm room above was absolutely ridiculous (even for a backpackers). Kitchen facilities were ok, otherwise average. Really just paying for location!


63%

Arrived too early to check-in but was allowed to stow our backpacks in luggage storage, no charge. Booked a double bed private and was in another building as the main building was all dorms. No lift, on the 3rd floor. Room was okay, spacious. Shared bathroom was also okay. Shower control was temperamental. No breakfast. TV didn't work. Overall, an ok stay. Location was very good, minutes from the Royal Mile and train station, just an uphill walk.


63%

Great location but grumpy staff! Didn't appreciate being ordered to hurry up by cleaners while brushing my teeth for two minutes at the sink! Everything was pretty clean apart from the tea mugs in the room which were very greasy. Would be a big improvement to have even a tiny dry private space to change after a shower other than behind the wet shower curtain or barefoot in a toilet cubicle. The building is amazing but sadly the staff were mostly very grumpy and not very welcoming.


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