Always enjoy staying here - friendly staff and clean facilities. One of the best hostels for its combination of location and value too - just off the royal mile looking right up to the castle, it's a 2 minute walk to grass market and under 10 minutes to the city centre.
Ticked all the boxes: clean rooms with some space and lockers; friendly welcoming staff; well sized areas to cook and hang out; located on a quiet side street but easy to find. The tapas night was great (80 people went!); as were the pub crawl and free guided tour (very interesting). The activities are coordinated with other hostels so a great way to meet lots of people. Breakfast is simple: lots and lots of churros. Would definitely stay again.
A nice hostel, not particularly noisy, although if you get a room facing the street you'll hear all the city's traffic on the main street. Clean and comfortable. Keycards for rooms are good, however the main door on to the street was never closed while I was there. No lockers in rooms was the only actual bad bit, they say they're working on it, and have a safe room for now. Very well located for getting to the city centre, southern cross station and airport. Would stay again.
Friendly welcome by the staff, spacious dorm room. The big lockable drawers under the beds are great for security. The lounge is small but really comfy. Well kitted out kitchen. It's only a 5 minute walk to Russell Square or Holburn stations so really handy location.
This hostel is one of the cosiest, friendliest places I've stayed in. Couldn't ask for a more friendly welcome (would you like dinner for a pound? yes please!). Bed was comfy, room spacious: plenty floor to repack a backpack on. Kitchen well equipped. There's a deck out the back that catches the sun in the afternoon. Free breakfast is huge and good quality (4x cereals, fruit juices, croissants, pan aux chocolats, fresh fruit and other stuff). Definitely will be back! Thanks Abi + Charlie!
Been here many times now, this time in a 16 bed dorm instead of the usual 21 bed dorm - surprisingly though, the 16 bed dorm (room 15) was actually more cramped than the 21 bed dorm. There was hardly space to lay a bag down on the floor - if they just take out one of the bunks it would be so much more comfortable, and probably less stuffy. Anyway, you do get what you pay for and this place is always clean, friendly and the kitchen/dining area is a really nice space to hang out in.
Good clean cosy hostel, perfectly located on the waterfront with a beautiful view of Loch Broom. Plenty kitchen/dining/lounge space (although it was very quiet when we were there). Friendly helpful staff, warm dorms that didn't feel too cramped. Lots of local information in reception, especially about walks in the area/Scottish Highlands. Only thing is the front door gets locked at midnight and you don't get a key, but there's not a lot to do in Ullapool after then anyway.
- Avid Traveller
- Mixed Group, 25-30
- (18 reviews)
This is NOT a hostel. And add €4 for the linen too. It's a super budget hotel. Except you don't get your own key so you have to buzz in to the building door, then ask the man for the key to your room - EVERY TIME. You feel like you're living with your grandparents - limiting freedom. Can't get back in if you go out late. There is no kitchen, no lounge, no fridge, no hostel atmosphere. One bathroom for the floor I was on. 3 bed room was clean, bed good, man at door helpful/friendly.
One of the best hostels I've stayed in. Good beds, friendly family team running the hostel, happy to help out with all my questions. Great kitchen. Free wifi. Free lockers in the dorm. Nice garden out back with deck, table tennis, volleyball net and you can camp there too. Some guests work there for their bed so there is always someone around to help and it keeps the place clean and tidy. 2 minutes from the supermarket. 5-10 minutes from old town. Great hostel. Beautiful town too.
Good value in a really easy to get to location. The kitchen/eating area is a great place to meet people. As usual, enjoyed my stay at Russel Square.
The hostel is nice and quiet, with a yard out front to relax and talk to people. Having my bed made for me each day felt quite luxurious for a hostel. The ensuite bathroom was clean and the shower always hot if you wanted it. Only one key for our 6 bed dorm, which has to be left at reception, was the only negative point - I would prefer each guest have a key for their room. Very close to the train station and 10 minute walk to the beach so great central location. Would definitely stay again :)
Third time at the hostel - it's very convenient and good value. BUT, there was a mouse running round the room on at least two of the days - to confirm the Swedes' comments as I was in the same room as them. Other than that, always plenty of people in the common room/kitchen, good atmosphere, hot showers.
Our dorm was quite grotty and the carpet clearly hadn't been cleaned well in too long. The one shower with a properly closing door had a visible layer of oily-looking scuzz in the tray. This combined with a total lack of social atmosphere meant that the hostel was a failure as far as feeling comfortable and clean. I would pay a little more to stay elsewhere. That said, staff were friendly and helpful despite me checking in later than my friend who was on the same booking.
My second stay at Castle Rock - down a flight of stairs from the actual Castle, up a flight of stairs from Grassmarket. Friendly staff, clean facilities, great atmosphere and selection of spaces to chill out in: kitchen/dining area, mezanine, quiet lounge, record player room. Pub crawl was fun + gave us cheap drinks in bars. Spacious dorm rooms compared to other hostels I've visited, beds cosy despite weather. Only gripe was no hot showers during the second day - fine rest of the time though.
SImple no-fuss hostel in a great location (3 minutes walk to tube) in central london. My second stay was totally fine, definitely my first choice for a bed in London whenever I'm through the city.
The 3-story bunk beds were new to me, but the curtains on each bunk made up for the climb to the top. Simple clean place, and good value for its location and since they offer cereal and toast in the mornings. Free wifi was a bit flaky, showers were nice and hot, after I found them through the maze of stairs and basement hallways. Would definitely stay again.
First hostel I've been to in my own country and, after a year of travelling in Australia, I can safely say it's one of the best I've ever been to. Staff are really friendly and helpful. Check in is at 2pm but that's no problem as there loads of communal space to chill out. Stayed in a 16 bed dorm and it was massive and had a nice view over the city. Oh and location, well I can't ask for much more than a hop off the Royal Mile, looking over to the castle - sweet!
Quite a nice place to stay - clean rooms and showers, and the lockable drawers that double up as steps to the top bunks are very cool. The communal area is really just a corner in one of the corridors, and is right beside a few rooms' doors so not great for meeting people or being chatty late at night. Also saw quite a few folks having to change rooms during their stay due to the hostel not using its booking system properly. This leaves people in limbo for 2 hours between check-out/in.
- Avid Traveller
- Male, 18-24
- (18 reviews)