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Castle Rock Hostel

Book more than 3 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

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 Description

***All bookings will have exclusive occupancy of the room due to COVID-19. Please book the correct amount of beds for people in your group.***

You will receive an email prior to your stay with our new COVID measures in place. Please note- we cannot be used as a quarantine address as we do not have the facilities to accommodate this. If you have traveled from any country on the quarantine list, your reservation will be cancelled upon arrival. Please email with inquiries.
*This is subject to change without notice in accordance with the situation and the Scottish government guidelines.*

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!

OVER 18's ONLY - NO CHILDREN ALLOWED
HOGMANAY - ALL GUESTS BOOKED IN WITH US OVER HOGMANAY RECEIVE A FREE STREET PARTY TICKET UPON ARRIVAL

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 travelers.

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!

Just a few reminders;
We are an 18+ hostel.
We have a 7 night maximum stay- this includes making consecutive separate reservations.
We do not have a lift as we are in a heritage building and all our rooms are either up or downstairs! You will need to walk uphill to get here so be warned your legs will feel the burn but it's oh so worth it!
If you do not show up on the arrival date of your booking you will be charged the first night and the rest of your booking will be cancelled.

SPECIAL CANCELLATION POLICY FOR AUGUST/NEW YEARS / HOGMANAY: All New Years / Hogmanay reservations between the 29th of December and the 1st of January must be cancelled 7 days in advance prior to 2pm on the arrival date. If it is less than 7 days in advance, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FIRST NIGHT. FAILURE TO SHOW WILL RESULT IN THE FIRST NIGHT BEING CHARGED AND THE RESERVATION WILL BE CANCELLED.

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! View House Rules

Overview

You'll get a great view of Edinburgh Castle from the Castle Rock Hostel thanks to our impressive location right by the historic city centre. Inside our grand building, you'll find quirky décor, lofty ceilings, plush carpets and distinctive artwork – as Instagrammable as the old fort itself. We've got a spacious kitchen, outdoor sun trap and a big-screen cinema room, too – perfect for bonding with other travellers over a movie or one of our BBQs. Our friendly staff are on hand to chat about everything from our next pool competition to our traditional ceilidh socials. Drop by reception to pick up a free city map.

Location

Our Scottish-owned hostel is up the hill from Grassmarket and a short walk from the bus and train stops. You can get to Edinburgh Airport within 30 minutes by car. We're around the corner (an 8-minute walk) from the vibrant Royal Mile in the Old Town, but in a peaceful street so you're all set up for a quiet night's sleep.

Rooms and Dorms

We've got bright double, triple, quadruple and dorm rooms with lockers to keep your bags secure. You'll have clean fitted sheets and bed linen, plus a handy bedside locker and reading lamp for late-night chats with friends back home. Our unisex bathrooms have hot power showers and hairdryers. Wi-Fi, tea and coffee are free, so you can sit in bed with a cuppa while browsing the news.

Extras and activities

We've got loads of comfy lounges full of sofas for you to sprawl out on, including one with a jukebox and grand piano for impromptu jam sessions post-pub crawl. There's a 19th-century fireplace to keep you warm on cold Scottish nights, too, or you can huddle up with a guitar and some records in the cosy Groove Lounge. We reckon you won't leave Scotland without taking part in at least one singalong!

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.7

  • Security 9.7

  • Location 10.0

  • Staff 9.7

  • Atmosphere 9.5

  • Cleanliness 9.8

  • Facilities 9.4


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    24 Jul 2021
    Great location right next to Edinburgh castle. Clean rooms and showers. Staff is were easy going and helpful. I’d happily stay there again
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    20 Jul 2021
    Nice staff. Great atmosphere especially those lovely decorations and communal areas. You feel like in a castle when walking up&down the stairs. Shower was hot and there was a generous amount of water, plenty enough for a tired day! Location is super good. They have a luggage room as well. Convenient! Overall 10/10 :-)
    China, Couple, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    25 Jun 2021
    This has been the best hostel experience of my life. The whole place is hauntingly beautiful, the location is perfect (literally behind the Castle), comfortable, safe, spotless... Everything you could wish for, and then more. But what truly is the highlight of Castle Rock is the staff. They are the most lovely group of people I have met in a long time - kind-hearted, down to earth and genuine. I can't thank you enough for the amazing weekend and I hope to see you all really soon!
    Spain, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    08 Jun 2021
    A perfect hostel in the heart of Edinburgh. Views of the mighty castle from my bedroom are unparalleled. The decor of the hostel gives you a royal vibe. The staff are friendly and really helpful. Cleanliness on point. It was my first time in Edinburgh and I’m not staying elsewhere on my future trips (which I’ve decided to go once every six months).
    India, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    02 Jun 2021
    Hands down one of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed it. Great atmosphere, location and amazing common rooms. Very clean and tidy too - definitely coming back!
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    13 Feb 2021
    Very clean, beautiful people, beautiful staff. Thank you for being so kind to me while I stayed here after being stranded from the snow 😅. I will come back here if I stay in Edin again. Con mucho amor, Kate. x
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    26 Jun 2021
    Understandably because of Covid, some of the usual facilities were not available eg bar and breakfast- but overall I cannot fault the hostel or the staff. Very friendly and helpful staff as always!
    Scotland, Male, 41+
  • 9.1

    Superb

    19 Jun 2021
    Great Price, great advice from staff for food, places to see etc. Can't really complain, good vibes :)
    Poland, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    23 Jul 2021
    Amazing location and super cool hostel. Art work everywhere, loads of games. Really amazing living areas with different parts. Would highly recommend!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    22 Jul 2021
    Can't fault the location, if you want somewhere within a short walking distance of just about everything then this is the ideal spot. The reception was closed most of the time, which I think was due to the current restrictions still in place but it felt like nobody was around to help if needed. We shared a private room which was extremely basic but can't complain as it was so cheap. If you only want somewhere to sleep and shower and not fussed about any luxuries then it's perfect.
    England, Female, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Flexible NRR
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Hot Showers
  • Jobs Board
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
Services
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Internet Access
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


Awards

  • 2019

    9th, Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 2019

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh

  • 2018

    7th, Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 2018

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh

  • 2018

    1st, Country Winners Scotland

  • 2017

    1st, Country Winners Scotland

  • 2017

    7th, Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 2017

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh

  • 2016

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh

  • 2015

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh

  • 2014

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh

  • 2014

    6th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2013

    1st, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2013

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh

  • 2013

    1st, Country Winners Scotland

  • 2012

    5th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2011

    10th, Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 2011

    1st, Country Winners Scotland

  • 2010

    1st, Country Winners Scotland

Nominations

  • 2016

    Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 2015

    Worldwide Large Hostel

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Castle Rock Hostel 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.

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