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Castle Rock Hostel

27 May 2018 , 3 nights
2 Guests

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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

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!

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 5 people or more 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.
We do not have a lift as we are in a heritage building and all our rooms are either up or downstairs!
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.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.5

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.9

  • Staff 9.6

  • Atmosphere 9.5

  • Cleanliness 9.1

  • Facilities 9.3


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    24 May 2018
    Place knows how to take care of people as well as have a fun time, all the time.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    21 May 2018
    The location is central and convenient. The hostel has thought of travelers’ every need. The hostel is well-kept and has a nice atmosphere. The staff is kind and incredibly helpful. Can’t say enough how much I enjoyed my stay here!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    21 May 2018
    Really a great place to stay. Friendly people, friendly staff, cozy common rooms, good options for activities (an evening as well as day trips) and socializing, good and clean facilities.
    Denmark, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    21 May 2018
    Amazing location.. unless you have a car. But suck it up, the walk isn't too far and the view of the castle makes it worth it. Great rooms, beds assigned and comes with a lock which was nice. Good amount of showers. Big kitchens if you want to make your food. Did the trivia with them which was fun. Would stay here again
    Canada, Mixed Group, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Jobs Board
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Steam Room
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • Pool Table

Awards

  • 2018

    7th, Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 2018

    1st, Country Winners Scotland

  • 2018

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh

  • 2017

    7th, Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 2017

    1st, Country Winners Scotland

  • 2017

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh

  • 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, Country Winners Scotland

  • 2013

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh

  • 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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Policies

  • Age Restriction
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew

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.

Things to Note

SPECIAL CANCELLATION POLICY FOR AUGUST/NEW YEARS / HOGMANAY: All New Years / Hogmanay reservations 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.

OVER 18 ONLY - Sorry, no children.
Any groups of 5 or more people need to be approved by Castle Rock's Manager. If you would like to book more than 5 people you need to contact us directly before you make the booking. Failure to contact the hostel will result in the cancellation of your reservation.
All guests must provide some form of identification, either passport, drivers licence or national ID card.
Sorry but no Stag/Bucks or Hens parties allowed.
Any cancellations will incur a 12% fee per person per night

Check in Time is from 2.30pm
We require a £10 key deposit and government ID must be presented at check in.


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 13% deposit.
If guests are under the age of 18 you must contact the hostel first for the manager’s approval.

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 £1.80
Laundry service £3.50
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

***AUGUST CANCELLATION POLICY: August bookings must be cancelled at
least 7 days prior to 2.00pm on the arrival date. If bookings are
cancelled within 7 days, the amount equal to the first night will be
charged. No shows will be charged the first night of the booking and the reservation will be cancelled.

**Group Bookings:
Group of 5 or more need to contact the hostel directly before making a reservation - This includes guests making separate / individual reservations up to and over 5 guests.

We reserve the right to cancel any unauthorized group booking, including individual bookings made on the spot. You will be charged in full and not refunded.


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