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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 1 week prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

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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

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to having shared facilities, Castle Rock cannot be used for self isolation when arriving in Scotland from a country that requires a day 2 test. Please check your local COVID rules before travelling, as we may need to turn away guests at the door who are forced to self isolate*

Reception is now open 24/7!

If booking for 5 or more people, please contact the hostel directly.

You will receive an email prior to your stay with our new COVID measures in place.
*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
Laundry service £4.00
Clean bed linen (with properly fitted sheets)
MacBackpackers tours pick-up point
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!

Castle Rock reserves the right to charge any guest who causes damage to the hostel a fine of up to £100 depending on the severity of the damage caused. View House Rules
Best For: Older Travellers Young Travellers

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.5

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 10.0

  • Staff 9.6

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 9.2

  • Facilities 9.3


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    15 Jan 2022
    Such a fun hostel! Even though it’s a little dead in the city right now (due to winter & travel restrictions), the hostel makes it feel like it’s not. It was very easy to meet people and just felt very homey at the hostel. Definitely stay if you are looking for a fun and easy going hostel atmosphere!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    09 Jan 2022
    Awesome if you are going to edinburg this is the must have hostel to stay, best hostel i have lived till now, and they even let you use luggage room and common area even after you checkout staff there is super friendly and i had great time there.
    India, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    03 Jan 2022
    Great location and amazing hostel! Spacious communal areas and a kitchen for all your needs, well-organized, and lots of resources for travelers. And very social!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    29 Dec 2021
    An amazing experience. The staff really interacts and makes the place feel homey. It’s so great to meet people even though it’s such a huge hostel it feels like a small homey one. Beds are comfy enough and pretty quiet since the common room where it’s loud is on a separate floor. Great WiFi and just overall a really spectacular experience.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    24 Dec 2021
    10/10, definitely going back
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    06 Jan 2022
    Welcoming. Clean great location next to castle..warm bedrooms and hot showers
    Scotland, Male, 41+
  • 9.7

    Superb

    30 Dec 2021
    It was great! Star was polite and helpful, it was in a perfect location and over all, people staying in the hostel make it a great experience. Would definitely recommend
    Mexico, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    31 Dec 2021
    Very nice 👍
    Mexico, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    29 Dec 2021
    It's more for young people but would recommend to everyone as I met some really great people and made friends. Location is great and enjoyed my time fully.
    India, Female, 41+
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    29 Dec 2021
    My second time staying here and I was a bit disappointed on this occasion. Stayed in a private room on the top floor with my partner for 4 nights...a light bulb in the room was gone so the room was pretty dark. I reported it when we arrived, but it was not fixed while we were there. Also the standard of cleanliness in our nearest bathroom was a bit below what I would expect from a hostel with such good ratings. That said, still a decent hostel in an awesome location!
    England, Male, 31-40
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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
  • Cooker
  • Flexible NRR
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Jobs Board
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Towels Not Included
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 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

    1st, Country Winners Scotland

  • 2018

    7th, Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 2018

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh

  • 2017

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Edinburgh

  • 2017

    1st, Country Winners Scotland

  • 2017

    7th, Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 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, 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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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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