Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 4 weeks 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.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

1. You may cancel your booking up to 72 hours before arrival.(Does not apply to Groups) Please do so directly with the reception office at the Cowgate. If you wish to cancel by email then please do so at least 7 days prior to your arrival.
2. All group bookings must be paid in full 28 days prior to arrival, any changes or cancellations must be done before this time.This is taken automatically from your card 28 days before you arrive.
3. Deposits are never refunded.
4. In the event of a no-show without cancellation, we have the right to charge your credit card for the first night's stay where you have booked accommodation with us or for the full price of the tour or other non-accommodation travel service in accordance with your booking conditions.
5. Your contract is with Hostel Accommodation Limited. It is our responsibility to provide you with the travel services.
6. In the highly unlikely event of a problem arising, our liability to you, if any, is limited to the deposit and that reservation fee you paid.

Additional Terms and Conditions

There will be a security deposit on keys and sheets on arrival.

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Cowgate Tourist Hostel

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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Property Description

Located on the historic Cowgate Street, we are right in the heart of Edinburgh's party and cultural district.

Between Holyrood house (the seat of the Scottish parliament) and Edinburgh Castle, the Cowgate Tourist Hostel gives you the freedom to explore the cities vibrant nightlife, or relax and enjoy a peaceful afternoon wandering through Edinburgh's many museums, art galleries and public parks.

***Reception is open between 8:00 am and 11:00 pm***
* If you are a GROUP and booking through the internet, please CALL US to make sure your whole group can be in the same room
* Check-out is 10:00am (you are welcome to store your luggage at reception).
* There is a £20 room key deposit. This is refunded when you check out and return your key
* Any cancellations MUST be made 72hrs BEFORE your arrival or you will be charged for the first nights stay.

As mentioned we are the lucky winners of the Hoscars award for the best improved Hostel 2014. You can be assured that you will have a very relaxing and enjoyable stay with us, our staff are here to help with any needs you may have and to ensure your stay is the best!

A HOSTEL WITH A DIFFERENCE! Our 170 bed hostel contains 12 individually lockable apartments all fully fitted with there own toilet, shower rooms and fully equipped kitchens. An apartment sleeps between 8 and 22 people in a combination of 4 and 6 bed dorms and twin or double rooms.

* Fully-equipped kitchens.
* Free WI-FI and internet access .
* Breakfast is not included
* A continental breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals can be arranged for an extra charge, please ask at time of booking
* No curfew! come and go as you please!
* We now have a new outdoor social area that can seat 180 people!
* CCTV installed.

Please note, when booking for stag/hen parties private apartments must be booked, these include private use of a fully equipped kitchen and bathrooms.
Our unique layout allows us to offer private apartment hire to larger groups ensuring privacy for you and your friends. Due to the fact that we can provide separate facilities we are happy to offer group accommodation to Stag and Hen parties. Conditions apply.

WANTING TO MAKE EDINBURGH HOME FOR A WHILE? Then come and see us about our amazing long-term rates in one of our long-term apartments. Our friendly staff will also happily help you find a job and get settled in this amazing city, helping you to experience the most memorable working holiday of your life. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 7.5

  • Security 7.8

  • Location 8.9

  • Staff 8.0

  • Atmosphere 6.4

  • Cleanliness 7.1

  • Facilities 6.6

Latest Reviews

  • 9.4


    22 Apr 2019
    Everything was really quite good, given the price but also: it was clean and the location was perfect. FYI the rooms are in apartments in several neighboring buildings, and the reception is in a separate building. Don't make the mistake I made, look for the reception sign on the street :) The only thing that I found to be a drawback was that there were no free teabags in the kitchen (obviously that's pretty much no big deal)
    Canada, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 9.1


    20 Apr 2019
    I’ve been in a mixed shared room with other 6 people and shared bathroom but I have absolutely no complaints about this. There is no lockers inside the room but for me it wasn’t a problem at all. In every flat there is a kitchen which was also nice. The toilet was clean every time I used.
    Brazil, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    27 Apr 2019
    I have to say it's worth of the money because it was really cheap, but I wouldn't stay there if I have other choice (most of the hostels were fully booked last Saturday). Great location-in Cowgate in old town; near bars(so noisy) and supermarket; To some extent it's clean, but not clean enough- cleaning not so frequent, so kitchen was not so clean when I entered; the food in the firdge isn't labelled. The worst is that the bedroom is stuff because the window there can't be opened.
    China, Female, 31-40
  • 8.0


    19 Apr 2019
    Good for money!
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    03 May 2019
    The location is really good (in the heart of the old town and in front of The Three Sisters Pub). I didn't stay long because I had to catch an early plane in the morning but it has all the basic facilities you need for what you pay.
    France, Female, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    29 Apr 2019
    A little grimy, 3 levels of security, nice kitchen
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 5.7


    09 May 2019
    We left early to go to a different hostel because my friend and I felt uncomfortable staying here. There is a bad smell and no atmosphere.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 5.4


    10 May 2019
    Location is close to the city center but there is a cub/bar right across the street so very loud at night. Not the typical friendly hostel atmosphere I prefer. Bathrooms we pretty dirty and the whole place is pretty old.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 5.4


    20 Apr 2019
    Went for a private double room. The reception staff were nice, but the room basic to the point of discomfort. Several slats on the bed were missing - replaced with a piece of wood. Paired with the very thin mattress, this made for an uncomfortable night. There were no surfaces in the room so everything had to go on the floor by the bed. No lights other than the main ceiling light. Bathroom was acceptably clean, as was the kitchen.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 3.1


    16 Apr 2019
    Dorm bunk beds were terrible — they would not even be suitable for kids!.. beds were small and had no firmness whatsoever.
    Australia, Male, 41+
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines


  • 2015

    Most Improved Hostel

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