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  • 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.
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  • 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
  • Good 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


Experience Edinburgh from Cowgate Tourist Hostel. We're set between the Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle, so we have culture and nightlife right on our doorstep. Check in and help yourself to tea and coffee while you use the free Wi-Fi to book onto that whiskey tour or find the best comedy club. After a day exploring Edinburgh’s iconic old town, pick up a couple of beers and head back to our outdoor terrace to plan tomorrow’s must-sees on your free city map.


We’re an easy 7-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station, plus we store luggage before check-in so you can hop off your train and drop your bags. Take the scenic route down the Royal Mile to Edinburgh castle, just 8 minutes away on foot. Arthur’s Seat gives you a view over the city and is just a 40-minute walk from our door. For shopping, head to Princes Street – be sure to get a shot of the castle from the famous gardens. Then, head to the Old Town (a 4-minute wander away) for traditional pubs, theatres and buskers.

Rooms and Dorms

Go ahead and leave your sleeping bag at home – a stay in our mixed dorms gets you free linen. We have lockers to keep your backpack secure and, if you’re arriving early or leaving late, you can leave your luggage with us as long as you like. Need more privacy? Book into a twin or double room, or ask about our fully equipped apartments, which are discounted for long stays and come with their own kitchen and bathroom.

Extras and activities

On a budget? Our kitchen has what you need to make cheap eats or a snack. Or, let us take care of breakfast, a packed lunch or your evening meal for a small charge. After dinner, drop by our tour desk to ask about guided walks and the best of the Scottish capital's moody skies and stunning sights. There’s no curfew at Cowgate, so you can come and go as you like.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 7.4

  • Security 7.2

  • Location 8.8

  • Staff 8.2

  • Atmosphere 6.7

  • Cleanliness 6.6

  • Facilities 6.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    30 Dec 2019
    Fab place, perfectly positioned near Stonehenge. V quiet with great facilities.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 8.9


    20 Dec 2019
    Friendly staff and had a good night's rest. Bathroom/Shower was fine, wifi was real bad.
    Scotland, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    19 Oct 2019
    Great choice if you’re coming with friends- good location, near lots of pubs/bars and tourist sites. Not great for solo travelers looking to meet people. There are multiple flats with 4 rooms and a shared kitchen and toilets. There are no common areas to meet people outside of your flat, so would only recommend this for a short stay. It’s fairly clean and while there weren’t security lockers, as long as you have a luggage lock you should be fine. Staff were polite but didn’t offer suggestions.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 6.9


    31 Dec 2019
    Exactly as described on website standard hostel just high price but being Hogmanay every hostel/hotel was atleast 50% more expensive so can't complain really
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 6.9


    27 Dec 2019
    Heaters don’t work. Wifi doesn’t work. Showers were cold OR they got really hot and then really cold in the space of 5 seconds. But really great location and very friendly staff! It’s just really a hang out atmosphere but good to sleep in.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 6.9


    26 Oct 2019
    Great location. Facilities not the best but the staff are welcoming. No lockers for valuables which was annoying and no plugs for each beds so I couldn’t charge my phone. But for one night in the centre in Edinburgh it was cheap and cheerful!
    England, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 5.4


    27 Sep 2019
    Cowgate hostel is located right next to a street, where there is an outdoor party-ground right across the street. The hostel has windows that cannot hold out the noise, and so, I would recommend you to bring earplugs, when visiting. Apart from that it is cheap and although the kitchen-facilities does not seem very clean (people don't really seem to care that they leave it dirty), the rooms and the toilets/baths are quite alright
    Denmark, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 4.6


    29 Dec 2019
    The heating was broken, no wifi and no signal in buildings. We had to sleep in thermals and coats. Staff was nice but the hostel was terrible.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 4.6


    12 Oct 2019
    Location is fine albeit opposite a very popular bar where music goes on until around 3am so if you're in a room near the front, don't expect to get some sleep. The room itself was filthy. The sheets hadn't been changed, there were black hairs within the sheet and on the floor,the bedding was also in a heap upon arrival. The staff weren't particular friendly, certainly not the warmest of welcomes. Overall, i definitely wouldn't stay here again, basic would be an overstatement.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 4.0


    01 Nov 2019
    HORRENDOUS STAY! Very disappointing experience with Cowgate hostel and staff. A group of 50+ university students stayed at the hostel and were in the same building and apartment as we were. They were very loud from the moment we arrived. They had the doors open so noise was echoing throughout the stairwell and into our room. My friend and I (two females) were placed in an apartment sharing bathroom and kitchen facilities with males from the group. They were banging on the apartment doors for mi
    Canada, Female, 18-24
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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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