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 14 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Brilliant 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 6.8

  • Security 7.3

  • Location 8.5

  • Staff 7.5

  • Atmosphere 6.6

  • Cleanliness 6.6

  • Facilities 6.2

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    27 Feb 2020
    It was absolutely fine from start to finish. In the heart of the city and of course the night life was an amazing setting when I arrived back to the dorm drunk..... 3 sisters next time. 😂 Can't wait. Thank you
    Scotland, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


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


    28 Feb 2020
    It was a really good location and very friendly staff. The only problem we had was that one of the showers wasn't working and the other the attachment was leaking so very little water coming out of the shower head. Other than that a great stay and will stay again, if it hadn't been so late when I found out about the shower and had to rush off in the morning I would have mentioned it to staff and hope it can be resolved.
    Scotland, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    13 Mar 2020
    Staff were very friendly. I saw staff cleaning daily, but there was still grime around parts of the toilet/sink and unclogged drains in showers. The shower in my flat did not get hot, which is something I discovered late at night and I had to shower with freezing water. The next day I got a key to the flat below to use their shower instead. There are no lockers in the rooms. There is a locked room that is free during the day, but it is open to all guests so not very secure. Amazing location.
    Canada, 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
  • 6.6


    28 Feb 2020
    Good location, nice staff, the rooms are located in separate houses and apartments which was cool. Fairly clean, there was an equipped kitchen. Downside: There is a party place across the street and no soundproofing to speak of. If you go there on a party night, I suggest you plan to sleep during the day.
    Hungary, Male, 25-30
  • 5.1


    06 Mar 2020
    Gave another group a key to our rooms, so they could use our shower / bathroom without consulting us, resulting in strangers wandering in and out. Not a comfortable situation.
    Wales, Male, 31-40
  • 4.9


    29 Feb 2020
    This hostel had a perfect location and is really cheap, but that's also how they treat you. They couldn't even answer my emails and phone calls to get an invoice of our group stay. They also forgot to mention that I had to pay 5 pounds per key in cash as a deposit. When we arrived in the not so clean apartments; one shower didn't work for the whole weekend and another apartment didn't have electricity. I asked at the reception if they could help us, they made a note but didn't do anything after.
    Netherlands, Male, 18-24
  • 2.0


    29 Mar 2020
    Still waiting for refund. Took booking even though they were closed. Hostel world very slow to respond.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 2.0


    26 Mar 2020
    There was no stay. When I arrived at the hostel, the door was closed just as the whole hostel. The funny thing is that I had made the reservation on the same day of arrival, so they were still accepting reservations with the hostel closed. This means that they don't care about their customers at all. They also didn't returned my money.
    Brazil, Male, 31-40
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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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