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

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 7.1

  • Security 7.5

  • Location 8.7

  • Staff 7.8

  • Atmosphere 6.1

  • Cleanliness 6.8

  • Facilities 6.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    12 Sep 2019
    Brilliant. Maybe I was just lucky in a 4 bed mixed dorm, where the two I met by day were friendly and in bed all were silent and a couple were copiously silent in getting up and heading out for a while at 5 am. I thoroughly recommend this hostel. The setting and location is fab, great stone and sense of place.
    Ireland, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    24 Aug 2019
    We stayed here during Fringe Festival and were extremely close to several of the venues. The staff was great in helping us get our items stored before check in. The accommodations were pretty routine, although there were no lockers in the bedrooms to lock up your valuables and the wifi connection was weak when it did work.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    01 Sep 2019
    Staff were friendly and helpful. Facilities could do with updating as they are getting slightly worn. Only major issue was the bad situation. Was told I had been assigned a certain bed so I left my things on the bed and went out for the evening. When I returned late at night I found my stuff had been moved onto the floor and I had to struggle to find an empty bed while trying not to disturb the other guests.
    Scotland, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    07 Sep 2019
    A nice place to get some sleep after exploring Edinburgh! After reading some reviews complaining of the noise from the bar across the road, I was relieved that we lucked out getting a room on the opposite side of the building. I can understand why people would be kept awake on the rooms facing the bar - that place was loud!! The rooms themselves were clean and tidy but a bit worn out for the price we paid. The kitchen, toilet and showers were clean. The staff were very friendly.
    Scotland, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    31 Aug 2019
    Very friendly and helpful staff. Good location. Good kitchen. Very clean.
    Sweden, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    14 Sep 2019
    Good location just next to multiple bars and restaurants. The kitchen is well equipped and the hostel is overall clean. Good value for the mone and I would recommend it to anyone which is used to sleep in hostels.
    Sweden, Male, 25-30
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    11 Sep 2019
    Not great and not quiet either... I liked that there was a kitchen .. but the noise was pretty bothersome. The rooms didnt have lockers but the location was good and the hostel staff were decent. Check out is b4 1030, which I guess is normal for the UK but sucks if your hoping for a restful night. No tea or coffee provided so bring your own. Not a bad stop for a short trip
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    04 Sep 2019
    Good place to take rest, after a tiring trip!!!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 4.9


    04 Sep 2019
    Fine if you just need a bed for the night, but no atmosphere, creaky lumpy beds in run down rooms, kitchen with no utensils or equipment, shower that doesn’t get hot etc etc. In short it’s tolerable but you can get much nicer ah and better equipped hostels for the same money.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 4.6


    05 Sep 2019
    Super dirty toilets( the smell was absolutely terrible), no shower working. On top of that, we booked for a private room and in the morning a guy(apparently someone from staff, bc had the room key) opened the door without knocking or saying something. And the bedsheets didn’t smell fresh, unfortunately.
    Romania, Couple, 25-30
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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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