Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Because you are making a Group Booking, there are additional Terms and Conditions that apply. Please read them and click 'I Accept' below to continue with your booking

General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • 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

The cost of the reservation will be charged to the card provided 6 weeks prior to arrival and it will remain non-refundable and non-transferable thereafter in case of cancellation, no-show or reduction in numbers. If the card provided is declined we will advise you by email and you will have 24 hours to provide an alternative card for payment. If we haven't been able to take payment after 24h have elapsed your booking will be cancelled and re-booking will be strictly subject to availability and rates at the time, and you will lose your deposit.

Additional Terms and Conditions

Behavioural deposit

There will be a £20 per person (£40 for stag and hen parties and groups of 40 or more) behavioural deposit taken on arrival for each member of the group. The behavioural deposit is held on one debit/credit card and is released on departure, provided there are no damages or complaints. Please note this is not a transaction and it may not show on your bank statement. The cardholder will be asked to sign a consent form detailing our house rules and authorising Kick Ass Hostels to charge their card, should it be necessary. We will always inform you of the charges before debiting your account. Please note we cannot accept the behavioural deposit in cash or on multiple cards.

Dorm check

Our crew will inspect your allocated dorm/s before your arrival and fill in a dorm check form on the overall state of the dorm. You will receive a copy of the form on arrival and you will have 1 hour to return to reception if you wish to report any discrepancies.

Group Leader

The group must have at least 1 designated leader who will be responsible for coordinating check-in and check-out, as well as be the point of contact in case of any queries or issues during your stay. Please provide leader’s full name and mobile number upon booking.

Check-in and check-out

We recommend that the leader has a rooming list as it will be up to them to organise the group and advise each person of their dorm type and room number. Room numbers will be supplied by our crew on arrival.

The leader will collect all key cards from the group on departure and return them to reception.

One of our crew will inspect the dorm/s after they have been vacated and if there are no issues the behavioural deposit will be released. If there are any damages or complaints, we will assess the cost and let you know by email what charges will apply.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Additional Info:


NO NOISE in the rooms or hallways, especially between 10pm and 6am. Please feel free to use the chill-out room or the bar for socialising.

NO SMOKING anywhere in the hostel (£50 fine per each instance or instant eviction in serious cases).

NO OUTSIDERS anywhere in the hostel. Strictly residents only for everyone’s convenience and safety.

NO EXCESSIVE MESS. Please clean after yourself, including the shared kitchen and dorm rooms so that other guests can enjoy these facilities too. If you need garbage bags, we will happily supply them.

NO DAMAGING hostel property. Soiled mattress replacement cost is £95.00, soiled linen £35.00, any other damages assessed as required. Specialised cleaning fees may apply for bodily fluid clean-up.

NO ABUSE OR HARASSMENT. Do not abuse, harass or intimidate any member of our crew or other guests. Drunkenness is no excuse.

NO ILLEGAL DRUGS. Police will be called to the premises immediately. You risk instant eviction without the right to refund of the accommodation cost and/or security deposit and legal action.

NO LATE CHECK-OUT. Check out is strictly by 10am.

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


Kick Ass Grassmarket

Book more than 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Property Description

OVER 18'S ONLY, NO CHILDREN ALLOWED. Proof of age is required at check-in.

LOCATION. Our beautiful historic building is located at the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town at the corner of the Grassmarket square. Within walking distance to all attractions and with the vibrant Edinburgh nightlife at your doorstep.

FUN EVENTS like pub crawl and pub quiz!

SECURITY. 24h Reception. No curfew. Secure electronic swipe cards for all rooms. CCTV throughout and security passes issued to all our guests. Secure lockers are provided for every bed.

MODERN ROOMS. All rooms have Wi-Fi access, USB charging points at each bed, and private bed lights. Bunks have been designed to give max headroom and mattresses are hotel superior quality. Fresh clean bed linen is provided free of charge.

FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE before check-in time.

AWESOME FRIENDLY CREW. Our Kick Ass Crew will give you the insider's scoop on the best spots in the city. With a solid mix of locals and internationals, we are focused on making your trip to Edinburgh an experience you'll never forget!

KICK ASS BAR. Open for breakfast, dinner, and evening drinks. Great place to meet new friends and fellow travellers. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.4

  • Security 9.3

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.2

  • Cleanliness 8.3

  • Facilities 8.0

Latest Reviews

  • 9.1


    05 Aug 2022
    Kickass Grassmarket is overall a good hostel for anyone traveling through Edinburgh. The staff was super friendly and helpful.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 9.1


    02 Aug 2022
    This was a great hostel. The location is amazing, I walked everywhere from the hostel. The bed was really comfy and the pod felt very private, despite being in a dorm with 15 other people. The locker was a good size and I didn’t feel worried about my things at all. Key card system also made everything feel very secure. Showers were clean and plenty of them.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    18 Jul 2022
    Location couldn’t of been any better. Really nice dorms and bathrooms. However pods got extremely hot and couldn’t get a proper nights sleep because of this. No hair dryers either.
    Ireland, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    22 Jul 2022
    The staff are super friendly, understanding, and helpful! Rooms are clean, bathrooms are clean (there was a lot of hair in the sinks, but that was the only issue). You need a card to get into the rooms and into the stairway that leads to the rooms, as well as a wristband to get in after midnight. The optional breakfast is good, healthy, well-rounded (same food every day). And the location is great for food, souvenirs, the castle, and tour meeting points!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.3


    30 Jul 2022
    Muy buen hostel. Ojalá todas las piezas tuvieran los camarotes encapsulados, ya que a mi me tocó un camarote norma, y hubiese preferido de los otros. Muy buena ubicación, ambiente y limpieza
    Chile, Female, 25-30
  • 8.0


    19 Jul 2022
    The room smelll really bad and due tto small windows it gets very very hot during the night. Imagine 8 or more people sleeping in one room and a small window. Horrible! I couldn't sleep the whole night. Other than that the staff is friendly and the hostel has a nice location next to the castle
    Egypt, Female, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    06 Aug 2022
    The pods are luxury! And the whole place feels super clean. I marked so low on facilities & staff because there is NO PLACE to get water if the bar isn’t open, which was hardly ever.. When you ask, you’re told to use the bathroom water! I was even told to stick my bottle under the shower head! Sooooo gross! I don’t care how good the water is. This is truly a health and safety hazard. And the staff needs to be better trained to know how wrong this is to tel people to do. Get a waterbottle filler!
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    22 Jul 2022
    No kitchen! Totally fine if all you want to do is rest your head for a night but if you’re trying to save money and settle in, it’s not worth it to me.
    Australia, Female, 31-40
  • 4.9


    07 Aug 2022
    Can you please wash your bed sheets and pillow cases after each client . My pillow was and sheets where really smelly. Also replace your pillows with the plastic covered ones because they're easy to clean, I could not sleep peacefully due to the smell from the pillow.
    Namibia, Female, 31-40
  • 3.4


    28 Jul 2022
    Overall I would not stay here again. For one the rooms are boiling hot. It’s like walking into a sauna. The windows only open a tiny crack. Some windows don’t open at all. They need to do something about the heat issue. Bfast not worth the $
    USA, Female, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2015

    2nd, New to Hostelworld


  • 2016

    Worldwide Large Hostel

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