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 4 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 you will have 1 hour from check-in to return to reception if you wish to report any issues with the dorms.

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.

We offer discounted meal options for groups, please follow the link for full terms and menu:

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 Greyfriars

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Hostelworld says

Kick Ass Greyfryers is in the lively Grassmarket area, surrounded by bars and cafés and within walking distance to sites around central Edinburgh. The hostel features quiet, clean and comfortable rooms and highly praised pub crawls and walking tours. Guests have told us there's 'lots of common areas to meet people if you're travelling on your own' and that they 'recommend it for people who are looking to party and meet people'. We've noticed that several of their guests have returned to stay there again and again.

Property Description

IMPORTANT: NO GUESTS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD. Proof of age is required at check-in.

BEER GARDEN WITH CASTLE VIEW. Enjoy the best view of Edinburgh Castle in town! Hostel guests receive 25% off food and 15% off drinks (one off-discount).

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. Nearby secure car parking available at over 60% discount, please contact us for details.

2 FOR 1. Guests booking at Kick Ass Greyfriars also get free access to all facilities of our sister hostel Kick Ass Grassmarket, only 2 minutes away.

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

FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE before check-in time.

FREE WALKING TOUR and daily free events.

DISCOUNTS on food and drink in both our bars.

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!

MODERN FACILITIES including large self-catering kitchen and modern showers.

KICK ASS BAR. Featuring our famous VW Van bar and awesome pool table. Open for breakfast, dinner and evening drinks, awesome bar events and entertainment. Great place to meet new friends and fellow travellers. View House Rules


If you're looking for a good time, you've come to the right place: Kick Ass Hostel Cowgate is based right in the buzzy Grassmarket area of Edinburgh. Whether you're flying solo or in a group, sign up to one of our pub crawls to meet new friends to party with. Or chill out in the treehouse common room and pick up travel tips. We have regular events for you to get involved with, like Movie Mondays, and when it's sightseeing time, chat to our lovely staff at our 24hr reception about our free city walking tours.


Our awesome location is just a 5-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. If you fancy checking out the city’s high street shops, we’re just a 10-minute walk from Princes Street, and it's the same distance to the Scottish National Gallery for arty culture vultures. If you’re flying into Edinburgh Airport, hop on the 100 bus (or get the tram) to the main train station, Edinburgh Waverley. We’re an easy 10-minute walk from there.

Rooms and Dorms

You’ll find only fun rooms here! We have cool and colourful dorms with plenty of space and light. Our mixed and female-only dorms, as well as our private rooms, are cleaned on a daily basis and come with free linen. Expect comfy beds and private reading lights, plus in-dorm security lockers big enough for a backpack or cabin case. Make the most of our quirky private shower pods, complete with lovely hot water.

Extras and activities

If you’re hungry, grab a meal or snack at our Kick Ass café and bar, where you can relax with a coffee in the day, have a laugh with some beers with friends in the evening, or tuck in to delicious dinners like our haggis burger or popcorn chicken. If you’re on a budget, feel free to use our large self-catering kitchen. Need help getting around the city but short on data? Don’t forget to grab one of our free city maps.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.3

  • Security 9.3

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.6

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 9.5

  • Facilities 8.9

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    20 Sep 2020
    Amazing location, very COVID secure. Friendly staff and very decent beds and showers.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    24 Aug 2020
    Loved this hostel, super clean and staff were amazing! xx
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    07 Sep 2020
    Very clean and Covid safe. Friendly staff and good food. Amazing location and as a solo female I felt safe all the time. Couldn’t recommend highly enough
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    26 Aug 2020
    Was under civid restrictions but still had a great time. Perfect location, comfy bed and warm room.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 9.7


    21 Aug 2020
    I love Kickass hostels! Comfy beds, groovy decor, fun hallways and fantastic location. Love having laundry facilities; as a long distance hiker I especially appreciate being able to rid my clothes of trail filth.
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    15 Aug 2020
    We arrive at the hostel at 11 pm and everything was fine. We were able to bathe without problems and, near the hostel, there were some open places to go and eat something. The bedroom was clean and the beds comfortable.
    Argentina, Couple, 18-24
  • 9.4


    07 Sep 2020
    Excellent hostel and I enjoyed my stay here. Staff took Covid security seriously, and the whole hostel was very clean, especially in the public areas. From what I could gather, the dorms had been rearranged to allow for social distancing as well. Despite social distancing, it was still possible to mix with other travellers and make friends, and the bar was lively and fun each night, just with virus measures in place. The location was also really good, just down the road from Grassmarket.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    28 Aug 2020
    The floor next to my bed was dirty , like dust or earth really concentrate, I hope this could be improved
    Mexico, Male, 31-40
  • 9.1


    22 Aug 2020
    Friendly staff, great location, great value for money! Obviously COVID put a bit of a damper on socialising etc. but that's to be expected these days
    Germany, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.0


    09 Sep 2020
    I understand that due to covid situation there were many restrictions, and i am happy that they kept to that,but when i booked my stay there,on the site it said nothing about the kitchen not being available. They could've put at least a microwave for the people staying in their hostel, so for that i had only cold rubbish food for 4 days...the location is very good,within walking distance of all most everything there is to visit in the city and the staff there are friendly and very helpful!
    Romania, Female, 31-40
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Flexible NRR
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Fax Service
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Mini-Supermarket
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table


  • 2012

    9th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2008

    1st, Country Winners Scotland


  • 2012

    Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

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Kick Ass Greyfriars says

Kick Ass Greyfryers is in the lively Grassmarket area, surrounded by bars and cafés and within walking distance to sites around central Edinburgh. The hostel features quiet, clean and comfortable rooms and highly praised pub crawls and walking tours. Guests have told us there's 'lots of common areas to meet people if you're travelling on your own' and that they 'recommend it for people who are looking to party and meet people'. We've noticed that several of their guests have returned to stay there again and again.