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) 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.

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, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party 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

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Hostelworld says

Budget Backpackers 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.

AWESOME CITY CENTRE LOCATION....Free Super Fast WiFi....Free city tour….Free Daily Bar Events/Entertainment. Kick Ass Greyfriars has just had a major refurbishment bringing it to the same awesome level as our New Kick Ass sister Hostel and has just been awarded the top 'Superb' hostelworld rating in 2019 for the best rated hostels in Edinburgh.

Our awesome location is just a stone’s throw away from the famous Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the famous Grassmarket area. We are only 5-10 minutes’ walk from the bus and train stations and the famous Haggis Tour routes.
FACILITIES INCLUDE: Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, Free city tour, Free Daily Bar Events/Entertainment, Free luggage storage if you arrive before check-in time. Tourist Info provided, Bed linen provided

NEW KICK ASS CAFÉ AND BAR: Serving great-value meals and drinks at unbeatable prices.

SECURITY: 24hour reception. No curfew. Great Security, with electronic swipe cards for all rooms, CCTV throughout and security passes issue to all our guests. Security Lockers in all rooms

FUNKY DESIGNER ROOMS: Designed for your maximum comfort, with private bed lights and Security lockers provided for every bed. There are no crowded rooms here – our dorms are spacious.

KEEP IT CLEAN – All of our rooms are cleaned every day. Our bathrooms and kitchens are constantly monitored for cleanliness. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness.
AWESOME FRIENDLY STAFF ; they are friendly and will tell you all the best places to go – and more importantly, where not to go!

MODERN FACILITIES: Including large self-catering kitchen and personal private showers pods. Private Bed Lights. USB charging Points at all beds

SUPER COOL TREEHOUSE is a great place to chill.
Our motto is 'LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL', and we mean it. So what are you waiting for !!! 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 9.1

  • Security 9.3

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 8.8

  • Cleanliness 8.4

  • Facilities 8.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    01 Jun 2019
    Everything about this hostel was great! Great value for your money in a great location. Beds were comfy and even though our room was 30 people it was spacious and didn’t feel like so.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    22 Jun 2019
    Was great to find a private room at the last minute in late June. Staff were lovely. Meals and games area was a lovely place to chill. Would love it if the hairdryers were stronger.
    Australia, Female, 41+
  • 9.4


    28 May 2019
    Great location! In the centre of everything. The bedrooms were good,easy to sleep in and roomy. The tree house, bar/ Cafe and kitchen were perfect! There wasn’t a party atmosphere it was a nice place to relax and live in. The bathrooms could be cleaner. Has everything you need and more! Great place to stay in and the location is incredible.
    New Zealand, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    02 Jun 2019
    Great hostel! Staff was very helpful- even helped be find a good tour to Loch Ness! Security was pretty tight, big lockers, locked luggage room w camera access, but my door key didn’t work multiple times. Cheap but good breakfast, discounts, and fun things to do! Only drawback was cleanliness- bathroom was dirty. Location- really close to Royal Mile, but really steep to get there, so good workout lol!
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 8.9


    11 Jun 2019
    Staff was unfriendly and they did not show me where female only bathrooms were, I had to wander around looking. I could use the luggage room for free before checking in, but I had to pay to store my luggage after, which I did not like. However at least the luggage room lockers were properly locked. I also wish I had a padlock for the locker in my room, as I had neglected to bring one. Maybe you can rent them or borrow them with a deposit; I don't know because the staff didn't tell me!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    08 Jun 2019
    I had a decent experience staying here. The location is good- right near Grassmarket. The showers were nothing to write home about, and the bathrooms were not very clean. It says they have a hair dryer, but it's so weak that you're better off using your mouth to blow dry your hair. Also, the room cards get demagnetized very easily, whether or not they're near your phone, which became frustrating. The staff is aware that it's an issue though, and it sounds like they're fixing it in the future.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    25 May 2019
    Almost perfect
    Colombia, Male, 18-24
  • 8.3


    06 Jun 2019
    Hostel is in a great location. However, there was barely any light in the room, which made it a bit harder to put make up on and straighten my hair in the room. Our room was also situated in front of a night club, which I thought was kind of cool but if you are trying to get some sleep, it’s very loud at night. The shower was made for tall people. I had to stay on my toes to prevent my hair from getting wet. They should really make those showers more adjustable. Everything else was pretty good.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 6.9


    06 Jun 2019
    Nice rooms, nice cafe/bar. Kitchen was dirty + not enough kitchen ware. In need of more cutlery, plates and so on. Price for towels too high. Having to pay a deposit for a box for your food is ridiculous.
    Norway, Female, 31-40
  • 6.0


    02 Jun 2019
    Cold showers with no control over temperature (prepare for chilly showers), shower head, or even the bathroom lights that go off mid shower if no motion in the main part of the bathroom. Staff didn’t want to interact with guests at all and we’re very unfriendly. Bathrooms are randomly gendered so goodluck trying to find a bathroom close to your room that’s available to you. Only upside was location and the lockers.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • 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
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • PlayStation
  • Pool Table
  • Wii


  • 2012

    9th, Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2008

    1st, Country Winners Scotland


  • 2012

    Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

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Kick Ass Greyfriars says

Budget Backpackers 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.