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Seattle
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My family of 4 has been traveling the world for 2 months at the time we stayed in this, our 3rd Hostel. At the train station we schlepped our bags from the station for a 15 minute walk to our Hostel. It was in this really odd location on Cowgate street which is beneath the main streets above. Very cool...

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Scottsdale
Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked at Cowgate because it was close to the train station and that worked for the first night. I actually didn't even mind the rowdy drunks singing well into the night from the bar across the street. What didn't impress me was the building...common areas were rundown, dirty, and not welcoming, and the staff were not friendly. I left...

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here for 2 night. The location was convenient and close to the castle. As many review said, there is a bar that is exactly opposite the hostel. But It wasn't as noisy as many said. Maybe because the festival period was over and people are just back to their daily life. There is not lift or elevators here so...

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CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your time in the hostel and your feedback has been passed onto the staff as the rooms should be cleaned each morning so I apologise for this. Please keep us in mind if you are to return to Edinburgh, we...

Jakarta, Indonesia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dear Dylan, Our society stayed here on 18-23 October 2016. I sent you multiple emails since September about the payment of the hostel. In the beginning, I booked this hostel through the hostelbookers and paid the initial payment. Then I sent an email to you stating that the rest payment will be transferred through bank to your bank account. We...

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CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Tulus, The payment was refunded to your account after the telephone conversation that we had, you confirmed it was alright to refund the payment to the card that you had provided and that was done - I can send proof if there has been any issues with payment. As i mentioned as well Tulus, the owner has been off...

New Zealand
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Apparently, snorlax is in fact a man who drinks too much and keeps an entire room full of people awake - not a Pokemon. The beds in our room were those creaky ones that made lots of noise if you rolled over. There was heaps of space in our room, which was nice, but, sharing a bathroom with others who...

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CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, Apologies for the situation, depending on our availability at the time we might have been able to move rooms. The apartment lay out does work for some and not for others and I understand where you are coming from, I hope that this didn't impact your time too much and you still enjoyed Edinburgh. Kind regards, Dylan Weldon...

Regina
Reviewed 1 November 2016

We stayed in this hostel for 3 nights. The room we had only had 3 bunk beds and no one else was scheduled to be in our room so the 4 of us had it to ourselves. There was a single bathroom and another bathroom with a nice shower. There was a separate kitchen area complete with fridge, stove, microwave,...

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CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Shari, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. Very nice to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and hope that you had a safe trip! Please keep us in mind when returning to the city! Kind regards, Dylan Weldon Office Manager

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 October 2016

This really isn't a good place to stay, the location is good (just off the Royal Mile) but thats the only plus point of this hostel. Its overly expensive. £64.00 (not mentioning the sneaky additional charge for paying via debit card) is in no way a fair price to pay for a tiny, dingy room that looks like a prison...

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CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review, I can only apologise that your stay with us wasn't as expected and feedback has been passed on to the staff. We are hoping to renovate in the near future and beds/linen will be getting improved. Due to the age of the building and the location that we...

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Very surprised with how enjoyable our stay was. They have separate "flats" within a large building, so there was around ten of us within one flat. The facilities were great, the beds very comfy, and the location is brilliant - it's right in the middle of everything. Staff were very helpful and friendly too. Would definitely recommend.

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CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Scott, Very glad to hear that you had an enjoyable stay and was good talking to you when sorting this out. Please keep us in mind for any events in the future! Kind regards, Dylan Weldon Office Manager

Reno, Nevada
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Sure it's in old Town. But, the rooms are freezing, weird odor, beds you can't even sit up in, questionable bedding. I'm not picky, but this place is aweful. I got so sick because the rooms are so cold. I get it's an old building, but a little effort would be nice. Did I mention the smell!

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CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Jamila, I'm very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your recent stay with us, I will pass the feedback onto the owner regarding the temperature of the rooms as this is important especially at this time of year. Thanks again for your feedback. Kind regards, Dylan Weldon Office Manager

Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

My partner and I stayed there for 3 nights and although I was a little concerned at first with the dark green sheets (what was it covering up?) that all quickly went away when we had a great time in Edinburgh. The place wasn't too noisy at all although we were facing the back end I think and there were...

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CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you very much for your positive review and its great to hear that you enjoyed your time in Edinburgh. I hope that you had a safe trip and please keep us in mind when returning to Edinburgh! Kind regards, Dylan Weldon Office Manager

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Staying in Old Town

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A hostel with a difference! Our 168 bed hostel contains 12 individually lockable apartments all fully fitted with their own toilet, shower rooms and kitchen/lounge including an oven, microwave, fridge freezer, toaster, plates, dishes, cutlery and cooking pots. An apartment sleeps between 8 and 22 people in a combination of 4 and 6 bed dorms and twin or double rooms. That's 12 fully fitted kitchens and 17 shower rooms with toilets plus 12 separate private toilets! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Cowgate Tourist Hostel

Address: 96-112 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JN, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Cowgate
Price Range: €16 - €81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cowgate Tourist Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 168
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“Without any payment issue, this is a good hostel to stay a night.”
 of 5 bubbles mariobross18, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“104 flat contains two rooms of six beds and one twin room. Private toilets and kitchen for the flat.”
 of 5 bubbles scottmccaffrey, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“If travelling with young Children book private rooms”
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