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Cowgate Tourist Hostel

96 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JN Scotland
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#216 of 314 Speciality lodging in Edinburgh
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!
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Claire T wrote a review Feb 2020
58 contributions31 helpful votes
Points: - the hostel is very basic, you get what you pay for - rooms are clean - showers have issues with pressure and heat retention - opposite a very lively pub which wasn’t an issue for us are we were a group of friends who frequented the pub on an evening, however the music does go on loudly until 1am so may be an issue for those who want to go to sleep - the hostel is well placed and in good walking distance from the Grassmarket and the royal mile. The average rating comes from the good location and cheap price of the hostel, if the hostel had been more expensive or more out of the way it would be in need of a revamp.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
1 Helpful vote
Gee W wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
My wife and I booked one of the private rooms for the night. 12 feet high ceilings and a storage heater "ornament" were the eye catching features of this dump. So the ornamental heater obviously didn't work and we could see our breaths when we were speaking. Handed the key in at reception at the earliest possible time the next morning and got my £10 deposit back. I complained to the guy at reception and with his head looking down he half heartedly apologised about the storage heater not working as if it had just broken down. Guaranteed that heater hadn't been working for God knows how long. The middle part of the grate was blackened as obviously some idiot had put clothes on it, scorched the heater and tripped it never to work again. I asked if I could see his boss as I want a refund or something back. He wasn't in until later and we couldn't wait. £65 paid and found out that for the same price we could have stayed at Motel one on Market Street which I am sure would have had heating. The trip to Edinburgh was fantastic but my advice is don't go near this place unless you are a student hitchhiker who doesn't really care about comfort. It wasn't even worth the cost of the deposit. Graham Farrell.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Adri A wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
I came to stay in cowgate hostel, for few days ,its nice hostel, but the music from the disco ,,,three sister ,,,down the road is crazy ,its abusing, i didnt have any sleep,waste totaly, Edinburgh council should do smth,,any body have same problem write to Edinburgh council,
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
1 Helpful vote
Али wrote a review Nov 2019
Tehran, Iran329 contributions52 helpful votes
We were at Cowgate hostel in Oct 2019 for 2 nights before Halloween and word cup of rugby. we stayed in 2 rooms because I don't know why and we had to change our room for the last night. kitchen was clean and toilet was ok.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: Old building and nice staff
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Melissa F wrote a review Nov 2019
Belfast, United Kingdom64 contributions38 helpful votes
Cannot stress this enough, but please do not stay here. This has to be the absolute worst place I have ever stayed. Dire conditions, absolutely disgusting. I have never been so disappointed in my life. Please look at the photos to understand how horrific this place is. Damp, fungi, dirt, absolutely disgusting. The showers are awful. No pressure from one with alternating roasting and ice cold, and then no hot water from the other. Do not look at the pictures that this hostel uploads because they are LIES and edited. Please look at the photos I have uploaded as an honest representation of the conditions you are staying in. It should honestly be illegal to charge people to stay here. I wouldn’t subject a dog to this place never mind a paying customer. Please never stay here. I beg you.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
4 Helpful votes
US$23 - US$80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cowgate Tourist Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Cowgate Tourist Hostel?
Nearby attractions include National Museum of Scotland (0.1 km), Edinburgh Old Town (0.02 km), and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions (0.3 km).
What are some restaurants close to Cowgate Tourist Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Makars Gourmet Mash Bar, The Piper's Rest Public House, and Tupiniquim Brasil crepes.
Is Cowgate Tourist Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Edinburgh.
Are there any historical sites close to Cowgate Tourist Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Palace of Holyroodhouse (1.2 km), The Real Mary King's Close (0.2 km), and Gilmerton Cove (5.9 km).