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Cowgate Tourist Hostel

96 - 112 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JN, Scotland
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Rome, Italy
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106 reviews 106 reviews
52 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Location of the hostel is fantastic, with royal mile so close, and bars & pubs for nightlife just in the opposite way of the street (eg, Brewdog pub). Guys, if you are young and you need a place cheap (10pounds/night) and you want to stay in the center of the scene of the city center, well this is totally your... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As far as I'm concerned some of the bad reviews here are over-exaggerating. I stayed in an 8 bed dorm at the end of Jan 2015 and it certainly wasn't filthy. One of the beds in the dorm was quite squeaky, and we did notice that one of the frames was propped up with a piece of wood, but the... More 

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County Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

nice location given that it is city centre edinburgh. The staff are amazing, free internet and low prices.they stored my bags for a week once for free which was so nice of them. they offer long term rate and its safe as the doors have a code and keys. the cleaners could barge in however and although very clean i... More 

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dundee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location and nice staff but apart from that this hostel is thoroughly grubby and run down. The walls, sheets and towels all had various staining. The curtains fell off the railing as soon as touched. The beds were uncomfy and pretty rickety. Finally the showers were terrible, water trickling out and not even lukewarm water. We were extremely disappointed... More 

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Moffat, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Stayed here with a group of 10 for a Stag do. We're used to roughing it having been many trips for football and rugby trips, often staying in hostels. This place is filthy dirty. Rooms not cleaned after last occupants. Blood stains on sheets. Trickle of a shower. Cobwebs and dirt everywhere. Do not stay here!

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Vilvoorde, Belgium
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Reception was very friendly, can't say anything bad. The room however looked unclean and we first checked the beds before we slept in them. I felt the need of taking a shower but took one while wearing crogs. My friend's skipped the shower as it looked disgusting. (Shared by 12? Others!) Hostels are great in Scotland but definately not recommanded... More 

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

ONE TOILET FOR 12 PEOPLE. SHOWER WHICH PEES WATER NOW AND THEN. ICY WATER FOLLOWED BY BOILING. WOAH. receptionists are really nice, location is ideal for party life. that's all i have to say about the hostel.enjoy ed!

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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123 reviews 123 reviews
35 hotel reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is the worst place I've stayed in any city in the UK. The place is over-priced to begin with, considering it is a backpackers hostel and not a B and B. It is absolutely freezing inside, in the time we spent in our room before heading out to town we had to keep our coats on. The shared toilet... More 

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Germany
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The worst place I've ever been. Stinky and dirty, mold all over the bedroom and very espacially the "bathroom". The "bathroom" was a dirty dark cabin with a dirty, nearly black, sink, a shower with each 6 seconds of water and a toilette with waste behind it. I've been in hostels all over europe, in smaller towns and really big... More 

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4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The location is perfect - couldn't fault that at all, easy walking to anywhere you want and plenty of restaurants etc nearby. The bedrooms are a decent size, we were in a 6 bed dorm and there was a good amount of space - they also allocate beds which is nice as were travelling together and didn't want to be... More 

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