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Cowgate Tourist Hostel

96 - 112 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JN, Scotland (Cowgate)
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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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London
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfectly fine and you get a clean and comfortable bed for relatively low cost. On that basis this is great value for money. But for the fact some obnoxious staff member walked into our room unannounced at 8.30am I would have no qualms at all. When I challenged her on this as I checked out she was very rude and... More

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sian28, Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

I would like to agree with you that it is clean and comfy and cheap!! :) Thank you! Regarding the staff member,she was just doing her job and it's a shame you have to see it in a negative way. We do hostel checks in the mornings to make sure it is clean and safe. The staff member saw you... More

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Stayed here for one night before the Edinburgh marathon last week. Booked a twin room with shared shower and kitchen facilities. Got to the room and found it only had a bunk bed and a bin in it, that was literally it. Smelt very strongly of bleach, but seemed to be reasonably clean. Bunk bed was missing the ladder, so... More

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sian28, Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

I am so sorry you did not have a good stay with us. As you will see we do have some great reviews, however over the marathon weekend there is a big mix of marathon runners, stag parties and rugby supporters for this particular weekend. We do have a contact number for emergencies which is displayed in the reception window.... More

London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

There of all the I have nothing to say about the staff, they were great. Dont stay here more than an overnight.There are 3 rooms for 6 to 8 people in each flat, they share 2 toileta and 2 showers. There is no area to relax like in every hostel... just your room and the kitchen where you can find... More

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sian28, Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

I am sorry you did not like our hostel. We are unique in the way we have an apartment style with 3-5 rooms per apartment with shower and toilets to share and a large kitchen area. This may not of been something that suited you, however we do find people really like the set up and for large and small... More

Newcastle, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The location of the hostel was great, in Old Town and everything within walking distance, pub across the road. Royal Mile was less than a 5 minute walk. The room itself was gross and old. A refurnish wouldn't go astray. Out of 4 power outlets only 2 worked with a room of 6 people who didn't know each other. Kitchen... More

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sian28, Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

We do have only mixed dorms in our hostel and we try our best to put people together that may suit, however it is sometimes impossible. If you book a mixed dorm you must be prepared to share with any age or gender. I will speak with maintenance and ask them to look at all plug sockets and get these... More

Sydney, Australia
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161 reviews 161 reviews
23 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Great location! couldnt be any better... right in the old part of town so its central to everything - its a simple hostel which has everything you need - a place to put your bags and a place to put your head

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sian28, Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Cheap and Cheerful :) More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This hostel is definitely in a prime location, right in Old Town, with everything you need right outside the doorstep. I really liked the apartment style flats; plenty of space in the room and kitchen. The old photos and reviews on here doesn't do it justice, as I found the whole flat really clean, warm and nice! And I loved... More

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Tyndrum, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Was a bit worried about staying here after reading reviews and seeing pictures.Stayed here for one night to go out in Edinburgh.Rooms were warm and clean so were toilets Beds were a bit squeaky but that was to be expected.Staff at front desk were very helpful.The only thing I would say that if you are not intending on going out... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Really good located and very friendly staff. I stayed for two nights and enjoyed it very much! The only problem was that the room I stayed didn't have lockers and the toilet wasn't working. But the room was very clean and the bed truly confortable. The windows could be opened and I loved it. (Usually in cold places they don't... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Walked in off the street on Saturday after our bag was stolen from our room in Budget Backpackers across the road the night before (see review!) and was visibly upset and exhausted. The receptionist couldn't of been nicer! Very helpful and even assigned us a room with just one other girl so we could relax and get some sleep. Beds... More

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sian28, Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review. We were very happy to help:) More

Armagh, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
44 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

To begin with the good points. Staff helpful. Kitchen fully fitted and quite clean. Now for the not so good. There is no TV room. There is one computer. I went in at 10pm some grumpy Asian guy was on it. 8am next morning same thing! Noise is unreal, Sat night hen parties are not conducive to sleep. Walls are... More

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Address: 96 - 112 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Cowgate , Old Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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 
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