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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
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    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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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I needed a place to stay during a short vacation and this place met my needs. I have stayed at other Hostels in Edinburgh, but have not yet found a place I want to stay at again. I was satisfied with the 70$ I paid for 5 nights. The dorm room they placed me in was on the second floor... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The only good thing about this hostel is its location. Was really overpriced and shared facilities were minimal. For a hostel they really need to start improving as there are so many more of better quality. No real fun zones either. No bar, small hang out area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This hostel is in an excellent location, only a few minutes walk from the Royal Mile! The rooms are in the apartment building next to the reception office. We stayed in a four bed room that overlooked the beer garden across the street. The room was spacious and comfortable. There are three toilets and two showers shared by the rooms... More 

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Rome, Italy
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52 hotel reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

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
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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