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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and a friend stayed in a two bed private room for 3 nights mid-August for the Fringe Festival, and although I don't normally write reviews, after seeing the ones on here that filled me with dread before the trip, I thought I'd better correct the record! We arrived at 10pm and the reception was still open, and the girl... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My dad and I stayed at this hostel for a few days in August, not knowing the Fringe was also going on. Our hostel was directly across the street from one of the venues which is good if you're attending the Fringe, bad if you aren't (very loud). This was my first time staying in a hostel so I didn't... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Chosen for a 6 night trip to the fringe this year, as had stayed there in 2011 with a group of mates and found it good value and nothing negative to report. This time the entire place stank (stairwell=urine, unventilated bathrooms=damp) and your stuff felt damp if you left it there for a day. My main problem that we saw... More

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent two nights at Cowgate Tourist Hostel. The location was easy to fine and just near city center. Some reasons to stay, first, if you are a party animal, you can choose a bar which just down near the hostel. Second, if you have interests in making new friends, you will meet plenty new friends here. Third, it was... More

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't usually write reviews, but thought I should because the hostel is absolutely fine and doesn't deserve all its terrible ratings. Stayed this August for the fringe. Great location. Clean and tidy. It's just a standard hostel, I can't see what everyone is whining about.

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Croydon, Victoria, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a fifty plus year olds my wife and and I went here with low expectations. These were initially met at check in when they were unable to accept guests due to a computer issue. After 30 hours in transit you don't want to hear that. Chloe under immense pressure with numerous guests waiting assured us if we came back... More

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Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here with my boyfriend for three nights. It's cheap, really central and the rooms/bathrooms appeared to be clean. Our double room shared a bathroom and kitchen area with two dorm rooms, I think all of the apartments are like this. Were kept up all night for two nights in row by extremely loud, drunk groups sharing the apartment with... More

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thought I'd write a review because I don't think these negative reviews reflect cowgate accurately. From what I can see most people who had a bad experience at cowgate is mainly because of the people also staying there at the time and that's the luck of the draw with any hostel. I'm here now and I'm quite happy with... More

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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 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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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

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Address: 96 - 112 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Cowgate , Old Town
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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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