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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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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Waterford, Waterford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Stayed at this hostel for 3 nights with a friend. we shared our room with 4 other people who we began to spend most of our time with and are now going to stay in contact. Staff couldnt be any more helpful and friendly. rooms are what you are to expect from a hostel but i loved the apartment feel.... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We stayed here for one night and it was absolutely fine. The negative reviews don't appear fair, if you are coming to a city you do need to do some research! As it is right in the centre of Old Town (about a block from the Royal Mile) it is in a busy area and yes, particularly during the Fringe.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What is funny about the place is that it s a set of kind of apartments so that dormitory don' t feel that impersonal and huge.It' s almost like living in a flat ( with a common kitchen and bathrooms) except well it' s a dorm. The only negative thing would be the too soft mattress but then the price... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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 August 20, 2014 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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Address: 96 - 112 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Cowgate , Old Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 168
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Cowgate Tourist Hotel Edinburgh
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