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Cowgate Tourist Hostel

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to fringe festival with 5 other friends so booked out a six bed dorm. Hostel was nice and clean. Room was spacious. Good location. Lack of plug sockets in the room and no lockers for valuables however did not need this as were in room of friends. Noisy room but to be expected for the time of year. Main... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked out a floor for 20 people for my friends stag party. Staff were fantastic to deal with. initially booked though facebook messenger. Also posted over pictures to put up in the apartment and they looked after that for us. We had our own door key so no strangers walking through out area. Right across from 3 sisters, which... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is what it is, cheap place to stay, nothing flash. Perfect for bars and clubs. I would not stay again but it was cheap and handy and was good for what i needed, perfect location right across road from 7sisters pub (good pub) We booked a 6bed dorm and that what it was just 3 bunk beds nothing else

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located close to the centre of town. In between a dance party and a pub playing dance music till early morning on a Tuesday, horrible night sleep even with ear plugs. Don't do it, you're better than this.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed here for 3 nights. Didn't get a wink of sleep. Over the road is the loudest venue in town and even with ear plugs you'll still find yourself awake all night. Showers aren't too bad and the kitchen is decent but seriously, it's the loudest place in the whole city.

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Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The hostel is close to major attractions in the old town, but unfortunately also loud bars. The dorm rooms are right opposite a very loud bar, which pumps music till 3 am, when drunk people's after-party shouting and chanting have only just started. The rooms have only bunk beds and a bin, no lockers or cupboards, but pretty clean. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

I only got to stay one night in this hostel, but I loved it! It's set out into apartments, which I really liked, and you have shared kitchen and bathrooms with other dorm rooms. I had a room of 6 people, and it was very spacious, had a nice view from the window and was very clean and tidy. If... More 

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CowgateHostel, CSA at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Glad you had a good experience. Keep us in mind if you return to the city. More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We booked a 6 bed dorm for a night. The bedrooms and bathrooms are clean and tidy and the Hostel is in an ideal location. Went out for the night, came back only to find someone asleep in one of the beds. Turns out the staff checked another guest into the wrong room and seeing as reception was closed, one... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Firstly I must say I am obviously not the demographic for this hostel. I chose it for it's proximity to an event where I would be returning from late that night. Located in an oddly grim and desolate spot for such a central location. Before I'd even checked in I felt uneasy about walking around there later. Reception staff lovely... More 

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Thank RebeccaMaude
CowgateHostel, CSA at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Sorry for your negative experience, though I don't think it's fair to call Cowgate "grim and desolate" as it's frequently thriving with activity. Hope you travel well in the future. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Very nice and pleasant stay. All staff was very friendly. The rooms and toilets were very clean seeing that their staff comes in every single day to clean them. Also it's only around 5 minutes walk to the city center area. They also have a few restaurants n pubs nearby the hostel. But the only downfall was that their curtains... More 

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CowgateHostel, CSA at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

We're glad that you enjoyed staying at the hostel and thank you for adding pictures to the gallery. More 

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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 

Additional Information about Cowgate Tourist Hostel

Address: 96-112 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Cowgate
Price Range: $16 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cowgate Tourist Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 168
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Cowgate Tourist Hostel Edinburgh, Scotland
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