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Cowgate Tourist Hostel

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's in a great location in the center of Edinburgh Pub/restaurant opposite. Staff are very friendly helpful and very accommodating. I checked in with my 3 yr old toddler and sort of booked without thinking their might actually be other men in the room with us. I told the receptionist I wasn't comfortable sleeping in a room with 4 men... More 

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Thank joyce k
CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Joyce, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and I am sorry to hear that the bedding ruined your stay, we will be hoping to start renovating in the near future so will take this feedback on board and take care of any ongoing issues at the moment. We would be happy to give a discount... More 

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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a private room for 2 nights as we were going to the fringe festival. The location was great BUT as to be expected, it was very loud at night. The windows are only single glazed so there is no noice cancellation. The room was of a good size, the shower/toilet was clean however the bedsheets provided were bobbly.... More 

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Thank Sarah E
CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Sarah, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. I hope that you enjoyed your time in Edinburgh during the fringe and with the great location that we have unfortunately it does come with a lot of noise complaints! I will pass this information on to the owner regarding bed sheets and hopefully we can get this... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for one night to go to a show at the Playhouse and see some of the fringe. This has to be the noisiest location in the city and earplugs won't cover it. Straight across from a busy pub courtyard. £97 a night for one of the most basic hostels I've stayed in and I've travelled a bit.... More 

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Thank Sally C
CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Sally, Thank you for your review and I am very sorry to hear that your stay with us wasnt as expected. With regards to the situation, if you would like to send me an email at dylan@hostelsinedinburgh with your booking details I can look into this for you and come to a resolution. Best wishes, Dylan More 

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located smack bang in the middle of cowgate this is the perfect spot for fringe festival goers. One of the main free fringe locations is right across the road which as some people have said makes it noisy but for such a central location to much of the fringe activity this is to be expected. The noise did not bother... More 

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Thank Beth C
CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Beth, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and the festival. We are aware of the situation with the shower and will be taking action to make sure this gets sorted as soon as possible. Again, thanks for staying with us and... More 

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41 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 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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Thank Jemmaf16
CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Jemma, Thank you for your review, we will take this feedback onboard when making improvements in the future. We are hoping to get lockers in the coming months as we realise the importance of keeping valuables safe, especially when travelling for a longer period of time! I will pass this information onto the owner and will hopefully be implemented... More 

Dublin
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50 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

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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Thank Darrenireland
CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Darren, Thanks for taking the time to leave your review and I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Please keep us in mind when travelling back to Edinburgh as would be happy to provide a discount on a second stay! Kind regards, Dylan More 

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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 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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Thank carlsafc
CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Carl, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review, we pride ourself on affordable accommodation in a great location in Edinburgh. We will be hoping to renovate in the near future so that we can add something different to the stay. If you do return to Edinburgh we would be happy to give a discount on a... More 

Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 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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Thank Lauren N
CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Lauren, Thank you for your review, I appreciate it can be frustrating when you're not able to get a good nights sleep. With such a good location in Edinburgh it is difficult to avoid noise complaints, I hope that this didn't impact your time in Edinburgh too much and you had a safe journey. Kind regards, Dylan More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 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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Thank leetheperm
CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Lee, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and I am sorry to hear that your stay wasn't as expected. With such a great location it does come with some drawbacks but I hope this didn't put you off our hostel and you still enjoyed your time in Edinburgh. Kind regards, Dylan More 

Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 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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Thank Silvia L
CowgateHostel, Front Office Manager at Cowgate Tourist Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Silvia, Appreciate your feedback as we can take this on board when making improvements in the future. We are hoping to start renovating in the near future which will hopefully take care of the beds and will be looking to get lockers also as we understand the importance to keep things safe when travelling. I hope that you still... More 

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Staying in Old Town

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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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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 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cowgate Tourist Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 168
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