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Castle Rock Hostel
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

This hostel is right in front of Edinburgh Castle. You cannot ask for a better location.

It has big cozy common rooms with free wi-fi, a movie room, computers, a kitchen and friendly staff. The place is huge, the overall atmosphere is fun and light, yet peaceful and secure. There is a 24hr reception, breakfast for 1.80£ and also a Pub Crawl every Thursday. My only issue was that the wi-fi was quite spotty and poor, even going out of service for a whole day.

All the rooms have names. We had the Twin room (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) at 17£ per person, per night. Honestly, it is the smallest hostel room I’ve ever stayed in. It did not have any lockers or a safe, but had a lock on the door. It was super clean and the bed was very comfortable. Linens are provided and you can rent a bath towel for 50p. Not necessarily the place I would take my spouse, but a great base for a weekend in Edinburgh with a friend.

Be aware that the common bathrooms are co-ed, with separate shower sections. The bathrooms were probably the cleanest I have seen in any hostel. The showers are small, but have a hook behind the door for your clothes and a curtain to keep them dry.

If you take into account what a very basic hotel room costs in the same neighbourhood, this hostel offers excellent value. Despite the fact that our Twin room was über-small: Overall, the location, service, cleanliness and price make this hostel highly recommendable.

Room Tip: They only have one "Twin" room. It's very small, but good value.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Neal B, Manager at Castle Rock Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2012

Thanks for your review, glad you had a good time.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We stayed here for 2 separate nights, a week apart, in a triple private room. The first one was tiny and had very basic furnishing. It wasn't very clean and had only one wall socket which was blocked by the radiator and therefore we could not use it at all. The second one was slightly bigger and had nicer furnishing but reeked of sweaty feet. It looked clean though. This room had about 8 wall sockets! The hostel communal area itself was cool and the showers were hot.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

The location of this hostel is great, for one. You can look out a window and see Edinburgh Castle right next door, and it's right on the Royal Mile. The dorms offer lockers, and though they aren't big enough for larger luggage, they are sizable enough to fit most things you'd want locked up. The staff offer laundry services where they'll wash and fold your laundry and leave it on your bed. Also, they'll charge your electronic devices at the front desk for you as well. The lounge has free wifi, and there's a kitchen for use. Especially for the price, this hostel was a great choice for our trip! Even though the rooms are dorms, people actually didn't keep me up or wake me up like they have in some hostels I've stayed in. They have co-ed bathrooms, though they offer smaller female-only as well. The decor is quite ... interesting, as well, and is quite colorful and unusual.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

I stayed 2 nights on two separate occasions. The first dorm was great, up on the first floor. Bright, inviting and good value for money. The second time I was in one of the dorms in the basement, dark, not very nice. It was a 14 bed dorm, the same amount of money as the 10 bed dorm and absolutely no power sockets for the 14 people who were in the dorm. During my previous stay, each bed had two power sockets and the showers were cleaner and better.
For poorer facilities, you should not have to pay as much as a room with better facilities.
I would recommend getting a dorm on the first floor and definitely not one on the lowest level.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Neal B, Manager at Castle Rock Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2012

The 14 bed dorm on level one is very spacious, with big Victorian windows and high ceilings not sure why you found it dark? The room is also currently in the process of having power sockets installed, hurray! We do also charge phones laptops in the safety of our reception for freeeee.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Excellent lodging in Edinburgh. The hostel is located right at the bottom of the castle, and you have a lovely view of the city from the rooms. The hostel was huge with may rooms and winding staircases and hallways, much like a castle on its own really. They had many common areas and lounge areas too. Each bedroom is designed with a particular theme, and the decor of the room was matched by that - pretty interesting really! Shower facilities were great : clean and had many cubicles as well. My only gripe was that the wi-fi wasn't strong enough, and having to use the connection while planning the other parts of the trip made it tiresome. Also, service from the staff varies from one to the other ; overall it was good, but it can be better.

Castle rock is situated in a good location 3 minutes walk from the royal mile and 5minutes walk to waverly station and bus stop.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

If you expect to find a hostel just in front of Edinburgh Castle... really, just in front of the castle, steps away from the Royal Mile.... this is definitely your hostel!

This hostel is in a big old house, with a lots of rooms and a lots of common rooms, a small home cinema, computers, kitchen, lockers, safe in every room/bed, great people, great staff, great hostel. They do have some activities like a Pub Crawl once a week and so on.

They only downside of being in front of the Castle, is that the Castle is on top of the hill, so the hostel is on the hill too. But, is the price to pay for being in the turistic center of Edinburgh and in one of the best hostels on the city.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Neal B, Manager at Castle Rock Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2012

Hey glad you enjoyed the castle views, and our hostel. Safe travels

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Reviewed September 7, 2012

I have been 2 times to the Castle Rock Hostel in the last 2 weeks.
The Hostel itself is in a very good location. I loved the beds cause they were very comfortable, every bed has its own locker + a safe to store your stuff in. The showers and toilets were clean, although the flushing sometimes didnt work.
The reason I only give 3 points: the kitchen doesnt seem to be very clean and a lot of stuff lying around
The other important thing to me is that the personnel is very unkind. Its more like being dispatched rather than being welcome. And when I called and asked for another accommodation they were just like "you have no credit card? Then you cant book on phone, bye *hangup*". Another point was the fact that someone got a key for my locker (they werent labelled) and they were like "Please use your allocated locker!" but it was definitely mine and they had problems with the keys I guess. Therefore I decided to go to another hostel and im very lucky with that and will not go back to the Castlerock.

The price for a dorm room is okay and breakfast is not included.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Neal B, Manager at Castle Rock Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2012

Hi there, sorry if there was a staff member rude or short with you. Your right its not very nice when that happens. I promise all the staff are normally friendly people, I think perhaps you caught them in a bad, perhaps stressful situation. No excuses though, it will be addressed.
Thanks, and safe travels.

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Address: 15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Grassmarket
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Ranked #3 of 215 Specialty Lodging in Edinburgh
Price Range: $13 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Castle Rock Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 300
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