Cowgate Hostel
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Cowgate Hostel

96 Cowgate, Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 1JN
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    Cowgate Hostel Reviews

    7.0
    Very good
    /10
    (160 reviews)See what guests said
    9.2
    Exceptional

    "It is in a nice location, downtown Edinburgh."

    João

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    July 21, 2017

    7.2
    Very good value for money

    Things you’ll love about Cowgate Hostel

    Things you'll love

    • 390 meters to public transportation

    • Located in heart of Edinburgh

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Daily housekeeping

    Very good
    Location
    7.7
    See map
    Very good location - Inside city center
    Popular neighborhood
    Popular
    Nearby
  • National Museum of Scotland170 m
  • Royal Mile180 m
  • Edinburgh Old Town210 m
  • Camera Obscura and World of Illusions330 m
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse730 m
  • Edinburgh Castle850 m
  • Calton Hill1 km
  • Arthur's Seat1.09 km
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh2.26 km
  • Royal Yacht Britannia3.65 km
  • This property is in high demand!

    Last booked 10 hours ago

    Value for money7.2
    Location rating7.7
    Nearest airportEdinburgh Airport (EDI)
    Distance to airport10.8 km

    Rooms available at Cowgate Hostel

    Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
    Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 2 m²/22 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 3 bunk beds
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    Bed in 4 Bunk-Bed Dormitory Room
    Bed in 4 Bunk-Bed Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 2 m²/22 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 bunk beds
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    Budget Twin Bed Room
    Budget Twin Bed Room
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    • Room size: 2 m²/22 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Budget Double Bed Room
    Budget Double Bed Room
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    • Room size: 2 m²/22 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed
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    Single Bed in Dormitory Room
    Single Bed in Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 220 m²/2368 ft²
    • Shared bathroom
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Budget Double Room
    Budget Double Room
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    • Room size: 1 m²/11 ft²
    • Shower
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    Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room
    Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 1 m²/11 ft²
    • Shower
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    Budget Twin Room
    Budget Twin Room
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    • Room size: 1 m²/11 ft²
    • Shower
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    Bed in 4-Bed Dormitory Room
    Bed in 4-Bed Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 1 m²/11 ft²
    • Shower
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    What people love about Cowgate Hostel

    • 8.0
      Very good

      "Nice place."

      Arman

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      June 25, 2017

    • 8.4
      Excellent

      "We had a good time here!"

      Mario

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      September 7, 2016

    • 9.2
      Exceptional

      "Very helpful staff."

      Pierre

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      October 27, 2018

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    7.2
    Very good

    "Will definitely recommend this place to the budget-conscious..."

    Chen

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    November 19, 2018

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    What they offer

    9.2
    Exceptional

    "Clean rooms, good matraces, nice peole."

    Marcela

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    September 23, 2018

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    Reviews of Cowgate Hostel from real guests

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    Agoda Reviews (160)Booking.com Reviews (2460)
    7.0
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    10
    Cleanliness6.6
    Facilities6.2
    Location7.7
    Service7.1
    Value for money7.2
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    1234
    6.4
    Good
    MENGLING from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in April 2019

    Good”

    The kitchen was really nice, but the room was very smelly, and there was no enough space to put your luggage in the room. On the other hand, the shower was not convenient to use.

    Reviewed April 25, 2019
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Pierre from Canada
    Solo traveler
    Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in October 2018

    Better than expected”

    In fact I stayed 7 nights. First night: horrible because of drunken girls and nobody to fix the problem. But perfect the others nights. Commune kitchen and 2 toilet (1 with shower) for about 4 rooms. I was thinking that the rooms/ kitchens would be all ugly but that wasn't the case. Large rooms. One computer with internet available on request for free. No real commune room except the kitchens. The loud music from the bar beside didn't bother me. Very helpful staff.

    Reviewed October 27, 2018
    8.4
    Excellent
    YUXI from China
    Solo traveler
    Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 3 nights in February 2019

    a little smell in the room”

    not very good experience staying here

    Reviewed March 01, 2019
    9.2
    Exceptional
    João from United States
    Solo traveler
    Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 3 nights in June 2017

    Nice location, safe and cheap”

    It is in a nice location, downtown Edinburgh. This place is actually better than most of the reviews I read about it. I felt safe since the rooms are allocate by "flat" (no more than 3 rooms) which only allows people from those rooms to have access to that area, not the whole hostel. Besides there are at least 3 doors, well locked, before you get to your room. Again, I do not understand why some reviews mention did not feel safe. I highly recommend.

    Reviewed July 21, 2017
    7.2
    Very good
    Chen from Singapore
    Couple
    Budget Twin Bed Room
    Stayed 1 night in May 2018

    Great value and location!”

    The hostel is located on the quieter side of Edinburgh town. We stayed in the bunk bed room with separate bathroom for one night. Everything was really comfortable. It’s a 15min walk from the train station, and just a mere 5 min away from all the sights and attractions. Will definitely recommend this place to the budget-conscious and will likely stay here if I visit Edinburg again!

    Reviewed November 19, 2018
    8.0
    Excellent
    Madina from Singapore
    Family with teens
    Budget Double Bed Room
    Stayed 1 night in December 2018

    Very good”

    Toilets lock abit faulty Struggled to open

    Reviewed December 11, 2018
    4.4
    Magdalene from Singapore
    Family with teens
    Budget Twin Bed Room
    Stayed 1 night in November 2018

    Review score”

    The hostel looks so creepy that I have to leave the lights on the whole night while sleeping. It feels like living in a prison cell. Toilets looks creepy too and the view overlooks a stairway which looks scary and creepy. Not a very good staying experience.

    Reviewed December 04, 2018
    6.4
    Good
    Jose from China
    Group
    Budget Twin Bed Room
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2018

    DOWN THE HILL”

    Maybe was our fault, but didn't know that Edinburgh has such a topography. Room ok, bathroom can improve.

    Reviewed December 10, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Marcela from Czech Republic
    Business traveler
    Bed in 4 Bunk-Bed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2018

    Exceptional”

    Super locality! Clean rooms, good matraces, nice peole.

    Reviewed September 23, 2018
    7.2
    Very good
    SAI from United Kingdom
    Family with teens
    Budget Twin Bed Room
    Stayed 5 nights in January 2018

    Good location but ....”

    smelly bed sheets in the room. Dirt in the corridor. Kitchen doesn’t seem to be cleaned by the staff regularly. There is a lot for the hostel management to learn from his counterparts e.g. Dream Hostel in Lviv or the Archipelago in Stockholm.

    Reviewed January 25, 2018
    4.8
    Teh from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Bed in 4 Bunk-Bed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

    Some place might be better”

    Stayed for 3 nights, only the guy manager was friendly and helpful, the rest staff don't seem welcome you. The toilet was Shared and cleanliness was 2/5. Too packed room, with the lousiest bed I ever have. Plus side, I booked the wrong date but the manager was helpful to change me to current date. The drinks are free in pub below and the breakfast is good

    Reviewed January 12, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Xianhui from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 4 nights in September 2016

    Basically perfect”

    Great location, minutes from royal mile and surrounded by good food and all kinds of shops. Short walk from bus and train stations too. Rooms were in an apartment style with self catering kitchen with24 hr access and all necessary equipment. Most importantly rooms and bathrooms were extremely clean!

    Reviewed October 06, 2016
    9.6
    Exceptional
    James from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in September 2016

    Great value and location, and friendly staff ”

    We actually got a better deal with Agoda website than paying directly, so it only cost us just over £21 for two of us in a six bed dorm. Facilities were basic but clean, and much better than another hostel in the city (which we won't name). We would have given 5 stars for facilities if there had been lockers in the room. A towel would have been nice but, as it's a backpackers, perhaps that's being unfair - especially for the price we paid.

    Reviewed September 27, 2016
    4.4
    Sharon from United States
    Solo traveler
    Single Bed in Dormitory Room
    Stayed 3 nights in August 2018

    Never again”

    Flat 1 black mold on one ceiling shower, the other shower fluctuates from freezing cold to boiling hot. Doors and floors need cleaning. Upon arrival someone is in my bed. I give him the boot get clean sheets. When i wake the next morning I look over and see him lying on top his bedding with his pants pulled down his privates displayed for the world to see. there were pills all around him on the bed. He had obviously been masturbating and passed out Midway. I told the staff and response was there's nothing they could do about. The next night he took the bed that was not assigned to him resulting in chaos at 2 a.m. when people checked-in and attempted to find their proper assignment. Add to that some pretty disgusting smells of shoes and dirty socks and windows that would not open. Cheap sheets and mattresses. Add the partying and fighting that occurred at the pub across the street until 3 in the morning and you've got the picture.

    Reviewed August 13, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Lebin from China
    Solo traveler
    Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in August 2017

    GREAT”

    The room was quite big, quite convenient to the main street and train station

    Reviewed September 20, 2017
    8.4
    Excellent
    Mario from Indonesia
    Couple
    Budget Twin Bed Room
    Stayed 1 night in September 2016

    recommended hostel”

    We had a good time here!

    Reviewed September 07, 2016
    8.0
    Excellent
    Shu from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Bed in 4 Bunk-Bed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2016

    Located ”

    In the city and no lift was in the apartment and very noisy coz near the pub.

    Reviewed August 06, 2016
    6.4
    Good
    ischa from Netherlands
    Couple
    Budget Double Bed Room
    Stayed 1 night in May 2018

    Uncomfortable, extremely noisy but cheap.”

    I've been to many hostels, and the level of comfort is always limited, as they are often cheap accommodations. But this one was much more uncomfortable than most. Extremely noisy, you could here every word spoken by neighbours, very uncomfortable beds and showers and nothing of the great hospitality or friendliness I've come to expect from hostels in the UK.

    Reviewed May 08, 2018
    2.0
    George from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Budget Twin Bed Room
    Stayed 1 night in December 2017

    The worst hostel I've ever had the displeasure of staying at”

    The check in and check out were of the utmost slowest of processes. The room was likened to a prison cell but with less natural light. The shower the same. No real temperature control, no common area and luggage storage is like a zoo of people and cases and rucksacks . There is a faint smell of urine throughout and the stairwells of a communist hospital from the 80's. Beds were not comfortable, the quilt, covers and pillow the same. Grubby af.

    Reviewed December 31, 2017
    5.2
    yong from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in September 2017

    Above average”

    If you have budget, may choose for better choice.

    Reviewed March 23, 2018
    1234
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