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Cowgate Hostel

"Will definitely recommend this place to the budget-conscious and will likely stay here if I visit Edinburg again!"

Chen - November 19, 2018
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Cowgate Hostel

96 Cowgate, Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 1JN - See map
Free Wi-Fi
Property highlights
Check-in/out [express]
Hassle-free check in
Close to Edinburgh Old Town
Within 60 m of property
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Popular landmarks
Edinburgh Old Town 60 m
Parliament Hall 70 m
National Library of Scotland 80 m
Opium 80 m
Red Vodka Club 80 m
The Great Scottish Tapestry 90 m
Mercat Cross 90 m
Villager 90 m
Memorial Duke of Buccleuch 90 m
Edinburgh Sheriff Court 110 m
Nearby landmarks
Edinburgh Old Town 60 m
National Museum of Scotland 140 m
The Real Mary King's Close 150 m
Royal Mile Street 270 m
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions 320 m
Edinburgh Castle 590 m
Calton Hill 760 m
Palace of Holyroodhouse 1.23 km
Arthur's Seat 1.84 km
Royal Yacht Britannia 3.86 km
7.7

Very good

Location rating score

Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • 390 meters to public transportation

  • Located in heart of Edinburgh

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Laundry service

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Edinburgh every 41 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money7.1
Location rating7.7
Nearest airportEdinburgh Airport (EDI)
Distance to airport10.7 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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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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Private Double Room
Private Double Room
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    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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      Frequently asked questions

      What time is check-in and check-out at Cowgate Hostel?

      Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

      What is the smoking policy at Cowgate Hostel?

      Cowgate Hostel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

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      What people love about Cowgate Hostel

      • 9.2
        Exceptional
        Cleanliness

        "Clean rooms, good matraces, nice peole."

        Marcela

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        September 23, 2018

      • 9.6
        Exceptional
        Staff 

        "Staff is very nice and rooms are OK."

        Jorge

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        September 23, 2017

      • 7.2
        Very good

        "Everything was really comfortable."

        Chen

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        November 19, 2018

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      8.2/10
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      7.2/10
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      7.7/10
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      Overall rating:
      6.8
      Good
      193 reviews
      Cleanliness
      6.5
      Facilities
      6.0
      Location
      7.7
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      What travelers say they love:
      The room was quite big, quite convenient to the main street ...
      Lebin from China
      Solo traveler
      More about Cowgate Hostel

      More about Cowgate Hostel

      Offering quality accommodations in the shopping, culture, sightseeing district of Edinburgh, Cowgate Hostel is a popular pick for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel lies from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

      The facilities and services provided by Cowgate Hostel ensure a pleasant stay for guests. Top features of the hotel include free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, grocery deliveries, express check-in/check-out.

      Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. In some of the rooms, guests can find wooden/parqueted flooring, internet access – wireless (complimentary), heating, kitchenette, refrigerator. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Cowgate Hostel is a smart choice for travelers to Edinburgh, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.

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      Most talked about facilities

      Housekeeping
      7 mentions
      Internet
      3 mentions

      What they offer

      9.2
      Exceptional

      "It has a large shared kitchen and bathroom."

      Nok

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      November 5, 2019

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      Reviews of Cowgate Hostel from real guests

      Provided by verified guests of Agoda
      Cleanliness6.5
      Facilities6.0
      Location7.7
      Service7.0
      Value for money7.1
      High score for Edinburgh
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      9+ Exceptional (18)
      8-9 Excellent (10)
      7-8 Very Good (16)
      6-7 Good (19)
      <6 Below Expectation (26)
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      Jun - Aug (28)
      Sep - Nov (21)
      Dec - Feb (25)
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      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
      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
      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
      9.2
      Exceptional
      CHEN-HUI from Taiwan
      Group
      Bed in 4 Bunk-Bed Dormitory Room
      Stayed 4 nights in May 2016

      Really nice staying!”

      Just like home, if you'd like to stay in Edinburgh a bit longer, and need kitchen to cook, a good choice here!

      Reviewed May 25, 2016
      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
      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
      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
      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
      6.4
      Good
      Gareth from United Kingdom
      Group
      Budget Twin Bed Room
      Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

      Visited for Beltane Fire Festival.”

      Pros; good location, cheap price, close to good spots. Easy to access. Cons; inefficient checking in system (waited 25 minutes), cleanliness not great, leaking in ceiling of the shower room causing the lights to trip out. Overall an average experience and actually better than most stays in similar hostels elsewhere.

      Reviewed May 03, 2019
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Lara from United States
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
      Stayed 2 nights in July 2017

      Perfect hostel in Edinburgh”

      The rooms can be crowded, but you can't ask for much more for the price

      Reviewed November 10, 2017
      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
      6.8
      Good
      Jon from Philippines
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
      Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

      Good Location”

      Bit confusing as the beds assigned to me were occupied. The rooms were stinky but I don't think this is the fault of the hostel. My roommates were messy! The bathroom and common area were nice though.

      Reviewed August 06, 2019
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Jorge from Spain
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
      Stayed 2 nights in September 2017

      Exceptional”

      Very good location, to Royal Mile at right and Grassmarket at left only 5 minutes on foot. Staff is very nice and rooms are OK. And it was so cheap!! I will repeat, no doubt

      Reviewed September 23, 2017
      6.4
      Good
      HSIN from Canada
      Group
      Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
      Stayed 3 nights in August 2019

      Keep minimum expectation ”

      Nice location and staff and that’s all. Room is old and dirty, one of the shower is out of order which leaves only 1 shower working on the whole floor probably shared by 10+ people. Also there’s a club right next to the building, good luck getting decent sleep. But if you can’t beat them, join them :)

      Reviewed August 29, 2019
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Michelle from United States
      Solo traveler
      Budget Twin Bed Room
      Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

      Exceptional”

      Good staff, fast wifi, 10-minute walk from the train station. I like they have a lift for accessibility. I gave 4 stars only because of some inconsiderate guests who are very noisy in the hallway. So if you don’t mind taking the chance with noise, I would recommend staying here.

      Reviewed May 18, 2019
      6.4
      Good
      Rebecca from Malaysia
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
      Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

      Good”

      Nice enough for a cheap hostel but internet was down both nights and very loud due to location. That being said, location is very close to the heart of everything and easy to get around.

      Reviewed July 29, 2018
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Nok from Hong Kong
      Couple
      Budget Twin Bed Room
      Stayed 1 night in October 2019

      Very good hostel”

      It is close to the royal mile and the train station. With plenty of restaurant around it, you can always find a place to eat and hangout. Staff are friendly and helpful. It has a large shared kitchen and bathroom. The facilities are decent.

      Reviewed November 05, 2019
      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
      6.4
      Good
      Brigitta from Hungary
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
      Stayed 3 nights in June 2017

      Not my favourite hostel...”

      Not my favourite hostel. The room was very cold. I did a lot of trouble with the lock. The kitchen is very good.

      Reviewed July 27, 2017
      8.0
      Excellent
      caris from Australia
      Group
      Budget Twin Bed Room
      Stayed 3 nights in September 2017

      Great location accommodation as expected”

      We stayed in a private room shared bathroom. Accommodation very basic no furnishing but the bed in the room but was clean and shower hot.

      Reviewed October 05, 2017
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