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Cowgate Tourist Hostel

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 March 2015

As far as I'm concerned some of the bad reviews here are over-exaggerating. I stayed in an 8 bed dorm at the end of Jan 2015 and it certainly wasn't filthy. One of the beds in the dorm was quite squeaky, and we did notice that one of the frames was propped up with a piece of wood, but the...

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County Galway, Ireland
Reviewed 8 March 2015

nice location given that it is city centre edinburgh. The staff are amazing, free internet and low prices.they stored my bags for a week once for free which was so nice of them. they offer long term rate and its safe as the doors have a code and keys. the cleaners could barge in however and although very clean i...

Thank evab156
Reviewed 2 March 2015

Great location and nice staff but apart from that this hostel is thoroughly grubby and run down. The walls, sheets and towels all had various staining. The curtains fell off the railing as soon as touched. The beds were uncomfy and pretty rickety. Finally the showers were terrible, water trickling out and not even lukewarm water. We were extremely disappointed...

Thank kancell
Moffat, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 February 2015 via mobile

Stayed here with a group of 10 for a Stag do. We're used to roughing it having been many trips for football and rugby trips, often staying in hostels. This place is filthy dirty. Rooms not cleaned after last occupants. Blood stains on sheets. Trickle of a shower. Cobwebs and dirt everywhere. Do not stay here!

8Thank tartanryan
Vilvoorde, Belgium
Reviewed 3 February 2015 via mobile

Reception was very friendly, can't say anything bad. The room however looked unclean and we first checked the beds before we slept in them. I felt the need of taking a shower but took one while wearing crogs. My friend's skipped the shower as it looked disgusting. (Shared by 12? Others!) Hostels are great in Scotland but definately not recommanded...

7Thank Lienos
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 December 2014

ONE TOILET FOR 12 PEOPLE. SHOWER WHICH PEES WATER NOW AND THEN. ICY WATER FOLLOWED BY BOILING. WOAH. receptionists are really nice, location is ideal for party life. that's all i have to say about the hostel.enjoy ed!

2Thank claudia p
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 October 2014

This is the worst place I've stayed in any city in the UK. The place is over-priced to begin with, considering it is a backpackers hostel and not a B and B. It is absolutely freezing inside, in the time we spent in our room before heading out to town we had to keep our coats on. The shared toilet...

5Thank missannenoid
Reviewed 21 September 2014

The worst place I've ever been. Stinky and dirty, mold all over the bedroom and very espacially the "bathroom". The "bathroom" was a dirty dark cabin with a dirty, nearly black, sink, a shower with each 6 seconds of water and a toilette with waste behind it. I've been in hostels all over europe, in smaller towns and really big...

4Thank TomKuhn14
Reviewed 19 September 2014

The location is perfect - couldn't fault that at all, easy walking to anywhere you want and plenty of restaurants etc nearby. The bedrooms are a decent size, we were in a 6 bed dorm and there was a good amount of space - they also allocate beds which is nice as were travelling together and didn't want to be...

1Thank Hatti S
Waterford, Waterford, Ireland
Reviewed 6 September 2014

Stayed at this hostel for 3 nights with a friend. we shared our room with 4 other people who we began to spend most of our time with and are now going to stay in contact. Staff couldnt be any more helpful and friendly. rooms are what you are to expect from a hostel but i loved the apartment feel....

Thank Shane G

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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-flavoured 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
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Cowgate
Price Range: ₹ 842 - ₹ 6,905 (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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“Basic - but clean and tidy”
925coling, 4 May 2017 | Read review
“We only stayed in Room 94”
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355WendyR, 4 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Without any payment issue, this is a good hostel to stay a night.”
mariobross18, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“104 flat contains two rooms of six beds and one twin room. Private toilets and kitchen for the flat.”
scottmccaffrey, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“If travelling with young Children book private rooms”
499joycek, 13 Sep 2016 | Read review
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