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Cowgate Tourist Hostel

Hostel | 94-112 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland EH11JN

76.9% Overall Rating

188 out of 304 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (12/10/2015)

Andreas Luedtke thinks…

"Short distance to Weaverly Station and heart of the city; staff very friendly and helpful; free teas and coffees at the reception; welcoming kitchen"

Read all Cowgate Tourist Hostel reviews


  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 6.80
  • Towel USD 1.51

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Important Information

PLEASE NOTE ***Reception is open between 8:00am and 11:00pm*** * NOTE Please check in before 11pm and state your arrival time* Your use of this website is subject to your irrevocable acceptance without modification of these terms of use (the 'Terms') and you agree to use this website in accordance with and subject to these Terms. The Terms as set out hereunder constitute the entire agreement between you and Hostel Accommodation Limited .If you do not read or accept these Terms, do not use this website. Here is our plain English version ***PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL GROUP BOOKINGS THAT HAVE CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16 MUST ENSURE THEY BOOK ENTIRE DORM ROOMS OR APARTMENTS FOR THE GROUPS PRIVATE USE*** Group terms and conditions: 1. You may cancel your booking up to 72hrs hours before arrival.(Does not apply to Groups) Please do so directly with the reception office at the Cowgate. If you wish to cancel by email then please do so at least 7 full days prior to your arrival. 2. All group bookings must be paid in full 28 days prior to arrival, any changes or cancellations must be done before this time.Payment will automatically taken from your credit card. 3. Deposits are never refunded. 4. In the event of a no-show without cancellation, we have the right to charge your credit card for the first night's stay where you have booked accommodation with us or for the full price of the tour or other non-accommodation travel service in accordance with your booking conditions. 5. Your contract is with Hostel Accommodation Limited. It is our responsibility to provide you with the travel services. 6. In the highly unlikely event of a problem arising, our liability to you, if any, is limited to the deposit and that reservation fee you paid. NEW YEARS BOOKINGS Please note that we have minimum Three Nights stay between Dec 28th and Jan 2nd - After you make your booking full payment will be taken 10 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL **GROUPS BALANCE TO BE PAID 28 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL**. - This is a non refundable booking

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 1 day before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 14:00
Latest Check-out: 10:00

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Edinburgh?

Contact us directly

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Cowgate Tourist Hostel offers quality backpacker and hostel style accommodation in the very heart of Edinburgh's historic old town.

Located under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle and within short walking distance of Princes Street and Edinburgh Waverley Rail station. Your in the right place for all that's going on in the City!

Perfect choice for group bookings - stag/hen parties, schools and events whatever your wish we will accommodate! Read more

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About Cowgate Tourist Hostel

Located on the historic Cowgate Street, we are right in the heart of Edinburgh's party and cultural district.

Between Holyrood house (the seat of the Scottish parliament) and Edinburgh Castle, the Cowgate Tourist Hostel gives you the freedom to explore the cities vibrant nightlife, or relax and enjoy a peaceful afternoon wandering through Edinburgh's many museums, art galleries and public parks.

GROUP HEAVEN: Our unique layout allows us to offer private apartment hire to larger groups ensuring privacy for you and your friends. Due to the fact that we can provide separate facilities we are happy to offer group accommodation to Stag and Hen parties. Conditions apply.

WANTING TO MAKE EDINBURGH HOME FOR A WHILE? Then come and see us about our amazing long-term rates in one of our long-term apartments. Our friendly staff will also happily help you find a job and get settled in this amazing city, helping you to experience the most memorable working holiday of your life.

Accommodation Information

***Reception is open between 8:00 am and 11:00 pm***
* If you are a GROUP and booking through the internet, please CALL US to make sure your whole group can be in the same room
* Check-out is 10:00am (you are welcome to store your luggage at reception).
* There is a £10 room key deposit. This is refunded when you check out and return your key
* Any cancellations MUST be made ON THE DAY BEFORE your arrival or you may be charged for the night.

A HOSTEL WITH A DIFFERENCE! Our 170 bed hostel contains 12 individually lockable apartments all fully fitted with there own toilet, shower rooms and fully equipped kitchens. An apartment sleeps between 8 and 22 people in a combination of 4 and 6 bed dorms and twin or double rooms.

* Fully-equipped kitchens.
* Free WI-FI and internet access .
* Breakfast is not included - free tea and coffee in reception.
* No curfew! come and go as you please!
* We now have a new outdoor social area!
* CCTV installed.

Location Information

We are located in the grassmarket in the old town - full of history, with lots to see and do!!!!