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Castle Rock Hostel

Hostel | 15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2PW

88.9% Overall Rating

1849 out of 1922 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (25/01/2015)

Jessica Wright thinks…

"Such a great hostel right in the heart of the old city of Edinburgh. The atmosphere was awesome and staff were super friendly and helpful. Common area is great with a pool table and lots of comfy…"

Read all Castle Rock Hostel reviews


  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Laundry service
  • Wake-up calls
  • BBQ area
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Internet café
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 2.92
  • Towel USD 0.32

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Important Information

We don't accept any group larger than 6 people. Be aware that if you book for a big group your reservation will be cancelled and you will risk your 10% deposit paid online. If guests are under the age of 18 you must contact the hostel first for the manager’s approval You must be over the age of 18 to stay (no children) Special cancellation policy for New Years period: All bookings arriving from 29/12/14-31/12/14 (inclusive) have a 7 day cancellation policy. Cancellations must be advised more than 7 days in advance or the first night's accommodation will be charged. No shows will be charged the full amount of the booking. Each bed booked includes a ticket to the Hogmanay Street Party on 31/12/14. All bookings arriving on 29/12/14, 30/12/14, 31/12/14 have a 3 night minimum stay.

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 14:00
Latest Check-out: 10:30

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Edinburgh?

Contact us directly

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SORRY NO CHILDREN PLEASE Fabulously located beside Edinburgh Castle! Our palatial hostel offers wonderful character, with a mix of grandeur and backpacker vibe! Enjoy Edinburgh's best location at the very heart of the city. We are just a stroll from the bus, train and airport bus and 1 minute from Edinburgh Castle, 1 minute from the Royal Mile & 1 minute from the Grassmarket. Though we are in a relatively quiet street the city's wonderful late night-life is also just around the corner – ideal! Read more

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Shared Rooms Help! A shared room (typically a dorm) is a bedroom which you share with other people from the property. The number of beds in a room is shown in the room name, e.g. ‘5 Bed Dorm’, and you can book as many as you need. Some properties have male only dorms and female only dorms.

4 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

14 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

12 Bed Dorm - Male only (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

12 Bed Dorm - Female only (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

4 Bed Dorm - Female only (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

10 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

16 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included
Private Rooms Help! A private room is a room that is not shared with other people from the property – in other words, you book and pay for all the beds in the room. If you are traveling alone, for example, but want to book a double room, you must pay for two people in order to book the whole room.

Double (Shared bathroom)


4 person (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

About Castle Rock Hostel

***Please note that to help maintain our warm and friendly backpacker vibe we do not accept groups over 5 people.** Guests wishing to stay longer than 7 nights, please contact reception first for approval

Built in 1846 and turned into a backpacker’s hostel in 1997, rather than going the way of some of being a modern sterile hostel, we have packed this grand old building full of art, character and antiquity. Some people say it is more an art gallery or museum than a hostel. We think you will love it with our bright, sunny and spacious rooms and great facilities like FREE Wi-fi, a movie room, a delightful patio and a fire place for those cold winter nights as well as plenty of room to kick back and relax or join in the fun with other travellers.
Our receptionists will always give you a friendly welcome and can help with any questions about what to see in Edinburgh or about travel around Scotland. We aim to look after you totally so you can have the best holiday possible. Here's a list of more that we offer…..

Truly superb location under the castle ramparts
Open 24 hours every day of the year
Bed-side lockers in most rooms
24 hour Safe for total security.
Vibrant atmosphere with a choice of lounges
Free city walking tour pick up
Big lounge with Juke box, pool table, piano, free tea and coffee
ART everywhere
Big screen movie lounge with Scottish and mainstream movies
Internet lounge with WI-FI
Posh lounge with piano and fire place
Hot and strong showers
Large self-catering kitchen
Breakfast £1.50
Laundry service £3.50
Clean bed linen (with properly fitted sheets)
Mac Backpackers tours pick-up point
Sunny and cheery patio
Fabulous views over the city
No hidden charges
No Stag or hen parties
Minutes from the bus and train
Scottish owned - backpacker run


If you'd like to book for more than 6 people, please contact the hostel directly. Be aware that if you book for a group your reservation will be cancelled and you will lose the 10%.
NO CHILDREN (Over 18s only)

Accommodation Information

Go green and carbon neutral; Fifteen years ago we bought a 75+ hectare woodland that absorbs more than the total CO2 emissions from fuel used in our hostel and also the other properties in our small MacBackpackers hostel and bus company chain. We also try our best to re-cycle everything (with your help) and our electricity is all sourced from renewable, non-nuclear supplies. Stay with us for a great holiday and minimal environmental impact!

Just a few reminders;
Please note if you are booking for more than 5 people your reservation will be cancelled and you will lose the 10% deposit.
+18 Only.

Location Information

Located near everything: the Castle, Royal Mile and the Grassmarket. We're right in the middle of it all.