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Reviews of Castle Rock Hostel

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

96.8% Overall Rating

1899 out of 1973 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (12/07/2015)

Beatrice Soucy thinks…

"HUGE hostel! Friendly staff and 24-hour reception. The lockers are quite big which is very useful, and you don't need to bring your own lock. The breakfast is quite cheap and alright. Centrally…"

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Facilities

  • 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 2.81
  • Towel USD 0.31

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Important Information

OVER 18 ONLY - Sorry, no children. No stag/hens parties allowed. If you would like to book more than 5 people you need to contact us directly before you make the booking. Be aware that if you book for a group your reservation will be cancelled and you will lose the 12% deposit. All guests must provide some form of identification (either passport, drivers licence or national ID card) at check in. Cancellations must be notified before 2pm, 2 days before arrival, otherwise the first night will be charged PLEASE NOTE: there is 2 night minimum stay in AUGUST.

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Group of 15 or more traveling to Edinburgh?

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96.8%

Overall Rating

1899 out of 1973 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Castle Rock Hostel'

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Ana Joaquin

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

14 July 2015 Ana would recommend this property

Liked: it's very big, rooms are spacious and comfortable, location is great.

Disliked: nothing

94.3%
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Beatrice Soucy

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

12 July 2015 Beatrice would recommend this property

Liked: HUGE hostel! Friendly staff and 24-hour reception. The lockers are quite big which is very useful, and you don't need to bring your own lock. The breakfast is quite cheap and alright. Centrally located for all the attractions. Beds were pretty good

Disliked: The central location makes it rather noisy at night (the windows were open since it was hot out)

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Aaron Shaw

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

05 July 2015 Aaron would recommend this property

Liked: Lots of character, excellent location.

Disliked: Aaron left no negative feedback.

82.9%
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Stacey Farley

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

04 July 2015 Stacey would recommend this property

Liked: Beautiful views from the common area; nice showers; art everywhere!; good charictor; other guests were really friendly; good location

Disliked: Being run by backpackers changes the vibe - the people who're staying long term as cleaners and reception staff don't really mix with the people who're only there a couple days. Everything else was good though. Would recommend to friends!

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Kara Gibson

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

03 July 2015 Kara would recommend this property

Liked: This was one of the best hostels I've ever stayed in! Best location, staff were so helpful and friendly. Rooms and bathrooms were always clean, always had shot shower. Must stay hostel!

Disliked: Nothing

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Alexandra Collins

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

01 July 2015 Alexandra would recommend this property

Liked: HUGE kitchen, multiple common rooms, one huge one, a few smaller ones including a quiet common room, I stayed in a huge 16 person room, very clean, lots of wash rooms, also very clean, internet was great, staff were super helpful

Disliked: nothing

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 July 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location is great, staff really helpful with places to eat etc. The setup is great and the lockers are really nice too.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
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Laura Celine Haughey

Alone

Partying / nightlife

29 June 2015 Laura Celine would recommend this property

Liked: I liked everything about this property. It is in my top three hostels I have stayed in EVER.

Disliked: Breakfast was a bit paltry - for what it was, I would think it should have been included in the price.

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Ryan Daniher

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

29 June 2015 Ryan would recommend this property

Liked: The staff are all friendly, accommodating, and unique. The hostel itself feels like a safe haven for those who reside. Even after my checkout time, I was allowed to leave my luggage in storage and relax in the lounge area before catching my train. I would recommend this hostel to any fellow traveller.

Disliked: nothing

97.1%
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Grisel Salazar

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

25 June 2015 Grisel would recommend this property

Liked: This is one of the best hostels i have stayed in. The building is really beautiful, and just in the middle of the action (in front of the Castle and a few steps away from the main street, the Royal Mile). They offer free tea and hot chocolate all day long, and big spaces for relaxing (with a piano included!). The rooms are big, with high cealings, so you dont have the asphixia suffered in other hostels while sharing room with more people.

Disliked: The breakfast room is a little bit dirty, specially in the sofas.

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

24 June 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's located in the middle of the heart of the city so going around to explore it's not a problem. We stayed for 5 days and we had a great stay! If I'm going back to Edinburgh, I will definitely stay here again! The staff are SUPER FRIENDLY and they will do everything they can to help you. It's also very positive that they have a locker to each bed in the dorms. (With a key, so you don't need a pad lock.)

Disliked: The showers could be a little bit cleaner (it smelled bad.) but that's all.

97.1%
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Christopher Kansas

With my spouse / partner

Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture

17 June 2015 Christopher would recommend this property

Liked: I loved the quirky feel of the hostel. The friendly and helpful employees and the great location of the hostel just off the Royal Mile.

Disliked: The things I disliked about the property are very minor - no individual lighting for the beds or small storage space near the beds. These are things that are appreciated, but not necessary.

88.6%
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Kathryn Walkington

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

15 June 2015 Kathryn would recommend this property

Liked: Staff were lovely, rooms were very large and you never felt on top of the other guests. The multiple lounge rooms were fantastic. You could play drinking game in one, listen to a guest playing the piano in another - fab atmosphere because of this.

Disliked: Kathryn left no negative feedback.

91.4%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

08 June 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The facilities and staff were top notch. Very well organized for such a large place.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Jonathan Dunn

Alone

Visiting friends or family

05 June 2015 Jonathan would recommend this property

Liked: Beautiful Place, Knowledgable Staff. Great location. Have already recommended to many others!

Disliked: N/A

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MUHAMMAD BILAL PARACHA

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

22 May 2015 MUHAMMAD BILAL would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent location & environment of the hostel.

Disliked: Nothing

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

17 May 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Castle Rock is the best hostel I have ever stayed. I was staying in 12 people dorm which was big and each bed got its own locker, socket and even lamp. Shower was good. This hostel was really big and had a good vibe. Being next to the Edinburgh Castle was a plus. The staff was helpful and beautiful. Definitely coming back!

Disliked: Can't complain

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Kelsie Walkeden

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

17 May 2015 Kelsie would recommend this property

Liked: Amazing atmosphere! Lots of the guests are long term and it is easy to see why!

Disliked: Nothing

94.3%
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ERMANIA FALLIERA

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

15 May 2015 ERMANIA would recommend this property

Liked: Beautiful hostel, very good price, in a perfect location next to the castle of Edinburgh. There are many things you can do in this hostel such as playing pool, drink coffee or chocolate in the living room while enjoying the fantastic view from the windows. You can also use the computers, cook your food in the kitchen and play an instrument in the music room! The guys at the reception were smiley, helpful and kind.

Disliked: a little bit dirty bed linen and a damaged mattress

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Michael Herman

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

12 May 2015 Michael would recommend this property

Liked: Place was awesome. Definitely recommend

Disliked: Nothing

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Rhia Abukhalil

With friends / other travellers

City break
Romantic getaway

11 May 2015 Rhia would recommend this property

Liked: The location is brilliant and there is a very piff spectacled Aussie working on reception. The atmosphere is fun and all the facilities are spotless.

Disliked: Needs three rungs.

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

04 May 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Castle Rock was a great location, right near the castle and within walking distance of a lot of great sights/shopping/food etc. The place was very clean, and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Overall a very enjoyable stay.

Disliked: My only word of caution would be that Castle Rock is very much aimed toward a younger clientele. It is a great place to stay for backpackers, students, etc. Maybe not ideal for older travellers.

91.4%
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Natalie-Anne Hall

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

30 April 2015 Natalie-Anne would recommend this property

Liked: Staff were very pleasant and helpful. Lots of space in the room, good lockers individually allocated, two pillows.

Disliked: The kitchen and lounge seemed quite dirty, but I didn't spend any time there. We could hear clearly in our room whenever someone used the hand dryer in the bathroom.

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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

26 April 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: very helpfull staff and24 h reciption .

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

24 April 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel itself is in a really nice, old building thats a short walk from the city centre and the surrounding attractions. Edinburgh is an amazing city and the Castle Rock Hostel made the trip very enjoyable. Theres many opportunities to meet new people and everyone is friendly. The hostel staff are helpful and kind, and the pub crawl on Thursday nights is a great way to meet others. Would definitely stay here again.

Disliked: Nothing