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Cowgate Hostel
Cowgate Hostel
Cowgate Hostel
Cowgate Hostel
Cowgate Hostel
Cowgate Hostel
Cowgate Hostel

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6.9

Good

194 reviews

194 reviews

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7.7

Very good

Location rating score

Very good location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Walkable places
Edinburgh Old Town

60 m

Parliament Hall

70 m

National Library of Scotland

80 m

Opium

80 m

The Great Scottish Tapestry

90 m

Popular landmarks
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

Closest landmarks
Red Vodka Club

80 m

Edinburgh Sheriff Court

110 m

George IV Bridge

130 m

St Giles' Cathedral

140 m

St Patrick's Church

140 m

Cowgate Hostel

96 Cowgate, Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 1JN - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Strategically situated in Edinburgh Old Town, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Edinburgh Castle.

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Highlights

Located in heart of Edinburgh

Check-in/out [express]

390 meters to public transportation

Inside city center

60 meters to Edinburgh Old Town

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Check-in/out [express]

Luggage storage

Laundry service

Wi-Fi in public areas

Smoking area

Vending machine

Shared kitchen

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Edinburgh every 14 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
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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
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  • Room size: 2 m²/22 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 bunk beds
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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
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  • Room size: 2 m²/22 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed
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Budget Double Room
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  • Room size: 1 m²/11 ft²
  • Shower
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Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 1 m²/11 ft²
  • Shower
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Budget Twin Room
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  • Room size: 1 m²/11 ft²
  • Shower
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Bed in 4-Bed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 1 m²/11 ft²
  • Shower
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Private Double Room
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    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.

      Is breakfast offered at Cowgate Hostel?

      Wake up to a great continental breakfast at Cowgate Hostel. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 5 GBP if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hostel.

      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.

      What restaurants are nearby Cowgate Hostel?

      Cowgate Hostel’s neighborhood is Edinburgh Old Town which includes popular restaurants such as The Three Sisters, The Last Drop and Makars Gourmet Mash Bar.

      What popular shopping places are close to Cowgate Hostel?

      Located in the Edinburgh Old Town area, Cowgate Hostel is close to great shopping choices like The Old Town Bookshop, The Royal Mile Market and Demijohn - The Liquor Deli.

      What are popular attractions near Cowgate Hostel?

      Cowgate Hostel’s location in the Edinburgh Old Town neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland and The Real Mary King's Close.

      What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Cowgate Hostel?

      Cowgate Hostel is located within Edinburgh Old Town, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Royal Mile Street, Johnston Terrace Garden and Castle Rock.

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      What people love about Cowgate Hostel

      • 9.2

        Exceptional
        Location

        "Excellent location."

        Peter

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        February 2, 2020

      • 8

        Very good
        Location

        "Great location."

        Peter

        |

        December 29, 2019

      • 9.2

        Exceptional

        "It has a large shared kitchen and bathroom."

        Nok

        |

        November 5, 2019

      Property ranking|Compared to 1,527 Edinburgh properties
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      Value for money score
      7.1/10
      Location score
      7.7/10
      Service score
      7/10
      Cleanliness score
      6.5/10
      Better than
      90
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      Overall rating:

      6.9

      Good
      194 reviews
      Cleanliness
      6.5
      Facilities
      6.0
      Location
      7.7
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      More about Cowgate Hostel

      More about Cowgate Hostel

      Cowgate Hostel

      See the best of Edinburgh with a stay at Cowgate Hostel, which puts you right in the city center amidst the many sights and landmarks. With its convenient location, you can easily access to the city's must-see destinations. Sampling the authentic culture of Edinburgh is easy with a stay at Cowgate Hostel, just 580 m from Edinburgh Castle.
      The facilities and services provided by Cowgate Hostel ensure a pleasant stay for guests. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the hostel's free Wi-Fi internet access. While lodging at this wonderful hostel, the helpful staff at the front desk can assist you with multiple services that include express check-in or check-out and luggage storage. The hostel's on-site laundry service helps you keep your favorite travel outfits clean so you can pack less.
      In-room conveniences include daily housekeeping, so you can relax and enjoy your stay. The hostel is entirely non-smoking, ensuring a clean air environment. Smoking is restricted to the designated smoking areas.
      Experience high-quality room facilities during your stay at Cowgate Hostel. The hostel provides linen service in some rooms for the benefit of guests. The hostel also provides guests with a coffee or tea maker in some rooms. Knowing that bathroom amenities play an important role in increasing guests' satisfaction, the hostel provides towels in some select rooms.


      Dining and things to do

      Start your vacation days in the best possible way. Begin every morning of your stay with an in-house breakfast. Guests of Cowgate Hostel can even have groceries delivered to their room for cooking, using the hostel's special service. If you're truly selective about eating, you'll be grateful for the in-house shared kitchen available here.
      To fill your days, be sure to check out the fantastic facilities offered at Cowgate Hostel. Have some relaxing fun with family and friends at the shared lounge and TV area.


      Around the property

      Take some time to explore Edinburgh. Engage in the city's best art at Royal Yacht Britannia located 3.8 km away, where you can learn about the local art scene and buy original works. The most well-known nearby local attraction is Arthur's Seat which is located just about 1.8 km away.


      Reasons to stay here

      Rooms here are cheaper than 97% of accommodations in the city.
      This hostel's food and dining score higher than 94% of accommodations in the city.
      Room comfort is said to be outstanding here, scoring higher than 94% of accommodations in the city.

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      Amenities and facilities
      Review score
      Facilities

      6

      Most talked about facilities

      Housekeeping

      7 mentions

      Internet

      3 mentions

      Languages spoken

      • English
      • Spanish

      Internet access

      • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
      • Wi-Fi in public areas

      Dining, drinking, and snacking

      • Grocery delivery
      • Shared kitchen
      • Vending machine

      Services and conveniences

      • Daily housekeeping
      • Elevator
      • Laundry service
      • Luggage storage
      • Smoke-free property
      • Smoking area

      Access

      • Check-in/out [express]
      • Pets allowed
      • Security [24-hour]
      Food and dining
      Breakfast options
      • Continental
      Location
      96 Cowgate, Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 1JN
      Very good
      Location

      7.7

      Airports

      • Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
        10.7 km
      • Perth Airport (PSL)
        55.3 km

      Public transportation

      • Edinburgh Train Station
        390 m
      • Haymarket Train Station
        1.8 km

      Hospital or clinic

      • Bristo Square Pharmacy
        340 m

      Shopping

      • Ocean Terminal
        3.7 km

      Convenience store

      • Tesco Express
        290 m

      Cash withdrawal

      • ATM
        50 m
      What's nearby

      Popular 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
        1.2 km
      • Arthur's Seat
        1.8 km
      • Royal Yacht Britannia
        3.9 km

      Nearby 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
      Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
      Property policies
      Children and extra beds

      Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

      All children are welcome.

      Children 0-12 year(s)
      Stay for free if using existing bedding.
      If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
      Guests 13 years and older are considered as adults
      Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
      Others
      • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
      Some helpful facts

      Check-in/Check-out

      • Check-in from14:00
      • Check-in until23:00
      • Check-out from08:00
      • Check-out until10:00

      Extras

      • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)5 GBP

      The property

      • Number of rooms 36

      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
      Rating
      9+ Exceptional (18)
      8-9 Excellent (10)
      7-8 Very Good (16)
      6-7 Good (19)
      <6 Below Expectation (26)
      Time of the year
      Mar - May (15)
      Jun - Aug (28)
      Sep - Nov (21)
      Dec - Feb (25)
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      9.2
      Exceptional
      Nok from Hong Kong SAR, China
      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

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      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

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      9.2
      Exceptional
      Peter from Thailand
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 4 Bunk-Bed Dormitory Room
      Stayed 1 night in January 2020

      Old town”

      Excellent location. Within walking distance to Holyrood park and Arthurs seat.

      Reviewed February 02, 2020

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      8.0
      Excellent
      michelle from Philippines
      Couple
      Budget Double Bed Room
      Stayed 2 nights in September 2019

      Very good”

      Great location. Try to keep away from rooms near the street because u can definitely hear the noise. Thanks Omar for helping out whenever we had questions!

      Reviewed October 06, 2019

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      8.4
      Excellent
      YUXI from China
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
      Stayed 3 nights in February 2019

      a little smell in the room”

      not very good experience staying here

      Reviewed March 01, 2019

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      8.0
      Excellent
      Peter from Thailand
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
      Stayed 1 night in December 2019

      Cowgate”

      Great location. Walk to Arthurs sear in 15 min.

      Reviewed December 30, 2019

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      6.8
      Good
      Iona from United Kingdom
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 4 Bunk-Bed Dormitory Room
      Stayed 1 night in June 2019

      Good”

      Arrived and staff where pleasant. Apartment its self was clean it was just the stair well smelled bad. Unfortunately the pub across the road had music playing very loudly until 1.30am I can understand if it was only till 11pm.

      Reviewed June 12, 2019

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      6.4
      Good
      MENGLING from United Kingdom
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
      Stayed 1 night in April 2019

      Good”

      The kitchen was really nice, but the room was very smelly, and there was no enough space to put your luggage in the room. On the other hand, the shower was not convenient to use.

      Reviewed April 25, 2019

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      5.2
      Jérôme from Belgium
      Solo traveler
      Budget Double Bed Room
      Stayed 1 night in February 2020

      Good location but...”

      This hostel is well located. That's good. However, if you're interested in things such as heating or having enough showers in the common bathroom, this place isn't for you.

      Reviewed February 10, 2020

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      4.0
      Franziska from Germany
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 6 Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - Shared Bathroom
      Stayed 2 nights in December 2019

      Worst hostel I've ever been to ”

      Except for the location there is nothing nice to say really. The rooms were cold, no lockers or shelves or anything. It was just an old dark room with a few beds, old mattresses and little light. The kitchen was disgusting and in the shower you can choose between boiling hot or freezing cold. No common area, socializing is hard. Before I could check in, I had to wait in the cold outside for more than half an hour, because no one was at the reception and the door was locked (it was already check in time).

      Reviewed January 06, 2020

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      2.0
      LIM from Malaysia
      Couple
      Budget Double Bed Room
      Stayed 2 nights in October 2019

      Bad Experience”

      Reception is closed at night without prior notice. Called the hotel to get someone. Receptionist wanted to collect extra money because of this late check in, but changed mind probably after they knew i could write a bad review. Opposite hotel was a very noisy bar which lasts until late night (not hotel's fault). Bed linen was dirty, the shared bathroom's toilet bowl was clogged with disgusting stuff inside.

      Reviewed November 26, 2019

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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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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