We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cowgate Tourist Hostel

Traveller (46)
Room & Suite (17)
Dining (2)
96-112 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JN Scotland See on map
Free Wifi
Non-Smoking Hotel
Free Parking
Breakfast included
2 Star accommodation
{"containerClass":null,"containerAttributes":null,"widget":{"moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget"},"scriptFlags":null}
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 ...More 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! Less
Hotel class
Hotel Amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Non-Smoking Hotel
Room Service
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms
Hotel class
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms
Number of rooms
Price range
USD 12 - USD 79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
Cowgate Tourist Hotel Edinburgh
Cowgate Tourist Hostel Edinburgh, Scotland
United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town / Cowgate
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
Nearby HotelsSee all 150 hotels in Edinburgh
Stay Central Hotel
1,761 reviews
.06 km away
Radisson Collection Hotel Royal Mile Edinburgh
3,177 reviews
.14 km away
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
1,883 reviews
.20 km away
Old Town Chambers
1,296 reviews
.20 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 2,754 restaurants in Edinburgh
Michael Neave's Kitchen and Whisky Bar
1,089 reviews
.11 km away
Divino Enoteca
1,016 reviews
.12 km away
Vittoria On The Bridge
2,241 reviews
.10 km away
The George IV Bar
351 reviews
.08 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,247 attractions in Edinburgh
National Library of Scotland
142 reviews
.09 km away
Parliament House
43 reviews
.08 km away
Mercat Cross
18 reviews
.11 km away
Adam Smith Statue
36 reviews
.11 km away
Traveller (46)
Room & Suite (17)
Dining (2)
Reviews (390)
Filter reviews
277 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
See what travellers are saying:
Updating list...
1 - 5 of 277 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The hostel was clean, the appearance it's not so beautiful but it's functional. Very well located in front of a nice venue, near of the Castle and close of the center. The problem was the shower, the flat have three rooms with six beds which,...More

Thank casal3663
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location of the hostel is amazing, in a walking distance to the most famous places in Edinburgh. The room was nice, kitchens was ok. The only problem was with a club which was right next to the hostel and it was very loud at...More

1  Thank Klára Š
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It's a little out of the way but worth the walk. £10 or ID key deposit. Clean bathroom and toilet. My room was fine. General security is very good. However, even though the room was smallish, small lockers to leave personal items in room would...More

Thank Timothy W
Reviewed 19 August 2018

Considering the hostel wasn't super cheap, the rooms were terrible. Beds were rickety and shook every time someone so much as breathed. Rooms were dark and smelt bad, and the bedding wasn't much better. The bathrooms were a good size, but mouldy and filled with...More

Thank Sophie S
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

If you're thinking about booking a night here...reconsider...and run...run as far and as fast as possible in the other direction. It smells horrible of mold everywhere. It is far from clean. And even streets are more comfortable than the beds...

Thank Frank B
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Edmund N
4 November 2017|
Response from Darkdistro | Reviewed this property |
Haven't used, not sure. Sorry... :(
John F
22 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from suranthaka | Reviewed this property |
Bedding is provided, but if you get the private rooms you also get towels.
Room Tips
"building 2 and building 3 floor 2 are perfectly good"
Read review
"Basic - but clean and tidy"
Read review
"We only stayed in Room 94"
Read review
"Without any payment issue, this is a good hostel to stay a night."
Read review
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing