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Cowgate Tourist Hostel

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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 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!
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Non-smoking hotel
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Non-smoking rooms
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Centrally Located


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100Great for walkers
Grade: 100 out of 100
353Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
190Attractionswithin 0.5 km
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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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We have just arrived in the hostel and the room is freezing!! The heater even does not heat itself and we are in winter time with minus degrees. We have asked to get our money refunded but with no chance ! They just suggested to give us an additional blanket as a solution. It is
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Stayed there for a night, the disco next to the hostel was quite loud, but the rooms (beds, kitchen, toilet) were big and clean. We had a fridge and nice showers. Price is perfect for the quality. Would recommend it.
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Me and a group of six of us stopped in one of the six bed dorms down stairs. The room was tiding along with the shared bathrooms. Staff were helpfull although did not seem to speak much english and were quite hard to understand. Overall the accomodation itself was pretty decent
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I stayed at Cowgate two nights in early June, before going up to the Highlands. Cowgate offers the best price + quality + location in town combined, located between Waverley Train Station and "The Royal Mile", and close to grocery stores, shopping, sights and attracions.
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Really good location, good price, nice atmosphere. The weird thing even being single was weird to wake in the middle of the night with 4 irish girls walking naked in the room, sounds like paradise but i was with my best friend sister then i was a bit shy hahahahaha anyway its a
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Bedding is provided, but if you get the private rooms you also get towels.
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Hi- how do I get from the Edinburg airport to the Cowgate hostel via public transport? Thank you.
There are frequent buses and also trams from the airport to the city centre of Edinburgh. As we are in the heart of the city it is a very short walk from the train and bus station. The same short walk from where the tram stops as well.
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"Don't go here if you want a good night sleep..."
"building 2 and building 3 floor 2 are perfectly good"
"Basic - but clean and tidy"
"We only stayed in Room 94"
"Without any payment issue, this is a good hostel to stay a night."
USD 15 - USD 83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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