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Castle Rock Hostel
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“Amazing Hostel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

This hostel is awesome. There is a big community feel-huge hang out room where tons of young people hang out, play music, etc. We stayed in a room with two sets of bunks. The room was TINY but it was fine. Bathrooms were down the hall and were co-ed.

The location is incredible. It is literally directly across from Edinburgh Castle. The city is super tiny so you can walk everywhere from the hostel. You have to pay for towels but they were something like 10 pence. The staff is so helpful and nice and it was all in all a great experience. They partner with an organization that does a bar crawl at night and a free walking tour during the day. Both were amazing experiences-they are must-do's!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

Loved staying at the Castle Rock Hostel - I'd definitely stay there again!!

Stayed there with 2 female friends for a long weekend - left with a lot more-
We were in a 14 bed female dorm but probably spent a total of 14/15 hours actually in the room over the 3 days so I can't say much about that!

My favourite part about the hostel is its common rooms; the main one where everyone chills out, plays pool and goes to start the night; is by far the best - there is where you meet people and get chatting;

Definitely go on the organised pub crawl - it's a 'great value' night and they join you with other hostels so there is usually a huge group traipsing around Edinburgh - brilliant laugh!

Staff are lovely - really friendly and will usually join in for a bit of banter! Hostel is located a street away from the Grass Market so really really handy if you plan on walking for most of the stay - we didn't have to get a single bus around.

Is right beside the castle (as the name promises) and located right beside a venue so when Arcade Fire were playing you could hear it from the hostel !

All in all if you're up for having a laugh with new people and experience the social side of Edinburgh it's the hostel to be at!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2012

This has been the best hostel I have stayed at yet. It's lively, safe, clean, perfect location and excellent value. I recommend this hostel wholeheartedly. As a solo traveler, safety with good value is imperative and this hostel served both those needs and exceeded my expectations. There are plenty of other young people there so it's easy to make friends and the hostel hosts free walking tours around Edinburgh and offers many activities. The rooms are clean and comfortable with safe boxes and lockers in each room.

Room Tip: I stayed in a female dorm and it was called Mr. Men.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2011

Arrived to a warm welcome. Couldn't believe how many common rooms and the quality of facilities. Generally an awesome hostel will definitely be goin back.

  • Stayed December 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2011

Immaculately clean! And it is really under the castle. I enjoyed my full course breakfast of cereal, peanut butter and rasberry sandwhich, and apple juice! You have other choices of course.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Property: Castle Rock Hostel
Address: 15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Grassmarket
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 205 Speciality Lodging in Edinburgh
Price range (per night): $16 - $100
Hotel Class:2 star — Castle Rock Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 300
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