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37-39 Cowgate, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland, Distance from city centre: 0.5km

Rating: 82% from 13 reviews

  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 84%Staff
  • 86%Security
  • 72%Cleanliness
  • 93%Location
  • 75%Value for money
  • 81%Facilities

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  • We saw a mouse a few times on the floor we stayed. The hostel needs to deal with the mice infestation as there is a health and safety issue. The atmosphere is good for young people and staff are generally helpful. One resident's laptop was taken away from her bag which was stored in the leaving luggage room. She was very upset by that.
  • 60%
  • 05 Aug 2015 Lena England
  • Let's start with the pros. Each bed post has outlets to charge your stuff and the bedding itself looks clean. Now that we got that out of the way the cons. I stayed in both the 30 bed and the 6 bed and changing rooms is horrific You have to check out before 10 despite still staying at the hostel and wait until 1 to re-check in but you keep your card and bed tag with you which never change. The showers are absolutely disgusting. Showers don't work on 30 bed level. Window can't be open either.
  • 54%
  • 01 Jul 2015 Anonymous USA
  • Really impressive! Wished we could have stayed longer. Location was incredible!
  • 97%
  • 13 Jun 2015 Anonymous USA
  • The check out time of 10 am was too early. The rest was fine.
  • 80%
  • 01 Apr 2015 Anonymous Russia
  • Awesome on all accounts. Nothing to complain about. Stayed in all female room and in mixed room and both were great. The location is really close to great streets and the stop for Airlink (airport bus to take) is right outside. Didn't eat breakfast there but it looked good.
  • 89%
  • 24 Feb 2015 Mia USA
  • The bathroom did not have hot water.
  • 77%
  • 15 Jan 2015 LEONARDO Brazil
  • It was pretty decent. Beware of going out too late, the area seems to get a little sketchy, but the hostel feels pretty safe. Shame they don't do a simple breakfast like other hostels do. I'm glad they provide a locker, I felt safe leaving my stuff there. The staff seemed pretty friendly and helpful, and even invited us to events the hostel was doing. I have only real complaint, which was showers were awkward to use as I had to keep pressing a button to keep it going. Wasn't a deal breaker.
  • 80%
  • 08 Jan 2015 Anonymous USA
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