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Cowgate Tourist Hostel

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Iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi
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Shared Dormitory (1 Bed in 8 Sleeps Dormitory) | Iron/ironing board, free WiFi

Overview of Cowgate Tourist Hostel

Cowgate Tourist Hostel

2.0 star property
Within easy reach of Royal Mile

6.6/10 Good

58 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Shared kitchen
  • Lounge area
  • Laundry facilities
94 -116 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1JN

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Old Town Edinburgh
  • Royal Mile - 3 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 10 min walk
  • University of Edinburgh - 5 min drive
  • Princes Street - 8 min drive
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre - 9 min drive
  • George Street - 14 min drive
  • Edinburgh Zoo - 15 min drive

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 30 min drive
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) - 7 min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station - 8 min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station - 23 min walk
  • St Andrew Square Tram Stop - 11 min walk
  • Princes Street Tram Stop - 12 min walk
  • West End Tram Stop - 20 min walk


  • Under the Stairs - 2 min walk
  • Cabaret Voltaire - 3 min walk
  • Let Me Eat - 3 min walk
  • The Piemaker - 3 min walk
  • The City Cafe - 3 min walk

About this property

Cowgate Tourist Hostel

Cowgate Tourist Hostel puts you 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Royal Mile and 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Edinburgh Castle. A terrace and a garden are offered, and in-room conveniences include fridges and microwaves. Fellow travellers like the helpful staff and location. The property is only a short walk to public transportation: St Andrew Square Tram Stop is 11 minutes and Princes Street Tram Stop is 12 minutes.


English, Spanish

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 36 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until 11 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 16
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 11 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 16


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No on-site parking

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Continental breakfast (surcharge)


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

What to enjoy

  • Separate dining area

Freshen up

  • Shower only

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Shared kitchen access


  • Limited housekeeping

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Deposit: GBP 20.00 per stay

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Bed sheets fee: GBP 1 per person, per stay

Optional extras

  • Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately GBP 5.00 per person


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
<p>This property accepts credit cards.</p>

Also known as

Cowgate Tourist Hostel Edinburgh
Cowgate Tourist Hostel
Cowgate Tourist Edinburgh
Cowgate Tourist
Cowgate Tourist Hotel Edinburgh
Cowgate Tourist Hostel Edinburgh, Scotland
Cowgate Tourist Hostel Edinburgh
Cowgate Tourist Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Cowgate Tourist Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Edinburgh

Frequently asked questions

Does Cowgate Tourist Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Cowgate Tourist Hostel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
Are pets allowed at Cowgate Tourist Hostel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Cowgate Tourist Hostel?
Sorry, there's no on-site parking at Cowgate Tourist Hostel.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Cowgate Tourist Hostel?
You can check in from 2 PM - 11 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Cowgate Tourist Hostel and nearby?
Cowgate Tourist Hostel has a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Cowgate Tourist Hostel?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include The Piemaker (3-min walk), The City Cafe (3-min walk) and Roti (3-min walk).
What's the area around Cowgate Tourist Hostel like?
Cowgate Tourist Hostel is a short 7-minute walk from Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) and 10 minutes' walk from Edinburgh Castle. Travellers say that this hostel is in a good location.







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Property conditions & facilities


2/10 Poor

Stupid rubbish
I didn't stay because the property was closed but this is not mentioned on your website
Simon, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

6/10 Good

questionable neighborhood, concrete rooms!
i had booked a 4 person room with a request for a bottom bunk and ground floor due to disability. when i arrived, even though the sheet he showed me had low bunk highlighted in yellow i was told he had given the bunk to someone else and would a 6 bedroom be ok. i said yes. the room was clean, but there were water stains and crumbling. i was unaware it was a hostel that all rooms were shared male and female, that was my mistake, but apparently the young men who were also in the room, freaked out when they saw me and quickly left the room. i just made the best of it and went to bed. the men came back around 1am and left very early in the was in a questionable area and i was nervous going to my room which was entered by going in a door on the street.
Linda, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Basic, clean and cheap. No frills!
Amazing price, so can't complain there! Comfort....mmm? Beds ok - standard hostel bunks, but nowhere apart from the bare floor to put anything. No hooks for towels, no shelves for phones, no little tables for wash bags....literally just a bunk bed and no other furniture or hooks in the room. I had rather a long wait for the bathroom in the morning so maybe too many people for only the 2 toilets/one shower. I expected basic but it would be nice to add a few cheap hooks and shelves please!
Elisabeth, 2-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Ganeshbabu, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

I loved the location! Only took me less than five minutes to reach the Royal Mile, and another five to walk to Edinburgh Castle! It’s across the street from The Three Sisters bar, which I loved! However, if you don’t like being able to hear loud music pretty late at night, this probably isn’t the place for you!
maggie, 2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

Liked the location of the property, however it was so humid in the corridor as well as the room that it was to the point of unbearable.
3-night trip with friends
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2/10 Poor

Would not stay again
The street it is on stinks of wee, it's right next to a nightclub, the room was a step up from living on the street, looked like a prison cell, dark, smelt of damp, Barr's on the window, really disappointed, actually cried, paid £80 odd was expensive for a hostel, I expected more, I have stayed in many nice ones in England, would not recommend this one.
Tracy, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Friendly staff, clean rooms and facilities. I stayed at flat 104, on the groundfloor.
4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

3-night trip
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4/10 Fair

the room area had a strong bleach smell. most of the socket are near the ground. bring an extension cord or longer cable in case you sleep in upper bunk. cleaned kitchen
1-night trip
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