Cowgate Tourist Hostel

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Iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi

Overview of Cowgate Tourist Hostel

Cowgate Tourist Hostel

2.0 star property

3.3/5 Okay

Guests rated this property 3.3/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Breakfast available
  • Laundry
94 -116 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1JN

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationRoyal Mile3 min walk
  • Popular LocationEdinburgh Castle9 min walk
  • Popular LocationGeorge Street11 min walk
  • AirportEdinburgh (EDI)42 min drive

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About this area


Cowgate Tourist Hostel is located in Old Town Edinburgh, a neighbourhood in Edinburgh. Notable landmarks in the area include Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Easter Road Stadium or Meadowbank Stadium.

What's nearby

  • Royal Mile - 3 min walk
  • St. Giles' Cathedral - 4 min walk
  • National Museum of Scotland - 4 min walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 9 min walk
  • George Street - 11 min walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) - 7 min walk
  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - 39 min drive


  • 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

Edinburgh hostel in Old Town Edinburgh, walk to Royal Mile
This hostel features dry cleaning, laundry facilities and tour/ticket assistance. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include a garden and a picnic area. Limited housekeeping is available.
Cowgate Tourist Hostel offers 36 accommodations with shared/communal kitchens. This accommodation offers separate living rooms. Guests can make use of the in-room fridges and microwaves.

Bathrooms include a shower. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered on a limited basis and an iron/ironing board can be requested.


English, Spanish

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • No on-site parking available

Food and drink

  • Breakfast available for a fee: GBP 5.00 per person

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Separate dining area
  • Separate living room

Guest services

  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Housekeeping (limited)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace

Room amenities


  • Shower

Food and drink

  • Dining room
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Shared kitchen access


  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Separate living room

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Check-in from 2 PM - 11 PM
Minimum check-in age - 16


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

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

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: GBP 20.00 per stay
  • Bed sheets fee: GBP 1 per person, per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

  • Fee for continental breakfast: GBP 5.00 per person (approximately)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
No on-site parking is available
This property accepts credit cards
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

Property is 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

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 10 out of 58 reviews
5 - Excellent 17%
Rating 4 - Good. 21 out of 58 reviews
4 - Good 36%
Rating 3 - Okay. 8 out of 58 reviews
3 - Okay 14%
Rating 2 - Poor. 12 out of 58 reviews
2 - Poor 21%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 7 out of 58 reviews
1 - Terrible 12%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

1/5 Terrible

Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stupid rubbish
I didn't stay because the property was closed but this is not mentioned on your website
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2020

3/5 Okay

Disliked: Property conditions & facilities
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.
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2019

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
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!
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2019

1/5 Terrible

Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2019

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
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!
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2019