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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 October 2014

This is the worst place I've stayed in any city in the UK. The place is over-priced to begin with, considering it is a backpackers hostel and not a B and B. It is absolutely freezing inside, in the time we spent in our room before heading out to town we had to keep our coats on. The shared toilet...

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5Thank missannenoid
Germany
Reviewed 22 September 2014

The worst place I've ever been. Stinky and dirty, mold all over the bedroom and very espacially the "bathroom". The "bathroom" was a dirty dark cabin with a dirty, nearly black, sink, a shower with each 6 seconds of water and a toilette with waste behind it. I've been in hostels all over europe, in smaller towns and really big...

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4Thank TomKuhn14
Reviewed 20 September 2014

The location is perfect - couldn't fault that at all, easy walking to anywhere you want and plenty of restaurants etc nearby. The bedrooms are a decent size, we were in a 6 bed dorm and there was a good amount of space - they also allocate beds which is nice as were travelling together and didn't want to be...

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1Thank Hatti S
Waterford, Waterford, Ireland
Reviewed 6 September 2014

Stayed at this hostel for 3 nights with a friend. we shared our room with 4 other people who we began to spend most of our time with and are now going to stay in contact. Staff couldnt be any more helpful and friendly. rooms are what you are to expect from a hostel but i loved the apartment feel....

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Thank Shane G
Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 4 September 2014

We stayed here for one night and it was absolutely fine. The negative reviews don't appear fair, if you are coming to a city you do need to do some research! As it is right in the centre of Old Town (about a block from the Royal Mile) it is in a busy area and yes, particularly during the Fringe....

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 September 2014

What is funny about the place is that it s a set of kind of apartments so that dormitory don' t feel that impersonal and huge.It' s almost like living in a flat ( with a common kitchen and bathrooms) except well it' s a dorm. The only negative thing would be the too soft mattress but then the price...

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1Thank joe552233
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Me and a friend stayed in a two bed private room for 3 nights mid-August for the Fringe Festival, and although I don't normally write reviews, after seeing the ones on here that filled me with dread before the trip, I thought I'd better correct the record! We arrived at 10pm and the reception was still open, and the girl...

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1Thank LottieB186
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Reviewed 24 August 2014

My dad and I stayed at this hostel for a few days in August, not knowing the Fringe was also going on. Our hostel was directly across the street from one of the venues which is good if you're attending the Fringe, bad if you aren't (very loud). This was my first time staying in a hostel so I didn't...

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2Thank Satchmo4
Reviewed 20 August 2014

Chosen for a 6 night trip to the fringe this year, as had stayed there in 2011 with a group of mates and found it good value and nothing negative to report. This time the entire place stank (stairwell=urine, unventilated bathrooms=damp) and your stuff felt damp if you left it there for a day. My main problem that we saw...

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3Thank needforcheese
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Reviewed 19 August 2014

I spent two nights at Cowgate Tourist Hostel. The location was easy to fine and just near city center. Some reasons to stay, first, if you are a party animal, you can choose a bar which just down near the hostel. Second, if you have interests in making new friends, you will meet plenty new friends here. Third, it was...

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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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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Cowgate Tourist Hostel

Address: 96-112 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JN, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Cowgate
Price Range: $18 - $123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cowgate Tourist Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 168
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Cowgate Tourist Hostel Edinburgh, Scotland
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355WendyR, 4 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Without any payment issue, this is a good hostel to stay a night.”
mariobross18, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“104 flat contains two rooms of six beds and one twin room. Private toilets and kitchen for the flat.”
scottmccaffrey, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“If travelling with young Children book private rooms”
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