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Kick Ass Grassmarket

2 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2JA Scotland
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#21 of 316 Speciality lodging in Edinburgh
Travellers' Choice


Our Luxury hostel opened in April 2014 and already guests are raving about us. It has been designed to give you the best possible comfort and fun. All Rooms have FREE WIFI access. All beds have private lockers, private night lights, USB charging points and power point.

Guests booking at KickAss also get free access to all facilities of our other KickAss Hostel (Budget Backpackers) only 2 mins away

SECURITY: 24hrs Reception, No curfew. Security electronic swipe cards for all rooms, CCTV throughout and security passes issue to all our guests. Security lockers provided for every bed.

MODERN ROOMS: All rooms have wifi access, USB charging points at each bed, Private bed lights. Bunks have been designed to give Max headroom and mattresses are Hotel Superior quality. Fresh clean bed linen provided Free of charge.

KEEP IT CLEAN - All of our rooms are cleaned every day. Our bathrooms and kitchens are constantly monitored for cleanliness. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness.

FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE : If you arrive before check in time

AWESOME FRIENDLY STAFF ; they are friendly and will tell you all the best places to go - and more importantly, where not to go!

MODERN FACILITIES, including large self-catering kitchen and personal private showers pods. USB charging point for every bed, Private bed light

KICKASS BAR: Walk through the door and you are guaranteed to be impressed. Meals from under a fiver . Pints from under £2.00. Daily Bar events and entertainment. Great place to meet new friends and fellow travellers

KICKASS CAFE: Great place to meet during the day grab a sandwich or coffee

Our motto is 'LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL', and we mean it. So what are you waiting for? !!

Please note that we do not permit stag or hen parties.

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2 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2JA Scotland
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Carole G wrote a review Aug 2021
12 contributions1 helpful vote
Evening meal for family of 4. We had booked an outside table but because of a local building fire we were contacted ahead of time and advised our meal would be inside, which was very much appreciated. Really good food. Excellent value. Burgers, salad, vegetarian fayre. The order was all done remotely at the table along with paying the bill. Can highly recommend
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Joanna H wrote a review Jun 2021
1 contribution
Very SLOW service Myself and 5 friends came here for drinks on a Saturday night. I had booked a table outdoors however when we got there all the outdoors were full and when I said I had a booking they seemed like they weren’t expecting us and squished us into a table by the door inside instead. We weren’t too pleased with this but we got on with it anyways. However, we waited over 20 minutes for someone to come and take our drinks order, my friend even had to wave one of the waiters over to get our order taken. We were sat right next to the bar and even after they had taken our order we waited ANOTHER 15-20 mins to get our drinks. Given the bar closes at 10 this was a massive waste of our time and we noticed the service was also slow on other tables too. Also, they advertised that we could get free shots if we had liked the Facebook page which we did, when we asked for these we waited another 20 MINS FOR SHOTS to be poured and given to us... just ridiculous. The service was so slow that we only got one round of drinks and decided to leave early as we weren’t willing to wait another 20 mins for a few pints. We won’t be returning. Very disappointed.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Shelley wrote a review Jun 2021
Edinburgh, United Kingdom6 contributions
Fantastic vibrant bar/beer garden! So impressed with their COVID structure….executed to the highest degree. Funky decor and super friendly staff and with the backdrop of Edinburgh castle (viewed from their beer garden). Mike the manager was extremely hospitable and went the extra mile to make our party feel so relaxed and valued. 10/10!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Precook a table if you can. Inside or out…you’ll enjoy the experience!
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Euge Rocha wrote a review Aug 2020
Buenos Aires, Argentina15 contributions9 helpful votes
I stayed in Kick Ass Grassmarket in August 2019 and it was great. The place looks great and dorms are very clean - although showers and bathrooms were not that clean. I was there during Fringe festival and although the city was full of people the hostel was always rather quiet (except from the bar) which was really nice. Bar, kitchen and common roms were great, but since the kitchen closed at 10 sometimes I had to rush to make dinner or get drinks on time. Coming from a country were we have late dinners and having visited in August which has longer hours, I would recommend for it to close later. Overall great experience, friendly staff and awesome loation. Would definitely come back!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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beth wrote a review Mar 2020
Sheffield, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
Staying monday - wednesday, 2 nights. After arriving at the hostel my first impressions were hopeful, the reception and seating area were very stylish and modern. I then proceeded to my dorm, which was overlooking the main road, where there was a lot of noise already. After a long day of walking i decided to have an early night, after being in bed for about half an hour i started to itch my legs and my back, i looked and i was covered in bites, i was extremely disgusted and uncomfortable and did not get back into bed. I proceeded to look in the bed and found toenails, the bed was dirty and so was the room after further inspection, it had either not been cleaned or cleaned rather poorly. I then went down to reception to ask for fresh linen and a hoover, the staff were rude and hesitant to help resolve the matter and i was told in a very rude manner “its not their job to change beds”. She did change the sheets however was mumbling to herself and didnt say a word to me in the process. I didnt get a wink of sleep due to feeling extremely uncomfortable in the bed and the room being so cold which resulted in me leaving with the flu. It got to early morning and i decided enough is enough and got the train home first thing, meaning i had to cut my trip short. I am extremely disappointed and disgusted. Wouldnt want this to happen to anyone else!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Kick Ass Crew, Owner at Kick Ass Grassmarket
Responded 4 Sep 2020
Thanks so much for your review! We are grateful for the feedback and hope that you are back to enjoying travel again! KA Crew.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kick Ass Grassmarket
Which popular attractions are close to Kick Ass Grassmarket?
Nearby attractions include Edinburgh Old Town (0.3 miles), Camera Obscura and World of Illusions (0.2 miles), and Royal Mile (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kick Ass Grassmarket?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Kick Ass Grassmarket?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Kick Ass Grassmarket?
Conveniently located restaurants include Makars Gourmet Mash Bar, Dine, and Tupiniquim Brasil crepes.
Is Kick Ass Grassmarket located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the centre of Edinburgh.
Are there any historical sites close to Kick Ass Grassmarket?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Palace of Holyroodhouse (1.1 miles), The Real Mary King's Close (0.3 miles), and Gilmerton Cove (3.8 miles).