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Castle Rock Hostel
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“nice place. good location. friendly people”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2012

stayed at the castle rock hostel for a weekend while visiting edinburgh. no regrets on choosing this one. the location was really great. just a couple minutes walk to the castle, royal mile, grassmarket; perfect for me since I was in the city for such a short stay (2 nights). the hostel is a 24-7 place, in that there are staff always on duty, which i liked (especially since my flight in was 3 hours late and i didn't arrive until super late).

the hostel itself is really cool. really big. it does in fact have a funky castle vibe to it. lots of fun decorations. lots of different communal places to chill out and lounge around.

i stayed in a mixed dorm; a big room full of bunk beds. but even though there were quite a few people in the room, there was plenty of space for everyone. personal lockers. personal safe boxes. everyone who was in my room was courteous and friendly. the rooms and bathrooms were spotless. showers were hot. and the staff was very helpful and friendly.

what more could you want? i wish i could've stayed longer.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

We stayed in 4 bedded dorm, which was really small, but good enough for 1 night. Showers and bathroom clean, no problems with hot water. But the kitchen - absolutelly not organized, seems like many people are permanently residing there, not really clean, but not really messy. Something between. Anyway the location is superb and the price reasonable.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012 via mobile

Great location, clean bedroom and bathroom, nice beds, individual reading lights in each bed. Good living room, nice and cheap breakfast. Very polite and friendly people at the reception. Highly recommended! As a suggestion, lockers could be bigger. They are not big enough to fit a backpack or a medium-size luggage.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2012

Good location. (a bit of a climb from to bus station) nice quiet hostel. Big kitchen but not very organized. Good clean hot showers. Nice reception. Names of the rooms were very funny. We stayed in the beatles room wich had good beds and even a view of the castle (through a tiny window)

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

Our room is very small like a rat house, we found a bug with a hundred legs. We don't know what is it. The room is not quite clean.
The light in the room is insufficient. The beddings need to be changes coz 'they look old and smell doesn't good.

The shower rooms have terrible smells like someone who didn't take a bath for two weeks.
The toilet was ok.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

This hostel is the best location and best staying in Edinburgh as it is located in front of the Edinburgh castle and it is very convenient to walk or take the bus to other places in the city. It is just 5 minutes walking to Edinburgh waverly train station which is a lot more convenient to visit another city nearby. Though the room is quite small, all facilities are enough provided for all beds each room. Shower room and toilet are also clean. It is much more than i expect from the price of this hostel.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2012

I stayed here on last day of a trip to Edinburgh after my parents had gone to Orkney. This place may suit some people for sure but didn't really suit me. There was an excess of deposits for everything which may be particularly problematic for foreign tourists with few pounds. I would also probably never leave an ID with a stranger except a policeman so cash was the only option. The room was OK but the behaviour of some guests left a lot to be desired. There was porn on the noticeboard outside the room which I found quite offensive. The bathroom on the bottom floor where I stayed was very dirty when I arrived- so much so I had to put my dinner back 2 hours. However as there were no male staff on duty at the time I felt unable to raise this matter. The bathroom is also mixed- which may suit some but not others. With this place, whether I would recommend it would entirely depend on your personality and preferences.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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, Manager at Castle Rock Hostel, responded to this review, 30 June 2012
Hi, sorry you didn't enjoy your stay :( You are correct in that Backpacker Hostels are not every ones cup of tea, however we never hide the fact that we are a backpackers, and being so means you are sharing space with other people, often this is what attracts people to Backpackers, as its a great chance to meet new like minded people while on holidays. I was a little confused by some of your comments, we have a great reputation for being a very clean hostel, you perhaps noticed the teams of cleaners getting about the place at various times in the day and night. If you found a mess in a bathroom, we have very approachable friendly staff at the reception who are happy to help in any way they can, including getting a mess cleaned up for you. No need to suffer in silence, we try our very best to make sure all our guests are happy.
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Property: Castle Rock Hostel
Address: 15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Old Town , Grassmarket
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Ranked #3 of 214 Speciality Lodging in Edinburgh
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Hotel Class:2 star — Castle Rock Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 300
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