I stayed at the Cowgate again this year after visiting several years ago and it has improved a lot. There is now wooden flooring and the kitchen is much nicer than the one in the flat I stayed in the first time. It's still not homely - my 'mattress' was actually two thin pieces of foam that sagged in the middle - but it was perfect for me and my friends. As for the cleanliness - someone cleaned our flat every day. There was a little dirt in the corners, it wasn't pristine, but the kitchen and toilets were clean and that is the main thing. Admittedly there were some things that could be considered annoying, the toilet seat in one of the toilets broke and was left like that, but I don't know if anyone actually complained about it. It's true also what people say about noise, we were there during the Fringe and there was shouting outside until 5 in the morning. The hostel is opposite a number of lively bars. All in all I'd say the hostel is a fine place to stay if you want somewhere less expensive and the luxuriousness of a posh hotel isn't important to you. My friends and I were there to go out and experience the festival. If your hotel is going to be a big part of your stay, don't stay here. I don't think it's as bad as some people have made out but I think you can expect some noise and a bit of mess.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Cowgate Tourist Hotel Edinburgh
- Cowgate Tourist Hostel Edinburgh, Scotland