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Castle Rock Hostel

I read some online reviews before deciding to book but was still a little wary. Verdict: A pleasant surprise. Check-in was quick and easy (couldn't quite catch all that the receptionist said but the little piece of paper with some sort of FAQs and rules have everything so it's fine).

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Facilities

  • 24 hour reception
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Common Room
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Hairdryers
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Kitchen
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk

Entertainment

  • Board Games

General

  • 24 Hour Security
  • Jobs Board
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Towels for Hire

In Room Facilities

  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities

Sport & Leisure

  • Pool Table

About Castle Rock Hostel

Castle Rock Hostel is fabulously located right beside Edinburgh Castle! Our palatial hostel offers wonderful character, with a mix of grandeur and a backpacker vibe!

OVER 18's ONLY - NO CHILDREN ALLOWED

Enjoy being in Edinburgh's best location & being at the very heart of the city. We are just a stroll from the bus, train and the airport bus and a 1 minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, 1 minute from the Royal Mile & 1 minute from the Grassmarket. We are in a relatively quiet street but the city's wonderful, late night-life is also just around the corner – ideal!

Built in 1846 and turned into a backpackers hostel in 1997, we have packed this grand old building full of art, character and antiquity. Some people say it is more an art gallery or museum than a hostel. We think you will love it with our bright, sunny and spacious rooms and great facilities like FREE Wi-Fi, a movie room, a delightful patio and a fire place for those cold winter nights as well as plenty of room to kick back and relax or join in the fun with other travellers.

Our receptionists will always give you a friendly welcome and can help with any questions about what to see in Edinburgh or about travel around Scotland. We aim to look after you totally so you can have the best holiday possible. Here's a list of more that we offer…

Truly superb location under the castle ramparts

Open 24 hours every day of the year

Bed-side lockers in all rooms

24 hour Safe for total security.

Vibrant atmosphere with a choice of lounges

Pick up point for a Free city walking tour

Big lounge with Jukebox, pool table, piano, free tea & coffee

Luggage storage

Free hair dryers

ART everywhere!

Big screen movie lounge with both Scottish and mainstream movies

Internet lounge with Wi-Fi

Posh lounge with piano and fire place

Hot and powerful showers

Large self-catering kitchen

Breakfast for only £1.80

Laundry service £3.50

Clean bed linen (with properly fitted sheets)

MacBackpackers tours pick-up point

Sunny and cheery patio

No hidden charges

No Stag or hen parties

Minutes from the bus and train

Fabulous views over the city

Scottish owned - backpacker run

We also have two other hostels in the Old Town of Edinburgh; the small & vibrant Royal Mile Backpackers and the historic High Street Hostel, Edinburgh’s original independent hostel!

Go green and carbon neutral; Fifteen years ago we bought a 75+ hectare woodland that absorbs more than the total CO2 emissions from fuel used in our hostel and also the other properties in our small MacBackpackers hostel and bus company chain. We also try our best to re-cycle everything (with your help) and our electricity is all sourced from renewable, non-nuclear supplies. Stay with us for a great holiday and minimal environmental impact!

Just a few reminders;

Please note if you are booking for more than 5 people you need to contact us directly before making the booking

Be aware that if you book for a group your reservation will be cancelled and you will lose the 10% deposit.

If guests are under the age of 18 you must contact the hostel first for the manager’s approval.

Important Information

Conditions

OVER 18 ONLY - Sorry, no children.
Any groups of 6 or more people need to be approved by Castle Rock's Manager. If you would like to book more than 6 people you need to contact us directly before you make the booking.
All guests must provide some form of identification, either passport, drivers licence or national ID card.
Sorry but no Stag/Bucks or Hens parties allowed.

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Location

15 Johnston Terrrace

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Guest Reviews

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

It's a really nice place! Tidy,clean. I had a nice time there.

Overall
5
Location
5
Cleanliness
5
Value
5
Facilities
5
Service
5

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

I read some online reviews before deciding to book but was still a little wary. Verdict: A pleasant surprise. Check-in was quick and easy (couldn't quite catch all that the receptionist said but the little piece of paper with some sort of FAQs and rules have everything so it's fine). It was somewhat a hassle that there are no power points in the rooms (you have to go down to the lounge areas for extended use of laptops, say) and I felt somewhat misled by the description of the location (it's a good location but I was under the impression that it is right in front if the castle and all when it is actually very near but below and require a climb up a flight of stairs in potentially a freezing cold day) but otherwise, everything was great. The people - hostel people and guests/backpackers - were helpful and friendly. Love the lounges (both the rowdy and quiet ones), hot hot showers and soft soft bed. They even rent out bath towels for those who forget and guests who've checked out (check-out is 1030am) are still welcome to use their lounges and luggage room while waiting to get to the next destination, etc. Definitely recommended.

Overall
5
Location
4
Cleanliness
5
Value
5
Facilities
5
Service
5

As a hostel, this is excellent!!! It is clean, enough hot shower, friendly staff etc... But if you open the kitchen 24 hours, it would be great...

Overall
4
Location
5
Cleanliness
4
Value
4
Facilities
4
Service
4

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

Everything was perfect but the girl at reception wasn't very friendly at all.

Overall
4
Location
5
Cleanliness
5
Value
5
Facilities
3
Service
3

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

Very nice hostel!!
Location is especially good.

Overall
5
Location
5
Cleanliness
5
Value
5
Facilities
5
Service
5

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*  The Customer Satisfaction score is based on a combination of ratings from Travellerspoint and external websites. The score of 90% for this property is based on ratings provided by 619 guests.

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