Castle Rock Hostel

Address: 15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2PW, United Kingdom | Hostel
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This hostel, located in the Old Town area of Edinburgh, is near Edinburgh Castle, National War Museum of Scotland, Usher Hall, and The Filmhouse.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsCastle Rock Hostel Edinburgh

    Reviewed by rachbritton

    Brilliant place to stay! esp if solo traveller

    Reviewed Nov 23, 2015
    by (38 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

    This place feels like your classic backpackers, where the staff lives there and it just feels a bit like someone's home. The place is massive! It's well located and has everything on hand to hire or borrow. They have things happening every night, so book in early and enjoy!

    PS. This is part of the MacBackpackers group, they have hotels all around Scotland where you stay if you're on the tour, or you can stop in stay any other time.

    Bed - comfortable, beside lamp, rooms are massive
    Lockers - little ones that come with keys to use
    Bathroom - unisex bathrooms and showers, plenty about to use
    Breakfast - 3-4 pounds I think, there was cereal, toast, fruit, juices, I had my own so can't comment Kitchen - really well equipped, huge!! There are technically 2 kitchens side by side, loads of fridges, boxes to keep food in if you're staying for a while, big tables to sit at and loads of cooking equipment
    Lounge - This was probably the best part of the hostel, there are 5 lounge areas divided as follows: the movie room (they play movies back to back from 6pm, there are big lounge chairs in here), the main area (this is a double storey section with a mini kitchen hot drinks and a sink, a big table to sit at, a pool table, a lounge area, lots of seats up stairs too, and lots of flyers on this to do. I'd see it a bit like a common room at uni), the posh room (has a piano and real fire in it, it's quieter then outside), techno room (had 2 computers in there to use, plus epic chairs), finally the chill out room ( you couldn't take tech gadgets or shoes in here haha, but there were musical instruments)
    Computer - yes 2 plus printing
    Reception - 24 hours, had everything you could need to hire, plus you could leave any tech gadgets with them and they'd charge them up
    Heaters - worked well
    Wifi - pretty god
    Staff - really friendly
    Location - right in the centre of old town, looks up at the Edinburgh Castle, its perfect!
    Alcohol - you can bring on site
    Washing - it's a couple of pounds and you get it back dry & folded the next day
    Tea / Coffee / hot chocolate - free, available all the time

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by nicksaint13


    Reviewed Jul 15, 2015
    by (1 review) Melbourne, Australia , Australia Flag of Australia

    Great hostel with an awesome atmosphere in a central location of Edinburgh!

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    Reviewed by mike.schwartz

    Glad I took a quick trip

    Reviewed Mar 22, 2015
    by (5 reviews) , Ireland Flag of Ireland

    It was a good, not great hostel. It was in a great location right behind the famous castle and located within walking distance of a bunch of other stuff to do. It was decorated all over with famous Scottish art and relics. Huge kitchen area with plenty of storage so you can save on food costs and the wifi worked in the rooms. My main complaint was the bed was like 4 sheets of paper and after walking around all day, it felt terrible to sleep on. I don't have back problems. I did while over there. Other than that though it was a good hostel. Would recommend to someone.

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    Reviewed by kateandglen

    New Year accom!

    Reviewed Dec 29, 2013
    by (4 reviews) , New Zealand Flag of New Zealand

    Really good hostel for what you pay, bed could def be comfier as very thin foam mattresses but apart from that all good! great location, great staff and really fun atmosphere!

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    Reviewed by jennamariea

    Great Place to rest your head!

    Reviewed Jun 21, 2013
    by (4 reviews) , Canada Flag of Canada

    We spent a few nights in June 2013 at Castle Rock Hostel. It was easy to find, and incredibly cool! It really feels epic. The grand staircase in the foyer is just the start. The rooms are all named after characters in popular culture, and I was Sherlock Holmes, which was quite the thrill, let me tell you.
    Overall it's a great place to stay. The staff are very nice and accommodating, and the location is absolutely perfect. The Castle is right outside your door!

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    Reviewed by lorisa

    Pas mal...

    Reviewed May 3, 2013
    by (2 reviews) , Switzerland Flag of Switzerland

    Une chambre à quatre c'est rare de trouver ça dans une auberge, donc une etoile.
    Au cœur de la ville, dans une magnifique maison médiévale, une étoile, la déco est sympa, les pièces communes aussi, une étoile.
    Gros point négatif, je dois m'accrocher à mon matelas pour pouvoir monter sur mon lit, ce sont des lits faits mais on, mais ils n'ont pas penser que pour monter sur un lit, il faut quelque chose pour s'appuyer êtes pousser avec les brasent franchement, ils auraient du y penser...

    Castle Rock Hostel
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    Reviewed by christina.t

    Great Stay!

    Reviewed Jul 13, 2012
    by (12 reviews) Mokane , United States Flag of United States

    Fantastic central location right by the castle, good facilities with lots of shower and toilets available, clean, decorated well, fast internet, very friendly workers, overall good environment!

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    Reviewed by jmlcamacho

    Great Location, Great Staff, Great Rooms

    Reviewed Apr 6, 2012
    by (4 reviews) Orland Park , United States Flag of United States

    I simply love this Hostel. It's right outside the castle. All the staff is friendly, funny, and helpful. I really have no complaints. Free Tea, Coffee, and Hot Chocolate!!

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    Reviewed by bgcarvalho

    Everything very good

    Reviewed Mar 25, 2011
    by (2 reviews) Joinville , Brazil Flag of Brazil

    perfect location, full equipped kitchen, good staff, and free coffee!

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    TripAdvisor Reviews Castle Rock Hostel Edinburgh

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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