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Castle Rock Hostel - Adult Only

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9.4
Excellent
4,170 reviews

Top Amenities

Free Wifi
Kitchenette
No Smoking
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
HOGMANAY - ALL GUESTS BOOKED IN WITH US OVER HOGMANAY RECEIVE A FREE STREET PARTY TICKET UPON ARRIVAL

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 travelers.

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
Unisex bathrooms (with locked cubicles)
Large self-catering kitchen
Breakfast for only £1.50
Laundry service £4.00
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!

Just a few reminders;
Please note if you are booking for 5 people or more 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 13% deposit.
We are an 18+ hostel.
We have a 7 night maximum stay- this includes making consecutive separate reservations.
We do not have a lift as we are in a heritage building and all our rooms are either up or downstairs! You will need to walk uphill to get here so be warned your legs will feel the burn but it's oh so worth it!
If you do not show up on the arrival date of your booking you will be charged the first night and the rest of your booking will be cancelled.

SPECIAL CANCELLATION POLICY FOR AUGUST/NEW YEARS / HOGMANAY: All New Years / Hogmanay reservations between the 29th of December and the 1st of January must be cancelled 7 days in advance prior to 2pm on the arrival date. If it is less than 7 days in advance, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FIRST NIGHT. FAILURE TO SHOW WILL RESULT IN THE FIRST NIGHT BEING CHARGED AND THE RESERVATION WILL BE CANCELLED.

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!

Directions: Prepare your legs for a hilly walk up Edinburgh's winding streets! Trust us, the view with be oh so worth it! From Waverley Street Bridge (with Princes Street behind you), walk up Cockburn St to the Royal Mile. Once you reach the Royal Mile turn right and walk up this street. Keep going until you reach a roundabout (a building called 'The Hub' will be in front of you). At this roundabout take a left down Johnston Terrace. We are down here on the left.

Near: Located near everything: the Castle, Royal Mile and the Grassmarket. We're right in the middle of it all.

Conditions: SPECIAL CANCELLATION POLICY FOR AUGUST/NEW YEARS / HOGMANAY: All New Years / Hogmanay reservations between the 29th of December and the 1st of January must be cancelled 7 days in advance prior to 2pm on the arrival date. If it is less than 7 days in advance, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FIRST NIGHT. FAILURE TO SHOW WILL RESULT IN THE FIRST NIGHT BEING CHARGED AND THE RESERVATION WILL BE CANCELLED.

OVER 18 ONLY - Sorry, no children.
Any groups of 5 or more people need to be approved by Castle Rock's Manager. If you would like to book more than 5 people you need to contact us directly before you make the booking. Failure to contact the hostel will result in the cancellation of your reservation.
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.
Any cancellations will incur a 12% fee per person per night

Check in Time is from 2.30pm
We require a £10 key deposit and government ID must be presented at check in.


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 13% deposit.
If guests are under the age of 18 you must contact the hostel first for the manager’s approval.

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
Unisex bathrooms (with locked cubicles)
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

***AUGUST CANCELLATION POLICY: August bookings must be cancelled at
least 7 days prior to 2.00pm on the arrival date. If bookings are
cancelled within 7 days, the amount equal to the first night will be
charged. No shows will be charged the first night of the booking and the reservation will be cancelled.

**Group Bookings:
Group of 5 or more need to contact the hostel directly before making a reservation - This includes guests making separate / individual reservations up to and over 5 guests.

We reserve the right to cancel any unauthorized group booking, including individual bookings made on the spot. You will be charged in full and not refunded.

Notes: SPECIAL CANCELLATION POLICY FOR AUGUST/NEW YEARS / HOGMANAY: All New Years / Hogmanay reservations between the 29th of December and the 1st of January must be cancelled 7 days in advance prior to 2pm on the arrival date. If it is less than 7 days in advance, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FIRST NIGHT. FAILURE TO SHOW WILL RESULT IN THE FIRST NIGHT BEING CHARGED AND THE RESERVATION WILL BE CANCELLED.

OVER 18 ONLY - Sorry, no children.
Any groups of 5 or more people need to be approved by Castle Rock's Manager. If you would like to book more than 5 people you need to contact us directly before you make the booking. Failure to contact the hostel will result in the cancellation of your reservation.
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.
Any cancellations will incur a 12% fee per person per night

Check in Time is from 2.30pm
We require a £10 key deposit and government ID must be presented at check in.


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 13% deposit.
If guests are under the age of 18 you must contact the hostel first for the manager’s approval.

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
Unisex bathrooms (with locked cubicles)
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

***AUGUST CANCELLATION POLICY: August bookings must be cancelled at
least 7 days prior to 2.00pm on the arrival date. If bookings are
cancelled within 7 days, the amount equal to the first night will be
charged. No shows will be charged the first night of the booking and the reservation will be cancelled.

**Group Bookings:
Group of 5 or more need to contact the hostel directly before making a reservation - This includes guests making separate / individual reservations up to and over 5 guests.

We reserve the right to cancel any unauthorized group booking, including individual bookings made on the spot. You will be charged in full and not refunded.
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15 Johnston Terrace
Edinburgh, EH12PW
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User Highlights
9.4
Excellent
Location
"Phenomenal location" "Location is superb"
99% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
City centre within easy reach, said 100%.
Service
"Fabulous staff" "Staff was fantastic"
99% found the staff to be very friendly.
99% said the recreation staff was great.
Vibe
"Amazing lounge room" "Amazing atmosphere"
96% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
96% enjoyed the lobby entrance.
Food
"The best acai" "Lovely dining room"
Yummy desserts, said 95%.
100% loved the menu selection.
Value for money
"Free hot chocolate/tea/coffee" "Amazing price"
84% were happy with the price of the breakfast.
93% were happy with the price.
Cleanliness
"Everything was clean and comfortable" "Did not work properly, wide & clean bathrooms"
88% said rooms were clean.
97% thought it was clean.
Amenities
"Facilities work properly" "Amazing lounge room"
96% enjoyed the lobby entrance.
98% thought the architecture was beautiful.
Room
"Perfect for photo opportunities" "Great ventilation"
76% were happy with the bathroom.
82% thought rooms were spacious.
Breakfast
"Nice breakfest" "Delicious breakfast"
84% were happy with the price of the breakfast.
Comfort
"Enormous shared bathrooms" "Great ventilation"
82% thought rooms were spacious.
80% said the beds were comfortable.
WiFi
"Including USB port" "Free internet"
51% thought the wifi quality was ok.
100% thought it was a great value.

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Friendly atmosphere
Clean facilities
Wonderful sightseeing
Good kitchenette
Expert Reviews
Lonely Planet
With its bright, spacious, single-sex dorms, superb views and friendly staff, the 200-bed Castle Rock has lots to like. It has a great location.
Rough Guide
Tucked below the Castle ramparts, with 200 or so beds arranged in large, bright dorms, as well as triple and quad rooms and some doubles.