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

Castle Rock Hostel

15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW, Scotland

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Castle Rock Hostel

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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!

Enjoy being in Edinburgh’s best location & being at the very heart of the city. Castle Rock Hostel is just a stroll from the bus, train and the airport bus AS WELL AS a ONE minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile AND 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, this grand building is 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.

Things to Know

  • 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 pool table, piano, free tea, coffee & hot chocolate
  • 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 £1.50
  • Laundry service £4
  • 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

Reviews

Castle Rock Hostel
4.9
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Adam Brocklehurst
Adam Brocklehurst
2019-08-11T15:39:31+0000
I have visited Edinburgh for the last three years in July, and I never stay anywhere else. Best value for money, best location. Even though its seconds away from the royal mile its quiet at night. The hostel itself is fantastic, great old building. Breakfast is basic, but good value at £1.50. Great friendly staff. Two small issues, a privacy curtain would be nice in the dorms, and the place wasn't as clean as I remember. Still a 5 star experience and possibly the best hostel in Britain.read more
Lee Banks
Lee Banks
2019-07-13T21:05:04+0000
5 stars This is probably the best hostel I've ever stayed at. Attentive staff, daily organized activities, friendly atmosphere and great location. The facility is clean and beds have 2 USB charge ports which are a godsend. shout out to Ingaborg who was our quiz night host. She definitely made the experience so much more entertaining and fun. She has a bubbly personality and works hard to assure every one is comfortable and having fun! If you're in Edinburgh, Scotland, stay here and if you'd like to meet people, try the hostel organized events. You won't disappointed! 5/5read more
Martyna Tira
Martyna Tira
2019-06-29T13:38:51+0000
Thank you for enjoyable stay ❤️ I had a place to eat, place to chill, and a great base for strolling around the city. Staff was wonderful, beds comfortable and showers - clean and HOT 🔥 all this for a very good price ;Dread more
Teera Sahib
Teera Sahib
2019-06-25T03:10:35+0000
A wonderful place in Edinburgh I very happy to stay and staff very friendly and i will told my friends come to stay.
Jessica Carter
Jessica Carter
2019-06-12T21:18:45+0000
Clean place, lots of events, right next to Edinburgh Castle and other attractions, laundry service for 4£
Luc Ranallo
Luc Ranallo
2019-06-11T23:45:51+0000
My favorite hostel out of the 5 I stayed at on my trip through Europe. I want to mention Alex and Ellie who led the pub crawl thursday night... really enjoyed the places we went to and their fun leadership! This hostel is ideal for young solo travelers.read more
Leigh Edlinger
Leigh Edlinger
2019-06-02T19:38:52+0000
This place is the best hostel I have ever stayed in. It has an amazing atmosphere! There are events happening every night of the week, including a pub crawl, peer pong tournament, comedy night etc. The rooms are spacious and tidy, the staff are awesome, and the music choice is top notch. I think this hostel attracts a certain type of traveller, everyone is super friendly and open, and up for anything. I can't recommend Castle Rock enough, and can't wait to go back!read more
Fuentes Carmona Semon
Fuentes Carmona Semon
2019-05-30T17:22:26+0000
son geniales todos los trabajadores y muy buen ambiente
Ben Jazzy
Ben Jazzy
2019-05-14T20:32:12+0000
Nice, cheap hostel in the center of Edinburgh. What more can a budget backpacker ask for?
Eric Lanet
Eric Lanet
2019-04-22T09:50:34+0000
Superbe... accueil propreté services et prestations au top ... une référence Paris les auberges de jeunesse 💞💞💞💞read more
Mark O'Neill
Mark O'Neill
2019-03-13T09:26:12+0000
It would be a waste of a trip to Edinburgh and not stay here. The view from the window of the room I was in was worth every penny.read more
Yesica Grisel
Yesica Grisel
2019-03-12T09:16:27+0000
Everything. The best hostel ever. I’ve been travelling all around the world and definitely it is the best hostel 👏👏👏 ✌️🍺read more
Kevin Snr
Kevin Snr
2019-03-03T23:28:26+0000
Very nice experience in this hostel! An amazing team who took care of us! We came for 5 days, and had the opportunity to meet many people. Thank you for the evening of Thursday night, and for the beer-pong, for your smiles, and your kindness. I had a lot of difficulties expressing myself, but a lot of ease to feel at home! Thank you, Kevin, Clémence & Lisa. (and sorry if I wrote badly, for resume : Everything was perfect!)read more
Dania Simona Muñoz Soto
Dania Simona Muñoz Soto
2019-02-20T09:49:19+0000
Excelente ambiente!!! Y muy limpio 😉
Au Hoi Lam Helen
Au Hoi Lam Helen
2019-02-17T12:15:00+0000
Ana Rita Silva
Ana Rita Silva
2019-01-31T20:15:23+0000
Simply fantastic .. fantastic environment, perfect location and attentive staff ... Next time in Edinburgh I will stay there again for sure.. ❤️read more
Sascha Beyer
Sascha Beyer
2019-01-18T09:33:08+0000
Der Musikraum, der Spielraum, saubere Sanitäranlagen, die Angebote, die zentrale Lage, ...... Alles eigentlich!
Wells Tang
Wells Tang
2019-01-01T14:42:14+0000
Belated review here but i just have to say this out at least. My feeling about Castle Rock coincides with most of the review here and got to say that alone earns a 5 stars from me. What made it even better was the networking or social interaction with everyone at the lounge, events, pub brawls, and even the nice Xmas Day lunch which saves me the trouble of being bored on that day. As i went there during the Xmas to New year holiday period, i met all sorts of people doing their things such as trying new experiences, visiting family or like myself trying out an european Xmas. Shout out to all the people i met at this place and hope our paths may cross again one day. Anais Andresen Thanks for the gingerbread house, Clare Jenkins Stay Leeroy Jenkins(internet meme/ aka live your life to the fullest in a YOLO Fashion), Gwen Bellamy & Elana Meredith Good Luck in your future endeavors.read more
Cuba Crossbower Smith
Cuba Crossbower Smith
2018-11-29T12:14:19+0000
Fui para 3 días me quede 2 años !!! Algo tiene ese hostel que atrapa
Ashley Sousa
Ashley Sousa
2018-11-21T03:46:08+0000
The best hostel in Edinburgh. amazing location with one of the best views, next to everything, amazing staff, clean, organized. Super chill & laid back. 5 stars.. 🔝read more
Tina Laroche
Tina Laroche
2018-11-14T11:36:48+0000
Absolutely fell in love with this hostel, the atmosphere is amazing, the staff are friendly, the events that they organize are so much fun! Plus, the hostel is very clean and the location is perfect! Can't wait to come back!read more
Thibault Thevenon
Thibault Thevenon
2018-10-25T13:21:57+0000
Nice castle , very clean and very nice staff . The Perfect place to sleep in edinburgh 👍
Ivie Crawford
Ivie Crawford
2018-10-23T12:18:21+0000
Love this Hostel, great people and great location.
Angelique Van Engelen
Angelique Van Engelen
2018-10-16T19:35:21+0000
Great place to hang out prior to seeing the highlands up close in a campervan!!! Freedom!!
Joe Mooney
Joe Mooney
2018-09-12T17:09:11+0000
Rooms are really open and spacious, 2 plugs next to each bed, great atmosphere and the location is superb.
Laura Hickey
Laura Hickey
2018-09-11T19:19:46+0000
Great location! But they really need to improve their shower situation. If you have a coed shower, you need to be able to give people some privacy. you cannot change your clothes inside those showers.read more
Florence Merel Redsum
Florence Merel Redsum
2018-08-30T21:05:06+0000
The best ! The atmosphere is great, we love it ♥️
Madeleine Fischer
Madeleine Fischer
2018-08-16T21:32:11+0000
What a place! we loved the atmosphere and the staff was verry friendly. Thanks for the short but super cool stay!
Inès Keiko Antenat
Inès Keiko Antenat
2018-08-14T11:03:28+0000
Jussara Diniz
Jussara Diniz
2018-08-03T19:09:49+0000
É como vc estivesse em casa, muito acolhedor. Muito bem localizado. Amei�
Cori Helms
Cori Helms
2018-07-27T18:04:05+0000
Julie Brisson
Julie Brisson
2018-06-05T02:26:40+0000
It was perfect! The location, the facilities, the staff, everything! Thank you!
Sara Massi
Sara Massi
2018-05-23T10:12:39+0000
Marie-louise Van de Mortel
Marie-louise Van de Mortel
2018-05-21T11:03:36+0000
the best choice in edinburgh
Marie-Christine Morala
Marie-Christine Morala
2018-05-20T06:49:16+0000
Ideal to stay in Edinburgh .
Mathijs Verboven
Mathijs Verboven
2018-05-15T21:48:16+0000
Giulia Giovinazzo
Giulia Giovinazzo
2018-05-10T21:54:56+0000
Waseem Mushtaq
Waseem Mushtaq
2018-05-10T20:29:28+0000
The best palce one can get to stay at in Edinburgh! 🙂
Donna McKenzie
Donna McKenzie
2018-05-06T19:04:23+0000
Nicole Vale
Nicole Vale
2018-04-09T21:50:02+0000
Sebastian Jany
Sebastian Jany
2018-04-06T22:22:14+0000
Best Hostel ever! 😀 Been there two times now and i will always be staying here when i visit Edinburgh again.
Suzi Davenport
Suzi Davenport
2018-04-05T09:26:42+0000
Paula Corominas
Paula Corominas
2018-04-04T22:01:28+0000
Débora Moreira
Débora Moreira
2018-04-03T16:05:22+0000
I love that place SO MUCH! By far, the best experience I've ever had with a hostel. I recommend it with my eyes closed!
Ka Na
Ka Na
2018-03-17T14:28:44+0000
Roque Luis
Roque Luis
2018-03-13T16:47:56+0000
Espetacular. Staff muito atencioso, salas com ambiente familiar, excelente localização, boas condições. Top top hostel!read more
Derryn Scott
Derryn Scott
2018-03-06T19:42:17+0000
Michal Dobrovský
Michal Dobrovský
2018-02-28T10:53:19+0000
Friendly staff, nice clean rooms and showers .. Location is really good in the city centre! Highly recommended:)
Jentra Di Lonardo
Jentra Di Lonardo
2018-02-23T15:03:39+0000
This is the single best hostel I have ever stayed at! Thank you so much for the wonderful stay, the dorm room was great and the staff were extremely friendly. Can't wait to come back!!!read more
Kathrina Koblinger
Kathrina Koblinger
2018-02-20T14:56:49+0000
Alix Poitou
Alix Poitou
2018-02-16T16:19:03+0000
Aditya Dewan
Aditya Dewan
2018-02-15T21:02:12+0000
Barbara Flaczyk
Barbara Flaczyk
2018-02-13T16:03:48+0000
Verónica Gómez de Liaño
Verónica Gómez de Liaño
2018-02-09T09:51:29+0000
Silvia Talavera
Silvia Talavera
2018-02-06T15:11:36+0000
It's by far the best hostel I've ever stayed in. Lovely, big, clean and full of nice open-minded people. Furthermore, the views are absolutely astonishing and the people working there is always helpful.read more
Angelica Vidili
Angelica Vidili
2018-02-06T01:45:44+0000
Heather Rachael
Heather Rachael
2018-02-05T21:06:13+0000
Stayed for 2 nights in a mixed sex dorm room, with a friend. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. A lovely atmosphere with friendly and helpful staff, letting us know about film nights, pub crawls, etc. Breakfast is cheap (£1.50!) and there're some beautiful chill-out rooms. Lots of attractions within walking distance. Would definitely return!read more
Hermione Green
Hermione Green
2018-02-03T10:27:20+0000
Stayed for four nights this week and had the most amazing stay at Castle Rock. Not only was the location perfect, all of the staff were really fun and laid back, everything was kept very clean, there were several different rooms to chill out in, and there were organised events every night which (despite the subsequent hangovers) were a laugh and were a good way of getting to know other people staying at the hostel. Would 100% recommend, and definitely hope to return in the future. �read more
Carla Rocha
Carla Rocha
2018-02-02T16:08:46+0000
Eline Alvarez-Rodriguez
Eline Alvarez-Rodriguez
2018-02-02T11:00:32+0000
Birgit Viaene
Birgit Viaene
2018-02-02T10:52:04+0000
Sabrina Peck-Stewart
Sabrina Peck-Stewart
2018-02-02T08:14:39+0000
Ana Manso Fernández
Ana Manso Fernández
2018-01-29T23:08:07+0000
Best hostel I've ever been into so far! It completely made our experience something memorable as they organise so many cool activities and you can feel the good vibes surrounding every corner of the hostel. Thank you soso much!read more
Marcia Irrazabal
Marcia Irrazabal
2018-01-29T17:15:54+0000
Sara F. Molina
Sara F. Molina
2018-01-24T19:55:02+0000
Isabel Rodríguez Torres
Isabel Rodríguez Torres
2018-01-19T17:35:02+0000
Fernanda Cardoso
Fernanda Cardoso
2018-01-17T11:56:54+0000
Em McGinness
Em McGinness
2018-01-16T00:55:27+0000
Ronja Lehtinen
Ronja Lehtinen
2018-01-13T19:09:33+0000
María José Ayala
María José Ayala
2018-01-13T17:48:26+0000
Laura Pérez
Laura Pérez
2018-01-10T19:37:11+0000
Lovely stay! Everything was clean organized. The staff was always helpful and friendly. Awesome location, I would definitely stay there again!read more
Flo Kida Elric
Flo Kida Elric
2018-01-03T21:52:57+0000
Mara Hitner
Mara Hitner
2017-12-28T19:53:52+0000
Sarah Rohweder
Sarah Rohweder
2017-12-19T07:24:22+0000
Clean, accessible and very friendly staff. Loved it!
Tyler Creighton
Tyler Creighton
2017-12-16T16:12:13+0000
Some of the best times of my life happened in this amazing place! Clean, full of great people, and an instant family with whom to share your adventures. Best hostel in Europe. Period.read more
Kat Mundell
Kat Mundell
2017-12-16T03:18:39+0000
Katie Rose
Katie Rose
2017-12-16T00:04:51+0000
Castle Rock Hostel has got to be by far the best place I have ever stayed. The location couldn’t be any better with the Edinburgh Castle across the road. The staff are amazing and so accommodating. The rooms and bathrooms are nice and clean. I love this place so much and have so many great memories! I tell everyone who is visiting Edinburgh to stay here!!read more
Mark Burnett
Mark Burnett
2017-12-15T23:27:20+0000
The Best Place in the World! You'll Love it! Clean, full of fantastic people, and heaps of good times!
Dipesh Gupta
Dipesh Gupta
2017-12-15T19:28:19+0000
Anna Kulasiewicz
Anna Kulasiewicz
2017-11-24T18:42:14+0000
Gabriel BrenCh
Gabriel BrenCh
2017-11-23T21:35:52+0000
Ania Rykała
Ania Rykała
2017-11-19T18:42:37+0000
Sarah Marciel
Sarah Marciel
2017-11-13T06:20:05+0000
Bernardo Queirós
Bernardo Queirós
2017-11-12T15:15:32+0000
Top notch, definitely... recommended. All the environment was good and such an organization among all areas. Price vs. Quality, 5*. The best hostel I have ever stayed in.read more
Ainoa Giner Sala
Ainoa Giner Sala
2017-11-10T12:41:18+0000
Loved it! Great staff, incredible location, nice atmosphere and good facilities. I would definetely recommend this hostel 😀read more
Iga Qos
Iga Qos
2017-11-09T20:15:44+0000
Ashwani Pundir
Ashwani Pundir
2017-11-01T17:00:43+0000
Elisangela Selau
Elisangela Selau
2017-10-31T16:29:39+0000
Rupin Goyal
Rupin Goyal
2017-10-29T09:40:08+0000
Mailson Ribeiro
Mailson Ribeiro
2017-10-25T07:11:19+0000
Jael Patiño Cores
Jael Patiño Cores
2017-10-21T00:45:02+0000
Sandesh Ballikar
Sandesh Ballikar
2017-10-18T17:56:54+0000
Diana Madruga
Diana Madruga
2017-10-10T19:08:44+0000
Anna Elina Järvitalo
Anna Elina Järvitalo
2017-10-10T09:08:41+0000
Hayl Daugherty
Hayl Daugherty
2017-10-08T18:42:06+0000
Best hostel I've ever stayed in! Great location, activities every night, friendly staff, comparable prices, and best of all HOT SHOWERS!!! Seriously, the showers here are nicer than the one in my flat. My only issues were the weak wifi and tiny lockers. I'm always less comfortable when I can't fit my backpack in a locked space with my own lock. But seriously, all things considered, wonderful place.read more
Mili Ariza
Mili Ariza
2017-10-07T17:55:32+0000
Aileen Scherff
Aileen Scherff
2017-09-29T08:10:28+0000
Castle Rock Hostel is centrally located and easy to reach. The rooms and showers were clean and the staff was very kind and helpful. They offer lots of things to do and to socialise. I would definitely recommend the hostel - it's a great place to stay!read more
Giulia Fabbri
Giulia Fabbri
2017-09-28T14:01:26+0000
Elena Della Pasqua
Elena Della Pasqua
2017-09-28T14:00:22+0000
Hannah Banks-Regulski
Hannah Banks-Regulski
2017-09-24T18:10:14+0000
Lyssa Paull
Lyssa Paull
2017-09-22T17:57:31+0000
And I actually slept more than 4 hours!!! Partied with some of the younger peeps, having needed to share my wine about. Danced after at the Opium.read more
Carla Segura
Carla Segura
2017-09-15T17:54:41+0000
Janice Louise Kulka
Janice Louise Kulka
2017-09-15T05:47:00+0000
Steve Giuliani
Steve Giuliani
2017-09-13T18:59:25+0000
Great location, you won't get any closer to the castle. Lots of lounges, hangout rooms and a big kitchen. Lots of character and cheap breakfast at a pound fifty.read more
Sam Harris
Sam Harris
2017-09-11T11:48:13+0000
I absolutely loved my experience at Castle Rock! The staff and volunteers were awesome, the space was beautiful, and the location was perfect! I couldn't recommend Castle Rock more!read more
Lore Lu
Lore Lu
2017-09-04T17:59:46+0000
Virginia Francone
Virginia Francone
2017-09-01T09:46:43+0000
Anna Buchholz
Anna Buchholz
2017-08-31T05:53:27+0000
Lovely hostel. Made the experience of staying in Edinburgh even better I think. I was a bit leery of being in a room without privacy curtains, but the dorm stayed dark and all the guests were pretty respectable (at least on my dorm). The showers were lovely, as were the kitchen and living spaces. The only thing that sucked was the Wi-Fi, but with that many people accessing it, it was understandable. Besides, relaxing in the posh lounge where there was a better Wi-Fi signal wasn't the worst thing. Thanks for having me!read more
Charlene van Coeverden
Charlene van Coeverden
2017-08-30T10:35:49+0000
Definitely my go-to place of temporary residence everytime I visit Edinburgh! Chill staff, clean facilities, and plenty of space and activities for both extroverts and introverts 😊read more
Zach Bohlman
Zach Bohlman
2017-08-19T13:02:23+0000
Enjoyed my stay and the location is great especially for attending the Tattoo. Prices were a bit high for a dorm hostel but that's to be expected in August. There's a cheap breakfast available. For £1.50 you get a bowl of cereal, bread and butter, and a glass of juice. Great value and very suitable for just getting going in the morning. There's Wi-Fi included and each bunk has two outlets (in my room anyway) and the lockers have integrated locks which is great and every hostel should have. The toilet/shower rooms could've used a bit of attention but again I stayed during a very busy period. I wish we could've checked in earlier than 2p but at least there is luggage storage and they'll let you hang out in the common areas until then. All in all a pleasant stay and I'd stay again.read more
Vitor Alveirinho
Vitor Alveirinho
2017-08-16T14:07:17+0000
Eefa NiMur
Eefa NiMur
2017-08-16T09:33:24+0000
Kim Murphy
Kim Murphy
2017-08-15T21:11:01+0000
My first experience with staying at a hostel. A bit of a culture shock but the community you feel and the great people you meet make it worth not having a lift.read more
Diori Groenendijk
Diori Groenendijk
2017-08-04T08:43:55+0000
Carsten Schlüter
Carsten Schlüter
2017-07-27T16:07:11+0000
Johan Björck
Johan Björck
2017-07-25T18:53:09+0000
Luke Lantsoght Bartoli
Luke Lantsoght Bartoli
2017-07-23T21:26:17+0000
One of the most fun hostels I've stayed at. Awesome people. Love it.
Fanny Hoang
Fanny Hoang
2017-07-11T01:49:13+0000
Audrey Langevin
Audrey Langevin
2017-07-04T11:20:34+0000
Great staff (like super GREAT), great location (at the feet of the Castle, easy peasy), great party for Canada Day... I enjoyed this spacious hostel and its features. Clean, original in its decor, all these little details made my stay in Edinburgh even more awesome <3 - I recommend+++!read more
Lara Freire
Lara Freire
2017-06-30T20:54:21+0000
Max Cody
Max Cody
2017-06-30T15:18:32+0000
Great spot! Spacious rooms, and a fantastic atmosphere. Definitely coming back
Helen Green
Helen Green
2017-06-27T18:35:11+0000
Ivana Fernanda González Mimica
Ivana Fernanda González Mimica
2017-06-26T07:21:32+0000
Tranquilo central amplio el personal es joven y amable Queda muy a mano de todo
Pili Galán
Pili Galán
2017-06-24T21:44:08+0000
Roy Baker
Roy Baker
2017-06-24T19:48:58+0000
Einav Shem Tov
Einav Shem Tov
2017-06-11T12:04:39+0000
Great hostel amazing city The best staff ever��
Chieh Chang
Chieh Chang
2017-06-05T21:48:33+0000
Best hostel I've ever stayed.
Francisco Simoes
Francisco Simoes
2017-06-05T03:16:32+0000
Maël Pérocheau
Maël Pérocheau
2017-05-31T19:16:07+0000
Aurélien Le Breton
Aurélien Le Breton
2017-05-31T12:41:09+0000
Mohammed Ashkiwala
Mohammed Ashkiwala
2017-05-30T10:08:00+0000
Art Hus
Art Hus
2017-05-17T19:32:55+0000
Karsten Grimnik
Karsten Grimnik
2017-05-14T18:43:30+0000
Wir hatten ein Zweibettzimmer, welches zum Buchungszeitpunkt das drittgünstigste in der ganzen Stadt war. Die Lage war ideal, der Preis super, das Frühstück ganz okay und das Personal war sehr auf Zack und freundlich! Wer mit einfachen Zimmern klarkommt, dem kann man das CRH nur empfehlen. Thanks Guys!read more
Collin Hedges
Collin Hedges
2017-05-13T04:09:20+0000
Hey my dudes! Honestly just the coolest place I have seen in awhile. With how hard the staff works to provide entertainment and information it's pure fun. It's like a summer camp for adults. The proper rooms and location of this place really make socializing enjoyable and covenant as hell. Great job my friends.read more
Irene Arena Bartucci
Irene Arena Bartucci
2017-05-11T12:16:09+0000
Hanne Lore
Hanne Lore
2017-05-09T11:38:49+0000
Perfect! Loved my stay at castle rock! !
Jess Stuart
Jess Stuart
2017-05-09T10:29:09+0000
Had such a great experience when I stayed for 2 nights this past weekend, would thoroughly recommend and use this hostel again!!read more
Tina Be
Tina Be
2017-05-03T12:28:34+0000
It is the best hostel I have ever been to. I really enjoyed staying there.
Tiia Nieminen
Tiia Nieminen
2017-05-03T11:43:09+0000
I was looking forward to staying in this hostel for my first trip to Edinburgh but recent events have definitely made me change my mind. Very confusing information on their webpage that is not up to date and poor customer service. Communicating with the staff was difficult - even though they answered to emails fast, they didn't offer enough information and there were many misunderstandings. Never before have I come across a hostel where staying in the same room with your friends is made this difficult. Seems like Castle Rock Hostel is more interested in following their inflexible policies than serving their customers. I ended up wasting my money and time.. I'm very disappointed.read more
Karolina Banaś
Karolina Banaś
2017-05-03T11:02:37+0000
Unfortunately we couldn't try this hostel as our reservation has been cancelled without informing us. They have different terms and condition on every page (depends on the source group is 5 or 6 which is ridiculous) so be careful with reservation. I have sent them an screenshot that they said group is 6 people and they sent me another screenshot that group is 5 so.. We just asked if we can be together in one room and then instead of saying "nope" they cancelled our reservation. We have less than 2 weeks to find another place to stay. Whats more they gonna keep the deposit even though the cancellation wasn't our fault. Funny and disrespectfulread more
Teresa Ferreira
Teresa Ferreira
2017-05-01T20:48:48+0000
Muito bom hostel, com boas condições a nível de quarto, banhos e lazer.. Bem situado e barato.
Mit Chanderson
Mit Chanderson
2017-04-23T14:11:04+0000
A lot of hostels claim to be the best, but this place definitely is the best in Edinburgh - if not the UK. Excellent staff, facilities and just a cool vibe in general, which is usually pretty hard to find at a hostel of this capacity.read more
Eduardo Fernández
Eduardo Fernández
2017-04-20T11:30:52+0000
Txarlis Terón
Txarlis Terón
2017-04-19T15:33:26+0000
Elzbieta Maksimowska
Elzbieta Maksimowska
2017-04-18T07:05:56+0000
Yolanda Aguilera
Yolanda Aguilera
2017-04-16T09:08:41+0000
Aaron Loureiro Rodríguez
Aaron Loureiro Rodríguez
2017-04-15T15:29:40+0000
Greg Dl
Greg Dl
2017-04-08T09:12:03+0000
Muy buen hostel, estuve 3 dias y genial, buen ambiente, mejor ubicación imposible (en el centro de edimburgo al lado del castillo), habitaciones amplias y todo muy limpio. Tienen una cocina enorme y una sala de estar. Además, hacen actividades y excursiones gratuitas. Yo fui a un tour de fantasmas que estuvo genial. Lo recomiendo 100%read more
Maureen Vanverdegem
Maureen Vanverdegem
2017-03-31T10:05:54+0000
Romjé Adqiladaia
Romjé Adqiladaia
2017-03-31T05:12:36+0000
We had a really really nice stay, we really enjoyed it ! Rooms and the location are lovely, staff was really friendly, beds are pretty good... Best quality/price I have seen in hostels !read more
Igor Kudrik
Igor Kudrik
2017-03-30T20:08:09+0000
I've had only one problem, I've paid twice my value,how can I get my money back!? Thanks for everything, was fantastic!!
India Armstrong
India Armstrong
2017-03-30T18:09:27+0000
Locke S. Wilder
Locke S. Wilder
2017-03-30T04:28:53+0000
I got the James Bond room. The castle carpet was really trippy for several reasons, especially after stumbling back late at night slightly in shambles after visiting some of the world's oldest bars. I genuinely thought the carpet was actually stone some time that night.read more
Fanny Furiosa
Fanny Furiosa
2017-03-29T16:30:47+0000
Charles Heranval
Charles Heranval
2017-03-29T00:37:51+0000
Laura Vargas Tuk
Laura Vargas Tuk
2017-03-21T23:28:07+0000
Was there in the last year and what I can say is that it's an incredible place! Makes your experience in Edinburgh even more magical!read more
Jakob Ostrovsky
Jakob Ostrovsky
2017-03-16T21:15:29+0000
Cori Saludes
Cori Saludes
2017-03-10T04:03:48+0000
Kirsty O'Malley
Kirsty O'Malley
2017-03-05T12:48:09+0000
Perfect hostel! So cheap too with free walking tours, pub crawls & even TEA! The staff were all top especially Kurtis... he always kept up a good vibe making sure everyone was happy throughout their trip. I'll definitely be staying again on our next visit to Edinburgh! Thanks Castle Rock xread more
Haley McNamara
Haley McNamara
2017-03-01T19:07:01+0000
By far one of the best places I have stayed. I was in the shared 8 bed (16 person) room. And it was seperated nicely as to not feel so crazy. The staff were quick to clean and turn around a room. PROS: -Clean rooms -Shared washrooms were cleaned everyday -Large kitchen for multiple people to cook and sit. -A variety of common areas for people to hangout it. (Movie room, music area, this cute lounge to just get some alone time, and then the large common area where the pool table was located. -Breakfast was a 1pound 50. Which has been crazy cheap. -24/7 reception -Friendly and helpful staff. All around awesome possom people. -Most of the staff are travelers themselves so they're full of helpful information on what to see or do. - Dont loose your orange card � -Every night of the week theres something going on for people to do. (Beer pong, pub crawls, andventures in the daytime to Arthurs seat and night tours) -Id highly suggest spending at least a week there to see and experience everything. CONS: The only one would be the hill. And thats honestly the lamest thing to complain about. But have you seen Scotland, its all hills. Overall the Hostel was one of the best Ive been too and I have been recommending it like crazy to everyone thats I've heard heading that way. I would 10/10 come back again.read more
Lee Collins
Lee Collins
2017-03-01T09:31:01+0000
米粒
米粒
2017-03-01T00:09:43+0000
Fantastic hostel ! will recommend friends to stay in here when trip to Edinburgh.
Tasha Lloyd
Tasha Lloyd
2017-02-28T10:41:31+0000
Chris Evans
Chris Evans
2017-02-28T08:57:11+0000
What a place to stay staff are awesome open 24 hours spent 4 nights here for the rugby this weekend and would recommend it to everyone awesome rooms and plenty to do very clean and we'll looked after best time ever thanks guysread more
Wendy Miranda
Wendy Miranda
2017-02-25T04:45:35+0000
Great experience at Castle Rock! Everything about it is truly exceptional. If you are looking to be in the perfect location, be in a beautiful hostel with great amenities and have an awesome time, come here!read more
Saúl Martín Cruz
Saúl Martín Cruz
2017-02-22T09:14:31+0000
Fuimos de jueves a sábado y la verdad que fue increíble. Desde la excursión que hicimos el mismo jueves al Arthu's Seat como el Pub Crowl (super recomendado) y lo mejor, todo gratis y con un ánimo increíble de los organizadores por que los que estábamos allí nos lleváramos un más que grato recuerdo de Edimburgo. No me cabe la menor duda de que si vuelvo, volveré al mismo hostel.read more
Sarah Porter
Sarah Porter
2017-02-21T18:46:30+0000
Elena Gambín
Elena Gambín
2017-02-20T23:34:44+0000
Frédérique Guesnier
Frédérique Guesnier
2017-02-19T21:59:21+0000
Faläri Hygge Rësel
Faläri Hygge Rësel
2017-02-19T20:48:53+0000
Ayelen Trigo
Ayelen Trigo
2017-02-15T17:57:08+0000
Billy Boo Duffy
Billy Boo Duffy
2017-02-13T18:30:28+0000
Only stayed for one night but loved it and staff are really helpful x
Prin Sophie
Prin Sophie
2017-02-10T23:49:21+0000
Everything was amazing. I loved it there! I had an amazing time!
Claudia Northman
Claudia Northman
2017-02-10T11:32:51+0000
Rosita Herencia
Rosita Herencia
2017-02-10T09:29:48+0000
Ubicación perfecta para pasar unos dias, limpio ,calentito, muy económico si vuelvo repetiré seguro!!
Marcelle Almeida
Marcelle Almeida
2017-02-08T13:39:48+0000
Nadia Díaz Nakamura
Nadia Díaz Nakamura
2017-02-06T16:40:01+0000
Alba Bartolomé
Alba Bartolomé
2017-02-06T05:44:36+0000
Marcela Ishii
Marcela Ishii
2017-02-05T23:45:22+0000
The hostel was amazing. I had a marvelous stay there, the staff was very nice and their events (I went to the ghost tour and pub crawl) were really fun!read more
Gonçalo Santos
Gonçalo Santos
2017-02-05T23:17:18+0000
Allan J Crawford
Allan J Crawford
2017-02-05T08:56:44+0000
Lenka Stangova
Lenka Stangova
2017-02-03T19:47:17+0000
Marianela DL
Marianela DL
2017-01-29T23:18:54+0000
Excelente hostel! Uno de los mejores por los que pasé en este viaje. Habitación de 12 amplia y luminosa. Espacios comunes diversos y bien ambientados. 1.5 € el desayuno. Super recomendable y yo espero volver pronto!! ��read more
Kristin Renee
Kristin Renee
2017-01-27T14:43:32+0000
The description isn't joking when it claims to be the "world's greatest hostel". Of all the hostels I have stayed in, it is without a doubt my favorite. From the cleanliness of the facility to the staff, it was nothing short of amazing. Waking up in the morning to see Edinburgh Castle from our window always started off the day on a good note! Conveniently located in the Old Town, it is easy to get to many attractions within a 15 minute walking radius. After spending a day walking around town, there will always be a fun activity in the evening, Pub Quiz, Beer Pong, or the BEST Pub Crawl I have ever attended, run by Kurtis! Book Castle Rock and enhance your Edinburgh experience!read more
Rgn Eloi
Rgn Eloi
2017-01-26T11:42:56+0000
Carl-Johan Wulf
Carl-Johan Wulf
2017-01-24T18:13:39+0000
Stort bra hostel med trevlig stämning och hög standard! Perfekt för de unga resenärerna!
Rory Cameron-Cooper
Rory Cameron-Cooper
2017-01-22T16:25:18+0000
Had a total blast staying here, huge shout out to Kurtis and Dom who are awesome and may have just been using me because I did magic for them. Highly recommend, their tours are amazing and the nightlife in Edinburgh is perfect.read more
Lorena VA
Lorena VA
2017-01-20T16:52:38+0000
Maria Miguel
Maria Miguel
2017-01-20T13:47:28+0000
Lou Ise
Lou Ise
2017-01-13T11:17:07+0000
Courtney Pocock
Courtney Pocock
2017-01-11T15:22:37+0000
Best hostel so far! 3 months around Europe and this was my favourite � rooms are massive, facilities are great, staff are super chilled and friendly. Everything was really clean, beds solid and really comfy. Location was amazing. Will be booking here for sure next time we're back for Hogmanay ��read more
Cleo Barral Barral
Cleo Barral Barral
2017-01-09T17:11:20+0000
Excellent location, lovely, friendly and organized.
Tamara Abarca Martinez
Tamara Abarca Martinez
2017-01-07T10:01:40+0000
Lachana Swift
Lachana Swift
2017-01-01T18:38:00+0000
Exceptional staff, great open common spaces, comfortable bedding, very clean facilities, IDEAL LOCATION!
Marcia Lemes
Marcia Lemes
2016-12-23T14:34:12+0000
maravilhoso! localização no melhor ponto da cidade, atendimento exemplar!
Inês Alexandre
Inês Alexandre
2016-12-22T10:21:19+0000
Amazing location, place and staff. Nice breakfast. Love the room and toilet facilities. Nothing to complain about.
Caitlin Wallace
Caitlin Wallace
2016-12-22T05:52:23+0000
Loved the vibe and the decor, perfect location, slept really well and the staff were all lovely. Definitely recommend this place!read more
Moritz Kübler
Moritz Kübler
2016-12-19T09:06:33+0000
Best Hostel in town ! Especially the area around is the main argument to chose Castle Rock !
Andrew J. Chwalik
Andrew J. Chwalik
2016-12-09T03:13:15+0000
Never before have I been to such an AMAZING hostel. The rooms are cozy, the people friendly, and the staff splendid. I wish Castle Rock was in every city - it would be the only place I stay. Honestly, I wish I could just live here forever. Why not? Couldn't ask for a better crew or a better experience. �read more
Claudia Bordalo
Claudia Bordalo
2016-12-08T09:46:48+0000
Adam Wilkinson
Adam Wilkinson
2016-12-05T21:47:49+0000
Amelia Tattersall
Amelia Tattersall
2016-12-04T22:02:14+0000
Amazing place! Very clean. Amazing, helpful staff. Great event organisation. Thank you for an amazing experience
Camille Rebouças
Camille Rebouças
2016-12-04T12:59:49+0000
It's amazing hostel ! Well located! In front of Edinburgh castle, friendly staffs, I was sick and some helped me with medicines and extra sheets . Cleaned place and good to meet pleople ! Good valuable for money as well ! I loved ! If would go again, I will recommend it!!thank you all.read more
Almudena Cano Mérida
Almudena Cano Mérida
2016-12-03T22:34:49+0000
The stay at the Castle Rock Hostel has been an incredible and unforgettable experience! The workers are fun. Will definitely return !! I love Edinburghread more
Virginia Morley Pauco
Virginia Morley Pauco
2016-12-03T09:04:38+0000
Home for many years. 10 years of travel started before email, mobile phones and online bookings, so much of it at the Rock. Loved it and always will. Definitely deserves all the accoladeread more
Levi Aza
Levi Aza
2016-12-03T07:55:16+0000
Parikshit Deshmukh
Parikshit Deshmukh
2016-12-03T05:06:59+0000
Liv Hayes
Liv Hayes
2016-12-01T12:58:49+0000
Sarah Dewar
Sarah Dewar
2016-12-01T09:38:38+0000
Best hostel by far with the friendliest staff and great events! Thanks guys!
Jenika Ioffreda
Jenika Ioffreda
2016-11-29T10:31:46+0000
one of the best hostels I have been staying at, just a few minutes walk from the stunning castle and right in the city centre and the old town. A super friendly and lovely hostel. Keep up the awesome work!read more
Michele Razzi
Michele Razzi
2016-11-28T20:53:45+0000
Cleonice Souza Cordeiro
Cleonice Souza Cordeiro
2016-11-28T14:23:21+0000
Lynne J Johnson
Lynne J Johnson
2016-11-28T07:49:54+0000
Excellent location! Really enjoyed my time in Edinburgh and definitely would stay here again!
Vecchio Tobia
Vecchio Tobia
2016-11-22T17:13:11+0000
Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas
2016-11-21T19:50:18+0000
The only choice for me in Edinburgh! The bathrooms facilities are great! The rooms are clean and spacious! Huge kitchen and common rooms with pool table or a quiet lounge to chill. Location is great, short walk to bars, restaurants or the main shopping street. The staff are amazing and helpful. ��read more
Brooke Nicole
Brooke Nicole
2016-11-18T18:52:08+0000
This hostel was my favourite out of all the ones i've stayed at in my years of travelling. The location is amazing (pretty much on the doorstep of the castle!) the staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are spacious and the beds comfortable. There are multiple living areas to relax in (love the 'Posh Lounge') and lots of daily activities to get involved in. I would definitely stay here again and recommend to everyone 🙂read more
Jordan O'Neal
Jordan O'Neal
2016-11-15T21:57:21+0000
Tim Crawford
Tim Crawford
2016-11-10T10:26:29+0000
Christine Ulsted Jørgensen
Christine Ulsted Jørgensen
2016-11-09T13:58:47+0000
Favourite hostel in Edinburgh - great location, very friendly staff, clean despite of being a popular hostel with many people staying there, price is good and would definitely go back there if I needed to book a hostel in Edinburgh.read more
Merle Moak
Merle Moak
2016-11-03T09:44:38+0000
Thoroughly enjoyed the accommodations here and their tours are fantastic. Super value!
Cátia Martins Figueiredo
Cátia Martins Figueiredo
2016-10-31T14:56:20+0000
Excellent place to stay with nice staff and great atmosphere.
Benedetto Bruno
Benedetto Bruno
2016-10-30T15:18:08+0000
Laurence Gervais
Laurence Gervais
2016-10-29T11:36:56+0000
L'endroit parfait pour profiter d'Édimbourg comme il se doit. Super bien situé, employés très sympathiques et aidants, chambres spacieuses et confortables, propre, cuisine pratique, plusieurs espaces communs différents et plein d'activités proposées. En plus, on a la vue sur le château d'Édimbourg en sortant chaque matin. On peut pas demander mieux!read more
Glenn Howarth
Glenn Howarth
2016-10-28T12:19:23+0000
Location location location fantastic: hostel spotless clean great vibe to the place very interesting decor and art work first time visit but not my last position wise I don't think you could actually better it great kitchen bathrooms huge and cleaned regular all nationalities stay here adding to the experience don't delay book today !!!!read more
Maria Jose MG
Maria Jose MG
2016-10-26T08:00:30+0000
Precioso lugar... En el centro.. Con maravillosas vistas.. Limpio... Y con mucho encanto!!!y súper económico!
Kalvis Ceiziņš
Kalvis Ceiziņš
2016-10-20T10:29:48+0000
Once I arrived it did not take over 10 minutes before I felt like home. Staff is amazing, they helped me with everything, I was staying only for few days and yet somehow I met most unique people. If you are looking for THE BEST hostel, you came to right place, my friend. I found the location of the hostel perfect, there is everything you need in 10 - 15 minutes radius. No doubt about it, I will look forward to book a stay here. Cheers!read more
Auri Dawns
Auri Dawns
2016-10-20T02:17:10+0000
范雅雯
范雅雯
2016-10-14T08:31:58+0000
Marc McAuley
Marc McAuley
2016-10-13T15:33:08+0000
Great place, well placed in the town and just a brilliant space. I was in one of the larger shared rooms but the personal lockers and bed space still give a good amount of privacy, and the lounge spaces and kitchen are just great. Will deffinately stay again if I'm ever back in Edinburghread more
Sue Byrne
Sue Byrne
2016-10-09T18:52:14+0000
This place was excellent Iand very friendly and very clean highly recommend
Antoni Grimaud
Antoni Grimaud
2016-10-07T15:27:33+0000
Where do I start? Awesome place...all you could hope for a wonderful time in Edinburgh. Friendly and helpful staff, immaculate, plenty of spacious chill out spaces...there's even a baby grand!!! What's Scottish for "I'll be back"? 🙂read more
Chrissy Cavenagh
Chrissy Cavenagh
2016-09-18T15:38:49+0000
Lucy Lee
Lucy Lee
2016-09-16T17:23:14+0000
The best hostels we've ever stayed. Spacious, soft beds, clean, generous, great staff, great location.... Must stay again if we go to Edinburgh.read more
Paolo Grasselli
Paolo Grasselli
2016-09-15T13:53:41+0000
Cristina OM
Cristina OM
2016-09-10T22:13:23+0000
Ting Hsuan Kuo
Ting Hsuan Kuo
2016-09-08T20:49:28+0000
One of the best hostels I've stayed in. Will definitely come back again❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Claire Meunier
Claire Meunier
2016-09-08T20:38:55+0000
Such a great place! You can book beyond doubts (the hardest will be to get out to the lounge and visit the city.) Great hostel with great people & parties, I won't try an other one in Edinburgh.read more
Jana Červenková
Jana Červenková
2016-09-04T21:49:08+0000
Anchasa RoonYai
Anchasa RoonYai
2016-09-03T07:28:17+0000
Or Bar-On
Or Bar-On
2016-08-29T21:27:58+0000
Katrina Carlson
Katrina Carlson
2016-08-20T21:39:34+0000
I absolutely loved staying here! The location was amazing and the staff was incredibly friendly. Bathrooms were pristine and the theme rooms are a fun spin on the otherwise classic decor. I only stayed 2 nights, but will for sure stay again should I find myself in Edinburgh once more!read more
Facu Olaiz
Facu Olaiz
2016-08-17T12:35:57+0000
Maama Paldanius
Maama Paldanius
2016-08-10T21:54:41+0000
Having visited many countries and having stayed in a zillion hostels around the globe, it is quite smth to be able to state: This, is the best hostel I have ever stayed in. Even the smallest things have been taken into account and e v e r y t h i n g works like a dream. This, is smth extraordinary in so many ways. ThankYOU XXXread more
Christian Rouquette
Christian Rouquette
2016-08-02T15:57:53+0000
JM Brenes
JM Brenes
2016-07-30T18:45:40+0000
Steph Pepprell
Steph Pepprell
2016-07-21T14:33:17+0000
Best hostel I've ever stayed in. Beds were comfortable, lots of areas for socialising and activity suggestions as well.
Christina Dietrich
Christina Dietrich
2016-07-15T15:59:58+0000
Yan Wang
Yan Wang
2016-07-03T18:27:09+0000
I like the location, the receptionists and the breakfast room very much. The corridors are very artistic. I like everything here except for the color of bedding. Personally speaking, it will be perfect if there are newer and light colored beddings. The breakfast is perfect with the lowest price of £1.5! I don't have many chances to live in a youth hostel, but this one is one of the best I have ever been.read more
Oscar In
Oscar In
2016-06-27T13:36:06+0000
El mejor sitio para quedarse unos dias en el centro de edimburgo....limpio, cómodo y muy amables siempre con una sonrisa en la boca, si vuelvo no dudaré en ir a castle rock, saludos.read more
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Booking Policies

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.
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!

Contact Us

Telephone:
+44 (0) 131 225 9666
Email:
castlerock@scotlandstophostels.com
Facebook:
/castlerockhostel
Address:
Castle Rock Hostel
15 Johnston Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2PW
Scotland

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It was a nice place to stay at, even the big rooms, like the 16 people I stayed in, had… Read more “Review of Castle Rock”

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Best hostel I have ever stayed in

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Telephone:
+44 (0) 131 225 9666
Email:
castlerock@scotlandstophostels.com
Facebook:
/castlerockhostel
Address:
Castle Rock Hostel
15 Johnston Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2PW
Scotland

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.
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!

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  • This is happening right above us almost every night! If you haven't heard of the @edinburghtattoo then we recommend you get yourself a ticket to this wonderful event! And of course if you stay with us you literally couldn't be closer 😏 great pic by @pandeyrr, he's definitely one of our top photographers to check out! Give him a follow! •
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  • We may be biased, but is there a better hostel lounge around than our Groove Lounge? A (albeit not perfect) record player, records galore, guitars and the best damn view of the Castle in the city (trust us, you'll agree) await you in our funkiest room. Many friendships have begun in this very room... •
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