Stay in the heart of Edinburgh Excellent location – show map

In Edinburgh’s Old Town, Castle Rock Hostel is conveniently located 11 minutes’ walk from Waverley Train Station, and 3 minutes from Grassmarket and Edinburgh Castle. In a 19th-century building decorated with art, this adult-only property has colorful dormitories and free WiFi access.

The hostel offers accommodations exclusively for guests aged 18 years and older. Dormitories feature bunk beds with bedside lockers and have use of shared bathroom facilities with showers. There is a cozy lounge with a piano and large sofas by the fireplace, a movie room with big screen and an internet lounge with WiFi.

Breakfast is unfortunately not available at the moment, but we have a large self catering kitchen for guest use. Laundry and luggage storage services are also offered.

This hostel is around 5 minutes’ walk from Princes Street Gardens, The Scottish National Gallery and the National Museum of Scotland. It is also a pick-up point for free walking tours around the city.

This is our guests' favorite part of Edinburgh, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.8 for a two-person trip.

Castle Rock Hostel has been welcoming guests since Nov 15, 2013

Property Highlights

Located in the real heart of Edinburgh, this property has an excellent location score of 9.8!


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4 reasons to choose Castle Rock Hostel

  • Prices you can't beat!
  • Booking is safe
  • Manage your bookings online
  • The staff speaks English
Property questions and answers
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  • How far are you from the Bus Stop (Direct Special Bus, not local bus) to the airport? I need to take the bus at 4am in the morning, and I don't want ...
    Hi, It is about a 10min walk to the Airlink 100 bus stop from our Hostel. The bus leaves every 10min 24hrs a day. If you have any further questions,...
    Answered on December 9, 2019
  • Are people who are booking for a single person use going to be in rooms with other people? Just wondering due to COVID
    Hi Thanks for getting in touch! At the present moment we are allocating single person travellers to their own room, with their own allocated shower...
    Answered on December 15, 2020
  • Hiya, I travel solo and stopping in Edinburgh for feew days... I like the vibe of ur place, just not sure about sharing a dorm with others regarding c...
    Hi there! Our COVID protocols mean that all bookings get their own room, so you won't be sharing with anyone :) Hope to see you soon! Castle Rock ...
    Answered on June 17, 2021
  • I will be traveling with e other people. coming from airport would taxi or bus be easier?
    We normally recommend the bus (Airlink 100) as it is inexpensive, quick and easy.
    Answered on July 12, 2022
  • I'm arriving late at night, is it safe to walk from the bus stop to the hostel?? thank youu
    Hi, yes it is !
    Answered on December 18, 2021
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Excellent location – show map
Located in the historic old town

Stay in the oldest part of Scotland's capital, where gas lamps light up elegant buildings and cobblestone streets. Nearby, the impressive Edinburgh Castle looks over the city.

Amenities of Castle Rock Hostel
  • Shared kitchen
  • Tour or class about local culture
  • Walking tours
  • Movie nights
  • Stand-up comedy Off-site Additional charge
  • Pool table
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Lockers
  • Baggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe
  • Adults only
  • Designated smoking area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages Spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
Sustainability initiatives
This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules Castle Rock Hostel takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 3:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


Until 10:30 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children not allowed.

Crib and extra bed policies

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Pets are not allowed.

Mastercard Visa American Express Castle Rock Hostel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Guests must be over the age of 18 years. Guests aged 17 or younger will not be granted entry to the property. Children are not permitted.

When booking for 5 guests or more, different policies and additional supplements will apply. A collection of individual bookings of friends/family is still classed as a group. Please contact the property directly for full terms.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food and beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

It's not possible to stay at this property for coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine purposes.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

FAQs about Castle Rock Hostel

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Castle Rock Hostel by:

    • Tram 40min

  • The prices at Castle Rock Hostel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Check-in at Castle Rock Hostel is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM.

  • Castle Rock Hostel offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Pool table
    • Stand-up comedy
    • Walking tours
    • Movie nights
    • Tour or class about local culture

  • Castle Rock Hostel is 650 feet from the center of Edinburgh.