Budget Accommodation in Edinburgh old town

Cowgate Hostel

Cowgate is apartment style.  Book a bed or private room in a shared space.  At Cowgate we have 12 individually lockable group sized apartments which can be booked individually or exclusively by groups so you don’t need to share. Each apartment is fitted with it’s own toilet, shower rooms and kitchen/lounge.  Kitchens include an oven, microwave, fridge freezer, toaster, plates, dishes, cutlery and cooking pots.

The Group apartments sleeps between 8 and 20 persons in a combination of 3-5 Bedroom apartments made up of a combination of 4 Bed, 6 bed, Twin or Double rooms.


A great place to stay…

Cowgate Group Apartments have enjoyed great success in meeting the needs of modern day travellers.  We are very experienced in dealing with large groups.  Breakfast. evening meals can easily be arranged if required.  The apartments are great for student and Youth groups.  Leaders can book the private Twin or Double Room and 4 or 6 Bed Dorms for the group.

The apartments are located in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town close to the lively Grassmarket area.  Greyfriars Bobby, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and St Giles Cathedral are right there on your doorstop.  This is the heart of Edinburgh’s party and cultural district. Cowgate Budget Apartments are situated between Holyrood house (the seat of the Scottish parliament) and Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy this fantastic location to explore Edinburgh and it’s numerous bars, cafes, shops, restaurants, nightclubs.  Stag and Hen Groups are accepted at Cowgate.

Our friendly knowledgeable staff are experts on Edinburgh.  They will be happy to assist you on where to go in Edinburgh or what to see and do.

During the day.  Experience Edinburgh Castle or take a short walk to Holyrood Palace, the Queens home in Edinburgh.  All major tourist attractions are just a very short stroll from the hostel. Then when the sun goes down all the main pubs and restaurants are right there for your enjoyment.

Set in a 19th century building in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Old Town.  Our hostel is located just 50 metres from the Royal Mile.  This is the ancient thoroughfare and main pulse of our cosmopolitan city.

Waverley Train station, new Tram Route and the airport shuttle bus are all less than 10 minutes walk away.   Cowgate Budget Apartemtns are easy to find, but very difficult to leave.

Hostel Area

Cowgate Budget Apartments have a fantastic location in the heart of the historic old town.  Situated between Lady Lawson Street and Edinburgh’s Royal mil.  You will just love exploring Edinburgh from this wonderful location.

Transport Links

find just a very short walk away.

  • Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle -2 Mins
  • Grassmarket party zone with it exclusive shops, bars and restaurants- 1 min
  • Princes Street – 10 Mins
  • Fountainbridge where you will find Edinburgh Quay and its boats and barges – 12 Mins
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre – 12 minutes
  • Holyrood Palace and Dynamic Earth exhibition – 8 mins
Cowgate Budget Apartment Layouts

Cowgate Budget Apartments has 11 Private Apartments that can be booked exclusively by groups.  We also have some shared apartments where individual travellers can book either a bed or private room.

Private Group Apartments have 3, 4 or 5 Bedrooms.  Each Apartment has a well equipped kitchen with dining table and seating as well as bathroom and shower room.  There is also a large shared outdoor courtyard available at the back of the property.

Apartment Layouts

14 Bed Apartment – 2 x 6 Bed Rooms and Twin or Double

16 Bed Apartment with 2 x 6 Bed Rooms and 4 Bed Room

16 bed Apartment with 2 x 6 Bed Rooms, Twin room abd Double Room

20 Bed Apartment with 2 x 6 Bed Rooms, 4 Bed Room, Twin Room and Double Room


Check out our ‘Vital Statistics’ before you book to find out if Kingsview City Centre is a match for you or your group.
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  • VALUE FOR MONEY 100% 100%
  • GREAT FOR GROUPS 70% 70%
  • FUN 90% 90%
  • STAFF 90% 90%
  • 24 hour entry
  • Free Wifi
  • Bar area with Pool table
  • 2 mins from Rail station
  • Cafe 
  • Fresh Bed Linen 
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Cheap Breakfast available 
  • TV in private Rooms 
  • Central Heating
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities 
  • Lockable bedrooms
  • Laundry Facilities 
  • Common Room 
  • Luggage Storage
  • Towels 
  • We require 1 months notice of cancellation for Groups
  • We require 72 hours notice of cancellation for Individuals
  • All Bedlinen
  • Free Wifi
Groups of more than 8 persons are required to pay a refundable security deposit of £20 per person on arrival. The deposit will be refunded on departure provided there has been no damages or behavior problems
Group bookings edinburgh hostels

Whether you need Meals, Airport transfers, packed lunches, tours or anything else just let us know. We have 12 years experience of helping groups make the most of their time in Edinburgh. We only use the very best providers in the city. Arrive with no surprises.

Cowgate Group Apartments can comfortably accommodate groups of up to 170 persons.  Stag and hen Parties are accepted.  We regularly welcome large summer groups of all types and sizes to Edinburgh Scotland. Language, student, sports groups and famailes are all welcome.  We do accept student groups with persons under the age of 16.


We are group booking specialists and we aim to provide a very personal service.

Just let us know the size of your group, the type of room layouts you require. We will get back to you within 24 hours with a great option, tailored to meet your specific needs. Even better if we can’t accommodate your group at ‘Cowgate Budget Apartments’ we will send an alternative option.

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