Re-opening: Greyfriars - 31st July 2020! Grassmarket - coming soon

Social Distancing and Covid-19 Safety Measures

We are fully committed to ensuring our hostel provides a safe environment for all our guests, staff and visitors.

Our hostels have been closed for the duration of the lockdown, and now that we move into phases of reopening please be assured that our team has been thoroughly examining the guest and staff experience to ensure we introduce measures that allow your stay to remain enjoyable and safe!

We follow advice and guidelines from governing organisations and are keeping a close eye on any information regarding the situation.

Please refer to Gov.Scot and World Health Organisation (WHO) for further information.

Measure Introduced

Cleaning and Safety

We have added extra resources to our teams to ensure more time to clean communal spaces.
There will be hand sanitising stations throughout the building.

We have developed signage and communication to ensure all of our guests are aware of how to social distance, Kick Ass style!

There will be markings on the floor and rearranged furniture to make it easier to maintain distancing in our property.

All our staff are being re-inducted to the hostel and will be thoroughly trained in our updated COVID Safety procedures. We are continuing to provide PPE to our staff for on shift also.


We have physically measured all our beds to ensure they are 2 metres apart and have installed guards in select beds.

We have added extra resources to our team to ensure a more through turnaround of rooms and beds.

Your room will have a specific bathroom assigned to it, which will be cleaned more regularly through the day by our team!

Food & Beverages

Our bar will be open to guests for breakfast and dinner to a limited capacity of people at a time to ensure social distancing.

We have altered parts of our processes to reduce handling of objects between people.

We have moved around furniture to facilitate spacing between guests.


Our walking tour will have a limit of 15 people max. and you should sign up the day before to attend. Tour takes place outside and guests are asked to maintain 2 metres.

Due to its nature, our Pub Crawl will not be returning at this time. We will be regularly liaising with the venues on our route(s) and will bring this event back once we can ensure it is safe to do so.

Our other daily events will not be returning at this time. We are regularly analysing the situation and brainstorming socially distant events to keep the Kick Ass fun rolling!

In this together

We will be doing our part to facilitate social distancing and thorough cleaning during this time! We ask for your help too! You can assist by:

  • Sharing bunkbeds with your travel mates.
  • Wash your hands at every opportunity and utilise the hand gel.
  • Clean up any mess you leave behind thoroughly and alerting staff to any issues you find.
  • Be aware of social distancing and falling back to let others through doorways, etc, if there are two of you.
  • Listen to staff and follow their instructions, as well as information located on signage.

Kick Ass Hostels is all about experiences, community and connection. So for now, let’s work together to be conscientious and stick to social distancing so we can kick COVID’s ass! See you soon for your Edinburgh dream trip – we’ll be here!

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