Re-opening: Greyfriars - We’re open! 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.

We use a certified anti-viral disinfectant range tested to BS EN 14476 European Standard.

There are 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!

Markings on the floor and rearranged furniture make it easier to maintain distancing in our property.

All our staff are thoroughly trained in our COVID Safety procedures and we provide PPE to staff on shift.


We have added extra resources to our team to ensure a thorough turnaround of rooms.

Your room will have a specific bathroom assigned to it, which will be cleaned between each use.

Food & Beverages

Our bar and beer garden are open to guests to a limited capacity of people at a time to ensure social distancing.

You will be required to provide your details including a contact number for Covid Track & Trace program when sitting in for food or drinks.

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 self-service guest kitchen is currently closed until further notice in line with the Scottish Government guidelines for Covid-19 safety.


Due to their social nature all our events are suspended for the moment.

In this together

We will be doing our part to facilitate social distancing and thorough cleaning during this time! We ask that you assist by:

  • Washing your hands at every opportunity and utilising the hand gel provided throughout the hostel.
  • Cleaning up any mess you leave behind thoroughly and alerting staff to any issues you find.
  • Wearing a mask unless seated at a table or in your room.
  • Being aware of social distancing and falling back to let others through doorways, etc.
  • Listening to staff and following their instructions, as well as information located on signage.
  • NOTE: you cannot self-isolate in our hostel, our facilities are not suitable to quarantine in and you will not be allowed to check-in.

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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