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Oban, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By far the nicest one of six or seven in Edinburgh that I have stayed in. Classic house, with parking, on main road. Friendly welcome, spotlessly clean, very comfortable, good breakfast. Bus stop opposite, frequent buses to city centre, or 10/15 minute walk. Bonus; an ' autobiographical novel' A Riffian's Tune' written by the owner. Bought a bit dubiously, but...

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Belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in the Ben Doran last night. This is a really beautiful house only about ten minutes from the City Centre. The rooms are very spacious and spotlessly clean. It was really relaxed and the staff were helpful. Beautiful high ceilings but warm at the same time. The breakfast was also really good with some different options than usual....

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jlabaki, Owner at The Ben Doran Guest House, responded to this review

Dear RosieMcBelfast, Thank you for choosing the Ben Doran for your recent visit to Edinburgh. We are delighted you enjoyed your recent stay with us and that you found both our rooms spacious and clean and our staff helpful. We're also glad you enjoyed breakfast which is freshly prepared each morning. Thank you so much for your kind recommendation and...

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My husband & i stayed here last night 18/03/17 the description was a deluxe ensuite double, i'm afraid there was nothing deluxe about the room.. old fashioned & tired. Very dated decor, standard (hard) double bed. The ensuite also very dated, the shower in the bath hardly had power to run, my back was sore from the bed then had...

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jlabaki, Owner at The Ben Doran Guest House, responded to this review

Dear twinkle101, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your detailed feedback. We are extremely disappointed by your account of your recent stay with us and we would like to take this opportunity to apologise sincerely to you. It does seem we fell short of our usual standard of service that we normally provide to our guests....

Darlington, Australia
Reviewed 6 March 2017

first class, polite , professional, excellent breakfast, very happy,crikey not one for going on and on just too reach my two hundred characters to fulfill the criterea just wanted to say we where very impressed,

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jlabaki, Owner at The Ben Doran Guest House, responded to this review

Dear andrewhorn396 Thank you for choosing to stay at The Ben Doran and for posting such a lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and you were very impressed by our service. We are delighted with your feedback and it makes it all worthwhile when our customers leave us happy. We hope to welcome you back...

Lombard, Illinois
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We stayed two nights recently and although our room was small it was also very comfortable. The lady who looks after the guests is extremely helpful and even helped carry our cases up the stairs to our room. Breakfast was delicious and sets you up for the day of sightseeing. Great value for the price paid

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jlabaki, Owner at The Ben Doran Guest House, responded to this review

Dear Ian220859 Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to post such a positive review. We are sorry to hear you found the room small. We do offer larger rooms as our room sizes vary and are all very different. We are always delighted to assist our guests with their luggage and glad you...

Lancaster, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 January 2017

My whole experience was interesting, I am oap ,and my room was up two fights of stairs at top of this lovely house , so struggled with my bad knee ,and luggage up and down ,,my room was cold when I arrived , , I book this guest house and I am Scottish women living in England , so traditional...

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jlabaki, Owner at The Ben Doran Guest House, responded to this review

Dear eanders0n52 Thank you for choosing to stay at the Ben Doran and for providing us with your valuable feedback which helps us to continually improve our quality of service. We are sorry to hear you struggled with your luggage and with climbing the stairs. Of course we would have been delighted to assist you if you had highlighted this...

Lancaster, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 January 2017

friendly greeting on arrival-late Friday night. Helpful with which buses to catch from the train station to the hotel. Bedroom over looked the front of the hotel onto the main road-NO traffic noise. Room was lovely & warm, bed cosy/comfy. Tea/coffee/hot choc & biscuits in the room with refills if needed on each landing of the hotel. Breakfast excellent choices...

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jlabaki, Owner at The Ben Doran Guest House, responded to this review

Dear David-Trisha Thank you for choosing to stay at the Ben Doran and for taking the time to post such a lovely review. We are delighted you found our staff welcoming and that your bedroom was warm, cosy and comfy and you enjoyed the tea/coffee facilities. We are also glad you enjoyed our breakfast and we appreciate your feedback on...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 December 2016

Found the b&b really cosy (and fantastic value) and enjoyed our stay there lots. Our room was lovely, the staff were very friendly and (included) breakfast was great! About 10-15 mins walk from restaurants and shops in Newington and a bit further after that into the city centre, but by no means a bad location with bus stops outside. Would...

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jlabaki, Owner at The Ben Doran Guest House, responded to this review

Dear LorenzoLLM Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to post such a wonderful review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay lots, you found our staff very friendly and you enjoyed our breakfast. Thank you for highlighting our location too and for recommending us. We do hope you will consider staying with...

Crewe, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Went as Superbreak deal. Excellent guest house. Friendly staff - clean and lovely room. Breakfast excellent. Would recommend highly. Bus stop opposite for accessing Edinburgh. If taxis preferred €7 approx. We used bus in morning and taxi home after day exploring. Will definitely return here again.

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jlabaki, Owner at The Ben Doran Guest House, responded to this review

Dear Marilyn C Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to share such a lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and you found the location and local bus service useful and our staff friendly. We also appreciate you highlighting that the room was lovely and clean and you enjoyed our...

Sunderland
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Stayed for two nights at the Ben Doran in the basement room. The room is huge & was lovely & warm. Bathroom very small but didn't bother us the shower was lovely too. Had breakfast both mornings it was gorgeous lots to choose from. We were able to leave our cases as the train didn't leave till 6. This was...

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jlabaki, Owner at The Ben Doran Guest House, responded to this review

Dear Carol B Thank you for posting such a positive review about your recent stay with us. We really appreciate your feedback and we are delighted you enjoyed our breakfast and that you thought the room was lovely. We are glad you used the local bus service which is a few minutes journey to the city centre with bus stop...

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Ben Doran is 4 star Guest House situated in a traditional Georgian townhouse located in central Edinburgh. We offer free WiFi, car parking also full Scottish breakfast is included in the price. We pride ourselves, not only on service and accommodation, but also the quality of breakfast that we serve using only the finest local produce. We are delighted that our Edinburgh Bed & Breakfast has been given a four star rating by Visit Scotland. We care about the comfort of our guests and that's why all our rooms have been designed and furnished with a high level of care and attention to detail. Our bedrooms range from larger deluxe rooms with ensuite to smaller rooms with shared bathrooms for double/single occupancy. Each offers a charming mix of original character with modern facilities and has a beautiful hillside or Edinburgh city view. Complimentary tea, chocolate and coffee-making facilities and free Wi-Fi are also available for our guests to enjoy. Whether visiting Edinburgh on holiday, for business or perhaps family attending one of Edinburgh's universities, the Ben Doran is an ideal city centre location. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Ben Doran Guest House

Address: 11 Mayfield Gardens, Edinburgh EH9 2AX, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Price Range: RM372 - RM878 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Ben Doran Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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“My first floor room faced busy road but was very quiet. No traffic, or in-house noise.”
marysandilands, 29 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Quieter at rear”
885marilync, 7 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Choose larger room at rear.”
512anthonyc, 18 Nov 2016 | Read review
“There are no lifts so if you have a problem with stairs you would want to be on the first floor.”
39janish, 13 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Free parking space for 3 cars, kind of difficult to find a space with 10 rooms”
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