The Ballantrae Hotel

8 York Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 3HP , United Kingdom | 2 star hotel
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A Wall

A travel blog entry by teachervagabond


It was bound to happen, I suppose. I hit a 10th century wall head on! My original plan had been to book a hotel in any major city for two days and rest, sleep, eat, wash clothes, do housekeeping type chores, but mainly to rest. The problem is, when I get to a major city (Ft. William, Glasgow, Edinburgh), there is soooo much to see, I find myself …

Scotland- Edinburgh and the Highlands-Part I

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(Thursday)12/2/09 - Thursday at 6:00pm our train departed from Kings Cross Station(Harry Potter!). For some reason, Sir Darren Nigel Goldberg III of Maida Vale and I thought that leaving the flat at 5:10 for our estimated 20 min tube ride ( is my new favorite website, that and the currency converter page, cmt is still my homepage …

From Edinburgh with love

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... a little early so we stopped and had breakfast at KFC (fancy huh? And who knew KFC had breakfast?) We made our way to our bus and boarded. We settled in and prepared to sit for 10 hours. Ugh. The bus made several stops along the way in several towns. It was nice to see the countryside of England. Just outside of London was mainly farms. Sprawling land and pastures filled with cows and sheep. We napped, ate, talked, ate, and napped some more. We both had papers due when we ...

Edinburgh, here we come

A travel blog entry by lesleykm15


Left at a reasonable time and decided to go via Windermere and Kendal. However at the turn off to Windermere, the traffic was severely backed up for about two kms and we barely moved for 20 mins. Had a good laugh at Nev's expense whe pn I got him to grab some chips put of the boot. The traffic started to move so while he was chatting to the car behind I drove off! Seeing ...

Our Tour Begins...

A travel blog entry by espiu91


... playground appeared which immediately greeted the boys with delight. After a bit, returning to meet up again with John, Garrett was turning somersaults in the grass as we walked back.

The last stop of the day was at Hermitage Castle. This was a border fortress in the much contested Scottish-English border area. This is an impressively preserved fortress, imposing even today as you approach it over what were ...

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This 2 star hotel, located in the New Town area of Edinburgh, is near Scottish National Portrait Gallery, ScotlandsPeople Centre, Scottish Gallery, and Kingfisher Gallery.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Ballantrae Hotel Edinburgh

    Reviewed by teachervagabond

    Loud construction and misinformation

    Reviewed Jul 12, 2013
    by (9 reviews) Salem, OR , United States Flag of United States

    York Place was teeming with construction that appeared to have been going on for quite some time. The hotel had plenty of opportunity to inform guests, but I was certainly not informed. It was very noisy during the day and difficult to get in and around the hotel.

    Staff was courteous, but there was a restaurant menu in my room and when I called for a sandwich, they seemed confused as to whether they could actually get me one. Turned out, the restaurant was closed (seemingly for some time) and the place where the could get a take away order would not do just one sandwich.

    The Wifi connection was terrible! The shower in the shared shower room fell apart on my head!

    I cannot recommend this hotel to anyone.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Ballantrae Hotel Edinburgh

    3.00 of 5 stars Good