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... mind is the castle. The Edinburgh Castle is one of the best preserved European Castles we've had the pleasure of visiting. It sits on top of an inactive volcano at the head of the old town district. Our visit at the castle lasted several hours since there is so much to see. In the castle walls, there were exhibits for the military weapons, a national war museum, a church for the fallen soldiers, prisoner of war vaults, even a dog cemetery for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ceilidh-Donia Edinburgh
Such a lovely place....!
Lovely little hotel not far from the city centre. Quick cab ride for about £5 or a £1 on the bus. The hotel is in a pretty quiet location with great views of Arthur's Seat. It is very clean and comfortable.
The staff at the hotel were delightful and very helpful. The two very cute and docile dogs who lounge about were also very welcoming!
There were four of us in the party. Two of us stayed in a double and two in a twin. The double was fabulous (room 7) - fairly large, comfortable, great light and views, with a fantastic shower!! The twin was smaller but still comfortable, also with a great shower.
The breakfasts were delicious, you select what you want to eat the night before and choices include haggis, porridge and potato scones as well as the usual english breakfast and continental breakfast choices. There is also fruit salad, cereals, yoghurts, endless toast, fresh coffee and tea. Breakfast was included in the price of the room.
There are two keys provided on check in, one for your room and one for the two external doors so if you go out partying into the wee hours you don't need to worry about waking anyone up!
Unbeatable value for money. If we ever return to Edinburgh we will certainly stay in this hotel again.
Only slight problem was tracking down the hotel on our arrival, the maps on the website aren't very clear, although Max, the owner, was able to help when we rang for directions. For future guests, you need to get the 30, 33, 86 or 14 from Princes Street and ask the driver to drop you off at Prestonfield (on the Dalkieth Road). When you get off the bus go back up the road the bus just drove down and take the first right and then the first left into Marchhall Crescent.
I stayed at Ceilidh-Donia Hotel while in Edinburgh for university interviews. Its a really nice wee hotel, in a fairly quiet area - although it is only a 2 minute walk to bus routes into the city. They have stairs up to most of the rooms but this wasnt a problem for me, and I was offered help in taking my luggage up. The shower in my room was brilliant!! It was quite a small room, but cosy and very comfortable. They provide an excellent choice of breakfast, served in the dining room which is very smart, and has a great atmosphere with radio 2 on in the morning! They give you a set of keys for inside and outside doors which was great as I was out late on the first night of my stay. All the staff were friendly and helpful, and the afforementioned dogs were very quiet and peaceable! If I was staying in Edinburgh on holiday again (although the next time I go will probably be when I go to university!) I would definitely stay here again!
We stayed at this hotel earlier this week. We had chosen it because of the favourable TripAdvisor reviews and also because it is recommended by Rick Steve, the USA travel guru. We also wanted somewhere close to The University's Pollock Halls of Residence where our daughter is currently based.
The hotel lived up to its reputation; friendly (including the two beautiful Golden Retrievers), quiet (also including the dogs!), clean, comfortable and good value. We didn't have dinner at the hotel because we had made other arrangements, but the dining room looked pleasant and the menu seemed reasonably priced. The breakfast was excellent.
We can certainly recommend it to any other parents visiting an offspring at Pollock Halls. It couldn't be much closer and convenient to walk to.
As others have said, it's an easy bus ride into the centre, or a taxi only costs about £5.
Excellent value for money
It is not hard to see why this hotel is so highly rated. I won't repeat the praise given by other visitors - suffice it to say we booked the hotel on the basis of these recommendations and were not disappointed.
4 of us went for a weekend and booked a double and two single rooms. My wife is disabled so I asked for the double room at ground level. They have one room at ground level which can be used as either a double or a twin room, with as good a disabled bathroom as we have seen anywhere. One word of warning if access is an issue, there are two steps to the front door.
My wife can get out of her wheelchair so we didn't ask if there was an alternative entrance.
The restaurant seems very popular with locals at the weekend which can make parking an issue as there is only on street parking.
To us these were only minor inconveniences and were far outweighed by the superb food , service, hospitality and value for money - and ,of course, the dogs!
I was very happy with my stay at the Hotel Ceilidh-Donia. Although it is off the beaten path from the Royal Mile/Princess Street area, it is an easy walk or bus ride. The rooms were nicely decorated, and the new power showers were wonderful. Everyone at the hotel was very friendly, including the two dogs. Free internet access in the bar also available. Price included a nice choice of breakfast items which could be ordered the night before.
Great Hotel at a Great Rate
We stayed in Edinburgh for three nights in March 2004. I don't think we could have found a better hotel at any price. The owners and staff were extremely helpful and courteous. The rooms were comfortable and well kept. The food was excellent. The hotel was just a 5 Pound taxi ride away from the city center. This hotel is a steal at the rates offered. If we return to Edinburgh we will be staying here again.
This is a fantastic bed & breakfast! It feels like a 5 star hotel for the price of a 3 star! We were warmly welcomed by the staff and the food was delicious, its hard to find a bad word to say about it! Highly recommended!
What a wonderful stay in Edinburgh! This hotel is just perfect. Just 15 minutes walk from the city centre, the location is great. Not too noisy, but not stuck out in the middle of nowhere! Buses go to and from town every 10 minutes if you don't fancy walking and parking in the area of the hotel isn't too hard to find.
The staff are all extremely friendly and very helpful, even the two golden retrievers give you a warm welcome! The hotel is a small three storey house but very clean and has more than you would expect. It looked like it had all recently been renovated, the rooms we stayed in ( 3 and 12) each included a colour TV with a DVD player, electric heater/ fan apart from the standard radiator, spotlights instead of lamps and a very new bathroom with a powershower which makes a change from the normal showers you get in hotels. Both rooms had large windows and room 12 especially had a nice view.
The food and drinks are spot on. Breakfast ( which is included) is served from 8.30 til 10am and is ordered the evening before so you don't have to wait very long for it. The hotel offers a full English breakfast or continental... you can even have Haggis if you want! There are also a range of cereals, fruit , juices and teas so breakfast is very complete. There is also a dinner menu for those who wish to dine at the hotel, and that also is delicious!
All in all the hotel is great and gives you more than you could want. Only complaints would be the map provided on their website on how to arrive ( not very clear, so use a different one!) And sometimes the temperature in the hotel was rather warm... but the windows open and the radiator can be turned down. Would definately go back and would definetely recommend this wonderful hotel full of Scottish character!
Warm Scottish Welcome
This bed and breakfast was wonderfully inviting and cozy after a week in the hustle and bustle of London. My husband and I stayed here for one night for our honeymoon in early October. Alan was polite, informative and weathered our barrage of questions with admirable patience. He got our breakfast orders for the next day right away and everything was correct and delicious. The resident dog was quite sweet and added to the homey feel of the place. The room itself was comfortable, though maybe a bit dated, and we had a fantastic view of Arthur's Seat. The location is easy enough as far as taking a bus into downtown Edinburgh but we got hopelessly lost coming back. We rode the bus for an hour with a grumpy, unhelpful driver before throwing in the towel and taking a cab. Still, our experience was wonderful and we wish we'd stayed longer in Edinburgh. Take the Mercat ghost tour!
Hotel Ceilidh-donia - GREAT!
Our group of 15 people really enjoyed our stay at this B&B type hotel on May 13&14. It's a small cozy place (13 rooms), but it packs a lot into the space. The rooms were nice and the showers had very good water pressure. It was also convenient to have a bar and restaurant available on the premises and the free Internet access was a much appreciated bonus! Full breakfast was included with the room rate.
The hotel is near a bus line, but it is only a 15-20 minute walk to Princes St (main street) in the downtown area. We're a hiking group, so we chose to walk.
The owners were very friendly and helpful and we also enjoyed the resident dogs.
Another benefit was their recommendation of "Discovery Tours". We used this company for private transporation and John the bus driver was reliable, informative and outgoing. He certainly exceeded our expectations!
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