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... cleaning the camper and checking it over. Rich went to try the gas bottle just to find we had a part missing for the connection..more shopping. We then went to visit my girls Sunny and Jasmine for a couple of hours before being taken out by Mum and Arnie to The Fox and Crown for a delicious meal..my Mum does spoil us x Friday involved just a short time on the camper. Rich had a clever idea of colour coding all the keys so that is what we did. We chilled for an hour in the afternoon ...
... to Holyrrood Palace which is where the Queen stays when she is in Scotland but she wasn't there today.
We did a tour of the Palace and grounds and we all got audio sets and a man told you the significance of the room. All the kids got to go an Easter Egg trail. We were given clues and gad to find 8 Eggs to spell out a word. It made going into all the ...
... the UK and others had 5 officials and this bloke was dead set on making the delay go as long as possible, he made one couple go and sit on some seats while he went off to check something,after about 10 minutes he reappeared called them up went bang bang as he stamped their passports i thought he was going to push them through the desk the way he stamped them, he then called the next person up and again he went off and was gone for a smoke i reckon.
The other lines were cleared ...
... trot to hit the lead going into the back 9. But alas the open curse struck again dropping 4 shots in 4 holes. Phil Mickelson taking out the title. Unfortunately there are no photos as you can't take them.
That night we stopped off at the oldest food serving pub in Scotland and had a good feed.
The next morning we said our final fairwells to Em and Chris and took off nice and early to make our way to Lake Como, Italy :)
... around it and a beautiful garden. I could live there easily with only a staff of three, one of whom would be a gardener, of course. The next stop, around the palace were the ruins of a 12th century abbey. Many construction problems in the following years, as well as destructive raids from those pesky English were its eventual downfall. What remains is a very romantic and picturesque setting. As Dave and I exited the grounds, we then realized we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ben Doran Edinburgh
After about 8 days staying in various hotels in Scotland, the final night of our trip, at the Ben Doran, was a real letdown. The brusque, barely civil manner of the owner was a sharp contrast to the gracious and warm welcome we had received everywhere else in Scotland. The Executive Double that we booked turned out to be a room with double bed in the basement, and miniscule shower scarcely large enough to turn around in. The hotel offered no visitors' information, nor even a map of the immediate area. Breakfast at the Ben Doran proved to be the only bad meal we had in Scotland. The toast was burned, the coffee tasted awful and the poached eggs I ordered arrived hard-boiled and smelling foul. We were relieved to depart after that!
A lovely place to stay!
I have just returned from a stay at the bendoran with my husband and we had a really nice time there. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and the bendoran is a charming guest house. Our room was very pretty and I found the owners to be very obliging by finding vegetarian restaurants for us and making bookings. On the whole I found the Bendoran to be a clean and pleasant place to stay and have no hesitation in recommending it.
My husband and I have just returned from Edinburgh after a wonderful stay at the Ben Doran. We stayed for four nights of our holiday and on arrival my husband had ordered flowers through the hotel that were simply breathtaking and a lovely bottle of champagne awaited us also. Having read the previous review I feel I must object and set the record straight, the flowers were superb! The hotel is beautifully decorated, and the room warm and sumptous. Breakfast was a feast with croissants, yoghurt, fruit and more, followed by a cooked breakfast. Our hosts were very nice people and we found Edinburgh to be a fantastic city and our stay was made all the more enjoyable knowing we had a lovely room awaiting us. I would highly recommend the Ben Doran, as having stayed in many hotels over the years I feel qualified to say this is one of the nicest I have ever stayed in.
We have just returned from a 2 night break at the Ben Doran Guest House. We booked via Expedia as we have always had a good experience booking through them in the past.
We stayed here for three nights and had the most relaxing and enjoyable time. The hotel is completely spotless and nicer than many four star hotels we have stayed in before. The staff were very friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble and as a result the atmosphere is very welcoming. Our breakfast was delicious and there was a wonderful selection, all in all a quality establishment with easy access into the city centre.
A Nice Place to Stay
We stayed at the Ben Doran for two nights. The room was nicely decorated. We paid for the private bath in the room. Breakfast was wonderful and the owners were very gracious host. The bus ran right in front and we enjoyed exploring the beautiful city of Edinburgh by bus.
We stayed two nights at the Ben Doran this month. It's an elegant B&B. Our room, which faced the quiet rear of the building, was a good size with a very comfortable king-size bed. The bathroom was well-appointed. The breakfast was excellent. The owners were solicitous and helpful.
It's located on a street with multiple bus lines giving access to the center of Edinburgh in about 10 minutes. We had no trouble driving straight to it, but if you arrived by train it would be a single 10 minute bus ride from the station.
We paid $112/night, booked through Expedia. We'd definitely recommend it.
Owner was very helpful
Owner was very helpful - signed for our lost luggage and good directions for bus. Room was a little small, but overall good visit.
We had booked at the Ben Doran but my mother had to go into a wheelchair in London and we were forced to cancel. We gave 48 hours notice for the cancellation, but they held us to 72 for the first night and charged us for the second as well, although we'd met cancellation time for it. The management was unsympathetic, undiplomatic and even vaguely threatening. The attitude there was far from what we have expected or experienced with other Scottish management, but this is perhaps a cultural learning the Ben Doran managers are yet to make. They clearly do not understand the power of goodwill in marketing, but perhaps will come around. We would suggest the Ramada in Edinburgh for service and a helpful attitude.