Travel Blogs from Edinburgh
Edinburgh!!!! Beautiful Scottish city of rolling green hills, rugged castles, kilts, bagpipes, tea, scones, pubs, and Scottish pride! A weekend in Scotland is good for the soul. From our first steps on Scottish soil and our first encounter with a friendly cab driver, Scotland treated us well. Despite its pound currency (always like a having a …
... was a certain air to Edinburgh, I can't explain it, but I felt proud walking through the streets, I loved the way Edinburgh made me feel. On top of the look out we had a really nice time, took a lot of photos; arty and funny photos. The hill wasn't too hefty to get up, took about 5 minutes once starting ascent. After our photo shoot we walked down through the town to the glorious Edinburgh castle. The castle was all set up for ...
We did another free city walking tour today. They are quite nice, because you get some history and get to walk around the city and see everything within a couple hours. We passed the place where they used to do public hangings and torture on people. It was also the place that of the Queen or King would die, they would stand on the monument and yell out to the people the Queen or King was dead. He did this for three days in a row, because that's how long it used to take ...
... appeared to be crawling from Salzurg all the way to the Munich airport. But, we didn't really have any congestion save for a few minutes in Munich. We listened to Queen to help the drive breeze by, and to fire us up for the next week in the UK. We also caught a glimpse of a giant bird taking flight from a field adjacent to the highway...a Black Stork adult. It didn't look like it had any ...
... in Edinburgh and headed towards Fort Augustus, on the banks of the Loch Ness. Our guide Nick was a flaming red scot, with boyish good looks and the enthusiasm of a young Bear Grylls. The first night ice breaker quiz night, where team 'I quizzed in my pants' battled against team 'walk into the club like what'up I got a big Loch' turned into a rather drunken affair. Bottles of vodka and whisky may or may not have been consumed, Ari may or may not have taken over as bartender, ...
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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.