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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 …
... they are viewed like a bad Monet painting; beautiful anyway, because of who spawned it.
I later pinky swore with Regina that one day I would come back to Edinburgh for the Fringe, so I didn't feel too horrible about leaving her and Edinburgh behind me. For now, it was on to a small town called Stirling, just a few miles up the road, to have a poke around for a couple of days before I headed to the Isle of Skye where the seat of my ancestors, the Macleod's still live to this ...
... it as well. Some of the aspects of the tour were really scary .... We went through the courts and got to experience first hand the sort of crimes people were hanged for and also got to see how they physically punished people in the dungeons. What can I say, we are very lucky with our system today. Something such as being accused of being a witch can mean you die ... Even if you proved that you are not a ...
... that at one time it was attached to a boundary wall enclosing the King’s Privy Garden and served as a Pavilion or Summer-House, where the Royal Family might have relaxed while strolling in the garden. Whether it ever contained a bath is unknown, but Kirsten told us that supposedly, Mary liked to take baths in red wine. Upon her return from these baths, she was often very happy. She must have been drinking the wine to make her so happy, and I’m sure ...
... it feels as if it has gone in a flash.
Arriving on the train and emerging to see the beauty of the old town for the first time and shaking my head thinking: 'I'm living HERE!'. Changes into rushing around running errands, dodging tourists and not even noticing the architecture.
I remember searching out and starting a new job, not sure of anything. Now finishing my last day feeling like it's a 2nd home.
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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.