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"Amazing little place with the friendliest staff. I enjoyed my stay and would recommend this place to anyone. " More

By a verified traveller on Sun 11 Feb 2018

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Standard Double Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
£118* Per night/room 7 Aug - 8 Aug

Standard Single Room, 1 Single Bed, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Standard Double Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Executive Double Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Hotel Description

Our customers tell us that they can't get enough of the helpful staff at The Ben Doran Guest House. During your stay, you'll be within walking distance of University of Edinburgh. Features include free WiFi in public areas and free self-parking, plus a business centre. Built in 1800, this 4-star guesthouse has 11 rooms over 3 floors. Enjoy your stay with amenities like free WiFi and an LCD TV in each room.

  • All rooms offer LCD TVs, DVD players and room service
  • Free WiFi
  • Free self-parking
  • Services include concierge services, tour or ticket assistance and luggage storage
  • Guests have great things to say about the WiFi and the breakfast
  • Just a 5-minute drive from King's Theatre and a few minutes from Real Mary King's Close

The Ben Doran Guest House ratings based on 13 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.9 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Ben Doran Guest House

Everyone (3) Couples (6) Friends (2) Other (2)
5 out of 5
Amazing little place with the friendliest staff. I enjoyed my stay and would recommend this place to anyone.

Posted by on 11 Feb 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

2 Apr 2018 by Joseph

Dear Anonymous Thank you so much for choosing the Ben Doran for your recent stay and for taking the time to write such wonderful comments. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your recommendation which we appreciate. We do hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind Regards

5 out of 5

Weekend break

Staff made you very welcome and very helpful. Breakfast was excellent. Rooms very well kept and bed very comfortable

Posted by , from dundee on 14 Dec 2017

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8 Jan 2018 by Joseph M Labaki

Dear Margaret Thank you for choosing the Ben Doran for your recent stay and for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to welcome you back again in the future. Kind Regards

4 out of 5

Short Break

Enjoyed the stay, lovely breakfast, plenty of choice, good clean comfortable room, though a bit of dust/cobwebs on light fittings.

Posted by on 22 Nov 2015

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4 out of 5

Excellent Edinburgh

Lovely friendly guest house. Staff provided VEGAN meals with no fuss. Nice cosy room. Parked outside front door, ideal for unloading luggage. Only a 10 minute walk to city centre, or use bus stop outside the guest house. Visited the Castle, Holyrood Palace, Dynamic Earth, National Scottish Museum - twice ! Recommend using 24 or 48 hours bus tour tickets. Day out at Kirkcaldy, across the Forth Road Bridge, wonderful views. Great shops and restaurants - especially Hendersons Vegan restaurant. Wouldn't go to Jimmy Chunks Chinese buffet again !! Definitely going to return to Edinburgh soon.

Posted by on 18 Feb 2015

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4 out of 5

convenient location

It's close to the city and has regular buses. If you're driving, you can park the car at the house and take the bus to the city centre. A day ticket is 3.5GBP. Staff is friendly and helpful.

Posted by on 11 Sep 2013

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4 out of 5

Lovely stay

Great hotel with very friendly staff who went out of their way to get us breakfast when we were heading out early. The room was great and comfortable and was never hard to get into or out of town. Even on bank holidays/Sundays you never wait more than a we minutes for the bus to take you in on the 10 minute journey. We'd happily book here again

Posted by on 8 May 2013

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5 out of 5
Pros: Hauseigener Parkplatz und Nähe zur Innenstadt war toll.
Cons: Der Zeitraum fürs Frühstück ist nur von 8-9 Uhr. Etwas kurz und zu früh.

Posted by on 26 Oct 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

30 Jan 2017 by Joseph

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Ben Doran and for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you thought our location was within good proximity to the city centre and that you made use of our car park. We are sorry to hear you felt that breakfast times are too early and short. Most of our guests are happy with our breakfast times as they are eager to have an early start for sightseeing. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused. We do hope you will visit us again in the future. Kind Regards

1 out of 5

Keine Annulierung mit Rüsckerstattung möglich!!

Wegen einer psychischen Erkrankung einer Mitreisende habe ich dieses Hotel lange im voraus ( 4 Monate) storniert. Es gab keine Rückerstattung, was für mich eine riesige Enttäuschung ist. An anderen Orte kann ich bis kurz vorher kostenlos stornieren. Ich werde deshalb nach Möglichkeit nicht mehr über e-bookers reservieren.

Posted by on 14 Apr 2016

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3 out of 5

Urlaub

Frühstück nur von 08,00 - 09,00 Uhr, nicht flexibel. Lage sehr Zentral, dennoch ruhig. Treppe sehr steil und für gehbehinderte Personen nicht geeignet.

Posted by on 24 Aug 2015

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4 out of 5

Hinta/Laatu -suhde OK

Hotelli sopi meidän tarkoituksiimme kuin nenä päähän. Hyvät julkisen liikenteen yhteydet hotellin ja Edinburghin keskustan välillä. Aamiainen oli maukas ja runsas. Ainoat asiat, jotka pitää huomioida tarkasti tätä hotellia valittaessa ovat, ettei se sovi huonosti liikkuville ja isokokoisille ihmisille. Jyrkät portaat eikä hissiä ja suihkukaappiin meno vaati hieman kapeammaltakin pientä taiteilua. Muuten voin suositella hotellia varauksetta.

Posted by on 2 Jun 2014

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Property Features

A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. You'll find a business centre on site. A library, tour or ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at The Ben Doran Guest House. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This 4-star Edinburgh guest house is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 11 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • Built in 1800
  • Business facilities
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Library
  • No smoking on site

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces)

Transport

  • Airport: Edinburgh Airport (EDI) (22 km / 13.7 mi)
  • Train station: Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) (2.3 km / 1.4 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Ben Doran Guest House offers 11 forms of accommodation with DVD players and coffee/tea makers. Beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets and premium bedding. 22-inch LCD televisions come with digital channels. Bathrooms include designer toiletries, complimentary toiletries and hairdryers. This Edinburgh guest house provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Hypo-allergenic bedding and an iron/ironing board can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • LCD television
  • Digital channels
  • DVD player
  • Coffee maker
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hairdryer
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Heating

Food & Drink

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Downhill skiing nearby
  • Sailing nearby

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 5:00 AM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 7:00 PM. To make arrangements for check-in, please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions and lockbox information. Guests can access their accommodation through a private entrance.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 7 AM - 7:00 PM.
To arrange for check-in, guests must contact the property at least 24 hours prior to arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact the property in advance for check-in information and lockbox information. Guests can access their accommodation through a private entrance.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 10:30 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children 12 and younger are not allowed at this property. All guests older than 12 are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cots (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed

Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards. Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed. For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector in all accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser. Contactless check-in and contactless checkout are available. Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast. Each guest room is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • Property follows sanitisation practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Staffed front desk
  • Private entrance
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are available
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours
  • Online Penalty Collection

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Ben Doran
  • Ben Doran Edinburgh
  • Ben Doran Guest House
  • Ben Doran Guest House Edinburgh
  • Ben Doran Hotel Edinburgh
  • The Ben Doran Guest House Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Ben Doran Guest House Guesthouse Edinburgh
  • Ben Doran Guest House Guesthouse
  • The Ben Doran Guest House Edinburgh
  • The Ben Doran Edinburgh
  • The Ben Doran Guest House Edinburgh
  • The Ben Doran Guest House Guesthouse
  • The Ben Doran Guest House Guesthouse Edinburgh

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • Children 12 years old and younger aren't allowed at this property.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.

National Rating

This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.

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