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Blossom Guest House

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I made a direct online reservation two weeks before we arrived for what would have been a 3-night stay. I received an email titled “Booking Confirmation.” After a week had passed, while we were in the midst of our holiday, I received an email saying my booking had been canceled. I inquired by email and was told my card could not be processed so the room was canceled. Further email inquiries were less than helpful. My original booking information contained an email and UK phone that could have been used to clear up any problems with my card, which I assume was also checked during the online booking process. If not, that’s odd. Perhaps I mistyped a number—should have been caught earlier or could have been easily fixed. And nowhere in the confirmation email or website does it state that they will charge one night’s lodging one week in advance. The place looks like a pretty nice place to stay but I can’t recommend given that it appears your confirmed booking can be canceled without cause and most critically without any attempt to contact to fix the situation before your room is given to someone else. I have stayed at hotels, motels, and B and B’s around the world and this is the first time something like this has happened to me. My advice: Go elsewhere.

Irresponsibly, I lost my keys to the premises/my room during my stay at Blossom House on Easter Monday. Not only were staff okay with this - and ensured that I could get into my room on my return from an evening out - but they also waived my offer of payment to replace the keys. Prior to that, when I arrived at the guest house they moved their vehicles so I could leave my car in the car park. Seldom would you meet more accommodating, friendly hosts. The room, although compact, was clean, comfortable and quiet. Many thanks!

I've stayed twice now at the Blossom House. The guest house was clean and had a smell of baking/hot toast when we (my wife and i) first arrived. As we arrived early and our room was not ready, they allowed us to leave our bags and offered us tea/coffee. We had a nice, quiet double room on the first floor facing the garden. The room was clean and we were given a nice Christmas card and box of chocolates from the Guest house. The breakfast room was festively decorated and the buffet included fruit juices, fruit bowl, yoghurt, toast, pancakes, croissants, crepes, boiled eggs and more items. The guest house is walking distance from the city centre so that saved us on car parking charges. The guest house has space for 5 cars. As I said, this was not the first time staying at Blossom House and I will return again in the future.

I stayed there with my daughter for four nights. The place is managed by a very friendly family, which made us feel like home. You can easely walk to the city centre - 20 minutes - or plenty of buses in case you don't want to walk. Quite near restaurants and supermarkets. Room was simple, very clean, warm. Breakfast was good, but could be improved. Instead of croissants, waffles, chocolat panikes, it would be nice to enter the dining room with the smell of a home made cake ( suggestion ). I'll stay there, when I return to Edinburgh.

I have stayed at Blossom House twice and I have to say that the rooms are lovely and spacious and very clean. The owners have made me feel very welcome each time we have stayed and have been very flexible about staying just 1 night when other guest houses in Edinburgh were requesting a minimum of 2 nights stay. The breakfast is continental only but is more than adequate with toast, cereals, fruit and boiled eggs. Location wise if you enjoy a walk you can literally walk straight into Edinburgh along the mile. Approx a 20 min walk. This is a good find for us and one I intend to use a lot more over the next few years with my daughter just being accepted at Edinburgh University!

The first guesthouse we stayed in during our Edinburgh trip with our son who was coming to study at the University. A bit overpriced but it was fresher week and a family room near the accommodation halls was not in abundant supply so we had to take it. Nice hosts. Clean room. Breakfast though only continental was plentiful. Wife loved the toasted whaffles. Location was good. Lots of bus going into town. Walking took only 20 - 30 minutes. Plenty of restaurants close by.

We booked Blossom House for tgree nights having read very complimentary reviews. The location was very good being on several busy bus routes and also close to a local parade of shops with numerous decent places to eat. Although a bit of a squeeze the parking was free and we were able to book a space ahead which is important in central Edinburgh. The hostess was very friendly and helpful and our room was clean with a comfortable bed. On the down side, we booked online a double room with a shower. It did not occur to us that facilities would not be ensuite. We had a very small shower room inside the room with a WC across the hall accessed by a yale key. This was not convenient at all, especially at night and we felt the non ensuite set-up should have been priced lower. The decor of the room, dining room and reception area all looked extremely dated and tired. Our room had the feeling of a student hall of residence. The website clearly stated "continental breakfast" which was fine with us. However the breakfast selection on offer was pretty poor. Cereals, tinned fruit and hard boiled eggs with some unprepared fruit available in a fruit bowl. The worst aspect was a large shop type fridge stood in the corner containing plastic packets of long life type croissants and pancakes. Bread and jam were equally long life and of the " value" variety. With a bakery nearby and the easy availability of fresh ingredients there is really no excuse for presenting food like this. I felt quite ashamed that this might be considered typical British hospitality by the many foreign visitors to this wonderful city.

Arrived a specified time was greeted with hello welcome to Blossom house gave my name then patron went away a came back again with my keys and half repeated the the last greeting and stopped in mid sentence realizing that it had already been said. Breakfast was advertised as Continental it consisted of Toast a selection of supermarket mini cheeses,plastic wrapped pan au chocolate and some cold hard boiled eggs, and some not very fresh looking fruit. Thought continental would be fresh croissants a selection of meat and cheese etc etc. I advised the patron the night before that I was leaving at 4 am and I was hoping for a small breakfast bag as I had paid for breakfast at £50.00 a night but shut her door before I even had a chance to ask. I felt a bit ripped off and not made to feel like a welcomed paying guest. I work hard for my money as we all do and this spoiled what was a very special trip for me.

We stayed here for two nights. Not very good experience. Only good thing is location as its near to Arthur's seat so after hill walking you can come to your room easily. Rooms : we got a big room with ome spare bed alrhough we didn't ask for that but there was a smell in room which we didnt like much. In my room Internet connection was not good as well. Spring mattress instead of memory foam. Breakfast ; continental breakfast. We asked for baked beans but it was not available. Coffee was terrible. Payment : they charge 5% surcharge if you pay by card so better to have cash. Although it wanot mentioned anywhere while booking. They asked for advance while check in and rest of the amount one night before checkout which was quite unusual. Staff : manager was helpful and we told her about intment problem she offered to use it from lobby or from her desktop. Overall : average stay. Will not book again.

We really enjoyed the Blossom House. The couple running it were very knowledgeable about the area and helpful. The location was perfect for bus travel to old town and the royal mile. Busses ran about every 5 minutes. There are plenty of places to eat within a few blocks. The rooms were very comfortable and clean. We would stay there again.

8 Minto Street Edinburgh Scotland

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Royal Commonwealth Pool
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Located in Newington within a short walk of Royal Commonwealth Pool, Blossom Guest House is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as University of Edinburgh. This 8-room, 3-star guesthouse has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. Located centrally in Edinburgh, it's also close to Greyfriars Kirk and St. Giles' Cathedral.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM.


All 8 recently renovated rooms feature coffee makers and desks. 21-inch TVs come with digital channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Pillowtop beds grant a restful night's sleep and bathrooms offer hair dryers.

Property features

A local mainstay since 1886, Blossom Guest House offers free WiFi in public areas, express check-in, and express check-out. There's free parking if you drive. Staff members are on hand to provide tour or ticket assistance and luggage storage. This guesthouse also has a garden.

Room options

Comfort Single Room Garden View

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Comfort Double Room with Ensuite

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Comfort Double Room with Shower

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Comfort Triple Room with Ensuite

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

67.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 132 reviews