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The Ben Doran Guest House

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed here for 3 nights great place. Good breakfast with helpful staff nothing was to much trouble. Easy reach of the Royal Mile and all other attractions with a bus service just across the road from the hotel. Great place and would book again.

We had a really nice stay in the Ben Doran, very clean, nicely decorated, everything you need. Breakfast was really good, close to town and Arthur's Seat, bus stop is right outside meaning you can get anywhere. The people who run it were lovely too. We would love to come back.

This a lovely place to stay, We had Very clean room on the top floor at the rear of the hotel looking good out to Arthur Seat, an old Volcano from the past. Breakfast is at 8am until 9am, you can have cereal, fruit, small cakes, or a full English, just ask the host if you would like Fried or scrambled. The staff are very helpful and friendly. You can walk in to the city in 25 minutes or catch the bus across the road to the city centre, the fare is a standard is £1.70 one way, the best fare is the £4,00 Lothian day saver this allows you to use on the Lothian bus only but you can go to see the HMS Britannia, bus to city the the number 22 to Ocean shopping mall. The Ben Doran is nicely located quite at night time we had a great 4 night stay with breakfast well worth it and would stay again. A big thanks to all the staff for a warm and wonderful stay. Thanks Nigel Foster

The hotel was clean with friendly and accommodating owners. Good location just outside city centre but there is a bus stop outside with a regular bus service. The breakfast was lovely self service full Scottish breakfast and continental breakfast. The price was reasonable considering it was new year.

The guest house is situated very close the Arthur’s Seat which was very handy for us, as well as walking distance to the centre. Very clean and tidy room with very friendly staff. Our room was ensuite, however not all rooms are and unfortunately the shared bathroom was right next to our room, the first night it wasn’t an issue, however once the hotel got busier, we could hear people through the night as well as early morning. Breakfast was very good and plenty of options, however only being served 8-9am was a little restrictive and meant we had to be up quite early! I would recommend it being served till 9:30 or 10am in my opinion. All the cooked food was very hot and tasty. To get to the rooms you have to go up a windy staircase which wasn’t an issue for us, but could be for some people! You have to appreciate the guest house is on a main road, however all around that area are so you can hear some traffic but not overly loud or disruptive. Having additional tea and coffee provided on each floor for guests to take as required was a really nice touch and appreciated as I always feel awkward asking for more! All in all, a very lovely stay! Would happily stay again

It was a good bed and breakfast hotel. Not suitable for anyone who can’t use the stairs. We were on the top floor and it was two very long winding staircases to get to the top. The room we had had en-suite facilities but not all rooms do as there was a bathroom and toilet situated on each the landing. We had coffee and tea making facilities again don’t believe every room does as there was a coffee and tea facility on both landings. We had a television and hair dryer in our room. It was nice, clean and warm. Breakfast was included and there was plenty of choice to suit everyone. The bus stop was opposite the hotel and it took you to Princess Street for £1.60. All in all a good hotel to stay for a couple of days away.

Excellent guest house . Stayed in room 10 . Lovely room very spacious . Excellent breakfast buffet help your self. A lovely warm welcome was greeted too my sister and I on arrival. Not too far from the town . Well worth a visit. Hope too stay again very soon.

Stayed in room 10 an executive double. Room was very warm and cosy but also spacious with a very comfortable king size bed. Nice hot shower. Tea, coffee making facilities and good TV. Lovely view from window. Beautiful building and opposite a bus stop which is a five minute ride into town. Make sure you have plenty change as the buses don’t give any. Very welcoming staff. Lovely cooked breakfast. Room service available. Well recommended!

Excellent stay,would recommend and stay again,within walking distance to town although alternatively,buses are frequent and bus stop directly facing! Ensuite room with adequate storage and facilities in room.Breakfast was plentiful,the staff were friendly accommodating and informative.

Stayed for 2nights found our room very comfortable and clean and had all you needed from tolietries to tea coffee facilities.The breakfast was excellent and if you wanted anything not laid out on the buffet just ask nothing was a problem to the very friendly staff who where very accommodating and professional .I would recommend this guest house .Also handy to the city and right on the bus route .

11 Mayfield Gardens Edinburgh Scotland

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Royal Commonwealth Pool
  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Located in Newington within a short walk of Royal Commonwealth Pool, The Ben Doran Guest House is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as University of Edinburgh. This 11-room, 4-star guesthouse welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. In the historical district, it's also near Greyfriars Kirk and St. Giles' Cathedral.


Free hot/cold buffet breakfast is offered each morning. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


The Ben Doran Guest House's 11 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers and phones. 22-inch LCD TVs come with digital channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries, and beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets.

Property features

At The Ben Doran Guest House, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and a computer station. If you drive, put free parking to good use. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a library, express check-in, and express check-out.

Room options

Standard Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Executive Double Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Single Room, 1 Twin Bed, Shared Bathroom

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

51.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 226 reviews