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The Ben Doran Guest House

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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 .

They couldn't be more accommodating. Bed so comfortable. Food fab. Would defiantly do again . Not to far out of the city centre. Buffet breakfast but a lovely choice available. Made porridge to order on top of the lovely breakfast selection

Recently, I stayed a few nights at the Ben Doran Guest House and it was great. The staff are friendly and the place is kept clean. The shared bathroom is also clean. However, I found the water in the shower to be either cold or scalding hot. As much as I would adjust the dial, there didn't seem to be a warm setting. The faucets in the sink are the older style that I use to see as a kid in the 1980's: one tap for hot and one tap for cold. I never understood this set-up as a kid or as an adult as one hand burns and the other freezes. Also, there is no elevator to the upper floors (only stairs). I was on the top floor and I found the wifi connection was a bit spotty from up there. The included breakfast was delicious and is served with piping hot coffee. As for location, it is about a 30-40 minute walk to the main train station or the Royal Mile. There is also a bus stop right across the street from the guest house which can take you to these places. I also walked to Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill from here which were also long walks. Overall, I had a great stay and I would stay here again.

Here's the thing, I've never stayed in a European/UK 'guesthouse' before and I really wasn't so sure what to expect. The guesthouse is charming and the rooms are spotless. Alexandria and Allie (I think - but I might have that wrong) are WONDERFUL and helpful! That's the positive. Breakfast doesn't have very many options - If I drown on about the quality - I'll sound like a snob and factually you aren't staying here because of the breakfast- One tip I can say is hard-boiled eggs aren't your thing - just ask, and they will make you another style more to your taste (I really don't like hardboiled) I don't know what your situation is but if you can manage to get an en suite room, do it and for this reason - upon check in Alexandra told me there is a cord in my bathroom you need to pull down and wait 5 minutes (more like 10) in order for the water to heat up. I can't imagine the inconvenience of that situation in a shared bath situation. The water pressure is HORRIBLE - and getting the hot water to 'behave' takes a light touch to get in between scalding to freezing. The bed was moderately comfortable but the mattress needs changing or a 'topper' there were a couple of spots I felt springs poking up. I am going to mention this - I stayed in room 9 - top floor ... pack light or be strong if you stay here - there is no one to help you with bags but you. I wasn't aware of my neighbors except 2x - once when I was heading down to breakfast and I saw a woman waiting for the public bathroom - she wasn't wearing anything but a t-shirt - I feel it unfortunate that I knew that suffice it to say - and the second time I was awaken in the middle of the night by someone in room 8 snoring like a chainsaw. There was no A/C. Now you might think 'this is Scotland, it's always cool, I'll be fine'. Maybe that's true - but you cannot (maybe you can) survive without the window being open - which is what I did - because the room gets stuffy with no ventilation. That means windows open, I'm from NYC originally - so I am ok with street noise- this may or may not bother you ... on one hand it's not the city center - on the other - don't expect to hear crickets either, And then there's the rain. Keep in mind though - because of the rain and the humidity - this is an old building - the windows do stick- you might need to ask for some help getting them to close. While it is not in the city center - truly the bus is right outside the door and will take you there in about 7-10 minutes - or a 20 minute walk straight down the road. Super easy! The bottom line is that this hotel is very inexpensive and you really aren't in Edinburgh for the hotel - but for the charm of the city. Would I stay here again? I would prefer a better bed, not to wait for hot water and to have water pressure but an A/C. - but there is a certain charm to it all and the ladies are so sweet and helpful. It was a definite experience and did not ruin my time at all!

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% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 222 reviews