Ratings based on 215 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.1 out of 5
86% of guests recommend
4.5 Room cleanliness
4.3 Service & staff
4.0 Room comfort
4.1 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by charlie from corby

free car parking

Posted 11-Apr-2014
ben doran hotel has free parking,friendly staff,a nice walk into the city centre and plenty of public transport if you dont like walking ....and a great wee pie shop just up the road!
4 out of 5
by MK from UK

nice hotel

Posted 07-Jan-2014 on Hotels.com
Nice and clean old style hotel. Good food :) Close to the town centre. Bus stop next to the hotel. The only thing I didnt like was share bathroom.
2 out of 5
by Liz

Posted 10-Dec-2013
Pros: Staff were friendly an obliging. Breakfast was very nice.
Cons: The bathroom door didn't close, the shower was pokey & the decor was tired & shabby. Lugging heavy bags up two flights of stairs was hard work
5 out of 5
by Eric from USA

Comfortable and Good Value

Posted 28-Nov-2013 on Hotels.com
Being located on Edinburgh's Old Town, the exterior of the hotel shows its age, but the interior is beautiful and fully modernized. The staff is friendly and helpful. The breakfast was well-prepared and offered a good variety. The hotel is not close to the city center where most of the attractions are, but some may consider that a positive rather than a negative because it is so quiet there. Overall, a nice place to stay.
5 out of 5
by christina

This traveller left a rating score only Posted 11-Nov-2013 on Hotels.com
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by karen from newcastle

Nice guest house with lovely staff

Posted 07-Nov-2013
Pros: Lovely atmosphere, great friendly staff and great food
Cons: Slightly old fashioned deco and plugs very close to carpet struggled to plug straightness in
Location: Great locations and transport links to city centre
I recently stayed at this hotel whilst on a theatre break with my husband. We opted for the king size bed which was lovely and comfy The hotel is close to city centre with good transport links Breakfast was great with plenty of options. Very happy and we got a good price
5 out of 5
for Business Travellers
by Andy from Cumbria

An good example of how a guest house should be

Posted 27-Oct-2013 on Hotels.com
From arrival to departure there was nothing to fault the service, amenities and rooms. Staff and owner were helpful and charming, Breakfast was fresh and well prepared, the rooms were clean and comfortable. I will stay here again for sure.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveller

Very clean and Quent

Posted 08-Oct-2013
Pros: Clean and functional
Cons: Nil
Location: Ok
Very good service and clean through out. I will use it again
5 out of 5
for Families
by Amazangie from Salt Lake City

Awesome service

Posted 03-Oct-2013 on Hotels.com
The hostess is so wonderful. She went above and beyond, even packing us a breakfast once she found out we had to leave early in the morning. We will definitely stay here again
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by Meg from Chicago

Wonderful guest house, warm staff, yummy food!

Posted 19-Sep-2013
Pros: Clean, warm, very beautiful building with character, lovely host
Cons: It was all great!
Location: Only about a 4 pound taxi ride into the city center, where Edinburgh Castle, many pubs, shopping and tours await!
We had a lovely stay at the Ben Doran. The owner was so sweet and helped us find out way around town, called taxis, and suggested favorite restaurants depending on what we needed. The room was gorgeous, very clean, and very comfortable - and very warm, which was important for September in Scotland! We chose one with a private bathroom and it was a great size with a really awesome shower. The breakfast was delicious, plenty of food to go around and your choice from a bunch of different items. Will definitely stay here EVERY time I come to Edinburgh! It was close enough to the city center we could have walked, but took a cab for only 4 pounds. It was just enough removed tht it was very quiet and peaceful, which was a great balance.