Ratings based on 411 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.0 out of 5
83% of guests recommend
4.4 Room cleanliness
4.2 Service & staff
3.9 Room comfort
4.1 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4out of 5
by A verified traveller from d

Great location in characterful B & B

Posted 24-Sep-2016
We stayed for 4 nights and overall a pleasant stay. A clean and comfortable room and good selection of buffet breakfast. Bus stops nearby and frequently so perfect for easy access to Edinburgh centre.
4out of 5
by A verified traveller from Toronto, ON, Canada

Excellent B&B just a short walk from the Royal Mil

Posted 20-Sep-2016
Our stay at the Ben Doran was fantastic. They serve a full breakfast in the dining area each morning and the owners are just lovely people. It's just a nice walk into the main tourist attractions in Edinburgh and there are some excellent restaurants along the way. Softpour and The Apiary were our favourites. The Apiary is excellent for those looking for gluten free options. We even found a laundromat nearby. I would highly recommend this B&B for those looking for a reasonably priced place to stay and don't mind walking. There is a bus that stops right across the street for those rainy days.
4out of 5
by A verified traveller

Comfortable and very affordable

Posted 20-Sep-2016
My friend paid nearly 4 times more for his room at a hotel. Ben Doran is clean affordable and across the street from a bus stop. Buses 3 7 8 29 31. Will take you into town for 1.6 pounds great place to stay if you are on a budget. Good breakfast and efficient staff
5out of 5
by A verified traveller

Posted 28-Aug-2016
Great location, accommodating staff and a lovely hot breakfast buffet in the morning!
2out of 5
by A verified traveller

Not value for money ; disappointing

Posted 22-Jul-2016
Pros: The staff employed by the owner
Location: The location is good as the bus stop to the city centre is just outside and I think this is the reason they take advantage and charge excessive
Stay for 3 days for visiting Edinburgh Room on the second floor; no lift The shower was terrible ;the flow of water when in maximum was really poor ; and you could not adjust it to tepid water ; so it was either very cold or burning hot ; I advised the proprietor and I wonder wether he'd bother to fix it The bed was crumbling with noises
Comment from Hotel Management
02-Aug-2016 by Joseph, Hotel Management
Dear Anonymous, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your stay. Thank you for your comments about our staff which is much appreciated. We are very sorry that you experienced problems with your shower during your stay. This was caused by a water pressure issue impacting the local area and sadly was out with our control. Thank you for highlighting the issue regarding the water temperature during your stay and it something we are investigating. We do promote offers to our customers on our website and email communication so please look out for the best prices or contact us direct. Thank you again for your feedback which is greatly appreciated and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Kindest Regards,
5out of 5
by A verified traveller from Las Vegas, NV

So beautiful

Posted 12-Jul-2016
Pros: Everything! It was so gorgeous, and comfortable. I loved that they played music in the morning during breakfast.
Cons: Strengthen wifi connection, strengthen water pressure of shower and time it takes to heat up
Location: Good location, city center is walkable in about 30 minutes time, but there are bus stops that will take you for under 2 euro in about 15 minutes!
My friend and I did a two week trip to Europe, bouncing around several cities in a short time. Edinburgh was our last stop before we headed home. I am so happy that The Ben Doran Guest House was our final impression of a European lodging. The hotel room we stayed in was so gorgeous, and clean! The beds were very comfortable, the hotel was extremely clean, and the breakfast in the morning was good. I especially loved the classical music that they played in the mornings during breakfast. It made our stay there even more magical. There is wifi in the room, but sometimes it's a little spotty. That is to be expected, I think, in most European hotels though. The only thing that I was really not a fan of was the shower. The shower was quite difficult to use, and the water pressure was really low. It took about three minutes for the hot water to kick in, and it didn't last very long, so you had to really shower quickly! But aside from that small detail, everything else was perfect!
Comment from Hotel Management
02-Aug-2016 by Joseph, Hotel Management
Dear Lily, Thank you very much for your lovely review and for choosing to stay at the Ben Doran. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are sorry to hear you experienced problems with the shower and it is something we are investigating further so thank you for highlighting. We do hope to welcome you back should you be returning to Edinburgh. Kindest Regards
4out of 5
by Barbara from Wisconsin

Posted 19-Jun-2016 on Hotels
This was a lovely room, with a large bed, and very quiet! The location is a good ways south of the city center, though right on a bus line.
Comment from Hotel Management
Dear Barbara, Thank you very much for your lovely review and for choosing to stay at the Ben Doran. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and we do hope to welcome you back should you be returning to Edinburgh. Kindest Regards,
4out of 5
by A verified traveller

This traveller left a rating score only Posted 18-Jun-2016 on Hotels
4out of 5
by Brian from Margate

Posted 13-Jun-2016 on Hotels
Stayed 3 nights to get a flavour of Edinburgh. Pleasant stay and good nights sleep.
4out of 5
by A verified traveller from canada

Petite auberge à distance raisonnable du centre

Posted 25-May-2016
Pros: Lieu (autobus vers le centre ville à proximité), propre, stationnnement, excellent petit déj.
Cons: Accueil un peumplus ´personnalisé', plus de souplesse sur l'heure du petit déj, lieu de repos commun (séjour)
Belle auberge, accueil froid mais correct, très propre, chambre petite et pas d'accès commun (séjour). Petit déj entre 8:00-9:00 Pile. Très correct mais pas wow.