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The Ballantrae Hotel

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8 - 12 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3HP , Scotland
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Caernarfon, North Wales
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We liked this hotel. Shortly before arriving we were offered an upgrade, and as a result had a huge room with views towards the sea. The bathroom was ginormous. The room was well appointed and the bed was comfortable. Breakfast was continental plus with a good assortment of baked goods, fruit, meat and cheeses. We would stay here again.

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Culiacan, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location in front of the tram station, really close to the city center . The room was big with beautiful decoration and the bathroom was really clean. The service was really nice and they offer good continental breakfast. The only issue is that there are no elevators so can be inconvenient for people with disabilities or with big baggage.

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Management360, Manager at The Ballantrae Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your Five Star review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed everything, and hope to welcome you back to the Ballantrae again in the near future. Kind regards, The Ballantrae Hotel Team More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A good deal at £70 for a comfortable if small basement room with a spacious modern, clean bathroom with tea and coffee making facilities. Generous continental breakfast included. Convenient downtown / Newtown location near trams. No frills but efficient. The two lower floors looked unsuitable for anyone who'd struggle with steep stairs.

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Management360, Manager at The Ballantrae Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write you review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay, and your breakfast. We hope to welcome you back to the Ballantrae in the near future. Kind regards, The Ballantrae Hotel Team More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walk in distance to city center, we had very nice room with beautiful view on our first stay. booked another night few days later just because of the we loved that room and the convenient location. (Though we didn't got the same room due to fully booked during the weekend). Friendly staff. Not suitable for travelers with disabilities as there... More 

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Management360, Manager at The Ballantrae Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your Five Star review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay, and chose to stay with us a second time in the same week! If you were to book again, make sure to book through out website for the best possible rates and great, exclusive deals. Kind regards, The Ballantrae Hotel Team More 

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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spacious room with a lovely bathroom in a beautiful building in a fab location! The staff was friendly and Annika in particular was really helpful & I managed to check in ahead of schedule - bonus! I really enjoyed the continental breakfast with the choice of fruit, prior to a long day ahead. Easy walking distance to train staion; bus... More 

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Management360, Manager at The Ballantrae Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad that you found all the good and services offered to be of a Five Star standard, and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Make sure to book through our website if you are returning, where you will find the best possible rates and exclusive deals. Kind regards, The Ballantrae Hotel... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed in the Ballantrae for the 1st time as my usual hotel was fully booked. On arriving at the hotel, I waited for 20 minutes in reception before a young guy with his shirt hanging out and sleeves rolled up arrived without so much as an apology. I eventually got to my room to find the TV and fan... More 

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Management360, Manager at The Ballantrae Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your thoughts on your recent stay. We do not have air conditioning in the hotel, but we do have free standing electric fans available on request. Please accept our apologies due to the issue with the power on check-out. There was an issue with the power supply effecting York Place, Dublin Street... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked this hotel for a theatre break. Hotel is in a great location only a 5 min walk from the train station and great for the city centre. Rooms were nice and spacious and look like they had been recently modernised and had a great view. Breakfast was continental but had a good selection. Was very happy with stay and... More 

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Management360, Manager at The Ballantrae Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed everything at the hotel, and will be recommending us to your friends. We hope to welcome you back to the Ballantrae again soon. Kind regards, The Ballantrae Hotel Team More 

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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another great three night break. My choice of hotel in Edinburgh. Huge bathrooms, lots of choice for breakfast - arrived at 11 in the morning but friendly staff left me check in at that time, no extra charge! Thanks again!

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Management360, Manager at The Ballantrae Hotel, responded to this review

Another great three night break. My choice of hotel in Edinburgh. Huge bathrooms, lots of choice for breakfast - arrived at 11 in the morning but friendly staff left me check in at that time, no extra charge! Thanks again! Many thanks for your five star review. We are glad that you enjoyed another stay at the Ballantrae, and hope... More 

Haarlem, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a triple room on one of the higher floors. Going up the stairs was not fun, but not an issue.The hotel is in a beautiful old building and the stairs are original. Our room was spacious and had a nice view. The bathroom looked nice and was clean, but water pressure of the shower was too low. Staff... More 

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Management360, Manager at The Ballantrae Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review, and we are glad that you got to visit some of the many tourist attractions located right next to the hotel. Kind regards, The Ballantrae Hotel Group. More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Checked in and checked straight back out last night. Private bathroom means trot down the corridor. Phenominal views - it was a view under a bridge. Room was in the basement. Smelt of damp. The photos on their website was. Othing like I experienced. Horrible.

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Management360, Manager at The Ballantrae Hotel, responded to this review

We are sorry that you felt the need to write this review. We do have one single room which has a private bathroom next to it, but this is clearly outlined on all our booking agents websites on the room type, as well as the confirmation. There is no damp within the hotel - it was recently refurbished to the... More 

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