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“Swanky, friendly and close to the city” 4 of 5 stars
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The Bonham
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN, Scotland (West End)   |  
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Ranked #36 of 144 Hotels in Edinburgh
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“Swanky, friendly and close to the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2007

Just returned from a lovely long weekend stay at the Bonham. We had a struggle finding the hotel at first as our SatNav didn't want to recognise that one way streets existed! a local taxi driver said it was a common problem in that area and pointed us in the right direction. We were glad to have found a hotel with private parking but this is limited so arrive early. Even though the car park looked full, a member of staff took our keys and managed to slot us in.
The hotel is situated in the top corner of the beautiful Drumsheugh Gardens in the West End, a lovely Georgian square of town houses. It's very understated from the outside and really swanky inside. Beautiful fittings, furniture and lighting, not to mention some beautiful art throughout, gives this hotel a feeling of luxury.
We stayed in a small but good quality room on the third floor. Not much room for storage and hardly enough space for one person to put away their clothes, let alone two. It looked as though the room had been recently renovated and it really was lovely. Spotless and fresh. The Molton Brown toiletries were a bonus too. Previous reviews had mentioned a lovely view and they weren't kidding. It was breathtaking! I've added a picture so you can see for yourself.
The breakfast was great, with excellent quality full cooked and continental to choose from. Definitely above average. The dinning room is gorgeous and although we didn't have diner here, it looked popular in the evening and the menu's looked good (if a little expensive). See their website for samples.
The thing that i would change about the hotel, is one that i have seen other reviewers mention too. The temperature in the rooms and hotel in general is hotter than the surface of the sun! I know it's October but it was so hot it was funny. we opened the windows as far as they would go and turned off every radiator in the room, but still found it difficult to sleep. Luckily we laughed about it for our entire stay but it did make it uncomfortable at times. Also, our loo seat broke on the first day (yep, i broke it!) and even though i reported it, it was never changed while we were there.
Other reviews give very different time scales for how far the Bonham is from the main town. I'm a very slow walker and to get to Princess street was 15 minutes. A fast walker would do it in 10 maybe. However, when you have spent the day walking up the castle and around the center, it does seem a long way when your feet are killing you!
If you're looking for places to eat, try Zizzi, a very popular, well priced Italian about 10 minutes from the hotel. You may have to book if you are eating after 7.30. Also, i want to recommend Rendezvous, a Chinese (i know, daft name for a Chinese), in the same area. Its the kind of place you would walk past as the curb appeal isn't what it could be. This was the best Chinese meal i have ever had- seriously, and very reasonable. Give it a try.
All in all, a great stay at the Bonham. Staff were very helpful and friendly and it was close enough to the town to be handy and far enough away to be quiet and relaxing.

  • Liked — Swanky and plush with great staff
  • Disliked — It was hotter than a camp on 'Tenko'
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2007

Just returned from a trip to Edinburgh and stayed for two nights at the Bonham Hotel. We had two rooms and one was very nice (top floor--bay window). The second room was in the basement and led out to the parking lot--floor minus one.
We asked them to change this room as it was small and cramped with a questionable location.
They did change our room to the second floor, which was quite acceptable, although not as large as the bay-window rooms. ( I believe that there are two of these in the hotel.)
The porter/doorman was very charming and personable, and the staff in the restaurant and front desk were accommodating.
The breakfast was all that you could ask for, and we enjoyed it thoroughly.
There are several good restaurants (and well-priced) around the hotel like Howie's One at 10 Alva Street and Bar Roma at 390 Queensferry Street.
The Bonham is a little far and a decent walk into Princes Street and the bridges that cross over to High Street, but with the weak U.S. dollar, the value is good.

Stayed October 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2007

We stayed at the Bonham in February whilst travelling to a friends wedding. The hotel was fabulous. Great location, walking distance to everything, fantastic staff, who went out of their way to accommodate our every need, even down to pressing my husbands shirt. I would truly recommend this hotel. We will be going back.

  • Liked — The Small Boutique Feel & the Location
  • Disliked — I have no quibbles....
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2007

This lovely hotel is a converted terrace in a handsome Georgian street in the New Town area of Edinburgh. It bills itself as a "boutique hotel" but don't let this put you off. The staff are friendly and will go out of their way to help, and the atmosphere is pleasant and down to earth. The rooms are large, with high ceilings and, at the back, big windows with spectacular views out over the water. The room temperature was a bit high for my liking, but this was my only quibble. If you want to be right in the middle of town it's not for you, as it's about a ten- to- fifteen-minute hike to the centre of the city, but it's flat all the way and not troublesome. There are buses quite close. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Liked — the view from my window
  • Disliked — the room temperature
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2007

Pick this hotel if you get a good deal. I have just spent two nights with breakfast for 2 at £272.00 in total.

The advantages of this hotel is location, location, location. It is 10 mins from Princes Street, there is a bus 3mins away and for a £1.00 takes you along Princes Street and close to the Castle. You can buy a £2.50 all day bus fare which would be a great way to travel.

Hotel, a fabulous welcome at the door. Great reception, our room was ready but we did check in at 7.00pm.

The rooms are good for a 3 /4 star hotel. They are a good size, two single beds or 1 double with basic ensuite facilities. Shower over the bath, single wash basin nice Molten Brown shampoo and shower gel....

Breakfast was good, if not a little slow due to the staff not knowing which table had ordered what.....but still hot when they found the right table.

No bar, drinks on settees in front of reception. Restaurant looked lovely but with a small selection of courses.

Big let down, in room menu, no hot food at all.
After a long day I decided to stay in for the evening.
There was a choice of only three cold meals. I went for caesar salad with chicken, I asked for a side of fries (for something hot) they do not do this, I was offered a bowl of soup. The salad was lovely...but a hot meal would have been desirable.

In a nut shell, would I go here again, yes if the price was right.

Would I book a suite here looking for a romantic weekend away in Edinburgh....NO...

  • Liked — Location and People in attendance
  • Disliked — Serivice, breakfast ordered on 7am as leaving for flight departure, arrived 7.30am after two calls
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2007

We stayed at the Bonham for four nights a couple of weeks ago, and thought it was a lovely hotel. While it was about a five block walk from the Castle and major sights - it's location was just fine for us - and there were several nice restaurants within close walking distance. It is well maintained, our room was nice and quiet, and the breakfast offered was good. We were very happy with our stay and would stay again if we ever get back to Edinburgh.
LK

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2007

We stayed at the Bonham for three nights at the beginning of July. From the moment we walked through the door, we were impressed. The hotel has original woodpanelling and high ceilings etc but very modern internal furnishing and fittings, giving an eclectic but comfortable atmosphere.

Our room had recently been refurbished, and again was very easy on the eye and well equipped with iron/ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities (in drawer which we found on last morning!) and fridge. The only problem with the room was the lack of air conditioning as the weather was actually very warm when we were visiting Edinburgh.

The hotel is situated close to the city centre but in a very quiet residential area.

The breakfasts were good and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly.

Will certainly be staying there in the future.

  • Liked — Relaxing and friendly atmosphere
  • Disliked — Top floors very warm
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#22 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#24 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#30 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#55 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bonham 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bonham is a boutique hotel in Scotland with a very contemporary spirit. It occupies a series of Victorian buildings in the West End of Edinburgh, whose soaring natural proportions have allowed us to create a truly dynamic set of rooms and public spaces. At The Bonham hotel in Edinburgh, we have used bold colour, rich texture and contemporary art and photography to build an environment that is fun, upbeat, welcoming and with the unmistakable buzz of being part of a great Scottish city.There are 49 boutique rooms and suites at The Bonham, each individually styled so that, among them, you will almost certainly find the one you have been waiting for. ... more   less 
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