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“Great B&B, highly recommended!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Ceilidh-Donia
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   14 - 16 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 5HL, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #3 of 146 Hotels in Edinburgh
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“Great B&B, highly recommended!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012 via mobile

This is probably the best B&B I've stayed in this far. We were given a spacious room (room no 7) on the 3rd and highest floor. It had a big toilet which I liked very much! There were loads of thoughtful touches in the room and throughout the hotel, and the Duck Island toiletries smelled good!

Breakfast was far from a simple affair. You could choose from a respectable variety of food offerings. I highly recommend the Full British (or English) breakfast and yes, that includes the haggis which are a must try!

The owners were friendly and helpful and I liked the modern decor of the hotel and of course the 2 adorable golden retrievers laying about. Even if you are not dog lovers, the dogs are very well trained and docile.

The location was ideal for us because we rented a car and we wanted a place with ample (and free) parking space, that was close to the action (Royal Mile etc). We were advised to take a bus into the City Center as parking was expensive and some roads were under construction. However, it was too cold for us so we drove to town anyway. Parking was expensive (about GBP10.80 for less than four hours) but not prohibitively so - we parked at Castle Terrace.

Overall, a very pleasant B&B experience which sets the bar high. I'm always going to compare all my hotel and B&B stays to this one.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Dear Reviewer
Thank you for a glorious review and for noticing the hard work we put into renovating room 6 and 7, hhm I hear you think, well we had pinched a wee bit of room 7 some 14 years ago to give a en-suite to room 6 but in 2011 we felt that travellers expectations had Increased greatly since then so we did away with room 6 altogether as we know our Guests really do want more spacious en-suites.
Next year we will convert 3 more rooms and en-suites to give that feeling of space. Times have indeed moved on when sharing Bathroom facilities with others was the norm.
Annette and I have been in the Hospitality Business now for 30 years and have tried to combine an Old Buildings Charms with a modern touch (I am an Electrician to Trade) and hope that Travellers such as this Guest will like what we have done, we hope it adds to the Hotel Ceilidh-Donia's cosiness, Woof - Woof say Keilidh and Ruaridh..

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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We arrived much later on the Friday evening for this birthday weekend than planned but this was no problem to the owners who gave us a warm welcome and directed us to a local Italian restaurant for a last minute (and delicious) pizza. Our room was compact but cosy with a good shower and located at the top of the hotel (as we wanted a view). It was a bit of a clamber up two flights of stairs but well worth it with a good view towards Arthur's Seat. The location of the hotel was ideal for us. It was very quiet with reasonable on-street parking but close enough to town to enable us to meander in at leisure whilst sight-seeing on the way. There were good restaurants and bars within 5-10 mins walking distance which allowed us to eat and drink very well locally on both evenings. The breakfasts were good with lots of choice although I was disappointed that I did not get a runny egg with my Eggs Florentine . . . will ask next time!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Dear Reviewer

It is really good when people staying with us meander into Town as this Guest did, as we really are just at the edge of Happiness, Free Parking, 30 Bar/Restaurants, Great Bus Service, Golf Course, Swimming Pool and the Wonderful Arthur's Seat Edinburgh's extinct Volcano and all within easy walking distance. I will make sure Dear Guest on your return that your Eggs Florentine shall indeed have a lovely runny Egg Yolk, Oh by the way our Eggs Benedict is also scrummy and yummy..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

This is a nice and affordable hotel, with very friendly staff, serving a wonderful breakfast, and with convenient buslines into town. Some rooms have really nice views on Arthurs Seat. Watch out for the dogs though... They're so cute when lying on the floor

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
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Thank you for a concise description of Hotel Ceilidh-Donia and our Two Woofies. Annette and I moved into this small quiet residential area of Edinburgh 30 years ago and took Foreign Students into our spare rooms to help ends meet, not knowing that all these years later we would still be enjoying immensely the Hospitality Business, It really is a joy to meet people from all over our Small but ever so Precious Planet Earth.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

This is a very nice place to stay. The owners immediately give you a warm welcome straight away. The breakfast is excellent, rooms are perfect as is the bathroom. If you are looking for a nice cosy place just a short walk from the city centre, this is the place to be.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Very Cosy, Very Friendly, and I hope never dirty, never cold, never distant, never smug and never very Far from your Heart..and I hope dear reviewer Very Us

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

The staff are very friendly and welcoming. I spoke with them a lot in advance of arrival and they were very helpful. They offer lots of advice about the local area and can provide maps with recommendations of where to eat and drink. The location is an easy walking distance into Edinburgh centre, though it is well services by buses. It also near Arthur's Seat for those wanting a good walk. There are lots of restaurants and pubs in a fifteen minute walk. The hotel itself was immaculately clean. Breakfasts were very good. There is a lounge area for guests and a bar which is well stocked with a wide range of drinks.

My wife and I stayed for our honeymoon and we are glad that we did We willc ertainly be returning.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Wow

This is certainly a great review, for all these nice things to be said is great but to be even noticed is very special considering the this Lovely couple were on their Honey Moon, thank you and hope to see you again as Mr and Mrs..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We spent four nights in this cosy hotel at the end of October. The owners were very friendly and helpful when we arrived, offering practical advice on the area. The hotel was about 25 minutes walk from the centre (there are also buses) and was in a quiet residential area, near to Arthur's Seat, and very peaceful at night. The breakfast was particularly good with a variety of options cooked to order in addition to all the usual fruits, cereals, yogurt, toast etc. I was particularly impressed that they were able to provide me with a gluten free breakfast, despite the fact that I had not been able to request this before arriving. This was very much appreciated. The weather was quite cold while we were there and it was lovely to come back to this hotel after being out all day, because it was comfortable and always lovely and warm. Tea/coffee making facilities in the room were also a welcome bonus. We thought Ceilidh-Donia was good value and enjoyed our stay here, and discovering the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Reviewer It is great when Guests appreciate the little things in life that Annette and the Staff thoughtfully provide in advance of their arrival, Annette makes sure we can cater for most Dietary needs, we even provided Guests who had Motor Bikes with a long Chain with a secure Padlock.

Historically, Breakfast to a Scot is the most Important meal of the Day with our ever changing weather, it sets you up for the Day, hence our traditional Bacon, Eggs, Sausage, Mushrooms, Haggis, Black Pudding and my favourite a Tattie Scone just nicely Crisped up but we also appreciate that our Guests come from all over this Wee Planet of ours, Mother Earth and offer a wide selection of choices, we now have an all-day Cereal Bar with Tea, Coffee and Cup a Soup FREE all Day and will offer Toast from 10-00 pm - 11-00 pm, and there are other little snacks for sale.

We also appreciate it when Gusts notice that we do not scrimp on the Heating Bills and love it when we see people’s faces smile when they come back to the Cozy Hotel Ceilidh-Donia.

Maxx
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

A nice little place just a short way out of Edinburgh's centre, only 10 minutes bus ride away, and the buses are close by and frequent. Parking can be a bit tricky, but it's not a major problem, as double parking in the short term seems widely accepted, and there will be spaces in nearby roads in the longer term. Nice rooms, and the owners are very friendly and helpful. Excellent breakfast too ! They do have a small bar but don't really do evening meals. Plenty of other places nearby though, the Salisbury Arms is close and good ! Good value if you can bear not to be slap bang in the centre with all the extra costs and lack of parking that brings.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
The Hotel Ceilidh-Donia is just 10 mins by Bus into Town as this Guests says and we feel Ideally placed for visiting Edinburgh, we have two car parking spaces on a first come basis but the Hotel's location is perfect as it is just 200 yards away from Parking Meters, so from our location there are numerous Streets to park and we will park it for you if you should need.

We do not have an A La Carte restaurant any more as there are Twenty Restaurants and Pubs app with food, all within 3 - 15 Minutes walking distance away .

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Address: 14 - 16 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 5HL, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#8 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#21 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ceilidh-Donia 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm Scottish welcome awaits at the Hotel Ceilidh-donia, Edinburgh. Hotel Ceilidh-Donia Edinburgh offers great value three star accommodation when visiting Edinburgh, the historic capital city of Scotland. Max and Annette Preston, together with their children Hayley and Struan, invite you to enjoy your holiday, City break or business trip in Edinburgh at the Hotel Ceilidh-donia with full facility accommodation. ... more   less 
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