My partner and I recently stayed at the Ayden Guest House for 4 nights during our visit to Edinburgh. Having looked at a lot of hotels in the Edinburgh area we were shocked to discover just how much they were compared to even places like London and Manchester and therefore opted to stay in a guest house as a more reasonably priced alternative. We certainly don't regret that decision having just arrived home.
The Ayden is fantastically convenient for public transport links to get into Edinburgh centre or to the Ocean Terminal shopping mall. For those driving there appears to be free on street parking too which is at a premium in the town. From the front door to the bedroom doors the decor is tasteful and the ambience is peaceful. David and Anita couldn't do enough for us as guests, myself turning up with an injury sustained after booking and my partner being lactose intolerant. Nothing was too much trouble including the offer of alternative rooms, extra pillows, storage of the lactose free milk and a genuine smile and good nature in offering them all.
The room we had was at the very top of the house and was quiet considering the road that runs outside. The bed was soft with excellent quality linen, the tea tray loaded with various teas, coffees, biscuits and mints, the bathroom stocked with a generious array of toiletries with flannels and even cotton wool balls provided - all touches that you'd be lucky to get in some of the nicer hotels in the town centre charging twice their nightly rate. Breakfast is taken in the dining room which just as it appears on their website and the classical music that plays whilst you eat is very relaxing indeed. Good quality products seem to be the order of the day. Premium branded cereals, excellent coffee and a freshly cooked breakfast were a fine way to start each day of exploring.
Having had questionable experiences in the past with guest houses I can say that our stay at the Ayden has renewed a lot of my damaged faith in staying in them. On a side note I would like to state that such glowing reviews are pretty tough to get out of me. I'm not praising this place out of anything other than genuine enjoyment especially considering the fact that I have no desire to visit Edinburgh ever again - it's not a city I enjoyed at all. I would however recommend The Ayden in a heartbeat to anyone who was headed that way, especially gay couples like ourselves who all too often find themselves unwelcome outside the big chain hotels.
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- The Ayden Guest House Edinburgh, Scotland