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The Bonham Hotel
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All reviewsdrumsheugh gardenswest end of edinburghbay windowbreakfast in bedprinces streetlovely hotelsuperior roomdean villageeggs benedictthird floorquiet locationfull scottish breakfastwithin easy walking distancemini barbeautiful roomhigh ceilingsbreakfast was excellent
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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.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Kazzrip
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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
2  Thank des12404
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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.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank KateALondon
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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.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled on business
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1  Thank mumdoc
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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...

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled on business
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3  Thank mjcb170456
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