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“Truly A Wonderful Experience!!”

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Hotel Ceilidh-Donia
Ranked #8 of 149 Hotels in Edinburgh
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Sikkim
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78 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Truly A Wonderful Experience!!”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

I first heard of this place on TA and the reviews were spot on.....

We stayed here for 2 nights in a triple room the second week of July and found it a wonderful experience - right from when I got in touch with Annette for the booking - till we waved her and Kelly goodbye - it was a warm and friendly interaction.

It is a short distance from the city centre, quite convenient by bus as Edinburgh is a small city. We bought Plus Bus tickets while booking our train tickets, which made commuting very easy and comfortable. (There was a slight confusion in the beginning as the bus driver thought we wanted to go to the 'Caledonia' instead of 'Kelly-Donia' and directed us there instead!!)

We were met by Max as Annette was away that evening. At first we were daunted by the task of carrying our baggage to the second floor, but the sight of the lovely room made up for it. It was a largish triple room with plenty of space to move around and seating by the bay window too to enjoy the lovely view of the volcano!! The beds were luxurious and comfortable (and we could have easily overslept if we were not in a hurry to see Edinburgh!!) The bathroom was huge and very well designed.... (No dearth of warm and cold water in the shower too.)

The selection of hot chocolate (which our daughter loved) along with tea, coffee, and water bottles was a thoughtful touch, as was the presence of the hair dryer. We couldn't have asked for more.

All in all, the room was comfortable, clean and pleasing to the eye, with every detail having been looked into finely. Seeing Annette working in the garden that night confirmed how they have nurtured this little jewel with their love and care.

The breakfast prepared by Annette and her staff was our first introduction to Scottish food - and what a hit it was!! Not only was it sumptuous and delicious, but the wide selection ensured that everyone found what they liked! (If memory serves me right, they were even geared for gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets.)
Max's bar is his pride - do spend some time here. He was very helpful when it came to local recommendations. For dinner, we can recommend The Salisbury Arms - a pub across the road that Max directed us to. We loved their platter and the pies. Unfortunately, they closed early the next night, so we had to settle for fish and chips and pizzas from a takeaway nearby!!

And finally, the beautiful Kelly who stole our hearts - someone in an earlier review had described her as 'the dog who can speak" and she does!! Since we were missing our retriever back at home, our daughter was more than happy to spend time playing with her at every opportunity!! (I think we have more pictures of Kelly than of the B&B itself!!)

Thanks Annette and Max for a truly wonderful stay...we will be back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Dear Revieweee

Many Moons of thanks for a Great review, well happy that one of our newly renovated Rooms hit the spot for you and your Family and yes Annette and the Staff do think about what our Guest may need in their Rooms, we try and upgrade 4 Rooms every year to keep on top of things, and yes climbing two floors is a wee bity hard but as with all Townhouse Hotels they were in fact built for Families to live in and so do not have Elevators for our Guests.

Wow and I thought a Great British Fry up for Breakfast Identified us to the World as being at the cutting edge of Cooking, Tee hee hee, glad your first experience of a Scottish breakfast was good, although the UK has Regional variations in Scotland we normally do not have Beans but will offer Haggis, Black Pudding, Tattie Scones and Mushrooms to go with The Great British Sausage Bacon and Eggs, yum, yum methinks I will go and Fry one up right now, yumy..

Our location has many, many Pubs and Restaurants within minutes walking distance such as Leslies Bar Pub Food, The Bell Inn, Pub Food and A la carte and of course this Ladies favourite The Salisbury Arms also Pub Grub and A la carte..
Lastly, sorry to say but our Golden Retriever is actually called Keilidh ( Kaylee) and is named after our Hotel, The Ceilidh-Donia which roughly translated means
A Place for Friends to Gather for Food, Singing, Music, Dancing and a great Family get together..

H2H

MyKy

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We spent three nights here after being away on Mull and met up with my parents who also stayed here.

The location is really good, being just out of the city centre so that it is quiet but only a short bus journey into Princess Street, or about a 30 minute walk. There are some good pubs nearby so you don't have to go into the town centre if you want a quick meal or drink.

Annette and Max (the owners) are very nice people and really helpful.

On arrival we were met by Annette who made us feel really welcome and showed us to our lovely room. We had booked a double but had been moved to a triple room for no additional cost. This was a very spacious room with a fantastic bathroom. The room was very clean and comfortable and tastefully decorated. Absolutely nothing to fault about the room or bathroom. The shower was great, which makes a nice change! It was also a nice touch to get a bottle of water each day, especially as it was so hot in Scotland whilst we were there. The bed was very comfy and the room very quite. My parents had a double and although it was smaller than our triple (unsurprisingly) it was a good size and had the same quality and cleanliness as our room.

The breakfast was really good. A good selection and all freshly cooked to order. The bar and breakfast area are really comfortable and look really nice. It was a pleasurable experience spending time in these areas.

Annette was really helpful throughout our stay offering advice on places to go in Edinburgh and the best buses to get.

Annette and Max really make you feel welcome in their lovely hotel. There really isn't anything to fault about this hotel. We will definitely stay here the next time we go to Edinburgh. It will certainly be our first choice.

Very highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Dear Revieweee

Many Moons of thanks for a terrific review

And yes Indeedy Annette is only too willing to give as much attention, Information and time to each Guest on arrival and during their stay, we never forget what we are like when we go on Holiday, everything is new and getting you bearings etc. is sometimes very daunting, that is why we give out our own Map so that Our Guests have a feel for the area in the way that we see it..

Glad that you liked our rooms, as you have noticed The Power Showers all have Pumps in them and give a great Shower but sometimes other Guests may hear them but hey everybody's on their Hols, Yes ! Know? And I know that when I go on Holiday if there is no great drenching in the Shower Cubicle I am not a happy camper, it’s like eating wet Lettuce.

We feel that the Breakfast Room, Lounge and Bar are great places for Guests to mingle and exchange their Holiday experiences and yes a Wee Dram or two of my Finest malt Whiskies does sometimes induce a wee smile or two..

H2H

MyKy

Maxx..
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Found ourselves in Scotland with no accommodation booking and foolish of us, didn't realise The Open Golf was on. Call the Ceilidh-Donia on the off chance of a last minute availability and luckily enough we snatched up the last room for a good rate. Max (owner) was awesome and very very friendly, room was average size for European Rooms and bathroom was great. Breakfast was home cooked and delicious and the whole stay was charming, not one complaint.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Dear Reviewer

Thanks for you thoughtful review, you did well getting a room when The Open Golf was on in Edinburgh and thanks for mentioning that our Breakfast were to your liking and were delicious.
All Townhouse Hotels and Indeed Guest Houses/BnBs have all different sizes and shapes to their Rooms and of course will never ever match the purpose built mass produced Rooms that the International players offer to the traveller but you can be assured that you won’t find two rooms the same as each other in the part of this great Hospitality Business that we all work in, In Bonnie Scotland..

Maxx
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Nice neighborhood, big and clean room, friendly staff and owners and very good breakfast. The bed could have been a little bit softer and it creaked on every move. A cute dog minds its own business... Walking distance from the city center if its not raining :)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Maritnorli
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Dear Reviewer

Thanks for taking the time to write, I am glad we hit most points for you on your stay with us, sorry that you found the Bed no to your liking, we have used the same makers of beds and mattresses for app 25 years and they are called Blind Craft who as their name suggest most of their Staff are partially or totally Blind, Beds are very, very subjective unfortunately but delighted that you liked our Golden Retriever Dog called Keilidh..

Maxx..
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Lethbridge
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

We really enjoyed being away from the noise and bustle of downtown and chose to walk the half hour even though the bus is very convenient. The breakfast options were lovely, the staff extremely hospitable and there is a little pub and nice deck outside to sit and enjoy. We will recommend this to our friends.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Dear Reviweee

Many Moons of thanks for your Sparkling Review, short and sweet and very petite and hits the spot for me, quiet with a great Breakfast to start the Day and then a healthy walk into Town and when you come back a nice garden and pond to relax bye and sip your glass of Beer or Wine from our well stocked Bar..

Maxx..
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

We had an outstanding stay at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia. Host was friendly and wonderful. The location is great in a nice neighborhood which is close to the main bus lines. Lots of cool pubs close. Host did a wonderful job providing information and answering questions. Also, breakfast choices were plentiful and delicious. Room was clean and cozy and we really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, July 28, 2013
Dear Reviewee

Many Moons of thanks for a Sparkling Review, glad that you were happy with the big choice of Local Pubs near our Hotel and with some of them serving good quality Pub Scran (Scottish for Food).

We also like to give our Guests lots of Information about Edinburgh and our neighbourhood on or before arrival as we never forget that everything is new to you. Breakfast is a very important start to every person’s day and especially when on holiday, we hope that our large choice helps make you feel like you are having a treat, as I know that the other 50 odd weeks of the year we are all guilty of skipping Breakie sometimes..

Maxx..
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Spent three fantastic evenings in this hotel and it is a tribute to the owners, Max and Annette. The rooms were very clean and spacious. The breakfast was outstanding and it was a real treat spending time with the owners in the evenings. Great location and a place that is worth seeking out. Very knowledgeable hosts regarding good restaurants as well.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this review, July 28, 2013
Dear Reviewee

Many Moons of thanks for a terrific review of our Hotel, having a lot of years behind us in Life and in the Hotel business, Annette and I hope that the Information we can give to our Traveling Guests can help them to appreciate Edinburgh and its History, I do not think that there are many Cities in Europe that can match such a diversity of Edinburgh's rich Topography, History, Science, Inventions and Discoveries.

Glad that you loved our Breakfast, Janet and Annette love to see happy Smiley Guest's enjoy their freshly cooked food, just an aside note, and most people never think about Breakfast being all about The Break of the Fast during their sleep. I am especially glad that you appreciated the standards of cleanliness that Ann, Jill and their Co Workers continuously achieve every single Day..

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Property: Hotel Ceilidh-Donia
Address: 14-16 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 5HL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Edinburgh
#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*
Number of rooms: 17
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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