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Hotel Ceilidh-Donia
Ranked #7 of 149 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Chula Vista, California
Level 5 Contributor
28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A very special place!”
Reviewed May 10, 2007

My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Ceilidh-Donia for a week in April, 2007, and can think of only good things to say about this very special place. Hosts Max and Annette were friendly and helpful, our room was lovely with a wonderful view of Arthur's Seat, the shower the best we have found anywhere, the breakfasts excellent and the dinners outstanding (we ate at the hotel four of the seven nights we were there).

The neighborhood is charming and blessedly restful to return to after a day of sight-seeing. We liked having our own key to the front door so we didn't have to wait for someone to open for us on the evenings we did come in late. Both my husband and I are senior citizens but had no particular problems with the stairs which are steep like those in most older buildings. We did not, however, consider them especially narrow as one reviewer did.

I am a rather slow walker but it took me only 25 minutes to go from the hotel to High Street downtown. Someone younger and with more energy than I should have no problem doing so in 15 to 20.

When we returned to the hotel on the buses, we got off at the first stop after the big public swimming pool, and walked down the street a few steps to the Priestfield Parish Church (you need to signal as the driver will not stop automatically). Turn left at the corner where the church is, walk in a short block, and turn right to the hotel. This is shorter and quicker than getting off at Priestfield as others have suggested. (Also one walks downhill rather than up).

The Ceilidh-Donia is a small hotel with about eighteen rooms, a bar, a restaurant, a sitting room with a large television screen, and telephones, hair dryers, and electric teapots in all rooms. Including breakfast in the price doesn't make it a B & B. I have stayed at many larger hotels who also do this. The owners were very gracious about letting us use (free of charge) the computer hooked up to the Internet in the sitting room even when the bar and dining room were closed. The only request was not to use it for more than thirty minutes at a time if someone else was waiting which was reasonable. We enjoyed our stay at the Ceilidh-Donia and definitely would stay there again.

  • Liked — The comfortable room, cleanliness, fantastic food, friendly people, location, availability of public transportation.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2006

on entering the hotel we were greated with a warm friendly greeting, this was just the start the staff and rooms were very clean and of a high standard with powerfull showers which is excellent at the end of a long day. that evening we sat down for a meal which was out of this world with the best sticky toffee pud i have ever tried ( you must try to believe), in the evening the fire was roaring and it felt like i was at home sat in front of the fire watching the telly ........ahhhhhh.... luxury.

Stayed November 2006
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Florence, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2006

Wasnt really impressed by this property which seemed to me more of a B&B rather than a hotel.

Upon check-in I was handed a key for the outside door too which made me realize that I would not see members of the staff around that much and unfortunately that's what happened.

You are asked to pre-order your breakfast the day before but you still wait for a while (roughly 10 minutes) before being served which confirms that dishes are cooked by order but didnt explain why you have to order the day before. The quality of food was good but the atmosphere in the restaurant was far from being lively, it actually reminded me more of a convent.

The single room was small but ok, especially for that rate (40 GBP) although is worth to know that with 15GBP extra you can get a double room at the Ibis, which has a really good location.
Location is fine in matter of quietness but is not really 15 mins walking from the city center as they state in their website (more close to 25-30 minutes) and there's really not that much to do in the area. So, unless you plan to go to bed early, you'll end up going to the center of Edinburgh.

Personally never felt at home either. For example, I needed to access the internet on Sunday afternoon but the restaurant/bar was closed so I asked if I could use it and the guy at the desk allowed me, but he clearly was unwilling.

In the end, I felt like an intruder rather than a guest.

  • Liked — rates
  • Disliked — unwelcoming feeling, location
  • Tips/Secrets — you might want to stay closer to the city center
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled solo
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11 Thank alexdeflorence
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Snellville, GA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2006

This place has everything: a vintage staircase, cool rooms, bar, restaurant and back deck. Plus a power shower like none I have ever seen in the UK. Annette and Max were very helpful and accommodating. The accommodations were clean, service friendly and I just can't say enough about the location and the food.

The view to Arthur's seat was just stunning. This neighborhood is very quiet and has easy access to Edinburgh.

I hated to leave this hotel. Their two dogs are just as cute and friendly as can be. I would definitely stay here again next time I come to town. diane - GA, USA

  • Liked — location, food, service
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled solo
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2 Thank shydiatl
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed October 4, 2006

Getting to the hotel was very easy - there are four Lothian bus services which stop 2 minutes' walk from the hotel, all departing from the city centre (two from Princes Street, one from the nearby St. Andrews Bus Station and one from the Grassmarket). A day ticket bought after 9.30 am costs £2.30 (be aware and prepare exact change, as the bus drivers do not hold money on them).

The hotel itself is located on a pleasant and quiet residential street just off Dalkeith Road. Our room (no. 7) was on the top floor, with big bay windows overlooking Arthur's Seat and was large. The bathroom was small, but extremely clean and well appointed (with new, good-quality fittings).

Breakfast was included in the room rate. The food is cooked to order and you can indicate your preferences the night before. Bacon & mushrooms are recommended!

And lastly, perhaps the main attraction: THE DOGS! Two gorgeous and very friendly Golden Retrievers, called Celtic and Ceilidh, selflessly receive your stroking (and food!) for as long as you can go on!!!

A big 'Thank you!' to Max, Annette and the girls for a great stay.

  • Liked — The room, the owners and the dogs
  • Disliked — Cannot think of anything
  • Tips/Secrets — Save some toast for the dogs!
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Hoppinghedgehog
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Property: Hotel Ceilidh-Donia
Address: 14-16 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 5HL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#4 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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