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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ceilidh Donia Hotel Edinburgh
- Hotel Ceilidh-Donia Edinburgh, Scotland