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Sandaig Guest House
Ranked #39 of 445 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
63 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Good Value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

I work in the hospitality industry and it never ceases to amaze me how some people expect The Ritz but don't want to pay for it. This is a lovely guest house, they don't do evening meals hence it's a guest house. Beautifully presented rooms that are clean and well decorated. Our bathroom, with walk in shower was huge. Yes the roof sloped slightly on one side of the bed but you would have to be an utter fool to hit your head on it. There was a welcome tray with tea coffee and biscuits. Clean white towels with hospitality mint. Also a tray with sherry decanter. Flat screen freeview tv attached to the wall and sound system and phone on bedside table. Wardrobe space was limited if you were having an extended stay. Communal areas were well presented. Breakfast was huge and would have cost £12/15 had you dined out for it. It was also delicious and you wouldn't need to eat for the rest of the day. Bus stop at the door and it's 20 minute walk to Princes St or 7 minutes on a bus. We stayed Thursday night and it cost £90 for both of us. A bargain. We will definitely use the Sandaig again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TazzzH
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Sandaig, Manager at Sandaig Guest House, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Dear TazzzH

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us. And look forward to seeing you on your next visit!

Regards from Marina - Owner
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

Booked room several months in advance and was looking forward to our long awaited break but when arriving very disappointed with room, very small, view of very small courtyard with washing and listening to kitchen staff, had to boil kettle on floor very dangerous, no bedside table one side, tv smallest ever seen could not watch from bed as on a low table and bedpost in the way, bathroom in need of updating not good, had to move chair to get to chest of draws every time using it as room so small, room very hot and not happy to keep window open at night no security grill so did not feel safe.
Was told the owner would get in touch after we got home but no one has that is why we are writing this as not worth the money we were charged, we would have left it we could have found somewhere else but the festival was on so accomdation tight.
we got the short straw when we were given room SIX only saving grace was breakfast very nice.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pauline482
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Sandaig, Owner at Sandaig Guest House, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Pauline 482
I am disappointed to hear that you were not satisfied with your stay. Especially when you had informed our manager Gordon that the room was lovely. It was only when your realised that your friends had been given a complimentary upgraded to a superior room that you then decided that the room was not so lovely anymore. I would have been delighted to have given you both complementary upgrades but it was not possible. During our busiest month and in the middle of The Edinburgh Festival. Our double rooms are £130.00 rake rate and our Superior family rooms £185.00 your received them both at £120.00 per room per night with the complimentary upgrade.
I do not agree with your statement that the room is very small. The room fits perfectly into Visit Scotland’s criteria for quality and grading, in fact we were told by a Visit Scotland inspector that this room should be or signature room. So I guess it is just a matter of taste?
This room is our only ground floor room, which does overlook the courtyard. So it is the only room without a view as such, however a beautiful sunny room and you do not have to carry your cases up, which is also a bonus.
If the kettle is put on the designated table, the flex length fits perfectly. So I am not sure why you decided to boil the kettle on the floor? This could be extremely dangerous!
I agree the television is the smallest we have in the house at 19 inches, however this can be viewed perfectly from your bed or from sitting on a chair.
There are three radiators in the room that could have been turned off if you were too hot. Or you could have opened the top half of the window?
I am happy to hear that you did enjoy the breakfasts at The Sandaig and a suggestion would be to book a superior room on the first floor if you wanted more space next time.
Marina
Owner
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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

We just returned to Australia after a less than satisfactory stay at this Guest House. I booked the accommodation some months ago and was taken in by the pictures of what appeared to be large rooms with four poster beds and I foolishly thought that for 130 pounds per night that was what we would get. How wrong was I! We were stuck in a small cramped attic room in which the person lying on the right hand side of the bed could have done themselves an injury if they had jumped out of bed in the middle of the night and stood up - as there was a low solid overhang in the ceiling adjacent to the bed. The amount of strorage space for clothes was pitiful and my wife and I found ourselves trying to live out of and negotiate 2 large cases and 2 items of hand luggage. Whilst the owners were helpful this did not compensate for what was very poor value for money, I cringe to think what this would have cost us in Aussie $ terms a few years ago as it would have equated to over $300 per night. As it was it was equivalent to around $180 per night for less than which we got to stay in a fabulous hotel in Singapore called the Traders on our way back - check it out and compare. Also in the nights before our visit to Edinburgh we stayed at a McDonald's Hotel - Linden Hall in Morpeth, Northumberland, an old Georgian Manor House - 65 pounds per night including breakfast and access to sauna, spa and heated pool. I know it is the high season at this time of year in Edinburgh and we did only stay for 3 nights but really - the tariff should reflect the standard of room provided and not merely be one price and you take pot luck with what you get. You also have to remember this place is stuck out in Leith to so charging a premium price is even harder to justify. Oh I nearly forgot - you do get access to fast Wi-Fi internet though - whoopee!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chris S S
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Sandaig, Manager at Sandaig Guest House, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Dear Chris SS
We are very disappointed to read your review. During the Edinburgh festival, you will find that this is our busiest time and all establishments in Edinburgh are charging their top published rates, so the rate of £130.00 is correct for a classic double room, in August at our establishment.
You have admitted it that foolishly you presumed that you would receive one of our superior rooms at the rate of a classic room. If you required one of our superior rooms, then that is what you should have booked, but the rate of course would have been higher.
Edinburgh in August can not be compared to Morpeth, which does not have an international festival going on.
Our tariff does reflect the type of room and our classic doubles range from £65.00 to £130.00 compared to our
Superior rooms which range from £85.00 - £210.00 throughout the year.
Yes, we do listen to our customers and have upgraded our WI FI, so that it is now complimentary to everyone in each room. Unlike a major hotel chain that I have recently stayed at who were charging £16.00 per day for the privileged.
Stuck out in Leith. Leith is an extremely cosmopolitan place, the guest house offers free parking, which is difficult to claim in Edinburgh. It is opposite historic Leith Links, where the original rules of golf were made. It is one and a half miles to walk and ten minutes by bus to the city center. Some of the most fascinating history and architecture can be found in Leith and of course some of the best restaurants in Edinburgh are in Leith and within walking distance from the Sandaig. Not a bad place to be stuck in.
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Wells, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

I stayed at Sandaig at the end of June and found the welcome friendly, the room comfortable and the breakfast especially good with enormous choice! The staff serving breakfast were very helpful. My room was at the top of the house and overlooked the Links which is quiet at week ends but there is a little traffic noise in the morning on week days. This would not bother most people! I enjoyed the "out of town" location as I prefer to be away from the hustle + bustle of city life! Also there is a very good bus service just outside the B+B and it only takes 10 minutes to reach the centre of Edinburgh and the main tourist attractions.
There is a good choice of restaurants in Leith within a 10/15 minute walk from Sandaig. A couple of evenings I walked on my own to + from the restaurants in this area and felt quite comfortable. I would definitely recommend this B+B!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank adelaide1920
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Level Contributor
71 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

Very nice B&B, rooms are very nice and service is fine,
The only con is distance from town center. I would have prefered a location much closer to town. Actually it is located in a different town, alltogether.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank israelifamily
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Oslo, Norway
Level Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

Beautifull rooms, although the bed was a bit hard. The staff were nice and helpfull. We arrived late and had to let our selves in, but we received good instructions on how to do so. Exelent breakfast. Only 30 min. walk from city center to the guest house.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank brillefjosen
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

The house and the rooms are really beautiful and the staff is so nice and lovely! We really enjoyed our stay and would come back another time. The only small drawback was the location, it's 30 minutes from the centre but there are enough buses to get there.. We would definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nicole U
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Property: Sandaig Guest House
Address: 5 East Hermitage Place | Leith Links, Edinburgh EH6 8AA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 445 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sandaig Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sandaig...overlooking the historic Leith Links park. All rooms have En-suite facilities. Complimentary drink on arrival. Free Wi Fi, Hospitality Tray, Radio Alarm Clock, I Pod Docking Station, Hairdryer, Iron & Ironing board. ... more   less 
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