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Aaran Lodge
Ranked #105 of 393 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
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Reviewed August 30, 2008

We visit Edinburgh most years for the Fringe festival. We found this guest house through the A1 tourism website and e-mailed the property directly to make the booking, which was handled very quickly and efficiently.

Although parking at the property itself was not quite as easy as the website suggested, there was plenty of parking available at the hotel next door and so was not a problem. In fact we left the car there for most of our stay as we made use of the excellent bus service into the city centre.

Theresa, the host, was very welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. The room was very comfortable, with a high standard of cleanliness and furnishings.

We would highly recommend the guest house and look forward to future visits.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2008

We stayed at the Aaran Lodge House for 3 nights with our 3 year-old and the experience was very good.
Everything is tastefully decorated. We had a room with a double bed and a single bed for the boy. The breakfast was very good. Theresa looked after every detail. She was very attentive and helpful.
The location is perfect because it is peaceful and you can take the bus just next door from the house. It is very convinient. We took the 44 every morning with the kid and returned late in the afternoon.
As the boy wouldn't walk very much, we found a perfect place to have dinner in the hotel just next door.
When we visit again Edinburgh, I'm sure we will return to this house.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 6, 2008

Aaron Lodge was a lovely place to stay while in Edinburgh. A bit off the beaten path from city center, but loved being able to get away from the hubbub of the city. The guesthouse is located out by Portobello and Mussleburgh area. About a 25-30 minute Airlink buscommute from the airport to city center, then another 15-20 minute Lothian bus commute to the guesthouse.The directions for buses are spot on. Buy a round trip bus fare via the Airlink Bus just outside the airport. This round trip will take you to city center and then as you need to return to the airport you already have you Airlink bus pass for your return.Tell bus driver you want dropped off at Marks and Spencers, city center on Princes Street to catch the 44 bus to the guesthouse. Then ask the (Lothian busses) 44 bus driver to drop you off at Best Western, Kings Hotel. The guesthouse is directly accross the street from the bus stop. You will need exact change to ride the 44 bus. The bus ticket agent at the airport can provide change. Once you are ready to go back to city center ,hop on the 44 bus back to city center, again exact change to buy a one way ride or you can buy a day pass directly from the bus driver, exact change. The bus driver does take paper money/notes if you don't have coin. You can take the bus anywhere. Sounds difficult, but my review is detailed.The city is working on building a tram system.I booked via edlets.com. So you could visit that website and and see pictures and get tons of information about the guesthouse. We didn't take any pics of the place, so I have none to share. Therese was a great hostess. Very on top of her business and set in her ways. Breakfast was very good. Got to try the typical Scottish breakfast, but the Continnetal breakfast is great and better for those calorie counters. Well decorated. Clean and efficient. Great staff. They do take credit cards but expect a surcharge fee. So pay cash if you can. They make your bed every morning as you are out and about sight seeing. Very modern bathrooms. The sheets smell good. The bath towels are nice. Wine glasses and bottle opener in the room. Tea and coffee can be made in the room.Hairdryer in room.One negative was the noise. The guesthouset is on a busy main street. The room we had, the window opened to street noise. The weather was a bit warm so we needed to leave the window open, no airconditioning.So ask for a room away from the street. The owners do have a cute little dog named Ollie. Ask Therese for any info or anything you may need and she is full of great information. Edinburgh was a great vacation spot. Plenty to do. Aaron Lodge was a nice wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 2, 2008

When we arrived we were asked if we had no problems with another room as booked (twin ensuite instead of double ensuite). When we saw the large room with 1 twin and 1 single bed and also a huge couch we did not bother at all! Is was in fact one of the largest rooms we had seen since a long time, especially when you always stay in ordinary hotels/motels. It was very luxurious with a lot of cushions and decorations and also the bathroom was very well equipped. Also Mrs. Todd did her utmost to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Other positive details: good breakfast (and served on time if you told the evening before how late and if you want continental or Scottish), enough parking space and a busstop within 100 metres (day & night bus!).
We also slept in the four poster bedroom, which was even more luxurious than the other rooms. It lies, however, on the street side, so if you sleep very light and hear every noise, you cannot leave your window open because of the street traffic early in the morning.
We made a reservation at 'A room in Leith' in Leith situated at Dock Place. Excellent food, very friendly and a beautiful terrace!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2007

It's a great place to stay - the facilities are as good you would get in a hotel but with the friendly atmosphere of a home.

The rooms are large and beautifully decorated with great care. The breakfast - lots of choice and served on time.

It is well situated - there is bus stop at the front door that takes you straight into the centre. It's close to Portobello beach and also the now trendy Leith. It's easy to find, just of the A1 as you come into Edinburgh from the south.

We started going to Edinburgh for the festival several years ago and wouldn't consider staying anywhere else now. Theressa and Des make a special effort for all their guests and very friendly and approachable.

Stayed: August 2007
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Reviewed January 2, 2007

Just returned from a new year break at the aaron lodge and was pleasantly surprised my partner and myself were booked into room 4 which we believe is the most elegant room with a four poster bed and as the comment before suggests lots of cushions. Breakfast is an excellent start to the day and the bus is easy to get into the city centre. parking is not bad in the city centre if you are traveling in on a bank holiday! Excellent and very friendly with lots of parking would certainly recommend, Only disappointment was that hogmany celebrations were canceled but the warmth and shelter of the hotel provided much needed comfort from 70mph winds!! :o)

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2006

Stayed for 3 nights with some South African friends. It is classified as a private hotel, but only does B&B. Owned and run by same Scottish family for over 18 years and they have just completely refurbished it with many luxury touches.
The location is Milton Road East, in the SE part of the Edinburgh suburbs, just off the A1 road into the city. Very convenient for no. 44 bus into city centre (don't try to drive/park in the city centre!) The location is quiet; there is a Best Western hotel nearby for the nearest restaurant and it is easy to drive to the harbourside at Leith for a selection of bistros, pubs etc.
Breakfast at the Aaran is the usual large Scottish affair, but tell them the night before whether you prefer Scottish or continental.
They were very welcoming and helpful; the rooms are well equipped if over- furnished with cushions and bedding, such is the enthusiasm for the refurbishment programme!
The dining room is large, bright and light, overlooking a courtyard garden.
Plenty of parking space. Illustrations on their website and in the Scottish Tourist Board brochre.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled with friends
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Address: 30 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH15 2NJ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
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Ranked #105 of 393 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range: $114 - $153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Aaran Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elegant Georgian Townhouse provides luxurious four-star accommodation, en-suite rooms tastefully decorated and furnished to the highest standard and fully equipped with large satellite t.v., internet access. Located near beach golf, close/easy access to city center. We offer double, twin or family rooms suitable for up to 5 persons; discounts for children and longer stays, free parking, friendly family run: this is why our guests return time and again so book today and have a wonderful stay! ... more   less 
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