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Ardgowan House Hotel
Ranked #335 of 392 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Belfast, Ireland
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Avoid at all costs”
Reviewed March 2, 2008

I wish I’d read the previous review by Heinlager before I stayed here. He couldn't be more right - the owner is an absolute bigot. His pastimes include flaunting his xenophobia, and collecting endangered animals to stuff or skin and display on his walls.

He seemed to have an especial dislike of the Irish as he spent the duration of my breakfast spouting racial slurs, and basically telling my Scottish girlfriend that she shouldn’t be going out with a ‘paddy’! But it doesn’t stop there; his intolerance seems to extent to everyone who isn’t in the Scottish upper-middle class.

Credit where credit is due, the place was clean and the room was a good size, but for a little extra money you could get somewhere closer to the city centre and with a more open minded landlord.

Like the dead animals on his walls, people like him are, thankfully, a dying breed.

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  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2007

This is the worst place me and my partner ever stayed.

The bed was so creaky that everytime we rolled over we woke ourselves up. The owner who served breakfast is the most bigoted man I ever met. During breakfast he proceeded to discuss with us who he thought was the worst nationality to have stay. We also had the experience of him locking other guests out of breakfast because they were a few minutes late.

The elephant foot stool, and endangered animal pelts did nothing for me either.

This place is the reason why you shouldn't shop for accommodation by price...

Stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank Heinlager
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Property: Ardgowan House Hotel
Address: 1 Lady Road, Edinburgh EH16 5PA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
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Ranked #335 of 392 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
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Number of rooms: 7
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