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The Ben Doran Guest House

4-starThis establishment has received its official star rating from VisitScotland, the National Tourist Board for Scotland.
11 Mayfield Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH9 2AX, United Kingdom

Upmarket guesthouse within easy reach of University of Edinburgh
  • Free WiFi and free parking
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Restrictions related to your trip

COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.  Check restrictions for your trip.

  • Room was acceptable if stuck in 70's. On the other hand breakfast was like an episode of…Feb 14, 2020
  • looked forward to a cooked breakfast - but only 3 items - bacon, scrambled egg & black…Feb 8, 2020

The Ben Doran Guest House

from £86
  • Standard Double Room
  • Executive Double Room, 1 King Bed
  • Standard Double Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Standard Single Room, 1 Single Bed, Shared Bathroom

What’s around The Ben Doran Guest House


  • In Newington
  • University of Edinburgh - 23-minute walk
  • Princes Street - 29-minute walk
  • Royal Mile - 29-minute walk
  • Grassmarket - 29-minute walk
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse - 33-minute walk
  • George Street - 34-minute walk
  • Edinburgh Castle - 35-minute walk

Getting around

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) 28-min drive
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station) 28-min walk
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station 30-min walk
  • Newcraighall Station 9-min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 11 rooms
  • Arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-5:00 AM
  • Check-out time is 10:30 AM
  • Express check-out

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.
The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 7:00 PM. To make arrangements for check-in, please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions and lockbox information. Guests can access their accommodation through a private entrance.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Children (12 years old and younger) are not allowed

  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free on-site self-parking

  • On-site parking is limited

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Room service (during limited hours)
Things to do
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Downhill skiing nearby
Working away
  • Business centre
  • Computer station
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers: 1
  • Year Built – 1800
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Library
Languages Spoken
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • Greek
  • Polish
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Premium bedding
Freshen up
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 22-inch LCD TV
  • Digital TV channels
  • DVD player
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping

The Ben Doran Guest House’s small print

Also known as

  • Ben Doran Guest House Edinburgh
  • The Ben Doran Edinburgh
  • The Ben Doran Guest House Edinburgh
  • The Ben Doran Guest House Guesthouse
  • The Ben Doran Guest House Guesthouse Edinburgh
  • Ben Doran Guest House
  • Ben Doran Edinburgh
  • Ben Doran
  • Ben Doran Hotel Edinburgh
  • The Ben Doran Guest House Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Ben Doran Guest House Guesthouse Edinburgh
  • Ben Doran Guest House Guesthouse
  • The Ben Doran Guest House Edinburgh


This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag and hen parties.

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have lifts.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Contactless check-in and contactless checkout are available.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

This property accepts credit cards.

Optional extras

Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for The Ben Doran Guest House

  • Does The Ben Doran Guest House offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, The Ben Doran Guest House does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Ben Doran Guest House?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at The Ben Doran Guest House?
    Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spaces may be limited.
  • Are pets allowed at The Ben Doran Guest House?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at The Ben Doran Guest House?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM - 5:00 AM. Check-out time is 10:30 AM. Express check-out and contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
  • Are there restaurants at or near The Ben Doran Guest House?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Kwok Brasserie (5-min walk), Old Bell Inn (6-min walk) and Voujon (7-min walk).
  • What is there to do at The Ben Doran Guest House and nearby?
    Have fun with activities such as cycling, hiking and sailing, and practise your swing at the nearby golf course.

Recent reviews

Very good 8.2 From 79 reviews

Very good 8.0
Very pleasant
Owner went above and beyond to help and accommodate me when I was unable to manage the stairs. Big old townhouse on busy thoroughfare into Edinburgh with rooms on 1st and 2nd floors. Rooms spotless. Breakfast lovely and beautifully presented. Bus stop right outside with city centre and airport services.
Ruth, gb3 night trip
Very good 8.0
Simple but effective
Great location and hosts, lovely breakfast
Dan, gb2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Lovely spacious room within 20mins walk of central Edinburgh. Plenty of amenities close by & on the main bus line
Barry, gb2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
An excellent stay
Clean, warm and comfortable. Warm, friendly service at breakfast.
Martin, gb1 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Lovely place to stay whilst in Edinburgh
A lovely place with really friendly staff. Lot's of information about the great bus service into Edinburgh main town. Clean and friendly, would stay again
Bronja, gb3 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Nice stay
Nice stay. Landlord very polite and friendly
Andrew, gb1 night business trip
Good 6.0
value for money
it was ok for the price. it says parking available but it was all taken 2 spaces (4 if you double park) I was only there for a few hours so was just somewhere to gran a few hours sleep. left too early for breakfast so cant comment on food.
adrian, gb1 night business trip
Fair 4.0
Very dated but nice
If you don’t mind sharing bathrooms and the plugs you use to charge your phone etc can fit on a skirting board this is a very ok place to stay. Room was clean but very dated and small. Surprised they charge as much as they do.
gb3 night business trip
Fair 4.0
Good location nice building disappointing hotel
Weather good location great. Hotel did not offer full Scottish breakfast & the same items every morning for 3 days. Had to make special request for veg sausages. No fruit salad. Worst was that this hotel showed our room online as a standard room but claimed it to be executive on our arrival. No atmosphere of Scotland with no Scottish staff involved & no Scottish music only rather maudlin classical. Breakfast staff did a good job in being helpful within extreme limitations due to the poor breakfast.
Donna, gb3 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
The staff were very helpful, nothing was too much bother.
Sean, gb2 night trip

The Ben Doran Guest House