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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

Upscale guesthouse within easy reach of University of Edinburgh
  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast, free WiFi and free parking
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Very Good8.4
Fantastic service
Great location
Great room
Food is all right
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The Ben Doran Guest House

from £51
  • Standard Double Room
  • Executive Double Room, 1 King Bed
  • Standard Double Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Standard Single Room, 1 Twin Bed, Shared Bathroom

What’s around The Ben Doran Guest House


  • In Newington
  • University of Edinburgh (23-minute walk)
  • Grassmarket (29-minute walk)
  • Royal Mile (30-minute walk)
  • Princes Street (30-minute walk)
  • Edinburgh Castle (35-minute walk)
  • George Street (37-minute walk)
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre (38-minute walk)

Getting around

  • Edinburgh (EDI) 26-min drive
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station 30-min walk
  • Edinburgh Haymarket Station 14-min drive
  • Newcraighall Station 14-min drive
  • Free self-parking
  • Limited parking

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-in/out
The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 7:00 PM.
Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact this property in advance for check-in instructions and key retrieval information. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


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

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking (limited)

Other information

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

At the property

Food and drink
  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast daily
  • Room service (during limited hours)
Things to do
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Snowboarding 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
  • Built in 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
  • 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.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have lifts.

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

Optional extras

On-site 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.

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.4 From 136 reviews

The Ben Doran Guest House
I had to wait for the scrambled egg to come along with 3 other guests then there was only 2 slices of bacon so my partner had another 15 minutes for the bacon to turn up leaving her to have breakfast on her own, the breakfast has gone to the dogs since we last stayed and definitely won't be going back
Garry, gb3 night romance trip
The Ben Doran Guest House
Very Good8.0
Very friendly proprietor, warm and comfortable room
John, gb2 night romance trip
The Ben Doran Guest House
Average stay
The Ben Doran was a nice little guesthouse and was very clean but didn’t sleep well as the bed was like a brick wall and we were disappointed with the buffet style breakfast....not much choice and not refilled very quickly.
Margaret, gb1 night romance trip
The Ben Doran Guest House
A night after Thriller
We both enjoyed our stay at the Guest House. The room had all the amenities we required, slight issue with the shower space but that was perhaps down to our size than the cubicle itself. Breakfast was lovely and staff were very attentive. Will definitely use the Ben Doran again, thanks
IRENE, gb1 night romance trip
The Ben Doran Guest House
Excellent guesthouse in good location.Staff friendly and good breakfast.Great value for money.
Tom, gbOther trip

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