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“Lovely hotel in a central location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Bonham
Ranked #57 of 150 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Aberdeen
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel in a central location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

We stayed from 21 - 24 February in a Petite Double Room.

On booking the best rate we could get was through the Bonham's website at £89 for bed and breakfast - we thought this was a great deal. We had to enter our arrival time and how we would be arriving, i.e. what time our train arrived into Edinburgh. We arrived at around 1pm to be told that our room wouldn't be ready until 3pm but we could be upgraded for an extra £10 per night to a room that was ready. We declined and though we had to wait for our room didn't see the point in having to enter all the arrival times etc. if it's not going to be put to use and your room be ready.

When we made it to our room we were nicely surprised. The room was 'petite' but had everything we needed. It was clean and tidy, had tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, iron and board, TV, toiletries, a mini bar (which was expensive) and a comfy bed. The bathroom was small with a tiny bath with overhead shower. The water was hot but the pressure from the shower was very poor - not great if you have long hair!

We were at the back of the hotel which was nice and quiet - until the 8am bottle collection on Monday, not something the hotel can control and it didn't last long but was a noisy start to the day. The room was very warm and we slept with the windows open - in February. Might be a bit stifling in a hot summer.

There is a lovely bar in the hotel. It had a limited drinks menu, but was nice for a drink on the way out, or the way back in but it was a little pricy.

Breakfast was excellent on all 3 mornings. The French Toast is just the right side of sweet without being sickly and the cooked breakfast was delicious and filling. Everything was lovely and hot - including the toast. The continental breakfast seemed to be varied but we never ate from it.

The restaurant staff were attentive without hovering and all were very pleasant.

The reception staff were also pleasant and happily booked taxis for us.

We did experience a comedy moment when we returned late one night to find the door closed and locked. We rang the bell (several times) but no one answered as the bell wouldn't work. My husband ended up jumping about in front of the main window which looked onto reception to attract attention to open the door - which they did very quickly.

The location is residential/offices but a 10 minute walk takes you to George/Rose/Princes Street. A 15 minute walk to Haymarket Train Station.

We got a great deal which I thought was worth the money, however, don't think I would want to pay much more than this.

If we could have the same deal I wouldn't hesitate to book again.

There is only one nagging negative - please, please, please invest some money in decent pillows. Pancakes to rest your weary head on don't quite cut it after a long day out and about in the city.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

My husband and stayed at the hotel for 2 nights on the best of the bonham deal advertised on website. Thought it was a great deal and it was for a relaxed treat weekend. When I first contacted the hotel the reservation staff were very helpful and I was impressed. We arrived and all seemed ok except they couldn't see that I booked 2 nights, we were early to hotel so knew our room wasn't ready yet, we then went out for some lunch and returned to find our bags in our rooms which was fantastic.

The room was very basic no better than a premier inn standard. We were disappointed but they are spotless and housekeeping are great.

Our deal included dinner which was by far the best part! The restaurant staff are FABULOUS! The head waiter Thomas was super he recommended wines that complimented our food, was attentive, knowledgable and showed outstanding customer care. He is an assets to the hotel.

Food was some of the best I have ever had in any restaurant
in Scotland, the chef is
fantastic! This really made our stay along with our yummy breakfast which we had in bed.

Front of house staff don't seem to know what's going on! As much as they are nice they don't know if you've paid or how or how much. This really annoyed me they can come across rude and first impressions count!

Having frequented there sister hotel Blythswood Square Hotel many times I would say the staff at The Bonham could take tips from them in 5* service.

Overall very good
Would and intend to come back to The Bonham for the restaurant and maybe to stay as my husband loved it!

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Scotland
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

Stayed in a double, standard room. Bed lovely and comfortable but the chairs were in serious need of upholstering. Rooms immaculately clean and room service staff attentive and hard working. Prices for the mini-bar were outrageous. Plenty shops nearby so I would advise bringing in your own snacks, water, juice etc rather than paying over the odds. We were only there 2 nights and ate from the hotel restaurant. Again, excellent staff but prices could not be justified. Being vegetarian, there was only one main dish that i could eat. They did make me up a very basic salad the following night after i asked if there was any alternative, but i felt it was definitely not value for money. Lift was not working when we were there which meant a hike to the 3rd floor and would have been impossible for the elderly or disabled. On balance, i wouldn't stay there again. I have given it 3 stars. Good hard working staff, but overpriced.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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292 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

I'll start with the positives:
- The staff are lovely (I received particularly friendly and professional service from a blonde receptionist, who was so friendly on check in and check out)
- The breakfast was nice
- The room is lovely and big
- The décor is traditional, warm and very Scottish
- The beds are very comfortable

Some things I feel need attention to justify the price and the 4 stars:
- Lack of teabags in room - the only ones which were available were cheap and there were only 2! I've stayed in 2 stars which offer a range of herbal teas in the room
- Lack of toiletries - again, even a 2 star Ibis I've been in has had nice toiletries!
- Restaurant (see other review) - too much attention to the appearance of food and not the taste. Yes the Pumpkin and Amaretto soup looked good but it tasted very strange! The price of the food is quite extortionate. I would not mind paying this if I felt the food was worth it, but for a fatty piece of meat (steak) and a small piece of Cod and 2 weird soups I don't think £50 can be justified.

If I stayed here again I would definitely give the restaurant a miss. The friendly staff and comfortable rooms are enough to make me go back.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

Stayed 3 nights friday to saturday. For the price its not really worth it, didn't have much wow to it and could have paid quite a bit cheaper for same kind of hotel experience. Bedroom was spacious and bed was very comfy although general look of room average and basic (expected more for the price £130/night). Staff generally nice and welcoming, although the same cannot be said for the breakfast staff, the service wasn't attentive as was seen on other tables and breakfast was very basic and inconsistent, one day it would be hot and the next cold but burnt? Last morning rudely awoken by the cleaners hoovering outside at about 8:30. Location is good but for the price you can get a better hotel. Seems a little hit or miss.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

Just had 3 nights in a petit room, extremely comfortable and excellent food, breakfast and dinner. Hotel was in an excellent position for getting into Edinburgh on foot. Room had very little draw space, just 1 small one. Very poor reception on TV unless you left wardrobe door/closet open to reflect signal at all times. Reception told after first day but was told they would look into it.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Scotland
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202 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

There's no doubting The Bonham is a beautiful boutique hotel. The decor & Georgian architecture is elegant, tasteful & luxurious.
Used an ITISON voucher for a 2 course lunch. Limited menu, but high quality food. Our starter of pumpkin & amaretto soup was absolutely divine. Silky smooth & full of flavour, scattered with pumpkin seeds. Fresh bread & butter sprinkled with sea salt. Chilled glass of Cava.
Mains, I had the duck, which was one of the best plates of duck I've ever had. Absolutely delicious, just couldn't fault it. My husband had coley, which he said was "incredibly salty". He said the salt totally overpowered & spoilt the dish. Fat hand cut chips ( 11 of them between us! ) & vegetables came @ £3.50 PER PORTION. I REALLY object to this. If you're paying for a meal, potatoes & veg should come WITH the meal & not cost extra.
We decided to pay £4.50 extra for dessert. My husband had the cheese board, which came with 2 types of cheese, celery, grapes, chutney & biscuits, which he thoroughly enjoyed. I had the lemon brûlée with citrus biscuits. The brûlée did not taste of lemon, but the biscuits did. A bit disappointing. We then had coffee which was very good, but @ £3.00 PER COFFEE.
Service was polite, courteous & lovely. Toilets & public areas spotlessly clean.
Although we enjoyed our experience @ The Bonham on the whole, it's the prices of "extras" that really puts a bad taste in the mouth.
Not wheelchair accessible.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Bonham
Address: 35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
#30 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#32 Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh
#56 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bonham 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh is a boutique hotel in Scotland with a very contemporary spirit. It occupies a series of Victorian buildings in the West End of Edinburgh, whose soaring natural proportions have allowed us to create a truly dynamic set of rooms and public spaces. At The Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh, we have used bold colour, rich texture and contemporary art and photography to build an environment that is fun, upbeat, welcoming and with the unmistakable buzz of being part of a great Scottish city.There are 49 boutique rooms and suites at The Bonham, each individually styled so that, among them, you will almost certainly find the one you have been waiting for. ... more   less 
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