My partner and I stayed at the Kildonan Lodge Hotel for three nights between 14th and 17th February. We arrived mid-afternoon after a long drive, and the staff couldn't be more welcoming. We were offered the cosy living room area to wait in while they finalised our booking, and then received the good news that we had been upgraded to the four-poster room. The room was beautiful - modern yet traditional, with a lovely touch in complimentary whiskey and shortbread. We also had extra chocolates on our pillows because it was Valentines Day - all the little gestures make a big difference. There were tea and coffee making facilities as well as a TV, and iPod deck.
Our tea and coffee, and the whiskey and shortbread were replaced every day, and our towels changed too.
The breakfasts were lovely - there was a huge variety of cold meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit and yoghurt, and also hot options such as a classic Scottish breakfast and porridge. I trialled most of it and it was all very tasty.
The location of the hotel is nearing on perfect. It is walkable distance into town if you are a keen stroller (takes about 25-30mins) but if not, it is on a main bus route. There are a number of buses you can get in and out of the city, and we never waited more than 5mins. The distance from the city meant that it was still quiet despite being so close to a huge city.
The staff couldn't be more helpful and answered any questions we had - they have good tips on where to go and when, and told us exactly which buses to get to go where we wanted. They also allowed us to leave our car in the hotel car park until late afternoon, after we had checked out.
Since we have returned, the staff have continued their excellent service as well - I inadvertantly left a t-shirt behind in our room. On calling the hotel, they had located it and were more than happy to post it to my home address. My t-shirt is lost no more!
Tips on what to do in Edinburgh:
Arthur's Seat makes a cracking walk on a nice day. It's quite strenuous but the view from the top is unbeatable.
The ghost tours on the Royal Mile were good fun, and also quite insightful and educational. We used a company called Auld Reekie.
The Britannia - we weren't going to bother heading to the port to see HMY Britannia, but it was interesting and worth the trip.
I would **DEFINITELY** recommend this hotel to anybody looking to head to Edinburgh for a city break, and would stay there again if I ever return.
Well done Kildonan Lodge - you deserve every one of the four stars you have got, plus another!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kildonan Lodge is an elegant Victorian 4* small hotel located close to Edinburgh city centre, only 1.5 miles from Princes St with frequent bus services opposite the hotel. It offers individually designed ensuite bedrooms, free wireless internet access, private car parking, full Scottish breakfasts, Mathew's Restaurant, honesty bar and a warm and friendly atmosphere. Romantic four poster beds and spa baths are also available to compliment any special occasion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kildonan Hotel Edinburgh
- Kildonan Lodge Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland