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Clarin Guest House
Ranked #127 of 394 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 July 2010

Stayed at Clarin Guest House again, night out in Edinburgh - was just as I have always found it; friendly, welcoming and comfortable. Kim and Andy have put in en suites in the bedrooms and this makes such a difference.

Have booked to go back during the festival :-))

  • Stayed: July 2010
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Reviewed 20 May 2010

We are couple with one child from New Zealand and we sleeped in CLARIN Guest House 2 nights,We were very pleased with everything - room was nice and tidy,breakfast was delicious,price is very reasonable and owners were profesionals,they organised for us car rental,managed phone calls...This place is very well managed on profesional level and we wish both owners the best !!!Thank you very mutch Kim and Andy.
Steven&Monika and Alysha

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 September 2009

Neil & Margaret Thomson , Murwillumbah , Australia - 24th August 2009


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Kim & Andy's attention to detail & their caring manner in looking after us -- a mile out of the city -- 3 pound day ticket on the bus & we were away & the Minto Hotel meals -- great Thank you Kim & Andy

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Having being christened in California, Stirlingshire (just down the road from Edinburgh 70years ago) this was a reunion of relatives of which I was the youngest --so a lot of hugging & tears --we found Edinburgh to be a delightful city -- a bit disruptive -- with the tram re-establish -- The Royal Yaught -- brilliant -- Holyrood -- wonderful -- & for years we have promised ourselves an attendance to the TATTOO -- & we were not disappionted --what a wonderful spectable -- the walk up the mile to the parade ground -- what a terrific atmosphere --the Tattoo itself -- appeared to be so casual --- but so proffessional -- will never forget it -- Thank you Edinburgh -- Thank you -- Kim & Andy

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2009

Kin and Andy welcomed both of us with open arms and Toby the dog too. It is so difficult to find an in town Guest house that is pet friendly. Our Room was pleasant with a shower and our linen and towels were always clean a fresh, a big thing with me.
Breakfast was enormous, too much, and the bottomless tea and coffee in the room was an added bonus. The hotel is undergoing refurbishment and this is reflected in the price, with Kim and Andy at the helm it is going to be really great when it is finished.
I thank them once again for a great week in Edinburgh

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2009

We booked kim & Andy's place from the internet as our first night in scotland . Clarin house turn to be a cute small place with a big wide heart. Price was more than reasonable and we enjoyed the breakfast very much. It is a great place for backpackers and people and who wants to be close to city centre (5 min bus, 25 min walk) and enjoy a cute quiiet place.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2009

I am completely shocked at some of the reviews about Clarins Guest House and can only imagine they are well exaggerated. The hallway is not musty, the house is immaculately clean and everything is brand new. Kim, the owner explained to me at booking that they were still in the process of refurbishing and clearly - this was reflected in the price!! You will NOT find any other B&B priced at 35.00 during busy festival season, Edinburgh crazy in August. I do not know what people are expecting but Clarins is situated only 1.5miles from city centre, 5.00 in a taxi or 80p by bus and the hospitality is second to none. Actually, through no fault of her own Kim double booked our room, as the guests who had originally cancelled their 2nd night decided to stay at the last minute so we were offered a room which was still being refurbished for absolutely no payment - and this included a courtesy glass of wine on arrival AND a cooked breakfast. Ok, maybe Clarins is still up and coming, but there is nothing deceiving or lacking in what the owners have to offer, I really hope people are not influenced by those negative reviews - which clearly belong to people with very unrealistic expectations and probably need to get out and about more. Oh and there's free parking to the rear of the property, a rare finding for edb city centre.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 August 2009

We have returned from a fantastic festival trip to Edinburgh and will be back next year, enamoured of the stunning cityscape, approachable local people and high quality service, confirming its holiday popularity.

The one disappointment was our accommodation, which although quiet, convenient for links to city centre and relatively cheap in premium-rate August, was misleadingly advertised and was no more than adequate 'digs' for the festival. We stayed at Clarin Guesthouse, 4 Mayfield, Edinburgh EH9.

Our hosts were perfectly nice people, but their website refers to their Scottish Tourist Board 2 star rating as a guesthouse, which we did not find on our arrival. There was no STB plague as seen in photos on their website and they referred to ongoing refurbishments.

The existing bedroom decor was at best tired and desultory, at worst depressing. In addition, one of my group, a dog lover who is keenly aware that dog friendly accommodation (asserted on website and confirmed by a fellow guest's dog) needs scrupulous cleaning, was bitten in bed on the ankle and found the atmosphere stimulated her asthma! She relocated rather than spend another night there, forfeiting her share of the room's fee for the booking.

I feel the proprietors should remove any reference to rating under STB schemes until they have completed refurbishments and are re-certified. I suspect the previous owners have handed over the website and it has not been updated, as some earlier feedback comments on their website refer to another name to that of the current owners.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with friends
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claringuesthouse, Manager at Clarin Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2011

My sincere apologies for not placing a reply to this review before now, I did note all my reviews down but did not know how to reply to them.
Our sincere apologies for the display of the 2 star rating at the time of your visit, we took over the Guest House with this rating, we did ask for the STB badge to be removed from our webpage on entry, our apologies the company that host our webpage overlooked this and it was still left on our picture of our front door, we have since pointed this out and had this removed, I will confirm this was a pet friendly guest house in the past which was stated on our webpage when you booking was made, your friend packed her belongings and said bye going out the door she did not mention she was finding it difficult to breathe, (I do not believe she was bitten with anything other than a midge bite) it was the height of summer and your room window was open to the max).
On taking over the Guest House we had all carpets cleaned and beds were in very good condition, however we have taken onboard that pets sleeping in our rooms would not be good for anyone with Asthma or breathing difficulties so we no longer permit pets in our house, we have now replaced all carpets and beds in every room.

I do feel at the time of your visit you did receive 2 star accommodation regardless of a STB badge award, also at a fair price of £25 per person per night (including breakfast), this was the height of the Edinburgh Festival.

Kim - Clarin Guest House

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Address: 4 East Mayfield | Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1SD, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
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Ranked #127 of 394 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range: £46 - £94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Clarin Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 2
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