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Hotel Ceilidh-Donia
Ranked #6 of 151 Hotels in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 October 2012

I stayed here recently on a trip to Edinburgh with my Mum, who was visiting the UK from New Zealand.

When I booked our room at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia I was looking for somewhere that was comfortable and friendly, but also had a bit of English/Scottish charm (for my mum) and Hotel Ceilidh-Donia lived up to my expectations.

We were greeted warmly on arrival and given information about the surrounding area, buses and a local map. Our room was spacious for the UK, with two very comfortable beds, very clean and warm. Breakfast served every morning was a buffet continental service and then a 'hot food' service that was made to order, and all inclusive in the room rate. Lovely and fresh!

We were given keys to the front door as well as our room so we could come an go as we pleased.

One thing to note is that this hotel is a bus ride from Old Town Edinburgh. You could walk to it in about 30-40 minutes if you wanted, but we chose to get daily bus passes that allowed us to catch buses around the city as we wanted. There were 4 regular buses that went past the hotel regularly from the city, so we never had to wait more than about 5 minutes - and the trip itself took about 8 - 15 minutes depending on time of day and traffic.

The hotel backed on to the greenbelt area where you can walk to Authors seat. Very scenic.

I would happily stay here again. And my mum would too.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2012

Dear Reviewer

Many moons of thanks for your thoughtful review of the Hotel Ceilidh-Donia and happy and relieved when we live up to people's Tripadvisor Expectations because when a Review comes in most times just as I open it i am like a 5 year old child when watching Dr Who, one eye half open the other eye half shut because you never ever know or take for granted a Guests Review.

Fabby to hear our Breakie is still smiling people up, I dont know if this Reviewer was here but we have just recently introduced some new Items to our Breakfast Menu.
Eggs Benedict, is an English Muffin cut in two with Crispy bacon on them, then two Poached Eggs are topped on them with a Hollandaise Sauce topping the lot off, Eggs Florentine is again Muffins with Sauted Spinach with Nutmeg and last but not least we have Pan Fried Portobello Mushrooms, Sauted Tomato, topped off with Grilled breakfast Cheese, ooooohhhh I will be back soon


MMMmmm Yummmyyy back again, Fabby I tried them all, Tee hhee hee just kidding, I hope you will try them my Dear Reviewer should you come back to us..

Maxx..

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Reviewed 19 September 2012

I've been coming to this hotel for the past 5 years now for an annual event in the city and love the place.

Brilliant location...right near arthurs seat ( great for running)

Brilliant welcome on arrival, always greeted with a smile and a chat!

Love the dogs (i want to steal the new puppy).

An always attentive and helping host and hostess, no request to big (this includes sending out a search party when i got lost on a long run round the city...including the dog!)


Always sad to leave.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2012

Hey has anyone seen a Puppy ! ???, or should it be has anyone seen a Runner, Tee hee hee
Ooooppps I have found the Puppy but has anyone seen a tired out Runner, I agree with you that there can be no better place to Run or Walk around than Arthurs Seat our Extinct Volcano, I do not know why Edinburgh City Council does not have an Annual World Event around its Roads..

Maxx..

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Reviewed 17 September 2012

This is a beautiful Hotel. Although a little out of town (about 10/15 mins on the bus) the buses are frequent. It's a very short walk from the bus stop. The street is very quiet so no problem sleeping. We had a triple room which was tastefully decorated and a large en-suite shower room. The room was bright with a lovely view. We were welcomed by Annette who suggested some local places for lunch. The breakfast was lovely with a very varied menu.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2012

Thank you for your more than generous words about our Wee Hotel here in Edinburgh, glad you enjoyed our Breakfast offerings, we have just added Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine and Portobello Mushrooms with different toppings to our enlarged Breakfast Menu, ooohhh makes me want to go and make some now, Teee heee heee..

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Reviewed 16 September 2012

My mum, sister and I are just back from a 3 night break for my 30th birthday. We had a great time in edinburgh, we did all the bus tours which we found very interesting and enjoyed visiting the royal britannia ship.

We were warmly welcomed by the owner Annette who allowed us to keep our bags in the hotel before checking into the room as we had a very early flight. The room had a lovely view of arthur's seat, looking to the left out of the bay window. The ensuite shower is really powerful! The breakfasts are lovely and everyone was very friendly and welcoming. The golden retriever dog and young pup add a very special feel to the place.

If you walk down the front path and take a right, then another right you can catch a bus at the bus stop just across the road at traffic lights, numbers 22, 30 and 33 come approx every 10 minutes and you can buy an all day ticket for £3.50 which we got every day meaning you can come and go as you please.

Thany you very much Annette and Max for all your hospitality during our fab break to edinburgh. We'd love to come back again soon!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2012

And a Lovely Girlie Break it was indeed, the Hotel crackled when these three Ladies were around with their laughter filling every little crevice and good to know that our Showers and Breakfasts are nearly as good us our two Golden Retrievers Tee hee hee, Annette and I are well happy that your trip was such a success, I will go and clap Keilidh and Ruaridh for you right now girls..

Maxx..

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Reviewed 11 September 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights whilst visiting Ediburgh with our daughter to look at the University. This is a lovely hotel, very friendly and welcoming. Our room was spacious and comfortable with a big bathroom. It was very well appointed, spotlessly clean and provided more in the way of toileteries, refreshment facilites etc, than a lot of the more expensive larger hotels we have stayed in. Breakfasts were excellent, all cooked freshly with a wide range of choices.
The hotel is about a 25 minute walk from the city centre, but only 10 minutes on the buses which are frequent and efficient (we never had to wait longer than 10 minutes). We also walked it a couple of times which was no problem as it's quite an easy stroll.
A really nice touch was the map/guide that the owner gave us on our arrival. This gives details of everything you need to know about the hotel, and also many other useful points such as bus routes, ATM's, places of interest and recommended pubs and restaurants, both local and in the city centre. (We used two during our stay, and the food was excellent).
We would definitely stay here again and will recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Ediburgh.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2012

Dear Reviewer

Thanks for you generous comments and for noticing our |Bathroom Toiletries provided, Annette, Ann, Jill and the Girls chose the make of the toiletries and what and what not should be in the Bathrooms and it is seriously good when our efforts are noticed, thanks.

One day I suddenly realised that the obvious Maps we gave out were very good and had all the Information our Guest would need to navigate our beautiful City, except our Hotels own Input, so we put together Information on our Map to help Guests feel safe and instantly connected to our Local Neighbourhood and Edinburgh..

Maxx..

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Reviewed 9 September 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Ceilidh-Donia for 5 nights of the Fringe Festival in August 2012. We just loved it. Ask for Room 7 -- it's beautiful, comfortable and has just been renovated. The breakfasts are delicious; the owners are nice, patient and helpful 'way beyond what is required and the two dogs make it feel like home. We'd go back there in a nanosecond and recommend it w/o hesitation. Near the bus stop that takes you anywhere you want to go in Edinburgh.

Room Tip: #7 is up two flights of stairs but has just been renovated and is spacious, full of light and comfor...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2012

Dear Reviewer

Thanks for your lovely comments and for noticing our latest renovated room, it has a nice big bathroom and that is what we think should be our target on all our next room renovations, bigger bathrooms in all rooms, of course if this old building permits it.

Unless the World Economy crumbles we intend to renovate another 4 rooms this Winter time following room 18, 16 and 7s examples. We have just installed a New All Day Free Cereal Bar where Guests who want to come down later than our Breakfast times can have Cereals, Tea, Coffee, Cuppa Soups and Toast but can also purchase Chilled Water and Various Snacks All Day.

Maxx

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Reviewed 28 August 2012

Stayed here whilst at the Edinburgh Fringe. Clean with good refeshments in the room.

Very hospitable hosts and a good breakfast choice which is freshly made / cooked./

My wife was struggling with stairs and Annette moved us without any hassle.

The dogs are also very friendly and the puppy is a joy

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor are great
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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WarriorPoet55, Owner at Hotel Ceilidh-Donia, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2012

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and glad to know our Breakfast are still hitting the spot, to be honest at first Tripadvisor was an intrusion into our small but orderly world with Guests commentating on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, yea how dare they, tee hee heee but now four years on from our first review Tripadvisor is the Sharpest Tool that we have in our Toolbox and helps us immediately to remedy faults that our Guests point out to us in their Reviews, and thanks to all previous Reviewers and our puppy says hello..

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Additional Information about Hotel Ceilidh-Donia

Address: 14-16 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 5HL, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Edinburgh
#8 Best Value Hotel in Edinburgh
#8 Family Hotel in Edinburgh
#21 Business Hotel in Edinburgh
Price Range: £62 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ceilidh-Donia 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm Scottish welcome awaits at the Hotel Ceilidh-donia, Edinburgh. Hotel Ceilidh-Donia Edinburgh offers great value three star accommodation when visiting Edinburgh, the historic capital city of Scotland. Max and Annette Preston, together with their children Hayley and Struan, invite you to enjoy your holiday, City break or business trip in Edinburgh at the Hotel Ceilidh-donia with full facility accommodation. ... more   less 
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