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Straven Guest House
Ranked #29 of 391 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“Charming”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

What a great find! Great location, charming and hospitable. Mac and Marian were helpful and put on a fine breakfast for hungry travelers. I'm still trying to acquire a taste for Black Pudding. The breakfast selections were very diverse - everyone has options. My husband's regret is that he didn't walk down to the Firth of Forth to put his toes in the water. Walking the promenade after dinner and returning to the comfort of Straven Guest House made for a nice evening.

Room Tip: We had room 2. It was very nice.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Can't say enough about the rooms, the quality breakfast, and the hospitality of Mac & Marian. Visiting Scotland for the first time, my friend and I looked for a comfortable accommodation that would add to the experience. After reading all of the positive Trip Advisor reviews on Straven Guest House, we were ecstatic to find that they had last minute vacancy for us.

We enjoyed our stay to the fullest and appreciated Mac's personalized tips on where to go and what to do (because let's face it, not matter how many Lonely Planet books you read, you're still looking for the best hidden spots that require a locals knowledge).

**One bit of information that was out of the hands of Mac and Marion.. If paying by Credit Card - and foreign transaction fees apply - check the daily exchange rate prior to paying. The credit terminal company they use determines the conversion rate and was surprisingly high. No matter where I checked the internet for previously listed conversions, I could not find the high rate at which they charged my card resulting in my total for the stay to be about 18 Euro more than expected. Not a LOT but good to know.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Tekoa, Washington
2 reviews
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Mac & Marian were the perfect hosts. Breakfast was presented well, prepared perfectly, and they had a wide selection of fruits, cereals, juices, etc., apart from the cooked menu items. Our cooked selections were prepared exactly as requested, which we greatly appreciated.

The home is beautiful. Very clean, nicely arranged and fully equipped. Our hosts were very friendly, helpful, patient, well-informed regarding local facilities, bus routes, etc.

We were made to feel that we were really welcomed, more than just as paying guests.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

From the first email contact we were looking forward to our stay, and were certainly not disappointed. On arrival we were very warmly welcomed and made to feel at home. Room was great, I cannot believe how quiet at night it was and the breakfast is awesome. Mac and Marian are wonderful hosts. Great location for the beach and bus, only one complaint, we were not able to stay longer, hopefully next time.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tokyo, Japan
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Stayed there during the time of Edinburgh International Festival and it was absolutely the right choice! The owner, Mac, is really friendly and kind, and warmly welcomed me like a family. The lodge is located near the very quiet beach, and I loved strolled around and popping in a cafe. Very peaceful place to revitalize yourself - definitely would love to come visit again!!! Really miss the delicious Scottish breakfast :)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Cologne, Germany
1 review
Reviewed 5 April 2014

I have spent nine days at Straven Guest House and it was the right choice. The B&B is located directly at the seaside, only three steps from your room. The different local busses stop just aground the corner. So it is easy to get to the city center every few minutes. The accommodation was nice and clean. The bathroom seems to be new and the landlords are very nice and friendly and always have lots of tips to spend your day. The delicious breakfast was prepared individually. You have to order the main course of that the day before, so there is no wish left. For me it was a perfect stay. Thanks to Straven Guest House!!!

Room Tip: I had a double room for single use with a double bedrock was cosy and nice.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Lancashire
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Stayed here for 3 nights a week ago, lovely house, stayed in Room 2 which was good size, excellent size bathroom with a big shower, good supply of tea, coffee etc. There is a lounge for guests with a bigger tv and lots of books if you want to relax after a day out walking for miles. Mac was a very good host, friendly and informative but not intrusive. Fantastic breakfast, great selection of cold and hot, the cooked breakfast was delicious, lovely dining room. Had a great nights sleep, it was cosy with a good sized radiator as it was cold when we visited. Liked that it was by the sea for a nice stroll but also short bus ride to Edinburgh. Lots of street parking, we left the car outside the day we arrived and only got back in the day we left. Very relaxing getting the bus rather than driving in Edinburgh, we bought £3.50 all day ticket each and were able to travel miles to different attractions and get on and off. Mac and Marian give you a card with their address, a small local map and the bus numbers so you can't go wrong. Would definitely return and have recommended it to others.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Straven Guest House
Address: 3 Brunstane Road North | Joppa Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2DL, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 391 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Straven Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For accommodation in Edinburgh more personal than any hotel try bed and breakfast in our comfortable, traditional Victorian house in a peaceful residential area of Edinburgh in a lovely leafy street leading to sandy Portobello beach/promenade. So peaceful it is difficult to believe you are only a fifteen minute busride from the centre. Explore the rich heritage of Edinburgh by day - relax in the evening with a quiet stroll along the beachfront promenade. ... more   less 
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Straven Guest House Edinburgh, Scotland

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