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Fleet, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A kind friend booked us into this hotel which was nearby. It is very central for Edinburgh, but the hotel badly needs bringing up to date. We were up two flights of stairs and there is no lift. The curtains were coming off the rail and there was a huge hole in the carpet, The breakfast was served by a... More 

Thank juliabourne
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brilliant location, yet quiet at night, and the bed was OK. Otherwise filthy, and I had to carry my rubbish out myself. It is thoroughly absurd that this is listed as a 3-star hotel. I heard other guests claiming to see the manager because "this was not what we paid for". So true!

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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This hotel really could be so much more... Its perfectly set just 15min walk from the city centre, Its a beautiful building that was built for a rich family. At first glance ...The architecture and interior design is like something from downtown abbey, However... The whole operation is bordering on a shambles. We booked the room and breakfast for 3... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We were looking for a reasonable priced hotel in Edinburgh for a group and we really picked the wrong one. This is by far the worst kept Hotel we all had ever stayed in. The positive points are that the Hotel is on a nice street and the location is pretty good. The Hotel is just a few stops on... More 

1 Thank Yogmart
Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

This place needs some TLC. Light bulbs missing, cracks in the tiles, tape round the shower head holding it together, wifi didn't work. The breakfast was also very disappointing. Just a few over-sugared cereals, tasteless white bread, some apples and pretty tasteless coffee. It took 10 minutes for the breakfast attendant to realise I was there and ask if I... More 

Thank violinjeff
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

3 star hotel? I would describe it more like a 2 star in a grand house. Location: Great if you don’t mind the mile walk from Waverley rail station. It’s easy to find too. Safe location, between streets full of expensive town houses and apartments, alongside embassies etc. Lovely little park outside across the road. Overview: Sadly the hotel is... More 

Thank Christie A
Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

At first sight the building is a gorgeous Victorian big-sized row house, facing a crescent with a closed garden. Inside, most of the style was kept, and all the modern features are just the necessary bits. Our room was on the second floor, I think to reach most rooms you either had to go up or down stairs, facing the... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Recently stayed at the ballantrae on York place for a long weekend , very well situated and really friendly staff especially "Mazz" wouldn't hesitate to book on our next visit ! We had a three bedded room which was more than big enough for the three of us

Thank mick j
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Do not stay here. This hotel is far from the 3 stars it advertises itself as. Our room was so damp that the wallpaper was coming off the walls. The bathroom was covered in black mould and so were the windows in the bedroom. The carpet looked as if it had never been cleaned since the hotel opened. We asked... More 

1 Thank belfastgirlBelfast
Windsor, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

No hot water. No cooked breakfast. Old stained carpet. Unhelpful staff. Unkempt garden- actually wilderness. For me this was not acceptable. Continental breakfast was depleted and not refreshed. I had to phone the night person to get in.

1 Thank peterauty

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West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theatres and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located at the centre of Edinburgh, the Ballantrae West End Hotel is ideal for the festival, Edinburgh Tattoo, world heritage attractions, and only a few minutes walk from Princes Street, Haymarket Station, the International Conference Centre, and the financial district. Centrally located, in an elegant west end crescent, we are a small (eleven bedroom) family run hotel, able to offer you a friendly personal service, with an emphasis on traditional hospitality. There is also a comfortable residents' bar. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ballantrae West End Hotel

Address: 6 Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EP, Scotland (Formerly Afton Town House Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > West End
Price Range: $73 - $424 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ballantrae West End Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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 of 5 bubbles Yogmart, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Wifi was only one side of room so if this is vital maybe check when booking”
  • Original sash windows, just not maintained, so sad
  • Fix the towel rail? Mastic toilet - nice
  • Just don't look too close
  • broken light and beading, again so sad
  • Overgrown garden
 of 5 bubbles 434christiea, 11 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The bach view is pretty.”
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 of 5 bubbles MikeH978, 23 Aug 2016 | Read review
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