23 Mayfield

23 Mayfield Gardens, Edinburgh, EH9 2BX, United Kingdom
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a gid find

by TripAdvisor Member dajockster

stayed in this place whilst travelling around edinburgh. what a score! near city centre made nearer by great public transport system. very clean comfortable rooms with great breakfast and friendly hosts. put it on your list!

hospitality and kindness

by TripAdvisor Member Eufemia

Last week my colleagues and I spent four unforgettable days in Edinburgh. We were 27 people and stayed at 23 Mayfield . The place was very nice, clean and beautifully furnished. Ross was very kind and helpful and he prepared for us excellent Scottish breakfasts. We all enjoyed his warm hospitality, good food and fabulous accommodation. The place is really special, next time I go back to Edinburgh I will certainly go there.

Awesome experience

by TripAdvisor Member Kk874

23 Mayfield is a beautiful B&B within walking distance of the Royal Mile & Princes Street (Lots of shops, the castle, and the palace). The owners were very welcoming and helpful in accommodating our different needs. Ross (owner) helped my roommate and I decide which tour to go on and he booked it for us! We chose the 12hour tour that goes up to Loch Ness. It was so fun and well worth the £36! The best part was that we didn't need to go looking for the tour bus...it came to the front of the B&B at 7:30 to pick us up. Breakfast was very good! The dining room is beautifully decorated with classical music playing in the background. The system was nice--we gave our breakfast order the night before, so when we came down it was all ready!

Overall, it was a lovely stay. If I'm in Scotland again, I will probably come back here.

A very comfortable stay

by TripAdvisor Member Pevsner

This is a very good guest house. It is set in a lovely, early Victorian house, so the public rooms have high ceilings and period features. It is on a bus route, and the centre of the Old Town is a 30-minute walk away. The bedroom was 4* hotel standard, with a 6ft wide bed. The bathroom was well-appointed, though the hot water in the shower was erratic if other people were using their showers. The breakfast was the best I have ever had in a guest house - a very wide choice, with specialities like French toast with cinammon and maple syrup, salmon and cream cheese with bagels, as well as the usual fare. It would have been nice to have had fruit salad, but that seems a minor point. There was a public sitting-room, and this had free internet access (you could also use your own laptop in your room) and an honesty bar. The owners were unfailingly poilte and helpful. The only downside was that you could hear noise from other rooms, and the bowling (green) club behind the house was hosting a very noisy party one night. Apart from this, it was a very good place, and I would certainly stay here again if I was in Edinburgh.

Best B&B of our month-long trip

by TripAdvisor Member Bernie99

We contacted another local B&B through recommendations in a guide book. Since they were fully booked, they kindly forwarded our email to Ross, who promptly replied that he could accommodate us on our visit. The quick bus trip from Edinburgh centre brought us right to the door of 23 Mayfield. We were warmly welcomed and shown our room with its four poster bed and gorgeous furnishings, including a flat screen TV. Kathleen took the time to explain the simple pre-ordering of breakfast while Ross gave us recommendations of neighbourhood restaurants to explore later. The Turkish restaurant was especially memorable. We both enjoyed relaxing in the parlour, reading through travel books and magazines and checking our email on the lap top provided. Breakfasts were equivalent to five star restaurants, as others have described. We have already recommended this special B&B to relatives who will be in Edinburgh next summer.

Really Outstanding!

by TripAdvisor Member institches

Our stay at this B&B was one of the most outstanding experiences of our trip to the UK. The hospitality was outstanding. There was nothing Ross wouldn't do to make our stay a good one.

Having been a B&B owner myself in the United States, I cannot say enought about the thoughtful attention to their guests the owners of 23 Mayfield provide. I know it isn't always easy. The breakfasts were absolutely wonderful as well. I cannot say enough good things about this place.

Best of Newington

by TripAdvisor Member kudzutiger

I can't recommend this B&B enough. Ross and "Grandma Mary" were absolutely choice. The family room is gargantuan and the bathroom is closer to that of a W hotel than at a B&B. In fact, the family room has a third floor window looking out at Arthur's Seat; enough said.

Breakfast was sublime. Be sure to mark you menu with one egg versus two if you are looking out for cholesterol. The eggs are delicious and local free range, but i felt guilty about wasting one each morning.

As far as neighbouring stuff - the Wild Elephant up the street had a very tasty jungle curry. Oh, and watch out for University of Edinburgh students blazing down the street on bikes.

All in all, I wish I lived there. It felt like home.

A lovely place

by TripAdvisor Member leebes

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights in Feb 2009. We found 23 Mayfield by chance on the internet, and were very pleased with our choice.

The house is stunning, very sympathetcally and authentically renovated, with large rooms and high ceilings. The bedroom itself was very well appointed, with a canopied king-size bed.

The owner, Ross, was a great host, who obviously loves his job. He greeted us warmly when we arrived, offering advice on places to eat and visit during our stay. He also served the delicious breakfasts in the mornings, and you got the impression that nothing would be too much trouble.

The guest house is about a mile from Edinburgh centre. There is a regular bus service running into town, or you can walk through Holyrood Park, along the crags where you get a fantastc view across the city.

We thoroughly enjoyed out stay at 23 Mayfield, and were only sorry that we were not staying longer!

You'll not find a better B&B in the heart of Edinburgh...

by TripAdvisor Member phaseshifter180

23 Mayfield is by all accounts a classy, boutique B&B where 'you get what you pay for' does NOT hold water. The owner/proprietor, Ross Birnie, is first off, the nicest and most personable host you can imagine. The B&B itself is classy, with redone Victorian decor...it has a lounge where you can sit and read from the many old books in his ever growing collection, whilst sipping on a 'wee dram' of whiskey or enjoying a local Scottish beer (yes, he has a mini bar located right off the lounge area)
The rooms are tidy and classy, if not elegant with all the personal touches you would expect from a B&B, and none you wouldn't.
Even the least expensive room is quite lavish, especially when you consider what you get for a lot more in some larger hotels.
The breakfasts are the result of what I would think would be a lovechild borne of a three way between Gordon Ramsay, Emeril Lagase, and Shamus McDougal...that is to say new takes on traditional Scottish fare to include vegetarian options of some Scottish favorites like Haggis are mainstays here...prepared every day from 8-10, or 8:30-10:30 every morning or weekend morning respectively, Ross also offers Continental breakfasts, a variety of cereals, juices, coffee, tea, milk and just about anything else you could possibly want!
And yes, Ross will most definitely help you with whatever you want to know about where to go, and how to get around this amazing city. His mother is an absolute joy as well, as she helps Ross on the weekdays serving breakfast.
The true friendly nature of the Scottish people really takes on a new meaning when you stay with Ross, and best of all the B&B is a straight 5 minute bus into the city centre via South and North Bridge, Princes Street, and High Street (The Royal Mile).
Just ask Ross anything you need to know about the bus routes into and out of the city,...
Overall, if you want a value/budget B&B that acts more like a luxury hotel with a personal touch, you owe it to yourself to try out 23 Mayfield.

Excellent service provided at welcoming Guest House

by TripAdvisor Member jnmb01

Our family of four recently spent a few days in Edinburgh based at 23 Mayfield. The accommodation was very comfortable, the breakfasts were superb & the service was first rate. The guest house is located within easy reach of the city centre. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time in Edinburgh & this was due, in no small part, to the hospitality received at 23 Mayfield.

We would certainly recommend 23 Mayfield to anyone looking for a base when visiting Edinburgh.

Hopefully, we ourselves, will be visiting again in the not too distant future.


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Shopping on the brain!

by ErinRenton

With my trip already planned for the end on July and begin on August, I can't wait to arrive in Scotland! While my accomadations are close to Princess Street, I was wondering if you would happen to know a good shopping district for the young women! (19 years old) It would be greatly appricated if you could please pass on some pointers!
Erin Renton

RE: Shopping on the brain!

by Sileas

Princess Stree is the biggest shopping street in Edinburgh, with all the major shops on it and two shopping malls as well (Waverly shopping centre and St. james shopping centre). Running parallel to it is Rose Street with some smaller and interesting shops as well.

My favourite has to be little Cockburn Street, between the Royal Mile and Princes Street. It is full with record shops and small clothes shops, aiming mostly at your people. Around Grassmarket there is also a range of shops many of them Gothic/New age/Alternative, great for a little stroll around.

RE: RE: Shopping on the brain!

by clivedinburgh

Not sure what sort of budget your on but you could try the following;

Harvey Nichols - AKA Harvey Nics - www.harveynichols.com/output/Page145.asp
Beside this there are several boutique shops such as Armani, Louis Vuitton, etc.

Jenners on Princes Street along with numerous UK high street chains

Cruise and others on George St - www.cruiseclothing.co.uk

Ocean Terminal has a good variety of shops and also is home to the Royal Yacht Britannia. Buses from Princes St every 10 minutes - www.oceanterminal.com

RE: Shopping on the brain!

by NBClaymore

Edinburgh has a branch of Harvey Nicholls, provided you have a big budget! Apart from that, you should probably avoid Princes Street. There isn't much there any more. Nowadays the best shopping is to be found in George Street, whichruns parallel to Princes Street.

RE: Shopping on the brain!

by hawkhead

And failing all that, you can hop on a bus or train and come to Glasgow, which has the best shopping in the UK outside of London.


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Address: 23 Mayfield Gardens, Edinburgh, EH9 2BX, United Kingdom