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Edinburgh's Kindest B&B
After 4 days in London and two in Paris, we were looking for a nice, quiet B&B outside of the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh's tourist center to spend our next few days, including our anniversary. With the Straven Guest House we found just that and so much more.
Owned and run by Mac and Marion, the Straven has to be one of Edinburgh's best B&B's. It is about a 15 minute bus ride from the tourist center located on a quiet side street adjacent to the Portobello Promenade and the Firth of Forth. The Edinburgh bus system is quite good so the location was not an issue at all, just make sure to have correct change for the buses as they do not make change from larger bills. If you ask Mac, he is happy to make change for you at the B&B.
We loved the location. Being next to the ocean was wonderful. We spent a lot of time walking the Promenade in the mornings and evenings and loved sitting outside of a small cafe (the Espy) watching the evenings go by. Even better, this area was dominated by locals and is certainly off of the beaten tourist path, which was a very nice change.
We had a very nice, large double room on the first floor. The decor was a bit dated, but everything was immaculate and the bed comfortable. Our room was great.
The best part of the Straven is the breakfast, which is served by Mac, the most cheery and polite host I have ever had the honor of staying with. Breakfast begins with a delicious bowl of porridge and cream with an assortment of cereals and fruits and toast as well. You then have your choice of a full Scottish Breakfast, the Scottish Decadence Breakfast, various Contintental Breakfast assortments or a sweet breakfast of belgian waffles. I loved the Full Scottish Breakfast (bacon, sausage, tattie scones, fried tomato, mushrooms, and choice of egg). One morning I had the Decadence breakfast, which was similar, but had scrambled eggs with salmon - yum. The coffee (or tea) was served in a french press and was also delicious.
As I said previously, Mac and Marion were the best hosts. Mac knows almost anything you would want to know about Edinburgh. Their recommendations were always wonderful and they would do anything they could to help make your stay enjoyable. It is apparent that they love their city and their establishment.
Unique Quality: Straven's location on the Firth of Forth was very special. Nothing like a walk along the Promenade and a nightcap at Espies to end a wonderful day in Edinburgh. And, if you want to get away from the tourist hordes one day, just stay along the Promenade in that part of town. We did and it was a fanastic and relaxing day. Mac gave us a couple old towels for sitting on the sand beach, we wandered the Promenade, and shopped in the little shops in the area, which were much better than the tourist traps in the Old City.
Directions: Located on Brunstane Lane near the intersection with Joppa Road. From the Old City, take the 15 or 26 bus to St. Philip's Church.
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Amenities at Straven Guest House
- Continental Breakfast
- Free Parking
- Free High Speed Internet
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