23 Mayfield Shortlist*

In a three-storey Victorian house restored with skill, Ross Birnie’s ‘lovely’ B&B has ‘all the modern features one needs when away from home’. More

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23 Mayfield
23 Mayfield Gardens,
EH9 2BX.
Tel 0131 667 5806,

Hotel information


7. 1 on ground floor.


All year except Christmas.


Club room, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, garden, parking.

Background music

At breakfast.


Not under 3.


Assistance dogs allowed in hotel, all dogs allowed in apartments.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


Per room B&B £80–£170.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

In a three-storey Victorian house a mile from the city centre, Ross Birnie’s ‘lovely’ B&B has ‘all the modern features one needs when away from home’. Smart, rather masculine, bedrooms have handcrafted mahogany furniture, quality linen, high-end toiletries and fresh coffee for the cafetière; a shower in the bathroom. A family ‘observatory’ with views towards Arthur’s Seat is provided with a telescope. Downstairs, original stained-glass windows, leather sofas and heavy drapes make the panelled lounge a soothing place to relax. Help yourself to a drink from the honesty bar or browse a rare tome from the library shelves (some works date back to the 1740s); pit your skills on the oversized ConnectFour. ‘Fabulous’, hearty breakfasts and daily specials are served in the morning. Buses to the centre stop frequently just outside.

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23 Mayfield
23 Mayfield Gardens,
EH9 2BX.

Guest comments

'A wonderful experience, we felt as if we'd stepped back into a time of first-class service, opulent surroundings and the warmest hospitality. ' - Martin Davies - August, 2013
'I stop at 23 Mayfield whenever I'm in Edinburgh, and it is always superb. From the moment you walk in to the minute you leave you are made to feel welcome and well fed. The breakfasts are to die for and Ross is a good advisor on local restaurants and bars. ' - Lee Coleman - March, 2013
'If you want true Scottish spirit of hospitality, this is the place to stay. Mr Birnie shows excellent taste and quality, and knows what his guests are looking for. The warm spirit of the B&B is special. ' - Karina Noppenau - September, 2012

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