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Edinburgh, Scotland is a must visit for anyone touring the United Kingdom. We flew into London and then took a cheap flight to Edinburgh so that we could recover from our long flight before beginning our epic road trip through Scotland and Wales. B & B Edinburgh City Center bed and breakfast is ideal for its New Town location and proximity to shopping and Edinburgh Castle.

While this was our first time visiting Edinburgh, we were familiar with The B & B Collection, as we stayed at Belgravia Bed & Breakfast in the heart of London. The Collection owns properties in Weymouth, York and Wickham, as well.

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Afternoon tea at the B & B. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

The Victorian townhouse is easily accessible via public transportation and only 14 minutes from Edinburgh Airport. We took Bus 100 Airlink to Shandwick Place and then walked less than 10 minutes to B & B Edinburgh. The 4 star Victorian mansion was once a private home and is both family-friendly and pet-friendly. Located in New Town Edinburgh, it’s a 10 minute walk to shopping on Princes Street and a 30 minute walk to Edinburgh Castle. There are plenty of restaurants and pubs around the neighborhood.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is offered from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the library. Sit by the fireplace and enjoy homemade scones and cakes with a glass of Prosecco. Children’s Afternoon tea with hot chocolate or fruit juice is also an option.

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Double room with Edinburgh city views. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

With 27 rooms offered, the B & B offers 3 family suites, 5 family rooms, 2 accessible family rooms, 4 double/twins, 9 doubles and 4 petite doubles. All rooms include en-suite bathrooms, free WiFi, cable television, reading lights, desk, chair and coffee/tea kettle. The bathroom featured a bathtub/ shower combo and was clean. It also included bath amenities and a hair dryer.

Our room #27, a double king bed (what we would call a queen in the USA) offered a view of Dean Village and a good size closet. We could make coffee and tea in the morning, but our favorite way to start the day was the breakfast served in the dining room.

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Eggs Benedict is one of the breakfast options at B & B Edinburgh in City Center. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

Scottish Breakfast

As I said, both my husband and I loved the Scottish breakfast served each morning in the dining room. The light-filled room was lovely, looking out to the water of Leith, an unexpected (to me) urban river with a walkway near the bed and breakfast.

A full Scottish breakfast is offered, with haggis and the square sausage, but there are plenty of other options on the buffet. I had a scrambled egg and a fruit yogurt each morning, while my husband loaded up on the bacon, eggs, toast and beans.

If you have an early morning departure, the hotel is happy to organize a take away breakfast with advance notice.

Need to know:

Rates ranged from £90 – £250 pound sterling per night, during our visit. Complimentary breakfast and wifi are included in the price of your stay.

Pets are allowed at the B &B. During our stay, the hotel did not charge an additional fee for bringing a pet.

There is no private parking at the property, but on street parking is available for £4.00 per hour. Additionally, the B&B provides a 50% discount card for nearby private parking.

There is a bar, with light bites and wine service. No draught beers or cocktails available. Room service is available for an additional £3.00 service charge.

Check in: 2:00 p.m.

Check out: 11:00 a .m.

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Gargoyle is carved into the wood banister in Victorian mansion. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

Insider Tips:

Edinburgh was our first stop in a nearly 3 week road trip. We carried Vision Global WiFi hotspot with us throughout our travels. The portable hotspot saved our bacon more than once. I swear, I don’t know what people did before this little, handheld nugget was invented. Certainly, map reading skills are important, but having portable WiFi with us gave me piece of mind driving those back country roads!

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Take Vision Global WiFi hotspot along. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

Here are a few more travel tips. After touring Edinburgh Castle, make reservations for Afternoon Tea at The Witchery. Not only is The Witchery a stunning restaurant, the champagne tea by candlelight is very romantic.

Once again we used the Hop on Hop Off bus as an easy way to explore the city and get our bearings. For additional insider tips follow luxury travel writer @Nancydbrown on Twitter or Instagram @Nancydbrown and @B+B Collection on Instagram.

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Light pours through leaded glass windows at B+B Edinburgh in Scotland. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

If You Go:

B & B Edinburgh  44(0) 20 7259 8570

3 Rothesay Terrace

Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 7RY, United Kingdom

Edinburgh Bed & Breakfast review written by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. All photography by Nancy D. Brown.  I received a media rate for this hotel stay, however all opinions are my own.