For the early part of this year I was pretty much a resident at The Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club in Edinburgh. Due to work commitments in Scotland I was lucky enough to stay at this beautiful hotel three or four times. My review is a general overview of all of my visits this year.
Arrival and Check in 4/5
This hotel is about 20 minutes drive from Edinburgh airport which is handy, I don’t like long drives after getting off a flight. I love hotels that are off road because you don’t have to hear the hustle and bustle of everyday life outside. The grounds are beautiful and so green because it’s a golf course too.
On every occasion the reception staff have been friendly and helpful but because I had been booked in on a business booking there was also a problem or missing information a few times which was super annoying.
The Room 3/5
On every occasion my large room was clean and tidy and the heating was always on too which is bonus because its freezing in Scotland. The rooms are miles away from reception so it feels like you are walking for ages before you come to a lift. The corridors were a bit confusing at times too, it’s like a maze. The internet signal was awful in my room too so I had to watch TV or read in the evenings, this sounds normal but when you are a social media addict like me you need internet connection. Even general phone signal for making voice calls was a nightmare. On my first trip I had hoped to catch up on my blog but I had no such luck because of internet problems. There is an extra charge for wifi which is ridiculous in 2015! On a separate note, I wish they offered white robes and slippers in the room, this is one of my favourite things for hotel visits.
The lunch and snacks provided as part of the business package were not great. The sandwiches were too fussy and the cakes and sweets were just a bit strange, I like things simple. However when we had breakfast and dinner it was amazing. The breakfast buffet had a traditional Scottish twist including potato scone (my favourite), black pudding and haggis. This was in addition to bacon, sausages, beans, various types of eggs, made to order omelettes and a fruit and cereal bar. The food situation was pretty impressive and they take your drink order at your table.
We always had dinner as a group, there were 10-12 of us and I feel the staff couldn’t really cope with the demand of a big group. The first big dinner in the private room looked amazing and we felt fabulous but the service was terrible. We had pre-ordered our three course meal and it took over an hour between the starter and the main course. Some of the group had given up by the time main course had come out and gone to bed.
When the food did arrive it was really nice, I can’t fault it at all, I just wished they had more than one person serving such a large group.
There are a number of bars and restaurants within the grounds which is so useful. When I dined alone I had ate in Zest Bar which is more casual. Zest Bar serve pizza’s and burgers, that kind of vibe. The service was better in this bar and I sat with my iPad catching up on emails and TV programs because there was free wifi in the communal areas and bars.
I used the gym a few times in the morning before I started work and it was really pleasant. I would love to work out before work at home but walking along the corridor to the gym just isn’t possible and that easy in London.
As I mentioned earlier the grounds are beautiful. When you live in London it’s nice to get away and just see greenery for miles. Even when it was really cold it was still nice to be outside and have a little walk around.
I wouldn’t stay at the Dalmahoy again if I was in Edinburgh for leisure because it’s a bit far out from the town centre. I wouldn’t go so far to stay in the hotel all day and night. The internet signal is awful and I don’t think you should have to pay extra for wifi in your room. My own internet didn’t even work in my room which was a major fail. Overall the staff were not very impressive either, everything seemed to take so long and the lack of communication between the management when trying to solve problems we had as a group was disappointing. On the plus side, the grounds are stunning, the breakfast is lovely and it was nice to get away from London.