Doubletree by Hilton, Dunblane-Hydro
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Historical Traveler Reviews Doubletree by Hilton, Dunblane-Hydro
I was very disappointed with the dining experience. The food looked pre prepared and certainly not fresh.
I had to wait fiteen minutes to be seated although I has prebooked. The dining room was very bright, cramped and not a pleasant experience.
I waited an hour between starter and main meal and eventually decided to give up.
Be aware that the hotel is undergoing renovations so ask for a renovated room.
You may be tempted with special packages but think of quality especially if you are celebrating a special occasion.
Staff were very friendly and welcoming.
I enjoyed it very much
I'd read some of the reviews prior to our visit and was pleasantly surprised. The hotel is soon to be refurbished which i admit is becoming needed in some of the rooms but i found it comfortable and relaxing, and the staff were helpful and attentive.
Don't do it
Very grand exterior gives entirely the wrong impression - the inside is cramped, tatty and smells strongly of fried food. My room (4th floor) had frosted glass in the windows to stop you from looking out. The carpet looked forty years old - but not in a good way. The food in the dining room was brown - but not in a good way - and seemed to have been cooked a few hours earlier and then left to sit. (One of those menus in which everything is "lapped" or even, God help me, "masked" by a particular sauce. Generally a sign that the cooking is going to be sub-standard.)
Avoid like the plague - the only upside was the cheerful staff.
I have stayed here twice on business. The first time we were put in the new Annexe which is situated behind the main building. The rooms here are more spacious but very horrible - stained ceilings, mouldy bathrooms, busy wallpaper etc. (families beware as these are the family 'suites'). They said they were full but we insisted that we were moved to a better room and they very kindly cleaned a better room for us - smaller but much nicer with plaid bedspreads and a massive bathroom. Dinner was OK, drinks expensive.
Stay First Class
Having just returned from Dunblane Hydro I felt I had to write because having read the reviews prior to going I wasen't holding out much hope on our stay.
Well all I can say is that I found the Hotel and staff fisrt class, Reception very friendly,Leisure staff very freindly and Resturant staff also, food was brillant and cleanliness of restaurant got top marks.
Room was a bit disappointing as it wasen't one that had been refurbished but still very clean,
Overall stay fantastic and will go back.
I stayed at the Dunblane Hydro earlier this month on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast package. I was attending a function at the hotel. Check-in time is 4pm, which seems quite late.
Even though I was a bit sceptical after reading a few online reviews from other people who had stayed at the Dunblane Hydro before, I thought that a hotel chain such as Hilton will react to such bad reviews and will endeavour that the quality matches the high price asked for.
Great Hen weekend
I went on a hen weekend at the Hydro and loved every aspect of my stay, there were 20 of us and not one of us had any complaints. We went on about our weekend at the Hydro so much that 6 of our female family members have booked up another weekend for us all so that they can experience the fun, pampering and lovely food that we enjoyed while we were there. The whole trip was fantastic from beginning to end, can't wait till our next visit.
I planned this trip as a treat for my wife and daughter both enjoying special birthdays. I had been warned about the 'Hydro' but on a day visit, it didn't seem too bad so we went ahead, booking up a couple of 'beauty session' at the adjoining spa. Our experiences were very mixed, so I can understand how different guests could leave with such different impressions. On the plus side, our booking was dealt with efficiently and our request for a room with a view was met with - right at the front overlooking the entrance, tho it was shabbily furnished.. The room staff were pleasant and satisfied our simple requests. The food in the evening was OK if a bit uninspiring; the breakfast excellent - I've never had whisky on my porridge before! The non-smoking drawing room was a haven of peace in the evening. Not so good, however was the service - the serving staff in the evening were inexperienced and overstretched (probably because there were so many other functions which were being catered for elsewhere in the hotel). Our complaints were (politely) ignored. The cocktail bar and coffee bar were either unstaffed and empty or crowded with noisy conventioners and reeking with smoke, either way we never did manage to get a drink. I took note of the reviews about checking out and did it the night before. So glad, because it was a nightmare the following morning! I was charged for meals we hadn't had, but they were removed from the bill without question. The ladies enjoyed the pool and leisure facilities but overall I felt bad because it wasn't the experience I had hoped for them. I think the problem lies with the management, unable to decide whether it is a family hotel or a conference venue. Getting temporary staff from the local school is not a solution. Perhaps the manager should try to find out how the Hydro at Peebles manages to satisfy all its different clients at the same time!
Depends on your room...
Everything started with a disaster..They gave us a room just inside the garage which seems at least 100 years old. We asked for hotel manager to change our room but duty manager came(named Mark avoid him) and he asked us to stay in our terrible rooms or just leave the hotel. He said that they have no other room available at first. I called the hotel reservations by telephone and booked a executive suite and then could change my room which was a real disaster. Their executive suites are really fantastic(if you pay 200 pounds per night) and common areas are great.