Dalmahoy, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Address: Kirknewton, Kirknewton, West Lothian, Scotland, EH27 8EB, United Kingdom | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located on Kirknewton, Kirknewton, is near Bannockburn Battlefield and Heritage Centre, Greyfriars Church, The Meadows, and Torphin Hill Golf Club.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsDalmahoy, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Kirknewton

      Reviewed by kellymaise


      Reviewed May 13, 2013
      by (2 reviews) Northville , United States Flag of United States

      Awesome hotel

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Historical Traveler Reviews Dalmahoy, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Kirknewton

      Ok...not a great Marriott


      This is a REMOTE location. However, it is on the bus line and you are down on Princes street in 15 minutes. Worked well for us and is completley safe.

      Easy to get to by car.

      Room had a borken door in the bathroom, but was clean and spacious. Food was ok. Buffet breakfast is WAY over priced for what you get.

      Dissapointment in Dalmahoy


      We were so disappointed in this hotel. It is so far removed from the city center and any historic attractions. The rooms were poorly kept, with wallpaper peeling, etc. Housekeeping was atrocious! The hotel staff was less than helpful, in order to get into town without expense of taxi, the bus was the only alternative, however, the walk to the bus stop was considerable. In the morning that walk wasn't bad, but in the evening after the sun was down and a busy day, the walk was miserable. Would suggest some type of shuttle transportation from this hotel. We are Marriott Time share owners and have stayed in many Marriott properties, this probably was the worse.

      Great all rounder!


      We stayed at the hotel in November 2004 and found it pleasant with good facilities (especially the pool). Staff couldn't do enough for you and the location is very convient - only 15 mins from the centre of Edinburgh but in lovely grounds. Food was very good - great steak!

      Average place, rough round the edges...


      Stayed here for a long weekend during March 2005 and despite some very positive reviews, i found it to be quite an average Marriott property. Firstly the pros: beautiful location; lovely main building; excellent Pentland restaurant (but very expensive, even for London restaurant prices); good facilities including golf, excellent gym and pool; pleasant and courteous staff. The cons: modern accommodation block is very bland and rooms are stereotypical Marriott quality with floral bed-spreads, random scattering of brochures, poor room service and small bathrooms; restaurant choice is either the Pentland restaurant or the American diner place - literally meaning you eat £28 fillet steak or £4 wedges and ketchup! I'd recommend the Marriott Dalmahoy if you get a competitive rate - but it is certainly not worth a rack rate of over £200. It's Marriott so you certainly know what you are getting. But for anyone that stays regularly in hotels you'll find it rough round the edges and lacking in class.....

      Dalmahoy a nice alternative


      We enjoyed our stay at the Dalmahoy.

      The pluses: the grounds and the old mansion are beautiful, the Pentland restaurant is excellent, and there are a couple of nice rooms off the reception (one of which is a cocktail bar) where one can sit quietly in front of a fire (sipping on a scotch, perhaps). The actual guest rooms are fine - nice size. The drive into Edinburgh centre is quite short and managable (even for those of us unaccustomed to driving on the left side of the road).

      The minuses: There is no real in-room movie system to speak of, and the "free satellite channels" of which the hotel boasts on the Marriott site turned out to be three sports channels (two of which appeared to be showing non-stop darts). The Pentland restaurant offers only buffet-style dinner on some nights, and their dinner buffets are overpriced, and feature limited selection and mediocre food (quite a contrast from their usual, excellent menu). There is a modern wing to the hotel, which although attractive from the outside, is a rabbit warren inside (which is completely odd, given how recently it was built) -- one has to wander down endless, winding corridors to get anywhere.

      Overall, the Dalmahoy was a good choice. It offers the opportunity to stay in a unique hotel, at a price that compares favourably to its competitors in the centre of Edinburgh.

      Extremely disappointed


      I stayed at this hotel about 2 months ago for a wedding. I was really looking forward to it, as the brochure is immaculate... although frankly I was extremely disappointed. Firstly, the bedroom we were in was in the basement, and had a giant bush right outside out window, so we couldn't see anything out of the window, and the rooms are tiny and very very pokey. The bathrooms are also small. The corridors are narrow and cramped, and the decor of the whole hotel is very tired and worn. I think the hotel's insides need a facelift! The corridor our room was located had wallpaper falling off the walls, and it smelled of fish! The function was wonderful, and we were treated well, but the function room is also in the basement, and is just a box, and is nothing special. The concierge was extremely helpful, and couldn't do enough for us. The grounds are spectacular, with stunning views. And the main castle part of the hotel looks lovely too.

      Beware East Course greens being dug up


      If you are hoping to play the East course over the next 9-12 months, be aware that they start to dig the greens up this week and you will be playing on at least some temporary greens as of now. I only mention this because I haven't seen any warning signs or press about this anywhere. Last week the greens played really well.

      The hotel is a cut above most other Marriott golf resorts in the UK with a great (tho' pricey) restaurant.

      Friendly, Courteous, Great Facility


      Fantastic Facility. I have stayed here on numerous occasions towards the end of last year and could never fault anything. The needed to do some renovation work on the pool but I recieved a letter in the mail a few before my departure explaining same. Very professional. the staff is great and the location is inspiring. I was traveling on business and normally feel stressed but felt very relaxed when at the hotel. Will be goin back again on vacation soon.

      A Place to Return to


      Have stayed at this hotel twice now and both stays were excellent.

      Wonderful location, close to Edinburgh and Central Scotland, plenty of character in main building. Guest rooms, which are mostly situated in modern extension, are of a very high standard in terms of decor and cleanliness. Breakfast buffet is second to none! Evening A la Carte menu offers a wide variety - simply delicious! Several bars and a large cafe offer variety of choice for the less formal diner. Leisure facilities outstanding. A definate must see!

      Nice time good food


      nice facilities very good staff we are going back

      TripAdvisor Reviews Dalmahoy, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Kirknewton

      4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

      Travel Blogs from Kirknewton

      Big smoke

      A travel blog entry by karenneely on Aug 03, 2013

      ... for a look. very impressive. then back on bus to town. by this time its lunchtime, then separated for the day to look around.
      we went up to castle first and its still impressive. street acts on all over the royal mile cos of the festival. very entertaining.
      met up at 5 to go to Mary Close for a look around. interesting. then tea and off to Tattoo. boy ...

      Auld Reekie Beckons

      A travel blog entry by trinafindlay on Jun 10, 2013

      2 comments, 10 photos

      We awoke at Sparrow's **** o'clock this morning, but were still beaten to it by the sun, which never seems to really go to bed this time of year!

      Hazell and Claire were already waiting for us, so we left the other menfolk snoring gently in their beds while we set off across the misty countryside towards the Cat's Back again. We enjoyed a more sedate pace this morning, and Greg left us all behind a bit as he powered up the steep hill.

      We did enjoy ...

      A weekend in Scotland

      A travel blog entry by buckgw on Apr 14, 2013

      4 photos

      ... of London
      - Harrods
      - V&A, but David Bowie Exhibition was sold out for the day.

      We had a great dinner on the Friday night, even though the place we thought was an Italian restaurant, turned out to be an Indian!!

      Sandy and I then joined a work colleague and headed off to Scotland for the weekend. John and his wife Linda have been fantastic hosts. The Buck Hotel rating system gives Chateau ...


      A travel blog entry by joandhughpalmer on Dec 30, 2012

      8 photos

      Arriving back in Edinburgh is always exciting for us as we both think of it as one of our favourite cities and both have spent a fair bit of time there in previous lives.

      We were so lucky to have met Arielle earlier in the year when we caught up with Patrick from Kentucky in Edinburgh. She was the most amazing host and lives in a prime position in Edinburgh to get around easily and take in the city. The room we stayed in had ...

      A Surreal Day

      A travel blog entry by infinitytheatre on Aug 12, 2012

      1 comment, 29 photos

      ... to me and just thanked us for participating. Another fun moment was told to me by Susan and Gigi who were at the back of the bar watching with the next act who was heard saying " I have to follow that? Jeez!"

      Susan, Mickey and I went out to dinner while the cast went over to the boys apartment for a nice big meal.

      We then all met at the venue for our performance. Everyone was focused and up and we as usual had our problems ...