Dalmahoy, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
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- 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 ...
... to scramble for the ...
... We were glad that we had packed away the tent and awning yesterday when everything was bone dry! We said our thanks and goodbyes to Jean who had been so supportive of our journey. We both really appreciated her help, enthusiasm and bubbly attitude towards everything, even though she was working very long hours. As we left she was preparing for a Caravan Club rally coming on to the site this afternoon. We hope they all enjoy the park as much as we did. We headed ...
... with the temperature already at 18 degrees Celsius. We crossed the ford over the Lyne Water, now still after the activities of yesterday, we headed north-west towards Wakefield making up the ground that we would have covered yesterday if the weather had not been so hot. The lane was cool and welcoming even at this time in the morning, the fresh beech leaves providing a wonderful canopy. We moved from green pastures to open moorland fairly quickly, the sheep residing on the ...
... rock performers. It was amazing...I wanted to keep watching, only disappointed we hadn't got there early for better seats!
-'Ginge, Geordie and the Geek'; three guys who do 50 sketches in an hour..some lasting only seconds but we were constantly laughing..really good!
-'Fascinating Aida'; a trio of three middle aged ladies who turn current issues into song...check out YouTube for "cheap ...
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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.
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