I'm a bit reluctant to write this review. Not because the place isn't nice but because it's often hard to find a room in this city.
I started my first business trip with a few nights in a nearby hotel. Couldn't get a decent night sleep there so I looked around and found this guesthouse. Not being very familiar with the concept of a B&B or guesthouse I decided to try it anyway.
So, what do you get if you decide to stay here?
What you get is a room on the upper floor in a fair sized home in a quiet dead-end street near a police station.The rooms are recent construction. Fair sized. Despite it being the first floor of a house with a sloping roof I still can stand in most of the room (I'm 2 meters tall). The room is done in an off-white with light wooden flooring and furniture. The bathroom has a marble floor and shower with plenty of room and a good sliding door. There's a kettle and a selection of tea and instant coffee in the room. At the time I was writing this my room still had an extra bed in it from the big oil expo the previous week. Once that's gone it will feel a lot more spacious. There's an iron and board available. Troughout the house there's an excellent wifi connection used to share a reasonably fast sky broadband connection. The rooms feature a small but high quality flatscreen TV with a good selection of channels (Freeview I think)
A continental breakfast is in the guest lounge on the ground flour. There's also couches and a TV. Guests can help themselves. There's a microwave for late night snacks.
Within easy walking distance there's the eat-inn at the wellington hotel. An OK pub with a decent restaurant serving standard dishes at OK prices. Further up the road there's a burger king as well. There's a coop convenience store around somewhere but that's a 20 minutes walk I think.
Because it's a converted house there is some noise from your neighbour. As I'm typing this I can hear the shower in the room next to me. In many hotels the noise from the hallway bothers me immensely, in here the neighbours do not bother me at all.In here you know they're not a party crowd but people like yourself, looking for a good place to rest from a long hard day at work.
I read somewhere that the owners didn't live in the house itself, that's not true, they live on the ground floor. Nice people, very friendly, not at all typically Scottish in their hospitality. You can ask them for help with anything and they will do their very best to help you but at the same time they do respect your privacy.
The whole experience is of staying in a guest room at distant relatives. Yes, you can sometimes hear your neighbours and yes, there's only a continental breakfast. On the other hand you have a very clean, well equipped room with a home feel to it. There is some room for improvement though, the bedside lamp is too small for the big buld it contains. The halogen lighting in the room could do with a dimmer switch. The bathroom needs a peg or two next to the shower to hang your towel.
With all the effort that has gone into this guest house and the warm welcome you get from the owners it's hard not to like it. I do like it and I will certainly try to stay here again.
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