We booked this hotel through Glasgow's Great Deal for a one night stay at the start of November. Included was canapes/prosecco on arrival, 2 course evening meal and a full scottish breakfast for £89. We've had bad experiences booking via 'groupon' type deals before so were a bit dubious about what we would encounter when we arrived. We also had our dog (notified hotel on the phone at the time of booking) and 4 month old child with us, on her first journey away from home. We needn't have been apprehensive about this hotel as it certainly lived up to it's billing, however we did have a bit of a shakey start. On check in we were given the keys to a room upstairs in the 'mews' part of the building. This room was large, beautifully decorated and we were really happy with it. I immediately started unloading the multitude of luggage items we had with us (4 month old child, remember!) up the stairs, when suddenly one of the staff members noticed we had a dog with us. We were told that they were unaware of a dog being part of this booking and that they would need to switch us to another room. I was initially annoyed as I had moved all the luggage into the room, we had notified them of our dog at booking, and I was envisaging being thrown into a dodgy 'dog friendly' room in the basement!
However, the dog friendly room was every bit as beautifully furnished and decorated and the staff did help to move our luggage so everything turned out okay. The rooms are very luxurious and comfortable, bathrobes and scottish toiletries were included, as well as free wifi in the room (make sure to ask for the password for the 'mews' as it differed to the main hotel password). Yes there is a notice in the room about consuming your own drinks and the charge applied but we were told by staff that it was a bit draconian due to abuse from customers, as as long as there were no mishaps or damage, it isn't an issue.
This hotel is ideal for dog owners as they have their own private garden to the back of the hotel which would be beautiful in the summer. It is also 10 minutes walk to Ayr beach. The food was excellent and the portions were of good size. So much so that we had to turn down a dessert, which I think didn't go down too well as it was obviously a chance for the hotel to get some extra revenue out of the booking, so we were jokingly chastised for not indulging, but unfortunately were just too full up. However we made up for this by ordering breakfast in bed for next morning (additional £6 charge).
Overall I would definitely recommend the hotel, and especially through the excellent value for money deal that we booked through. We would not hesitate to return.
- Also Known As:
- The Berkeley Hotel Ayr, Scotland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Berkeley is a small family owned Boutique styled hotel and is and run by a small dedicated team, and have 24 hour night porter service, 5 sumptuous bedrooms a romantic restaurant and casual lounge cocktail bar, our large terrace is due to be heated & covered so guests can use this all year round and the gardens have 2 patio areas and are large enough to offer marquee weddings and events. We offer morning coffee & home made pastries, lunch and light snacks, afternoon tea, Traditional High Teas and evening meals to suit every occasion. We are a small hotel with a passion to do the best we can and raise the bar in hospitality. Our decor is strong and quirky! Comfortable and plush bedrooms which we take pride in. ... more less
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