Due to a last minute change of plans, I needed to find a room for 3 nights that was reasonably close to the airport for an early flight, and had wi-fi so that my husband could access the internet from his work computer.
Jude at the Retreat Castle Hotel got back to me within short time to offer me the accommodation that we needed.
When we checked into the hotel, she took us to the room that she had open for us, and had my husband immediately check the wi-fi. Although they had just installed a booster, there was no connectivity in the room, so Jude immediately put us into another room that had adequate wi-fi.
The place was booked with a wedding party, so we were lucky that there was another room available.
However, there was some sort of unusual odor in the room that affected my asthma. When we mentioned this at breakfast, Jude was more than happy to switch rooms, as the wedding party had left, and when we came back the next evening, we were shown to room 6 which was a huge room on the second floor which had a 4 poster bed. Our luggage had been moved for us.
Really, Jude and her husband went out of there way to assure our comfort, which we really did appreciate.
Breakfast is served downstairs in the conservatory. We were given several options from a menu to choose for breakfast. I highly recommend the porridge. I do believe that it was the tastiest that I have had while traveling through Scotland.
Even though our room was over the Pub, we were not disturbed by any noise. I will admit that our first room, room 2, was quite noisy due to the late night wedding celebration, but the website warns of that on the home page, and we knew that there would be a wedding, so I cannot fault the establishment for that.
Even though room 6 was large, it was cozy warm. The walls were decorated with some very entertaining pictures, and a variety of different shaped mirrors. It was definitely one of the most unique rooms that I have encountered. Amusing, to say the least.
The bathroom was large and came with a tub/shower combination. I did not like the bathroom in room 2 as the shower and sink share the same space and I am not used to getting my feet wet while brushing my teeth. Perhaps there is a trick to this that I am missing. But, room 6 came with a more user friendly bathroom in my mind.
Room 2's shower had some mildew in the grouting near the floor. Room 6's bathroom was brilliantly clean.
We were given two large bath towels, but only one hand towel, no washcloths.
Bath shampoo/body wash was supplied in the room.
There was a hospitality tray with tea and coffee and a package of cookies to enjoy.
The room was dark, even with all of the lights on. There is a large closet in the room, but no light inside. I was certain to pull all of my items out during daylight so that none would be missed in the dark of the morning as we had to depart early for my flight.
Parking is in a lot right in front of the hotel.
The doors are locked at night, and we were given a key to allow access should we come in late.
Peter was sure to call the room in the evening to ask if we would be coming down for dinner. A very nice gesture on his part to assure that we did not miss dinner if we were eating onsite.
I found Jude and Peter to be quite attentive and eager to make us comfortable.
The price was certainly reasonable for the accommodation that we ended up having.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Retreat Castle guesthouse is family run and close to Edinburgh City centre. All our rooms are ensuite and have been tastefully decorated offering hospitality trays, hairdryer, ironing facilities, toiletries and free wifi. Unique guesthouse offering genuine friendly hospitality only 6 miles from Edinburgh with direct bus and train routes. Minutes from the City by-pass and near to Rossyln Chapel. Ideal location if you are going to a function or wedding in nearby Dalhousie, Meville, Oxenfoord, Borthwick or Crighton Castles. We pride ourselves on our freshly cooked to order Scottish breakfasts- all from local produce.A warm wecome awaits you at the Retreat Castle Rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Retreat Castle Rooms Bonnyrigg, Scotland