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The Sandyford Hotel
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

We decided to book this hotel because of its location in relation to the SECC (10 minute walk). It was easy to find and the staff were very helpful with regards to parking facilities (on street, free from 6pm untill 8am). They sold us a parking permit which covered us untill 6pm and advised us to put £1 in the parking meter and put ticket in windscreen on the way back from the concert. This would begin at 8am and take us up to 10am (plenty of time to breakfast and check out).
Upon arriving at the hotel everything looked good. The building appears to be a converted old townhouse on a corner plot, nice spacious, bright foyer, checking in could not have been easier. The staff were very friendly and engaging. We were given instructions on how to find our room and what time breakfast would be, and where the dining room was situated (down 1 flight of stairs from reception). This is where things began to take a downturn. Our room was on the 4th floor, there was no elevator which meant climbing up 4 flights of stairs (thank goodness we were staying for 1 night and only had 1 piece of luggage). Our room was of good size and the decor and furniture was in good order, there were the usual beveridge making facilities and television, however we were in the eaves of the building so head height was limited in certain places. The bathroom was of an adequate size, however when you put the light on(no window) the extractor fan starts immediately, and is loud enough to wake the dead, which means you either waken your companion or go in the dark. The shower had very little water pressure and what did come out was barely warm enough to wash with (warning stickers were on the wall warning that the water was hot!!). The bed and pillows were a bit soft and bouncy for my taste. Breakfast in the morning was fabulous with a good selection, the waitresses were attentive and did their best to accomodate people where they could. The only downside was that the dinning room was on the lower ground floor (remember our room was on the 4th floor and no elevator). When it came to checking out, again the reception staff were very friendly and it was as simple as returning the room key. Job done. Would I stay here again? Probably not, it was ok for the 1 night but there are other hotels in the same area which I would probably look at if we were to come back to the SECC.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank pdl1965
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

Having read some of the recent reviews I was a little hesitant about this hotel. However, after spending a night here I have nothing but praise for this establishment. It's not the Ritz but a good stable budget hotel room was clean warm and well presented. Tv was playing up but after asking for help it was sorted with great scotish charm. Above all the breakfast was superb. Plenty of very good food help yourself with cereal and toast etc. cooked breakfast was excellent good taste and well presented and a surprise when you are invited to ask for second helpings if you so desire all in all an excellent stay.

Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
1  Thank Doug C
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Reviewed 9 December 2012

Position of hotel in relation to SECC is very good . 10 minute walk- not far at all. The hotel was clean and younger staff very nice and helpful. The BIG BIG problem was being told that breakfast finished at 9.30am. We arrived downstairs at 8.50am to be told "no tables and can you please wait up in reception". Reception was already full of people waiting for tables for breakfast. 25 minutes later we were told that tables were now available. This is a definite nono. Firstly , most of the guests were there to be close to the secc for a concert and most people come out of a concert and look for a bar for a nightcap. I think the hotel needs to reconsider the fact that people do this and want to have a late breakfast. Breakfast finishing at 9.30 is far too early and this is why so many people are going into the breakfast room all at the same time. Why on earth have they not sorted this problem out as i notice that the same complaints have been going on for the last few months. This certainly puts you off returning to this hotel. My husband asked for kippers- he received one very sad shrivelled up overcooked small kipper on a large plate. ....forget about even trying to use the toaster....

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank grarory
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Reviewed 9 December 2012

I have been staying at the Sandyford for years however upon my most recent visit I was a little disappointed to see that things are slipping abit. Our room was clean enough (a little shabby), the shower wasnt in great working order - the hot water pressure was poor and the water just trickled out the shower head. Im not sure if its like that through out the hotel we were staying in the attic (room 401).

The check out time is abit early at 10.30am compared to other city centre hotels. Breakfast is served at the weekends until 9.30am however when we tried to get breakfast this morning at 9am we were told that there were no tables and to go and wait in reception for our room number to be called. We were not the only guests who had to wait for breakfast, there were 12 others also waiting in the reception area. In the end we were called on 25 minutes later, by this point we didnt have enough time for breakfast as our train was at 10am. From previous stays the breakfast is great however the breakfast room is very small, I'm not sure if the hotel can make better use of space by having more tables for 2 rather than tables of 4 (with only 2 guests eating at them) or maybe they need to extend the breakfast time to 10am at the weekends to ensure that guests arent having to hang around reception for quite a long period of time.

Overall I do enjoy staying at the Sandyford, its not that far from the city centre (£4 in a taxi) and its very close to the SECC however I did leave hungry this morning so not sure if I would stay again after this mornings shambles.

Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
Thank Smitch84
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

just spent the night in the hotel. bit far from city centre. was noise from the street all through the night. found our double room to be dirty and grotty. luckily we were out most of the time so were there just to sleep. in the morning we went down for breakfast and had to wait for a table as the hotel was full so there were no tables. the food was fine though so thats a positive. all in all we wont be back.

Room Tip: dont know if there would be a good room at this hotel
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank linda c
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