I didn't actually stay at The Grand (a misnomer if ever there was one) but I attempted, unsuccessfully, to dine there.
We were on Commercial Street at 5pm and saw a blackboard that had been placed in the hotel entrance which stated bar meals were available from 5.30pm. We went in, intending to have a drink until the kitchen opened. As soon as the entrance door shut behind us, we were enveloped in the gloomy darkness of the place. We walked upstairs and into the deserted lounge bar. A barman appeared and we asked if we could get a drink. A stunned look crossed his face, as though this was a ludicrous question that hadn't been covered in Bar Keeping 101. He consulted another member of staff then turned to us. 'No', was his reply, 'the bar doesn't open until 6pm'. 'But', we countered, 'your sign downstairs says you serve food from 5.30'. His eyes glazed over as he assimilated this complex data, then with the look of a man who has just solved a particularly tricky quantum physics problem, he exclaimed, 'Ah, that must be an old sign!'. We took the hint and left, crossed the street and had a warm welcome and good food at Oslas resturant. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Please note that major refurbishment work will start in May to improve the appearance of the Hotel and to make your stay more enjoyable. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel - Lerwick Shetland Islands