On our way back to Edinburgh we decided to spend a night in Sterling in order to see this beautiful town. This was a last minute decision so we were not prepared on where to stay in Sterling. After couple of unsuccessful guest house attempts we finally find a room in this hotel. We were very happy with the location and we thought why not give it a try. As we enter the lobby area we were greeted by the restaurant manager(which we find out later on), he told us that they are the only 4 star hotel in the city that is why their prices are a bit expansive (interesting!!), we paid 140 pounds for the night (we checked in at 8PM). Later when I ask for a good restaurant recommendation, we were told that the restaurant in the hotel is the best! We told him that we would like to have the dinner somewhere else and he took out a map and draw a circle around the old town and said " this is the old town, all restaurants are there. I am not from Stirling so I don't know any of them and since I am the restaurant manager I should be promoting our place not other places!" No comment!!!
The room was nowhere near a 4 star hotel, our shower was not working properly, they send someone to fix it. The service was fast and efficient. The room was clean but it need a bit of fresh air when we arrive. It feels like nobody stayed there for a month or so. The building itself is interesting, I think you should have a visit to see the building alone. The breakfast was really, really disappointing. Orange juice was gone by the time we arrive (9.30AM), eggs were cold and variety was very poor.
I don't know if this hotel is the best option in Stirling but if that is the case than I highly recommend you not to stay in this town, visit here for a day and move to your next destination before it gets dark.
So disappointed !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 19th Century, four-star Stirling Highland Hotel used to be the city’s high school and is just a few minutes walk from Stirling Castle and the attractions of the city. Its 98 bedrooms include 18 premium bedrooms and 2 deluxe rooms and Stirling is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands so majestic mountains and tranquil lochs are close by. Enjoy the Trossach’s National Park before sampling a single malt in the hotel’s new on-site Stirling Whisky Shop. Unwind in the spa, enjoy award-winning food in the 2 AA Rosette Scholars Restaurant then relax with a nightcap in the Headmaster’s Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Stirling
- Stirling Highland Hotel
- The Stirling Highland Hotel Scotland