How true! Even though the Golden Lion looked promising the restaurant was not at all a positive experience. We did not even look at any rooms that they might have available. Back to the restaurant experience...started with us being unfriendly told to sit near the serving area even though we wanted to sit near the window... apparently because we were a couple! The food: one of us ordered steak..supposedly Scottish - maybe suitable for shoes but not very good for an evening meal. The other ordered haddock, which was really OK, but served with soggy, over-cooked chips which were exchanged for some quite good and crispy chips. When we spoke to the manager, his explanation was that sometimes the steaks were tender and tasty and sometimes not...they were not responsible because their suppliers delivered them pre-packed! As far as the soggy chips were concerned, the same manager explained that it was because they were 'hand cut' - the crispy ones were frozen! Figure that one out! As a recompense we were offered a mini portion of fruit salad and a luke warm espresso. That was our not very golden experience of the Golden Lion in Sterling.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel dates back to 1786, one of Stirling's first hotels filled with old world charm in a friendly environment. IN THE HEART of historic Stirling, the Golden Lion Hotel has for more than two centuries welcomed guests including royalty and even the national bard, Rabbie Burns (plaque on wall by front door in acknowledgement of his stay). Nowadays the ideal setting for leisure, business and special occasions, the family-owned Golden Lion provides traditional Scottish hospitality in thoroughly modern style. From the splendid buffet breakfast to the contemporary comforts of the 67 beautifully rooms and the timeless elegance of the stunning Regency Ballroom, this is a hotel with character as well as professional commitment. Close to magnificent Stirling Castle, and a short trip from the famous Monument to William Wallace, the Golden Lion makes an ideal base for the tourist. Practical advantages add to the appeal: the hotel’s city centre location - with free car parking - is only a few minutes drive from the national motorway network. The principal bus and rail stations are within easy walking distance(5 minutes)of the Golden Lion’s front door. There is an excellent choice of shops on the doorstep next to the Thistle indoor shopping Mall. The warmth of our welcome awaits you! Free WIFI available in all public & conference areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Golden Lion
- Stirling Golden Lion
- Golden Lion Hotel Stirling, Scotland
- Golden Lion Stirling