This should be a jewel of an hotel, because they have the makings and history, but both are too faded to encourage a recommendation to stay there.
Firstly, the setting, separated on the outskirts of a town so grey and depressed that they put it into a sort of steel box at night, lest the feral denizens of Barrhead loot the downmarket stores that comprise its commercial area. Clearly, the hotel once had some sort of local grandeur, but that has long gone, although the gardens are well kept.
The public facilties aren't bad either, albeit a tad more appropriate to gypsy nuptials in style and from the 1950's at that. My bedroom, #107, was clean and quite well equipped, but indequately heated, depressingly viewless and weakly lit. Draughts rattled the door and window all night long, adding to the overall spooky feel of the place. It's been a while, since I had to sleep heavily clothed to ward off hypothermia, but hey, that's Scotland for you. Even dancing maniacally under the pathetic shower flow failed to induce any feeling of wetness, but Robert the Bruce rarely bathed, I'm told, so these facilties were probably in keeping.
I don't want to diss this place too much, because the staff were very pleasant indeed and the breakfast was just short of magnificent: quality ingredients and plenty of them; and, at £58 a night, the rate was something of a bargain.
It's just that, at present, it's far away from the 4* it purports to be and only requires some modest investment and some imagination to reach a decent level. Of course, it'll still be on the outskirts of Shabbyville and I can't advise on what to do about that. Shame.
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