The Original Rosslyn Hotel is located in the small village of Roslin some eight miles from Edinburgh. It is a privately owned family run two story hotel with a history dating back more than a century. It was first situated near the Rosslyn Chapel and during this time Robbie Burns and William Wordsworth amongst others were reportedly guests at the hotel. The hotel in the mid-19th century relocated in the centre of this sleepy village now noted mainly for the mystery which surrounds Rosslyn Chapel and for “Dolly” the sheep.
It is within a short walking distance of the famous Rosslyn Chapel, the ruins of Rosslyn Castle and numerous other village attractions. The hotel is also a short drive from a recently established large shopping complex. The hotel has an off street car parking area for those arriving by car.
Across the road from the hotel is a bus stop where buses provide a service every hour during weekdays and every thirty minutes at weekends to Edinburgh.
The check in was provided efficiently by the sole staff member on duty. Although we arrived before check in time the gentleman checked if our room was ready and as it was permitted us to move into the room.
Although the current building in which the hotel is housed dates back over a century – the current owners were celebrating 40 years of management of the hotel this year – the room was well decorated with a feature wall of wallpaper matching the curtains. Even though our room tended to be on the small side with a double bed it was comfortable and clean. The ensuite was functional having a shower but no bathtub. It was well stocked with amenities. The room had free tea and coffee making facilities. Interestingly the room had no mini bar or telephone but did provide guests with free Wi-Fi and there was a trouser press attached to the wall. Room service was provided but with no phone to place an order a visit to the reception or bar was necessary. Not really an imposition.
During our stay two bars were in operation; the village bar and the Lounge Bar. Both were friendly places in which to relax but we felt the lounge bar had a much more enjoyable atmosphere. Meals could be ordered in this bar at a reasonable price and were quite tasty. For example a hamburger, chips and salad cost around the £10 level, a pint of lager around £3.75.
Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 9.00am but a tray service is provided for guests requiring an earlier start. Cereals, fruit, juice and bakery items were available as a buffet style service in the dining room and an extensive menu was available for the main course which was freshly cooked after being ordered. The portions were unstinting and mouth watering.
Guests staying at the hotel will no doubt judge whether the rate of £95 per night per double including breakfast is a fair one but there is no denying that the Original Rosslyn Hotel is a comfortable place to stay.
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- The Original Rosslyn Hotel Roslin, Scotland