I'm so sad to have to write this review because I have had some very pleasant stays here, some great food and shared some good company, but they were 16 and 14 years ago.
I have just had the most horrendous overnight stay I have ever had, anywhere, and, although I am a fairly seasoned traveller, this is the most scared I have ever felt.
I arrived to find the place deserted. Worryingly, nothing looked like it had been upgraded or refurbished in the last 20+ years. When I eventually found someone to speak to they couldn't help and went off in search of someone who could. He was no better really but did eventually give me the key to a room, after spending 10 minutes "checking it". The room was straight out of the 1950's, but with no retro charm, right down to the "shower" that was one of those awful rubber hose things that fits over the bath taps. I wouldn't say it was dirty, in fact in many ways it was reasonably clean, but there were pubes on the washbasin and everything was very tired.
I'd have been happier with 7:30, but breakfast was arranged for 8 am, the earliest they could manage apparently, as I needed to be away for an important business meeting.
There were strange goings on in the room below me throughout the late evening, and loud rock music playing somewhere not too far away, which was eventually turned off. At about midnight I was disturbed by someone trying to enter the room, but they went away again. At 1:20 am I was woken again by a huge row going on between two members of staff, with lots of shouting and swearing at the tops of their voices right outside my window. This went on for so long and sounded so violent I almost called the police, but eventually the guy, who I think was the person who gave me the room, left through the car park and the woman he was fighting with went back inside.
At 3 am I was woken again, this time by someone rattling a bunch of keys outside the room - eventually they must have found the right key, opened the door and started to enter - I put the light on and shouted that the room was occupied and, to my great relief, whoever it was turned and left. Needless to say I blockaded the door and found it very hard to get back to sleep.
When I presented myself for breakfast at 8 am the whole hotel was in complete darkness, locked up and deserted. I searched around but there was nobody about, no sign of breakfast being prepared, just like the Marie Celeste! Spooky.
In the end I just left my key and the cash for the room, less a tenner for the breakfast I didn't have, on the front desk and rushed off to my meeting with just some dried fruit and some water for sustenance.
I really think this hotel needs to be shut down. It's such a lovely location, especially for visiting Rosslyn Chapel, and a few years back it was buzzing, but NOW the place is seriously badly run and very creepy.
Do yourself a favour - stay AWAY from this hotel at all costs!!
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