OK, so this isn't a luxury hotel, nor is it in the city centre. If you're looking for either of those things, look elsewhere.
That said, the Willowbank was much better than I was expecting having read other reviews on here. I'm not sure how people managed not to find it, since it's a huge brightly lit building on a main road! The car park is also a big bonus.
Once I got into the lobby (upstairs), I was very warmly welcomed, including by a porter to carry bags if you need it. My room (99) was very comfortable, clean and well appointed. I stay a lot in various business chain hotels, and this more than measured up to the standard I expect.
Previous reviews have mentioned the lack of internet access. I assume it's a new thing, but there is now unlimited free wireless access in the lobby, which has plenty of comfortable seats and tables to work at.
Although my room overlooked the royal mail yard next door, I noticed no noise at all from it, or from the kitchen below.
As noted in other reviews, the bathroom was fairly ancient (and a horrible green colour), but it was clean, and everything worked.
Finally, breakfast was excellent, with a range of freshly cooked things like kippers, porridge etc, if you didn't fancy the hotplate.
Overall, I'd go back.
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