The blurb on the Banff Springs hotel website claims that the hotel changed hands 4 years ago and has gone through a massive refurbishment since then.
I never knew the old Banff Springs - other than this rather industrial looking edifice on the very outskirts of Banff - so can't comment on what it was like before.
Some things haven't really changed. It's still this rather industrial looking edifice on the very outskirts of Banff that HRH the Price of Wales might class as a carbuncle
But inside - well that's a different story. It's obvious that someone has devoted a good deal of thought to the refurb, and has come up with something that, by and large, is simple, tasteful and elegant.
Though I suspect it might be true of other rooms, I can only speak for the one that we stayed in, namely, the Gilmore Suite. It was obvious that an equal amount of thought had been given to the refurbishment, but the execution has been given a quirkier edge. I approved of the colour scheme, but the overall effect was a little girlie for me. What set this room apart from anything I have ever stayed in was the shower. If you're not comfortable with being naked in the presence of your significant other, this room isn't for you. The shower is in the bedroom, so perhaps not for the faint hearted.
As far as I could tell, there wasn't a lift, so if you're a little less than nimble on your pins, this might be a problem, but staff were always on hand with offers of help should you so wish
The hotel has an excellent restaurant, that served well prepared, good quality food. The bacon actually tasted like it came from a pig, and the chips I had one evening were probably the best I have ever had. Incidentally, they are served in this rather cute little deep fryer basket.
But I've saved the best till last. Our enduring memory of the hotel is of the staff. They were unfailingly kind and helpful, and treated us more like friends than customers. In common with the rest of the folk in this region of Scotland, they still seem to have time for other people, and it added immensely to the enjoyment of our stay.
Now, if they could only be persuaded to support some of the local microbreweries . . .
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