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“Excellent Value for Money, great place to base yourself.” 4 of 5 stars
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1 North Street, Glenrothes KY7 5NA, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Glenrothes
Aberdeen
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“Excellent Value for Money, great place to base yourself.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

This hotel was excellent value for money, very cheap but clean, warm and friendly staff. Food was good value for money, breakfast was very good and served in good time.
We had other things to do in Fife and this was a good base.
Staff were friendly and helpful, have had much worse service and quality of room for vastly more expensive hotels.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2009

I stayed here with a couple of family member in December when I booked them to see the panto in Kirkcaldy.

There's not much to Glenrothes itself, but it is near Dundee and Edinburgh. There are some nice bars, including this wetherspoons. And you can't get much more central in Glenrothes for a place to stay - it's next to the east entrance of the main shopping centre.

There's a really nice chinese restaurant around the corner, as well as some take-aways opposite.

The rooms were pleasant and had really quite decent facilities, similar to a good standard travelodge. Plenty of tea and coffee available and you could get drinks from the bar and bring them up.

The one issue we had was that the lock on my mum's room was not working - the staff reprogrammed 4 cards and none of them worked. In the end they let my mum have the master key and they moved her to a different room the following morning. But the staff did their best to accommodate us.

The food is the typical wetherspoons style - nothing special but nothing awful, just cheap and cheerful.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2009

We arrived at this hotel, and only stayed for three hours. My girlfriend and I love going for nights away in hotels. This was the worse place I have been to in all my life. The town has nothing to offer. The only thing there is the bar attached to hotel. Service was so rude, food was awful! Rooms were discusting. It was so bad that we had to leave. Do not stay here.
The song hotel California comes to mind.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2008

We booked this hotel on a 2 nights for the price of 1 deal, so the cost for 2 of us was £35 for 2 nights - unbelievable cheap. So we half expected the place to be a dive. In short, it wasn't, and represented amazing value for money. Hilton it ain't, and I've stayed in nicer Travelodges, but even without the 2 for 1 I think we got better than we paid for.

We arrived late and I had been forewarned the reception may be closed, so I got a member of bar staff to check us in. No bother. Got in the lift - unusual, but not 'old' or scary in any way, no problems there. Room was on the 4th floor (there are 5 rooms to a floor), and was of a good size with decent furniture, not the shabby junk I was anticipating! Bathroom was fine too, with a nice powerful shower over the bath.

The mattress felt hard and lumpy to sit on, but was reasonably comfortable to lie down on. The floorboards above were a little creaky and it didn't help that the occupant over us seemed to spend their stay pacing around the room an awful lot. They were fortunately settled by the time we needed sleep. In terms of noise from the pub - none. Couldn't hear a thing. There was a brief shouting match to be heard from the taxi rank outside, but general conversation couldn't be heard. Traffic was mostly inaudible as well. Two good nights' sleep there.

It was very handy having the Wetherspoons downstairs - bargain cooked breakfasts at £2.59, delicious and served quickly. We also had dinner and a few drinks. There's a handy keycard-access door to get straight back into the hotel too.

A very happy stay ended with a swift and friendly checkout. Would recommend as a handy base from which to explore Fife - we explored Cupar, St Andrews and the East Neuk in one day with several lengthy stops.

Finally, I have to comment on the first reviewer's assessment of Glenrothes. Please research your destination before you book. Glenrothes is not the prettiest town in Scotland by far. It is, as I said, a handy base for exploring Fife - we had no illusions about this before we went. That said, I would hardly call it 'squalid', or a dangerous place to walk around. It's just... OK.

  • Liked — Value for money
  • Disliked — Creaky floorboards above room
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2008

We're actually off to The Golden Acorn on Friday for our 4th visit ( or maybe it's the fifth!). Each time we've taken advantage of the 2 for 1 offer, which means we get 2 nights for £35 plus about aother £14 for breakfast - where else could you get a spacious room for 2 nights, excellent bathroom/ shower hearty breakfast and only be 30 minutes away from St Andrews, all for less than £50!!
Having said that, I would have to acknowledge another reviewers comments about the ancient lift, although they were upgrading it when we were last there. It IS next to the concrete town centre of Glenrothes, but as we only use the lodge as a basis for visiting the rest of Fife, it really doesn't bother us.
Staff have always been very friendly and helpful and they seem to get to know who are the "lodgers" very quickly.
A few years ago it could get a bit rowdy in the bar but possibly the change in smoking legislation has led to the obvious improvement in this on our last visit although you can be unlucky with the room position and be kept awake by the locals heading home late as you can be right above the taxi rank.
The food is typical Wetherspoon's fodder. Try their sirloin steak - often on special offer if you go near St Valentines - one year we had 2 steaks and a bottle of Chardonnay for £9-99 total!! Their breakfasts are first rate and a fraction of what you'd pay anywhere else.
I always manage a wee trip to the shops at some point and always go back home with more than I brought!!
Yes, it's cheap and cheerful, but what great value!!

  • Liked — Its value for money and proximity to Fife Coast
  • Disliked — The lift!
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2007

just back from a two for one night break and could not fault it rooms were clean and tidy exterior windows need a tidy up/excellent shower never heard any noice concidering you were above pub all staff were helpfull cheap food/takeaways just across road/shopping centre round corner would go back

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — nothing got what we payed for
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2006

Arrived in what on the map looks like the lovely town/village of Glenrothes. In fact it is a squalid place, with the area of activty from what we could tell, coming from the Golden Acorn wetherspoons and the takeaway opposite. Got checked in, and travelled to the 5th floor via a lift which struggled to hold 2 people, and was old fashioned to put it mildly.

The room, whilst a smoking room, was not too overpowering. The door had a hole in it, from someone's leg or fist, and the wall had a gaping hole in it covered with wallpaper. The walls were paper thin, and due to the loud pub, loud locals, and louder guests, a comfortbale night wasn't possible. The bed was lumpy, and made us both itch, and the food in the pub downstairs was awful. I'm amazed somone could prepare scampi and chips so badly. Bar staff were friendly, and i got asked for something i wasn't expecting from one even though my fiance was right next to me! The redeeming feature was that the price of pint varied from £1.49 to £1.89. A Bargain!

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 North Street, Glenrothes KY7 5NA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Fife > Glenrothes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Glenrothes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Golden Acorn hotel has recently undergone some new and exciting changes transforming many of the bedrooms and communal areas of the hotel. We have 26 bedrooms all of which are available as either King Size Doubles or Twins. All of our rooms are en-suite and include tea and coffee making facilities, complementary water, a hair dryer and Flat Screen TV. FREE Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel & in the bar area.Rooms with adjoining doors are available on request these are ideal for families or larger groups. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Golden Acorn Wetherlodge Hotel Glenrothes
Golden Acorn Wetherlodge Glenrothes
Golden Acorn Hotel Glenrothes, Scotland

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